The Mt. Tabor Tribune

Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor Middle School Community

A Message from the Principal

February 5, 2021


Dear Mt. Tabor Middle School Families,


Welcome to February, the second busiest month of the 2020-21 school year! This week, it was the changing over of quarter classes and some amazing Homeroom lessons to kick off Black History Month. Next week it will be MAP testing and field trips. The week after: a short holiday week.


And the final week of February? The start of Limited In-Person Instruction for some of our 6th grade students, Quarter 2 Celebrations, the Successful Schools Survey, forecasting for our current 6th and 7th graders, and yearbook submissions.


Whew. I'm just tired writing about all of it. And I know with so much happening and adjusting this month, our families and staff members will continue to need to work together to support our students through it all. I am going to, once again, stay brief and focused so that you have time to digest all the information.


Directly beneath this letter you will find the top items of interest:

  • A copy of the schedule for next week (and if you need a printable copy for your student, you can find one here)
  • Information about the MAP assessments
  • A description of the virtual field trip
  • Information about Quarter 2 Report Cards
  • Opportunities to apply for Phase 2 of the SE Guiding Coalition
  • Upcoming Book Distribution Dates
  • Our Weekly PTA Update
  • And so much more!!!


In next week's newsletter, I will be including important information about the Successful Schools Survey for families (because we need and want your feedback) and important information about forecasting for classes at MTMS for Fall 2021.


And while I may be brief in my words this week, I do so out of the utmost respect and love for you all. I look forward to the day when February slows down just a bit and we can catch up like old friends.


All the best,


Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

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MAP Reading and Math Assessments Coming February 8 & 11


On February 8 and 11, Mt. Tabor Middle School students will engage in the MAP Reading and Math assessments. You may remember that these tests were pushed back from their normal first administration in the fall.


These tests provide our teachers with clear data about student strengths and areas of growth and will allow us, as a school, to hone our instruction and identify where additional support may be needed. Likewise, data from these tests has been used to identify students for TAG and Compacted Math placement in middle school, thereby adding an additional layer of importance on these exams. Click here to review a parent guide about this assessment.


On Monday, February 8, all students will report to their Period 1 class and take the MAP Reading exam, proctored by their Period 1 teacher. Students will have all morning to take and complete the exam (9:30 am to 12:15 pm). Students will not attend period 2 or 3 on this day.


On Thursday, February 11, all students will report to their Period 4 class and take the MAP Math exam, proctored by their Period 4 teacher. Students will have all morning to take and complete the exam (9:30 am to 12:15 pm). Students will not attend period 5 or 6 on this day.


Students who are absent from the exam or who need additional time to finish the exam(s) will be scheduled for make-up sessions proctored by MTMS staff later in the month during asynchronous learning time.


If you have questions about the MAP Assessment schedule at MTMS, please contact Dave Llewellyn at dllewellyn@pps.net.

Virtual All-School Field Trip on Feb 9

On Tuesday, February 9, all Mt. Tabor students, as part of their Period 4 class, will be participating in a amazing Virtual Field Trip put on by Nat Geo (National Geographic) Live.


We will be using a special schedule on this day to ensure students will be able to attend their full 45 minute classes AND take part in this amazing opportunity. Details about the week's schedule will be sent in next week's newsletter. Our amazing science department will work to prepare students for this experience and provide debrief as well.


Want to learn more about the upcoming experience? You can read more below.


Nat Geo Live: Scientific Exposure with Anand Varma and Prasenjeet Yadav

Natural history photographers working with National Geographic have often emerged from scientific backgrounds, enabling them to reveal wildlife and our natural world in surprising ways. Molecular biologist- turned-photographer Prasenjeet Yadav combines his experience in research with his photography skills to highlight natural history and science stories in Asia. And Anand Varma has developed innovative techniques to create stunning images of creatures whose details are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Join them for stories and conversation on the intriguing intersection of science and photography.

Quarter 2 Grades

Our office staff was alerted today to a technical glitch that prevented the scores from some classes from posting final grades (both online and in person). With the help of the IT department, we have corrected the problem and will be able to start printing and sending out report cards to families next week. We are incredibly sorry for the delay.

