Mt Tabor Middle School

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5800 SE Ash StPortland, OR 97215Ph (503) 916-5646Fx (503) 916-2659

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  • Principal's Message

    Thurs, 9/20: Back to School Night, 6:00-8:00

    Tues, 9/25: PTA meeting, 6:30-8:00

    Fri, 10/12: No school

    Tues, 10/23: Picture retakes

    Thurs, 10/25: Halloween Dance, 4:00-5:00

    Mon, 10/29: No school


    Dear Mt. Tabor Families, 

    It's starting to feel like fall--my favorite season. With fall comes exciting events here at Tabor: Back to School Night, school pictures, our Halloween Dance. It's a nice time of year to be in schools.

    Today, we're taking our pictures, and many of us are donning one of Greg Wall's NY Giants t-shirts (tie-dyed, of course). If you were at last weekend's memorial, you'd agree it's an event we'll never forget. The number of students who were there shows us that Greg was a teacher who'll never be forgotten. Later in October, we'll plant a tree at the school in Greg's honor. Stay tuned. 

    Thursday of next week is Back to School Night. We'll gather in the Big Gym for a few minutes before heading out to classrooms to follow student schedules. (I'll be following a student's schedule, too.) Our teachers will have 15 minutes to review their syllabus and describe a typical day in their room. It's one of my favorite nights of the year.

    Another favorite of mine is our Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement Club, or MESA. The goal of MESA is to create a safe place for historically-underserved students to feel part of a community in the schoolhouse and to design, code, and build their way toward solutions to human-centered problems. It's powerful, and it's led by the outstanding Frank Fields--who, I think, holds the MESA record for length of coaching tenure. We're inviting all interested students to try out next Wednesday after school for our 30-member team.

    Next is an amazing class for parents and guardians. It's called "How to Parent Teens with Kindness and Firmness," and Julia Tomes, from last year's Social Media Night, will be leading the class. Even though my kids are only 5 and 2, I've learned a ton from Julia about setting boundaries, being consistent and firm, but being calm and loving all along the way. After spending time with Julia in her workshop, I learned how to parent with my children, not just to my children, and I learned how to work at school with kids, instead of just principaling kids. To register, go to The weekly class begins mid-October.

    Finally, you should know about SafeOregon, a hotline for kids who need to report something. Kids can report anything that feels uncomfortable, like harassment, drug and alcohol use, or self-harm. Some kids know stuff but never come forward. Maybe they're scared, don't want to get in trouble, or don't want to upset a friend. SafeOregon allows kids to easily report information and helps them feel anonymous. Please share the following with your student, as we'll be doing the same here at school: Call or text SafeOregon 24/7 at (844) 472-3367 or email SafeOregon at There's also an app in iTunes or Google Play. 

    That's all for now. Have a great weekend, everyone.




  • School Supply List

    Mt. Tabor Middle School Supply List 2018-19

    Every 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Student needs:

    • 3-ring binder with:                                                                                                             
      • Index dividers
      • Pencil pouch
      • Wide ruled notebook paper
    • Colored pencils/markers/highlighter
    • Pens/pencils
    • Glue stick
    • Scissors
    • Ruler with standard and metric measure
    • Basic calculator
    • PE lock (Physical Education)

     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:

    • 1 Bound composition notebook
    • 3-ring binder—1 inch (Japanese Immersion)
    • 5 rolls of scotch tape (3 for Science & 2 for Math)
    • 3-subject college ruled notebook (Math)
    • Bound composition notebook with graph paper (Math)
    • 1 pack of graph paper (Science)
    • Watercolor paints
    • 2 D Batteries (Science)
    • 3 boxes of tissues (school supply)
    • 2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
    • 1 (12) pack of #2 pencils (school supply)
    • 1 container of Clorox or Lysol wipes (school supply)

     7th Grade Students:

    • Bound composition notebook (Japanese Immersion)
    • 2 Single subject spiral notebooks
    • Notebook with graph paper (Bound composition or Spiral)
    • Spiral notebook (Spanish Non-Immersion only)
    • 2 rolls of scotch tape (Science)
    • 3 boxes of tissues (school supply)
    • 1 container of Clorox or Lysol wipes (school supply)
    • 2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
    • 1 (12) pack of #2 pencils

     8th Grade Students:

    • Bound composition notebook (Social Studies)
    • Bound composition notebook (Language Arts)
    • Bound composition notebook (JMP)
    • Bound composition notebook with graph paper (Math)
    • Spiral notebook (Language Arts)
    • Spiral notebook (Spanish Non-Immersion only)
    • AAA Batteries [small pack] (Math)
    • 3 rolls of scotch tape (2 for Science & 1 for Social Studies)
    • 1 roll of scotch tape (Spanish Immersion)
    • 2 boxes of tissues (school supply)
    • 2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
    • 1 (12) pack of #2 pencils (school supply)
    • 1 container of Clorox or Lysol wipes (school supply)
    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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