• Principal Message 2/11/22

    February 11, 2022

    Weekly OGMS Family Communication


    Hello OG Families,

    This week we continued to welcome education majors from the University of Portland who have joined us to support small group and individual learning.  We also enjoyed the continued nice weather with many students taking advantage of the sunshine and choosing to eat and enjoy recess outside.  As the weather continues to improve we anticipate moving back to a single lunch schedule as soon as 2/16/22.  We'll share additional information with students this week in advisory about that plan.  In the event of severely inclement weather we may revert back to a two lunch plan if necessary however we hope to be able to generally operate on the one lunch plan for most of the remainder of the year - the one lunch plan provides for a less disrupted experience for many classes.  We have also planned our February fire drill for the upcoming week.  Safety drills are an important part of our work to practice in case of emergency.


    Dr. Tania McKey

    Interim Principal - Ockley Green


    Ockley Green Dine-in Fundraiser with Panda Express

    Join us for another Restaurant night FUNdraiser for OG Supporters. You need to show the below flier when ordering in person, or use the fundraiser code 331684 when ordering online.  We get 20% of all orders that identify Ockley Green! All funds raised will be used to support the clothing closet at OGMS.

    Note from the school counselors: 

    Forecasting 6th and 7th graders:

    On Wednesday February 16th we will be forecasting out current 6th and 7th grade students during our flex period. What this means is that students will get a chance to learn about elective classes that are available for next school year. Students will fill out a survey letting us know what their top choices are. We encourage you to talk to your students about this and reach out to your school counselor with any questions. We also encourage kids to stick with dance or band if they are enjoying it this year. 


    High School Forecasting for current 8th grade students: All information and live links here and also sent out directly through Remind from Ms. Galen


    Mrs. Stone, jstone@pps.net, works with students with last names A-K

    Ms. Galen, gdickstein@pps.net, works with students with last names L-Z


    Return to Single Lunch Schedule

    With the nicer weather and added coverage provided by our exterior tents we're planning to return to a single lunch schedule starting on 2/16/22 (rather than continuing our current two lunch schedule).  Students will all be able to eat in the cafeteria or the rear of the school.  Slides will be shared with students in advisory on 2/16/22 with additional details regarding logistics in terms of when to proceed through the lunch line etc. so that we can avoid unnecessary crowding.  In the event of days with severe inclement weather we may revert to our two lunch schedule but we hope that by going to a single lunch program we can lessen the interruptions to classes caused by the two lunch plan. 


    Ockley Green Clean-Up Day - Saturday, February 26th, 2022

    Please mark your calendars for our Ockley Green clean up day on Saturday, February 26th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We will have donuts provided by Delicious Donuts PDX!, coffee and water provided by the OG Supporters available at 9:00 a.m., and we will work until finished or 1:00 p.m.  Please bring lawn and gardening tools as well as gloves and appropriate clothes for working outside.  We need help with picking up trash, spreading mulch, trimming, working in the garden, assembling benches and other items that present themselves. Use the link below to sign up and participate! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0545A8A929A6FE3-ogschool




    Dragon Swag Sale 


    We are happy to present this year's Swag Sale featuring an exclusive videogame print of our beloved mascot for this school year!


    Hooded Sweatshirts are $20, T-Shirts are $10, and the comfort and smiles that come from wearing and representing our school community with pride are free!


    We have youth sizes Large to X-Large, and adult sizes Small to X-Large.


    Please contact the front office (530)916-5660 to place your orders today. This swag is fire…DRAGON FIRE!!!

    Counselor Recognition


    National School Counseling Week 2022 is the week of February 7-11. This week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the impact that school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success, develop social-emotional skills, and plan for postsecondary.

    Please join the Student Success and Health department and OG admin in celebrating National School Counseling Week by taking a moment to acknowledge our school counselors: Ms. Stone and Ms. Galen.


    Candy Grams: Lets celebrate friendship and love in our school community! Students can buy Candygrams for 25 cents during lunch next week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Write a note to someone, pay 25 cents and the student support team will deliver your Candy Grams on Valentines day. 


    DISCOVERING THE SCIENTIST WITHIN - Virtual Middle School Women in STEM Workshop; Oregon State University

    At Discovering the Scientist Within, you will participate in fun hands-on workshops and meet with women scientists and engineers – all from home! You will also connect online with other students who love math and science and who are thinking about their futures. Through a generous grant from the MidValley STEM-CTE Hub, we are excited to ship all activity supplies directly to participants! Through these exploration activities, you will: • Experience the fun of math, science and engineering; • Learn about math and science-based careers; • Obtain first-hand information about the lives of women in science and various paths leading to careers in the STEM fields. Fields include Ocean Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and more! THis is a FREE workshop! Pre-registration is required and closes on 18 February, 2022. Parent/Guardian supervision required during at-home activities. To register, visit: http://beav.es/ZCq For any questions, please call (541)737-9424.


    Summer Reading Program; Oregon State University

    Programs for Entering 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders In these effective and enjoyable programs, your son or daughter will make substantial gains in comprehension in fiction and nonfiction, learn to read twice as fast, and become a better writer. Students expand their vocabulary and learn the best way to take notes and study for tests. Students learn effective techniques that improve writing skills and build confidence. Your child will complete homework and writing assignments more quickly and easily, get better grades, and enjoy reading more.


    Comprehension, Writing, Textbook Skills, Vocabulary, and Reading Speed are just some of the tools and techniques your student(s) will develop and hone during the program. For more information, or to register, call 1(800)715-2808. Inquire early as class sizes are limited.


    Multnomah Early Childhood Program

    Learning in a nurturing environment is important for a child’s development. In our imaginative and lively classes, young children make friends while playing, painting, learning and laughing alongside children with special needs. Peers will learn diversity, tolerance, and to appreciate the differences in every child. Our professional teaching teams include state licensed, early childhood special education teachers. MECP is a program of the David Douglas School District. Interpretation services are available upon request. Cost $32 per month; FREE and reduced tuition for families that qualify. 503-261-5535 / mecp_peer@ddsd40.org 


    Portland Parks & Recreation Preschool 2022-2023 Registration

    Click to register here: 2022-2023 Registration

    OSU STEM Academy AWSEM Club


    Biased Language and Sexual Harassment Lessons and Protocol

    We has seen a rise in the use of biased language and sexual harassment this school year. To address these issues, each subject area will be engaging students across grade levels in a series of 10 lessons to support students learning pro-social skills and build healthy friendships with each other. The lessons will cover the following topics: power of language, defining sexual harassment and biased language, reporting biased language and sexual harassment, reflecting on data from Ockley Green, school appropriate physical contact and asking permission from someone, metacognition, interupting harassment and biased language, decision making, healthy friendships, and restorative justice. 


    Teachers and staff have also been trained in a intervention protocol from Learning for Justice called Speak up. We will be using it school wide to educate students on the impact of biased language and harassment and to intervene when they happen at school.


    TAG Nominations

    The TAG nomination window for this year closed on January 7, 2022. Nominations will be accepted again toward the beginning of the 2022-23 school year and will be accepted until Winter Recess.


    Donation Call - Wellbeing

    Mrs. Sawyer's Wellbeing/Nutrition Class is seeking donations of gift cards to Fred Meyer and/or New Seasons Market to enrich our student’s experiences. Wellbeing is also interested in any food donations you might have and we are currently in need of electric handheld mixers.  Please reach out to jsawyer@pps.net for more information on how you can help!


    Math Game Opportunity

    Hello NBA Math Hoops families! Learn Fresh continues to support learning in all environments. We are pleased to offer the physical NBA Math Hoops board game for distribution at no cost to families in the U.S. Please complete the form to request a copy of the NBA Math Hoops board game for the young learners in your household (best for grades 4-8). Games are available on a limited basis, and families with a demonstrated need for at-home learning resources will receive priority. You will receive an email confirmation when your game request has been processed. While waiting for your NBA Math Hoops board game to process and deliver, download the NBA Math Hoops App and NBA Math Hoops: Skills & Drills App on both iOS and Android. Visit nbamathhoops.org/app to download!



    • Oregon State University STEM Academy AWSEM Club (includes Spanish flyer)





    Important district updates regarding COVID 19 safety precautions and school procedures

    PPS and MESD supported school districts are no longer conducting contact tracing in general educational environments (including lunch and school-provided transportation). Exceptions include the following situations indoors during which masking is inconsistent: 

    Certain athletic events where masking is not possible or inconsistent, e.g. wrestling, basketball, swimming.Pre-K, Head Start, and child care.  Special education classrooms where masking is not possible or inconsistent.

    With Omicron’s shorter incubation period, by the time someone realizes they may be sick, gets tested, and that test is reported, it is often too late for contract-tracing to interrupt disease transmission. Thus, contact tracing is no longer relevant in an environment where cases are surging so high and when spending time in any indoor public space is essentially considered an exposure for anyone who is not up-to-date on their vaccines. The sheer speed of Omicron means people are exposed, infected and contagious before contact tracers can even identify an outbreak, much less get word to exposed individuals (MCHD article).

    Isolation and Quarantine timelines have changed. 

    PPS is aligning with MESD and Multnomah County and will utilize the “5 & 5” that Dr. Ann Loeffler shared last week. 

    COVID positive individuals are instructed to isolate at home for five (5) days after symptom onset or test specimen collected, if asymptomatic. Following this isolation period, individuals may return to school or work but need to diligently mask on day six (6) for an additional five (5) days, provided they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving. 

    Reporting Changes: 

    The nurse or building administrator can provide to COVID-positive students and families communicable disease guidance provided by MESD by phone, text or email. The All-School/Community Notification is paused as of 1/18/2022 until further notice.

    Test to Stay:

      • Under current guidance, PPS will not administer Test to Stay at this time.
    Since universal masking is assumed to be in place in the general educational environment and we are no longer contact tracing in those situations, no students would be identified as qualifying for Test to Stay, and thus Test to Stay does not apply under the new guidance.


    Who is PPS bound to notify and what should be communicated?

    1. Communication to COVID-positive Individuals:  
      1. Building administrators/school nurses should communicate the return-to-school date and additional guidance noted in the SCIF Submission worksheet to the COVID-positive student/family


    1. All Staff/ School/ Community Notification: This notification is paused as of Tuesday, 1/18/2022 until further notice.


    1. Notification to Exposed Individuals: For situations involving unmasked, high-risk, onsite exposures to a positive COVID-19 case, Contact Tracing will identify close contacts. The MESD CD Team will provide Notification Letters including public health and quarantine guidance to the building administrator to send to close contacts who were exposed in those settings. 


    1. PPS will no longer notify close contacts who were not part of an onsite, high-risk, unmasked cohort that included an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. 

    Are schools enforcing quarantine? 

    PPS recommends all individuals follow the public health guidance for quarantine. At this time schools will no longer need to submit a SCIF for close contacts. Due to the fast and widespread incidence of the Omicron variant, schools are focusing their resources on enforcing isolation timelines of those who test positive and individuals who are or become ill.

    Can a positive student/staff return Day 6 of their isolation if they have no symptoms? 

    Yes, a student who has isolated for 5 days (beginning at Day 0 when they experienced symptoms/tested positive) can return to school on Day 6 if they have completed their 5 day isolation period, have gone 24 hours fever free without medication, and their other symptoms are improving. They are required to diligently mask for Days 6-10, and only may remove their mask while actively eating and physically distanced 6 feet or more. 

    Please note: If the original positive student develops symptoms, the 5-day timeline resets as follows. Day 0 becomes the day the individual develops symptoms. They should isolate for 5 days starting at that point and may return on the adjusted Day 6 if they aren't fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms are improving.

    Can a symptomatic student return to school once they have completed Day 5 of their isolation period?

    Symptomatic students should remain at home until the point at which they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and their symptoms improve. If symptoms worsen, ill students should remain at home in isolation for the full 10 days. 

    What is the protocol for a staff or student living with a COVID-positive household member?

    A staff member or student who is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and is asymptomatic is not required to quarantine and can return to work or school. A staff member or student who is unvaccinated or not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations must quarantine for up to 10 days since their 5-day quarantine starts on Day 5 of the positive household member’s isolation period. The student/staff may return on Day 11 as long as they remain asymptomatic and masking is in place.  All household members regardless of vaccination status should seek testing, wear a mask for 10 days and stay home if symptoms do develop. 

    Can students and staff test out of quarantine?

    At this time they cannot test out of quarantine due to a shortened quarantine change. 

    Resources for Families/SUN School Request for Assistance

    Families can use this form to request assistance with rent, utilities, or food - this form is a one-stop shop.  


    OG Fruit and Vegetable program

    Ockley Green will be participating in a free fruit and vegetable program for students.  This program provides students with an opportunity to enjoy a healthy snack at the end of the day.  Due to the recent need to transition to Temporary Distance Learning and the need to re-orient students to in-person lessons as well as our new lunch logistics we’ve slated our fruit and vegetable snack program to begin on 2/1/22.  Students will receive their fruit or vegetable snack at the end of the day and may eat it upon departing the school.


    New School Health Assistant - Sophia Gardner

    As many of you may have heard our School Health Assistant (SHA) Ibrahim recently moved on to a new assignment.  Our new SHA is Sophia Gardner, she has been working closely alongside nurse Tyler and has also been in communication with Ibrahim during her transition into the role.  Her email address is sgardner@mesd.k12.or.us in case families or students would like to reach out to her to welcome her or if there are any questions about the services our SHA provides. 


    OGMS Cell Phone Contract

    We started our cell phone reset this week and have seen a sharp decrease in the use of phones in disruptive ways. We will continue next week with the rest and the cell phone contract below.

    This contract outlines the conditions of a student’s use of a cell phone while at Ockley Green Middle School. Cell phones can be used as a tool for learning or they can act as a distraction. Our goal is for students to learn how to appropriately use a cell phone. These guidelines and consequences will support all students to use cell phones to build positive relationships and succeed academically. Students must follow these guidelines in order to have continued access to a cell phone at Ockley Green Middle School. 


    1. I can use my cell phone before school starts, at lunch and recess, and after the school day is over. 
    2. My phone is off and away during class time and in the hallways.
    3. I can leave my phone with my teacher for the class period to help me focus on my school work. 
    4. If my family needs to talk to me or I need to talk to them, at lunch or recess I can call or text them. Any other time I can ask my teacher to use the classroom phone, call from the front office or get permission to contact my family through my cell phone. My family can call the front office at any time to talk to me. 
    5. Starting February 1st, there will no longer be warnings for having my cell phone out without permission. I will have to immediately leave it with an adult or turn it in to the front office for pick up at the end of the day. 
    6. If I refuse to leave my phone with an adult or the front office, my family will be contacted and I will need to check my phone into the front office for a day.
    7. The second time I have to turn in my phone, someone from my family will have to come pick it up from the front office. 
    8. The third time I have to turn in my phone, my family will be contacted and for a week I will have to check in my phone to the front office at the beginning of the day or leave my phone at home.
    9. After the third time, my family and I will have a meeting with an administrator to create a plan around access to my phone at school. I could lose the right to have my phone at school at all. 
    10. When a guest teacher is teaching, I will follow classroom expectations and not have my cell phone out for any reason.  
    11. My teacher will explain when and how I can use my cell phone in their class. When I use my cell phone with my teacher’s permission, I must put it away before I leave the classroom.


    Your counselors and student support team are here to help!  For check-ins, mental health support, or just to chat email, call, or text.  We are available during school hours to connect:


    If you need immediate assistance in a crisis please see phone #’s below:

    • Multnomah County Crisis Line - Mental Health Crisis Line for youth and adults 503-988-4888 
    • Crisis Line - Text resource to connect with a mental health counselor by text
      • Text “HOME” to 741-741
    • Youthline ALL youth in crisis
    • Trevor Project - LGBTQ+ Crisis Resource


    Free at-home-COVID-19 Test Kits

    Get your Covid test kits through the federal government. They are free and include 4 per rapid tests per household. All you need is to enter your zip code and mailing address for delivery in late January.



    Dental Sealants

    Greetings Parents/Guardians,

    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:




    Saludos Patres/Tutores,

    El programa de salud oral escolar y comunitaria del condado de Multnomah ofrece selladores y exámenes dentales gratuitos. Una revisión dental es un vistazo rápido dentro de la boca de su hijo/a para revisar la salud general de los dientes y se les aplicará los selladores. 


    Este servicio está disponible para estudiantes de segundo, tercero, sexto, séptimo y octavo grado.

    ¿Necesitas ayuda? ¿Tiene preguntas? Llámenos al 503-988-3905


    Para usar este servicio gratis, complete este permiso electrónico:






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    Community Resources 

    • Emergency Rental Assistance:  The impacts of Covid-19 continue to impact many families financially.  If you are at risk of eviction or behind on rent, programs may be available to help.  Please contact School Social Worker Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net; 503-729-0634) to see if you qualify.  
    • Asistencia de Emergencia Para el Alquiler: Los impactos de Covid-19 continúan afectando financieramente a muchas familias. Si tiene un alquiler atrasado, es posible que haya programas disponibles para ayudarlo. Comuníquese con la trabajadora social de la escuela Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net; 503-729-0634) 


    Chromebook Care

    Many of the student Chromebooks are having issues that require repair.  Families are not charged for repairs, but please discuss proper care of Chromebooks with your students. They should not be slammed shut or treated roughly, but they are expected to come to school each day fully charged.  


    OG Night at the Trailblazers

    Be sure to get your tickets for Ockley Green Middle School Night!  The flyer is linked


    2021-22 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form

    Parent request for opting out of Oregon Summative Assessments (ELA and Math).  The forms are linked here


    Lunch Clubs 






    • OG Student Council
    • Trotter, Soto, Avy H.
    • Rm. 113
    • Max:  16
    • Board Games, DnD, Magic the    Gathering
    • Host:  Halbig
    • Rm. 207
    • Max: 16
    • Anime & Manga Club
    • Host:  Ms. Kray
    • Art Room - 101
    • Table-top Games, DnD
    • Host:  Usselman
    • Rm. 225
    • Anime & Manga Club
    • Host:  Ms. Kray
    • Art Room - 101
    • Book Club & Battle of the Books
    • Host:  Graham
    • Rm:  Library
    • Max:  30
    • Girl BOSS & Girl Power Zine Club
    • Host:  Mendiola
    • Rm. 215
    • GSA
    • Hosts:  Elizabeth, Trotter, Galen
    • Rm: Library
    • Drawing, Rubik’s Cube and Quiet Lunch Space
    • Host:  Curtis
    • Rm. 214
    • Drawing & Coloring Club
    • Host:  Sheridan
    • Rm. 103
    • Max:  8
    • Sports Club
    • Hosts:  Mr. Damon, Ms. Kate & Mr. Signorelli
    • Rm:  Gym
    • Max:  30
    • Rubik's Cube Club
    • Host:  Broderick
    • Rm:  Library
    • Max:  15
    • Batman & Xmen Club
    • Host:  Decker
    • Rm. 202
    • Gamer’s Club
    • Host:  Mr. Lawson
    • SUN portable
    • Max:  10
    • Viewing/Fan Club  - “Gravity Falls,” “Duck Tales” or. . .??
    • Host:  Ms. Trotter
    • Rm. 218
    • Ukulele Club
    • Host:  Mr. L. 
    • Rm:  102/104
    • Max:  20
    • Gamer’s Club
    • Host:  Mr. Lawson
    • SUN portable
    • Max:  10
    • Latinx Club
    • Hosts:  Krakow & Jessica Cisneros-Flores
    • Rm. 142
    • Max:  12
    • Ukulele Club
    • Host:  Mr. L. 
    • Rm:  102/104
    • Max:  20
    • Sports Club
    • Hosts:  Mr. Damon, Ms. Kate & Mr. Signorelli
    • Rm:  Gym
    • Max:  30
    • Sports Club
    • Hosts:  Mr. Damon, Ms. Kate & Mr. Signorelli
    • Rm:  Gym
    • Max:  30

    How Can I Access Pediatric Vaccination Information? 

    Families can check with their child’s pediatrician; or

    • Log into Multnomah County Health Department’s vaccine locator website and:
      • Enter their address or zip code under “Location.”
      • Click “Search”
      • Click “Filter Your Results”
      • Click “Pfizer age 5-11” under Vaccine Type.
      • Click “Apply Filters” under Date Range.
      • View the list of Pediatric Vaccine Clinics under Provider Information.
      • Contact the Pediatric Vaccine Clinic provider for appointment information.


    OGMS Yearbook 2021-2022

    Order your yearbook today! The order deadline is 3/18/22.  The yearbook ID code: 13579022.  The link is ybpay.com.  School Name:  Ockley Green School   Cost is $15

    ParentVUE Sign-up Information

    ParentVUE is a tool provided by our Synergy Student Information System.  Most families should’ve received activation letters previously.  More information about ParentVUE open the document that is linked 

    Food Delivery Apps/Services During the School Day

    We ask that students not use food delivery apps or services during the school day.  Students using such apps and or services (or contacting restaurants for delivery) is disruptive to classes and the overall school climate.  It also presents logistical issues for office staff and those supervising lunch.  Families may drop off items for their students for lunch and free hot lunch is available for all students.  Any food delivered by delivery app or from restaurants will be held in the office until the school day ends and then will be available to students at that time. 


    Community Resources 

    • Emergency Rental Assistance:  The impacts of Covid-19 continue to impact many families financially.  If you are at risk of eviction or behind on rent, programs may be available to help.  Please contact School Social Worker Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net; 503-729-0634) to see if you qualify.  
    • Asistencia de Emergencia Para el Alquiler: Los impactos de Covid-19 continúan afectando financieramente a muchas familias. Si tiene un alquiler atrasado, es posible que haya programas disponibles para ayudarlo. Comuníquese con la trabajadora social de la escuela Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net; 503-729-0634) 


    Chromebooks Reminder

    Students are asked to bring their fully charged Chromebook to school daily.  These devices are important for many in class activities as well as for use during some of our DragonTime/Flex classes.  Loaner devices are limited so students bringing their own fully charged Chromebook helps ensure that they can fully participate. 

    Supporting Social Distancing

    While we continue to make efforts to support social distancing at school families are also asked to remind students of the importance of social distancing when possible including after school, during transitions, and during lunch/in the lunchline.  We appreciate our students' efforts around masks, social distancing, and regular hand washing/sanitizing as we all work together to make this school year as safe as possible for students, families, and staff.