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  • Principal's Newsletter 10-23-2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 23, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I hope you had a great week.  It is finally starting to feel like fall in the Pacific Northwest!

    In late November, virtual Parent/Teacher conferences will take place using Google Meets.  We will soon be sending you detailed information about the format of the conferences and how to sign-up.  We have a few technical details to figure out first. 

    Next Wednesday morning, we will hold our first Site Council meeting.  We would love to have you join us and help steer the course of Sellwood Middle School.  We will be collaborating on two main areas of work:  re-writing Sellwood’s mission statement and writing our school improvement plan.  meet.google.com/bdy-ynfc-qso

    Hope to see you there.

    Sincerely,

     

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

    • October 28: Virtual Site Council - 8:15 to 9:15 AM – Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/bdy-ynfc-qso
    • October 30:  Coffee with the Principal – 9:00 to 10:00 AM – Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/hoi-hsnb-dwa
    • November 5: End of 1st quarter
    • November 6: No School for Students
    • November 11: No school – Veterans Day
    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences
    • November 25, 26, 27:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    The Foundation's annual fundraising campaign is underway. Your support is greatly appreciated, and needed!

    Thank you to all who have already donated to the Foundation!! If you are able and have not yet contributed please donate today.

    Every dollar counts! https://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate

    Your Foundation Board

    PTA NEWS: 

    The Sellwood PTA has endorsed Measure 26-215, please remember to vote!  Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm on zoom.

     

    PTA Fruit Pick Up on Monday

    Thank you to all who purchased apple and pear boxes in the annual PTA fundraiser - we exceeded our goal and raised more than $3,500! Please plan to pick up your fruit on Monday 10/26 from 2 to 6 pm at the Sellwood Middle School parking lot (located at the intersection of SE 15th and SE Harney). Masks and physical distancing are required. If you are unable to make it during this time, contact Amy to make alternative arrangements at acolumbo@comcast.net. W e are in need of volunteers to staff Monday's pick up, please consider signing up to help: Volunteers Needed: Fruit Fundraiser

     

    MATH CLUB

    Students:

    Looking for some more math? Want something fun and challenging? Come join the Math Club!

    We will play math games, solve puzzles, explore new ideas, and prepare for the opportunity to compete at local, state, and national competitions!  

    Meetings are every Monday from 3:30-4:30, starting Oct 26th!

    Knock on the door on your Sellwood School Website that is named "Math Club"

     

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Drop-in Organization Group: The Counseling Department will be hosting a weekly drop-in group on Google Meet that will highlight a different organizational skill each week. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Katie or Ms. Cara.

    When: Each Tuesday at 12:15pm 

    Where: At Ms. Katie's door.

    Who: All students are welcome! Feel free to come every week, or just drop in on the weeks you have time or are interested in a topic. 

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

     

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

     

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

     

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

    Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma published in Child Trends on June 23rd, 2020 by
    Dominique Parris,Victor St. John, Jessica Dym Bartlett

    Comments (-1)
  • Principal's Newsletter 10.16.2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 16, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    This week there are two important fundraisers kicking off that I want to make sure you are aware of.  The Sellwood Middle School Foundation is launching its annual fundraiser, and you can find out how to donate on this page.  https://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/donate.  The Sellwood Foundationg raises money to hire more teachers!  This year, Foundation funds are helping to pay for French and Technology electives, so we are very grateful for that support!  Here is a link to an awesome video that was made for the foundation by Ms. Souther’s Publications class. https://youtu.be/jgM_s9zO4Us

    Second, Sellwood’s PTA is holding its annual fruit fundraiser.  If you love apples and pears, this is the fundraiser for you.  See below for more details about the fundraiser, and also how you can join the PTA and get involved.

    Finally, We will hold our first Site Council meeting on October 28th, from 8:15 to 9:15 AM.  The Google Meet link is below in the Important Dates section.  We would love to see you there.  This year, the Site Council will be working to write Sellwood's mission statement, and also working on our school improvement plan.

