MLC: Mid-November


Native American Heritage Month, Tribal History/Shared History

November is Native American Heritage Month across the United States. A school-based, ongoing initiative is Oregon's Tribal History/Shared History, which resulted from Senate Bill 13 in 2017. Please see link below for more information.

Can You Locate the Nine Federally Recognized Tribes in Oregon? (activity requires Google account; on computer, should work fine; will need to have Jamboard app installed on smartphone)

1. Click on the link below (need to be logged into Google, personal or PPS)

2. Click on Make a Copy

3. A map of Oregon with the logos of the nine tribes lined up on the sides will open. You can drag the logos around on the map. Every place there's an upside down triangle on the map is the location of a tribe.

4. See if you can figure out all of the tribes' locations. If you look in the Tribal History/Shared History information on the ODE website, you can find a completed map.

MLC Yearbook: Please see updates below from Melanie

Yearbook Announcements

Yearbook Cover Design Opportunity

  • Hi Everyone! Is your student interested in designing the yearbook cover?! We are continuing our yearbook cover design tradition where students have the opportunity to create a cover design that the school will vote on. Due to the recent state mandates, you cannot bring your student's work to MLC. Instead, we have extended the due date to Friday, November 20, 2020 to allow time for mailing in your student's work to MLC, faxing your student's work to (503)-916-2658, or scanning and emailing your student's work to Melanie at . Please click on either of the links below for more information about what your student needs to include on their design. These flyers were created by:
  • 7th grader Maya Sue Blaylock:

  • 7th grader Liam Rousseau:

  • Yearbook Photos Please:

    • Every couple of weeks, we will be putting out an ask for the community to please email photos to Melanie at Please include your student’s name and grade in the photos that you send. This week we are asking you to please send photos of:

      • Fall-O-Breations please. This can be any celebrations or traditions that you and your family do in the fall.

      • Back to School/School Set Up During Distance Learning: We all know school is looking different this year, so if you have first day of school photos, or photos of your student at work that you’re comfortable sharing, please do!

8th Grade Information Night

See link below for information about district-wide 8th grade information night.

Got an Elective Idea for Winter Term? Email Susan at

Please contact Susan if you're interested in helping with electives. Pictures below from MLC's virtual cooking classes.

Library Announcements

From your Library team, Tini & Tim

Distribution of books bags is on hold at MLC through next week. Don't let that discourage you! We were just updating information for you to get e-books and audiobooks from PPS using Sora, the school version of Overdrive.

Explore the new info about Sora on our website. Find the light blue Sora icon with the "flying robot" like the one you see below. If you’d like instructions, open the links for tutorial video or slideshow. It really is easy and fun!

Veterans' Day

Thank you to Veterans in the MLC extended-community for your service. Your sacrifice is appreciated.

Resources for Families

MLC PTSA-sponsored Fred Meyer Gift Cards

If you are in need of grocery assistance, please contact MLC School Counselor Jeanette Scantling ( or MLC School Social Worker Clement Wilson ( MLC's PTSA is sponsoring Fred Meyer gift cards.

Friendly House also offers wraparound services for folks who are experiencing COVID-19 or are quarantining due to exposure. For those that qualify we can help with rent, food, utilities, childcare, etc.... Email: or call (503) 228-4391

Here is a list of organizations and their target demographics that are providing COVID Relief rent assistance and household assistance gift cards.

  • CVRRP = Rent Program, CVHAP = Gift Cards
  • For the rent assistance, you just need to do a phone intake and let them know you’ve been affected by COVID and how, make less than 80% of the median income, and be a Multnomah County resident. They will need a lease agreement and then they will talk to your landlord to confirm payment details. Each household is eligible for up to $6000. For rent between Mar 2020 through Jan 2021.
  • The gift cards are for Portland residents and it’s just doing a call with someone to verify contact info, Covid impact, and that you make less than 80% median income.
  • They are not asking for ID or any other documentation.

Support/Affinity Groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth

Please see links below for support/affinity groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth.

Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

PPS Native HS Student Group

PPS Native MS Student Group

Materials: Links to Request Forms

MLC Office Request Form

Please submit a request in this form if you need something from the MLC Office staff.

PPS Password Resets

If you need to reset your child's PPS password, please fill out form at link below.

Technology Request Form

If you need to borrow technology from PPS, please click on link below:

Contact Info

Mark Van Hoomissen
School phone: 503-916-5737
Cell phone: 503-577-7126