MLC: Updates


Classroom Updates

As we finish up the first half of the year, below are some updates about activities and lessons across the school program over the last few weeks. Much appreciation to the staff and students as we continue to work in distance learning. There are definitely challenges in distance learning and a lot of creative, engaging learning opportunities for students


1x2 students have been working on pizza box time capsules. Kx2 students have been working on balance, coordination and movement through different interactive games in PE. 3rd grade students have been working on speed and movement through different interactive games in PE.


4x5 students recently started Book Clubs. 4x5 students will be responsible for leading discussions and analyzing books together. 4x5 students have also been working on speed and movement through different interactive games in PE.

6th grade

6th grade recently participated in "Outdoor School Anywhere!" Kathleen and Ned were so impressed with the Multnomah Education Service District’s (MESD) amazing effort to maintain an unbroken chain of Outdoor School for sixth graders since 1966. This invaluable program historically has taught the 6th grade students in our county environmental Science at sites in the foothills of the mountains or coast range. Field Instructors from MESD Outdoor School sites joined our classrooms and led students in small group activities including observational writing, dissecting an owl pellet, making a friendship bracelet, and planting wildflower seeds. We even had a virtual campfire! This year MESD staffers made a Herculean effort to bring outdoor school curriculum and spirit to distance learning. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to this unique program. Ned and Kathleen will pick up the torch and continue with various Outdoor School activities on Wednesday mornings.


Middle School students have been working on flexibility and muscle recovery through yoga and static stretching in PE


In English, high school students have been creating argumentative slideshows. Students got to choose issues they care about and create presentations about them. Some things students have been writing about: Voter suppression, climate change, body image, mental health, LGBTQ+ rights, and representation in the media.

In Journalism, high school students are finishing up presentations about the Community to Protect Journalists' Global Impunity Index called "Getting Away with Murder." We are also looking at de-coding racism at the capitol riots with a lesson entitled: "Decoding the Far-Right Symbols at the Capitol Riot"

High School students have been working on flexibility and muscle recovery through yoga and static stretching in PE.

Kx5 Counseling

In 4/5 classrooms, Kelly has been working on a series of lessons about understanding and managing worry, stress, and anxiety. In November, Kelly taught a lesson on gratitude and in December taught a lesson on nurturing peer connections during COVID.

Winter Electives Underway

A big 'thank you' to everyone helping with Winter Electives. It's a huge undertaking to develop and offer engaging, hands-on electives during distance learning. Please see link below for list of electives currently being offered.

Message from PPS about revised Kx5 Report Card

Dear K-5 Parents,

We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades. Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (Exceeds/Meets/Close to Meets/Not Yet/No Evidence) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner

Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting.

Message from PPS about Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment in February for 3x8

Dear PPS Families,

In February, schools will offer students the opportunity to take the MAP assessment in grades 3-8 to understand progress they have made during this extended period of Comprehensive Distance Learning. We understand that students have been working under extraordinary circumstances since last March. The MAP assessment will give you, students, teachers, and administrators valuable insight into areas where students are meeting learning targets and areas where we will need to design programming in order to help students catch up upon our return to school.

The data gathered from this assessment is in no way designed for high-stakes decisions on individual students or to pass judgment on teachers. Instead, we will use this data to design learning recovery programming for our students across schools and the district. Simply put, MAP assessment data will be important to our decisions about where and how to direct resources to best support students--this is especially important to know in February, as we work through budget planning for next school year.

We understand that administering an assessment in a non-school physical environment is not ideal. We do, however, believe it is important to go forward with the MAP assessment, particularly given the likelihood that SBAC testing will not take place in Oregon this year. We plan for this year’s MAP schedule to be more abbreviated than in years’ past, with students being asked to spend only one to two hours taking the assessment.

We thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding.


Shawn Bird, Ed.D., Chief of Schools


Click here for more information about the MAP assessment. School staff will be working with Mark and Margarita to schedule the MAP assessment for grades 3x8.

Please contact Mark Van Hoomissen at if you have questions or concerns about the MAP assessment.

Asbestos Notification

Click here for link to annual asbestos notification PPS is required to share with the community.

Limited In-Person Instruction (Information Updated)

Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) will be starting in Portland Public Schools over the next several weeks. LIPI is having small groups of targeted students come to PPS buildings for two-hour sessions, 1-4 times per week. Please see below for details about LIPI at MLC.

-LIPI is supplementary to Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), which is the online instruction that is happening now with teachers. LIPI is not intended to replace the whole class activities currently provided through CDL.

-When LIPI starts at MLC, expect mostly guest or substitute teachers to be providing the instruction.

-LIPI would be 2 hour sessions, 1-4 times per week, depending on the service and student schedule.

-There would be training for staff providing LIPI focused on health and safety precautions.

-Within LIPI, all students would maintain consistent cohorts. For example, if a student is in Group 1 on Monday, they would always stay in that group in order to minimize contact with other students.

Currently, here is the order of priority for initiating LIPI at MLC:

1. Kx3 students:

-Kx3 students challenged by low attendance or engagement will be the first priority for LIPI.