Volunteers for Phase 2 of the Southeast Guiding Coalition Needed to Represent MTMS

As you are aware our SE Guiding Coalition Phase 2 is quickly approaching, and the district wants to make sure that our schools and programs have adequate representation.


For MTMS, we still looking for volunteers willing to serve, and I have asked the district directly about what programs (neighborhood and DLI) we will need, and I am not yet sure what other programs we will need representation from. So, whether you are a DLI or neighborhood family, I welcome you to apply.


Ideally, we need families of 6th and 7th grade students as this work will begin shortly and continue through next school year. We are particularly seeking BIPOC parents/guardians who bring a good understanding of the school community and can also be district-wide thinkers and collaborators. We welcome individuals who speak other languages and can provide language access services.


Southeast Guiding Coalition Meetings will be held every other Thursday evening from February 25 through the end of the school year and then resume September-October.


If you are interested in serving, fill out this Google form to helps us understand demographics, age of students, programs they are involved in, and a section for them to express their interest in being a part of our coalition. For the application in other languages, you can find them here: Spanish, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese


The district is hoping to identify good candidates in the next few weeks, so if you are interested, please fill out the form prior to Feb 22.

Library Book Distribution: Feb 18

Mark your calendars! MTMS will be hosting another book distribution on the afternoon of Wednesday February 18!


We will have "themed" bags for checkout as well as random bags. PLEASE RETURN any library materials (textbooks or books) that you have at this time as well. If you took a bag of books on one of our prior distributions please bring these back before taking a new bag.


Remember: Wear your mask and please observe safe social distance while picking up your bags. Thank you!

Novels For Semester 2 Funded!!!

The Language Arts department at Mt. Tabor Middle School wants to thank all of you who have so graciously donated to the purchase of novels. We are so incredibly happy to report that we have hit our fundraising goal of $5,500 and have already purchased these novels. We cannot wait for them to arrive!!!

High School Corner

Thanks for our amazing 8th Grade Counselor, Mr. Cady Russell, all of the forecasting and high school information you could need is consolidated at this link.

Student Verifications

If you haven't yet completed the online Student Verification form for your student, please go to your ParentVue to do so. If you need a ParentVue activation key, please contact Ann Pinzelik at apinzeli@pps.net.

Tabor Talks February 9-10: Limited In Person Instruction for 6th Grade Students

Join us for Tabor Talks on February 9-10 to learn more about Limited In-Person Instruction plans at Mt. Tabor MS and how will be supporting selective 6th grade students for the program.


Tabor Talk Session #12 (AM and PM Edition)

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Tabor Talk Sessions. Every Tabor Talk session can be reached at bit.ly/tabortalk.

  • AM Edition: Tuesday, Feb 9 from 8:00-9:00 am
  • PM Edition: Wednesday, Feb 10 from 6:30-7:30 pm

Order your 2020-21 Yearbook

It is a year to remember--so make sure you order your 2020-21 yearbooks today!


https://schoolpay.com/link/Tabor2021yearbook

Your Weekly PTA Update


ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER IN TIME FOR VALENTINES!

Dairy Hill Ice Cream on Hawthorne is offering a special holiday menu and fundraising event for schools in our community. Check out this link for the Valentines Day Fundraiser, http://dairyhillicecream.com/valentines-fundraiser/


They just added another item - cocoa bombs. They are made will some of the finest, organic chocolate available. The smaller option is vegan. The larger option is heart shaped and filled with cheesecake bits and organic chocolate shavings. You can order online for the Valentines Day Fundraiser anytime until Feb. 10th and schedule your pick up time for Feb. 13th or 14th. Use the code TABOR at check out and 10% of TABOR sales will be donated to the MTMS PTA, which means it will go to support teachers and students at the school.


OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY FUNDRAISER: FEB 16-18

We have out first Restaurant Partner this month! Old Spaghetti Factory is offering to donate 10% of total TABOR sales when you order online for pickup or delivery from February 16th - 18th. Order at https://www.osf.com/ and don’t forget to use the code TABOR at check out.


Thank you in advance for supporting out community through these events!

The weekly PTA post is available on our webpage https://mtmspta.com/2021/02/04/week-of-february-1st-5th/.


