• May 7, 2020

    Hello Lane Families, 

    I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.  I know that this is a very challenging time for all of us and want to keep you informed as we move through our last full month of schooling. 

    4 Day School Week Starts Tomorrow, May 8

    You may have heard that our school system, like most schools throughout the nation, is facing the possibility of major budget reductions due to the economic effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. In response to expected cuts to our budgets, PPS has decided to furlough all staff one day of week, starting tomorrow, for the remainder of the school year. The purpose of this move is to reduce the need for staffing reductions next year. This means that all schools and school functions will be closed and unavailable every Friday. This includes the hubs which serve lunch and breakfasts. Extra food will be provided on Thursdays in order to help families with this change. We are working to ensure that there will be no reduction in the instruction that your students are receiving from their teachers. While there will be no interaction between staff and students on Fridays, lessons are posted in Google classrooms and can be completed anytime during the week. I recommend that families keep a weekly schedule to maintain regularity and routines at home, and you might choose to keep some expectations for study on Fridays.

    Forecasting for 6th and 7th Grade Students Starts this Week

    6th and 7th grade students received a questionnaire this week as an assignment in their Google classrooms. The purpose of this form is to help us schedule students for classes next school year. We normally work with students at school to help them make strong choices for their futures. Please talk with your students about this process and sit with them while they fill out the form.

    Families of sixth grade students will need to give input on placements for math classes for next year. Please go here for more information about the two math pathways that begin in 7th grade. Please take time to look over these materials, as the pathways have effects into high school.

    Here are links to the forecasting forms. Students can fill them out directly here, or in any of their classrooms.  6th grade forecasting form   7th grade forecasting form

    Artist in Residence at Lane: "The Big Up Show" Video Production Project Begins Tomorrow

    We are constantly looking for ways to provide engaging and relevant learning opportunities for our students at Lane MS. Using a small amount of available grant funding, we have been able to contract with professional videographer Aaron Neville Smith to provide lessons and support to students interested in learning more about video production. Students will receive individual guidance and feedback as they learn to create their own video productions. Please encourage your student to get involved in this exciting, first come, first served enrichment opportunity! Find more information about how to be involved on our student focused website here!

    More to Come

    We are actively working on other topics including an upcoming online school dance, the 19/20 Lane yearbook, a school wide reading challenge including a special guest performance, and a promotion celebration for our departing 8th grade students. More information will be available on these topics in the near future. Stay tuned!

    Please contact me immediately if your family does not have access to a computer and wifi at home. We can and will help with these resources. I encourage you to reach out with any needs, concerns or questions that might arise. You can reach me by replying to this email or on my cell phone at 971-678-9700. Be well and be safe!


    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School

    April 26, 2020
    Good Evening Lane Families,

    We are seeing a gradual increase in the number of students who are engaging in our online classes. It is so good to see your students back at "school!" We miss everyone tremendously. Please encourage your student to get involved with their classwork on a daily basis, but maintain a healthy balance of activities, allowing for periods of physical activity in addition to online activities. 

    Computers and Wifi

    We realize that there are still students who do not have computers and/ or wifi access. We are working hard to ensure that students who are still not connected receive devices and assistance with internet connection this week. If you have not been in touch with school staff about needing a computer or wifi in your home, please reply to this email so that we can help get you connected.

    Classes in All Subject Areas Begin Tomorrow, April 27, 2020

    For the past two weeks, we have asked students to focus on their Math and Language Arts classes, as they gained access to technology and learned how to access resources online. Starting tomorrow, April, 27, teachers in all subject areas will be posting assignments. Please be sure that your student is accessing their teachers via Google Classroom. Students can find their classrooms at www.classroom.google.com. Students need to be sure that they are logged into their school account. Information about usernames and passwords can be found here.

    Student Email

    All students have assigned Gmail accounts through the district. Teachers are actively using email to communicate with students. Please be sure that your student has signed into their gmail and is checking their messages daily. Students use the same username and passwords for their gmail accounts. 

