MLC: Updates


What's the difference between Distance Learning, Limited In-person Instruction, and Hybrid?

-Distance Learning is what is currently happening for all students across PPS, working remotely from home.

-Limited In-Person Instruction is starting in PPS now. This is specific, small groups of students that are invited to the school for in-person instruction.

-Hybrid Instruction is when larger cohorts of students will return to the building on a regular basis. Families will have a choice whether they want to have their students come back to school buildings. Hybrid Instruction was discussed at the PPS School Board meeting last night. Look for an email from PPS soon regarding Hybrid Instruction.

Message from PPS about Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in February for 3x8 (Updated 2/10/21)


1. MLC will be providing 3x8 students the opportunity for MAP testing the last week of February.

2. The test is supposed to take approximately 60 minutes for Reading and 60 minutes for Math. MLC will plan for approximately 90 minutes for each test to account for time needed to get students logged in, other technical problems, etc.

3. After the initial 90 minute session for each test, if students need more time, an additional testing session will be provided to them. A substitute teacher or other staff member will proctor those test sessions.

4. If students need more than two hours, we would ask families if it is okay to continue testing.

5. Families are encouraged to have their children participate in MAP testing. However, if you want to decline the testing and not have your child participate, please fill in the form below.

Decline MAP Testing

Look for more updates next week about MAP testing.


Dear PPS Families,

In February, schools will offer students the opportunity to take the MAP assessment in grades 3-8 to understand progress they have made during this extended period of Comprehensive Distance Learning. We understand that students have been working under extraordinary circumstances since last March. The MAP assessment will give you, students, teachers, and administrators valuable insight into areas where students are meeting learning targets and areas where we will need to design programming in order to help students catch up upon our return to school.

The data gathered from this assessment is in no way designed for high-stakes decisions on individual students or to pass judgment on teachers. Instead, we will use this data to design learning recovery programming for our students across schools and the district. Simply put, MAP assessment data will be important to our decisions about where and how to direct resources to best support students--this is especially important to know in February, as we work through budget planning for next school year.

We understand that administering an assessment in a non-school physical environment is not ideal. We do, however, believe it is important to go forward with the MAP assessment, particularly given the likelihood that SBAC testing will not take place in Oregon this year. We plan for this year’s MAP schedule to be more abbreviated than in years’ past, with students being asked to spend only one to two hours taking the assessment.

We thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding.


Shawn Bird, Ed.D., Chief of Schools


Click here for more information about the MAP assessment.

Please contact Mark Van Hoomissen at if you have questions or concerns about the MAP assessment.

Limited In-Person Instruction (Information Updated 2/10/21)

Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be starting in Portland Public Schools over the next several weeks. LIPI is having small groups of targeted students come to PPS buildings for two-hour sessions, 1-4 times per week. Please see below for details about LIPI at MLC.

-LIPI is supplementary to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), which is the online instruction that is happening now with teachers. LIPI is not intended to replace the whole class activities currently provided through CDL.

-When LIPI starts at MLC, expect mostly guest or substitute teachers to be providing the instruction.

-LIPI will be 2 hour sessions. Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 for Kx3, Thursdays and Friday from 1:00-3:00 for HS Credit Recovery and 6th/9th Grade.

-There would be training for staff providing LIPI focused on health and safety precautions.

-Within LIPI, all students would maintain consistent cohorts. For example, if a student is in Group 1 on Monday, they would always stay in that group in order to minimize contact with other students.

Currently, here is the order of priority for initiating LIPI at MLC:

1. Kx3 students: Anticipated start date 2/22/21

-Kx3 students challenged by low attendance or engagement will be the first priority for LIPI.

-Mark and Margarita will work with Kx3 teachers to prioritize students based on this criteria.

-Families of prioritized students are being contacted by Mark to confirm whether or not they want their child to participate in LIPI. Participation in LIPI is optional for students.

-Substitute teachers will be providing LIPI instruction for Kx3 students for academic content.

2. HS students needing Credit Recovery: Anticipated start date 3/4/21

-Juniors and sophomores needing credit-recovery will be the next group prioritized for LIPI.

-Distance Learning has made it more difficult for high school students to pass classes across PPS, Oregon, and the United States.

-Mark and Margarita will work with the MLC high school team to prioritize students based on this criteria.

-Families of prioritized students will be contacted by Mark or Margarita to confirm whether or not they want their child to participate in LIPI. Participation in LIPI is optional for students.

