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West Sylvan (Grades 6-8)
8111 SW West Slope Drive | Portland, OR 97225
Phone: (503) 916-5690 | Fax: (503) 916-2681
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Welcome to West Sylvan - For Additional Information Click on the "About Us" Tab

At West Sylvan, we strive to create and sustain a learning community where all members can thrive and learn at their highest level.

Middle school is an exciting time for most students. They are given more freedom which comes with more responsibility. It is a time for students to work on organization and time management as they move from class to class throughout the day. It is our hope that they will become independent, self-directed learners by the end of eighth grade. Our teachers hold high expectations for your children both academically and behaviorally. We want to partner with you to make this a great middle school experience for your child.    

Forecasting 2016-2017

BEFORE you begin the survey:

  • Discuss your course selections with a parent/guardian.
  • Log into your Google @apps4pps.net account.
  • To receive a copy of your survey, you will need to
    fill-in a working email address when prompted.
    Your Google apps4pps.net is NOT
    a working email address.

You can only take the survey ONCE.

2016-2017 West Sylvan Elective Program

Current 5th Grade: 6th Grade Forecasting Link
Must complete between April 27 and May 13.
Turn in signed forms  to your 5th grade teacher
no later than May 13th.

Current 6th Grade:
7th Grade Forecasting Link
Must complete between April 25 and May 6.
Completed survey can be printed in the Library.
Signed forms are due in the office by May 13th.

Current 7th Grade: 8th Grade Forecasting Link
Must complete between April 25 and May 6.
Completed survey can be printed in the Library.
Signed forms are due in the office by May 13th.

Forecasting instructions

Welcome to West Sylvan, 6th Graders!

The West Sylvan Morning Show

Got News or announcements for the Weekly Update? Submit a script to westsylvantv@gmail.com

 The Morning Show for May 23rd, 2016

School Messenger - Emergency Text Messaging System

School Messenger
PPS and 
West Sylvan
Emergency Text Messaging System

The following steps must be done on a computer:
Open up your Parent Vue account

Click on the My Account tab

Scroll down to Phone Numbers

Indicate your cell phone as your Primary Number
(if it does not already indicate this)

Click on Update Account

From your cell phone:
Text “Yes” to 68453


School News & Announcements - Check Our School Calendar For Dates and Times

8th Grade Promotion Activities


8th Grade Promotion
June 8th - 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Portland First Church of the Nazerene
6100 SW Raab Rd, Portland, OR 97221

8th Grade - Oaks Park
June 9th - 10:00 a.m.


Choir Performance
June 2nd - 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade Coffee with the Principal
June 3rd - 9:30 a.m.

Help Needed!

Volunteers are needed to clear and reset locker combinations
for the next school year.  Dates are June 8, 9, 12 and 13.
Hours are flexible (including evenings!), but we are asking
for a minimum of 2 hours to make training worthwhile.
Please email PTA Volunteer Coordinator,
Jean Alleman,
if you have questions or are ready to help.
The estimated need is 10-15 people, so invite a friend or two!
Adults preferred, but responsible 8th graders moving on to
high school in the fall will be allowed with staff approval
(after school hours June 8 & 9 or anytime June 12 & 13).

Math Tutor

Denis Heidtmann
Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:15-9:00
Free math tutor for 7th and 8th grade.

School Community Announcements - For Additional Activities and Information Click on the "Students" Tab, "Extracurricular Activities"

Hey West Sylvan! 
Want to Make movies and videos this summer?

Sign up for the Gil-Films Digital Film Camp
 with award-winning Portland
Public film
and technology
teacher, Mr. Gilley.
The camp is three days long:
June 14-16, Tuesday through Thursday
from 8:30-12:30

Location: West Sylvan, Room 130
Go to
gilfilms.blogspot.com or
email Mr. Gilley at
sylvan.gilley@gmail.com for details

Print-making Class!

Want to learn how to make art using relief printing techniques?
  Join us for a hands-on studio art workshop.
  Experience Lino-cut and dry point intaglio printmaking
with Mrs. Larsen and Eleanor Larsen,
June 13-June 17, from 9-12, at Da Vinci Middle School.
  Ages 11 and up may register.

Registration:  alarsen@pps.net or eleanorelektra@gmail.com


Don't just play video games -
make them!
JavaScript Programming and Game Design Camps
July and August for middle-school students.

Miss Teen USA Competition

Applications are available in the counseling office,
they are due by 5/31/2016.
Last year’s winner was
awarded over $90,000 in scholarships, cash and prizes.
The runners up also shared over $28,000.

Lincoln’s varsity soccer team
for a mini soccer camp hosted by four of this year's senior players.
This is a great opportunity to learn new skills,
meet new players and have a great time with the
2016 state champions. Come learn from the best.
This is a great clinic for students from grade 6th - 9th.
Date- June 12th 09-12
Location-Lincoln Field
Price- $50.

Contact Paula Prince by email
or call 503-502-1935.

Wilson High School

9th Annual Girls Basketball Camp
June 13-17 1pm-5pm
Grades 3rd thru 9th

Wilson Sports Camps and Try-outs

For those students attending Wilson HS next year,
and those who will be or may be attending Wilson in the future,
please look over the options for sports camps and training
this summer. We offer great opportunities to improve skills,
meet coaches, and meet new players.
Please contact me or the head coach if you have any questions.

Mike Easton, Athletic Director, Wilson HS

Play Lincoln Water Polo Fall 2016.
No experience required
many of our boys and girls have
never played before High School.



Our beloved track has become a muddy mess!

PPS owns the field but has no $'s for repairs.
Brian Hauck, a West Sylvan neighbor, has
taken on the crusade to raise money
and organize volunteers to repair the track.

Here are two ways that you can help:
Volunteer to help on a work crew
(wheel-barrels, shovels,etc.) - time TBA.

Send your contact information to:
Brian Hauck at

2.  Donate money to purchase materials.
Go to
or write a check to
“The Fix Our Muddy Track Project”
drop it in Brian’s mail box (address below).

rian Hauck, 2050 SW 84th Avenue; Phone: 503-781-4859            

PPS Project Manager:
Kai Lewars

In partnership with the
West Slope
Improvement League


Health and Wellness
Running Club

All grades and fitness levels welcome!
Wednesdays from 4pm - 5pm
On the school
Starts April 6th
to June 1st
$20 per
At the end of the 9 week session
you get to
run in the Starlight Run. 


School Office Hours

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

West Sylvan Calendar

PPS News

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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