Dear Mt. Tabor Families,
I have a lot of good stuff to announce, so hang tight. I want to begin by addressing this week's walkout. Although only 40 students left campus, these kids disrupted the business of our school and our school district. They also disrupted other schools that had to go into lockout and supervise our students. I love that Tabor has the reputation of cultivating intelligent and engaged citizenry, but this is not how I want us to build that reputation.
If you encouraged or in any way allowed your student to walk out on Tuesday, please know that we at Tabor do not support this action. While we support freedom of speech and assembly, we do not support those actions when they infringe upon the protection of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for the other 700 students at Tabor as well as the FAPE of students at other schools. By having to pull staff out of schools and locking schools down because of a walkout, we infringe upon the constitutional guarantee of FAPE for our kids.
Moving to a happier place now, I'd highly encourage you to attend our PTA meeting this coming Tuesday, 11/13. Special guest Elona Landau will be giving an important, free talk called "Prepared Parents, Confident Kids: An Introduction to Talking With Your Kids About Sex and Sexuality." I feel Elona's talk will complement our new Health curriculum, and I'm grateful our insightful PTA has, again, proactively sponsored a skilled and highly-engaging speaker for our community. Our meeting on Tuesday will begin at 6:30. Also, check out the English.pdf and Spanish.pdf of our new PTA Newsletter. There's a lot of great info.
More good stuff--please consider buying a Spanish Immersion wreath again this year. I bought one last year, and it's one of the nicer wreaths I've ever purchased for the holidays. Every time I came home and saw the wreath on my front door, I knew I had helped our Spanish Immersion program fund its summer educational trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico. The wreaths cost $28 and are worth every penny. Follow this link, and submit your order by November 20th. The wreaths will be ready for pick-up in early December. I'll let you know when they arrive.
Interested in exploring high school options for your 8th grader? Check out the 8th Grade Information Nights for each of our PPS high schools.
Here's something from our awesome librarian, Annie Licurse:
We are so excited to be partnering with local bookstore Wallace Books for a Book Fair during November Conferences. We will be selling high-interest books for students and parents alike. Graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks and other books! The book fair will run both conference days, ending at 7 pm on Tuesday. Cash, check, and credit cards all accepted. 12% of the proceeds go to fund books for our Mt. Tabor library!
And here's an important message from our counselors, Galen and Michael:
This week we were able to see all of the 6th graders for an anti-bullying lesson. We looked at student responses to our schoolwide needs assessment and came up with 5 topics to cover over the next few months. This week we covered topics like managing emotions, respectful language, and how to respond to gossip. We will continue our lessons in January. Those lessons will include how to respond to peer pressure and cyberbullying/trolling. If you are curious for more detail about the lessons this week ask your student any of the following questions: What is one coping mechanism you have used and one coping mechanism you will use in the future? Which emotions are hardest to control? (What coping mechanism may help regulate that emotion?) What was unique about the lesson about spreading gossip?
Thank you for trusting us with your young people.
Finally, do you like the Trailblazers? Need a little escape? Buy Blazers tickets for the 12/19 game against the Grizzlies, and a portion of your ticket price will support our PTA. Visit rosequarter.com/groupnights, and enter the promo code MTMS. The deadline is 11/23.
That's all for now, Eagles. Have a nice 3-day weekend.
Mt. Tabor Middle School
Supply List 2018-19
Every 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Student needs:
Note: Do not purchase an assignment book or agenda. We provide one of these for all students. It is used as part of our study skills program and we want all students to have the same one.
6th Grade Students:
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8th Grade Students:
Students at Grant High School were invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony during lunch Thursday to recognize Native American Heritage Month, and school officials weren’t sure how many students would go outside on a chilly day. What they saw was a huge throng of students filing through the front door at the Marshall campus (Grant’s temporary home) to watch.
Matthew Bacon-Brenes, a teacher mentor and a leading advocate for dual language immersion in Portland Public Schools, has been awarded a Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence for 2019 from the NEA Foundation and Horace Mann.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting