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  • Letter to the Community

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    Michael Rowell

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    Good Evening Lane Families, 

    As we move into the middle of the first quarter of the school year, I would like to encourage you to support your students by setting aside daily time for independent reading. Spending time with a good book is a great way to relax, explore the world and share the experiences of others, while also building strong reading skills, which are a key to success in school and beyond. You'll find information about how students can pick up library books they've placed on hold below. Daily practice is the key to becoming a strong reader! 

    Back to School Night 

    Thank you to everyone who stuck with us last Thursday night for Back to School Night. Not even nationwide Google server crashes can keep our school down! Many of you may have been unable to return to our program, and we want to be sure to connect with you. Please take some time to meet us and learn about our school at this site. Many thanks to our amazing staff who created a welcoming evening program online and who were unflinching in staying with the program, even in the face of internet interruptions. 

    Library Book Distribution

    Beginning tomorrow, the Lane library will be open for book "holds" distribution. On Mondays and Tuesdays going forward, the external backdoor of the library will be open from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM -- students, guardians, and parents are welcome to come pick up books that have been checked out to Lane students. Students will place holds for books they want to read online -- once they become available they will be notified to come pick them up. More information will be available to students in their Language Arts classes. Any books that need to be returned to Lane or other PPS libraries may be returned at the same time. We will be following COVID-19 safety protocols for both people and materials. For updates, please contact Ms. Raspone at sraspone@pps.net or visit the library's website.

    Distribution of Reading Books, Band Instruments and other Materials

    I will send a follow up message tomorrow, sharing when we will be at school distributing materials for those who weren't able to pick up books and band instruments last week.

    Food Hub: Meals Available at Lane MS

    Remember that breakfast and lunches are now available at Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 - 5 pm. The meal service happens in the school parking lot nearest Brentwood Park, by the preschool playground. 

    Student Health Centers

    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday, 8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School

     

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  • August 18, 2020

    Dear Lane Families,

    We are excited to begin a new school year and are working hard to plan a strong Distance Learning program for your students.While we were able to engage nearly all students in online learning activities in the spring, we are focused on increasing the rigor and effectiveness of our instruction. We can't wait to get started!

    School Starts September 2 for 6th Grade Students, September 3 for All Students

    The first two weeks of school will be designed to ease into our virtual start of the school year. Our teachers will focus on creating online classroom learning communities grounded in social emotional learning and racial equity conversations. This soft start will also give us time to make sure our online learning systems are working and that teachers, students and families have time to get comfortable with the digital tools. 

    I know we are all anxious to have a better understanding of the daily schedule for this fall. Middle schools across PPS are working together to create common expectations to ensure that all students receive an engaging and rigorous educational experience regardless of their school site. Those plans will be released soon and I will be able to provide more specific information to Lane students and families at that time. I will also share information about picking up course schedules and school supplies. 

    Submit a Free and Reduced-price Meal Application

    • Families can now submit a new meal application for the 2020-21 school year. 
    • Families who do not meet the 2020-21 Federal Income Guideline may qualify using the 2020-21 Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines. The State of Oregon has increased the income guidelines for free meal eligibility in the 2020-21 school year from 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 300% of FPL. Please go to the PPS Nutrition Services website for more information.

    Staff Changes

    There have been several changes in our school team over the summer. I would like to send heartfelt gratitude to Judy Rose, music teacher; Natalia McKay, learning center teacher; Hannah Abusneineh, community agent, and David Gardner, head custodian for their service to our community. I wish them well as they move on to new chapters in their careers. Welcome to Jason McLeod, our new head custodian, and Chelsea Ashcraft, part time ESL teacher. We are working to finalize new hires for the remaining positions and will introduce our new team members when they are onboard. 

    I am excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Sherree Coleman as the second Assistant Principal of Lane Middle School. Dr. Coleman comes to us with a wealth of experience, most recently as administrator of Benson High School's Summer Scholars program and counselor at Benson High. She will make a strong contribution to our administrative team and to our community. Welcome!

    Important Dates

    September 2nd: First Day for 6th Grade Students

    September 3rd: First Day for 7th and 8th Grade Students

    September 7th: Labor Day - School Closed

    Please let us know if you need technology, either a computer or wifi hub in your home. We can help and we want to be absolutely sure that all of our students have access. Please also reach out if there is any other way the school can support your family. You can reach us by replying to this message via email, or you can reach me at 971-678-9700. Be safe, Be well!

    Warmly, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School

     

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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

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  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
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  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

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  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 

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