Mt Tabor Middle School

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Mt. Tabor School News

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  • Principal's Message

    Mon, 1/6 School Resumes

    Mon, 1/20 NO SCHOOL, MLK Day

    Mon, 1/27 NO SCHOOL, Teacher Planning Day

    Tue, 2/4 PTA Mtg, 6:00-8:00

    Thur, 2/6 5th Grade Info Night

    Thur, 2/13 Valentine's Dance, 4:00-5:00

    Mon, 2/17 NO SCHOOL, Presidents Day


    Dear Mt. Tabor Families, 

    Happy Friday! I hope your student had a great week!

    Racial Equity and Social Justice at Tabor

    We continue our RESJ work at Tabor, taking our restorative practices to deeper and deeper levels. We now conduct RJ every day at Tabor. It's taken us three years of focused work, but we are now practicing this ancient, human-centered, collectivist approach to learning and justice in a deep way. We have schoolwide community-building circles every week in our Homeroom, and we conduct restorative work whenever we can, at every level of discipline, from simple misunderstandings to suspension-level events. 

    Speaking of suspension, we have not had to suspend a single student out of school this year. If we do suspend, we do all we can to keep the student here with us so we can continue the learning, counseling, and guidance process. This allows things to heal and restore, and it gives us a chance to build rapport and trust between adults and kids. I am very, very proud of all the hard work our administrators and counselors have done to reach this incredible goal.

    Of course, we will continue this work in the new year with our racial affinity groups; Homeroom lessons on having difficult conversations, being an upstander, and responding to hate speech; and staff professional development on diversity-responsive pedagogy and implicit bias. 

    Families in Need Drive

    Thank you so much for your generosity! We raised over $1,600 for families in our community who need just a little bit of help this holiday season. I especially wish to thank the families in Mr. Ackerman-Harvie and Mr. Groom's Homerooms. Collectively, they raised more than $700--nearly half of all the money raised! So awesome.  

    Japanese Research Residency Fundraiser

    As you might know, our 8th graders in the Japanese Magnet Program travel to Japan each spring to conduct a two-week academic research project in various cities in Japan. In order for all students to go, the community pulls together to make it happen. This includes raising funds, such as this very cool Winterhawks fundraiser:

    Saturday, February 1 is JMP night with the Winterhawks. All families, friends, and neighbors are welcome to join us. Tickets are just $17, and the JRR gets $5 for every ticket we sell using the discount code JAPAN at  when you enter the discount code JAPAN to join us!


    Amy Seaholt

    FHS Cutting Boards

    Looking for a unique holiday gift and a way to give back to schools? Check out the FHS Industrial Arts Cutting Board Project:

    The annual cutting board sale is under way! I am hoping that you can help pass the word. The price is $50.00 (but I am willing to deduct some from the smaller ones). This year's boards are end-grain orientation, which means they are more durable and resistant to knife cuts. Here is a link to pictures:

    Thank you so much! Just email Dan at

    Dan Silvernail, FHS Teacher

    Donation Drive for Refugees

    Help refugees this winter by donating cleaning supplies and toiletries!

    Portland Refugee Support Group works with more than 70 refugee families in the Portland area, helping families adapt to life in the US. One of the services we provide is monthly supply bags containing necessities like laundry soap, shampoo and toothpaste. We're always looking for help to gather these supplies.

    Donation box at Mt Tabor (across from the office). Donation drive ends Friday 12/13.

    Most needed items: laundry soap, dish soap, spray cleaner, shampoo, Fred Meyer gift cards.

    For more info, contact Mt Tabor parent Kirsten Burt: 

    Have a restful and rejuvenating winter break, everyone!



  • School Supply List

     MTMS 2019-2020 Supply List

    For printing the supply list, please follow the link:   2019-2020 School Supply List
    Principal's Newsletter on School Messenger
    The Mt. Tabor Principal’s Newsletter is sent out using School Messenger. PPS has moved to a single communication tool called School Messenger, and will no longer use Celly, Flash Alerts, and Synrevoice. Now principals can send email, SMS text messages, and autodialers from School Messenger. You can get more information here:

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