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!
Harriet Tubman Middle School
Every great dream begins with a dreamer
Parent/Teacher Conferences - November 21 & 22
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH - NOVEMBER 1 - 30
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
8th Grade High School Lottery and Transfer Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FALL/WINTER PIL SPORTS
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.
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, email@example.com.
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
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