• Coronavirus update: In-person classes canceled for rest of 2019 school year

    On April 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered that all in-person classes are canceled for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
    PPS will continue to teach with our home-based distance learning program, PPS-HD. More information and updates

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  • Letter to the Community

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    Michael Rowell

    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




  • 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 (mdavis5@pps.net) 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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