    Thank you for all of your support!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

    • October 28: Virtual Site Council - 8:15 to 9:15 AM – Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/bdy-ynfc-qso
    • October 30:  Coffee with the Principal – 9:00 to 10:00 AM – Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/hoi-hsnb-dwa
    • November 5: End of 1st quarter
    • November 6: No School for Students
    • November 11: No school – Veterans Day
    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences
    • November 25, 26, 27:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    The Foundation's annual fundraising campaign is underway. Your support is greatly appreciated, and needed! Check out our website, and if you are able, give today. We can do this for our kids!

    http://www.sellwoodmiddlefoundation.org/

    PTA NEWS: 

    Thank you to those that joined our first PTA meeting. We endorsed Measure 26-215, please remember to vote!  Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 11th at 7pm on zoom.

    Apple and Pear Lovers

    The PTA is hosting a fruit fundraiser and selling freshly picked and amazing tasting boxes of apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards in Parkdale. Last year the PTA raised close to $2,000 and we ask for your support given this is one of the few fundraising efforts that we can continue during COVID. Order now and plan to pick up your fruit on Monday 10/26 from 2 to 6 pm at the school: 

    https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodfruit

    Sellwood Middle School Directory on Konstella! Sellwood Middle School uses Konstella for its online directory.  Konstella can be used for the directory, calendar reminders (you can sync with your calendar), school wide announcements, volunteer sign ups, and special interest groups. This information will be available online via Konstella or in the Konstella app.

    • Konstella is secure and private to the Sellwood community.  You will have a unique login and password. 
    • You can access the family directory and Konstella from any internet connected device: your computer, smart phone, iPad, etc.  

    You will be receiving an email soon asking you to register for Konstella. If you are already registered, please login and make sure your information is updated, especially your contact information and your child’s grade level. Students should be entered into one of the three classrooms: 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. If you are new to Konstella, you will need to input your contact information and student information. Once your family’s information has been received and reviewed, you will receive an email with login instructions. Inclusion in the directory is completely optional. If you do not choose to provide your family’s and child’s information, your contact information will not be included in the directory. You can also choose which information to provide.

    If you have any questions, please contact emilymswanson@gmail.com or blackerinm@gmail.com

    • Konstella is secure and private to the Sellwood community.  You will have a unique login and password. 
    • You can access the family directory and Konstella from any internet connected device: your computer, smart phone, iPad, etc.   You will be receiving an email soon asking you to register for Konstella. If you are already registered, please login and make sure your information is updated, especially your contact information and your child’s grade level. Students should be entered into one of the three classrooms: 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. If you are new to Konstella, you will need to input your contact information and student information. Once your family’s information has been received and reviewed, you will receive an email with login instructions. Inclusion in the directory is completely optional. If you do not choose to provide your family’s and child’s information, your contact information will not be included in the directory. You can also choose which information to provide.

    If you have any questions, please contact emilymswanson@gmail.com or blackerinm@gmail.com

     

    PEAK NEEDS YOU!

    The Panther Enrichment and Academic Knowledge (PEAK) Program is a series of after school classes open to all Sellwood Middle School (SMS) students. In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information. We would really hate to lose our PEAK program!!

     

    MATH CLUB

    Students:

    Looking for some more math? Want something fun and challenging? Come join the Math Club!

    We will play math games, solve puzzles, explore new ideas, and prepare for the opportunity to compete at local, state, and national competitions!  

    Meetings are every Monday from 3:30-4:30, starting Oct 26th!

    Knock on the door on your Sellwood School Website that is named "Math Club"

     

    REVIEWING GRADES AND TEACHER FEEDBACK ON CANVAS

    Teachers will be providing feedback and grades in their Canvas courses.  Only the progress report and final grades will be entered into Synergy.  Please refer to the screenshot below to see where you access student’s grades and feedback in Canvas.

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    Need help with organization and making a plan for homework? 

    Ms. Cara and Ms. Katie can help!  We are hosting a drop in organization group on Tuesdays for 12:15-1pm. 

    To join the drop-in group on Tuesdays at 12:15pm visit meet.google.com and enter the meeting nickname "organization"  

    If you need help but can't make it on Tuesdays click here sign up for office hours with your counselor for 1:1 support.

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

     

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

     

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

     

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

    Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma published in Child Trends on June 23rd, 2020 by
    Dominique Parris,Victor St. John, Jessica Dym Bartlett

     
    Comments (-1)
  • Principal's Newsletter 10.8.2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 8, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Thank you for your patience if you were waiting for the new version of our Back-to-School night video, re-recorded due to sound issues.  Of course, not being a video editor, I had technical trouble and had to buy special software to convert the various video formats.  I learned a lot though, and finally finished it! Here is a link to the document that has all of the Back-to-School Night videos in one place: the all-school introduction video with a message from PPS board member Andrew Scott, as well as links to teachers' videos.

