Robert Gray Middle School

Honoring the unique characteristics
of young adolescents.

5505 SW 23rd Portland, OR 97239Ph (503) 916-5676Fx (503) 916-2629

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  • RGMS New Assistant Principal

    Robert Gray Middle School welcomes Jeff Waters as its new Assistant Principal. Mr. Waters returns to Portland Public Schools, where he spent his teaching career at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt K-8, after a two years as the Assistant Principal at Walter L. Kraxberger Middle School in the Gladstone School District. An educator, organizer and community justice advocate, Jeff focuses on engaging school communities in democratic dialogue and cycles of improvement to improve outcomes for students and families.

    A first generation college student, Waters received an Associate of Arts degree from Lane Community College, went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science at the University of Oregon, and later graduated from Pacific University's teachers college with a MA in Teaching. He completed school administrator training at Portland State University and intends to complete a Doctorate in Education.

    Waters is an engaged professional who is driven by relationships and data-driven cycles of improvement. He previously served on the Oregon Association of Student Councils Executive Board. His article, co-authored with Sitton Elementary School Assistant Principal Becky HenkleBerry, "The Most Gentrified City of the Century," was published in Teaching for Black Lives in 2018. Waters was recognized by Trillium Family Services as a 2019 Mental Health Hero for his work to destigmatize mental health conversations and improve student wellness.

    In his personal life, Waters enjoys native landscaping, mountain climbing, camping, hiking and spending time training his dog, Dobby. Waters is due to be married in the Three Sisters Wilderness on August 24th, 2019. Joining Robert Gray is the perfect wedding present!
  • School Supply List for 2019-20

    The school supply list for 2019-20 is here.
  • Personal Electronic Device Policy Changes

    RGMS will implement a ban on personal electronic devices in the coming school year aligning with the policies of other PPS middle schools. More research emerges every year that brings out the harmful effects of these devices on children’s emotional health and brain development and we anticipate the new policy will be beneficial. We have considered all aspects of this change for several months and have created an FAQ sheet. RGMS families have been sent a link with a Google Form for input to help make this transition. We know this policy will require changes in many households and we appreciate your support.
  • Summer Notes

    The RGMS office will be closed from June 20-August 14.
    Fall registration will be on August 20 & 21, but attending it is not required.
    The school building will be closed for repairs starting June 17. Leftover yearbooks should be picked up before then.
    For many things, you can email principal Beth Madison, She is out of the office until August 5th, but will get back to you before then if it is urgent.
    For individual students' special needs, please wait until staff return on August 23 to reach out to teachers, counselors, special education staff, etc.
  • Water Filtration Pilot

    We are super excited to be getting filtered water dispensers and fountains as a PPS pilot. This is in lieu of replacing the pipes, which would be much more expensive and would have not resulted in the beautiful units that will be installed. An FAQ page regarding this project is here. Please be sure your child has a water bottle for school. They are part of this pilot.
  • SUN Summer of Fun

    SUN Summer of Fun
    Our SUN Community School is pleased to announce registration for the SUN Summer of Fun. Students currently in grades 5-7 are invited to attend.
    9:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Includes lunch.
    Located at Stephens Creek Crossing, 6719 SW 26th
    • June 24-27: Craft & Create ($120)
    • July 1-3: Mad Scientists ($90)
    • July 8-11: Imagineering ($120)
    • July 15-18: Makerweek ($120)
    The registration form can be downloaded from the MORE link below.


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