The Mt. Tabor Tribune

A Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor School Community

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A Message from the Principal


Good evening, MTMS Families,

I am going to keep this newsletter short and sweet given that I don't want to take away from the most important part of this newsletter: the plan for parent-teacher conferences and how you can sign up and show up.

Plus, it's a three day weekend--and no one wants to read my lengthy prose as part of their weekend plans.

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

MTMS Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up

The staff at Mt. Tabor Middle School is excited to be able to talk with you at Parent-Teacher Conferences on November 21-22, 2022. We truly value the opportunity to talk with our families about student strengths, growth, and areas for continued development, and we value your partnership in supporting their education.

This year's parent-teacher conferences will provide families with both VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON ARENA conferencing options. Regardless of the format that works best for you, we want to remind families that the number of slots available for conferences cannot accommodate the number of families served by each teacher. In fact, teachers only have time to meet with the families of approximately half of the students they serve during the two days of conferences.

We want to emphasize that families are not obligated or required to attend conferences or to meet with all teachers. In fact, we ask that families prioritize ONLY those teachers where additional support, clarification, or connection is needed for your student's success. If your student has earned a PR or HP in the course, there is likely little reason for you to have a conference with that individual teacher, but if your student has earned a CP or DP score in a course, these are the teachers we would encourage you to set up conferences with. Additionally, if your student has just begun a quarter-length course, take into account that the teachers have just begun to teach your student and may not have a great deal of information to share with you (or something like this..).


Virtual conference sessions will be available on November 21-22 from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm. Parents have the ability to sign up for 12 minute individual conferences with their student's current teachers (these conference slots are longer than our anticipated in-person conferences to ensure that teachers can share screens and to troubleshoot any technical glitches).

To register for VIRTUAL conferences, click on the following link below to Register for Multiple Time Slots: Enter the number of students you have at MTMS, and put in your family's information. Then select the teachers whose schedules you want to view, select your dates and times, and register. We hope that the registration process is smooth and self explanatory, but if you need help signing up for a conference, please watch the following video:


In-person arena conference sessions will be available on November 21-22 from 1:00-4:15 pm and from 5:15-8:15 pm in the MTMS gyms. These conferences are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and families should expect each conference to last an average of 5-8 minutes to ensure that teachers have the opportunity to meet with as many families as possible. Parents who attend may need to wait to conference with their desired teachers, especially in content areas such as Math and Language Arts, so please pack your patience and plan accordingly. Evening conferences are typically more heavily attended and have longer wait times.

No School Friday, November 11

There will be no school Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Please Help the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center!

The Portland Council PTA Clothing Center provides clothing for students and families needing assistance. It is solely operated by volunteers and, therefore, the only way we are able to service all the children that request assistance is by schools sending volunteers to help. Your support of our work is greatly appreciated as ALL student self-esteem increases, and as a result, so does their performance. We need each school to send 5-6 volunteers per day; Mt. Tabor Middle School's two designated volunteer dates are Monday, Dec. 12, 2022 and Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. The hours are from 9:30am-1:30pm.

The clothing center is located at Marshall (Benson HS) Campus, 3905 SE 91ST, Room B-60, Portland. OR 97266 – cross street is SE Powell.
For information, contact: 503 293-0783 or In addition, please follow this link for more volunteer information.

8th Grade Families: High School Lottery Window to Open This Month!

The High School Lottery Window opens November 15, 2022 to December 16, 2022. During this time, Students from across Portland Public Schools can apply to lottery slots at our three focus options high schools:

  • Benson Polytechnic High School
  • Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies
  • Metropolitan Learning Center

Learn more: Application and other information

8th Grade Information Nights

'Tis the season for a host of information nights for our high schools across the district. Please check the High School Information Page at the the complete list of upcoming dates (see below) and video/informational resources for all PPS high schools.

If you have questions about 8th grade transition to high school, please reach out to Hilary Smith, the 8th grade counselor here at MTMS.

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Student Groups in Full Swing

We have a host of student groups that are already underway this school year. If your student is interested in attending and participating, they can catch the details on the weekly announcements regarding meeting times and locations:

  • Gender Sexuality Alliance: Wednesdays from 8:30-9:05 am; rotating grade level meetings on Mondays during lunch
  • Black Student Union (BSU): Thursdays from 8:15-9:00 am
  • Students Organizing for Leadership (SOL): Mondays during Grade Level Lunches
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Club: beginning Nov 1 during 6th grade lunch, meeting every other week

TAG Referral Process Open

Refer a student for TAG Identification

What is TAG?

