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  • Weekly Principal's Message

    Hello Ockley Green Families & Partners -

    I sent this message out last week, but given the importance, feel it is relevant to share again this week.

    PPS sent out a communication last night on 10.19.23.  I am also including it here for your reference.  As we approach the potential strike start date of November 1st, the most up-to-date information for families will be on the Family Resources During a Strike webpage.

    Please know that I and our staff are committed to ensuring students continue to have a positive school environment and that the routines we have established remain strong up to and after their return after this potential loss of school days.  I have been in regular communication with our site-based PAT Representatives and we will continue to problem-solve how we best support students during this time.  

    I continue to hope for an agreement prior to November 1st and our staff continues to stay focused on providing students a calm & positive learning environment through next Tuesday.  This will include our Harvest Festival at the end of the day on Tuesday which includes Face Painting, Volleyball, Cornhole, Haunted House Making and many more options for students.  

    Please see below for some important updates!

    Conferences are November 20th - 21st

    One way that we are elevating student voice and supporting our students to grow as reflective engaged learners is to have them prepare for Student-Led Conferences this year.   These will occur during the Conferences scheduled for November 20th & 21st.  These will happen during 20-minute time slots and you will meet with a teacher and your student. During this time, your child will present a portfolio of their work completed thus far in the school year. This portfolio will provide an overview of their academic achievements, creative projects, and personal development. In addition, your child will share their academic, social, and behavioral goals for the remainder of the year. We believe that this self-assessment process empowers our students, encouraging them to take ownership of their learning and growth.

    Our staff have prioritized their scheduling slots and teachers are beginning to reach out through next week directly to families to confirm a time.  Once priority scheduling is complete, teachers will send out an email with information on self-scheduling. See below for the overall schedule and for when Virtual options will be available.

    Time

    November 20, 2023

    November 21, 2023

    8:30-12:00

    In-Person ONLY 20-Minute Conferences

    In Person OR Virtual 20 Minute Conferences

    12:00-1:00

    Lunch break

    Lunch break

    1:00-4:30

    In-Person ONLY 20-Minute Conferences

    In Person OR Virtual 20 Minute Conferences

    4:30 - 5:30 

    Dinner break

    Dinner break

    5:30-8:00

    In-Person ONLY 20-Minute Conferences

    In-Person ONLY 20-Minute Conferences

     

     

    In addition to the 20-minute time slot that you schedule, you will be able to informally connect with other staff available during these days.

    Road Closure October 30th

    We received notification that on Monday, from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, the following area will be closed to traffic:  Maryland to Montana/Rosa Parks to Holman.  Bus traffic will still be allowed through.

    Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

    Ockley Green will be participating in the Oregon Battle of the Books again this year!  OBOB is a fun reading competition that encourages students to read great books from many different genres and perspectives.  Interested students can get a form from the library.  They do not need to have a team, they can just sign up individually.  

    Important dates:

    • Interest forms are due Thursday, November 9: Turn in to Ms. Peacock or Ms. Rachel
    • Mandatory OBOB meeting for all participants on Thursday, November 16
    • School battles will begin in February, all during school hours
    • Regional tournament is in March

    We have copies of all of the OBOB books available in the library, and on SORA, so students should start reading now!

    If you have any questions, contact Ms. Peacock at vpeacock@pps.net

    PIL Youth Winter Sports Tryouts

    JEFFERSON - Cluster Coordinator: Andre Lawrence alawrenc@pps.net  

    Boys Basketball - Tryouts at Jefferson HS 

    • Head Coach: Pat Strickland pstrickland@pps.net   
      • November 4th and 5th 
        • 6th grade 9am-10:30am
        • 7th grade 10:45am-12:15pm
        • 8th grade 12:30pm-2pm

    Girls Basketball - Tryouts at Jefferson HS 

    • November 4th and 5th
      • 2:30-4pm

    Wrestling - No Tryouts

    • Head Coach: Montral Brazile mbrazile@pps.net  
    • Youth Head Coach: Hiag Brown hiagbrown@gmail.com 
      • Practice beginning November 13th
        • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
        • 5:30-7pm in the Jefferson Mat Room

