NOVEMEBER 20, 2020
Reminder, there is no school for scholars next week from November 23d - November 27th. Scholars will return to teaching and learning on Monday, November 30th. On Monday and Tuesday of next week, there will be parent-teacher conferences. If you scheduled a time for one of those two days, you should have received confirmation from your scholar's teachers.
I want to take this time to implore that everyone takes the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus. As cases are rising and the state has been placed on "pause," it demonstrates that we are not near normalcy. Be safe.
Lastly, I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Please enjoy it as best as you can during these times.
Since there is no school next week for scholars, the next Tubman Tribune will be on Friday, December 4th.
Parent Conferences are Monday, November 23rd, and Tuesday the 24th, from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
If you have not scheduled a conference, go to this link:
- Click "teacher’s name or grade level
- You will need your scholar’s schedule so that you can select their current teachers
- Select available conference times with your scholar’s teachers (6th & 7th-grade core teachers will hold panel conferences)
- Click sign-up for selected conferences
- Your conferences will be displayed on the screen
You will also receive a confirmation email.
Conferences will take place virtually or by phone. Please specify if you’d like a phone conference in the notes section when scheduling your conference time.
Whether you sign up for conferences or not, let us know how your student is doing. This information will be shared with teachers so we can better understand your student's situation:
If you do not have internet access at home or need assistance, contact the school office at Harriet Tubman by phone or email.
All can be reached at (503) 916-5630 or email at:
COMMUNITY CONNECTION - LIVE STREAM SUPPORT
Looking for additional information to support your scholar better while we’re involved in distance learning. Consider attending HTMS Community Connections live streaming meetings. The videos will provide parents, guardians, and other supporting adults real-time resources.
The following topics will be offered in 30-minute rotating sessions, Monday 11/23 and Tuesday 11/24, beginning at 8:30 am daily.
- Canvas for Parents
- High School Transition
- Proficiency-Based Grading
- Tech support/Navigating HTMS Website
- Online Reading Resources
Click on the link to review the schedule.
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
If you would like your scholar to be considered for the TAG program, please email Mr. Longo at email@example.com. The deadline to contact Mr. Longo is Friday, December 4th.
JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL - 8th GRADE INFORMATION EVENING
Families of 8th-grade students, please mark your calendars for the upcoming Jefferson High School/Middle College for Advanced Studies - 8th Grade Information Evening Virtual Event.
Tuesday, December 1st from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson High School/Middle College for Advanced Studies:
Middle College is the structure that builds academic knowledge, habit, and skills leading to the successful completion of college courses while in high school and prepares students for higher education and/or technical training after high school. All students who enroll at Jefferson are Middle College students and are expected to complete the requirements of the Middle College diploma.
Click the link to attend the meeting (English):
Click the link to attend a meeting with supporting language translation
SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS
The Student Success and Health Department is pleased to announce the opening of the Benson Wellness Center, joining Roosevelt as the second school-based health center to re-open in PPS since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The Benson Wellness Center, sponsored by Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), at Benson Polytech High School, provides preventative health services for PPS students ages 7-21.
As a reminder, any PPS student can go to any open Student Health and Wellness Center nearest to them to access services. In addition to Benson and Roosevelt, Student Health Centers at David Douglas and Parkrose high schools remain open.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Here is a BINGO game with physical activity ideas for families (shared from Andrew and Charlene at the Multnomah County Health Department).
This interactive game has physical activity ideas that families can do inside their homes or outside their neighborhoods. If participants complete a Black-out bingo, they will be entered into a raffle to win a bike or inside exercise equipment.
REACH is culturally specific for the Black community. So we are rewarding the prizes for Black youths and families.
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.
CALLING ALL 7TH & 8TH GRADE GIRLS
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, Chromebook/Hotspot, 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 will be closed due to the current "pause" mandate.
Lastly, please click on the buttons below.
Please take care, and be safe! Have a great weekend and holiday!
Scroll down to Comprehensive Distance Learning Platforms & Tools and then click on the 6-12 tab
Meal service is here at Harriet Tubman Middle School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3 pm - 5 pm.
LEGENDARY LISTENERS - COUNSELORS' CORNER
Hello 8th-grade families and scholars! I wanted to let you know that during conferences on Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, Ms. Katie and I will be holding four high school transition question and answer sessions that are open to anyone to attend. See below for times and the Google Meet codes. We will be available to answer any questions you may have and/or walk you through the online application process (details on that are also below). Stop by to ask your questions or to say hi!
As always, let us know if you have any questions!
Ms. Drew & Ms. Katie
Harriet Tubman Middle School counselors
Community Connections: High School Transition Q&A
Monday, November 23: 10:30am - 11:00am
Google Meet link: meet.google.com/iie-ourr-rik
Monday, November 23: 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Google Meet link: meet.google.com/pnp-dich-voz
Tuesday, November 24: 9:00am - 9:30am
Google Meet link: meet.google.com/qek-mwmq-ayj
Tuesday, November 24: 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Google Meet link: meet.google.com/yej-bbmd-vnt
Open Enrollment/Application Process
A reminder that the Open Enrollment window to apply for Benson, MLC, or Jefferson (if you are not in the dual-assignment cluster) closes at 5:00 pm on December 11. The application to apply for Benson, Jefferson, and MLC is all online and can be found on the PPS website on the Enrollment & Transfer page found here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2343. You have until December 11 to fill it out.
After you click on the above link, scroll down to the middle of the page and click the "Apply Now" button in the 2021-22 Middle and High School Transfer Cycle box. It will take you to a separate page where you will be asked to log in. You may need to set up a family account, which is pretty easy to do. Scroll down and click on "If you don't have an account, please sign up first." Follow the steps to set up your account, and from there, it will take you to the PPS application for high school (there is not a specific Benson application this year). It's really just a form that asks what your first, second, and third choices for high school are. List your choices in order of preference. You don't have to list three choices if you don't have three; list as many choices (up to three) as you have.
Assistant Principals and Counselors assigned Grade Levels
Mrs. Marquardt-Dustin - 8th Grade and Electives/Special Education
Ms. Loewen - 6th Grade and 7th Grade (Letters A-L)
Ms. Drew - 8th Grade and 7th Grade (M-Z)
November/December Monthly Calendar Dates
23 Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School
24 Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School
25-27 Fall Break - No School
4 TAG Nominations DUE - firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Virtual Coffee with Principal - 10 AM coffeewithprincipalmair
12 High School transfer cycle closes
21-31 Winter break - No School