Principal Update

May 17th - May May 21st, 2021

Preview: Holiday Schedule, 8th Grade Promotion, COVID Vaccine Information, Middle School Redesign Opportunity...

Dear BMS Families,

We hope the weekend has been kind to you. This school year has flown by and we are so grateful to get to educate our students. As we begin entering our last phase of the end of the school year, we want to encourage students to keep the momentum going. If your student is attending Hybrid in person instruction, please continue to encourage them to consistently attend CDL sessions. As a reminder, CDL is when instruction is delivered. If you or your family is having difficultly with attending classes or completing school work, please connect with your student's teacher(s) and/or school counselor; we are happy to support.

Lastly, Dr. V will be out for a few days this week and will return on Friday. If you have an immediate need please connect with our Assistant Principal, Robbie Davis Otherwise, you are welcome to send Dr. V an email at and she will respond when she is back in the office.

Thank you kindly,

BMS Administration Team

Memorial Day Weekly Schedule

During the week of May 31, 2021, our students will be operating on our Holiday Special Schedule (found here). Please note the schedule has shifted. Monday's classes will be held on Tuesday; while Tuesday's schedule will be shifted to Wednesday. Thursday and Friday's schedule will remain the same. District provided transportation will be provided throughout the week for students who normally receive it.

8th Grade Promotion

The 8th Grade Promotion is around the corner. This promotion will be very similar to the one last year. We are working out the details and will send more information shortly. However, we would like for all students to submit photos for a student slide deck. Students can be pictured with family, pets, or while participating in personal hobbies. Please send personal photos to Mr. Chris Bach using this email address

Save these dates:

Wednesday, June 9th, Virtual Promotion

Friday, June 11th, Reverse Parade

More info to follow.

8th Grade Team

Information about COVID vaccines for students (ages 12 and older)


If you are interested in receiving more information or a COVID vaccine appointment, please review and complete this interest form.

Student and Care Takes Focus Group for Middle School Redesign

Do you want to have an impact on the middle school redesign process?

Join the Middle School Redesign Focus Group!

Portland Public Schools is redesigning the middle grades experience for our students. We don’t know what the redesign will look like because we haven’t heard from our students or caretakers on their hopes, dreams, and needs for middle school. It is important that we hear and learn from as many people as possible to help inform the redesign process.

Student Focus Group

If your student wants to participate in a focus group, please click on the link found below. The student focus groups will take place next week on Wednesday, May 19th.

If your student isn’t comfortable attending a focus group, a survey will be shared within the coming week.

Click HERE for Student Focus Group Interest Form

Caretaker Focus Group

There will be two opportunities for caretakers to provide feedback on PPS’s middle school redesign. May 25th from 6:30-7:30 pm and May 26th at @10:00 am. Participating in this focus group will be an excellent opportunity to rethink our middle grades experience for your students.

We deeply value your feedback and look forward to learning from your experience.

Click HERE for Caregiver Focus Group Interest Form

I look forward to partnering with you.

Meisha Plotzke, Director of Middle School Innovation & Redesign

CDC Updates and Governor Browns Expectations for Schools


PPS and MCL are partnering on Library Connect! -- a project whereby students will be able to use their student ID# to access Multnomah County Library -- without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number. Final connections happening next week -- check out more here.