• October 6, 2020

    Dear Lane Families,  

    I am writing to let you know that a hate speech incident occurred during a live online class session today. An unidentified person entered an 8th grade Language Arts class with their camera off. They called the teacher by her first name and then repeated a racist word several times. The teacher quickly ejected this person from the session, stopping any further interaction and then held a brief discussion with her class which focused on the importance of keeping her classroom safe for everyone and rejecting hate speech as destructive to her learning community. In addition to communicating with our community about this incident and continuing our social justice focus as a school, we will be joining students in their next class session to address this incident directly and provide support to students.

    I want to join Ms. McGrath in restating our commitment to ensuring that all students are treated with respect at Lane Middle School and experience a safe, supportive and positive learning environment. Hate is not tolerated nor accepted in our community. This incident is an affront to our core values of Racial Equity and Social Justice, Respect, Honesty and Integrity. We value and respect everyone in our school community and understand that our diversity makes us stronger.  We believe that Black lives matter at Lane Middle School and encourage our community to embody our statement of inclusivity, which reads: 

    At Lane, we stand together with others to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with kindness, honoring all races, genders, gender expressions, sexual orientations, cultures, religions, family histories, and national origins.

    Please take some time to discuss these values with your student and join us in standing against hate in our community. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns relating to this or any other matter.
    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

     


    September 28, 2020

    Good Evening Lane Families, 

    As we move into the middle of the first quarter of the school year, I would like to encourage you to support your students by setting aside daily time for independent reading. Spending time with a good book is a great way to relax, explore the world and share the experiences of others, while also building strong reading skills, which are a key to success in school and beyond. You'll find information about how students can pick up library books they've placed on hold below. Daily practice is the key to becoming a strong reader! 

    Back to School Night 

    Thank you to everyone who stuck with us last Thursday night for Back to School Night. Not even nationwide Google server crashes can keep our school down! Many of you may have been unable to return to our program, and we want to be sure to connect with you. Please take some time to meet us and learn about our school at this site. Many thanks to our amazing staff who created a welcoming evening program online and who were unflinching in staying with the program, even in the face of internet interruptions. 

    Library Book Distribution

    Beginning tomorrow, the Lane library will be open for book "holds" distribution. On Mondays and Tuesdays going forward, the external backdoor of the library will be open from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM -- students, guardians, and parents are welcome to come pick up books that have been checked out to Lane students. Students will place holds for books they want to read online -- once they become available they will be notified to come pick them up. More information will be available to students in their Language Arts classes. Any books that need to be returned to Lane or other PPS libraries may be returned at the same time. We will be following COVID-19 safety protocols for both people and materials. For updates, please contact Ms. Raspone at sraspone@pps.net or visit the library's website.

    Distribution of Reading Books, Band Instruments and other Materials

    I will send a follow up message tomorrow, sharing when we will be at school distributing materials for those who weren't able to pick up books and band instruments last week.

    Food Hub: Meals Available at Lane MS

    Remember that breakfast and lunches are now available at Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 - 5 pm. The meal service happens in the school parking lot nearest Brentwood Park, by the preschool playground. 

    Student Health Centers

    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday, 8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School


    September 24, 2020

    Hello Lane Community,

    We are so excited to welcome you to Lane's Virtual Back to School Night today!

    Who: Lane students, families and community

    What: Virtual Back to School Night

    When: Today, Thursday, September 24th, 2020

    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

    Where: On-line via Google Meets (NOT Zoom

    Note: You will need a Google account to sign in. You can use ANY Gmail account. We suggest using your student's PPS Gmail information.

    Why: Meet Lane staff, your student's teachers and receive important information about the school year!

    How: See Steps Below.

    Step 1. CLICK HERE TO ENTER the Back to School Night Portal at 6:00 pm today.

    Step 2. Do you need an interpreter? If so, click on your preferred language at the top.

