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    Hola Amigos y Familias de Ockley Green,

    We sure enjoyed meeting so many of you at Back to School Night.  It was so nice to get to know you a little better. I know some folks were surprised by the new format and the more structured process. However, most of the feedback we received was positive. Families enjoyed going to their student’s classroom and meeting all the teachers.   

    It’s hard to believe that we are already a month into school.  It’s so nice to be able to know all the students’ faces and many of their names.  It’s even more impressive to feel the difference in the school. Although a few of the students still express their frustration with our rules, most of them seem to have forgotten about it.  It’s now pretty rare to see a phone out in school or have students leave class without permission. This growth is astronomical. And, we still recognize that we have a long way to go.

    We have been able to get into classes a little more frequently to begin to offer support and guidance to our amazing teachers. Students are learning how to take high quality, well organized notes in AVID classes, discussing the meaning of key phrases from the constitution, beginning to craft essays, digging into algebraic equations, exploring physics concepts through experiments as well as participating in spanish, dance, PE, art and/or music.  

    A few of our highest priorities are 1) helping teachers create high paced, rigorous and engaging lessons in every class so that all students are actively participating 2) helping our counselors and teachers teach collaborative problem solving and strong social emotional skills to make sure that students are practicing prosocial and positive behaviors and 3) continuing to build a strong community by getting to know parents and students better.  Please continue to share your thoughts, ideas and feedback with us as we all grow and learn together. Our administrative team will be meeting over the weekend to reconvene for a consolidated amount of time and develop a comprehensive strategy for supporting our priorities.

     

    • Torey Frisina ‘Coach Freeze’ is preparing to have back surgery next Weds. Sept. 26th.  Recovery could be anywhere from 3-6 weeks.  In addition to sending him your thoughts, prayers and/or healing energy, if anybody would like to make a meal for him, he’s open any type of food, and grateful for anything.  (Please no dairy or peppers-red, yellow or green).  If you would like to contribute a meal to support his healing, please contact:

    Mx. Amelia at: acates@pps.net or 503-916-5660   Thank you so much Amelia

     

    •  One of our families lost their home in a fire recently.  Continued support is appreciated.  Please use this link Here’s a link to the GoFundMe for the family: https://www.gofundme.com/46gsun-fire-recovery-fund and feel free to share this link. Also, material, cash and/or  giftcard contributions can be made via contacting one of these folks: Ms. Mo at (503) 890-0489, Mr. Riser (503)7705-1883 or Annette Ramsey (503) 358-7248

     

    • Student schedule change request forms have now been made available for students to request modifications to their class schedules.  The forms are available for students during passing times and are outside of Room 228.

     

    • Our first Coffee with the Principal will be on Friday, September 28th at 9:30 AM. This is an opportunity for you to provide feedback to the principal and and ask questions that you may have.

     

    A note from Nutrition services:

    Free & Reduced Lunch applications are due ASAP, so please be sure to turn them in. If you need any help or assistance, please contact Sandra in our Cafeteria at (503) 916-5660. Lunch forms can be picked up in the main office. Thank you.

     

    SUN School registration is underway. If, you were unable to attend the OG Open House it is not too late to register for Fall SUN School classes. Enrollment forms & Class registration forms are available in the main office at OG. 

    Enrollment forms are required for all SUN-sponsored activities (classes, dances, access to SUN room, etc) and is required to be completed once every school year. The registration form is the class selection form that is required to be completed every term for after school classes.  

    Deadline for applications: Tuesday, Sep 25th

     

    SUN School begins Monday, Oct 1st

    3:45p-5:30p (Skateboarding ends at 6p) 

    Fall Term Classes:

    Tap

    Hip Hop

    Industry Hip Hop

    Skateboarding

    Boxing

    Chess for Success

    Mixed Media Art

    Cooking

    Homework Help

    Magic: The Gathering

    GirlStrength

    Ukulele

    Battle of the Books

    Open Gym

    Basketball

    For more info contact:

    Joyce Olivo

    SUN School Program Manager

    Joyceo@selfenhancement.org

     

     

    Muchas Gracias,

    OG Admin Team


     

     

  • Watch: Ockley Green students show their moves

    Can you Sous-sous? Or even Fondue? Well the middle school dance students at Ockley Green can do those dances and more. Under the direction of Mr. Damon, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are lined up at the ballet rail learning all about dance and getting a healthy workout too.
     
