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,

It's hard to believe that it's going to be May in just two short days, and with that changing of the calendar, we hit the speedy downhill journey toward summer. The school calendar is filling fast with field trips, activities, and celebrations to commemorate this year's remarkable return to physical campuses. I for one am excited to experience all these amazing firsts with our MTMS community, and I hope to see and interact with many of your in the coming days.

None of these events happen without a large amount of support from our parents, so if you are able to volunteer to support chaperoning the school dance or handing out programs at promotion, we would love your partnership. Or, if you want to continue to give back, the PTA is looking for officers to carry on the good work for years to come. Check out the PTA's Update in this newsletter for more details.

It seems fitting during this time of fun and celebration to take a moment (or an entire week) to celebrate the amazing staff here at Mt. Tabor Middle School. They have been nothing short of remarkable over the course of this unprecedented year in showing up for students in the ways that they needed them the most. I hope that you will join me next week in celebrating them during Staff Appreciation Week by adding to our Appreciation Wall, supporting the PTA's celebration with a donation of food for Tuesday's staff meeting, or by reaching out to them personally to thank them for their hard work and love.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend.

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

Next Week is Staff Appreciation Week

The most heartfelt thing we can do during staff appreciation week is to let them know what they mean to us.

As part of our recognition of the amazing work they do, we are asking our families to take a quick moment to share notes of thanks with this. We have created the following Padlet for you to post your messages (to the whole staff or to a particular MTMS staff member. You can click the link below or scan the QR code. And if you would rather send an email or bring in a card, we know they would appreciate that as well.


Need all of our upcoming dates in one place? Details on events marked with an asterisk (*) may be found below in the newsletter

Staff Appreciation Week

  • May 2-6

8th Grade Spring and Panoramic Photos*

  • Thursday, May 5

Outdoor School for 6th Grade*

  • Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10

5th Grade Open House*

  • Thursday, May 12 6:00-7:30 pm

All-Grade School Dance: Neon/Glow in the Dark

  • Friday, May 20 4:00-5:30 pm

Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

  • Monday, May 30

8th Grade Japanese Immersion Culmination Evening
  • Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00 pm

8th Grade Field Trip to Oaks Park
  • Thursday, June 9 (during school)

8th Grade Promotion*
  • Friday, June 10 at 6:00 pm, Franklin High School Gym

“Fake & Fatal: What Parents & Teens Need to Know”

There's a virtual event coming up to educate students, parents and the community about the dangers of fake pills made from deadly fentanyl. The Beaverton School District has lost several students to fentanyl in the last few years. The parents of one of those students will be leading this discussion. They have a powerful story to tell and were instrumental in that district's fentanyl awareness campaign last year.

“Fake & Fatal: What Parents & Teens Need to Know”

Presented by Oregon’s Vibrant Future Coalition

Wednesday, May 4 at 7-8:30pm PST

FB link:

Register and get the zoom link:


Dear Families and Staff of Mt Tabor Middle School,

This week (4/25-4/29/2022) four (4) individuals at MTMS have reported testing positive for COVID-19 this week. For daily information on the number of individuals at the school who have reported testing positive for COVID-19, refer to the PPS COVID-19 Dashboard.

Please continue to use the Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist to monitor symptoms; if symptoms develop and last longer than 24 hours, seek testing for COVID-19.

Parents/Guardians: Call the school if your student develops symptoms of illness or tests positive for COVID-19.

Staff: Notify your direct supervisor if you develop symptoms of illness or test positive for COVID-19.

The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to:

  • Get vaccinated (including the booster dose)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Stay home if you have excludable symptoms of illness per Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist (linked above)
  • Maintain distance from people outside of your home
  • Stay away from people who have symptoms of illness
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often

If you have health questions, call your school nurse or your healthcare provider.

Additional resources and guidance can be found at the CDC website and Multnomah County.


Tonya Arnold, Principal

Kristyn Westphal, Area Senior Director

8th Grade Spring Portraits and Class Panoramic

Eighth grade students will be taking Spring Portraits and the 8th Grade Panoramic group photo on Thursday, May 5. All eighth grade students should have received their photo packets last week, but there are extras available in the main office.

