• February 11, 2020

    Good Evening Lane Families,

    Third quarter is well under way and kids and teachers are working hard. Please note important information below.

    Important Dates

    February 13 - Lane Food Pantry Open

    February 14 - School Dance 3:50 - 4:50

    February 17 - No School - Presidents' Day

    February 20 - Immunization Exclusion Day

    February 27 - Lane Food Pantry Open

    Successful Schools Survey: Your Voice is Needed!

    Please give us feedback about your student’s experiences at Lane. We use this information to improve the work we do at school. We need to hear from you. The survey is short and available in multiple languages. At this time only 2% of Lane families have responded. You can even take it on your phone! Take the survey here,  or go to surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily and select Lane MS. 

    Russian Language Immersion Program Now Enrolling

    Russian Language Immersion Program at Kelly Elementary is enrolling kindergarten students now. If you have a child entering kindergarten next fall, consider the benefits of a bilingual education. See the attached flyer for more information about an upcoming informational meeting on February 18. Russian Language Immersion Flyer 

    Attendance Message

    It is cold season and we have been hearing many questions about when to send students to school. Luckily, here at Lane Middle School we have plenty of hand sanitizer and tissues to help with runny noses, sore throat, and cough. We want your child here each and every day!

    You only need to keep your child home if their symptoms include:

    • Fever higher than 100.5
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea (more than 2 loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools)
    • New skin rash, sores, or wounds (not previously diagnosed by a health care provider)

    Please help us keep our school healthy by encouraging your children to wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

    Please remember that February 20th is Oregon's Immunization Exclusion Day. Our school nurse has been communicating with families that have students who need to update their immunization records.

    If you have any questions, please call the main office (503-916-6355).

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School


    February 9, 2020

    PPS Successful Schools Survey: Family Feedback

    Dear Parents/Guardians, 

    Thank you so much for participating in our annual Successful Schools Family Survey. Your responses will help our school understand your experience and use them to set goals and plan for next year. The survey will cover topics on school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, racial equity and inclusion as well as how well your school fits your student’s needs. Please be honest and thoughtful, and take your time to read and respond to the questions.

    Please visit the link below on a computer, tablet, or smartphone and select the school your child attends. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, please contact your school office so we can provide a way for you to take the survey. Thank you so much for your time and feedback! 

    Panorama UPC  

    Thank you for taking time to read through this information. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 503-916-6355.

    Sincerely, 
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School


    January 7, 2020

    Good evening Lane Families,

    Happy New Year to all! It is exciting to be back with our students. It's amazing to see how they've grown, even in the two weeks that they've been away from school. This is also a time of year when we begin to see the effort they've made at school begin to pay off with measureable learning gains. We will be conducting our winter round of assessments in math and reading over the next three weeks. Please encourage your students to focus and do their best on these assessments, as we use the results, in combination with daily classwork, to plan for their instructional needs. You received a letter before parent conferences giving you information about how your student performed on the first round of assessments. This second round will allow to notice the progress they are making in these two areas. We will be mailing these scores to you at the end of the month. Stay tuned!

    Important Dates
    Thursday, January 9, Food Pantry - 4 - 5:15
    Tuesday, Jan. 14 - Lane PTA meeting in the library - 6:00
    Monday, Jan. 20 - NO School - MLK Day
    Monday, Jan. 27 -  NO School - Teacher Planning Day

    State Testing in April
    OSAS, required state academic achievement testing will be happening throughout the month of April. Please try to avoid scheduling appointments or vacaitons during this time if possible.

    Volunteers Needed for the Lane Food Pantry
    We are looking for volunteers to help set up, run, and clean up the Lane Middle School food pantry on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Let Maria Velez, Associate Director SUN Community Schools, know if you are available! She can be reached at 503-954-9236 or vmaria@latnet.org

    Here is an overview of the tasks that happen every time the pantry is open. 

    Set up-1:30-3:50 pm
    -Arrange and clean furniture for the pantry
    -Help bring in food product when the delivery truck arrives
    -Arrange the food in a clean and pleasant manner
    -Set up the waiting room area-chairs, brochures, and snacks

    Operations-3:50-5:15 pm
    -Engages clients in a friendly manner
    -Make sure they see all ingredients in the pantry 
    -Make sure they take their allotted amount of food
    -Help carry ingredients to clients cars and that the cart used is returned to the pantry

    Clean-up-5:15-7 pm
    -Clean the furniture in the pantry
    -Clean and put away chairs and brochures in the welcome room
    -Sweep and throw out garbage

    Thank you for support this important community resource. Please consider contacting Maria if you have some time to lend a hand. 