    Tomorrow there is no school due to the State In-service Day, and progress reports will be coming to you sometime next week. 

    I hope you enjoy the long weekend and get outside before the rain begins.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

    • October 8: Quarter 1 Progress Reports

    • October 9: No school

    • October 14: 6PM Virtual TAG Parent Meeting

    • October 14: 7PM Virtual PTA Meeting

    • October 28: Virtual Site Council 8:15 to 9:15 AM

    • November 5: End of 1st quarter

    • November 6: No School for Students

    • November 11: No school – Veterans Day

    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences

    • November 25, 26, 27:  Thanksgiving Break

    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

     

    TAG PARENT MEETING, October 14, 6PM - 6:45

    On October 14th, Sellwood will host our annual TAG parent meeting. You are invited to learn more about the district’s and Sellwood’s TAG program. There will be a short video presentation followed by a question and answer session.

    TAG Google Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/jhd-wemx-xpo

     

    PTA NEWS: 

    Please join us Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm on zoom for our first PTA meeting. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6088364064?pwd=SzVWRzBUM1l1V2x0RUNobzhsdXZyUT09

    Meeting ID: 608 836 4064

    Passcode: 3EKBre

    PTA Fruit Fundraiser..Our biggest fundraiser!
    Calling all Sellwood PTA supporters and apple and pear fans! During the month of October, we will be hosting a fruit fundraiser and selling freshly picked and amazing tasting boxes of apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards. This local orchard from Parkdale, Oregon is known for its excellent quality fruit and a reputation for supporting local nonprofits, like the PTA. you can place your orders online at: https://www.schoolpay.com/link/sellwoodfruit

     

    FROM THE LIBRARY

    Let's Get Reading! is underway. Sellwood’s library staff have been BUSY putting together bags of books for students. Sellwood distributes and collects bags of books each Thursday from 1-3PM. Check out these pictures and more information about the program. Questions can be directed to Laura Axon or Beverly Mangold.

     

    REVIEWING GRADES AND TEACHER FEEDBACK ON CANVAS

    Teachers will be providing feedback and grades in their Canvas courses.  Only the progress report and final grades will be entered into Synergy.  Please refer to the screenshot below to see where you access student’s grades and feedback in Canvas.

     

    COUNSELORS’ CORNER:

    GSA club will start this Tuesday, 10/13, at 12:30 PM and continue each Tuesday this school year. GSA stands for Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and will be a safe and LGBTQ+ -inclusive space for all students to find support, socialization, and community together. If your student would like to join or ask questions, please email Counselor Susan at sucook@pps.net.

     

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION NEWS: 

    Check out the Sellwood Middle School Foundation’s website so you can learn about opportunities to support our school!

    The Sellwood Middle School Foundation has nine incredible board members this year. We have been hard at work preparing for this year’s fundraisers that will support our mission of reducing class sizes and enhancing elective choices for students.  You will hear a lot from us in the coming weeks about bottle drop Blue-Bags and the Annual Ask.  We look forward to serving our school community this year!

    Our Community•Our School•Our Goals

    Smaller Class Sizes and Inspiring Electives for Every Student

     

    SELLWOOD HANDBOOK/RESOURCE PACKET

    Please check out a handy collection of resources with information about the school, district, and health related resources.  There is a link to this resource packet on our website as well.

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

     

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

     

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distributed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

    Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma published in Child Trends on June 23rd, 2020 by
    Dominique Parris,Victor St. John, Jessica Dym Bartlett

    Comments (-1)
  • Principal's Newsletter 10-2-2020

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – October 2, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It is hard to believe it is already October!  Distance learning is up and running, and we will strive to continually improve our program. 

    Thanks to all of you who attended my first virtual Coffee with the Principal event this morning.

    I hope you get outside to enjoy the good weather this weekend,

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

    • October 8: Quarter 1 Progress Reports
    • October 9: No school
    • October 14: 7PM Virtual PTA Meeting
    • October 28: Site Council 8:15 to 9:15 AM
    • November 5: End of 1st quarter
    • Novemebr 6: No School for Students
    • November 11: No school – Veterans Day
    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences
    • November 25, 26, 27:  Thanksgiving Break
    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    FROM THE LIBRARY

    Hello!

