The Mt. Tabor Tribune

A Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor School Community

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A Message from the Principal


Good evening, MTMS,

It is one tired principal that writes to you this evening. But the good sort of tired--the one that comes after two days of amazing in-school events. It was such a joy to watch our remarkable beginning band students perform their first concert last night, and delightful to welcome the Glencoe fifth grade students to campus today.

If I'm gonna be tired, this is the kind of tired I want to be.

In this week's newsletter, you can find information about the following:

  • This week's COVID numbers
  • 8th Grade Photos
  • Outdoor School for 6th Graders
  • PPS Summer Programs
  • SEGC Boundary Impacts to MTMS

Rumor has it that it's going to be a beautiful spring weekend. I hope you all go out and enjoy it and come back refreshed (or at least good exhausted) next week.

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School


Dear Families and Staff of Mt Tabor Middle School,

This week (4/18-4/22/2022) six (6) individuals at MTMS have reported testing positive for COVID-19 this week. For daily information on the number of individuals at the school who have reported testing positive for COVID-19, refer to the PPS COVID-19 Dashboard.

Please continue to use the Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist to monitor symptoms; if symptoms develop and last longer than 24 hours, seek testing for COVID-19.

Parents/Guardians: Call the school if your student develops symptoms of illness or tests positive for COVID-19.

Staff: Notify your direct supervisor if you develop symptoms of illness or test positive for COVID-19.

The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to:

  • Get vaccinated (including the booster dose)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Stay home if you have excludable symptoms of illness per Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist (linked above)
  • Maintain distance from people outside of your home
  • Stay away from people who have symptoms of illness
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often

If you have health questions, call your school nurse or your healthcare provider.

Additional resources and guidance can be found at the CDC website and Multnomah County.


Tonya Arnold, Principal

Kristyn Westphal, Area Senior Director

8th Grade Spring Portraits and Class Panoramic

Eighth grade students will be taking Spring Portraits and the 8th Grade Panoramic group photo on Thursday, May 5. All eighth grade students should have received their photo packets last week, but there are extras available in the main office.

The spring portraits are used by the school for promotion certificates that are handed out at the promotion ceremony in June, so it is important for students to have their photos taken if they want them on their certificates.

For additional information or to volunteer to help on photo day, please reach out to Ann Pinzelik in the main office at 503-916-5646 or via email at

Outdoor School Experiences for MTMS 6th Grade Students

While the Outdoor School experience will be different for our current 6th grade students this year, we are excited that our students will be traveling to Outdoor School Day Camp on May 9-10, 2022.

Students will depart the school each morning and travel by school bus to their Outdoor School site and return each evening. Lunch on site will not be provided, but students who cannot bring a lunch from home be provided a bag lunch from the school cafeteria. Please coordinate with your child's 4th period/homeroom teacher if a lunch is needed. Please note that Outdoor School requests that all lunches be nut-free to support our students with allergies.

Student Issues at QFC: We Need Your Partnership

The management of QFC and several parents have reached out in the past week to surface concerns regarding behaviors MTMS students are engaging in before and after school.

QFC management has alerted us to wide-spread shoplifting that is happening in a regular basis. We have heard reports of students tucking merchandise into backpacks without paying, only purchasing some items, or dashing from doors without going through checkout. Additionally, there is a large amount of trash (wrappers and food remnants) being left in the shopping area and reports of student vaping.

These are highly concerning behaviors that can lead to major legal consequences for our students if they are caught shoplifting, littering, or using illegal substances. These are highly concerning behaviors, and we are engaged in conversation with QFC about how to best support in these efforts. Clearly, it poses a difficult situation as it removes staffing resources from necessary building supports and puts them in a difficult position off campus on non-school property.

We directly addressed these concerning behaviors with students during homeroom this week and have dispatched several school staff to be at QFC after school for the short term, but we know that partnering with families to have these conversations at home is essential if we are to ensure that students are making appropriate and legal choices.

We appreciate your support in addressing these issues with your children at home.

PPS Summer Programming

Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email! It is important that families selected accept or decline the invitation so that unused spots can be allocated for others.

Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

Last call to order Yearbooks!

The last day to order yearbooks for the 2021-22 school year is Sunday, April 24th. They are $20 and can be purchased on SchoolPay, which can be accessed at this link: SchoolPay

Southeast Guiding Coalition: What the Proposal Means for Our Families

Last week, I re-shared the information from the district regarding the SEGC boundary and program changes. I recognize that the information was from a more global level and not specific to our MTMS community or our local feeder paths. This proposal, which we believe will be taken to the school board in May.

