Lane Middle School

Our mission is to prepare all Lane scholars for academic and lifelong success
as courageous and compassionate global citizens.

7200 SE 60th AvePortland, OR 97206Ph 503-916-6355Fx 503-916-2648

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  • Letter to the Community

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    Michael Rowell

    Good Afternoon Lane Families,

    I hope this message finds you well, safe and managing under these challenging circumstances. Please remember to let us know if there is any way that we can support your student or your family.

    School Dance, This Thursday
    We are finding ways to bring our students together, even as we are having to be apart. This Thursday, May 26th, at 4:00 pm, we will be holding our first online Dance Party! We have hired the DJ we normally use for school dances to host an online dance party for our students. We hope you will encourage your students to tune in and have some fun with us! We will circulate a private invitation later in the week through Google Classrooms and our Instagram account. Please be sure that you and your student follow us on Instagram to get all of our news. Find us at laneMSPPS

    8th Grade Promotion, June 9th
    With the end of the school year in sight, plans are underway to celebrate our 8th grade students passage to high school. Due to social distancing guidelines, we are not able to hold our traditional 8th grade promotion program, so we will be celebrating our 8th graders with streaming program at the school and a parade in cars through the neighborhood. We are asking every Lane 8th grade student to arrive at the school between 4:45 and 5:30 with their families in cars. All participants will be required to remain in the cars throughout the celebration. We have requested the closure of SE 60th from Duke to Flavel in order to allow all of our 8th grade students to line up in their cars. We will stream a short presentation and a slideshow highlighting each 8th grade student, and then end with a parade through the neighborhood. Family and community members not in the 8th cars can gather along the parade route to cheer and celebrate our wonderful students. It may take some planning to have a family car available that afternoon and we ask that you begin to make those arrangements now. We want all of our students to attend, so please contact me if you are not able to have a car available for this event. More detailed information will be forthcoming.

    Report Cards
    We will be issuing reports cards at the end of 4th quarter. The two grades that will assigned are either "Passing" or "Incomplete." We understand that it has been very difficult for some students to engage in online instruction. No student will receive a failing grade, and all students will progress to the next grade.

    Other Fun Activities Available
    Is your student bored at home and looking for something to do? Encourage them to check out our new website, where they can get involved in a number of fun opportunities, including a reading challenge, a video production project called the Big Up Show, and Lane Spirit Month! Come on over and join the fun!

    Again, I encourage you to reach out if there is any way that we can support your family. You can reach me by either replying to this email or calling me at 971-678-9700. Be well, stay safe.

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School



  • Dear Lane Middle School Families,

    Welcome the 2019/20 school year! It is with great excitement and a deep sense of responsibility that I step into the role of building principal at Lane, after spending three years in the role of assistant principal here. We have been working hard, preparing the school, the classrooms and our staff to make this year the most positive, inviting and productive year for your students.

    We have assembled a strong team of teachers and support staff, all of whom are committed to providing rigorous, student-centered instruction and support, in order to ensure that every student has a fun-filled year of learning and growth. Sarah Waltrip will be returning as our assistant principal, and we have added Carolyn Garciaguirre as student management specialist. She comes to us with deep skills in supporting teachers and students in building classroom community and leading us in positive, constructive responses to unexpected behaviors. Kathy Starlyn will be available to assist you in the office as our new school secretary. We have added other teaching staff as well: Will St. John will lead our Intensive Skills Classroom, Sarah Trapido is joining our Special Education team, Mary Lugg will teach 8th grade science, Allison Warren will teach 6th grade math and social studies, and Mario Gonzalez will teach Spanish. We are currently hiring a language arts teacher, replacing a teacher who recently transferred to another school. We have also added Hannah Abusneineh and Kristian Young to our student support team, and Fran Barth as our IT support.

    This year we are shifting some of our staff resources to provide more support to students in language arts and math classes by having two teachers “co-teach” some sections of these classes, meaning that they will both be in the classroom at the same time, instructing students. We will also be providing our teachers with more time to collaborate on a weekly basis. We are confident that these shifts will ensure that all of our students achieve at high levels.

    Students have picked up a new schedule on their first day of school, as we have made some changes to our course offerings and schedules. Changes to elective classes (band, choir, art, technology and leadership) will be allowed during the first full week of school, upon student request and pending administrator approval. Please remember that health and PE are both required courses in Oregon.

    I am honored to be the principal of Lane Middle School and look forward to partnering with you for the benefit of your students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to say hello. My secretary, Marnie Davis ( would be happy to schedule an appointment if you need more than a few minutes.

    Go Quasars!

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School


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