    Office Hours

    All teachers are available during the week to meet with students live. Teachers share codes for joining the meeting in their Google classrooms. A general outline of times can be found here, but to know when individual teachers are available online, students need to check each teacher's Google classroom. Remember that office hours are not required and will not include new information or instruction. It is time for students to ask questions, get help, and interact with their teachers. 


    Portland Public Schools will not be issuing grades for the 3rd and 4th quarters of this school year. All students will be promoted to the next grade, regardless of their level of participation in our online program. 8th grade students taking classes which confer high school credit, such as Compacted Math 2 or Spanish 2, will receive grades of either "Pass" or "Incomplete." Students who were receiving a passing grade at the time that schools closed will receive a passing grade for the term. Student who were not passing at that time will be given the opportunity to improve their grade or receive an "Incomplete." All other middle school classes will not be graded. Please encourage your student to focus on maintaining and building skills and knowledge during this time, even though there will be no grades assigned. 


    Staff will continue to use the app Remind to text and call families and students. If you receive a request to join this service, it is likely a teacher or other school staff attempting to contact you. 

    6th and 7th Grade Forecasting

    Students in 6th and 7th grades will be asked to share their preferences for elective classes for next year. We would normally conduct this process in class, with a form that would come home to families. This year we will be asking students to share their preferences via an online form. I will send out further information when this process begins. 8th grade students forecasted for their high school schedules before schools were closed. 

    Student Website

    Students in our advanced technology class have developed a website to share information about school-wide activities at Lane. They have done some amazing work! Encourage your student to visit the site here to see pics and videos from their teachers and information about upcoming online events. The site also contains links for tech help and online library resources, 

    We are working on a wide range of topics, including a process for allowing students to pick up their belongings, the 8th grade promotion celebration, and the school yearbook. More info on these topics and more will be coming soon. 

    Please feel free to reach out to me for any reason, either by replying to this email, or by calling my cell phone at 971-678-9700. Stay safe, stay well!


    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School


    April 12, 2020

    Good Evening Lane Families,

    As you probably know by now, in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting life throughout the United States and rest of the world, Portland Public Schools has been closed since March 16. On April 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that all in-person classes in Oregon were canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

    We have been working hard to begin Distance Learning at Home for our students at Lane. While I realize that many families are still needing technology, I want to try to make the different components of what we are doing for your students as clear as possible.

    Computer Loans Continue Tomorrow

    The school district will be opening several sites throughout the city all week, from 10 -4, in order to allow all students to have a district loaned computer to support their learning. The closest distribution site for our community is Franklin High School.Anyone picking up a computer for a student will need to know their school ID number and their birth date.  Last week, the number of families trying to pick up a computer overwhelmed the distribution sites throughout the city. The district has modified their systems so that the process will flow more quickly. I am sorry for the inconvenience and probable frustration -- please keep trying to get a computer for your student.  

    Assignments in Google classrooms begin tomorrow for Math and Language Arts

    Teachers have created Google classrooms for all of their classes. This will be the online site where all students will receive instruction, their assignments and feedback from their teachers. In order to provide access to all students, there will not be live, online classes that students have to attend. Assignments are posted to support the continued learning needs of all students. Students will not be penalized for missing assignments. All classes will offer learning activities that students can do at their own speed. Math and Language Arts classes will begin to offer lessons in new content this starting tomorrow. In two weeks, all other classes will  begin to offer teacher-led lessons introducing new learning. More information about Google Classroom can be found here.

    Office Hours Start Tomorrow

    All teachers will offer a 30 minute “office hour” twice a week for their students. These are online meetings that students can attend if they choose. In these meetings students are able to ask questions, get help from their teacher and interact with their classmates. No new learning will be presented in these meetings. All new learning will be presented through the assignments made in Google Classroom. Your student should check the posted office hours in each Google Classroom. The graphic here gives you a general idea of when they are held.  

    Advisory Check Ins

    Teachers will also be contacting you and your students on a weekly basis, just to check in and connect. These brief conversations are another way that we will stay in touch and listen for any needs or questions that your student may have. Staff will use the app “Remind” to contact you and your student. 