    Attendance News

    If attendance has been a challenge for your child this fall, now is a great time to make a new year’s attendance resolution to help your child get on track for success in school and life. For example:

    This year….
    I will talk to my child about how going to school every day will help them do well in school and achieve their hopes and dreams.
    I will keep an attendance chart at home. At the end of the week, I will recognize my child for attending school every day with ... (i.e. a visit to the park, a new book, a break from doing chores, a special treat).
    I will make sure my child is in bed by ___ p.m. and the alarm clock is set for___ a.m.
    If my child complains of a stomachache or headache, and medical concerns have been ruled out, I will send him/her to school anyway and call so that the school counselor can check in with my student during the day. 
    If my child has a cold but no fever (less than 100 degrees), I will send him/her to school anyway. If I don’t have a thermometer, I will purchase or borrow one. 
    I will find a relative, friend or neighbor who can take my child to school if I can’t make it.
    If my child is absent, I will ask that they check in with all of their teachers and take notes about what needs to be made up in their school planner. 
    I will set up medical and dental appointments for weekdays after school.

    Thank you for taking time to read through this information. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 503-916-6355.

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School


    December 11, 2019

    Good Evening Lane Families,

    It is amazing to me that we are nearing the midpoint in our school year. Our students have been working hard and have participated in many inspiring activities this fall. Please follow our school news on Facebook (click this link)  and on the web (click this link.) We maintain up-to-date announcements and important dates on these sites, in addition to fun highlights of our students activities. Bookmark us for the latest news!

    In past weeks, a few students have brought "stink bombs,"  which are small capsules of foul smelling chemicals, to school and set them off in our hallways and classrooms. While this may seem like an innocent prank, in addition to being very disruptive to the learning environment, the fumes created by these capsules are noxious and have caused harm at school. Please take a moment to discuss this issue with your students and encourage them to leave all prohibited items at home.

    You may notice that we are working to improve the playing surface of our back playing field. By the end of the spring, our grounds will include an upgraded soccer field, complete with improved grass, painted lines and new goals. In the meantime, the field will be muddy and not suitable for recess play. Some areas will be off limits during this process. There will be days, like today, when the ground is being worked to level it and remove hazards. On these days, students will be kept indoors during recess time. 

    Important upcoming dates:

    Thursday, Dec. 12th is the last day of SUN and Campfire classes. Be sure that your student has turned in forms for the next SUN session.
    Thursday, Dec. 12th - Lane Food Pantry open 4 - 5:15.
    Thursday, Dec. 19th - Lane Winter Arts and Music Extravaganza - 6 - 7:30 - Bring the family for fun seasonal arts and crafts activities, and enjoy the music of Lane's choir and band students. 
    Thursday, Dec. 19th - Lane Food Pantry open 4 - 5:15
    Friday, Dec. 20th - Last day of classes before winter break
    Monday, Jan. 6th - First day of school in 2020

    With warmth and best wishes to all for the new year,
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School
    503-916-6355 

     


    November 24, 2019

    Hello Lane Families, 

    This is a reminder that conferences will begin tomorrow morning at 9:00 am. Parent-Teacher conferences are a good way to meet teachers and learn about your student's academic performance, as well as the teachers' expectations.It is also an important opportunity for you to share information about your student with teachers. Scheduling information was sent in the mail several weeks ago and many of you have scheduled appointments. Please know, however, that you are welcome to come at any time whether or not you have an appointment.

    The schedule is the same on both Monday and Tuesday and is as follows:

    • Morning Conferences: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Lunch Break: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    • Afternoon Conferences: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Dinner Break: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Evening Conferences: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    It is best to have your student accompany you to the conferences and have them bring their binders and other notebooks for reference. We look forward to seeing you all over the next two day. 

    Please also remember that, due to these conferences and the Fall Break, there are no classes for students at Lane or throughout Portland Public School this week. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2nd.

     

    If you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact our office at 503-916-6355.

