• Principal's Weekly Message

    Hello Families & Partners -

    This month we celebrate and honor the history, culture, traditions and many contributions of Native Americans.  


    Conferences are just around the corner on November 21st & 22nd.  We appreciate the opportunity to partner with our families to support positive academic and social-emotional outcomes for students.  With our Ockley Green Core Value of Growth, we look forward to these conversations to be able to work together to support the ongoing growth of our students.  We have already set up our priority conferences, such as conferences needing the support of an Interpreter.  Teacher Conference appointments are now live and available (see below for link). See below for more specific information about Conferences.

    Please see below for some important updates!


    Conferences  NEW

    Ockley Green families will be using our conference website to schedule parent teacher conferences this year. They will be held in person on November 21 and online on November 22. If families choose to do their conferences online they will use the same conference website to login to their teacher’s digital meeting rooms. The website will go live at 5:00pm on Friday November 11. Please note the scheduling interface may look different for some teachers who have an older version of google. 





    Hallway & Re-Engagement Plan Update  NEW


    This week, with the reset of Hall Pass expectations in our classrooms, we have begun the Re-Engagement Waves in the halls.  During these Waves, we collected 14 students over the course of the week that did not have permission to be in the hallways.  We shared with students that we want them in class and the importance of them being there to learn.  We either re-taught the expectation for hall passes or made a conference call home to a Parent/Guardian.  We were pleased that the majority of students had a hall pass and that they were doing what the hall pass indicated.


    As a reminder, the Classroom Re-Engagement Waves use the following outcomes:

    • Wave 1: Discussion and Warning

    • Wave 2: Discussion with parent or family 

    • Wave 3: Individual re-engagement plan with incentive created

    • Wave 4: Student makes up work missed at a different time

    • Wave 5: Parent/Guardian joins meeting with student at school


    COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic  NEW

    We are pleased to announce that we will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in partnership with Costco Pharmacy. The clinic will be open to all, and offer first, second and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available. Flu shots will also be available for those who have insurance (if you are a Kaiser member, you must access the flu vaccine through Kaiser).

    We ask that you please wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the door.

    What: COVID-19 Vaccine clinic

    When: Wednesday, November 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Where: Dr. Matthew Prophet Center - 501 N. Dixon St.

    Who: Anyone 6 years old or older wanting a first, second or booster dose. Please bring your insurance card.

    Families can also search for vaccine opportunities at getvaccinated.Oregon.gov.


    Chromebook Expectations  REMINDER

    We are experiencing a high volume of Chromebook repairs and students not bringing their Chromebooks to school.  In addition, we have a number of students with more than one device currently assigned to them.  In an effort to ensure that all students have working Chromebooks, we are beginning to contact students/families with more than one assigned Chromebook and requesting that the additional one be returned.  To help keep our inventory of Chromebooks in good working condition, please review the Student Responsible Use information with your child.

    With the rainy weather upon us, many students are staying in the cafeteria and playing games on their computers.  We are reminding students that first shooter games are not appropriate during school hours.  Please help us in conveying that expectation, as well as reminding them to bring their chargers to ensure computers are charged up for class. 


    OG Supporters Wreath Sale REMINDER

    OG Supporters Wreath Fundraiser

    Items ordered will be available for pick up at Ockley Green Middle School (Ainsworth Street) on Friday, December 2nd between 1-5 PM. For questions or to make other pick up/delivery arrangements please contact Muriah and Carolyn at wreathsale@ogsupporters.org 



    Proceeds from the wreath sale will help fund efforts to sustain a positive environment for students and staff at OGMS. 

    For students, this includes support of events and activities that foster a sense of pride, confidence, and belonging, including school dances (planned by 8th grade Leadership Class), and contributions to schoolwide cultural events. Wreath sale funds will also support Dragon Leader initiatives, which include planning and implementing team building and inclusivity activities to help 6th graders and new students feel connected to and supported within the OGMS community.

    For staff, this includes a wide array of appreciation initiatives throughout the school year, including purchasing items to improve the staff room, recognizing staff during various job-specific appreciation events (such as National School Nurse Appreciation Day, Custodian Appreciation Day, etc.), supporting staff during conferences, and celebrating all staff each day during National Teacher Appreciation Week.


    PIL Youth Athletics - Winter Season Tryouts  REMINDER

    Please see below for specific information on upcoming tryouts & practice times.  More information can be found at the PIL Athletics website.

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

    Boys Basketball Head Coach: Yusuf Leary yleary@pps.net 

    Tryouts at Roosevelt HS

    • November 12th

      • 2:15-3:45 6th grade

      • 4-5:30 7th grade

      • 5:45-7:15 8th grade

    Girls Basketball  Head Coach: Nike Greene ngreene@pps.net 

    Tryouts at Roosevelt HS

    • November 12th

      • 9-10:30 6th grade

      • 10:45-12:15 7th grade

      • 12:30-2 pm 8th grade

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

    Boys Basketball

    Head Coach: Pat Strickland pstrickland@pps.net

    Tryouts at Jefferson HS 

    • November 12th

      • 6th grade 12pm - 1:30pm

      • 7th grade 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      • 8th grade 3:30pm - 5pm

    • November 13th

      • 6th grade 12pm - 1:30pm

      • 7th grade 1:45pm - 3:15pm

      • 8th grade 3:30pm - 5pm


    Important Dates

    • November 11th: No School - Veterans Day

    • November 14th-18th: Multnomah County Dental Sealants 

    • November 21st (In-Person) & 22nd (Virtual): Conferences

    • December 5th: Picture Retake Day

    • December 8th: Winter Band Concert

    • December 11th: OG Dance & Band Performances at Pioneer Courthouse Square


    In Partnership,


    Julie Rierson

    Pronouns: she/her


    Ockley Green Middle School