TODAY: Lane Middle School Principal Selection Community Meeting

Please read below for a change in principal at Lane Middle School and community meeting happening today, July 1st, 2019, 4:00-5:30PM.

Dear Lane Staff and Community,

As you now know, Lane Middle School will have a new principal next year. We want to invite staff, parents, and students to attend this meeting to understand the process for selection of next year’s principal and to get your ideas and input. The meetings will be led by Area Assistant Superintendent Oscar Moreno Gilson. The purpose of the meeting is to hear what you think is special about Lane and the characteristics and skills you would like to have in your new principal. The full hiring process will also be explained at the meeting. Interpreters in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Russian will be available.

Community and Staff Meeting for Principal Hiring Input

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Lane Middle School Library

See link below for School Community Feedback Survey 2019-2020:
School Community Feedback Survey 2019-2020 (English)
Encuesta de la Comunidad Escolar sobre la posición Vacante de Director 2019-2020 (Spanish)
Bản Thăm Dò ý kiến của Cộng Đồng Trường Học về tuyển dụng Hiệu Trưởng 2019-2020 (Vietnamese)
學校社區反饋調查2019-2020年在校長空缺 (Chinese)
Опрос общественности по поводу вакансии на должность директора школы 2019-2020 гг. (Russian)

Portland Public schools is seeking interested and available volunteers to serve on the Community Based Interview Panel for our Principal Hiring Process. Selected members will be expected to be present for the entirety of the interview session, which includes a training session and debrief at the end. Interviews of Principal candidates for Lane Middle School will be held at the Lane Middle School Library on Wednesday, July 3 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Expect about a five hour commitment.

If you do not have access to a computer in order to complete the Self Nomination Form, please contact Debbie Mabe at 503-916-3051. She will enter and submit for you by gathering your information via phone.

Please use the following link to access the Nomination Form if you are interested in applying to be a part of the Community Interview Panel:

Nomination Form

Thank you,

Oscar Moreno Gilson
Area Assistant Superintendent

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Sponsor a Backpack for a Brentwood-Darlington Student

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Brentwood-Darlington is home to five schools, including Woodmere Elementary School.  Woodmere is a diverse Title I school located in the northeast corner of the neighborhood and serves families from Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, and Mt Scott-Arleta.  In past years, Woodmere has worked with Schoolhouse Supplies and a corporate sponsor to provide a backpack full of supplies to every child attending.  This program relieves a significant burden on families and helps every student start the year on the right foot.  Unfortunately, Woodmere’s longterm sponsor is no longer participating for the 2019-20 school year.  This leaves over 300 students without the supplies they need to be successful.  But you can help!

Sponsor a backpack (or more!)  A donation of $20 sponsors a full Tools for Schools backpack for a student at Woodmere Elementary.  All donations are tax deductible through Schoolhouse Supplies*!  Want to contribute more?  Check out the different levels below:

  • $1,000 – Backpacks and supplies for 50 students in need
  • $2,000 – Backpacks and supplies for 100 students in need
  • $4,000  SCHOOL CO-SPONSOR – Backpacks and supplies for 200 students in need + in-school backpack event for 10 volunteers
  • $6,000  HONOR ROLL CO-SPONSOR – Backpacks and supplies for 300 students in need + in-school backpack event for 10 volunteers
  • $8,000  SALUTATORIAN CO-SPONSOR – Backpacks and supplies for 400 students in need + in-school backpack event for 15 volunteers
  • $10,000  VALIDICTORIAN SCHOOL SPONSOR – Backpacks and supplies for 500 students in need + exclusive in-school backpack event for up to 20 volunteers

To donate online CLICK HERE.  Be sure to put “Woodmere School” in the Additional Comments box so your funds are directed correctly.  If you are interested in making a larger contribution, volunteering, or learning more about Schoolhouse Supplies, contact Executive Director Alice Forbes.

Volunteer to pack supplies!  If you are unable to contribute financially, you can show up in August to help pack supplies into backpacks!  Look for more information on that as the date nears.

Have a business?  Your employees have the opportunity to volunteer at your sponsored school and engage with students and teachers while packing supplies into backpacks. This meaningful volunteer experience will occur just before or during the first week of school (August 2019).  This direct engagement provides a deep connection for your staff: 100% of surveyed participants reported that they are proud of their company for sponsoring this program.

*Schoolhouse Supplies is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID#: 20-4223437

Helmets Needed for Woodmere Unicycle Club

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Help Mr. Stultz at Woodmere Elementary give his Unicycle Club students helmets! 

Woodmere Elementary School offers unicycling to boys and girls in grades 2-5. These kids are awesome! They are hard working, committed and focused, often performing at school and neighborhood events.  This great sport was introduced to them in a physical education class.  Students gain confidence in their abilities and improve their skills. Unicycling is hard, helping students develop their perseverance, patience, and focus.

Many of the students wishing to participate in Unicycle Club do not have helmets at home and are unable to afford one.  Students will earn the responsibility of borrowing a unicycle for the entire school year.  Those who forget their helmet at home will be able to borrow one from school, ensuring that safety remains the top priority.

Students attend weekly practice and those that learn to ride earn a t-shirt and have the opportunity to ride in the Junior Rose Parade in June. They also are part of the school-wide performance in June.

Ready to support Woodmere Elementary’s Unicycle Club?

Click here and donate at DonorsChoose.org!

