Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April Service Learning Updates

8th Grade Baby Photos!
Submit by April 20th!!!!

Make sure to include your first and last name in the email.

If you have any questions, ask Tara (tbranham@pps.net)

Late Start Babysitting

Where: The Maker Space or the Auditorim (check both)
When: Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 8:30 to 10:45 

If you show up on Wednesday without confirming you are volunteering, we might have to turn you away due to logistics and numbers (last time we had more middle school students than younger students and it ended up feeling like people were having to "babysit" the middle schoolers)

Make sure when you sign up, you get an email response that confirms you are babysitting. If you get no response, or you get a response saying “we have enough volunteers”, that means that you were not chosen for late start babysitting. Only come if you get a positive email response. 

If you wish to sign up, email strom.alison@gmail.com


Garden Service Opportunities: Sign up on Steph's clipboard outside her office in the auditorium
Tuesday, April 3rd - 3:15 - 4:30
Wednesday, April 11th - 3:15 - 4:30
Sunday, April 29th - GARDEN DAY - 9:00 - 1:00

Community Service Opportunities:
Saturday, April 7th - Friends of Tryon Creek - Trillium Festival

In case students are looking for service opportunities, I wanted to share a couple of upcoming Nature Conservancy volunteer events that might be a fit. Feel free to share with students. We do require registration, so they will want to sign up online. One is coming up on Saturday, so is more time sensitive to announce!
Saturday, April 14
Camassia Natural Area (9:30 am-2:30 pm) – Lend a hand to this spring wildflower haven just outside of Portland. Volunteers will pull English ivy during this family-friendly event. Register here
Saturday, April 21 
Wilkes Creek Earth Day Celebration (9 am-12 pm)  Join The Nature Conservancy, Portland Parks & Recreation and Columbia Slough Watershed Council for this family-friendly event in Northeast Portland. Volunteers will help plant native species, remove invasive plants and spread mulch in honor of Earth Day! Register here
To see all of our events, they can visit: nature.org/oregonworkparties. Not all events are appropriate for middle schoolers and for many, they will need to have transportation to get there (unless the site is local and accessible by bus).

Oregon Jewish Museum (http://www.ojmche.org/)
Calling all students! Sign up now for
Youth Open Mic Night!
Thursday, May 3rd, 6:00-7:00pm
OJMCHE is holding a Youth Open Mic Night for middle and high school students during our last First Thursday with the exhibit, Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin GhettoWe want STUDENTS to participate by reading their own poetry, prose, and creative writing. There is still time to sign up: write to us at education@ojmche.org now to reserve a time to read.

Tuesday, May 8th - We Can Listen
We Can Listen is a social justice series happening at TOC Concert Hall downtown (formerly The Old Church Concert Hall). The event is "NATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON ARTS, CULTURE AND JUSTICE http://wecanlisten.org

I HEART You Community Fundraiser Art Project

Is your child great at explaining math or science concepts? They could win a $250,000 scholarship!
We’re proud to support the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest again this year. To enter, your child should create a short (under three minutes) video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way. In addition to awarding a college scholarship to the winner, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will give the winner’s teacher a $50,000 prize and the winner’s school a new $100,000 science lab.
Anyone ages 13 through 18 is eligible. The winner will also be invited to an awards ceremony, where the prize will be presented in front ofsuperstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.
Good luck—we can’t wait to see your child’s video!
The Khan Academy team

P.S. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2018. Learn more and register today.

7th Grade Service Project Updates:

1. If you haven't already done so,  tell us your 7th Grade Service Project Plan --- 7th Grade Service Project Plans 2018... Fill out this Google Form about your 7th Grade Service Project plan

2. Know and understand the expectations by reviewing the 7th Grade Service Project - Speech Rubric

3. Use the 7th Grade Service Project - Speech Graphic Organizer to begin writing your speech!!!

4. You should be ready to give your speech by Monday, April 9th. Set up a date with your core teacher for when you will share this speech with your core class.

6th Grade  – May 22-24
7th Grade – May 21-24
8th Grade – May 21-25

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March Service Learning Updates

Here a few quick March updates...

Garden Service Opportunities: Sign up on Steph's clipboard outside her office in the auditorium
Thursday, March 29th (during spring break) - 2:00 - 4:00
Tuesday, April 3rd - 3:15 - 4:30
Wednesday, April 11th - 3:15 - 4:30
Sunday, April 29th - GARDEN DAY - 9:00 - 1:00

If you already have all of your SES garden hours completed, you can count this work towards other service areas (school/community).

8th Grade Baby Photos!

If you want to submit a photo for the yearbook, send a photo to 

Make sure to include your full name in the email.