TAG stands for Talented and Gifted. TAG students have the capability to perform at higher levels compared to others who are the same age, are in the same environment, or have the same experience.

What are TAG Services?

In PPS, classroom teachers provide TAG services through instructional practices that meet the rate and level of student learning needs. The PPS Instructional Framework identifies the components and indicators that every PPS student should experience.

If you think your child may need support to learn at their appropriate rate and level, start a conversation with your child’s teacher. The referral window will be opening on October 17 and closes on December 2.

For more details on the TAG Referral Process, see the resources on the PPS TAG department website at

Your Weekly MTMS PTA Update!

Your Weekly PTA Update

Happy November! Over the last few weeks, the PTA has been highlighting ways to become involved and support the MTMS PTA. We have talked about the BottleDrop recycling program, becoming a PTA member (QR code below), and participating in Restaurant Partner events. This week we wanted to share about AmazonSmile. When you use AmazonSmile, you shop as you normally would and a portion of your spending automatically goes to the charity of your choice. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. There are step-by-step instructions on the MTMS PTA website - When you go to be sure to select “Mt Tabor Middle School PTSA” as the charity you would like support.

General PTA Meeting

The next General PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00pm. PTA meetings this year are back in-person in the MTMS library. All MTMS families are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will have time during the meeting to hear a Principal’s Report from Ms. Arnold.

Restaurant Partners

BLIND ONION PIZZA is our partner on Tuesday, November 8th. The Belmont location (6031 SE Belmont Street) will donate a percentage from the day back to MTMS PTA. Tuesdays they are open 11:00am - 10:00pm. No code or special instructions needed, just order pizza, salads, oven baked sandwiches, or beverages… anything on the menu from the Belmont location on election day. You don’t have to have a student at MTMS to participate, so share with your neighbors and local friends, family, and coworkers.

Tuesday, November 8 - Blind Onion Pizza (Belmont location)

Friday, November 18 - Kulfi, *let them know you are with Mt Tabor Middle School when you order

Monday, November 28 - Stark Street Pizza, 4pm - 10pm

Friday. December 9 - Fried Egg I’m In Love (Hawthorne location)

Stop by Stark Street Station anytime to help support the MTMS PTA. There is a jar on the counter to collect donations for the PTA. After you order your coffee or snack, drop some funds into the jar to help support the MTMS community.

Stay Connected & Up To Date with the MTMS PTA

It's easy to stay up to date with the PTA. We encourage Mt. Tabor families to follow our page on Facebook at

Visit our website at for updates and event information.

Write us at

Join the PTA through SchoolPay.

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Opportunities for YOU!

Below you will find a listing of flyers approved for distribution by PPS:

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OHSU COVID-19 Screening Program Returns

PPS is partnering with OHSU again this year to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Participation in this program is completely optional, but encouraged, and is offered regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will drop off spit samples in pre-labeled tubes at school on their designated day each week, whether they have symptoms or not.

Mt. Tabor's collection day is THURSDAY!

What’s new?

  • Registration: Parents/Guardians enroll their students through OHSU’s NEW Online Portal. If you are unable to enroll for any reason, please call OHSU support at (503) 418-8500.​

  • Test Tubes: New, pre-labeled test tubes with a scannable barcode will be mailed directly to your mailing address and should arrive within a week of enrollment. Test kits from last year cannot be used, so please throw them away.

  • Spit Samples: Spit tests can be collected either the night before or the morning of their school’s testing day. Please use this spreadsheet to know what day to drop off your student’s spit sample.

  • Test Results: When the test results are available, you will receive an email telling you to log into the online portal to view the results.

  • Additional drop-off locations: If you miss your weekly testing day, OHSU has added 3 drop-off sites around the Portland metro area.

    • Doernbecher Child Development Rehabilitation Center - 707 S Gaines Street, Portland, OR 97239

    • Primary Care Clinic at Gabriel Park - 4411 S Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219

    • Richmond Family Health Center - 3930 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

What stays the same?

  • There is no cost to families to participate.

  • OHSU uses highly accurate molecular testing, known as PCR.

  • Students will continue to bring their spit samples to school on the designated testing day.

  • OHSU nurses will call parents of all students who test positive or whose tests are inconclusive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

For more information about OHSU's K-12 Screening Program, visit their website at or contact the OHSU support team at​ or (503) 418-8500​.

