October 3, 2022

Message from Mr. Greer

Hello Harriet Tubman community,

As we finish September I have been reflecting on my time here at Harriet Tubman MS. I am encouraged by all of the support for HTMS and the collaboration from students and families. Our students and kids are who we think they are. They're bright, energetic, funny, caring and speak to wanting to be successful here at school and beyond.

I appreciate all of your support during both the more light hearted conversations as well as the conversations that enable us to grow together. I also enjoyed our time together when about 250 people were able to show up for Back to School Night. If you weren't able to attend, we are sharing the presentation in this newsletter. We have also started to reflect on the community voice we've begun to gather around school-wide systems and we will be asking everyone to get together again soon as we talk about the Center for Black Student Excellence and the relocation project.

Thank you for your continued support of your students, our staff and this community as a whole and I am looking forward to continuing to work together to grow Harriet Tubman MS into the vision we all have for it.

Mid-Term Progress Reports

We hope that this year is off to a great start for your student! We are so excited to see the energy and excitement that is present every day here as we reconnect with full in person learning. We could not be happier to have them back!
Since we are half way though our first quarter, we wanted to give you a little information on the mid-term of the first quarter. Progress grades will be posted in ParentVue after Wednesday, October 5 and mailed home Friday, October 7. You can access grade information through your ParentVue or Canvas account. We always recommend that you frequently access ParentVue and Canvas to get up to date attendance, teacher messages, assignment, and grade information on your student.

Progress report marks are not a final grade, but an update on your student's academic performance. The quarter ends November 3.

As always if you have questions on grades, please reach out to your student’s teacher and they can help clarify.
Reach out and let us know if you are have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.


Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

The HTMS community has been learning, recognizing and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month via our community lessons and student lead activities. Our aim is to be open to learning, reflective and inclusive as we celebrate our school community and Hispanic Heritage Month. Our LatinX Club will lead us in a culminating assembly.

SUN Registration - DUE Friday, October 7

All students are invited to participate in SUN after-school program beginning Monday, October 10. This Fall we will have the following classes:

-Theatre & Expression - Leadership in Sports - Creative Media - Poets & Rappers

- Gym Fun & Activities - Chess for Success - Blue & Gold Club(Homework/Tutoring)

Ready to join? Parent/Guardian, please complete the SEI Registration form AND SUN Fall Registration Form to select classes

SEI Registration - Self Enhancement, Inc.

SUN Fall Registration Form 2022 (classes are offered on rotation - Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday)

Note: Classes are not switchable once selected unless there are unique and unforeseen circumstances to address.

Chess for Success has a recruiting process that they would like to continue here at Tubman. I have attached a document explaining what that process entails.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me, Israel Hammond, SUN Site Manager

Chess for Success

I would like to ask for your help in a very special opportunity for students at Harriet Tubman. Beginning Monday Oct. 10, 2022, Harriet Tubman will be offering a Chess Class to all students grades 6th – 8th. Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00. Martin Ashley, an experienced chess player, has graciously agreed to teach the class with the assistance of Chess for Success. It should be noted that as an educational tool Chess is more than a game. It can change the way students think. They learn to make better decisions, take risks, use analysis to make the right move and develop strategies and complex plans to accomplish goals. It's the one game where their success is not based on chance or circumstances but purely on their decision making. Doesn’t that match many of the goals we have for students academically.

Chess Classes will go from October to Spring Break. Chess club will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00. Each person joining will get a brand new chess set and t-shirt if they continue to the end of chess club. Also, chess students get to compete in chess tournaments against other middle schools.

Even if you don't know anything about chess, you can sign up. We will teach you all you need to know to be good at this great game! Join the chess club by completing SEI Registration and SUN application forms.

Site Council

Community representative have been selected for HTMS Site Council. Voting for the nominees took place during Back to School night, September 15. The following individuals were elected to represent the community: Jamie Waltz, Marja Selmann, Leslie Eisen, Karanja Crews, and Angela Uherbelau. Voting for building representatives will take place the week of October 3. Site Council will holds its first meeting before the end of the 1st quarter.

Center for Black Student Excellence Night

Center for Black Student Excellence

In 2020, voters approved the creation of the Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE) as part of a bond measure that would also pay for a modernized Jefferson High School, a critical institution to the Black community. Portland Public Schools, in partnership with our Black community, will lead a community effort that will inform the plan to develop the CBSE, ensuring associated programmatic and capital projects in lower Albina (including the relocation) work in coordination to reflect the goals of racial equity and social justice. The goal of the CBSE is to advance a culture of Black excellence; unify, and elevate the Black educational experience; and improve outcomes for Black students.

This year, district staff will partner with the HTMS community to facilitate a robust design and engagement process to ensure that this community has ample opportunities to vision together about what the Center for Black Excellence will become and how that connects to the future of Harriet Tubman Middle School in a new home. For the month of October, we'll facilitate student engagement during the school day and we have an opportunity for families. We hope you'll join us!

HTMS Family Night

Thursday, October 27th


Camille Idedevbo

Innovation Studio Manager

PTSA Mtg - October 13

All HTMS Families and Community Supporters are invited to join us for our monthly PTSA meeting on October 13, 6-7:30p. The meeting will talk place, in the school library with live streaming on Zoom.


School Pictures

Students will receive their school ID card and school pictures the week of October 3. Students who were absent for school photos will have an opportunity to have their picture taken during re-takes on Monday, October 24.

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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

OCTOBER - Hispanic Heritage Month

7 - Progress Reports, mailed home

7 - SUN registration, due

10 - Indigenous Peoples Day

10 - SUN begins

11 - SEI after-school program begins (Kerby)

13 - PTSA Mtg, 6p (library & Zoom)

14 - Inservice day - no school

16-21 - 6th Gr Outdoor School

24 - Picture retakes

27 - CBSE Community Night, 5:30p (HTMS)

NOVEMBER - Native American Heritage Month

3 - End of Q1

4 - Teacher Planning, no school

6 - End of Daylights Savings

10 - TAG nominations(parent), due

10 - PTSA Mtg, 6p

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

21-22 - Parent Teacher Conferences, no school

23-25 - Fall Break, school closed