MLC Weekly News and Notes

January 2-6th 2023!

Hello, MLC community! Welcome to 2023! I hope you all had a safe and restful break! There is so much to look forward to in the new year. It is hard to believe I have been at MLC for two months now. I am eager to continue to learn as I help nurture and grow our school community. We have many exciting new and old traditions/groups and events to look forward to in the upcoming half of the school year!

On that - January can seem like an extremely long month as we come back from winter break and celebrations. I am hopeful we can jump into winter engaged in learning as we wrap up the 2nd quarter/1st semester at the end of this month. Half the school year is almost complete!

I want to also congratulate the Solstice committee on a wonderfully executed performance and celebration! Thank you to all of our students, performers, staff and families that chipped in to help make this a memorable event. A HUGE shout out to Julie Walrod - who led the event with tireless energy and love!

HERE is the link for the Solstice performance. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!





1/3 Tuesday - Welcome Back and to 2023!


1/10 Tuesday - 1x8 Winter Elective Sign Ups

1/10 Tuesday - PTSA Meeting in MLC Library 6:30 p.m.

1/11 Wednesday - Students of Color lunch group with Hakim

1/16 Monday - MLK Day - No School

Welcome, Hakim!

I am extremely excited to welcome my good friend, Hakim Muhammed, to our community! Hakim will begin his MLC journey by leading our Students of Color & BSU group on Wednesday's starting in January.

A little about Hakim:

Born and raised in Portland, OR, Hakim has been playing drums and percussion since the age of nine. Hakim teaches African drumming classes and workshops all over the West Coast at various schools and universities. He is also a Hip-Hop artist and producer. In 2012 he was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Hakim is extremely community oriented and is dedicated to coaching and mentoring youth.

Hakim will be visiting us the first week in January to meet our community.

First official meeting day: Wednesday, January 11th during lunch

We will be starting with grades 6-12. More information to come!

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Thank you, Trader Joe's!

Our amazing neighbors at Trader Joes held a gift card drive for our school during the month of December. So far they have raised over $1,000 in gift cards for our MLC families in need. Please join me in supporting them and giving them a heartfelt THANK YOU!!!!

Student Spotlight

Check out this amazing news about our 7th grader, Izzie Cahill:

We are thrilled to announce the new members of the PPS Racial Equity and Social Justice Community Advisory Committee.

These exceptional candidates were put forth for consideration because of their steadfast commitment to pursuing positive cultural change. They will meet quarterly to advise the Board on matters of racial equity and social justice, with a particular emphasis on eliminating academic disparities district-wide.

We are thrilled to welcome the members of the RESJ Community Advisory Committee to the PPS family and look forward to partnering with them as we work together toward a better future for all students.


Dani Ledezma

Senior Advisor, Racial Equity and Social Justice

Way to go, Izzie!!!

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Safety Updates and Reminders


MLC has received several COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits. The kits are available in the main office.


Communications about inclement weather go out in a variety of ways, including text messages, robocalls, emails, and are posted on the PPS website. If you are a parent or guardian, a student, or a PPS staff member, you can opt in to receive texts by texting YES to 68453.


1st-8th students should not arrive to MLC before 8:15 a.m. At that time, students will need to wait outside until 8:25 unless they are eating breakfast. Breakfast students may enter the cafeteria at 8:15. Students may not enter the other areas of the school until 8:25 to start the school day at 8:30 a.m.

Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to monitor all areas of the building and outdoors before those times. Teachers and staff are preparing for the day.

We want to make sure all students are safe and in designated areas where there is adequate supervision.

Kindergarten students will now be dropped off and picked up in the Kindergarten classroom!

Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!

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Let's give a shout out to our School Cook- Chelsea! Not only does she keep our school community well fed with her culinary skills, but she is also an amazing student advocate and leader.


Staff Wish List

Our hard working MLC staff is in need of a few wish list items. If you have any of these things to donate, we would sure appreciate your generosity! Feel free to reach out to the staff requester if you can help them out. Click HERE to verify DONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELP YOU HAVE ALREADY GIVEN! :)

Clothing Closet - Large plastic storage bins, clothing racks, sturdy hangers

Dana Lipson - Low temp glue gun and glue sticks

Jenny Rappaport - Whiteboard easel

Minna Mauney - 25 bean bag chairs

Gretchen Benner - Paper cups, plastic spoons and forks, Bean bag chair

Clement Wilson - Chapsticks, Large sweatpants

Amanda Darmawi - Sugarless gum

Paid Youth Opportunity: Uplift Youth Summit

Here is a cool opportunity shared by our HS Career Coordinator:

Feb. 17-20, Uplift Virtual Youth Summit, Youth ERA; Students receive a $75 stipend for participation and a chance to win a PS5, funded by a grant from the Oregon Health Authority. Now registering youth for scholarships for Oregon youth, ages 14-19.

As described by a student participant, “The main goal is to train teens in peer support so that they can be there for each other in crisis. Uplift prioritizes your mental health and as a result, teens who’ve done Uplift say they have improved self confidence and personal growth, and feel more capable in reaching out to peers.” Students will learn how to identify signs of distress, practice listening and self care skills, identify strengths, build resilience, and counter issues like bullying and youth suicide.

Adults and staff can watch this video to learn more. Youth 14-19 can apply here.

For more information, contact:


Tanya Leib

High School Career Coordinator


Greetings from the MLC PTSA!

Next PTSA Meeting: Jan 10th!

As the previous meeting date was the first day back to school after Winter Break, members voted to move the meeting date to the second Tuesday of January, Jan 10th, at 6:30-8:00.

MLC Calendars

This year's calendar is amazing! Full of student faces and student art! A lot went into putting this calendar together, and we're so happy to be able to share it with you!

We're trying a sliding scale option on this one! Details in the link below:

Craft Faire

The Craft Faire was awesome! Thanks to Sheila, Alisa, and everyone else that put it all together! It was great seeing so many members of our community all in one place. There were smiles everywhere and an amazing energy!

All this and more at

State Testing 30 Day Notice with Opt Out Form: December 6, 2022

PPS families,

As required by the Oregon Department of Education, we are providing you the 30 Day Notice and Opt Out Form. The notice is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali on the PPS Research, Assessment, and Accountability website.

Statewide testing is part of our balanced assessment system that offers all students, especially historically underserved students, opportunities to demonstrate their progress. Information provided by student assessments is critical in helping us determine district and school priorities for improving student learning.

If you have questions, please contact your school office.

Art is ALIVE at MLC!

Do you wonder what's going on in the Kx8 Art Room? Art teacher Ned and his students are posting their creations and flops on Instagram at bettys_atelier_mlc in honor of Betty Mather, one of MLC's original teacher/founders! Betty taught in room 106 for the first third of our school's history. Betty's space was the beating heart of the school where all children met and created.

Ongoing Resources

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