Feeling Under the Weather? When to Stay Home....and for How Long?

Over the last two years, health guidance on when to stay home has become of the utmost importance. Below you will find the most updated guidance on when your student should stay home with specific symptoms and for how long. We appreciate our families screening their students to symptoms and keeping them home according to these health guidelines.

Pay Your Community Supply and Activity Contribution AND Purchase 2022-23 Yearbooks

For the 2022-23 school year, MTMS shortened the list of student-provided materials considerably and are working to provide community supplies to ensure that all students have access to these tools. We are asking that families contribute $15-$25 toward the purchase of these community supplies.

It is also time to purchase your 2022-23 Yearbook. Every year come June, students and families are disappointed because we run out of extras for sale. This year's book with cost $20.

You can pay your community supply contribution AND purchase your yearbook by scanning the attached QR code.


MTMS 2022-23 School Climate Handbook

Every year, PPS schools publish their updated school climate handbook detailing our policies and practices as a building. To see this year's handbook, please click here or visit the MTMS website.

MTMS Parent-Student Handbook for 2022-23

For all of our school information and policies, see this year's updated parent and student handbook by clicking this button or visiting the MTMS website.

Complete Your Student Verification Form!

Each year parents and/or guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their children (students). This information can be reviewed, edited and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE.

Benefits of verifying online via ParentVUE:

  • Complete yearly verification of your student's information
  • You can update your communication and language preferences
  • Ensures your school has the most up to date information for contacting families
  • Saves paper and time

Pay for School Lunch the Easy Way: Use SchoolCafe

While you or your student is welcome to bring payment to the office or the cafeteria to pay for school lunch, you can make payments easy by signing up for School Cafe.

At PPS , we use SchoolCafé to:

  • Make Payments
  • Set up Auto Pay
  • Get Low Balance Alerts
  • Submit Meal Applications
  • View Letters
  • View Purchases
  • View Menus

You can sign up at

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

The nationwide waiver to provide all K-12 students free meals regardless of income expired June 30, 2022. Meals will no longer be free to all PPS students in the 2022-23 school year. Eligible families can submit an online or paper Confidential Family Application to see if they qualify for free and reduced-priced meals.

Applying Online:
  • Click the Apply Online link or download the mobile app to complete and submit an application via SchoolCafe.

Two Step Process to Submit an Online Meal Application with SchoolCafe:

  1. Create a SchoolCafe Account. You can use this account each school year to submit an online meal application.
  2. Complete and submit the online application. You can check the status of the application and even print out the approval/denial letter.

Applying with a Paper Application:

To submit a paper application, click on the 2022-23 Confidential Family Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals below.

Then, print out and complete the required information and mail the application to the PPS Nutrition Services Department, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227. To request one to be mailed to you, please fill out the online request form or contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office at 503.916.3402 or email

If families do not qualify for free and reduced-price meals, a meal application can be submitted any time during the school year. This means if circumstances change that allow families to meet the income guidelines, they can submit an application at that time.

Welcome to a new school year from the AVID/TAG Department!

If you are a new or returning family to PPS, there are some important TAG opportunities and deadlines to know about.

Learn more about TAG

TAG Family Night

Each school will schedule a TAG Family night to share information about TAG identification and services. Check your school website for the date and time. At Mt. Tabor, our Family Night will be on Thursday, October 13 in the MTMS Cafeteria.

TAG Office Hours

On the 4th Wednesday of each month the AVID/TAG Department will host family office hours. Information will be posted on district and school websites with the time and link to join.

TAG Website

More information about TAG can be found on the PPS TAG Website:

TAG Plans

Each school has a TAG plan for identifying and providing services to TAG identified students. Building TAG Plans are found on the district and school websites.

TAG Facilitators

Each school has a TAG Facilitator. Their name and contact information can be found on the district and school websites.

Refer a student for TAG Identification

What is TAG?

TAG stands for Talented and Gifted. TAG students have the capability to perform at higher levels compared to others who are the same age, are in the same environment, or have the same experience.

What are TAG Services?

In PPS, classroom teachers provide TAG services through instructional practices that meet the rate and level of student learning needs. The PPS Instructional Framework identifies the components and indicators that every PPS student should experience.

If you think your child may need support to learn at their appropriate rate and level, start a conversation with your child’s teacher. The referral window will be opening on October 17 and closes on December 2.

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