     

    ROOSEVELT - Cluster Coordinator: Jaeger Vega jvega@pps.net

    Sign Up Info

    Youth Boys Basketball Tryouts 

    • Wed Nov 8
      • 6/7th grade 6p-7:30p
      • 8th grade 7:30-9pm 
    • Thursday Nov 9
      • 6/7th grade 6p-7:30p
      • 8th grade 7:30-9pm

     

    Youth Girls Basketball Tryouts

    • Saturday, November 4, 2023
      •  6th/7th grade 9:30-11am   
      • 8th grade 10:30-12pm  
    • Tuesday, November 7th, 2023
      •  6th/7th grade 6-7:30pm
      • 8th grade 7-8:30pm      

     

    Youth Wrestling begins on Nov 8 

     

    Wreath Sale October 23 - November 3

    OG Supporters annual Holiday Wreath Sale is here.  Please consider supporting their fundraising efforts with the purchase of a beautiful wreath.  OG Supporters Wreath          

    OG Supporters Tamale Boy Fundraiser

    Fundraiser Event!  Come on out to Tamale Boy, on NE Dekum on Thursday, 11/2 and they will be donating a percentage of all sales, dine-in or take-out.  Support a local restaurant, enjoy a great meal, and support OGMS!  No flier or mention of the event needed.

    Garden Clean Up Volunteers Needed

    Thank you OG Supporters and Bekki Sims for taking on the Garden Clean Up Project.  If you are interested in being part of the Garden Crew, then contact either admin@ogsupporters.org or bekki.jane@yahoo.com.

    Important Dates

    • November 2nd: Last Day of the Quarter
    • November 3rd: No Students (Teacher Planning Day)
    • November 8th: Picture Retake 
    • November 10th: No School (Veteran’s Day)
    • November 20th & 21st: Conferences

    Please take a moment to find and bookmark our school website to become more familiar with programs and information.  

     

    In Partnership,

     

    Julie Rierson

    Pronouns: she/her

    Principal, Ockley Green Middle School

  • Weekly Principal's Message

    Hello Ockley Green Families & Partners -

    PPS sent out a communication last night on 10.19.23.  I am also including it here for your reference.  As we approach the potential strike start date of November 1st, the most up-to-date information for families will be on the Family Resources During a Strike webpage.

    Please know that I and our staff are committed to ensuring students continue to have a positive school environment and that the routines we have established remain strong up to and after their return after this potential loss of school days.  I have been in regular communication with our site-based PAT Representatives and we will continue to problem-solve how we best support students during this time. 

    Please see below for some important updates!

    PIL Youth Winter Sports Tryouts

    JEFFERSON - Cluster Coordinator: Andre Lawrence alawrenc@pps.net  

    Boys Basketball - Tryouts at Jefferson HS 

    • Head Coach: Pat Strickland pstrickland@pps.net   
      • November 4th and 5th 
        • 6th grade 9am-10:30am
        • 7th grade 10:45am-12:15pm
        • 8th grade 12:30pm-2pm

    Girls Basketball - Tryouts at Jefferson HS 

    • November 4th and 5th
      • 2:30-4pm

    Wrestling - No Tryouts

    • Head Coach: Montral Brazile mbrazile@pps.net  
    • Youth Head Coach: Hiag Brown hiagbrown@gmail.com 
      • Practice beginning November 13th
        • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
        • 5:30-7pm in the Jefferson Mat Room

     

    ROOSEVELT - Cluster Coordinator: Jaeger Vega jvega@pps.net

    Youth Boys Basketball Tryouts 

    • Wed Nov 8
      • 6/7th grade 6p-7:30p
      • 8th grade 7:30-9pm 
    • Thursday Nov 9
      • 6/7th grade 6p-7:30p
      • 8th grade 7:30-9pm

    Youth Girls Basketball Tryouts

    • Saturday, November 4, 2023
      •  6th/7th grade 9:30-11am   
      • 8th grade 10:30-12pm  
    • Tuesday, November 7th, 2023
      •  6th/7th grade 6-7:30pm
      • 8th grade 7-8:30pm      

    Youth Wrestling begins on Nov 8 

     

    Pest Control

    We continue to have no sightings of rats and feel confident that the infestation has been taken care of.  However, we will still continue to have rat mitigation steps in place.  Please review the Ockley Green IPM Notification 10.23.pdf for an updated steps.

