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Mt Tabor Middle School

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Mt. Tabor School News

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  • Principal's Message

    Mon, 1/27 NO SCHOOL, Teacher Planning Day

    Wed, 1/29 Dine & Donate, Por Que No?

    Wed, 1/29 Dessert & Donate, Ruby Jewel

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

    Thur, 2/6 5th Grade Info Night, 6:00-8:00

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

    Mon, 2/17 NO SCHOOL, Presidents Day

    Wed, 2/19 Vaccination Exclusion Day

    Thur, 2/20 Student vs Staff Basketball Game, 4:00-5:00

     

    Dear Mt. Tabor Families, 

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

    This week in Homeroom we continued Social Justice Soars at Tabor, exploring personal identities and sharing stories. We delved into these areas to create community awareness of our experiences and to build our empathy muscles. We're using the Speak Up at School guide from Teaching Tolerance, a publication from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a major social justice organization in the US. 

    This week we also continued our racial affinity groups and diversity-responsive professional development from East Ed. Next week, Professor Renauer from PSU, a criminologist, will teach us more about unintentional racial bias. 

    PTA

    Stay up on the latest PTA stuff at our school PTA site as well as the standalone PTA site.

    8th Grade Franklin Families

    From Counselor Galen Dickstein:

    Franklin Forecasting happened this week in your student's social studies classroom. All students went home with a course guide and forecasting form to discuss with their parent/guardian. The high school counselors need all forms returned to Mt. Tabor by the end of the day on Tuesday 1/28. Please direct any questions to your student's school counselor. Thank you!

    Immunization Exclusion

    From central office:

    Exclusion day for state required vaccinations is Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Letters will be mailed to parents whose children are not up to date or whose records are incomplete. Should you receive a letter, please provide updated information to the school as soon as possible. Children who are not current for vaccinations by February 19th will not be able to attend school until records are complete. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.

    SUN

    From Jeff Persell, SUN coordinator:

    After-school SUN resumed last week. Please get your forms turned in to the main office. If you still need an application, they are available in the main office and outside the SUN office.

    Library Help

    From our librarian, Annie Licurse:

    Love libraries? We need some help shelving books! Mt. Tabor students love to read! Please contact Annie Licurse at alicurse@pps.net

    Have an awesome weekend, everyone! Welcome to the third quarter!

    Sean

  • 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 https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/winterhawks/EN/buy/browse  when you enter the discount code JAPAN to join us!

    Thanks!

    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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50328683@N07/albums/72157712075572512

    Thank you so much! Just email Dan at dsilvernail@pps.net

    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: donations@pdxrsg.org 

    Have a restful and rejuvenating winter break, everyone!

    Sean

     

  • 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: 
    http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/mobilefirst.htm
     

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