Middle School News - November 13

Go Wildcats!

Message from Ms. Roletto

Welcome to second quarter of our journey through this unexpected year.

I want to thank you for your patience and partnership with us during first quarter.

  • We know that families continue to have challenges with employment
  • We know that families continue to have challenges with childcare
  • We know that families continue to try and keep their families safe
  • We know that families continue to try and manage work and trying to stay up to date with their child's schoolwork and learning.

You are all amazing!

Please remember that as we continue to improve how we communicate without overloading you, we do it with the best of intention.

Thank you for respecting work hours of our teachers who also have families and lives to manage. I have asked them to set boundaries for themselves so we have teachers who are fully present and healthy for your students.

As we move forward, our next goal as a team is to make sure we continue to learn along with our students as we learn more technology in order to provide more engaging lessons. We will reach out to families who struggle to have students engage in classes.

What teachers would love your help with is speaking to your students about having their cameras on. Although it is a choice for your student and your family, it's hard to engage with students when we never see their faces or they don't participate in the chat box.

So we will be reviewing with students what participation in class looks like.

  • Participate in discussions with their microphone on or in the chat box
  • Completing classwork to show understanding

Thank you for your support

End of Quarter Grades

Video of Ms. Roletto explaining

Grades have been submitted for Quarter 1:

  • We used A,B,C and NG
  • NG means "no grade"
  • NG means your student may be present in class, but not completing work or participating and we don't have enough evidence to show understanding to give your child a grade.
  • NG also could mean that your student is not attending a specific class

Please make sure to check in with your student or with your teacher if you have questions

You can go here to find their email: Bridger website

8th graders! IMPORTANT High School Virtual Information Night

Video of Ms. Roletto explaining 8th grade info night

8th grade families:

On Wednesday, November 18th, PPS will be holding a virtual informational night for the high school transition to next school year.

Attention 8th Grade Families!

8th Grade HS Info Night, November 18, from 6pm.

All High Schools will be participating. This will be a virtual event. Click here for the 8th grade info website.

I will send out the link when it is published next week and send out to 8th grade families

High School Lottery Window

November 12 to December 11

Students from across Portland Public Schools can apply to lottery slots at:

  • Benson
  • Jefferson
  • Metropolitan Learning Center

Learn more: Application and other information

Boundary Changes Information Update! IMPORTANT

Please look at the family newsletter from Ms. Schachner to find the meetings that are happening NEXT week to learn about the current scenarios and input sessions for families in multiple languages.

Wildcat Word Newsletter

As we’ve shared, the initial work focuses on schools in Southeast Portland in anticipation of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

The Southeast Guiding Coalition has held six meetings aimed at creating a common understanding of the Coalition’s charge and the process for developing proposals and a final recommendation.

The process is starting with a focus on grades 6-8 now, and will expand to grades PK-12 next spring.

These meetings are designed to share information and gather your input.

District-wide Open House
Thursday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m.

We want to ensure we are hearing from the different communities we support and to that extent, we will be leading community-specific meetings as follows:

Chinese (Cantonese-language) Focus Group Meeting
Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Chinese (Mandarin-language) Focus Group Meeting
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Somali-language Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Spanish-language Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Vietnamese-language Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Black, Indigenous, People of Color Focus Group Meeting
Wednesday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m.

We will share additional details, including links to the virtual meetings and the EPB District-wide Open House website, next week.

To learn more about PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing, please visit the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

What is coming up next!


Small groups:

  • Reminder that this is time to continue with work that was given or review.
  • If and when small groups change based off of need, staff will communicate with families and change student schedules.

What does Asynchronous look and sound like?

  • If your child has a group that happens to be asynchronous that day, there should be a communication from the teacher ahead of that and what they should expect.
  • Your child can email the teacher if they have questions. Please be aware that teachers will not answer immediately as they may be performing other tasks with students as well.

Please email Ms. Roletto with any schedule questions. groletto@pps.net

Big picture

Google Meet Codes and Office Hour Codes

Most Middle School Office Hours will happen on Friday from 9:40 - 10:25am

Link to class and office hour codes: MS Google Meet Class Codes

Organization tip for students - WATCH

Here is a way to organize the links and documents you want accessible right away when you start your day. Helps save time and you don't have to remember how to search for things.

Video link: Ms. Roletto's organization tip