  • The young musicians at Ockley Green

    Richard Littledyke’s music class at Ockley Green Middle School is frequently the first place his students have ever received music instruction. And at no fault of the students. Three of the schools that feed into Ockley Green have only a half-time music teacher (Chief Joseph, Peninsula and King) and Beach, the last feeder school, doesn’t have a music teacher or program.

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  • A message from Kristina Howard, Ockley Green’s new principal

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    Hello Ockley Green Community,

    My name is Kristina Howard, and it is with great pride and excitement I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal at Ockley Green Middle School. Similar to the Ockley Green community, I have an unwavering belief that all students can succeed, and this belief guides every decision I make as a leader. 

    Over the past 10 years, I have spent time in various roles in education as a high school math teacher, math instructional coach, and middle and high school assistant principal working to increase the achievement of all students. My most recent administrative experience was in Kent, Washington, where I was the principal of Excel Public Charter School and started the first high school within the Green Dot Washington network. Throughout my time as principal at Excel, I focused on creating and improving various areas within the school such as providing high quality instruction in every classroom; using data to create, execute, and adjust clear systems; implementing restorative justice into Excel’s PBIS system; executing the RULER social emotional learning program school-wide; and training staff on diversity, equity, and inclusion. My goal was for every student to feel included, safe, welcomed, and know their voice was heard. 

    I make every decision based on what is best for all students and lead based on my set of core values. My values are community, collaboration, growth mindset, determination, excellence, and compassion. Student success is a collective effort and together we must be compassionate and determined in order to continue to grow and excel.

    Over the past few weeks, I have been focusing on building strong relationships with teachers, staff, families, students, and community members. In collaboration with all stakeholders, I will celebrate all of the established areas of success and create a plan to continue moving forward. I will spend time listening to all stakeholders to gather feedback and use feedback and data to identify key priorities. In collaboration with stakeholders, we will create a plan which improves identified areas, creating more opportunities for success at Ockley for the 2018-19 school year.

    I am so fortunate to be able to work with Ockley’s Administration Team consisting of three Assistant Principals this year. Every team member is first and foremost committed to serving all students at a very high level. We have already started working together and we are very excited for this school year. They are Regina Sackrider, Dr. Aaron Green-Mitchell, and Joshua Zeller:

    • Regina Sackrider is a 17-year Portland Public Schools veteran who has experience in various roles such as Equity Program Administrator, Assistant Principal, Instructional Specialist, and Middle and High School teacher. Regina leads with love, compassion, relationship, humor, and her locus is always to do what’s best for our students. 
    • Dr. Aaron Green-Mitchell is coming to Ockley from George Middle School where he was the School Site Support Specialist. Dr. Green-Mitchell worked on creating operation systems at George, implementing restorative justice practices, and partnering with various community organizations. Prior to George, Dr. Green-Mitchell served as a teacher leader and administrative intern at Mt. Scott Learning Center for ten years. 
    • Joshua Zeller is coming from Beverly Cleary where he served as an Assistant Principal. Joshua has led restorative justice practices and coached teachers on high leverage instructional practices in his most recent role. Prior to Beverly Cleary, Joshua served in PPS roles such as ELA, SS, and self-contained teacher at various schools; ELA Achievement Coordinator and TOSA; and New Teacher Mentor. 

    Please join me in welcoming our wonderful Administration Team for the ‘18-19 school year. We are so excited to begin what hope this will be the best year ever. Our doors are always open and we welcome and ask for your input. On that note, we will be hosting two Meet and Greet sessions (one in the morning and one in the late afternoon) on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Ockley Green Media Center. The purpose of this meet and greet is to allow you to meet the new Ockley Green Administration, provide feedback to us, and answer any questions that you may have. 

    • Option 1: 9-10 a.m. in Ockley Green Media Center
    • Option 2: 3-4 p.m. in Ockley Green Media Center

    If you are unable to attend the Meet and Greet, and you would like to provide feedback to the Ockley Administration team, please complete the Google survey located here. Additionally, I want to share two more events that are taking place. On Saturday, Aug. 18 we will be hosting a Community Care Day at Ockley, where families, staff, and community members will help to create a more inviting outdoor space by spreading mulch in areas outside, pulling weeds, planting plants, etc. Also, Ockley will be hosting its Back to School Night on Sept. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m., where families will have the opportunity to meet staff and learn more about the school. Thank you again and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

    Kristina

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