    Wreath Sale October 23 - November 3

    OG Supporters annual Holiday Wreath Sale is here.  Please consider supporting their fundraising efforts with the purchase of a beautiful wreath.

    OG Supporters Tamale Boy Fundraiser

    Fundraiser Event!  Come on out to Tamale Boy, on NE Dekum on Thursday, 11/2 and they will be donating a percentage of all sales, dine-in or take-out.  Support a local restaurant, enjoy a great meal, and support OGMS!  No flyer or mention of event needed.

    Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook

    Today during Period 7, students received a copy of the PPS 2023-24 Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook.  Teachers reviewed some new language and changes in the behavior expectations and students spent time identifying their Rights & Responsibilities.  See this slidedeck for a list of the new updates..

    SUN School is in Session

    Ockley Green SEI SUN registration

    Fall registration is still open! Please make sure to fill out an application before signing up for programming. Enrichment classes are Monday - Thursday from 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM. Registration is first come, first served!

    Important Dates

    • November 2nd: Last Day of the Quarter
    • November 3rd: No Students (Teacher Planning Day)
    • November 10th: No School (Veteran’s Day)
    • November 20th & 21st: Conferences

    Please take a moment to find and bookmark our school website to become more familiar with programs and information.  

     

    In Partnership,

     

    Julie Rierson

    Pronouns: she/her

    Principal, Ockley Green Middle School

  • Weekly Principal's Message

    Hello Ockley Green Families & Partners -

    We have added a critical component to our Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program this year in having regular guidance sessions for our 6th Grade students, led by our Dragon Leaders.  This week, our Dragon Leaders led their first direct guidance activity with their student groups during Advisory.  These students showed our Ockley Green Core Values: Caring, Collaboration and Growth as they worked with their 6th Grade students.  I am incredibly appreciative of how this important work is helping in the creation of a positive learning environment through supporting our 6th Grade students' transition. 

    Please see below for some important updates!

    Bargaining & Contingency Plan

    Please see this information regarding Bargaining.

    RHS Cluster Diverse Learners Night

    Families in the Roosevelt Cluster are welcome to join for an evening of food, music and information.  The event is October 19th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  See these fliers for more information: English​Spanish.

    SUN School is in Session

    Ockley Green SEI SUN registration

    Fall registration is still open! Please make sure to fill out an application before signing up for programming. Enrichment classes are Monday - Thursday from 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM. Registration is first come, first served!

    Class List 

    • Open Gym
    • Chess For Success 
    • Cooking 
    • Barbershop
    • Robotics- Will be held at Jefferson High school. Permission slip to follow. ( 6 slots open)
    • MESA Invention club- Become an inventor, use engineering, coding and other STEM based solutions to solve real-world problems.
    • Tutoring
    • SEI (Program students only)

    Dental Sealants Coming November 16th

    Multnomah County’s School and Community Oral Health Program is offering Free sealants and dental screening. A dental screening is a quick look inside your child’s mouth to check the overall health of their teeth, and sealants will be placed if needed.

    This service is available for students in 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

    What questions do you have? Please call us at 503-988-3905.

    To use this FREE service please fill out the electronic permission slip at this link:

    Electronic Permission Form English

     

    Volunteer Opportunity - PTA Clothing Center in PPS 

     

    The clothing center serves more than 1,500 students across the city each year. It's entirely run by volunteers. Each school in the district is assigned to arrange for volunteers two days per school year, and our turn is coming up on October 19th. On days where there aren't enough volunteers, the Clothing Center is unable to open. Please help keep the doors open for families in need! If you're available, you can sign up HERE.

     

    Important Dates

    • October 13th: No School for Students (Teacher Inservice Day)
    • November 2nd: Last Day of the Quarter
    • November 3rd: No Students (Teacher Planning Day)
    • November 20th & 21st: Conferences

    Please take a moment to find and bookmark our school website to become more familiar with programs and information.  