    Note: Interpreters will be available for the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

    Step 3. Click the first image on the far left, "Mr Rowell Welcomes you"

    TO JOIN BY PHONE:

    Step 1. Dial ‪(US) +1 478-419-3165‬ 

    Step 2. Enter this PIN: 826 376 686‬#  

    Please stay tuned to your email, Lane's school websiteLane's Facebook page and follow Lane Middle School on Instagram @lanemspps

    Book, Band Instrument and Materials Distribution 

    Please remember that we are distributing books to all students this week, according to the schedule below. Students and families can also pick up band instruments and other necessary learning materials at the same time. We are using the schedule below to reduce the number of people at the school at one time. If you are not able to come on the assigned day, or you have students in more than one grade, please come when you are able during any of these times. 

    Day Time Grade
    Wednesday, Sept. 23  9 am - 4 pm 6
    Thursday, Sept. 24 9 am - 4 pm 7
    Friday, Sept. 25 9 am - 4 pm 8

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School


    September 21, 2020

    Good Morning Lane Families,

    I hope you all had an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather this weekend. What a difference!

    Book, Band Instrument and Materials Distribution 

    In support of our schoolwide shared reading program, we will be distributing books to all students this week, according to the schedule below. Students and families can also pick up band instruments and other necessary learning materials at the same time. We are using this schedule to reduce the number of people at the school at one time. If you are not able to come on the assigned day, or you have students in more than one grade, come when you are able. 

    Day Time Grade
    Wednesday, Sept. 23  9 am - 4 pm 6
    Thursday, Sept. 24 9 am - 4 pm 7
    Friday, Sept. 25 9 am - 4 pm 8

    Back to School Night

    Remember to join us for our online Back to School Night this Thursday, September 24, at 6:00. More information to come this week.  

    Student Health Centers
    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday, 8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    We will continue to welcome our students at the following internet address:  http://bit.ly/LaneEntrance in this new schedule. On this website, students will find doors with teachers' names. Students should use these "doors" to enter their virtual classrooms. Students and parents can also use the "Main Office" door to get help from staff.

    Food Hub: Meals Available at Lane MS

    Remember that breakfast and lunches are now available at Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 - 5 pm. 

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School

     


    September 18, 2020

    Dear Lane Community,

    Our staff is currently working to welcome you all to Lane's Virtual Back to School Night, which will take place next Thursday, September 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m via Zoom. CLICK HERE to see the flyer in multiple languages.

    In preparation, we would love your input regarding the type of information that would be most beneficial for your family to receive. Maybe you would like more information regarding academics or community resources? Please take a moment to let us know. CLICK HERE to include your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you!

    For upcoming details, please stay tuned to your email as well as:

    CLICK HERE for Lane's school website

    CLICK HERE for Lane's Facebook page and

    Follow Lane Middle School on Instagram: @lanemspps

    For information about English as a Second Language and to connect with a community agent in your home language, please CLICK HERE

    Food Hub: Meals Available at Lane MS

    Remember that breakfast and lunches are now available at Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 - 5 pm. 

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

     


    September 16, 2020

    Good Morning Lane Families, 

    You may have already seen notices from the school district, but I wanted to be sure that you knew that while school buildings are closed again today, online "school" continues. You can see the class schedule here.  Students do not have live classes this morning, but they may be invited to small group sessions by their teachers, and they have assignments to work on independently. 

    We will continue to welcome our students at the following internet address:  http://bit.ly/LaneEntrance in this new schedule. Although there are no full group live classes Wednesday through Friday, students and parents can continue to use the "Main Office" door to get help from staff this morning. 

    Food Hub: Meals Available at Lane MS

    We will continue to provide breakfast and lunches at Lane today. In a normal week, meals will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 - 5. Due to the hazardous air conditions, meals will only be available from 3 - 4 today.

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School


    September 14, 2020

    Good Morning Lane Families, 

    You may have already seen notices from the school district, but I wanted to be sure that you knew that while school buildings are closed today, online classes continue. You can see the class schedule here. I will be back in touch with a new schedule for the distribution of reading books and other school materials as soon as we know that the air has cleared. We look forward to seeing your students at 9:30 this morning!

    We will continue to welcome our students at the following internet address:  http://bit.ly/LaneEntrance in this new schedule. On this website, students will find doors with teachers' names. Students should use these "doors" to enter their virtual classrooms. Students and parents can also use the "Main Office" door to get help from staff.

