March 8, 2023

Message from Mr. Greer

Hello Legend Community,

It's hard to believe we are already in March and that Spring Break will be here before we know it! We finished the month of February strong with our Black Student Union (BSU) hosting an assembly where we announced our Students of The Month and then were walked through the historical influence of the African American community through music. Our BSU also created and had a Black History Month Mural on display at the Multnomah County Library in Downtown! In our staff meeting, we continued to partner with Andratesha Fitzgerald who wrote Anti-Racism and Universal Design for Learning.

We have now implemented many exciting and new things such as a cross collaboration group of our affinity spaces who are helping us create a positive, inclusive, safe environment that holds high expectations for our community. We have several different small groups running to support kids in identifying strategies to help with things ranging from anxiety to regulating strong emotions.

We also wanted to take this time to share some reminders as well as some updates to our school community.


-Please help us keep our building safe and secure as we continue to implement our policy on Door Dash, Grub Hub, etc. Students are not to be waiting for deliveries during class or opening doors for delivery people. Students must have their lunch delivery pre-approved by a parent/guardian by calling it into our main office. Thank you for your understanding and helping us continue to implement these expectations with our kids.

-Our Community Resource Fair has been rescheduled for March 18th, from 11-2pm at Harriet Tubman MS. (view flyer)



-We have updated our school discipline ladder. When students receive referrals they are referred to our School Climate Specialist and/or Administration, depending on the severity of the situation. We use this as a general tool to support students and provide redirection for behaviors that may not be school appropriate.


-We are tracking students leaving class/skipping (cutting) and tardies. Students who end up leaving class and skip more than three (3) times in a week will have detention. This aligns to the goal of at least 90% attendance for students. Students who get more than five (5) tardies in a week also earn a detention. This essentially gives students one (1) tardy a day as we work to create productive habits.

Cell Phone Policy:

-We have decided to move forward with a new cell phone policy for the end of the year as we test the waters to see if we want to go with full implementation for the 2023-2024 school year.

Even though we started this conversation at the beginning of the year, we recognize this might be a bit of a surprise. We are working to collaborate and align with other local middle schools and believe it is in the best interest of our students academic success and social emotional health.

So far, we have gathered student and staff voice and will look to invite our parents/guardians to a meeting next Wednesday, 3.15.2023, so we can gather your voices as well. We are going to host this evening in collaboration with the Center for Black Student Excellence which brings me to our next topic...

Relocation of Harriet Tubman MS:

-The district recently announced that the location where KairosPDX is located is now on the table and being discussed. Join us next Wednesday, 3.15.2023 to discuss and learn more.

Parent Information Night - Cell Phone Policy & HTMS Relocation

Wednesday, March 15th, 6pm

2231 North Flint Avenue

Portland, OR

HTMS is beginning a new cell phone policy for the end of the 2022-23 school year. We are inviting our parents/guardians to a meeting next Wednesday, March 15, to hear your concerns, answer questions and gather your support. We are going to host this evening in collaboration with the Center for Black Student Excellence.

Relocation of Harriet Tubman MS:

-The district recently announced that the location where KairosPDX is located is now on the table and being discussed. Join us next Wednesday, 3.15.2023 to discuss and learn more.

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BSU Student Work Display at Library

Congratulation to BSU students! Their research and work about Black History and Harriet Tubman was on display at the Central Library in Downtown Portland during Black History Month. Excellent work!

Popcorn Fundraiser

Thank you to all of those who supported our virtual 3 day pop-up popcorn store. We raised almost $4,000 to support student travel. Funds raised are being used to support transportation expenses for local field trips, Mandarin Immersion capstone trip to Taiwan and Spring 2024 NY/DC trip.

Missed the sale but you'd like to make a donation? We accept donations electronically on SchoolPay, as well as cash and check.

Donate to student travel - https://pps.schoolpay.com/link/HTMSStudentTravel2023

Donate to HTMS (general school needs) - https://pps.schoolpay.com/link/HTMScommunity

Your support is greatly appreciated!

HTMS Friends and Family Night at McMenamins on Broadway - March 14

Please come support our student scholarship fund benefiting the Spring Break 2024 trip to New York and Washington D.C. Our goal is to provide as many scholarships any student needing assistance so we can have as many students as possible on this life-changing trip! 50% of the night's sales will be donated to the NY/DC scholarship fund. We hope to see you there!