If you have any questions, ask Tara (tbranham@pps.net)


AWESOME extension opportunities related to our Human Rights + Refugee Unit
(most of which could count as a cultural exchange experience)

Community Service Opportunities:
Saturday, April 7th - Friends of Tryon Creek - Trillium Festival

OPB's "Think Out Loud
This week, many High School students in Portland came together to discuss the issue of Race in education in Portland. OPB's "Think Out Loud" coordinated with many of my former Students of Color. Sage Sol (my son attending Jeff) and I were there along with HS students and teachers, to talk about how RACE shows up in school. 

This broadcast is set to air on Tuesday, March 13th at noon. SES Student of Color groups plan to tune in at this time as part of our Affinity meeting. Core teachers are welcome to do so as well. 

Perhaps this can generate future discussions. 


4H Urban-Rural Exchange!!!!
We have a very special and unique opportunity for7th and 8th grade students – our 4-H Rural Exchange Program,  a national award-winning program that has been featured on OPB.

Registration for this very popular program is only available to 4-H members and students from your 4-H Partner Schools.  Register here

Flyer: You can download the Promotional flyer here with more information.

Overview: The program is a 6-day program where Portland 4-H youth travel to Eastern Oregon and are assigned to a rural 4-H youth family involved in ranching and/or farming.  Youth of the same gender are placed in groups of two to a host family.

Website: Here is a link to our website with more information.

Program Video: Here is a link to the OPB special that has aired several times on TV and highlights this program.

Chaperons Needed:  An important need for this program is chaperons.  We are also recruiting parent and/or teacher chaperons.  There is no cost of chaperons and the primary role of the chaperons is to drive the OSU Extension vans to the rural community and then be available to assist with any issues that might arise.  Chaperons also stay with a host family (separate from youth) and participate in the rural Oregon experience.  Past chaperons have reported that this experience was a life changing event for not only their students/child but also themselves.  We are hoping to recruit a minimum of 2 chaperons from each school.

Cost and Scholarships:  The cost for the 6-day exchange program for youth is $229.00.  However, we do have scholarships available!

4-H Urban Exchange Host Families: We are also recruiting urban host families who are willing to host two 4-H rural youth in their home March 14-18th.  Information about this program is also on our website and interested families can apply here.  All host families must complete a 4-H screening process which includes a criminal background check.

Monday, February 26, 2018

7th Grade Service Project - 2-26-18

The following blog post applies to current 7th grade students only...

TO DO Monday, February 26th:

1. Research, Make Connections, Organize Service Project

Students determine where they can connect their interests and energy to a local organization and set up a plan to complete their service, requiring at least 2 visits and a minimum of 4 hours total.

Helpful resources to figure this part out (this is the hardest part of the project and was due today!)
7th Grade Service Project Assignment

7th Grade Service Organization Brainstorm 2017

Portland Youth Volunteer Organizations


2. Tell us your 7th Grade Service Project Plan --- 7th Grade Service Project Plans 2018... Fill out this Google Form about your 7th Grade Service Project plan

3. Complete the 7th Grade Service Project - My Plan handout (located on the computer cart)

4. Next steps...
a. Look through your main pink 7th Grade Service Project Assignment sheet. Make sure you are on track with your project. Update your planner to have these important due dates on them
b. Spend 10 minutes learning more about your organization. Find their main website, gather some interesting facts and images about them, become on expert on what they do and why
c. See Michael if you finish all of the above and there is still time left in today's class...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Late Start Babysitting 2/21 - 8:30 - 10:45

Monday, February 5, 2018

Middle School Morning Meeting Student Survey - Winter 2018

Middle School Morning Meeting Student Survey - Winter 2018

Thank you for respectfully sharing your time, wisdom, and opinion to make sure that your voice is more a part of our Morning Meeting community space.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Women's Rights Cohort Service Announcement - Weekend Events - 1/20/18 - 1/21/18

Women's Rights Cohort Service Announcement - Weekend Events

Last year on January 21st, the women's rights march took place all over the country and world. 70,000-100,000 thousand people flooded the streets of downtown Portland, and now, nearly a year later Oregon and Washington are planning events to commemorate a year since those marches took place.

Here are some events happening this weekend for you to attend
The MeToo March & SpeakOUT is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The NXT LVL X She Shreds J20 RALLY + PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20 at 12 p.m. at PICA in Northeast Portland.
The Indigenous Womxn's March: Honoring Red Fawn & Indigenous Womxn Warriors is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

The 8th grade Women's Rights Cohort will be meeting at the Starbucks near Pioneer Square to come together at the start of this rally. All folks are welcome to meet up and join with them in the marches!

Other Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

An Afternoon with Kathy Jetñil-Kijine Thursday, February 1 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Madison High School

Join us for an afternoon with Marshall Islands poet and activist
Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner who will share her poetry about the impact of climate change on Pacific Islanders and all of us. 

~ Free + Open to the Public ~

Sponsored by the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee and Co-sponsored by Portland Association of Teachers Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee & Rethinking Schools.

1/19 Morning Meeting Videos (for those that wanted to share these)