Hello! This week we had our first MLC All School Gathering of 2017-2018. All of our students gathered in the auditorium and our fabulous 12th-grade students introduced our amazing kindergarten students to the MLC community. In their introductions, each 12th-grade student shared a time when their kindergarten buddy had showed courage. We have very courageous kindergarteners here at MLC. It was a wonderful way to begin our October!
We also started our 1x8 elective program on Tuesday. It has been going really well. Students have been engaged and excited about these new learning opportunities. Please note that the chain to the blacktop will be up until 2:50 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays due to students in electives using the blacktop. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have offered us their expertise and generosity with their time.
Tomorrow 10/6 I will be hosting a Principal Coffee/Tea (with treats) in the cafeteria from 8:45-9:15. This is an opportunity to meet informally and talk about what's happening at MLC and ask questions. I hope you can join me. Also, if you are interested in being on our MLC Symbol Committee, please let me know. I've already had some parent interest, and we are going to be developing a timeline.
Next week we have the PSAT on Wednesday October 11th for all sophomores from 8:15-12:15. If you have a 10th-grader, make sure they get plenty of sleep the night before. We will not have school on Friday October 13th because it is a statewide inservice day for all of Oregon.
Have a great weekend (it's almost here)!
Thank you for coming to our Back To School Night last week and the previous week. It was wonderful to meet families and to come together as a community. I realize not everyone was able to attend, so I've posted my presentation to our school website for families to check out. We will also be posting information about Talented and Gifted (TAG) on our website in case families were unable to attend the meetings.
Although we had to cancel our all school picnic last week due to weather, we had a very successful ice cream social on Friday! Our cross-age buddies came together and shared a sweet treat to end our week. The sun even came out for a bit:)
This week we have a Shakespeare meeting for parents/guardians of 6th-12th grade students who are participating in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. The meeting is at 5:30pm in the MLC auditorium. Students will walk back to MLC from their rehearsal, and meet their families at 5:30. For more information about Fall Festival of Shakespeare, you can check out their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1876436259340952/? active_tab=discussion
Just a reminder that on Friday we have a K-12 early release where all students will be dismissed at 12:00.
Have a great week!
Alexa and Margarita
Hello MLC families! Unfortunately, due to the weather, we are canceling tomorrow's All School Picnic at Gabriel Park. We are demonstrating our flexibility and adaptive nature by shifting to an All School Ice Cream Social on Friday from 10:30-11:45 before the K-8 early release. We will have music and games on our blacktop area and we will be doing fun activities as a whole school.
Please remember that MLC does not observe the PPS late starts, so school starts at its regular time tomorrow. We will do our PPS half-day professional development on Friday 9/29, and the whole school K-12 will have an early release.
Let me know if you have any questions,
FROM OUR NEW PRINCIPAL, ALEXA PEARSON: Hello! I hope many of you are savoring these last weeks of summer. This week I had the opportunity to meet the new PPS superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero, when he spoke to PPS administrators at our leadership meeting. I was so impressed with his authenticity, his experience as an instructional leader, and his passion for social justice. Both as a PPS administrator and as a longtime PPS parent, I am thrilled that he is our new superintendent.
One of my core values as a leader is community, and it is my goal to foster a beloved community at MLC. With the recent events in Charlottesville and across our country, I have been doing a lot of reflection about my leadership. For me, it begins with building positive relationships and community. In the spirit of community, we are going to participate in Community Care Day at MLC on Saturday August 26th from 9:00-12:00. We would love for you to join us as we beautify our school and school grounds! We will have water bottles, snacks, and lots of fun. If you are able to make it, please fill out this short survey, so we can plan accordingly.
Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about a Parents Talk Racial Equity group that I am hoping to start, please let me know.
Happy solstice watching everyone! I can't wait to meet all of you.