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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

  • Weekly Principal's Message

    Hello Ockley Green Families & Partners -

    Our Social Worker, Genie Gomez, is leading the implementation of our new SEL Curriculum, We Do It For the Culture in Advisory.  She is working with a terrific group of staff to further develop the activities and ensure that they are accessible to students.  A big shout out to Rocio Miranda Alarcon, Kathryn Dennis, Grace Rodgers, Hannah Givertz, Crystal Stevens, Craig Patterson and Galen Dickstein for their work on making Advisory a meaningful time for students.  

    Please see below for some important updates!

    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.

    MAP Testing Continues Next Week

    This week, students completed MAP Testing in Math and next week, they will take the Reading MAP Test.  MAP is a test to measure comprehension of standards and growth throughout the year. Please make sure your child brings their charged chromebook next week. We have a charging station available in the library for students and math and language arts teachers will have a handful of computers to loan students during the test.

    Lockdown Drill

    Today, our students participated in our first Lockdown Drill.  This drill can be difficult to experience and I truly wish that it was not a necessary part of our students’ lives.  Prior to the drill, students reviewed expectations in Advisory and they did an amazing job of quickly moving into safe places in their classrooms when we held the drill.  

    Talented and Gifted Updates (TAG)

    During the TAG Family Night we shared information about the systems and supports for our students, their families and teachers here at Ockley Green. It has a wealth of information about the referral process, acceleration, and services for students currently identified.  All teachers have been provided with a roster of their students identified for TAG in math, reading and intellectuality. Additional resources include the Important Dates 2023-2024 and the TAG Parent Advisory Council (TAGAC) If you have a question about TAG that your child’s teacher, or school TAG facilitator Ms. Melissa (mbrabham@pps.net) are not able to answer, please use Let’s Talk to communicate with the TAG office. 

    OG Supporter Fundraiser

    Our first revenue share event of the school year is here!  Help support this fundraiser and come check out the new Mike’s Drive-in on Lombard on Thursday, Oct. 5th from 4-8pm, dine in or take out.  This event requires showing the flier or at least mentioning the Ockley Green event when ordering.  Please share with friends and family!

    Ockley Green Supporters October Meeting

    OG Supporters meetings are held every first Wednesday of the month, from September through May. All meetings are virtual. You can find a link to join at www.ogsupporters.org/eventsAt our next meeting, on Wednesday, October 4th, Principal Rierson will be our guest speaker. If there are any specific topics you'd like her to address, you can let her know by filling out this form

    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 4th: 2-Hr Late Opening for Students
    • October 13th: No School for Students (Teacher Inservice 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 -

    It was wonderful to connect with families during the Back to School Night on Wednesday of this week.  We appreciate your partnership in supporting your learner to find success here at Ockley Green.

    This week brought opportunities to celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, which offers an opportunity to honor, recognize, and celebrate Latino contributions to our community, state, and country.  Students created personalized Papel Picado banners during Advisory and these are now displayed throughout our hallways.  Over the next month, our students will have the opportunity to further understand the unique history and contributions of Latinos/Latinas in Portland and across our country.  

    Please see below for some important updates!

    MAP Testing Starts Next Week

    On September 27 OGMS students will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.  MAP is a reading and a math test to measure comprehension of standards and growth throughout the year.  Students will take the test three times to measure their growth. In the Fall: September, Winter: January and Spring: April

    Please make sure your child brings their charged chromebook starting Monday September 27. We have a charging station available in the library for students and math and language arts teachers will have a handful of computers to loan students during the test.

    Lockdown Drill

    Next week, our students will participate in our first Lockdown Drill.  This drill can be difficult to experience and I truly wish that it was not a necessary part of our students’ lives.  We will review information in Advisory on Tuesday about why we do this drill and the importance of practicing the steps we take in this situation and have the drill later in the week.  

    Please remind and encourage your student that they can always talk with a trusted adult if they are feeling anxious or concerned as a result of this, or any, drill.  Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have regarding our safety & emergency practices.

    OG Supporter Fundraiser

    Our first revenue share event of the school year is here!  Help support this fundraiser and come check out the new Mike’s Drive-in on Lombard on Thursday, Oct. 5th from 4-8pm, dine in or take out.  This event requires showing the flyer or at least mentioning the Ockley Green event when ordering.  Please share with friends and family!

    Bus & Pick Up

    Please help us in creating a safe area for our buses on Montana by making pick-ups before and after school on Ainsworth Street.  We have already observed students darting out from behind buses, so your help with keeping car traffic on Ainsworth is greatly appreciated.

    Stay Involved through ParentVue

    ParentVUE is a secure website and mobile app which offers parents and guardians real time access to:

    • School Messages, Calendar, Attendance, Grades, Class Schedule, Course History, Grade Book, and School Information.