    This year, our library is offering The Panther Read Aloud Book Club at lunch time.  This project will start in October and will run for three books worth of time.  The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students. It is a free project and it fits perfectly into the Oregon School Library Reading Engagement standards.

    During the project, our class will be reading Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park, This is My America by Eugene, OR author Kim Johnson , and finally Indian No More by Portland, OR. born author Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell. We will be reading and connecting with students around the world who are reading the same book.  We will use google meets through the Sellwood Middle School Site with the door for Laura Axon.

    Monday: 6th Grade: 12:15-1:00 Sellwood Middle School Site 

    Tuesday: 7th Grade: 12:15-1:00 Sellwood Middle School Site 

    Wednesday: 8th Grade: 12:15-1:00 Sellwood Middle School Site 

    We are very excited to connect with others, especially since millions of students participate all around the globe every year  This project will allow for our students to use technology tools in a meaningful way, as well as learn about other cultures, all while listening to a fantastic read aloud.  

    If you would like more information about the Global Read Aloud, feel free to visit the website www.theglobalreadaloud.com or I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  I look forward to starting this exciting project with your child, as well as seeing the connections we will make.

    All my best,

    Laura Axon

    laxon@pps.net

    Also, don’t forget that every Thursday, form 1-3PM  Sellwood's Library will be distributing and collecting “Let’s Get Reading” book bags.

    PARENT ACCESS TO CANVAS

    Follow the instructions linked above to access your student’s Canvas courses.

    REVIEWING GRADES AND TEACHER FEEDBACK ON CANVAS

    Teachers will be providing feedback and grades in their Canvas courses.  Only the progress report and final grades will be entered into Synergy.  

    COUNSELING CORNER:

    News from the Counseling Department:

    Our Sellwood Counseling page is now active in Canvas and all students have been invited. Counselors will be holding weekly office hours that students can sign up for at this link. The survey will also be posted in Canvas along with regular updates of resources and announcements from the counseling department. 

    Also, here is a screencast showing how students can use the Google calendar feature on their email to keep track of their codes digitally and have a visual reminder of when they need to be in classes.

    PTA NEWS: 

    Please join us Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm on zoom for our first PTA meeting. (zoom link TBD)

    Volunteer to help organize a PTA sponsored event or fundraiser!

    In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information.

    PTA Fruit Fundraiser  

    Calling all Sellwood PTA supporters and apple and pear fans! During the month of October, we will be hosting a fruit fundraiser and selling freshly picked and amazing tasting boxes of apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards. This local orchard from Parkdale, Oregon is known for its excellent quality fruit and a reputation for supporting local nonprofits, like the PTA. This is one of our largest fundraisers, given that we are able to purchase the fruit at cost. Last year the PTA raised close to $2,000 and we ask for your support given this is one of the few fundraising efforts that we can continue during COVID. Stay tuned for more information to get your order placed.

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION NEWS: 

    Foundation News

    The Sellwood Middle School Foundation has nine incredible board members this year. We have been hard at work preparing for this year’s fundraisers that will support our mission of reducing class sizes and enhancing elective choices for students.  You will hear a lot from us in the coming weeks about bottle drop Blue-Bags and the Annual Ask.  We look forward to serving our school community this year!

    Our Community•Our School•Our Goals

    Smaller Class Sizes and Inspiring Electives for Every Student

     

    SELLWOOD HANDBOOK/RESOURCE PACKET

    Please check out a handy collection of resources with information about the school, district, and health related resources.  There is a link to this resource packet on our website as well.

    You can find it here.

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    How to get to School pay?  Go to Sellwood Middle School website, under "Quick Links" select School Pay.  Follow the directions.  

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distribututed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

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  • Principal's Newsletter 9.27.20

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – September 27, 2020

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    I apologize for the delay in getting this newsletter to you. I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather yesterday.

    This Friday, I will host my first Virtual Coffee with the Principal event.  It will be from 9-10:00 AM.  I plan to hold to hold the coffee with the principal event twice monthly, on the first and third Friday of each month.  As the year goes on, the frequency and time of the meeting may change, depending on participation and feedback.

    Coffee with the Principal will take place as a Google Meet.  You can use this code to join:  meet.google.com/hoi-hsnb-dwa

    If you have any particular questions or concerns you would like me to address, I ask that you email me in advance, so that I can make sure I have any relevant information on hand.  I look forward to seeing you there!

