October 1, 2021

Dear Families,

Dear HTMS Families,

I am writing with bad news and good news as Suezann Kitchens, one of our two Asst. Principals is leaving PPS to work for the Multnomah Education Service District. She has deep roots in Alternative Education and will be an administrator at Helensview School. Her last day will be Monday Oct. 4th and I thank her tremendously for all she did to launch this school year and support my transition into Interim Principal. The good news is that Friday Oct. 1st is the first day for Rina Shriki, Ms. Kitchens' replacement. I feel fortunate we are bringing aboard a person with her skill set and experience and am extremely confident that she will be an asset for our community. Please see the attached document for her introduction/bio.

Our HTMS Admin. Team 2021 - 22 is finally set:

  • Kevin Bacon - Interim Principal
  • Nancy Pierce - AP
  • Rina Shriki - AP
  • Liz Casson-Taylor - Site Support Administrator (.5 time)

The transition continues. Please know that the majority of students are transitioning well but a smaller percentage need extra support and guidance back to in-person instruction. We continue to re-build systems and have developed a separate letter outlining our challenges. Please click this link to see the letter and please speak to your scholar(s) regarding the importance of being a positive contributor to the learning environment.


Kevin Bacon

TicTok Challenge

Tik Tok is a popular social media outlet with school age students and the following are the current "challenges" posted on the site:

August - Sleep in and be late.

September - Mess up a toilet/vandalize restrooms

October - Smack a staff member on the backside

November - Kiss your friends girlfriend at school

December - Deck the halls and show your bu** in the hall

Please know that there are postings for every month of this school year and that the mindset being promoted is more damaging than the actual "challenge". This is an opportunity for all of us to speak to the danger of the media controlling who we are and becoming versus who we grow to be intrinsically. We have faith in our scholars and their ability to rise above the challenges of the moment while working be their best selves.

Picture Day is coming to HTMS!

Picture day is MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2021. You can fill out a form, or try quick & easy online ordering at mylifetouch.com! Use your student's 6-digit ID code to order, or the HTMS code EVT3SFQJD.

El dia de la foto es LUNES, 11 OCTUBRE 2021. Complete su formulario de pedido, o pedidos en linea mas rapido en mylifetouch.com con tu ID escolar del estudiante o la ID del Dia de la Foto EVT3SFQJD.

Site Council

Please consider joining the HTMS Site Council! We need family input and voice in how the now and future HTMS looks. Site Council is a collection of parents, staff, and community members and monitors school progress toward our school improvement goals. The Site Council meets once a month in the evenings. We are looking for four parents to join with us in the work to make Harriet Tubman Middle a world class place for learning. Please complete the HTMS Site Council Nomination Form to volunteer or email csmithmyles@pps.net to learn more.

Outdoor School for 6th Grade

Outdoor School is BACK!

This year 6th grade scholars will attend a hybrid Outdoor School program. Three days in the fall at HTMS and three days in the spring at Arrah Wanna Outdoor School in Welches, OR.

This fall we will be enjoying programming at HTMS on October 11th and October 14th and 15th. In the spring we will head out to Arrah Wanna Sunday April 10th - Tuesday April 12th. Final decisions about the overnight program in the spring will be made closer to the dates per COVID safety measures.

fragrance wearing

Students and employees may be allergic to or may suffer airway distress from perfumes, room deodorizers, and other airborne odors and particulates. Please exercise discretion and sensitivity to others when using of fragrances and, when necessary to accommodate an allergy or other sensitivity, individuals may be asked to refrain from using fragrances.


If your child is not eating school lunch, please make sure to send food with them before school starts. Food delivery is not allowed on the playground during lunch time.


Free breakfast and lunch

Each day scholars are able to receive 2 free meals, breakfast and lunch. Grab & Go breakfast is available to pick up at the Flint entrance from 8:50am - 9:10am. Students arriving late due to PPS transportation will be given the opportunity to pick up breakfast in the cafeteria, upon arrival. Hot and cold meal options are served during grade level lunches in the cafeteria. As a reminder, all food is to be consumed outside in the designated eating areas.

HTMS Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. HTMS celebrates Latinx Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and activities which highlight Hispanic culture. Join our school community in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Here are a number of resources to support teaching and learning about Latinx people, cultures, issues, contributions, and histories.


Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are additional funds that can be used to support family food purchases. P-EBT benefits were approved for Oregon in May for the 2020-21 school year. P-EBT benefits issuance began at the end of July and will continue to be distributed into August and September for all families enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school or with individual family eligibility for free or reduced price meals in the 2020-21 school year. Families inquiring about student eligibility, or have other P-EBT questions, can use the following Oregon 211 Info services:

Calendar & Important Dates


1 Mid-term (Q1 progress reports)

6 Q1 Progress reports mailed home

7 Title 1 Presentation, 6pm

8 State Inservice, School closed

11 Indigenous People’s Day

11 Picture Day

11 6th gr Outdoor School(@HTMS)

14 6th gr Outdoor School(@HTMS)

14 PTSA Mtg,

15 6th gr Outdoor School(@HTMS)


4 End of Q1

5 Teacher PD, no school

7 Daylight savings (move clock back 1hr)