DECEMBER 4, 2020
I hope everyone and your loved ones are doing well. As we are entering the winter season, the COVID cases seem to be rising in our state. Please take the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe.
The month of December has arrived, and we only have ten school days until winter break. Quarter 2 progress reports will be mailed out on Friday, December 18th. If your scholar is struggling academically in any course, please reach out to the teacher. If you need additional assistance, please contact our counselors and administrators. Their information is located towards the bottom of the newsletter.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. We all here to support our scholars.
TOOLS FOR NOTICING MY EMOTIONS
Parents, the district will begin providing at-home strategies for the week. The first one is Noticing my Emotions. Please access this flyer for this week's strategy.
FREE PARENT WORKSHOP
Big Village and Volunteers of America are offering a free workshop on parenting through the holidays during a pandemic on Thursday, 12/10/20, from 6:00-7:30. It will include brief presentations, resources and strategies, and break-out groups for parents to connect and share with other parents.
PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEEN COMMUNITY ED PROGRAMS
Please click on this link for information.
8th GRADE INFORMATION FOR CHOOSING HIGH SCHOOL
You’re invited to view the 2020-21 8th Grade Information Page to gather information about all high schools in Portland Public Schools, along with the lottery and dual assignment process. This page is to inform families that have a student who will be a high school freshman in 2021-22.
Because of the pandemic, all Info Night sessions will be held virtually using either Google Meet or Zoom.
HIGH SCHOOL LOTTERY WINDOW CLOSES DECEMBER 11TH
Students from across Portland Public Schools can apply to lottery slots at the three PPS focus options high schools:
- Benson Polytechnic High School
- Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies
- Metropolitan Learning Center
Learn more: Application and other information
OREGON MESA(Math Engineering Science Achievement)
Oregon MESA is an invention equity program out of Portland State University that serves historically underrepresented students in STEM fields. MESA's mission is to provide those students underrepresented in STEM fields with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to develop their talents, explore technology-based careers, enter college, and compete successfully in the workforce.
I wanted to let you know about a new MESA program, Invention Clubs. Our Invention Clubs are for students who have been affected the most by the pandemic, those who are low income and are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Our Invention Clubs are an opportunity for 6th to 12th-grade students who do not have a MESA chapter at their school to participate in the MESA experience. Invention Clubs follow the MESA Schools curriculum but are not associated with any specific school, just regions. The MESA regions are divided by county, with our current counties being Washington County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, and Marion County.
Below is further information:
A slide deck to share with school/community partners or scholars directly
OREGON CARES FUND
The Oregon Cares Fund is a targeted investment in the Black community from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. This fund is meant to provide the Black community with the resources it needs to weather the global health pandemic and consequent recession. The Oregon Cares Fund is for Black people, Black-owned businesses, and Black community-based organizations.
If you visit a meal service location, please remember to wear face coverings as you are visiting the curbside school meal service locations. We need to continue to practice all safety precautions. Thank you.
DONATING TO THOSE IN NEED
Tubman Family, during these times, some of our families are facing struggles and hardships. Families may need help with food, coats, and basic necessities during the upcoming season. If you would like to help those in need, below is an online giving link for those who may like to donate funds to support those in our community. https://pps.schoolpay.com/link/HTMScommunity
SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS
The Student Success and Health Department is pleased to announce the opening of the Benson Wellness Center, joining Roosevelt as the second school-based health center to re-open in PPS since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The Benson Wellness Center, sponsored by Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), at Benson Polytech High School, provides preventative health services for PPS students ages 7-21.
As a reminder, any PPS student can go to any open Student Health and Wellness Center nearest to them to access services. In addition to Benson and Roosevelt, Student Health Centers at David Douglas and Parkrose high schools remain open.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Here is a BINGO game with physical activity ideas for families (shared from Andrew and Charlene at the Multnomah County Health Department).
This interactive game has physical activity ideas that families can do inside their homes or outside their neighborhoods. If participants complete a Black-out bingo, they will be entered into a raffle to win a bike or inside exercise equipment.
REACH is culturally specific for the Black community. So we are rewarding the prizes for Black youths and families.
SATURDAY ACADEMY ONLINE STEAM ONLINE CLASSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
This is an opportunity for our scholars. If interested, please click on this link for further information.
CALLING ALL 7TH & 8TH GRADE GIRLS
SO YOU WANT TO BE A CANVAS PARENT OBSERVER
Parents, if you would like to be an observer of your scholar's courses, this step-by-step direction will allow you to see your scholar's courses. Mr. Longo provided a demonstration at yesterday's training. If you have multiple scholars, you can add them to the same account that you have created.
Please contact Ms. Holmes, email@example.com, for any technical need.
If you have a registration, Chromebook/Hotspot, or general question, please contact our office staff via email: Ms. Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ms. Maharry, email@example.com, and Ms. Smith-Myles, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the office will be closed due to the current "pause" mandate.
Lastly, please click on the buttons below.
Please take care, and be safe! Have a great weekend!
Please utilize our media center services to access books for our scholars to read.
Scroll down to Comprehensive Distance Learning Platforms & Tools and then click on the 6-12 tab
Meal service is here at Harriet Tubman Middle School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3 pm - 5 pm.
Assistant Principals and Counselors assigned Grade Levels
Mrs. Marquardt-Dustin - 8th Grade and Electives/Special Education
Ms. Loewen - 6th Grade and 7th Grade (Letters A-L)
Ms. Drew - 8th Grade and 7th Grade (M-Z)
LEGENDARY LISTENERS - COUNSELORS' CORNER
Open Enrollment/Application Process
A reminder that the Open Enrollment window to apply for Benson, MLC, or Jefferson (if you are not in the dual-assignment cluster) closes at 5:00 pm on December 11. The application to apply for Benson, Jefferson, and MLC is all online and can be found on the PPS website on the Enrollment & Transfer page found here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2343. You have until December 11 to fill it out.
After you click on the above link, scroll down to the middle of the page and click the "Apply Now" button in the 2021-22 Middle and High School Transfer Cycle box. It will take you to a separate page where you will be asked to log in. You may need to set up a family account, which is pretty easy to do. Scroll down and click on "If you don't have an account, please sign up first." Follow the steps to set up your account, and from there, it will take you to the PPS application for high school (there is not a specific Benson application this year). It's really just a form that asks what your first, second, and third choices for high school are. List your choices in order of preference. You don't have to list three choices if you don't have three; list as many choices (up to three) as you have.
November/December Monthly Calendar Dates
4 TAG Nominations DUE TODAY - email@example.com
10 Virtual Coffee with Principal - 10 AM (HAVE TO RESCHEDULE)
12 High School Transfer Cycle Closes
18 Quarter 2 Progress Reports Mailed Home
21-31 Winter break - No School
1 New Year’s Day - Schools Closed
4 School Resumes
18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Schools Closed
28 Q2 Ends
29 Teacher Planning Day - No School