RHMS Community Update

May 16, 2022

Principal Letter

Hello Roseway Families,

What a great week at Roseway! We hosted three separate 6th grade orientation meetings. Two were offsite at Hacienda. We are grateful for our partnership with them. Our third information night was at RHMS. At each event, It was such a joy to present our middle school program, answer questions, and see students and families tour the building. During the upcoming week we will continue familiarizing students and families with the grade 5 to 6 transition as we eagerly await visits from our four feeder schools on Wednesday and Thursday.

With four weeks left in the 2021-2022 school year, it is important that we finish strong! For staff and students this means a strong focus on interrupting biased and hate speech.

Our counselors and social worker are working closely with administration by taking the lead in supporting both victims and perpetrators when an incident occurs to interrupt biased speech. We have worked along side district leadership to provide staff with professional development on Interrupting biased speech and sexual harassment. At the heart of this work is the use of a "Speak Up Protocol." I have included the four ways everyone can use the "Speak Up Protocol." Please take time to discuss with your family.

  • Interrupt: Speak up every time, in the moment.
  • Question: Use curiosity as a powerful tool to uncover what is below the surface.
  • Educate: Sometimes there is ignorance or lack of experience - we use this as a growth opportunity.
  • Echo: Being the first interrupter is important, but so are the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th voices to join.

This week, we will engage in an additional session to deepen our skills and knowledge. Students are also engaging in conversations on anti bullying and harassment through lessons provided in House. I encourage you to speak with your child about opportunities they have to interrupt. Provide them with some ideas of things they can say like:

  • I don't like that word
  • Do you know how that word has been used in the past to hurt people?
  • The language you are using makes me uncomfortable.

Masks Now Recommended

On Wednesday, May 11, Multnomah County health officials updated COVID-19 guidance given the current surge in cases. The Multnomah County Health Department now recommends that masks be worn indoors until coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations fall. The current increase in COVID-19 cases is expected to peak in mid-June near the end of the PPS’s school year.

In alignment with public health guidance, Portland Public Schools strongly recommends that all staff and all students wear masks at schools, in district office buildings and at other indoor events beginning Monday May 16th. This recommendation includes masking at important end-of-year events such as proms, school performances, assemblies and indoor graduation events.

PTA, Tuesday, May 17!

Please join us in the RHMS library on Tuesday, May 17 from 6:30-8:00. Please note due to an increase in COVID cases, masks are recommended at this event.

AAPI Heritage Month Calendar

Happy Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! HPH invites our RWH families to celebrate with us by participating in some information and activities daily for the month of May.

Chúc mừng Tháng Di Sản của Người Mỹ Gốc Châu Á Thái Bình Dương (AAPI)! HPH xin mời các gia đình RWH đến chung vui với chúng tôi bằng cách tham gia một số thông tin và hoạt động hàng ngày trong tháng 5.

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia de los Isleños del Pacífico Asiático Americano (AAPI)! HPH invita a nuestras familias de RWH a celebrar con nosotros participando en alguna información y actividades todos los días durante el mes de mayo.

Bisha Dhaxalka ee Aasiya Ameerikaanka Baasifigga (AAPI) ee Farxada leh! HPH waxay ku casuuntaa qoysaskeena RWH inay nala ciidaan anagoo ka qaybqaadanayna macluumaadka iyo hawlaha qaarkood maalin kasta bisha May.

AAPI Heritage Month Calendar

Events for Students and Families of Rising 6th Grade Students

We are so excited to begin building relationships with incoming 6th graders! Last week we held two 6th grade information nights where families heard about our school, met staff, and asked questions about our middle school program. This week many students will be visiting Roseway with their 5th grade classes for a more student centered experience on May 18 and 19.

Continuing Speaker Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Wednesday, May 18th, 6-7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)

Wednesday, June 8th, 6-7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)

In-person at

McDaniel High School Commons

2735 NE 82nd Ave.

Portland, OR 97220

Parents and students of the McDaniel Cluster of schools are invited to attend a 3-part speaker series on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. This series of events is co-sponsored by the Hội Phụ Huynh and Rose City Park PTO in an effort to bring our community together in dialogue to deepen our understanding of these topics and how they impact students, schools and communities.

To request Vietnamese, Spanish and/or Somali interpretation, please contact Sally Stauffer at: mcdaniel.cluster@rosecityparkpto.org


May 4th many students and staff met for a Promotion Information Meeting. We discussed details of the June 10 promotion and present volunteer opportunities. Information shared at the meeting can be found here.

Resources for Families

LGBTQIA2S+ Support GUIDE: The SAY Wellness Health Education team at Portland Public Schools is excited to announce the development and release of a new parent and caregivers support guide. This resource was created especially for parents and caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ youth. It contains helpful information, journaling prompts, local and national resources, and many other gems designed to help parents better understand and support their LGBTQIA2S+ young person. This support guide was reviewed and contributed to by K-12 students at 8 different GSA's around our district. We hope it can be a helpful resource for many families in Portland and beyond!

Hello PPS Students! We would like to invite you to the 2022 Student Summit!

This is an opportunity to learn more about the District, and your role in it! Learn about important District policies like the Climate Change Response Policy, and participate in the Student Town Hall with district staff to make PPS a better place. We will be holding the Summit at OMSI on Monday, May 23rd from 10-2:30 pm. Transportation to the venue will be provided. Please RSVP with us using this form so that you can get summit updates and reminders. You can find the permission slips in this folder. We hope to see you there! Potential topics may include Title IX, RESJ & CCRP, Civic Engagement, Mascot Changes, and more. If you have any questions, please contact Yian Saechao at yisaechao@pps.net.