• Principal Message 5/20/22

    May 20, 2022

    Weekly OGMS Family Communication


    Greetings OG families,

    We are moving into our final weeks of the 21-22 school year.  6th graders will be attending Outdoor School on Monday and Tuesday 5/23 & 5/24; students will leave OGMS at 9:30 a.m. and we arrive back at OG between 6:00-6:30 p.m.  We will finish up our OSAS test make-ups; our goal is to get 90% of our students tested.  8th grade promotion is set for Thursday, June 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt High School Gym.  Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are being sent home with 8th graders the week of May 31st.  Each 8th grade student will receive 6 tickets.  Due to space constraints, all family and friends will need a ticket.  


    Dr. Tania McKey

    Interim Principal - Ockley Green


    Resources for Families


    Library Materials and Textbooks Return Deadline

    Please return all library materials and textbooks.

    It's that time when we need to collect all materials back to the library.  Please help your student look through bookshelves, under beds, behind couches, and in backpacks to locate any library materials.  We know it's been a strange two years, and you may have items from previous schools in your house. That's okay! We will take any and all of them back and get them to their correct locations.  Students should have all materials returned by June 3rd.


    If students still have old Chromebooks, chargers, or hot spots at home from distance learning, we would like those back too.   Questions? email Amanda Graham at agraham@pps.net


    End-of-Year Great Performances from Dragonland!

    OG Music students will perform their end-of-year performance on Wednesday, June 1st @ 6:00pm in the Roosevelt High School Auditorium. Come hear our bucket drummers and band students show off their work in music classes this year!




    Upcoming events and volunteer/support needs: 

    June 9th Noon-2pm is 8th grade BBQ at Peninsula Park:

    OG Supporters will be planning/hosting this very popular end of year BBQ for students. We need help, especially from 7th and 6th grade families/caregivers. This BBQ is a much loved tradition. We will need food donations, volunteers for day of to assist with cooking (including grills), serving and managing chaos (aka herding cats). This is always a fun way to send our students off after promotion practice before the big event that night! If you are interested in helping with planning, or want to volunteer now for a specific need please reach out to me at president@ogsupporters.org  More specific volunteer/supply/food needs will be communicated in the near future. The link to register as a volunteer is : https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0545A8A929A6FE3-8thgrade1


    End of School Year Chromebook Notices

    During the school year, your student has had access to a personally assigned Chromebook for use during the school day and at home.  When we inventory these devices it is very important that your student has their Chromebook AND charger with them at school. Inventory and collection (for 8th graders) will happen May 31, June 1, 2, and 3 in Math classes. For 6th and 7th graders, a form will be coming home allowing you to give permission for your student to keep the device over the summer. If you would like your student to keep their Chromebook during the summer months, you will be providing a signature indicating you understand the rights and responsibilities of using a PPS-provided Chromebook.  

    For 8th graders, devices will be collected, cleaned, and ready to assign to our new 6th graders in the fall.  They must be returned with the charger.  If a student needs a loaner device for the summer, there will be a place on the form to indicate this.  Freshmen will receive a new device at their new school in the fall.


    If you have any questions, please email Amanda Graham at agraham@pps.net


    Promotion Activities Schedule

    Promotion will be here soon! If you have not done so, please sign the field trip form for Oaks Park and have your student bring it back to Mr. Mohler.

    Tuesday, June 7th: 8th grade field trip to Oaks Park

    Thursday, June 9th

    9:10 am-  Students arrive at regularly scheduled school time

    10:00 -11:45 am– Promotion practice

    12:00 pm- 2:00 pm– BBQ @ Peninsula Park

    2:15 pm-  Early release to prepare for promotion

    5:45 pm– Promotion Ceremony @ (starts at 6:00 pm)

    June 10th:  Last Day of School -8th graders are not required to attend


    20 Day Rule:

    In order to ensure that students are safe and successful on all promotion events, we are applying a 20 day rule. This is to help students stay accountable for their actions and have a successful end to their 8th grade year!


    Students could lose a promotion activity (BBQ, Field Trip)  if they are unable to meet these expectations: 

    1. Be on time to class. 
      • 4 or more tardies = 1 lost activity
    2. Be in class learning. 
      • Students who skip class or leave without permission.
    3. Use safe language and bodies. 
      • Bullying , harassment or fighting 
    4. Respect of school property
      • Graffiti or vandalism 


    We will meet with the families of any students who are unable to meet these expectations to determine how students can safely and respectfully participate.  


    Promotion Tickets:

    Every student will receive 6 tiickets to promotion. Due to space constraints, we are requiring tickets to attend promotion. If your family needs more tickets, contact Kate Caleal at kacaleal@pps.net.


    Volunteers Needed!

    Help us celebrate your student!  We need parents to bring grills to the BBQ, help cook food at the BBQ, bring food for the BBQ and chaperone the promotion dance.   If you are interested, please contact Anna Marquez at anna@ogsupporters.org.


    Photographs for Promotion Slideshow:

    We are looking for baby photographs and group shots of our 8th graders from over the years for one of our promotion slide shows. If you have some photos you would like to be in the slideshow, email them to Amanda Graham at agraham@pps.net BY May 20th. Not all photographs will be used if there are a lot submitted.


    Registration: https://form.jotform.com/t4tportland/gardenparty


    Friday Schedule Change:

    To support a smooth ending of the year, we will be shifting the schedule on Friday to facilitate choice activities in the afternoon. 


    New Friday Schedule:

    9:10 - 10:38 5th period

    10:42 - 12:10 6th period

    12:10 - 12:40 Lunch

    12:44 - 2:13 7th period

    2:17 - 3:00 Flex

    3:04 - 3:45 Advisory/Choice activities

    • This will start Friday, May 20th
    • This will be our schedule for May 20th, May 27th, June 10th
    • June 3rd we will have a shorten schedule with a dance at the end of the day
    • During Wednesday advisory, students will sign up for their choice activities
    • Students can change which activity they want to go to each week


    Youth Mental Health Forum

    Multnomah County Commissioner Meieran is hosting a Youth Mental Health Forum on Saturday, May 21st, at the DoubleTree in the Lloyd District. This will be an opportunity for youth to gather and share their experiences, needs, and challenges with regard to mental health. As this will likely inform many of Commissioner Meieran's priorities related to youth mental health, it's key that we have voices from all of Multnomah County represented. Event registration is now open for youth attendees and youth volunteers


    Below are direct links to the event page, social media graphics, and registration pages and attached are communications resources in both English and Spanish that include pre-packaged Facebook posts, Instagram stories/posts, etc. 


    In terms of structure, much of the event will be in large group and table-top discussions, but will also include affinity spaces for BIPOC and LGBTQIA2+ youth, a resource fair, as well as mental health professionals on site to support youth who may be triggered during the event. 


    All event information can be found here: multco.us/ymhf

    • Note: Event registration on website can be found here
    • Note: Downloadable social media graphics on website can be found here

    Summer SUN School

    Formulario de Registro Español: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=862f2ba227464c95a1c559c800b860f7

    English Registration Form:



    PPS Staff/Community Masking Recommendation

    On Wednesday, May 11, Multnomah County health officials made an announcement about masking, due to the current COVID-19 surge.  The Multnomah County Health Department is asking people to wear masks indoors until new coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations start to fall, and they strongly recommend that people wear masks in schools. The current increase in COVID-19 cases is expected to peak in mid-June, when PPS’s school year ends. 


    In alignment with this public health guidance, Portland Public Schools strongly recommends that all staff and all students wear masks at schools, in district office buildings and at other indoor events beginning Monday May 16th to the end of the school year. This recommendation includes masking at important end-of-year events such as prom, school performances, assemblies and indoor graduation events. 


    Remember: the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to stay-up-to-date on your vaccinations and get boosted, practice good hand hygiene, and stay home when you are sick, even if it is not COVID.


    County officials have not set case or hospitalization thresholds for when they would consider mandating masks, nor have they set a threshold for lifting the recommendation. Multnomah County officials also suggested people who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 consider avoiding crowded indoor settings for the next few weeks.

    Dragon Swag Sale - MORE ADULT SIZES IN STOCK (2XL-5XL on request)! 

    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 5X-Large.Please contact the front office (530)916-5660 to place your orders today!



    8th Grade Promotion: Thursday 9 June 2022 at Roosevelt High School (Times and Program TBA)


    Counseling Corner: Roosevelt High School Freshman Preview

     Hosting an in-person family and student event May 18th from 6:30-7:30 on campus. Flyer in the front office at Ockley and will be sent home with students. 

    Summer Opportunities for Rising 9th graders: Leap Into 9th Grade


    Website with information: https://www.pps.net/Page/13685




    Reach out to you child’s school counselor with any questions. 

    Jillian Stone, jstone@pps.net

    Galen Dickstein, gdickstein@pps.net




    Every Friday from 3:30pm-6pm

    Who: Parents and guardians can pick up food boxes with five meals, fruit, veggies, and activities for all children up to 18 years old in their household.


    3710 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227



    Vandalism and graffiti update

    This week we’ve again noted a small handful of instances in which hate speech or symbols were written or drawn at our school. Staff worked quickly to remove the offending messages and symbols and documented them in accordance with district protocols. We will be reviewing and augmenting our supervision and educational efforts.  If you or your student have any information, you can report it to Dr. Tania McKey tmckey@pps.net, a trusted staff member or anonymously to SafeOregon. If your student does not feel safe and you would like them to speak to a caring adult, please contact: 

    Student safety and inclusion is the District’s core value. Hate is not tolerated nor accepted in our community. These incidents are an affront to our core values of Racial Equity and Social Justice, Respect, Honesty and Integrity. We value and respect everyone in our school community and understand that our diversity makes us stronger. Everyone is welcome at Ockley Green and everyone belongs. Every student deserves a positive educational experience where they feel safe, secure and a sense of belonging



    Attention 8th grade families!

