October 1, 2021
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
SAFETY DURING LUNCH
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
HTMS Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month
Here are a number of resources to support teaching and learning about Latinx people, cultures, issues, contributions, and histories.
White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (U.S. Department of Education)
Pew Research Center Hispanic Heritage
PANDEMIC EBT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES
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)