    Food Hub: Meals Available at Lane MS

    Starting today, breakfast and lunches will be available at Lane. In a normal week, meals will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 5. Due to the hazardous air conditions, meals will only be available from 3 - 4 today. 

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

     


    September 8. 2020

    Good Evening Lane Families, 

    This is a brief reminder of our student schedule for Tuesday:

    Time Activity
    9:30 - 10:30 Advisory
    10:30 - 10:40 Break
    10:40 - 11:10 Period 1
    11:10 - 11:20 Break 
    11:20 - 11:50 Period 2
    11:50 End of Classes for the Day

    The daily schedules for Wednesday and Thursday are the same. Periods 3 and 4 meet on Wednesday, and periods 5 and 6 meet on Thursday. 

    We will continue to welcome our students at the following internet address:  http://bit.ly/LaneEntrance. On this website, students will find doors with teachers' names. Students should use these "doors" to enter their virtual classrooms. Students and parents can also use the "Main Office" door to get help from staff.

    Contact Us if Your Student Needs a Computer

    Please contact me if your students needs a computer. We still have computers on hand to loan. We are waiting for more Wifi hotspots to come in, but please let me know if you need access to wifi in your home. There may be a short delay, but we can help with this. 

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School


    September 3, 2020

    Good Evening Lane Families, 

    I apologize for the daily messages, but we want to be sure that everyone in our school community can access our Distance Learning classrooms. We will continue to welcome our students at the following internet address:  http://bit.ly/LaneEntrance. On this website, students will find doors with teachers' names. Students should use these "doors" to enter their virtual classrooms. Students and parents can also use the "Main Office" door to get help from staff. 

    Student Schedule Friday, September 4
    9:30 - 10:00 Advisory with 3rd period teacher
    10:00 - 10:10 Break
    10:10 - 10:40 Period 4
    10:40 - 10:50 Break
    10:50 - 11:20 Period 5
    11:20 - 11:30 Break
    11:30 - 12:00  Period 6
    12:00 PM End of Classes for the Day

    Seeing Student Schedules in StudentVue

    Please encourage your student to use StudentVue to see their schedule and know which teachers to see for each class period. Here are some instructions to follow to access information in StudentVue.

    1. Go to: StudentVue  2. Enter PPS login information 3. Click Schedule in the Navigation Bar

    Students will start their day during the Soft Start Schedule (this week and next week) with their 3rd period teachers in Advisory at 9:30. 

    ParentVue is also a powerful tool to stay informed about your students school information. Please reply to this email if you need help accessing ParentVue and staff will send you information. 

    Contact Us if Your Student Needs a Computer

    Please contact me if your students needs a computer. We still have computers on hand to loan. We are waiting for more Wifi hotspots to come in, but please let me know if you need access to wifi in your home. There may be a short delay, but we can help with this. 

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

     


    September 2, 2020

    Hello Families of Lane 7th and 8th Grade Students, We are excited to see all of your precious students on Thursday!  This message includes information on how they will connect with us on Thursday morning. Below is a schedule of the first day. 

    Student Schedule (6,7,8)

    Thursday, Sept 3

    8:30 - 9:30 AM

    Breakfast Time

    9:30 - 10:00 AM

    Advisory with 3rd Period Teacher

    10:00 - 10:10 AM

    Break

    10:10 - 10:40 AM

    Period 1

    10:40 - 10:50 AM

    Break 

    10:50 - 11:20 AM

    Period 2

    11:20 - 11:30 AM

    Break

    11:30 - 12:00 PM

    Period 3

    12:00 PM

    End of School for the Day

    Students should navigate to the following internet address:  http://bit.ly/LaneEntrance. On this website, students will find doors with teachers' names. On Thursday Aug 3, at 9:30, students should "click" on the door to their 3rd period teacher's classroom. This will be their advisory teacher this year. By clicking on the door, they will enter a live session with this teacher. If they are confused or don't know their schedule, they should "click" on the "Main Office" door office and staff will be there to help them find their way. At 10:10, 10:50 and again at 11:30, they will repeat this, from the same website, for their 1st, 2nd and then 3rd period teachers. Classes will be focused on connecting with students, answering questions, and being sure that everyone is ready to start learning.

