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  • ALERT – Attendance Policy


    Fall 2018 - Attendance Alert

     Sellwood families:

    We work very hard to ensure all students receive the best education possible. However, we cannot provide students a quality education if they are not in school — on time, every day.  As you may already know, school attendance is required by the State of Oregon for all children ages seven through eighteen.

    Last year, we had a high number of absences and/or tardies. This year we will monitor all students’ attendance closely and will expect that all students attend school regularly and on time. A good general rule is to make sure your child does not miss more than 2 days of school in a month.

    We realize certain occasions will arise in which children will have a necessary and excused absence.  Please remember to contact the school office at (503) 916-5656 if your child will be absent.

    Thank you very much for your cooperation.   We hope you have had a great summer and are ready for a new school year!  We will see you on the first day of school.   If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 503-916- 5656.

    Yours truly,

    Karl Newsome


  • 2018-2019 Sellwood Supply List

    Sellwood Middle School Supply List:  2018-2019

    Required for all:

    Every student in every grade level must have a binder with the following items every day:

    Zipper pouch to store supplies, two pens, two pencils, one highlighter, college ruled loose-leaf paper, and 5–6 colored tab subject dividers to separate classes, graph spiral notebook* (for math).

    Every student will also be receiving a spiral bound planner in their Back to School packet. 

    We are asking all students and staff to use these planners so that we can have a unified organizational tool that is consistent for every classroom.

    Recommended for all:

    We strongly recommend you also keep the following supplies in your binder (many teachers require the items on this list--please see below):

    Glue stick, tape, big eraser, scissors, small pencil sharpener, ruler, and a small set of colored pencils or pens.

    Required if you have the following teachers**:

    Cusack: scissors, glue stick, colored pencils, 100 sheet college ruled composition book, highlighter, 1 package of 3x5 note cards, and 5 subject dividers for block class

    Gaede: 100 sheet college ruled composition book, colored pencils, black fine tip sharpie

    Hall-Ramirez:  composition book

    Kriska:  scotch tape, scissors, glue stick, colored pencils, 100 sheet college ruled composition book, 150 3x5 unlined notecards, 5 pocket dividers for Block class, fine tip black sharpie

    Kluss: two spiral notebooks, plus pink, blue, and yellow highlighters

    Lossner: three separate spiral notebooks, three different colored highlighters, skinny Sharpie, fat Sharpie

    McCulloch: two composition books

    Reisman: colored pen (other than black)

    Souther: two composition books

    True: 3 ring zipper binder, scotch tape, scissors, glue stick, colored pencils, 100 sheet college ruled composition book, 5 pocket dividers, fine tip black sharpie 
    Naze: 1 box of tissue, 1 roll of Scotch tape    

    * Please purchase 2-3 graph paper notebooks (¼ inch grid). They are difficult to find later in the year.


  • Sellwood 5K Run

    Students start the 5K run
    The Sellwood 5k was a great success! We more than doubled our participant numbers than last year, but the foundation continues to need support. Thank you to all those that came out and those who donated online. Go Panthers!
  • Sellwood Student Charlie Abrams - Two Portland students being recognized for their efforts to address climate change

    Two Portland middle schoolers are fighting to address climate change. It's a fight to educate local students and lawmakers that's now being recognized around the world.

    "We're the ones affected the most by climate change," said Jeremy Clark. "We have to do something."

    Eighth graders Jeremy Clark and Charlie Abrams began their mission after Clark saw a cover of National Geographic Magazine.


Principal's Message

  • Dear Sellwood Parents and Students,

    It is with great joy that we welcome you to the 2017-18 schoolyear!  I am very excited to be your principal and to be working with such an incredibly gifted staff and equally supportive community. Our staff is one of the best to be found in the entire District, and we share the same vision of committing ourselves to ensure that each Sellwood student reach their full potential.

    Doors open for the school day at 9:05 and the tardy bell is 9:15 each morning. Being on time is crucial to your child’s success.  We take tardiness very seriously and will be working hard to get every student to school on time.  Your help is greatly appreciated and expected.

     We look forward to getting to know you and we are excited with you as we begin the new schoolyear together. Please contact us if you have any questions.

     Respectfully yours,

    Karl Newsome, Principal                          Marylyn John, Assistant Principal

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