    Student Gmail is Activated

    In order to help facilitate communications between our teachers and students, PPS has enabled a PPS specific email for students in grades 4-8. These email accounts have protections enabled and will only allow students to send and receive email from PPS email accounts. This includes students and staff at PPS.

    Students can now access their email by going to mail.google.com and signing in with their PPS student username (studentusername@student.pps.net) and password.  Please note that students will still use the student.pps.net suffix. Typing gmail.com will not work. 

    These accounts will make it possible for students to be notified of activity in their Google Classrooms.

    Website for Lane Students is Live

    Staff at Lane have developed a website for our students. We will be updating this site regularly and will focus on fun activities, news and assistance. Click here to visit the site. The site address is https://sites.google.com/pps.net/lane-middle-school/ Please have your students note this address and check in on Friday to see videos from their teachers! 

    School Building Is Closed

    Many families have contacted me to learn how they can retrieve items left in the building. At this time all school buildings are closed to staff, students, and families. I will send out information about how personal items can be retrieved as soon as it is safe to do so and the school district has approved access to the schools. Until that time, any items left in the school must remain there. 

    I realize that this email contains a great deal of new information. This shift to distance learning represents a big change for all of us. It will take to time to adjust, but I am confident that we will be able to provide opportunities for learning and engagement this spring through these new tools. Please feel free to reach out to me, either by replying to this email, or by calling my cell phone at 971-678-9700. Stay safe, stay well!


    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School


    April 6. 2020

    Good evening Lane Families,

    I hope this message finds you healthy and coping well in these challenging times. I am writing this message knowing that there are still many questions that we don't have answers for. Moving from an in-person to an online school represents a major change, one that will take time to fully develop.

    Our first concern is that every family is getting their basic needs met. We have added a section to our school website in the "Quick Links" section called "Community Resources." You can find connections to a wide array of resources and services in this list. You can access that list here.

    Our second priority is that every student have the resources to connect with the school through the internet. I know that many students are waiting for an opportunity to borrow a computer from the school district. The latest information is that the district will be allowing families to come to specific school sites to sign out computers some time this week. They have not announced where and when this will be happening. Please watch your email. I will put out a brief message as soon as this announcement comes. Also, please go to this page for more information about free wifi options through local providers. 

    Online instruction will not start until next week. This week teachers are reaching out to students to connect them to their online classrooms and check in with them. There are no assignments that students should be asked to complete, beyond simple responses to confirm that they are able to connect. Online assignments will begin next Monday, April 13th. We are working this week to streamline our communications with families and students to ensure that you are not being overloaded with messages from many different sources. I will share more information when these systems are fully established. 

    You may receive messages from staff through an app called Remind. This will be tool that allows teachers to communicate with you from their personal phones, allowing teachers to call you in much the same way that they would from school. They will also be able to text you from this app. Please watch for these messages. 

    I know these are challenging times, with many hardships ahead. We are working hard to be sure that we are supporting whatever needs you may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or need connections to resources. You can reach me by replying to this email or calling me on my cell at 971-678-9700. Stay safe and be well. 


    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

    April 1, 2020

    Good Evening Lane Families,

    I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.

    As we begin to engage students with online learning activities, it is very important that we verify that everyone has the technology in their home to make this successful. The district is loaning computers to students who do not have access. They are also working with internet providers to ensure that all homes have internet connections. I am asking that all families respond to a short survey to verify that either students are ready with technology at home, or that we are aware of which homes will need the loan of a computer. Follow the link below to answer a few questions to support this process. We will be following up with phone calls to those households we do not hear from, so please respond as soon as you are able. 

    I also want to be sure that you are aware of a recent policy from the county that protects renters from eviction during this health crisis. Please use this link for more information. 

    This continues to be a very challenging time for all of us. Our strength is in our connection and mutual support. Please be sure to stay in touch with any needs that arise in your household. You can reach me by replying to this email or on my cell at 971-678-9700. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep your community safe, and stay tuned for continuing updates. 