-Mark and Margarita will work with Kx3 teachers to prioritize students based on this criteria.

-Families of prioritized students will be contacted by Mark or Margarita to confirm whether or not they want their child to participate in LIPI. Participation in LIPI is optional for students.

-Substitute teachers will be providing LIPI instruction for Kx3 students for academic content.

2. HS students needing Credit Recovery

-Juniors and sophomores needing credit-recovery will be the next group prioritized for LIPI.

-Distance Learning has made it more difficult for high school students to pass classes across PPS, Oregon, and the United States.

-Mark and Margarita will work with the MLC high school team to prioritize students based on this criteria.

-Families of prioritized students will be contacted by Mark or Margarita to confirm whether or not they want their child to participate in LIPI. Participation in LIPI is optional for students.

-Substitute teachers will be providing LIPI instruction for high school students.

3. 6th and 9th graders

-6th and 9th students challenged by low attendance, grades, or engagement would be the third group prioritized for LIPI.

-These grades were chosen because of the current transition into MLC at these two grade levels. About half of our 6th graders have never attended school in the building and most of our 9th graders have never attended school in the building.

-Mark and Margarita will work with the MLC high school team and 6th grade teachers to prioritize students based on the noted criteria.

-Families of prioritized students will be contacted by Mark or Margarita to confirm whether or not they want their child to participate in LIPI. Participation in LIPI is optional for students.

-We are currently looking at different possibilities for LIPI programming at the 6th grade level.

-We are still establishing who would provide LIPI for 6th graders

-Substitute teachers will be providing LIPI instruction for 9th grade students.

Jack Randazzo, MLC PE teacher, and Clement Wilson, MLC Social Worker, will be helping with the LIPI program. Once LIPI schedules are established, more information about Jack and Clement's involvement will be shared.

Plans are currently being established based on the information above. Look for more newsletter updates with new information, including specific start dates. If you have questions, please email Mark at or call 503-577-7126.

Yearbook Updates

  • Yearbook Photos Please:

    • Every couple of weeks, we will be putting out an ask for the community to please email photos to Melanie at Please include your student’s first and last name and grade and what is happening in the photos that you send. This week we are asking you to please send photos of:

      • Fall-O-Breations please. This can be any celebrations or traditions that you and your family do in the fall.

      • Back to School/School Set Up During Distance Learning please. We all know school is looking different this year, so if you have first day of school photos, or photos of your student at work that you’re comfortable sharing, please do!

      • Elective Photos

      • Winter Celebration/Tradition Photos

      • Winter Break Photos

      • Newly learned skills during COVID-19/Distance Learning

      • Please feel free to email Melanie other photos as well

Library Announcements

From your Library team, Tini & Tim

See link below for updates:

Student and Family Support: Message from Jeanette, Kelly, and Clement

7x12 Student Support Group - Mondays 3-3:45pm

Students, we understand the unique challenges of this school year and the various ways it is impacting you, and we want to help as best we can. All students in 7x12 are invited to join Clement (MLC social worker) and Jeanette (MLC 6x12 school counselor) on Mondays from 3-3:45pm to talk about anything that is coming up for you during this challenging time. We believe that it is important to come together as one community and support each other. Please try to arrive on time so that no one gets interrupted while sharing. We hope to see you there, the link is below.

7x12 Student Support Group Zoom Link

Family Drop-in Support

Distance learning has placed added stress and challenges on families. The counseling team at MLC would like to offer an optional drop-in space for families to connect, receive support, process and ask questions. There will be 3 different drop-in hours each week in an effort to work with your availability, see the chart below. You don't have to come to the hour that fits your grade level, as we are all on the same team to support you. We will use the same zoom link for each one.

Family Drop-in Support Zoom Link

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Support/Affinity Groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth

Please see links below for support/affinity groups for African-American and Indigenous Youth.

Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

PPS Native HS Student Group

PPS Native MS Student Group

Need School Supplies for Home?

If you need any basic school supplies i.e. paper, pencils, protractors, compasses, etc. please contact Kathleen in the office for more information.

Materials Pickup/Delivery Request Form: Materials pick-up resumes December 7th

Materials pick-up at MLC resumes on December 7th.

Pickup times:

Monday 10:00-2:00

Thursday 10:00-2:00

Materials will be staged in the cafeteria. Masks and social distancing required. Look for signs directing to the front or cafeteria door.

Your child's teacher will let families know if there are materials at the school that need to be picked up. If the Monday or Thursday times don't work, please submit an office request at this link and we'll find an alternate time.

If you are unable to come to MLC because of health concerns or cannot find any alternate times to come to the school please fill out the form below

Link to new Kx12 Materials Delivery Request Form

MLC Office Request Form

Please submit a request in this form if you need something from the MLC Office staff.

PPS Password Resets

If you need to reset your child's PPS password, please fill out form at link below.

Technology Request Form

If you need to borrow technology from PPS, please click on link below:

Link to new Kx12 Delivery Request Form

Contact Info

Mark Van Hoomissen
School phone: 503-916-5737
Cell phone: 503-577-7126