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  • RGMS News 09/20/23

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    From Jeff Waters, Assistant Principal

    Community  -  Equity  -  Growth

    RGMS Families and Community,


    First - L’Sahnah Tovah - Happy New Year to our Jewish students and families, and we wish you a good holy day next week for Yom Kippur.


    It was great to connect with so many students and families last week at Back to School Night. Thank you to our awesome PTA for helping us fund and organize the event, and thank you to Friar Tuck Chicken for making sure we were well fed. We’re interested in hearing from you about your experience at Back to School Night. If you attended the event, please complete this quick survey (link: to provide feedback to our Building Leadership Team for future improvement.


    At Robert Gray Middle School, we center continuous improvement - GROWTH - and believe that when we ask our community how we can best serve, reflect on that information, and let it dictate future planning, then we will improve the culture of our school and the learning that takes place here.


    Our working school climate theory of action is:


    If . . . we purposefully solicit voice from RGMS students


    Then . . . teachers will use student feedback in engagement strategies, event planning, and opportunities for participation in school-wide decisions


    And . . . students will develop greater connections and a sense of belonging at RGMS.

    Last week, students took the School Climate Survey. We’re in our 5th year of conducting this survey, and have used it over the years to make significant changes to our programming - adding affinity spaces and Student Leadership programs, for example - and to document the impacts of our school improvement initiatives over time (see data below).


    I had the opportunity to teach our Student Leadership class today to talk about the importance of this work. When we work together toward our vision - that every student is an essential stakeholder and collaborator in their academic and social-emotional growth and that together we can build a better world in which we can all succeed - when we center students and lift up their perspectives, then we are more likely to produce outcomes that lead to student success both in and out of the classroom.


    Be well and take care,


    Jeff Waters

    Assistant Principal


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District News

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  • Update on the Third Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today was disappointing – for us but, most importantly, for our students and families. The Portland Association of Teachers offered no counter proposals – and yet declared impasse.

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  • Update on the Second Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today, we offered compromises that would both reward our educators and further our students’ success. We were able to raise our compensation offer substantially. We are not there yet, but we are committed to the hard work of finding common ground.

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  • Update on the First Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today, we started the state-led mediation process with one priority: our children’s success. We offered compromises that would keep that vision at the heart of our work – and maintained our position on proposals that would negatively impact students.

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  • Welcome back!

    On behalf of the Board of Education and district leaders at PPS, our best wishes for a positive and joyful start to your school year!

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