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School 

    March 27, 2020

    Good Afternoon Lane Families,

    I hope that everyone is staying healthy and finding positive ways to cope with our current situation. As spring break comes to an end, I wanted to share just a few important pieces of information with you. More information will be available as we move forward next week 

    Portland Public Schools sent a technology survey to families last week. While the survey is currently closed, I want to encourage everyone to fill it out as soon as it becomes available, so that the school district has an accurate measure of how many Lane families need to check out a computer and how many need access to wifi in order to make online learning opportunities open to all. I will notify you as soon as I hear it has been reopened. You can access the survey here in multiple languages. Please contact me if you need help filling out the survey. I want to be sure that our students do not miss out on upcoming learning opportunities for lack of technology. 

    Breakfast and lunch will again be served on weekdays starting Monday, March 30th. Woodmere Elementary, Lents Elementary and Franklin High Schools are the three meal distribution sites that are closest to Lane. Paper-based learning materials are also available at these sites. 

    Please feel free to reach out to us with any needs or concerns that you might have. You can reply to this email, or you can call me during school hours at 971-678-9700. I know that this is a challenging time for all of us. As a community, we must find creative ways to support each other from a distance during this time of separation. We are always stronger together, so stay in touch and let us know how we can support you. 

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

    March 12. 2020

    Hello Lane Families,

    We are hard at work at Lane and enjoying the warmer, sunnier weather. I am happy to announce that our soccer field project is complete, with the goals now installed. It is wonderful to see our students enjoying this addition to our facility on a daily basis. It has also created new options in the gym during recess, with indoor soccer replaced with daily volleyball games. It’s great to see our kids having such a great time during recess!

    Important Dates

    March 12 – Lane Food Pantry Open

    March 17 – Lane Food Pantry Open

    March 23 – 27 - Spring Break – No School

    April 7 – State Achievement Assessments begin at Lane

    Coronavirus Updates

    I know that there are growing concerns relating to the coronavirus outbreak in our country. I want to assure families that the health and well-being of our students and staff at Lane are a top priority. District staff are working closely with local and state level experts to ensure that we are taking recommended measures to respond to this concern. You should be receiving regular updates from the district directly, ensuring that all families throughout the city are receiving the same information. You will notice that today, “non-essential” school activities have been paused. This means that field trips, assemblies, and other scheduled gatherings will be canceled or rescheduled. SUN school activities, including those run by Campfire and Latino Network, and the Lane Food Pantry will continue as planned. We continue to follow district guidelines at Lane, including prioritizing the cleaning of “high-touch” surfaces, increased messaging about the importance of handwashing, and increased availability of cleaning and hygiene supplies. We are also asking that students who may have symptoms consistent with a coronavirus infection (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) remain home and seek appropriate medical care.

    Please continue to follow information releases from the school district for updates relating to this concern. Below are some links that include useful information. Feel free to reach out to me if you have specific concerns that are not addressed in the district’s communications.

    Link to School District Information

    Resources for Families

    English version

    Español / Spanish version

    اللغة العربية / Arabic version

    简体中文 / Simplified Chinese version

    繁體中文 / Traditional Chinese version

    Русский / Russian version

    Af Soomaali / Somali version

    Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese version

    Increases in Tardiness to Class

    We are seeing an increase in the number of students who arrive late to school in the morning and late to class during the day. In order to maximize student learning, it is critical that students arrive to their classes on time and ready to learn. In response to this increase, we are going to be conducting “hall sweeps.” This means that we will ask teachers to lock their classroom doors at random times throughout the day, and address students who are away from class without permission. This will happen both at the beginning of class periods and during class periods randomly in order to ensure that all students are meeting our expectations. We will inform families the first time a student is found to be away from class without permission -- on second and subsequent times, the student will receive school-based consequences, which will include both school day and afterschool consequences. Please speak to your student about the importance of being on time to school and class. Thank you for your support.

    Winter Academic Assessment Reports

    In a continuing effort to keep you informed of your students' academic progress, families should receive a report including fall and winter academic testing that we conduct at school in the mail over the next week or so. If you do not receive this report after two weeks, or if you have questions, please contact our main office. 

    Please stay in touch with any questions or concerns. We are here to serve!

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

    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).


    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.

    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.


    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


    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.

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

    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. 


    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

    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.

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

    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