The spring portraits are used by the school for promotion certificates that are handed out at the promotion ceremony in June, so it is important for students to have their photos taken if they want them on their certificates.

For additional information or to volunteer to help on photo day, please reach out to Ann Pinzelik in the main office at 503-916-5646 or via email at

Outdoor School Experiences for MTMS 6th Grade Students

While the Outdoor School experience will be different for our current 6th grade students this year, we are excited that our students will be traveling to Outdoor School Day Camp on May 9-10, 2022.

Students will depart the school each morning and travel by school bus to their Outdoor School site and return each evening. Lunch on site will not be provided, but students who cannot bring a lunch from home be provided a bag lunch from the school cafeteria. Please coordinate with your child's 4th period/homeroom teacher if a lunch is needed. Please note that Outdoor School requests that all lunches be nut-free to support our students with allergies.

PPS Summer Programming

Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email! It is important that families selected accept or decline the invitation so that unused spots can be allocated for others.

Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

Forgot to Order Your Yearbook?

While the deadline for purchasing yearbooks has come and gone, the school has purchased a limited supply of extras. These books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis once the books arrive to the building. We will notify students and parents once they arrive.

Update on SE Enrollment and Program Balancing Phase 2 Recommendation

Dear PPS community,

Today, April 29, Deputy Superintendent Claire Hertz released her SE Enrollment and Program Balancing Phase 2 recommendation , which would impact 20 SE schools beginning in Fall 2023.

The recommendation builds upon the work of the volunteer SE Guiding Coalition, who presented their final report to her last week.

The Board will discuss Deputy Superintendent Claire Hertz’s recommendation on May 10th, and will vote on May 24th on their final decisions.

Community members are encouraged to provide their feedback on the recommendation at an open house May 5th from 6-8pm in the Franklin HS cafeteria.

Below are the possible changes that could be made:

  • Harrison Park K-8 would convert to a middle school. Its current K-5 students would attend a new elementary school at the Clark building (the current home of Creative Science School). In addition to these neighborhood students, Harrison Park MS would be made up of neighborhood students from Vestal and Atkinson attendance areas, and Chinese Immersion students from the Harrison Park and Woodstock programs.
  • Creative Science School would relocate to Bridger K-5 and blend with the existing neighborhood program there.
  • The Spanish Immersion program at Bridger would relocate to Lent K-5, which would become a whole-Immersion school with guaranteed admission for the Lent neighborhood. Students in the Lent neighborhood who do not attend the Spanish program would attend Marysville K-5, instead.
  • The proposed plan would shift the Woodstock neighborhood and a portion of the Sellwood neighborhood to the Lane attendance area, strengthening enrollment at the smallest middle school in the region. Additional boundary changes involving Woodstock, Lewis, Arleta, Marysville and Glencoe elementary schools would increase enrollment at Creston, Vestal, Whitman and Woodmere elementary schools. These changes would help schools meet minimum enrollment thresholds and offer more robust programs.
  • Kellogg Middle School, which just opened this year, would also see changes from the proposal. The blocks closest to Kellogg would now be part of its attendance area, and the Spanish Immersion program at Mt. Tabor MS would relocate to Kellogg, consolidating all Spanish Immersion in the region at a single middle school. Kellogg would be too large with these additions, so the proposal also moves the Creston neighborhood out of Kellogg and into the Hosford attendance area. Kellogg would likely still have the highest middle school enrollment in the region, which was a serious concern for the SEGC.

Once the Board decides on the changes, planning will begin to ensure future transportation, staffing and community support and other implementation needs are in place by the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Boundary changes would begin with kindergartners, 6th graders and other new students in Fall 2023. Other students would be allowed to remain at their current schools through the highest grade. Program moves would happen all at once, with all grades moving to the new locations in Fall 2023.