    User ID and password remain the same each year. If you have not set up your account or have any questions, contact Ian Palu, ipalu@pps.net . 

    Important Dates

    • September 27th: Picture Day
    • October 4th: 2-Hr Late Opening for Students
    • 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 -

    Next week we will host Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 21st, 5:30 - 7:30.  We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing more about Ockley Green.  This year, we will start out the night with a couple of options prior to the Welcome and Classroom Visits.  Please join us for one of the offerings at 5:30.

    TAG and ESL Family Meetings 5:30 - 5:55

    If your student receives ESL services or is identified as Talented & Gifted, then please join us at 5:30 for a Family Meeting.
     

    ESL Family Meeting -  Room 113                         TAG Family Meeting -  Library

    Gym Reception 5:30 - 5:55

    This is an informal reception where you will be able to learn about attendance, Liveschool, our restorative justice practices, Cafe Latino, and ParentVue. We will also have a classroom wish table where you help a teacher collect all the materials they need to have a successful year. Plus we will have a photo area where you can snap a picture with our Dragon.

    Please see below for some important updates!

    Chargers for Chromebooks

    Last year, Rachel Manter led the effort to fully update our Chromebook records and implemented a system for managing repairs to Chromebooks.  In June, we collected all Chromebooks to ensure that they were updated and cleaned.  Students have received their Chromebooks, however, we currently have only about half of the needed Chargers.  The PPS IT Department is no longer providing chargers to schools.  Thus, I needed to determine how to fund an order of chargers, which was made this week for the additional 250 Chargers needed.  We will distribute those as soon as we receive them.  Please note: We are keeping a record of every charger given out.  If a student loses their charger, then it will not be replaced by the school.

    Pest Control Update

    Pest Control has isolated what they believe to be the remaining source & access that needs to be addressed.  They are taking aggressive measures, including creating physical barriers in addition to ongoing chemical treatment.

    We will continue to hold the expectation of hot lunches being consumed in the cafeteria and are communicating to staff about the steps they can take to aid in pest prevention.  The presence of rodents is concerning for multiple reasons and we will continue to work on creating a school facility that is conducive to learning.

    Lunch Time

    We have been closely monitoring lunch time to ensure that students have time to eat and get in some movement.  We have made alterations based on feedback and observations.  We have noticed the time to get through the line has decreased and most students have 15-20 minutes to eat.  

    Some have asked about the possibility of 2 lunches, but our modified block schedule makes this challenging to achieve.  With the improved lunch line times, we will continue with only one lunch period.

    The library is now available at lunch time.  Students can collect a library pass in the morning before the first class of the day.

    We are organizing our Lunch Clubs and will soon have options out for students.  Students can suggest a club! They can talk with Mr. Chavez to learn about that process. 

    Bus & Pick Up

    Please help us in creating a safe area for our buses in Montana by making pick-ups before and after school on Ainsworth Street.  We have already observed students darting out from behind buses, so your help with keeping car traffic on Ainsworth is greatly appreciated.

    Stay Involved through ParentVue

    ParentVUE is a secure website and mobile app which offers parents and guardians real time access to:

    • School Messages, Calendar, Attendance, Grades, Class Schedule, Course History, Grade Book, and School Information.

    User ID and password remain the same each year. If you have not set up your account or have any questions, contact Ian Palu, ipalu@pps.net . 

    Important Dates

    • September 20th: Back to School Night 
    • September 27th: Picture Day
    • October 4th: 2-Hr Late Opening for Students
    • 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 -

    Over the past 2 weeks, our staff have been working hard to build community in their classrooms and to support students with understanding our schoolwide expectations & processes.  As we implement some new systems, it is important to observe and troubleshoot along the way.  We appreciate the feedback we received from families & students about lunch time and made some adjustments this week.  Yesterday, we noted that the amount of time students have to eat has continued to increase and our students are doing an amazing job with quickly getting to their starting location for lunch.  We will continue to monitor and adjust to find that sweet spot that supports students having enough time for lunch and that also provides an opportunity to have activity outside.  

    One of our main focuses last week was on helping our students understand the WHY behind moving to a complete Off & Away Cell Phone policy. This week, the policy went into full effect. As of yesterday, we have 28 students that have received a warning and 10 that had a one-to-one check in with their teacher.  On the 3rd time a Cell Phone is out, there will be contact home.  We look forward to your partnership in supporting our goal of decreasing distractions in our learning environment. Please be assured that you and your student will be able to contact each other in an emergency or to relay time-sensitive messages, such as a new pick up time after school, through the Main Office, at 503-916-5660.  

