Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Hosford Middle School

Home of the Huskies

2303 SE 28th Place | Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 916-5640 | Fax: (503) 916-2637

End of the year Band concert June 1 at 6:30 pm

On Monday, June 1st at 6:30 pm the Hosford Bands will be performing in the auditorium. Our musicians have been working hard and learning new and fun music for the finale. Please come enjoy an evening of music and show your support for the Hosford Band program. Cost is free! There will be snacks and refreshments available, plus a raffle to help raise money for the program. Hope to see you there!

Parent Survey

 Parents! Please complete this survey ASAP! The Hosford Site Council thanks you!

1st day of school 2015-16 is Thursday, August 27

From PPS: School begins Thursday, Aug. 27 for 1st-12th grades because Labor Day falls late this year on Sept. 7, and it's too late to begin school after the holiday. The school board and the calendar committee prioritized more instructional days at the start – rather than at the end - of the year. The reason was to provide as much instruction before seniors take IB and AP exams (advanced coursework exams for college credit) and prior to annual spring testing for grades 3-8 and 11.

Hosford Musical: May 29/30

The Hosford Drama Program presents Onceupona Town: The Musical on May 29th and 30th at 7 pm in the auditorium. There is a suggested donation of $10 per ticket, and all proceeds support the Hosford Drama Program. There will also be a raffle and bake sale! See you there! (click here to view the beautiful poster one of our parents created!)

Current 5th Graders: Band Interest Form!

If you are interested in joining Hosford's band program, please download this form and return to your student's 5th grade teacher by May 15.

May Artist Spotlight


Introducing Dunio! Our "Hosford Artist Spotlight" for May.

Dunio's Artist Statement:

"I'd never worked with clay before taking Ceramics class. I like it because I get to make new things and learn about hand building and sculpting with clay."

Here is Dunio with her beautifully decorated bird house project!

Upcoming Events On The Hosford Calendar

MAY (Walk & Bike Month)
20   Late Opening - First Bell 11:10 No breakfast served.
20-22  Outdoor school
21   GREAT celebration
25   Memorial Day Holiday- No school
25-29 Respect Week
27   Volunteer Dessert 6:15-6:45pm*
27   PTSA General Mtg 7pm*
29   Spring Musical 7pm
30   Spring Musical 7pm
  1    End-Of-Year Band Concert 6:30pm
  4  CRR capstone 5:30pm
  4  Band field trip
5  8th grade party
  5  STAR field trip
  9  Yearbook signing
10  Promotion practice at CHS, 1pm
10  7th grade bowling trip
10  8th grade vs staff basketball game 2:30
10  Promotion at CHS- 7pm
11  Oaks Park- 8th graders
11  Field Day- 6th  & 7th graders
11  End of 4th quarter/Last Day of School

Order a Yearbook NOW!

Purchase a yearbook! Price is $25. They can be purchased in 2 ways:

  1. Submit this form with cash or check payment.
  2. Get them online here(Add a $1.05 surcharge.)

Some financial assistance is available.
Meghan Eigo for details.

First Day of School for the 2015-16 year: Thursday, August 27

The first day of the 2015-16 school year is Thursday, Aug. 27 for students in first through 12th grade. For kindergarteners, the first day is Tuesday, Sept. 1. To read the PPS press release, click here for English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Somali.

The PPS school year calendar is determined with direction from the school board. A calendar committee, composed of program administrators, principals,
teachers, staff and parents, recommends a calendar to the school board. The school board then discusses and votes on the calendar. The 2014-15 and the
2015-16 calendars were set in spring 2014.

School begins Thursday, Aug. 27 for 1st-12th grades because Labor Day falls late this year - Sept. 7 - too late to begin school after the holiday. The school board and the calendar committee prioritized more instructional days at the start – rather than at the end - of the year. The reason was to provide as much instruction before seniors take IB and AP exams (advanced coursework exams for college credit) and prior to annual spring testing for grades 3-8 and 11.

Other considerations included:
1. Two days added: The new contract agreement between PPS and the Portland Association of Teachers (the teachers’ union) added two more instructional days to the school year.
2. Kindergarten assessment: Three days are needed for kindergarten assessments before kindergartners start school. The committee wanted kindergartners to have a solid first week of school prior to the three-day Labor Day weekend. Taken together, these considerations meant starting school Thursday, Aug. 27
(1st-12th grades). Kindergarten assessments will be held Aug. 27, 28 and 31. Kindergartners start school Sept. 1.

View the 2015-16 calendar at www.pps.net, click on “Calendar.”
Questions can be directed to pubinfo@pps.net .

SBAC Testing

 Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC)

Hosford students will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessments the week after Spring Break.  8th graders will take the OAKS Science Test beginning on Wednesday, March 18.  Information on the Smarter Balanced test can be accessed here.

Students will only be testing during their academic classes that match the specific test.  For example, they will take their math test during their math class.  All of their other classes will proceed as usual.

In addition, we will not be testing during the two week period, April 13-24, that the Chinese Immersion eighth graders are in China.  Mr. Needham, our test coordinator, and Ms. Ankney will be in China as chaperones.

Testing will take place intermittently within these dates:
  • 8th Grade Science - