Metropolitan Learning Center

K x 12 Student-Centered Education
Courage. Compassion. Self-Discipline. Integrity. Respect.

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  • Staff and Calendar Updates from Suezann Kitchens


    Hello, MLC Community! 

    I hope you are all enjoying a rejuvenating summer break! I am looking forward to getting my break to recharge - which is finally about to begin!! Before I am out for a couple of weeks, I wanted to share some updates as well as the official MLC 2024-25 calendar!

    MLC UPDATES STAFFING: What a rollercoaster this has been! Here is the most up to date news on positions and transitions for next year.

    Kx6 Counselor With great excitement - Ethan will be full time at MLC next school year!

    Grades 1x2 1x2 Teacher Minna is taking on a new role here at MLC next year - one she is super excited about! While she will be missed in her classroom, I am pleased to announce that our newest MLC edition, Karey, will be stepping into that spot. Karey and Gina are sure to be a dynamic duo!

    Grade 3 After quite a journey, I am pleased to announce that we ARE able to keep Kiana in her role as our beloved 3rd grade teacher!  Thanks for all of your support!

    6x12 Health This role will be filled by the fabulous Minna, who has a passion for teaching this content! We are so lucky to have someone on staff that knows and understands our community and how best to support our students!

    2024-25 School Year: Classroom Assignments/Schedules/Conferences Kx5 students will receive an email for class splits/welcome mid-August. 6x12 students will receive an email mid-August with their Metro(9x12)/Retro(7x8)/Homeroom(6) teacher assignment. 6x12 Schedules will not be available until the week school begins.

    Kx12 Conferences will be Tuesday/Wednesday August 27-28. These are NOT school days. (*Note that most PPS schools start 8/28) Kx12 Conference sign ups will be online starting August 15th. At this time, families will be able to sign up for a conference with their students (homeroom, Metro,Retro) teacher for an intro/prep for the school year.

    The first day of school for grades 1x12 is Thursday August 29th.

    Kindergarten Connect (meet and greet at the playground) is Tuesday August 20th. The first day of school for Kindergarten is Tuesday September 3rd.

    As a reminder - MLC will be attending five full days for the 2024-25 school year (no more half day Fridays). However - there are early release days once a month. Those are all marked on the calendar.

    Please see the MLC Calendar for most events….! Some may be moved (PTSA events) to accommodate scheduling. However - for the most part this is our year. 

    Bell Schedule reminder: 

    I am looking forward to an exciting new school year! Enjoy the rest of your summer break!

    Best, Suezann 


  • I missed the lottery window! How do I enroll at MLC??

    2024-25 GRADES 6-12

    Hardship Petition


    Sign in to ParentVUE

    New to ParentVUE

    PPS families use the hardship petition process to request a transfer out of a child’s current/assigned school and into a different school. See the Petition Process Overview page.

    Select 2024-25 for transfers that begin next school year.

    How to submit a Petition in ParentVUE: Instructions


    2024-25 Grades K-5


    Families that missed the lottery may add their children to a waitlist through the Open Enrollment Process. 2024-25 Open Enrollment Application for incoming Kindergarten – 5th grade will be available in ParentVUE after July 8.


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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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