Mt Tabor Middle School

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  • Principal's Message


    Fri 3/15: Jumanji Movie, 5:00-7:00

    Tue 3/19: LGBTQ Family Night at Glencoe, 5:30-7:30

    Mon 3/25: Spring Break begins

    Thur 4/11: Social Media Night at Mt. Tabor, 6:00-8:00

    Sat 4/13: Mt. Tabor Rummage Sale, Tabor Heights Church

    Fri 5/10: Mt. Tabor Foundation Auction, The Laurelhurst Club


    Dear Mt. Tabor Families, 

    A lot of students are buzzing about tonight's showing of the new Jumanji movie in our cafeteria. Here's a message from our organizer, Sara Tam:

    Join us for the MTMS Movie Night showing "Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle" and support the Japanese Immersion Program's 8th-grade trip to Japan. We've adjusted the times to accommodate students and will open doors at 4:30 to show previews before the main movie begins at 5:30. (The show will end by 8:00.) There will be pizza, drinks, popcorn, and candy for sale. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $3 per person. VIP tickets are also available for $10 each. Families, students, teachers, and staff are all welcome to attend. See you there!

    On Tuesday, March 19th, Glencoe is hosting a very cool night to support our LGBTQ students. This is for all our families, not just Glencoe families. The purpose of this event is to share ideas about how to support our students who identify as LGBTQ. I'm sure this event will be an informative and helpful night for families looking for ways to support their LGBTQ or questioning student. Five of our students will serve on the student panel!

    During March we also have another fundraiser to help our Bridger and Tabor families fund their students' immersion trips to Mexico. Check out this great website that makes supporting these students so easy. You all helped out so much with the holiday wreath fundraiser. Here's another chance to help our Spanish Immersion students enjoy the learning trip of a lifetime. 

    And here's some information from Christina Bederka from our Foundation:

    The MTMS Foundation would like to invite all families to attend the annual auction on Friday May 10th at the Laurelhurst Club. The auction helps to support before and after school programs for ALL Mt. Tabor students. Tickets are on sale now!

    Can you help with a donation of wine (for the Wall of Wine), service, gift certificate, or other item? Are you an artist, baker, designer, or other service provider? Have connections to a local business that could make a donation? No donation is too small and all are greatly appreciated. Donations can be made online at

    To buy tickets or make a donation visit

    Thanks for your continued support! Questions? Email Christina Bederka at

    Our new SUN School term is starting. Here's a quick message from Chelsea Kimura, our Sun-School Coordinator:

    The SUN after-school, spring-term registration forms are now out! You can find new forms in the main office, the SUN office (Rm.106), and on the Mt. Tabor Website: New classes include Choir and Table Tennis. Forms are due Friday, March 22nd. The spring class confirmations will be emailed during spring break. The spring term is from Monday, April 1st – Thursday May 23rd. The SUN winter term ends on Friday March 22nd.

    After spring break, I'll be gearing up for our annual Social Media Night. (See the calendar above.) Last year, Julia Tomes packed the house and presented some of the most practical, sensible tips I've yet learned about parenting teens. Like last year, our focus will be navigating the tricky waters of cell phones and social media.

    Finally, you may be wondering about today's walkout. We did have a higher-than-average number of absences, but we did not experience students walking out of class. You may've guessed that I'm not a fan of students missing school--after all, how else can we fix our social, environmental, economic, and political problems if not through education? But I do thank our parents and guardians who had a calm, rational conversation with their student last night and who decided that, if a walkout had to happen, going directly to the rally downtown (instead of walking out of school) was safer and less disruptive of the school day. Please check your student's attendance today if you were unsure about your student's plans. 

    Thank you, parents and guardians, for all your continued support of our students and staff as we help to educate your children through this tricky (and vitally important) time in their lives. 

    Warmly and respectfully, 



  • School Supply List

    Mt. Tabor Middle School Supply List 2018-19

    Every 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Student needs:

    • 3-ring binder with:                                                                                                             
      • Index dividers
      • Pencil pouch
      • Wide ruled notebook paper
    • Colored pencils/markers/highlighter
    • Pens/pencils
    • Glue stick
    • Scissors
    • Ruler with standard and metric measure
    • Basic calculator
    • PE lock (Physical Education)

     Note: Do not purchase an assignment book or agenda. We provide one of these for all students. It is used as part of our study skills program and we want all students to have the same one.

     6th Grade Students:

    • 1 Bound composition notebook
    • 3-ring binder—1 inch (Japanese Immersion)
    • 5 rolls of scotch tape (3 for Science & 2 for Math)
    • 3-subject college ruled notebook (Math)
    • Bound composition notebook with graph paper (Math)
    • 1 pack of graph paper (Science)
    • Watercolor paints
    • 2 D Batteries (Science)
    • 3 boxes of tissues (school supply)
    • 2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
    • 1 (12) pack of #2 pencils (school supply)
    • 1 container of Clorox or Lysol wipes (school supply)

     7th Grade Students:

    • Bound composition notebook (Japanese Immersion)
    • 2 Single subject spiral notebooks
    • Notebook with graph paper (Bound composition or Spiral)
    • Spiral notebook (Spanish Non-Immersion only)
    • 2 rolls of scotch tape (Science)
    • 3 boxes of tissues (school supply)
    • 1 container of Clorox or Lysol wipes (school supply)
    • 2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
    • 1 (12) pack of #2 pencils

     8th Grade Students:

    • Bound composition notebook (Social Studies)
    • Bound composition notebook (Language Arts)
    • Bound composition notebook (JMP)
    • Bound composition notebook with graph paper (Math)
    • Spiral notebook (Language Arts)
    • Spiral notebook (Spanish Non-Immersion only)
    • AAA Batteries [small pack] (Math)
    • 3 rolls of scotch tape (2 for Science & 1 for Social Studies)
    • 1 roll of scotch tape (Spanish Immersion)
    • 2 boxes of tissues (school supply)
    • 2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
    • 1 (12) pack of #2 pencils (school supply)
    • 1 container of Clorox or Lysol wipes (school supply)
    Principal's Newsletter on School Messenger
    The Mt. Tabor Principal’s Newsletter is sent out using School Messenger. PPS has moved to a single communication tool called School Messenger, and will no longer use Celly, Flash Alerts, and Synrevoice. Now principals can send email, SMS text messages, and autodialers from School Messenger. You can get more information here:

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