MLC: Winter Break


Congratulations to our Yearbook Cover Design Winners

Congratulations to Lily Mae Buerkle and Georgia Graff whose art will be on the front and back cover of our MLC 2020-2021 yearbook! Lily Mae’s art is letter B which will be featured on the front cover, and Georgia’s art is letter M which will be on the back cover. Please click on the link below to see all of our artists’ work including these two designs. We want to give a special thank you to all of our amazing artists at MLC who submitted a cover art design, and their work will also be featured on our artists spread in our yearbook as well.

Link to our MLC Yearbook Cover Art Design Submissions:

Virtual Solstice Celebration! Please join us. Saturn and Jupiter to Meet Up as Well

Please click on the link below to see how your student family can participate in our virtual Solstice Celebration. Count-down clock shows how much time you have to submit.

We will post gathering videos for the next few days and posting all of the videos together on the MLC website by December 21st.

Also look to the sky on December 21st for the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. This will be the closest they have appeared in the sky together since 1623.

Need School Supplies for Home?

If you need any basic school supplies i.e. paper, pencils, protractors, compasses, etc. please contact Kathleen in the office for more information.

MS/HS Lottery Application Window Has Been Extended to December 17th

If you know of any families that are interested in MLC 6x12 for 2021-2022, encourage them to apply for the PPS School Lottery. The deadline has been extended to December 17th.

Link to Enrollment and Transfer Center below.

If you know of any families that are interested in their high school student transferring to MLC this school year, please have them contact Jeanette Scantling at

New MLC Video

MLC English

Link to new MLC informational flyer

Student and Family Support: Message from Jeanette, Kelly, and Clement

7x12 Student Support Group - Mondays 3-3:45pm

Students, we understand the unique challenges of this school year and the various ways it is impacting you, and we want to help as best we can. All students in 7x12 are invited to join Clement (MLC social worker) and Jeanette (MLC 6x12 school counselor) on Mondays from 3-3:45pm to talk about anything that is coming up for you during this challenging time. We believe that it is important to come together as one community and support each other. Please try to arrive on time so that no one gets interrupted while sharing. We hope to see you there, the link is below.

7x12 Student Support Group Zoom Link

Family Drop-in Support

Distance learning has placed added stress and challenges on families. The counseling team at MLC would like to offer an optional drop-in space for families to connect, receive support, process and ask questions. There will be 3 different drop-in hours each week in an effort to work with your availability, see the chart below. You don't have to come to the hour that fits your grade level, as we are all on the same team to support you. We will use the same zoom link for each one.

Family Drop-in Support Zoom Link

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Reflections from MLC HS Students

A few weeks ago, the MLC high school team polled students and asked them to name positive traits about our school. See the word cloud below that shows their responses. The bigger the word, the more often that was a response from students. Thank you to the whole MLC Community for their role in the students' experience, including students, staff, and families.
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Support/Affinity Groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth

Please see links below for support/affinity groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth.

Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

PPS Native HS Student Group

PPS Native MS Student Group

Library Announcements

From your Library team, Tini & Tim

Library Book Bag distributions will be starting again on Thursday 12/10.

Explore the new info about Sora on our website. Find the light blue Sora icon with the "flying robot" like the one you see below. If you’d like instructions, open the links for tutorial video or slideshow. It really is easy and fun!

Resources for Families

PTSA-sponsored Fred Meyer Gift Cards

Do you need assistance with groceries, clothing, or other needs? Please reach out to Jeanette (School Counselor), Kelly (School Counselor), or Clement (School Social Worker) to request a $100 Fred Meyer card from the PTSA. Cards will be mailed to you confidentially.

Jeanette Scantling, Counselor

T Kelly Polychronis, Counselor

Clement Wilson, MSW, LSSW, (503) 568-2570

Friendly House also offers wraparound services for folks who are experiencing COVID-19 or are quarantining due to exposure. For those that qualify we can help with rent, food, utilities, childcare, etc.... Email: or call (503) 228-4391

Here is a list of organizations and their target demographics that are providing COVID Relief rent assistance and household assistance gift cards.

  • CVRRP = Rent Program, CVHAP = Gift Cards
  • For the rent assistance, you just need to do a phone intake and let them know you’ve been affected by COVID and how, make less than 80% of the median income, and be a Multnomah County resident. They will need a lease agreement and then they will talk to your landlord to confirm payment details. Each household is eligible for up to $6000. For rent between Mar 2020 through Jan 2021.
  • The gift cards are for Portland residents and it’s just doing a call with someone to verify contact info, Covid impact, and that you make less than 80% median income.
  • They are not asking for ID or any other documentation.

Materials Pickup/Delivery Request Form: Materials pick-up resumes December 7th

Materials pick-up at MLC resumes on December 7th.

Pickup times:

Monday 10:00-2:00

Thursday 10:00-2:00

Materials will be staged in the cafeteria. Masks and social distancing required. Look for signs directing to the front or cafeteria door.

Your child's teacher will let families know if there are materials at the school that need to be picked up. If the Monday or Thursday times don't work, please submit an office request at this link and we'll find an alternate time.

If you are unable to come to MLC because of health concerns or cannot find any alternate times to come to the school please fill out the form below

Link to new Kx12 Materials Delivery Request Form

MLC Office Request Form

Please submit a request in this form if you need something from the MLC Office staff.

PPS Password Resets

If you need to reset your child's PPS password, please fill out form at link below.

Technology Request Form

If you need to borrow technology from PPS, please click on link below:

Link to new Kx12 Delivery Request Form

Contact Info

Mark Van Hoomissen
School phone: 503-916-5737
Cell phone: 503-577-7126