    Tomorrow school starts only for our 6th graders as they come to Lane for the first time.

    Lunch Forms

    I am happy to let you know that Lane Middle School has qualified for Community Eligibility for breakfast and lunch, which means that all students will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost this year. There is no need for families to complete lunch applications.

    Food Hubs Open Tomorrow
    Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 5 pm, starting September 2. Students will receive five days’ worth of meals each week. On Monday, they will get breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesday, they will get meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Meals will be available for pickup at Kelly, Whitman and Woodmere Elementary Schools. See a full list of schools that offer meals here. Meals will be available at Lane starting on Sept. 14.

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely,
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School

     


    September 1, 2020

    Hello Families of Incoming 6th Grade Students,

    We are excited to see all of your precious students tomorrow!  This message includes information on how they will connect with us in the morning. Below is a schedule of the first day. 

    Student Schedule, 6th Grade Only Wednesday, Sept 2
    8:30 - 9:30 AM Breakfast Time
    9:30 - 10:30 AM Advisory with 3rd Period Teacher
    10:30 - 10:40 AM Break
    10:40 - 11:10 AM Period 1
    11:10 - 11:20 AM Break 
    11:20 - 11:50 AM Period 2
    11:50 AM End of School for the Day

    Students should navigate to the following internet address:  http://bit.ly/LaneEntrance. On this website, students will find doors with teachers' names. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug 2, at 9:30, students should "click" on the door to their 3rd period teacher's classroom. This will be their advisory teacher this year. By clicking on the door, they will enter a live session with this teacher. If they are confused or don't know their schedule, they should "click" on the "Main Office" door office and staff will be there to help them find their way. At 10:40, and again at 11:20, they will repeat this, from the same website, for their 2nd and then 3rd period teachers. Teachers will answer questions, teach students about how to continue to access school in the following days, present other tools that will be useful, such as how to access their school email account and have some fun together!

    Lunch Forms

    I am happy to let you know that Lane Middle School has qualified for Comunity Eligibility for breakfast and lunch, which means that all students will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost this year. There is no need for families to complete lunch applications. 

    Food Hubs Open Tomorrow

    Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 5 pm, starting September 2. Students will receive five days’ worth of meals each week. On Monday, they will get breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesday, they will get meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Meals will be available for pickup at Kelly, Whitman and Woodmere Elementary Schools. See a full list of schools that offer meals here. Meals will available at Lane starting on Sept. 14.

    As always, please reach out if you have questions, concerns or needs that we may be able to help with. You can reach me by replying to this email, or by texting my cell at 971-678-9700. Be well, be safe!

    Sincerely, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School

     


    August 29, 2020

    Hello Lane Middle School Families,

    The beginning of the school year is nearly here! Teachers are back at work and making preparations for the opening days of our online school experience together. We will be sharing specific information about how students will connect on their first day of school Sept. 2 for 6th graders, Sept 3 for everyone, so stay tuned for that. You can always find information on our website, our Facebook page, and  on Instagram at lanespps

    Student Class Schedules Available on Synergy

    Student class schedules are now available on the Synergy Studentview and Parentview apps. If you need more information about these apps, you can find it here. If you haven't used Parentview before, we'll need to help with your login information. Please reply to this email and we will respond with specific instructions and your login information. Students have automatic access to Studentview using their normal PPS login information. You can download these apps wherever you normally go for your apps. We are still making adjustments to some schedules, so you will want to check it before classes begin next week. 

    Pick Up Student Schedules and Technology

    If you would like to have a paper copy of student class schedules or need to pick up a Chromebook, you can come to Lane Middle School next week. Chromebooks are an essential tool for learning and all students will need one. Please follow the schedule below, if at all possible. Students are welcome to come without an adult if adults are busy with other obligations. 