HTMS Friends & Family Night at McMenamins Broadway Pub

Tuesday, March 14th, 5-11:30pm

1504 Northeast Broadway

Portland, OR

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8th Grade Family Information

Hello to the families of our HTMS Class of 2023! We are looking forward to celebrating your graduating scholars later this school year and wanted to share with you some important dates and times for your calendars:

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Date: Monday, June 12th

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Grant High School auditorium

Other Events for 8th Graders:

-Oaks Park Field Trip: Wednesday, June 7th

-Promotion Practice: Friday, June 9th (in the morning)

-8th Grade Dance: Friday, TBA (in the evening)

How can parents/families help?

-We are finalizing logistics for some of our events and will be sending out a comprehensive letter to all of our 8th grade families that will include specific details for each event, along with ways that parents/families can help to support those events. Families can expect to receive that letter in the mail and via email during the first week of April (4/3/23 - 4/7/23)

Thank you and we look forward to celebrating your graduating scholars!

PTSA Meeting day has changed!

All HTMS Families and Community Supporters are invited to join us for our monthly PTSA meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The meeting will talk place, in the school library with live streaming on Zoom. The next meeting will be held on April 12.

Meeting ID: 845 2855 3031

Passcode: tubman

Use this link to join:


SUN Winter Term ends March 23.

The last day of SUN Winter term is Thursday, March 23.

Registration for the Spring term will be posted on the school website beginning March 20.

SEI Registration - Self Enhancement, Inc.

SUN Winter 2023 Registration Form

Visitor and Volunteers at Harriet Tubman

We believe that families are important partners to support each student at Harriet Tubman and we welcome each of you in our school. In order to ensure that our schools are safe places for our students and staff, we are taking some additional steps to ensure we know who is in our buildings at all times.

  • Upon entering a PPS school, visitors/volunteers will need to present a government-issued identification (i.e. driver’s license, state ID card).
  • All visitors/volunteers will need to wear the printed name badge that identifies their name, photo, the date and their destination.
  • First-time volunteers should visit www.pps.net/volunteer to complete the online volunteer application.
  • Families who wish to visit their student's classroom must send the teacher a written request at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Parents may request a conference with their student's teachers throughout the year. Teachers are available before school (8:30a - 9:05a) or after school (3:50p - 4:15p). Please email your teacher to schedule a conference.
  • Letter to Parents/Guardians Regarding New Visitor/Volunteer Procedures

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

Additional detailed information about visiting and volunteering at PPS is available on the PPS website https://www.pps.net/Page/144. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and support of enhanced school safety protocols at HTMS and throughout schools in our our district.

Lunch Delivery

HTMS is a closed campus and students are restricted to the school grounds during the school day. For the safety of our entire community, food deliveries - direct (dominos, pizza hut) or 3rd party (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) - for students are not permitted. If your child is not eating school lunch, please make sure to send food with them before school starts. Families who would like to bring their student food, please deliver their lunch to the office, prior to their designated lunch. Food brought to the school after the student’s lunch will be given to the student at the end of the day. Students who leave the school grounds without permission will be considered truant and appropriate discipline will be administered.

Free breakfast and lunch

Each day scholars are able to receive 2 free meals, breakfast and lunch. Grab & Go breakfast is available to pick up at the Flint entrance from 8:50am - 9:10am. Students arriving late due to PPS transportation will be given the opportunity to pick up breakfast in the cafeteria, upon arrival. Hot and cold meal options are served during grade level lunches in the cafeteria.

Calendar & Important Dates


6 Harriet Tubman Birthday

8 PTSA Mtg, 6p

9 Substance Use Awareness, (McDaniel HS), 5:30p

13-17 Elective Forecasting

14 Fundraiser Night @ McMenamins Broadway Pub, 5p-close (funds raised support NYDC trip, Spring 2024

14-17 STAMPS testing (Mandarin). Library (6th per)

18 - Resource Fair, 11a - 2p

21 Band Showcase, 7p (Jefferson HS)

23 Dance Showcase, 6p (Jefferson HS) - $10 adult admission, $5 children 5+

20 -24 Spirit Week

24 Women’s History Month/Awards Assembly, 9:30 & 11a

24 Fun Friday/Spring dance, 2p

27-31 Spring Break


5 Site Council, 4:30p

7 End of Q3

10 Teacher Planning

11 Q4 begins

12 PTSA Mtg, 6p

18 - 21 OSAS Testing

24 yearbook orders due

25-26 OSAS Testing