Lida School Visit
Thank you to all students, staff and families who made the Lida School visit from Suzhou, China a great success! A special thanks to our own Ms. Amy for her hard work putting together the welcome assembly! (see below)
8th Grade Transition to High School
8th to 9th Grade Transition
Parents/guardians of 8th graders,
A few of you have asked about the general timeline for the 8th to 9th grade transition and forecasting.
November-December – Private schools start their process of placement tests and open houses. If you’re interested in private school information, please contact those schools directly as soon as possible. We are happy to help with recommendation forms and transcripts as needed.
November-February – PPS high schools open houses. Please see list below and note the early date for Benson high school.
January – Following winter break, Ms. Brown will visit all 8th grade social studies classes to survey students discuss options. She will follow up individually with all students who indicate they do not wish to go to their neighborhood high school, or have any questions. High school information for each student is kept in a spreadsheet for reference and parents are contacted as needed.
January- Benson and Jefferson high schools will present to the 8th grade about their schools
February – The high school lottery opens. Students applying to focus options will apply during this time with their families or Ms. Brown.
March/April – Cleveland high school will visit all 8th grade classes for forecasting
April/May – All other PPS high schools will forecast with students with assistance from Ms.Brown
Check out our amazing PPS high schools during these upcoming Open Houses for prospective students:
12/03 & 01/13- Jefferson
12/08- Madison- Welcome to your neighborhood launch pad
12/09- Franklin- Discover Franklin
More information will be coming throughout the winter regarding specific dates and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact the 8th grade counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org
HMS State Report Card 2014-15
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Proficiency Grading Information
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Upcoming Events On The Hosford Calendar
Welcome 2015-16 from Principal Westphal
Dear Hosford Students & Families:
Hope you are having a restful and exciting summer. Hard to believe that the new school year is just around the corner! I am humbled and excited to join the Hosford community as principal this year, and can’t wait to get to know you all in the year to come.
I started my career in education in New York City, where I taught Language Arts to middle school students in 7th and 8th grades. One of my classes was a special education inclusion class where I worked with a case manager to support students with special education needs, as well as other students who were currently working below grade level.
When I moved to Oregon, I taught Language Arts at all high school grades, including dual credit college classes to seniors, and freshman seminars for incoming 9th grade students. As an administrator, I’ve worked at Portland Evening Scholars (PPS’ credit recovery program) and at Grant High School in NE Portland. Because I’m deeply familiar with the demands and opportunities of high school, but also come from a middle school background, I’m especially excited to have the chance to return to middle school to help our Hosford students be well-equipped to succeed in high school and beyond.
This year, we’re focusing on a new motto derived from our school mission statement: “Courage * College * Community”.
Hosford students are at an important juncture in their lives: they’ve graduated from elementary school, and are learning to be young adults of character who live the values of their families and community under their own power. It’s our job both to help them continue this character journey, and to be ready to enter high school with the academic skills and motivation to thrive.
Courage = the inner strength required to stand up for what’s right, to set goals and stick with them, and to develop your own sense of self in spite of outside pressure. In the context of Hosford, this relates to all areas of our school. Courage means speaking up for a classmate when you hear someone say something mean, instead of being a bystander. It means living your family’s values consistently. It means taking academic risks, knowing that practice makes you smarter. It means developing the personal grit to persevere, even when it’s hard. “Courage” can be summarized in these phrases:
Be yourself. Stand up for each other. Live your values. Stick with it.
College = working to be ready for academic and career success after high school. This year, Hosford is pioneering the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, which is designed to help all students develop the academic skills and habits they will need to be successful in high school and higher education. We know that there are many different paths our students may take after high school; what’s important is that every student enters high school equipped to be successful in a college-level track, so that they have the full array of options available to them upon graduation. Our “College” focus can be summarized like this:
Work hard. Get smarter through practice. Try new things.
Make each step build toward tomorrow.
Community = making each other central to our thinking. Hosford has the benefit of being a richly diverse community, with many racial, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds represented in our school. Community means that we make decisions based on the good of all, work to help each other succeed, consistently act in a way that honors our family and community values, and recognize that our own personal growth is a path toward giving back to the community that made us. This piece of our motto can be summarized like this:
Is it kind, is it right? Do your family proud. Rise up together. Give back.
Our “Courage * College * Community” motto will be focusing our work together this year, as we support each of our students to develop holistically into young people of purpose.
I can’t wait to meet you in late August. On a personal note, my husband Elvyss and I welcomed a new addition into our family July 16, our first child, Diego. I am taking some time away this summer to get to know him, but will be back with you for the start of school. Enjoy the rest of your summer, stay cool, and see you then!
Kristyn Westphal, Principal -- email@example.com