    Monday - 6th grade, 9:00 am - 4 pm

    Tuesday - 7th grade, 9:00 am - 4 pm

    Wednesday - 8th grade, 9:00 am - 4 pm

    We will be distributing materials outside in front of the school. Please help keep everyone safe by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. 

    Family Survey

    Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to let us know about how to connect with you and support any needs that your family may have. 

    Food Resources

    Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 5 pm, starting September 2. Students will receive five days’ worth of meals each week. On Monday, they will get breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesday, they will get meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Meals will be available for pickup at Kelly, Whitman and Woodmere Elementary Schools. See a full list of schools that offer meals here. Meals will available at Lane starting on Sept. 14. 

    The closest Oregon Food Bank pantry is at Woodmere Elementary School every Wednesday from 11-1 pm. Please bring your own bags. 

    Meal Delivery

    For families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals, we will be offering home delivery of school meals. If you would like to participate, please fill out the online form.

    Remind App/ Home Visits

    We will be reaching out to families in many ways. You may be contacted by staff via phone call or text using the Remind app. This app allows staff to use their personal phones for work. You will need to accept the messages in order for us to reach you. I encourage you to do so as it is often a convenient way for us to stay in touch. We will also be contacting families through safe, social distanced home visits. Please let me know if a visit is not welcome. We are looking forward to connecting with you!

    As always, please do not hesitate to contact me by replying to this email or reaching me on my cell phone at 971-678-9700. Be safe, be well!

    Warmly, 

    Michael Rowell, Principal

    Lane Middle School

     


    August 18, 2020

    Dear Lane Families,

    We are excited to begin a new school year and are working hard to plan a strong Distance Learning program for your students.While we were able to engage nearly all students in online learning activities in the spring, we are focused on increasing the rigor and effectiveness of our instruction. We can't wait to get started!

    School Starts September 2 for 6th Grade Students, September 3 for All Students

    The first two weeks of school will be designed to ease into our virtual start of the school year. Our teachers will focus on creating online classroom learning communities grounded in social emotional learning and racial equity conversations. This soft start will also give us time to make sure our online learning systems are working and that teachers, students and families have time to get comfortable with the digital tools. 

    I know we are all anxious to have a better understanding of the daily schedule for this fall. Middle schools across PPS are working together to create common expectations to ensure that all students receive an engaging and rigorous educational experience regardless of their school site. Those plans will be released soon and I will be able to provide more specific information to Lane students and families at that time. I will also share information about picking up course schedules and school supplies. 

    Submit a Free and Reduced-price Meal Application

    • Families can now submit a new meal application for the 2020-21 school year. 
    • Families who do not meet the 2020-21 Federal Income Guideline may qualify using the 2020-21 Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines. The State of Oregon has increased the income guidelines for free meal eligibility in the 2020-21 school year from 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 300% of FPL. Please go to the PPS Nutrition Services website for more information.

    Staff Changes

    There have been several changes in our school team over the summer. I would like to send heartfelt gratitude to Judy Rose, music teacher; Natalia McKay, learning center teacher; Hannah Abusneineh, community agent, and David Gardner, head custodian for their service to our community. I wish them well as they move on to new chapters in their careers. Welcome to Jason McLeod, our new head custodian, and Chelsea Ashcraft, part time ESL teacher. We are working to finalize new hires for the remaining positions and will introduce our new team members when they are onboard. 

    I am excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Sherree Coleman as the second Assistant Principal of Lane Middle School. Dr. Coleman comes to us with a wealth of experience, most recently as administrator of Benson High School's Summer Scholars program and counselor at Benson High. She will make a strong contribution to our administrative team and to our community. Welcome!

    Important Dates

    September 2nd: First Day for 6th Grade Students

    September 3rd: First Day for 7th and 8th Grade Students

    September 7th: Labor Day - School Closed

    Please let us know if you need technology, either a computer or wifi hub in your home. We can help and we want to be absolutely sure that all of our students have access. Please also reach out if there is any other way the school can support your family. You can email me at mrowell@pps.net or you can reach me at 971-678-9700. Be safe, Be well!

    Warmly,
    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School