    Now that our students are aware of our schoolwide expectations, we are preparing to again implement our LiveSchool Positive Support System.  Our Climate Team is finalizing some adjustments to our rubric and the system for students to use their points for rewards.  More information will be shared when we go live with this system.  Related to this, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the 23-24 PPS Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook.  Once we receive the hard copies from our Student Conduct Office, we will distribute them out to students and review key updates.

    Please see below for some important updates!

    Bus & Pick Up

    Please help us in creating a safe area for our busses on Montana by making and pick ups before and after school on Ainsworth Street.  We have already observed students darting out from behind busses, so your help with keeping car traffic on Ainsworth is greatly appreciated.

    Stay Involved through ParentVue

    ParentVUE is a secure website and mobile app which offers parents and guardians real time access to:

    • School Messages, Calendar, Attendance, Grades, Class Schedule, Course History, Grade Book, and School Information.

    User ID and password remain the same each year. If you have not set up your account or have any questions, contact Ian Palu, ipalu@pps.net . 

    Important Dates

    • September 20th: Back to School Night 
    • September 27th: Picture 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 -

    It has been an amazing opening week here at Ockley Green.  Students have done a wonderful job of meeting our school wide expectations and learning some new processes, such as how to enter & exit the Cafeteria and keeping all food in the Cafeteria.  Our halls have cleared quickly between classes, students have been engaged and they are enjoying connecting with old friends…and making new friends!  We are looking forward to getting our Lunch Clubs up and running soon and the startup of our House of Dragons LiveSchool.  More to come later on that.

    We also ended the week with the sad news of the death of a former classmate.  I appreciate our staff and their care of our students and each other.  Our Counselors and Social Worker provided a Grief Space for students and staff, where they were able to share memories and process this heartbreaking loss.  Thank you to Ms. Galen, Ms. Melissa and Ms. Genie for your support to our community.

    Please see below for some important updates!

    Stay Involved through ParentVue

    ParentVUE is a secure website and mobile app which offers parents and guardians real time access to:

    • School Messages, Calendar, Attendance, Grades, Class Schedule, Course History, Grade Book, and School Information.

    User ID and password remain the same each year. If you have not set up your account or have any questions, contact Ian Palu, ipalu@pps.net . 

    Important Dates

    • September 20th: Back to School Night 
    • September 27th: Picture 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

  • Principal's Weekly Message

    Hello Families & Partners -

    Please see below for some important updates!

     

    Jefferson Dancers Auditions  REMINDER

     

    Auditions for Jefferson Dancers I & II are June 5th & 6th.  See this Flyer for more information.

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy  REMINDER

     

    We are so excited that many of our students who need additional support in grade level reading and math learning will have the opportunity to participate in Summer Acceleration Academy this summer from July 10 - August 4, 2023 from 9 am - 1 pm, with optional afternoon programming until 5:30pm through SUN or RESJ partners. Students from Ockley Green MS will be attending SAA at the Faubion hub site. 

     

    Invitations for Summer Acceleration Academy are based mid-year assessments identifying students who need support reaching grade level reading and math during this four week program. Families of students who are invited to participate in Summer Acceleration Academy will receive invitations to enroll online or through the school office by calling or returning a paper form that will be sent home in backpacks.

     

    We feel this is an important opportunity for your student and understand that you may have other students in your house who need summer activities who do not meet the criteria for SAA. The RESJ department will be offering summer activities at many of the SAA sites. Stay tuned for enrollment information that will be coming soon.

     

    8th to 9th Grade Summer Transition Opportunity  REMINDER

     

    The Leap into 9th Grade summer program prepares incoming ninth grade students to excel in high school by building a foundation for success before starting high school. 

     

    Dates and Times:  July 17 - August 4, 2023, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    @ Benson, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, McDaniel, Roosevelt 

     

    Families can register online or complete the PDF and return it to the high school.

     

    Summer Opportunities

     

    Working On It  

    These are areas that, when our team is ready to provide additional information, I will provide an update in the section above.

    • Reconfiguration of spaces for the 23-24 school year with a goal of no large classes meeting in the Portable classrooms;
    • Hiring for 2023-24 (we have DLI and Sped hires in process);
    • Building the Master Schedule for the 23-24 school year.;
    • End of year celebrations.

    Important Dates

    • May 29: Memorial Day - No School
    • June 2: All Library materials due
    • June 7: 8th Grade Oaks Park Field Trip
    • June 9: 8th Grade Promotion Family Picnic
    • June 9: 8th Grade Promotion @ Roosevelt High School
    • June 12th: 7th Grade Field Trip
    • June 14: Last Day of School for students

     

    In Partnership,

    --

    Julie Rierson

    Pronouns: she/her

    Principal

    Ockley Green Middle School