JANUARY 15, 2021
Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! Today is Dr. King's birthday, and we at HTMS celebrated and honored his grace at our assembly, today. I am proud to announce that we had 188 participants at the assembly. What a great turnout! I want to thank the scholars, staff, and parents that attended. Our scholars were on full display with their presentations from the beginning, middle, and end. In addition, staff members Mr. Chu, Mr. Pan, and Profe Salmon presented too. I have to give a shout-out to the following scholars who read quotes from Dr. King, led the Land Acknowledgment, In Lak'ech, and video presentations: Malique, Aaron, Navaeh, Jekobe, Oliver, Kahlial, Andrew, Web, Kamille, Joyce, Ruby, Nia, Isaiah, Alijah, and Carlos. Special shout-outs to Sonja and Kahlial for creating and presenting original pieces dedicated to the legacy of Dr. King.
All of this could not be possible without the collaborative effort of the Black History Month committee: Mr. Longo, Ms. MD, Mr. Alberti, Ms. Takacs, Mr. Chu, Ms. Ekberg, Ms. Boldman, Ms. Werts, Mr. Stone, and Ms. Loewen. Lastly, I have to give a BIG shout-out to Ms. MD for creating and presenting the presentation slides for the program.
Dr. King had a "Dream", and it still not actualized. What I saw from our scholars and staff today let me know that the journey is in good hands, and we are working our way "Up to the Mountaintop". We salute you, Dr. King!
I want to leave you with these two history tidbits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Did you know that Dr. King visited Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in the? Did you know that Portland's own Martin Luther King Elementary school was one of the first schools to rename to his namesake after his untimely death?
Here is the presentation of today's program.
REMINDER: No school on Monday, January 18th. It is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Service Day.
REOPENING OF SCHOOLS (Limited In-Person Instruction-LIPI)
Yesterday at the Virtual Coffee with Principal meeting, I presented parents with a slide presentation about Limited In-Person Instruction, also known as LIPI. I want to thank all of the parents that attended. We had a great turnout!
LIPI is voluntary for scholars. It is only for 6th graders and approximately 10-15 scholars at one time at the current iteration. The scholars would attend for two hours in the afternoon, one day a week. LIPI does not replace distance synchronous learning in the morning. This is an opportunity for our most vulnerable scholars to receive extra support face to face.
HTMS' classrooms have been reconfigured to the safety guidelines recommended by the state. Only 10-15 scholars can be in the building at one time. We, the administrative team, will develop criteria for the scholars we will target for LIPI.
I know this is a lot to digest, and there will probably be another iteration for LIPI after the Oregon Department of Education releases updated guidelines for LIPI on Tuesday, January 19th. Please attend the next PTSA meeting on Thursday, January 21st, as I will update parents on the latest information.
FREE, BILINGUAL, 90-MINUTE WEBINAR FOR STUDENTS IN 6TH – 12TH GRADE AND THEIR FAMILIES Mensaje en español
You’re invited to attend the virtual Road to College, hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund! This is a FREE, bilingual, 90-minute webinar for students in 6th – 12th grade and their families, where you will receive valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education!
HSF’s Road to College is tailored to address the needs of middle and high school students and their parents. People of all ethnicities and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Presentations will be delivered by subject-matter experts, in both English and Spanish, on the following topics:
- Preparing for and applying to college
- Researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities
- Understanding the real cost of a college education
- Maximizing the college experience
- Preparing for a career after college
Below are the dates and registration links for each of the three HSF Road to College webinars:
Registration will close once capacity has been reached. Secure your spot by registering today! We hope to see you there!
The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details, please read this news release. SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information.
Science and engineering program opportunity for scholars. Please click on the link.
Due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day falling on a meal service day, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals on Friday, January 15th, and Wednesday, January 20th in order to continue to cover meals for all 7 days. On Friday, January 29th (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled. For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact email@example.com with:
- Family name
- Address (where meals should be delivered)
- Contact phone number
- Number of children in the household
- School(s) attended
Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at email@example.com with any questions. __________________________________________________________________________________________
PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEEN COMMUNITY ED PROGRAMS
Please click on this link for information.
DONATING TO THOSE IN NEED
Tubman Family, during these times, some of our families are facing struggles and hardships. Families may need help with food, coats, and basic necessities during the upcoming season. If you would like to help those in need, below is an online giving link for those who may like to donate funds to support those in our community. https://pps.schoolpay.com/link/HTMScommunity
SATURDAY ACADEMY ONLINE STEAM ONLINE CLASSES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
This is an opportunity for our scholars. If interested, please click on this link for further information.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A CANVAS PARENT OBSERVER
Parents, if you would like to be an observer of your scholar's courses, this step-by-step direction will allow you to see your scholar's courses. Mr. Longo provided a demonstration at yesterday's training. If you have multiple scholars, you can add them to the same account that you have created.
Please contact Ms. Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any technical need.
If you have a registration or general question, please contact our office staff via email: Ms. Brown, email@example.com, Ms. Maharry, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Ms. Smith-Myles, email@example.com. Please note, the office is still closed until further notice.
Lastly, please click on the buttons below.
Please take care, and be safe!
Here are some updates from the Tubman Library:
Hello Tubman Families!
Tubman Library Canvas:
-All Tubman students will receive an invitation to join the Tubman Library Canvas page. This page is not a class; rather it provides students access to library resources, updates, and reading options they can quickly access while they are logged into Canvas for their other courses.
OBOB at Tubman:
-We will begin having weekly OBOB group meetings starting on Tuesday, 1/19 at 2:00pm. We will meet online weekly on Tuesdays from 2:00pm-2:30pm. Students who had previously filled out an interest form for OBOB have been emailed the Meet link and all students who are interested in OBOB can find the Meet link on the Library’s Canvas page.
-The library recently ordered some great new eBook titles! Those titles can be read through the SORA platform and the list of our new eBooks can be found HERE.
Harriet Tubman Middle School
2231 N Flint Ave
Portland, OR 97227
A Club Sponsored by Ms. Sebert
Please utilize our media center services to access books for our scholars to read.
Scroll down to Comprehensive Distance Learning Platforms & Tools and then click on the 6-12 tab
Assistant Principals and Counselors assigned Grade Levels
Mrs. Marquardt-Dustin - 8th Grade and Electives/Special Education
Ms. Loewen - 6th Grade and 7th Grade (Letters A-L)
Ms. Drew - 8th Grade and 7th Grade (M-Z)
January Monthly Calendar Dates
15 Scholar Assembly - Honoring Dr. Marting Luther King Jr's Birthday
18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Schools Closed
21 PTSA Meeting 6:00 pm
28 Q2 Ends
29 Teacher Planning Day - No School