February 5, 2021
Greetings, Tubman Family
Parents, I hope you and your loved ones are doing well and are safe during these times. This past week we celebrated our amazing school counselors, Ms. Loewen and Ms. Drew, for National School Counseling Week. Thank you both for all that you do for our scholars, parents, and the community.
We are in the midst of Black History Month. Today, we had an amazing scholar assembly to celebrate and honor our scholars. It was also the kick-off celebration for the events and the learning activities that will take place for the month. The ideas were all student-led! We are focusing on Scholar Self-Determination to instill intrinsic motivation with our scholars. Staff members have been facilitating the discussions with our scholars as they developed their ideas.
At today's assembly, we were treated to scholar excellence as they presented Black History Month activities. Our finale was amazing. Scholar, Ruby-Faye Williams sung the Black National Anthem, and her voice is incredible! She performed a moving rendition of the Anthem.
There will be a link to today's recording of the assembly on HTMS' website. Here is a link to today's assembly if you are interested in viewing it.
We have an amazing group of scholars and staff here at Harriet Tubman Middle School! I am the PROUD Principal of HTMS.
MAP ADMINISTRATION AT HTMS
Parents, please check your email. I have sent pertinent information about MAP testing this afternoon. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORICAL BLACK COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY (HBCU) TOURS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS IN FEBRUARY
It's always the right to talk with your scholar about their future and the available pathways to help them achieve their goals and aspirations. If your scholar desires to attend a college or university, The College Place has organized a virtual college tour of HBCU's for your scholar.
We invite you to learn about some of the many HBCU's and discover reasons why one could be right for you. Historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, are schools that were founded on the belief that everyone deserves access to a college education. More specifically, the Higher Education Act of 1965 defines an HBCU as “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.” There are more than 100 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions and law and medical schools.
In celebration of Black History Month, The College Place is hosting an HBCU Virtual College Tour Series! Throughout the month of February, we will feature virtual tours of over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PST. All tour sessions will take place on Zoom at https://ecmc.zoom.us/j/96027749366.
IMMUNIZATION EXCLUSION DAY, FEBRUARY 17TH
The state-mandated exclusion day for immunization compliance is Wednesday, February 17, 2021. There were no amendments to the state law provision relating to the exclusion process as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Letters were mailed by Multnomah County from MESD to parents starting this week (2/3/21) for those students who are currently not up to date with immunizations.
Those students who will be participating in Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will need to be up to date with their immunizations.
For those students that remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) the school district has determined that they can continue with offsite instruction though they may not yet be up to date with vaccines. However, these students will need to be current with their immunizations prior to returning to being onsite.
THE FILM AT THE DINNER TABLE
Tubman Family, our very own illustrious Dance teacher, Mrs. Oluyinka Parsons-Akinjiola, is also a member of the Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater. They have created a short dance film named "The Film at the Dinner Table. The film will be available for viewing virtually, free of charge, from January 24th-February 7th. Mrs. Oluyinka Akinjiola has put together a discussion guide for this work, which centers and promotes AfroFuturism. LINK TO VIDEO | LINK TO CONVERSATION GUIDE. At the Dinner Table is a short dance film that examines how we can set the table for a better future and a better us. We are done asking for a seat at the table; we are building our own. We acknowledge the ancestors that helped pave the way, the lives lost which sparked movements, and the mess that meets us at the door. Using an Afro-futuristic perspective, we want to know how you will show up, what you will give, and if we will ever sit down together. Kudos, Mrs. Akinjiola!."
LONG-RANGE FACILITY PLAN
Portland Public Schools is currently developing a Long-Range Facility Plan that will align the District’s educational vision with future capital planning. This work is an opportunity to institute lasting change in our schools by re-envisioning teaching and learning environments. If you are a PPS community member interested in participating in a dialogue session, please visit www.pps.net/lrfp to register or email email@example.com with any questions. We look forward to talking with you soon!
FREE, BILINGUAL, 90-MINUTE WEBINAR FOR STUDENTS IN 6TH – 12TH GRADE AND THEIR FAMILIES Mensaje en español
You’re invited to attend the virtual Road to College, hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund! This is a FREE, bilingual, 90-minute webinar for students in 6th – 12th grade and their families, where you will receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education!
HSF’s Road to College is tailored to address the needs of middle and high school students and their parents. People of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Presentations will be delivered by subject-matter experts, in both English and Spanish, on the following topics:
- Preparing for and applying to college
- Researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities
- Understanding the real cost of a college education
- Maximizing the college experience
- Preparing for a career after college
Below are the dates and registration links for each of the two HSF Road to College webinars:
Registration will close once capacity has been reached. Secure your spot by registering today! We hope to see you there!
SATURDAY ACADEMY APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PROGRAM
Science and engineering program opportunity for scholars. Please click on the link, below.
PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEEN COMMUNITY ED PROGRAMS
Please click on this link for information.
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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any technical need.
If you have a registration or general question, please contact our office staff via email: Ms. Brown, email@example.com, Ms. Maharry, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Ms. Smith-Myles, email@example.com. Please note, the office is still closed until further notice.
Lastly, please click on the buttons below.
Please take care, and be safe!
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
Assistant Principals and Counselors assigned Grade Levels
Mrs. Marquardt-Dustin - 8th Grade/Electives/Special Education/Social Studies
Ms. Loewen - 6th Grade and 7th Grade (Letters A-L)
Ms. Drew - 8th Grade and 7th Grade (M-Z)
Principal Mair - Language Arts/Mathematics
February/March Monthly Calendar Dates
1-5 Counselor Appreciation Week
5 Scholars' Assembly - Kick-Off Celebration for Black History Month
8 Successful School Survey (open through March 12)
11 Virtual Coffee w/ Principal Mair 10 AM
11 PTSA Meeting Meeting ID: 971 470 0368; 6 PM
15 President’s Day - Schools Closed
26 LIPI Cohort 1; 2 - 4 PM
26 Scholars' Assembly - Closing Celebration for Black History Month
26 Quarter 3 Mid-Term
2 National Read Across America Day
5 LIPI, 2 - 4 PM
10 Harriet Tubman Day
11 Virtual Coffee w/Principal Mair 10 AM
11 PTSA Meeting Meeting ID: 971 470 0368; 6 PM
12 LIPI 2 - 4 PM
19 LIPI Cohort 2; 2 - 4 PM
22-26 Spring Break, Schools Closed
29 School resumes