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

    Dear Lane Families,

    Good afternoon from Lane Middle School. This is an informational newsletter sent to inform you of important information that may relate to your student.

    Important Dates

    • Friday, Nov. 1 - No school for Teacher Planning Day - Teachers will be preparing 1st quarter grades for their students on Friday. Expect to receive report cards in the mail within two weeks.
    • Sunday, Nov. 3 - Day light savings time ends on. Don’t forget to set your clocks back.
    • Monday - Friday, Nov. 4 - 8th - Spirit Week (PJ Day, Meme Day, Sports Day, Twin Day, Decades Day)
    • Friday, Nov. 8 – After school dance
    • Monday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day – No classes
    • November 25 and 26th - Conferences – Please use forms that will arrive in the mail soon to select a time to meet and speak with your students’ teachers. There are no classes throughout this week.
    • November 27th, 28th 29th – Fall break – No classes
    School attendance is very important. Did you know that students with good attendance are 4 times more likely to graduate high school than those who are chronically absent? Please help us provide the best possible education to your child by sending your child to school every day, on time. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's attendance, please let us know. We are here to support your family.

    SafeOregon is a program that allows anyone to anonymously report and respond to student safety threats. Access the SafeOregon Tip Line via the “Report unsafe behavior” button on our school website, the SafeOregon website, calling or texting 844-472-3367, emailing, or downloading and sending information through the “SafeOregon” mobile app. Let’s work together to keep our school community safe.

    We believe that it is critical that all students have a healthy lunch during the day to keep them fueled for successful learning. We are noticing that many students are not entering our school cafeteria on a daily basis to eat lunch, but are taking the whole lunch/ recess time to play. We will be reviewing our expectations in this area at school. Please support your student by discussing the importance of eating lunch at home. If you need assistance in obtaining or filling the district forms for reduced priced meals, please contact our office.

    We will be hosting a school dance after school on November 8. Students will use Quasars or $2 to enter and a signed permission slip. We are in need of volunteer chaperones. Please contact the main office at Lane if you are interested and available. Be sure to call early so that we can complete the required background check process.

    If you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact our office at 503-916-6355.

    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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