Family Newsletter - May 27, 2022
Last two weeks of school
We know this last week has been hard emotionally for our students, staff and families. It has also been a time of great inspiration. As part of our PPS graduate portrait, we want students to be inclusive and collaborative problem solvers, inquisitive critical thinkers with deep core knowledge, powerful and effective communicators and reflective, empathetic, and empowering graduates. Those traits were on full display last Friday with the student-led walkout against gun violence.. A special thank you to all the adults: Kellogg staff and parents/guardians for the role you played in supporting our students.
Upcoming this week:
As you may have noticed these last weeks, Kellogg has been greatly impacted by the effects of the COVID surge. We have received tremendous support from our district office and Kellogg staff members in order to continue classes as normal. Our district office employees have stepped in as guest teachers, hall monitors and lunchtime supervisors.
Unfortunately, due to a scheduled training, there will be a limited number of district supports available this week. If we don’t have enough coverage, we may have to double up classes or host students in the cafeteria for safety and supervision. This is not ideal but a necessary practice in order to keep schools safe. We will keep you updated if we have to take those measures.
Recent national and local events
As we process the events of last week in Texas and across the country, families have reached out to ask for more suggestions on how to respond to their students’ concerns. Here are a few tips for speaking with your student about threats of violence (full article).
Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kds gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
Limit exposure to television and the news.
Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.
At PPS, we require our schools to conduct three active threat drills annually - two lockdown drills and one secure perimeter drill, and Kellogg Middle School is in full compliance. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our foremost priority. We listen to our students, and if they want more active threat training, we will conduct more to ensure we are creating an environment that is conducive to safety and learning.
Families have also asked what comprises certain protocols used. The protocols were developed in collaboration with the Oregon Task Force on School Safety and uses a team to assess a variety of factors to determine whether any threatening language is accompanied by actual means and/or intent to act. No decision is made in isolation.
As a community and as a school district, we have a responsibility to ensure our schools and our community provide a caring, supportive environment. If you are ever aware of anything you think could be a threat to student safety, please always let us know. You can also report with your name or anonymously to the SafeOregon tip line via text or call: 844-472-3367; email: email@example.com; or download the SafeOregon app. Trained staff are available to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
End of Year Activities:
Our grade level teams have been busy planning end of year activities. Here is a snapshot of what to expect.
6th Grade: Students will be participating in a kickball tournament with a championship game on Thursday, June 9th. The 6th grade team also has activities planned for 6th and 7th period that Thursday.
7th Grade: Students will have a yearbook signing mix and mingle event in the Kellogg Courtyard on June 10th.
8th Grade: Students will have an extended lunch on Tuesday June 7th, practice for promotion on Wednesday, June 8th and will have their official promotion ceremony that evening at McDaniel High School. Please keep a lookout for additional information regarding 8th grade promotion in email/text.
RETURNING THE VILS CHROMEBOOK - Update
Chromebook Collection Dates:
8th grade devices will be collected Monday, June 6th
7th grade devices will be collected Tuesday, June 7th
6th grade devices will be collected Wednesday June 8th
Dear Kellogg Parents and Guardians,
During the school year, your student has had access to a personally assigned VILS Chromebook for use during the school day and at home. We will be collecting all devices on the dates listed above. When we collect these devices it is very important that your student has their Chromebook, charger, and case with them at school.
If your student is in 8th grade, their VILS device will be assigned to an incoming 6th grader in the fall. If your student is a 6th or 7th grader, we will make every effort to return the same device to them in September.
If your student’s Chromebook was lost or stolen, please email Kenneth Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org. Lost or stolen Chromebooks may incur a replacement fee.
If you would like your student to have a Chromebook during the summer months, your child will receive a Summer Permission Slip once the Chromebook has been returned on the above date. Please also review the PPS Chromebook Agreement to ensure that your student and you understand the rights and responsibilities of using a PPS-provided Chromebook.
Summer device distribution will take place at the front doors by the main office:
June 13, from 8-11 pm, and
June 14, from 1-3 pm.
Parents must be present for device distribution and to sign an agreement form at the time.
Students and families are responsible for the proper use and care of their student assigned Chromebook.
Food or drink should not be next to Chromebooks
Chromebooks should be carried closed and held securely with two hands
Chromebooks should not be used or stored near pets
Heavy objects should never be placed on top of Chromebooks
Chromebooks must remain free of any writing, drawing, permanent stickers, and labels that would alter the appearance of the Chromebook
Chromebooks should never be loaned to another student or individual and student accounts should never be shared
Students and families are also responsible for understanding and following the PPS Responsible Use Policy:
DO NOT remove SIM card from Device!
Share private information about yourself or others.
Cause harm to others or damage to their property.
Damage computer equipment, data or files.
Copy or download copyrighted materials.
Look at, send, copy or create material that is rude, inappropriate or meant to hurt someone’s feelings.
Steal information or music.
Buy, sell or advertise merchandise unless it’s part of a project.
Install software on computers unless approved by teacher or District staff.
Only current students can use the District network. Your privilege of using technology can be taken away by staff or parents if you are engaging in inappropriate behavior.
Understand the choices you make while on a computer or the internet. Tell an adult if you see something threatening or inappropriate happening.
What you do online is not private or anonymous.
Acknowledge that the District is providing a safe online experience as long as rules are followed.
Access and use collaborative tools, safe sites, games and searches.
Be respectful, responsible and safe while using devices.
Communicate online in ways that are kind and respectful.
Use only your account and not anyone else’s and keep your account and password information private.
We are still enrolling for Summer SUN at Kellogg. Extra forms can be found in the Kellogg Main Office.
Hygiene and Cleaning kits:
Using some of our ARPA money to support Covid-affected families, we were able to purchase Hygiene and Cleaning items for Kellogg Families.
Please complete this GoogleForm if you would like to have your student “shop the pantry” for hygiene/cleaning kits to take home the week of June 6th:
2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs
I hope you are all doing well as we inch closer to the holiday weekend.
Ninth Grade Counts is a network of summer transition programs for incoming freshmen. These programs are offered throughout Multnomah County at low or no cost to participants. Students have the ability to earn .5 elective credits for completing these programs. The attached Guide to Programs is a tool you can use to link students to a program that is the best fit for them. Families can learn how to register by contacting the person listed for each program.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
phone 503.234.5404 x17 | fax 503.234.5402
Working with 8th Grade and 7th Grade M-Z
Working with 6th Grade and 7th Grade A-L