    Also, you and your student should have received an email from me on Friday about our new internal website.  The site will be a convenient place where students can go to access the “Good Morning Sellwood” livestream, the Sellwood Website, the PPS Middle School Bell Schedule, all of their Google Meets, and more.  As this is an internal site, it is only accessible to students and staff logged in with their PPS emails.  Please watch the screencast below the “important dates” section to see how it works.

    Please make sure your student has opened my email and bookmarked the site on their bookmark bar.

    Many of you have shared questions and concerns about the PPS Middle School Bell Schedule.  I want you to know that I have shared those concerns with senior leadership.  Yesterday, you should have received an email from PPS Communications with clarifications regarding the middle school bell schedule.  In case you did not receive it, I have pasted the letter at the bottom of this newsletter. 

    Finally, we are re-recording the all-school presentation from Virtual Back-to-School night and will share it tomorrow.

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

     

    IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

    • October 2: 9:00-10:00 AM Virtual Coffee with the Principal

    • October 8: Quarter 1 Progress Reports

    • October 9: No school

    • October 14:  4:15-5:15 PM Virtual Site Council

    • October 14: 7PM Virtual PTA Meeting

    • November 6: End of 1st quarter

    • November 11: No school – Veterans Day

    • November 23 &24: Parent/Teacher conferences

    • December 21-January 1: Winter Break

    NEW SELLWOOD INTERNAL WEBPAGE:

    Please watch this screencast to see the features of our new internal site.  Students should check their email for the link and then bookmark the site.

     

    PPS INFORMATION ON DISTANCE LEARNING

    This link above will bring you to the district’s Informational page on distance learning

    PARENT ACCESS TO CANVAS

    Follow the instructions linked above to access your student’s Canvas courses.

    Reviewing Grades and Teacher Feedback on Canvas

    Teachers will be providing feedback and grades in their Canvas courses.  Only the progress report and final grades will be entered into Synergy.  Please refer to the screenshot below to see where you access student’s grades and feedback in Canvas.

    COUNSELING CORNER:

    News from the Counseling Department:

    Our Sellwood Counseling page is now active in Canvas and all students have been invited. Counselors will be holding weekly office hours that students can sign up for at this link. The survey will also be posted in Canvas along with regular updates of resources and announcements from the counseling department. 

    Also, here is a screencast showing how students can use the Google calendar feature on their email to keep track of their codes digitally and have a visual reminder of when they need to be in classes.

    PTA NEWS: 

    Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that got needed supplies to our students! Your time was appreciated.

    Please join us Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm on zoom for our first PTA meeting. (zoom link TBD)

    Volunteer to help organize a PTA sponsored event or fundraiser!

    In order for our PEAK program to get up and running once school is back in the building, we really need a PEAK coordinator! Please consider heading up this important school resource. Please email sellwoodpta@gmail for more information.

    Join the PTA

    Everyone is welcome, we encourage family members, friends and neighbors to join.

    Membership for one year is $20.00/person.

    You can join online at  https://sites.google.com/view/sellwoodpta  and pay your dues online too with SchoolPay https://www.schoolpay.com NOTE: This is separate from the Sellwood General Fees. PTA is under non-profit!. 

    AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization (Sellwood Middle School!) every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the AmazonShopping app for iOS and Android phones

    Look out for our Apple and Pear fundraiser COMING SOON!

     

    SELLWOOD FOUNDATION NEWS: 

    Foundation News

    The Sellwood Middle School Foundation has nine incredible board members this year. We have been hard at work preparing for this year’s fundraisers that will support our mission of reducing class sizes and enhancing elective choices for students.  You will hear a lot from us in the coming weeks about bottle drop Blue-Bags and the Annual Ask.  We look forward to serving our school community this year!

    Our Community•Our School•Our Goals

    Smaller Class Sizes and Inspiring Electives for Every Student

     

    MAIN OFFICE:

    Just a friendly reminder the school building is closed.  Office staff will be in the main office on Tuesday’s from 9:00AM-12:00 PM and Thursdays from 1:00PM-3:00PM. 

    Other than Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, office staff is working remotely from home. Email is the best way to reach us. mwhitesi@pps.net or choward1@pps.net .While phone messages are being checked periodically, there will be a delayed response.