-Substitute teachers will be providing LIPI instruction for high school students.

3. 6th and 9th graders: Anticipated start date 3/11/21

-6th and 9th students challenged by low attendance, grades, or engagement would be the third group prioritized for LIPI.

-These grades were chosen because of the current transition into MLC at these two grade levels. About half of our 6th graders have never attended school in the building and most of our 9th graders have never attended school in the building.

-Mark and Margarita will work with the MLC high school team and 6th grade teachers to prioritize students based on the noted criteria.

-Families of prioritized students will be contacted by Mark or Margarita to confirm whether or not they want their child to participate in LIPI. Participation in LIPI is optional for students.

-We are currently looking at different possibilities for LIPI programming at the 6th grade level.

-We are still establishing who would provide LIPI for 6th graders

-Substitute teachers will be providing LIPI instruction for 9th grade students.

Jack Randazzo, MLC PE teacher, and Clement Wilson, MLC Social Worker, will be helping with the LIPI program.

Plans are currently being established based on the information above. Look for more newsletter updates with new information. If you have questions, please email Mark at or call 503-577-7126.

Yearbook Updates

Yearbook Updates

  • Yearbook Photos Please:

    • Every couple of weeks, we will be putting out an ask for the community to please email photos to Melanie at Please include your student’s first and last name and grade and what is happening in the photos that you send. This week we are asking you to please send photos of:

      • New hairdos, hairstyles or hair colors

      • Selfies! :) (Please no hand signals of any kind)

      • Newly learned skills during COVID-19/Distance Learning (Example: Melanie learned how to do the "Floss" dance move over winter break)

      • Fall-O-Breations please. This can be any celebrations or traditions that you and your family do in the fall.

      • Back to School/School Set Up During Distance Learning please. We all know school is looking different this year, so if you have first day of school photos, or photos of your student at work that you’re comfortable sharing, please do!

      • Elective Photos

      • Winter Celebration/Tradition Photos

      • Winter Break Photos

      • Please feel free to email Melanie other photos as well

Library Announcements

From your Library team, Tini & Tim

See link below for updates:

Student and Family Support: Message from Jeanette, Kelly, and Clement

7x12 Student Support Group - Mondays 3-3:45pm

Students, we understand the unique challenges of this school year and the various ways it is impacting you, and we want to help as best we can. All students in 7x12 are invited to join Clement (MLC social worker) and Jeanette (MLC 6x12 school counselor) on Mondays from 3-3:45pm to talk about anything that is coming up for you during this challenging time. We believe that it is important to come together as one community and support each other. Please try to arrive on time so that no one gets interrupted while sharing. We hope to see you there, the link is below.

7x12 Student Support Group Zoom Link

Family Drop-in Support

Distance learning has placed added stress and challenges on families. The counseling team at MLC would like to offer an optional drop-in space for families to connect, receive support, process and ask questions. There will be 3 different drop-in hours each week in an effort to work with your availability, see the chart below. You don't have to come to the hour that fits your grade level, as we are all on the same team to support you. We will use the same zoom link for each one.

Family Drop-in Support Zoom Link

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Support/Affinity Groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth

Please see links below for support/affinity groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth.

Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

PPS Native HS Student Group

PPS Native MS Student Group

Need School Supplies for Home?

If you need any basic school supplies i.e. paper, pencils, protractors, compasses, etc. please contact Kathleen in the office for more information.

Materials Pickup/Delivery Request Form: Materials pick-up resumes December 7th

Materials pick-up at MLC resumes on December 7th.

Pickup times:

Monday 10:00-2:00

Thursday 10:00-2:00

Materials will be staged in the cafeteria. Masks and social distancing required. Look for signs directing to the front or cafeteria door.

Your child's teacher will let families know if there are materials at the school that need to be picked up. If the Monday or Thursday times don't work, please submit an office request at this link and we'll find an alternate time.

If you are unable to come to MLC because of health concerns or cannot find any alternate times to come to the school please fill out the form below

Link to new Kx12 Materials Delivery Request Form

MLC Office Request Form

Please submit a request in this form if you need something from the MLC Office staff.

PPS Password Resets

If you need to reset your child's PPS password, please fill out form at link below.

Technology Request Form

If you need to borrow technology from PPS, please click on link below:

Link to new Kx12 Delivery Request Form

Contact Info

Mark Van Hoomissen
School phone: 503-916-5737
Cell phone: 503-577-7126