    Leap into 9th Grade

    June 27-July 15, 2022, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12:30 pm

    Prepares students to excel in high school and get a head start in working with their teachers and peers. Students will receive a daily bus pass and earn a 0.5 high school elective credit upon successful completion of the program.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    The program will be available to all students, but prioritized for incoming 9th grade students identified as Academic Priority, or students who would benefit from additional supports. Space is limited due to staffing.


    Tutoring with Ms. Kate

    If a student needs extra help, they are welcome to come in early to Ms. Kate's classroom (213) before the beginning of school each day. Any grade and subject area help is available. If you plan to come, please text Ms. Kate and let her know so she can let the student in the building. (248.891.9903)


    Morning Breakfast Routine Notice

    Breakfast is available on campus for all students every day beginning at 8:45am, and is served until 9:03am when the opening bell of the day sounds. Student’s have until 9:10am to enjoy their breakfast, and are expected in class, fed and seated for learning once the 9:10am bell has rung for the beginning of the first class of the day. Breakfast will not be available after 9:10am. Please ensure that your student understands this timetable so that we have all students safe, accounted for, and learning.



    Beginning on Monday, March 14, PPS will transition to optional masking for all staff and students across every PPS building. This is aligned with the new public health guidance released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Multnomah County Public Health.

    Here is why we are making this decision:

    • This week, ODE/OHA and Multnomah County public health both released updated guidance that mirrors and complements the CDC’s new guidance and COVID-19 Community Levels tool. This tool helps us–PPS and each one of us as individuals–take preventative steps based on the latest local COVID-19 data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in our community. 
    • Currently, Multnomah County is classified as having a “low COVID-19 community level.” Based on this — and with no new variant on the horizon — Multnomah County will not be implementing a local mask mandate at this time. 
    • The latest data by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) indicates that less than 14 percent of Oregonians are currently susceptible to COVID-19. The rates of vaccinations and boosters in Multnomah County are high. In addition, the number of individuals who were infected with the Omicron variant is widely believed to provide a level of community protection against COVID-19 for at least the next three months.

    In addition to transitioning to optional masking, we will continue the pause of general contact tracing and quarantining in schools. At this time, public health affirms contact tracing and quarantine to be ineffective at slowing the spread of a virus that moves as quickly as an omicron.

    Based on the lessons of the last two years, and to prepare for future and possible COVID-19 surges or variants, we will continue to:

    • Stress handwashing;
    • Use MERV 13 HVAC filters and will replace filters in each of our portable air purifiers;
    • Closely monitor illness among staff and students and require that all persons stay home when sick with COVID-19 symptoms;
    • Provide the OHSU weekly screening testing program and school-based rapid resting for individuals who might become symptomatic while at school;
    • Inform families and staff if an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 was on-site during their contagious period.


    SUNSchool Attendance Policy

    Students who are enrolled in our SUNSchool after-school program are required to remain in the building and proceed directly to the cafeteria once the final class of the day has ended. There is no re-entry for students once the school day has ended. Thank y’all for working to keep our campus secure and our students safe and accounted for!


    Volunteering at Ockley Green Middle School; A message from our Parent Volunteer Coordinator


    Hi OG Community,


    As a parent volunteer "volunteer" coordinator, I'm reaching out to see if you might be able to support our community in a few simple ways. We created a volunteer survey based on the needs of teachers and staff at Ockley and would love it if you could fill it out and share more about what you might be able to help out with within the school day, if possible. The needs range anywhere from a 20 minute Safety Patrol block to small group work or helping out in the hall or at lunch. Your presence makes a difference for students. I started doing safety patrol once a week and it's clear that having a friendly adult presence is a nice way for students to start their day and makes people feel safer on busy Ainsworth as well. 

    The survey can be found here: Volunteering at Ockley Green.



    Anna Marquez


    Together we make our community stronger! Please use the form linked below to express interest in volunteering during the school day and events outside of school hours. Our school communities keep our Dragons flying! https://www.pps.net/domain/66


    Student Pick-up Reminder

    Parents and Guardians, please be advised that students are unable to be sent home early during lunch times. If you need to pick-up your student from Ockley Green before the end of the school day, please make sure that it is any time before or after the times listed below to ensure that we can quickly find your student(s) and send them out promptly to you.


    Monday Lunch: 11:46am-12:16pm; Tuesday-Friday Lunch: 12:10pm-12:40pm 


    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.  


    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.


    Student support team and counselors 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



    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.  


    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)