November 7, 2022

Message from Mr. Greer

Hello Harriet Tubman MS Community!

We have had a busy start to the school year that has had a lot of positives and moments to learn from. We are continuing to focus on strengthening our Tier I supports and interventions school-wide and in the classroom while creating systems for Tier II and Tier III academic and behavior interventions.

We recently had a Community Event on Thursday, October 27th where we partnered with the Center for Black Student Excellence. We had dinner together and informal activities where we got to learn about what individuals believe to be true about Black excellence as well as the relocation project for HTMS.

On Monday, October 31st students earned a school-wide party for the last hour of the day where they got to choose from watching movies, playing in a basketball tournament, gaming in the library, and other activities such as board games and kahoots.

Our teachers have been hard at work as we've implemented several things over the last two months. We now have "Kid Talks" where grade level teams come together once a week to discuss how they can better support students who may have additional academic or social/emotional needs.

We have also implemented Committees for Academic, Behavior, School Climate and our 4th period Community class. There, we are creating and implementing horizontal and vertical alignment around our systems, expectations, norms, language and activities which contribute to a positive school culture.

Harriet Tubman MS also now has a full time Instructional Specialist who is delivering Professional Development to our teachers every Monday that we have a five day week. We are focusing on three "buckets" which include: Best Practice Instructional Strategies, Classroom Routines and Restorative Practices.

Lastly, our MS now has a full range of opportunities for students to be a part of groups and elevate their voices. We have our 7th and 8th grade Leadership up and running, BSU, SOL, QSA, Art Club, and soon our AAPI student group will be available for students as well. We also just identified and trained 10 students between 7th and 8th grade in Restorative Practices to lead a Restorative Justice group we're calling the Peacemakers. These kids have already begun supporting peer conflicts and will help us start to have difficult conversations that are necessary for our growth as a school community.

We're looking forward to continuing to find opportunities to collaborate with our kids and community. Please keep an eye out for those in the future!

Trevor Greer


Harriet Tubman Middle School

Every great dream begins with a dreamer

Parent/Teacher Conferences - November 21 & 22

All families are invited to participate in Parent/Teacher Conferences taking place on November 21 and 22. Conferences will be in-person on Monday, November 21 in each teacher's classroom. Families meeting with teachers on Tuesday, November 22 will join virtually (Zoom or Google Meet). There will be no school for students November 21 - 25. Please contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns, (503)916-5630.
click here to schedule a conference

Fall Conferences will be in-person (11/21) and virtually (11/22). Schedule a time to meet your student's teachers.


November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. During National Native American Heritage Month, we will explore the heritage, culture, and experience of Indigenous peoples both historically and in American life today.

We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.

We also acknowledge the systemic policies of genocide, relocation, and assimilation that still impact many Indigenous/Native American families today. As settlers and guests on these lands, we respect the work of Indigenous leaders and families, and pledge to make ongoing efforts recognize their knowledge, creativity, and resilience.

PTSA Mtg - November 10

All HTMS Families and Community Supporters are invited to join us for our monthly PTSA meeting on November 10, 6-7:30p. The meeting will talk place, in the school library.

Please watch for an announcement for the December meeting date.

Student Honorable Mentions

Please join us in congratulating Ellie Whitaker on being accepted to the 2023 Oregon All-State Middle School Honor Band! Ellie will travel to Eugene to represent HTMS, and perform with student musicians from all over the state at the annual Oregon Music Educators Association annual professional conference in January.

8th Grade High School Lottery and Transfer Information

Current 8th grade students and families interested in attending a high school other than their neighborhood high school, can apply to a choice school online during the open enrollment timeframe. This year open enrollment is from November 15 – December 16.

For additional information about the neighborhood high schools in Portland, we encourage you to attend the High School Information Nights. Here is a link to the PPS High School Information page which lists all of the 8th grade Information Nights: Enrollment & Transfer / Heading to High School: 8th Grade Information (pps.net)

If you have any questions please email school counselor, Amy Drew at adrew@pps.net


TAG Referral Form : choose your preferred language below to access the form.

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Is your student interested in playing Fall/Winter basketball or wrestling? PIL is currently offering tryouts for Middle School Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Wrestling.

Tryouts will take place on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 at the following times.

Boys Basketball

Saturday and Sunday

6th - 12pm - 1:30pm

7th - 1:45pm - 3:15pm

8th - 3:30pm - 5pm

Wrestling practice started Monday, November 7.

7th grade Girls Basketball is also recruiting.

If your student or middle school family member is interested in playing Fall/Winter sports please contact Andre Lawrence, alawrenc@pps.net.

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

NOVEMBER - Native American Heritage Month

3 - End of Q1

4 - Teacher Planning, no school

6 - End of Daylights Savings

10 - PTSA Mtg, 6p

11 - School Closed, holiday (Veteran's Day)

21-22 - Parent Teacher Conferences, no school

23-25 - Fall Break, school closed

29 - TAG Parent Referral, DEADLINE


7 - Site Council Mtg, 4:30p

8 - Fall Band performance, 7p

18 - 31- Winter Break


1 - Happy New Year

3 - School resumes