     

    In Partnership,

    Julie Rierson

    Pronouns: she/her

    Principal, Ockley Green Middle School

  • Weekly Principal's Message

    Hello Ockley Green Families & Partners -

    This coming week, we are excited to start our House of Dragons schoolwide positive behavior program focused on supporting our students in being engaged learners at school. In addition to continuing to support our students feeling a strong sense of belonging at school, our goal is to also reaffirm our academic and school expectations and support our students to engage in behaviors that create a positive learning environment.  

    Our House of Dragons are set up as multigrade Houses through our Advisory classes.  The behaviors we have identified that characterize being OGMS Proud are:

    • The Better You
    • Uplifting & Academic Language
    • Check your Tech & Respect
    • Activate Your Brain
    • Our Space Is Your Space

    Students can also earn points for:

    • Showing our core values of Caring, Collaboration, and Growth
    • Taking part in advisory and class activities
    • House competitions

    Your student received a handout earlier this week during Advisory with specific information for how to set up a Parent/Family account through LiveSchool. Having this access will allow you to see comments & points from staff on your child’s own growth.  For more information on accessing this, as well as more information about our House of Dragons, see this slideshow.  Here is a video that provides you an overview of the LiveSchool Parent App.

    Please see below for some important updates!

    SUN School Starts Next Week

    Ockley Green SEI SUN registration

    Fall registration is now open! Please make sure to fill out an application before signing up for programming. Enrichment classes are Monday - Thursday from 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM. Registration is first come, first served!

    Class List 

    • Open Gym
    • Chess For Success 
    • Cooking 
    • Barbershop
    • Robotics- Will be held at Jefferson High school. Permission slip to follow. ( 6 slots open)
    • MESA Invention club- Become an inventor, use engineering, coding and other STEM based solutions to solve real-world problems.
    • Tutoring
    • SEI (Program students only)

    Dental Sealants Coming November 16th

    Multnomah County’s School and Community Oral Health Program is offering Free sealants and dental screening. A dental screening is a quick look inside your child’s mouth to check the overall health of their teeth, and sealants will be placed if needed.

    This service is available for students in 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

    What questions do you have? Please call us at 503-988-3905.

    To use this FREE service please fill out the electronic permission slip at this link:

    Electronic Permission Form English

    Student Check Out & Pick Up

    During Hybrid, there was a change to the Student Check Out process that included students being sent outside to Parents/Guardians to pick up when they are being checked out from school.  Starting October 2nd, we are requiring the Parent/Guardian to come into the Front Office to sign their student out.  We only allow students to be released to the people listed in Synergy. Thank you for your understanding and help with ensuring student safety.

    Volunteer Opportunity - PTA Clothing Center in PPS 

     

    The clothing center serves more than 1,500 students across the city each year. It's entirely run by volunteers. Each school in the district is assigned to arrange for volunteers two days per school year, and our turn is coming up on October 19th. On days where there aren't enough volunteers, the Clothing Center is unable to open. Please help keep the doors open for families in need! If you're available, you can sign up HERE.

    Important Dates

    • October 13th: No School for Students (Teacher Inservice Day)
    • November 2nd: Last Day of the Quarter
    • November 3rd: No Students (Teacher Planning Day)
    • November 20th & 21st: Conferences

    Please take a moment to find and bookmark our school website to become more familiar with programs and information.  

     

    In Partnership,

    Julie Rierson

    Pronouns: she/her

    Principal, Ockley Green Middle School

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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  • A Recipe for Fun: Harvest of the Month at Hosford

    When students from Cleveland High School’s Advanced Commercial Foods and Baking class visited Hosford Middle School last month to try out a new recipe they called Baked Pears Goat Cheese Sunflower Seed Delight, the results of an informal sticker poll were very much on the positive side: 26 kids liked it and 30 loved it. Twenty-two were on the fence.

    Sixth grader Isaac Huynh was in the latter category. “I’ve had goat cheese before, but this goat cheese tastes different,” he said. “I think the whole thing might have been better with whipped cream.”

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