Join the MTMS PTA

We still need you! Our PTA helps to fill needs that our school budget just cannot. We support programming, the purchase of teacher supplies, and a host of other things that truly make a difference for our students. Becoming a member is easy, and your membership dues help support our efforts at MTMS. To join, simply sign up at https://bit.ly/joinMTMSPTA. We are also looking to fill board positions for the next school year. If you have any interest in volunteering please contact us at the email address below.


Stay Connected & Up to Date with the MTPTA

It's easy to stay up to date with the PTA. We encourage Mt. Tabor families to visit our website at mtmspta.com for weekly updates and following our page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MTMSPTA/.


Questions? Ideas? Concerns? Want to volunteer?

Write us at mtmspta@gmail.com

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Support the MTMS PTA: Order your Tabor Gear Today!

It is a great time to purchase some cozy sweatshirts and hoodies to keep your students (and you!) warm this fall and winter. A portion of the sales come back to the PTA, which in turn is used to benefit the Mt. Tabor Middle School community. It is a win-win-win. Get some warm gear, raise funds for the PTA, and show some school spirit!


Items are available in youth and adult sizes and include short sleeve t-shirts ($20), crew neck fleece sweatshirts ($30), and hoodies ($35).


Items are ordered on demand from a local company and ordering is available throughout the entire school year. You order online, pay online, and items can be picked up locally in Portland or mailed to your address. You can place your order online at this link: https://mttabormiddleschool.itemorder.com/sale

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Families Needing Continued Support

Last month, with the help of our PTA, we were able to help many of our MTMS families who needed financial assistance, but we know this isn't the only time of the year where help might be needed.


If your family is in need of support, we want to know how we can help. Simply fill out the form below, and our team and community partners will work with you to see how we might be able to support.

My Family Needs Support

If your family is in need of financial or other support, click this button to complete the form for assistance.

Math Resources Now Available

We have been asked by many parents for additional resources to support math learning at home. Our amazing Math Instructional Specialist has created a resource for us on her webpage (located at https://www.pps.net/domain/3490). Linked there are digital copies of math textbooks and answer keys and Khan Academy resources by course and unit (viewable by clicking on the links on the left side of the page).


We sincerely hope these resources will provide students and families with solid reference and reteaching materials as needed at home. Students and families can also expect to see these resources linked in their Canvas pages as well.

My Child Was Marked Absent: What Do I Do?

If you believe there was an error in attendance, please use ParentVUE to look up the course the absence was marked in (you can watch this video tutorial to see how you can find this information in ParentVUE).


We are asking all families to contact the teacher of the course if you believe there is an error. where the absence occurred first as they will have the best knowledge of student attendance measures. From there, they can make the change or contact our front office to change attendance if the mark was made in error.


If you know your student will be gone in advance or was sick, please follow the standard protocol of calling into the office to excuse the absence.

Parents: Connect to Canvas

Parents can get in on the Canvas platform and "observe" their student to allow for both transparency and support. For instructions on how you can get started, click here:

https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/CanvasQuickGuide-English.pdf

Learning Technology Training and Support from PPS

If you or your student is still struggling with any of the aspects of learning technology, we hope you will call the PPS Technology Help Desk, which is open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on school days. We will answer your questions and share information and helpful tips about anything related to distance learning technology. The Technology Help Desk is available in all PPS-supported languages.


Email support@pps.net or call us:

  • English: 503-916-3375
  • Español: 503-916-3582
  • 中文:503-916-3585
  • Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
  • Soomaali: 503-916-3586
  • Русский: 503-916-3583

Computer distribution, exchanges, service, and returns

If you need to exchange a Chromebook or Hotspot, the BESC (district office) can help every day!

  • When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave.
  • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging or returning a device, please bring the device and charger with you.
  • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping at least 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

Please note that if you have a technical issue and are not sure if you should exchange a computer, you can also:

UPCOMING MT TABOR EVENTS

Tabor Talk #12: AM Edition

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 8am

This is an online event.

Join us at bit.ly/tabortalk

Tabor Talk #12: PM Edition

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Join us at bit.ly/tabortalk

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