Lane Middle School

Our mission is to prepare all Lane scholars for academic and lifelong success
as courageous and compassionate global citizens.

7200 SE 60th AvePortland, OR 97206Ph 503-916-6355Fx 503-916-2648

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  • Letter to the Community

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    Michael Rowell

    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
    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-5:15-7:00 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


  • Dear Lane Middle School Families,

    Welcome the 2019/20 school year! It is with great excitement and a deep sense of responsibility that I step into the role of building principal at Lane, after spending three years in the role of assistant principal here. We have been working hard, preparing the school, the classrooms and our staff to make this year the most positive, inviting and productive year for your students.

    We have assembled a strong team of teachers and support staff, all of whom are committed to providing rigorous, student-centered instruction and support, in order to ensure that every student has a fun-filled year of learning and growth. Sarah Waltrip will be returning as our assistant principal, and we have added Carolyn Garciaguirre as student management specialist. She comes to us with deep skills in supporting teachers and students in building classroom community and leading us in positive, constructive responses to unexpected behaviors. Kathy Starlyn will be available to assist you in the office as our new school secretary. We have added other teaching staff as well: Will St. John will lead our Intensive Skills Classroom, Sarah Trapido is joining our Special Education team, Mary Lugg will teach 8th grade science, Allison Warren will teach 6th grade math and social studies, and Mario Gonzalez will teach Spanish. We are currently hiring a language arts teacher, replacing a teacher who recently transferred to another school. We have also added Hannah Abusneineh and Kristian Young to our student support team, and Fran Barth as our IT support.

    This year we are shifting some of our staff resources to provide more support to students in language arts and math classes by having two teachers “co-teach” some sections of these classes, meaning that they will both be in the classroom at the same time, instructing students. We will also be providing our teachers with more time to collaborate on a weekly basis. We are confident that these shifts will ensure that all of our students achieve at high levels.

    Students have picked up a new schedule on their first day of school, as we have made some changes to our course offerings and schedules. Changes to elective classes (band, choir, art, technology and leadership) will be allowed during the first full week of school, upon student request and pending administrator approval. Please remember that health and PE are both required courses in Oregon.

    I am honored to be the principal of Lane Middle School and look forward to partnering with you for the benefit of your students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to say hello. My secretary, Marnie Davis ( would be happy to schedule an appointment if you need more than a few minutes.

    Go Quasars!

    Michael Rowell, Principal
    Lane Middle School


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