Notice of Upcoming State Testing

Mt. Tabor Middle School students will be engaging in the Oregon State Assessment of Skills (OSAS) tests beginning in March. Students will take these exams in their regularly schedule ELA, Math, and Science classes during the testing windows noted below:

  • Math/ELA Make-Up: May 2-6
  • 8th Grade Science: May 9-13

Families wishing to opt their students out of state testing should submit any testing opt out forms prior to the start of testing. Fill out, print, and bring completed forms to the main office or send them digitally directly to our Testing Coordinator, Dave Llewellyn at These forms can be accessed at the links below. Please note that there is one form for ELA and Math, and a separate form for 8th grade science.

30-Day Notice and ELA/Math Opt-out Form (grades 3-8 & 11) (30-day notice and opt-out form will be available around October)

English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

Science Exemption Request Form (grades 5, 8 & 11)

English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

Mark Your Calendars: 8th Grade Promotion is Friday, June 10

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an in-person promotion ceremony for our 8th grade students on Friday, June 10 in the Franklin High School Gymnasium from 6:00-7:00 pm. We look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with our students and their families.
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Your Weekly PTA Update

Your Weekly PTA Update

We are coming upon May quickly. May is a busy month within the MTMS community. There are lots of things happening, and as always we need your help and support. We have several parent volunteer opportunities in May and June.

  • May 5th we are looking for volunteers to help with 8th grade individual and groups pictures. We just need a couple volunteers to assist the photographer during the pictures from 9:20am - 12:25pm and 2:00pm - 3:45pm. The same people could volunteer for both the morning or afternoon, or if you are just able to help in the morning or afternoon that works as well.
  • May 20th is a school dance!! The dance is 4:00-5:30pm. We need about four additional volunteers to help with checking students in (checking school ID and collecting permission slips), collecting entrance fee (fundraiser for the Gay Straight Alliance), chaperoning/supervision during the dance, and some clean-up after the dance. The volunteer commitment is 3:30pm-6:00pm.
  • June 10th is 8th Grade Promotion. This event will be held at Franklin High School in the main gym 6:00pm - 7:00pm. We are looking for one or two additional volunteers to arrive by 5:00pm to greet families, pass out programs, and guide/direct families to the correct seating. The PTA is decorating the stage for the ceremony, so we will also need an additional volunteer to help with clean up of some decorations after the ceremony from 7:00pm - 7:30pm. (No 8th grade families should volunteers they should be enjoying their time with their 8th graders.)

Please email to let us know you would like to volunteer.

Staff Appreciation Week

The first week of May is next week, which means it is also Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. The PTA has a little something planned for each day of the week. We have two ways for you to participate in supporting the MTMS staff next week.

  • Monday, May 2nd we would like students or parents/families to send their gratitude to teachers - write a note, make a card, send an email. School administration is also working on a project to show staff gratitude and the PTA is working on some posters to hang through out the school.
  • Tuesday, May 3rd the PTA is organizing a potluck for staff to enjoy during their staff meeting. Please sign up to drop off an item on Tuesday using this link to Sign Up Genius

Restaurant Partners

  • May 16th, 17th, 18th - Old Spaghetti Factory


People are still ordering MTMS t-shirts and sweatshirts. Get yours ordered. Items are ordered on demand from the local company, Big Frog. You order online, pay online, and items can be picked up locally in Portland or mailed to your address. You can place your order online at this link:


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Current Quarantine Guidlines

The COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines have changed significantly in the last couple of weeks. Below you will find graphics that explain the timelines for the new guidance.
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Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Into Parent VUE

Help our school staff keep accurate records of your student's vaccination status by uploading a picture of PDF of their immunization card in ParentVUE. Use the PDF linked below for instructions on how to do it!

My Child Is Out Sick

If your child is feeling under the weather and is missing school, please be sure to call the MTMS Attendance Line. If you leave us a message, please give us a list of your student's symptoms as we are tracking these as part of our health and safety protocol. A member of the office or admin team may call you back regarding the symptoms you report.

It is also essential that you notify the school if your student has a positive COVID test or is a close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. Please call the school office, and they will connect you with our School Health Assistant, Julia Mudgett; our school nurse, Catrina Luna; or Principal Tonya Arnold to follow up with you on these protocols. If you need to reach someone after hours, please email

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