BDNA Letter of Complaint to PPS

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School.  Please view the full letter below, sent to PPS and the Board of Education via email on June 25, 2018.  For a PDF version, click here.

June 25, 2018

Dear Portland Public Schools and Board of Education,

The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) voted on June 7th, 2018 to send a formal letter of complaint regarding the disrespectful and unprofessional  behavior of Portland Public Schools (PPS) during the recent decision to co-locate ACCESS to Lane Middle School and Vestal Elementary School. As a community partner, the Neighborhood Association works closely with its neighborhood schools to advocate for our families and students. The BDNA is extremely concerned about the alarming  lack of communication with parents and staff before, during, and after this decision was voted on by the Board of Education. The blatant disregard with which the Board of Education treated the parties in question must be addressed.

The Board vote to co-locate ACCESS to Lane and Vestal occured on May 30th, 2018.  Less than twenty-four hours before the meeting on May 29th, an email was sent out to parents and staff stating that there would be a “work session,” but that no vote or testimony would be taken. The following day, less than six hours before the meeting, a second email went out, stating that there would be a secondary “brief regular meeting” immediately following the work session and that select testimony would be taken, and a vote would in fact be held.  This recklessly insufficient notice effectively prevented parents, staff, students, and community members from attending the meeting to voice their concerns.  By holding the vote on improperly short notice, and at a time of day (afternoon, rather than evening) when stakeholders were in school, working, or simply unaware of what was transpiring, the Board demonstrated deep disrespect to multiple communities.  

By leaving all of us out of the conversation, PPS is actively damaging the future education of children across Portland.  This decision has created an early education vacuum in Brentwood-Darlington. The co-location of ACCESS removes four classes of Head Start from the heart of our neighborhood.  This is the only Head Start program in our area with a dedicated and age appropriate play structure. This 50% reduction of free or reduced-cost early education will cause many families in our diverse neighborhood to self-select out of this vital service.  The offer of priority enrollment for displaced families at neighboring Head Start programs only intensifies the problem, straining an already underserved region and negatively impacting the most vulnerable populations.

This letter constitutes a request by the BDNA for a formal written apology within five (5) business days from PPS and the Board of Education to each of the involved entities.  We call upon PPS and the Board of Education to reach out to the communities they have wounded and have a meaningful dialogue to address the concerns and needs of all affected parties.  We expect better than this from our education system and will be holding PPS and the Board of Education accountable for making vast improvements in a timely manner.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Powers, Board Chair

Meg Van Buren,  Equity & Inclusion Chair

Shannon Kane, Member at Large

Tina Biornstad-Szafranski, Member at Large

Lynn Reck, Treasurer

Jean Blackmore,  Vice Treasurer

Stephenie Frederick, Transportation Chair

Esther Crowell-Duncan, Member at Large and Lane Middle School PTA President

Rob Hanifin, Vice Chair

Paul Willey, SE Uplift Liaison and SE Uplift Secretary

August Wilson Monologue Competition

From The Red Door Project:

August Wilson Monologue Competition, Portland Regional Finals on February 26!

GET READY TO EMERGE!

A diverse group of high school students performing August Wilson, the foremost chronicler of the African-American experience in dramatic literature; world-class musicians Darrell Grant, Bobby Torres, Redray Frazier, DJ David van Overeem, Mic Crenshaw, and Oluyinka Akinjiola and Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater!

We welcome photography throughout the evening from press sources including, but not limited to, behind-the-scenes access to watch student participants warming up and witness the powerful interactions between students and teaching artists before the show.

This event is tailor-made for photographic journalism and provides a compelling story about what can happen when we mix it up and see what emerges.

WHO: Portland-area high school students, world class musicians. Kevin Jones, founder of the August Wilson Red Door Project, award winning actor and director. Popular Portland actress, Chantal DeGroat emcees.

WHAT:  The August Wilson Monologue Competition Portland Regional Finals

WHEN: February 26, 2018, Doors open at 6:30pm, Show begins at 7:00pm.

WHERE: Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Support the celebration and elevation of the African-American culture in Portland. For more information about the AWMC and the August Wilson Red Door Project, visit http://www.reddoorproject.org/awmc. Contact Jory Bowers, Operations Coordinator, at jory@reddoorproject.org to coordinate your participation in our Regional Finals event.

For more information, media inquiries and press access:

Contact: Jory Bowers, Operations Coordinator, (612) 239-4449 or jory@reddoorproject.org

Keep the Change for Lane Middle School!

Shop Grocery Outlet on SE 72nd/SE Flavel, November 3rd-5th and tell the clerk “Keep the Change for Lane Middle School PTA!”  Funds go to support the Library Courtyard project, which will provide a beautiful outdoor study space for students.  Thanks to Dave and Cheri of Grocery Outlet for partnering with Lane M.S. PTA to make this happen!

Multnomah County Student Health Centers

Multnomah County operates 12 student health centers at area schools, including Lane Middle School, here in Brentwood-Darlington! The clinics are like a regular doctor’s office—offering everything from immunizations and well-child exams to mental health counseling. Student health clinics are open to all Multnomah County youth (aged 5-18) and there is never an out-of-pocket cost for students or their families. Same day and walk-in appointments available.  Find out more here!

We will also be hosting a representative from Multnomah County Health Centers at our December 7th meeting with Special Guest Sgt. Randy Teig.