There are specific boundary changes that may impact enrollment in specific elementary programs--those boundary changes may also impact middle school and eventually high school feeder paths as well. I encourage families to look at the maps on the SEGC website (you can see a screenshot of these maps below) to determine where your neighborhood enrollment will be and if you may be affected should the proposal be approved by the school board in its current state. Of particular note is the elementary boundary change for Glencoe. The area on the far Northeast corner of the Glencoe boundary (east of 60th between Burnside and I-84) will feed to Vestal (and then to Harrison Park).

What is also unknown is how the district will roll out these changes over time--if programs will be moved all at once or if students will be allowed to continue in their current neighborhood schools through their next building transition (elementary to. middle or middle to high). Ultimately, it is the school board that will make these determinations.

Outside of the elementary boundary adjustment (and their impact), the following changes would be occurring for our MTMS students if this proposal is implemented.

  • Atkinson Neighborhood students would feed to Harrison Park for middle school beginning in Fall 2023
  • Atkinson Spanish DLI students would feed to Kellogg for middle school beginning in Fall 2023
  • Glencoe and Richmond students would continue to feed to Mt. Tabor.

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Notice of Upcoming State Testing

Mt. Tabor Middle School students will be engaging in the Oregon State Assessment of Skills (OSAS) tests beginning in March. Students will take these exams in their regularly schedule ELA, Math, and Science classes during the testing windows noted below:

  • Math: April 25-29
  • Math/ELA Make-Up: May 2-6
  • 8th Grade Science: May 9-13

Families wishing to opt their students out of state testing should submit any testing opt out forms prior to the start of testing. Fill out, print, and bring completed forms to the main office or send them digitally directly to our Testing Coordinator, Dave Llewellyn at These forms can be accessed at the links below. Please note that there is one form for ELA and Math, and a separate form for 8th grade science.

30-Day Notice and ELA/Math Opt-out Form (grades 3-8 & 11) (30-day notice and opt-out form will be available around October)

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Science Exemption Request Form (grades 5, 8 & 11)

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Mark Your Calendars: 8th Grade Promotion is Friday, June 10

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an in-person promotion ceremony for our 8th grade students on Friday, June 10 in the Franklin High School Gymnasium from 6:00-7:00 pm. We look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with our students and their families.

5th Grade Open House: Thursday, May 12

We are excited to welcome 6th grade students and their families to campus on the evening of Thursday, May 12 for our 5th Grade Open House. Students and families will have a chance to familiarize themselves with the school, meet some teachers, learn about the classes they will be taking, and ask questions of our administrative team and our 8th grade WEB leaders.

Keep an eye out for details on the event as we get closer to May.

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Your Weekly PTA Update

The PTA is beginning to prepare for Staff Appreciation Week which occurs at the beginning of May. We would love to have some volunteers to help with the planning and logistics of the week as the community supports and shows our great appreciation of MTMS staff. If you are interested in volunteering, however big or small, please email the PTA at

Classrooms in Motion

The PTA continues to raise funds for wobble seats in MTMS classrooms. We would love to supply MTMS classrooms with wobble seats before the end of the school year, but we need your help. Any amount you are able to donate is helpful in reaching our goal of $7,500 for 100 wobble seats. A $75.00 donation to the Classrooms in Motion fundraiser will purchase one wobble seat for a MTMS classroom. Donations are being accepted through SchoolPay. We are currently at $1707, just about a quarter of our goal.

Restaurant Partners

Our next restaurant partner is:

  • May 16th, 17th, 18th - Old Spaghetti Factory

Alpenrose and MTMS Partnership

Signing up for Alpenrose is still available. For each new customer that signs up, using the MTMSPTA code, Alpenrose will donate $50.00 to MTMS PTA! This will contribute to funds that we need to meet the needs of teachers and students at MTMS. The flyer below contains more information and a QR code to the ordering website. Use code MTMSPTA when checking out to receive your discounts and free delivery.


People are still ordering MTMS t-shirts and sweatshirts. Get yours ordered. Items are ordered on demand from the local company, Big Frog. You order online, pay online, and items can be picked up locally in Portland or mailed to your address. You can place your order online at this link:


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Current Quarantine Guidlines

The COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines have changed significantly in the last couple of weeks. Below you will find graphics that explain the timelines for the new guidance.
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Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Into Parent VUE

Help our school staff keep accurate records of your student's vaccination status by uploading a picture of PDF of their immunization card in ParentVUE. Use the PDF linked below for instructions on how to do it!

My Child Is Out Sick

If your child is feeling under the weather and is missing school, please be sure to call the MTMS Attendance Line. If you leave us a message, please give us a list of your student's symptoms as we are tracking these as part of our health and safety protocol. A member of the office or admin team may call you back regarding the symptoms you report.

It is also essential that you notify the school if your student has a positive COVID test or is a close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. Please call the school office, and they will connect you with our School Health Assistant, Julia Mudgett; our school nurse, Catrina Luna; or Principal Tonya Arnold to follow up with you on these protocols. If you need to reach someone after hours, please email

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