    Parents have called to find out which class their student was marked absent for. The best way to find this information is to log into ParentVue.  If you have forgotten your password, have been locked out of your account, or do not have login credentials. Please email Melissa Whiteside @ mwhitesi@pps.net

    If you need to excuse your child's attendance, please email Melissa Whiteside. (mwhitesi@pps.net) I will be more than happy to assist you. 

    For matters concerning registration, enrollment, and ParentVue send emails to mwhitesi@pps.net .

    To make changes to your student's registration in Synergy please log-in and use ParentVue.

    If your ParentVue account has been disabled please email Melissa Whiteside mwhitesi@pps.net

    RE: STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

    Re: Student Activity Fee: These fees are collected yearly to provide necessary support to all Sellwood students

    $20.00 Suggested Donation. 

    Go on-line to School Pay, Select: School Activity Fee

    School pay accepts credit/debit cards or electronic checks.  No cash at this time please.   

     

    In School Pay, you'll also notice that you can donate to additional school funds such as:

    • Math account: Will offset some of the cost of graph paper and whiteboards distributed.
    • Art account:  Will help offset the cost of art material kits distribututed.
    • Principal's Discretionary Account:  Used to support students.
    • Chrome Books - Technology:  We can also use more!
    • Marimba:  Great program.  Help keep with tuning or repair of instruments and more!
    • Band:  Great program:  Help keep it amazing! 
    • Library:  Love to Read?  The Library can always use support.

    Browse the list... there's more ways to help!  

     

    PARENT FACING PAGE ON ATLAS

    Families have the opportunity to view PPS curriculum in Atlas by visiting https://pps-public.rubiconatlas.org/Atlas/Public/View/Default

    RACE, RACISM, AND RACIAL EQUITY RESOURCES

    All Students Need Anti-racism Education, article by Christina Torres, Teaching Tolerance, July 30, 2020


    September 25 Update: Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

    The middle school schedule is designed to give students opportunities for teacher and peer connection throughout the week and to make sure they are supported and challenged by meaningful work that matches grade-level standards.

    • Monday to Thursday: Students work directly with teachers online from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    • Friday: Students meet with all of their classes live in whole or small groups; or engage in asynchronous learning; or meet with teachers during office hours.

    Each type of learning is outlined below.

    Whole-Group Instruction

    • Teachers are expected to provide whole-group instruction Monday/Tuesday, and may choose to also provide whole-group instruction Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, depending on students’ needs.

    Small-Group Instruction

    • We know that middle school students need opportunities to connect with other students, and small groups provide this.
    • Small groups provide an opportunity for teachers to get to know students better.  
    • Small groups are designed to: 1) reinforce learning, 2) provide additional instruction for students who need re-teaching or extensions. Groups will vary based on student need.
    • If teachers are leading small-group instruction during a period, they are expected to provide applied learning work for students who are not part of that small group or groups.
    • Students will have the opportunity for peer-to-peer connection during small-group instruction.

    Whether teachers use small-group instruction, whole-group instruction, or office hours during the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday periods, they are expected to cover all priority standards for their subject that have been identified by the district.

    Asynchronous Learning Occurring During Scheduled Class Periods

    • Asynchronous learning should be aligned to the learning outcomes from teachers’ live lessons. 
    • During asynchronous learning periods (designated Periods 1-6 or 1-7), teachers are available for electronic communication with students. 
    • If a teacher is leading small-group instruction during a scheduled class period, they are expected to provide standards-aligned asynchronous work for students who are not expected to participate in small groups.

    Office Hours

    • Teachers should offer at least 30 minutes of office hours for students per week.
    • Teachers have flexibility on which day to schedule office hours.

    Advisory/Small Group Instruction Block (1 to 1:45 p.m.)

    • Schools with advisory use this period for advisory. Schools without advisory offer instructional intervention and extensions.
    • Teachers work with students directly or are present synchronously for student contact during this time.

    Applied Learning (afternoon)

    • Students are expected to be engaged in meaningful, standards-based work assigned during their synchronous periods (Periods 1-6 or 1-7).
    • To make sure teachers can focus on giving feedback to students and engaging in professional collaboration, they are not expected to be able to respond to students synchronously during this time.
    • Students will never be assigned to participate in unsupervised groups as part of applied learning.

    As always, thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work with our school leaders and educators to continually improve our comprehensive distance learning offering for all students in all grades.

     
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