    Sincerely,
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School
    503-916-6355


    November 25, 2019

    Hello Lane Families, 

    This is a reminder that conferences will begin tomorrow morning at 9:00 am. Parent-Teacher conferences are a good way to meet teachers and learn about your student's academic performance, as well as the teachers' expectations.It is also an important opportunity for you to share information about your student with teachers. Scheduling information was sent in the mail several weeks ago and many of you have scheduled appointments. Please know, however, that you are welcome to come at any time whether or not you have an appointment.

    The schedule is the same on both Monday and Tuesday and is as follows:

    • Morning Conferences: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Lunch Break: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    • Afternoon Conferences: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Dinner Break: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Evening Conferences: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    It is best to have your student accompany you to the conferences and have them bring their binders and other notebooks for reference. We look forward to seeing you all over the next two day. 

    Please also remember that, due to these conferences and the Fall Break, there are no classes for students at Lane or throughout Portland Public School this week. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2. 

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School



    November 2019

    Dear Lane Families,

    Good afternoon from Lane Middle School. This is an informational newsletter sent to inform you of important information that may relate to your student.

    Important Dates

    • Friday, Nov. 1 - No school for Teacher Planning Day - Teachers will be preparing 1st quarter grades for their students on Friday. Expect to receive report cards in the mail within two weeks.
    • Sunday, Nov. 3 - Day light savings time ends on. Don’t forget to set your clocks back.
    • Monday - Friday, Nov. 4 - 8th - Spirit Week (PJ Day, Meme Day, Sports Day, Twin Day, Decades Day)
    • Friday, Nov. 8 – After school dance
    • Monday, Nov. 11 - Veterans Day – No classes
    • November 25 and 26th - Conferences – Please use forms that will arrive in the mail soon to select a time to meet and speak with your students’ teachers. There are no classes throughout this week.
    • November 27th, 28th 29th – Fall break – No classes

    Notes
    School attendance is very important. Did you know that students with good attendance are 4 times more likely to graduate high school than those who are chronically absent? Please help us provide the best possible education to your child by sending your child to school every day, on time. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's attendance, please let us know. We are here to support your family.

    SafeOregon is a program that allows anyone to anonymously report and respond to student safety threats. Access the SafeOregon Tip Line via the “Report unsafe behavior” button on our school website, the SafeOregon website, calling or texting 844-472-3367, emailing tip@safeoregon.com, or downloading and sending information through the “SafeOregon” mobile app. Let’s work together to keep our school community safe.

    We believe that it is critical that all students have a healthy lunch during the day to keep them fueled for successful learning. We are noticing that many students are not entering our school cafeteria on a daily basis to eat lunch, but are taking the whole lunch/ recess time to play. We will be reviewing our expectations in this area at school. Please support your student by discussing the importance of eating lunch at home. If you need assistance in obtaining or filling the district forms for reduced priced meals, please contact our office.

    We will be hosting a school dance after school on November 8. Students will use Quasars or $2 to enter and a signed permission slip. We are in need of volunteer chaperones. Please contact the main office at Lane if you are interested and available. Be sure to call early so that we can complete the required background check process.

    If you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact our office at 503-916-6355.

    Sincerely,
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School
    503-916-6355


    Michael succeeds Jeandre Carbone, who was Lane principal for three years. We thank Jeandre for her service to Lane and wish her the best in her new position as principal at Sellwood Middle School.

    Michael is a veteran educator who has worked in Portland Public Schools since 1991. He is an instructional leader who is dedicated to being a change agent for Portland students, especially those who have been historically underserved.

    During his time at Lane, Michael worked to restructure the special educational service model to ensure that students with disabilities receive quality, individualized instruction. He also increased participation in advanced math, with an emphasis on male students of color, by 50%.

    Michael joined PPS in 1991 as a science teacher at Ockley Green Middle School, and worked at the school until 2013, serving as a Student Management Specialist and a School Improvement Specialist. He moved to Vestal K-8 in 2013 as a Student Management Specialist, and became an assistant principal the following year, at Chief Joseph/Ockley Green K-8 School.

    Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Trinity College, and a Master of Education from Portland State University.

    Please join me in congratulating Michael on becoming Principal Rowell.

    Keeley Simpson, Ed.D.
    Regional Superintendent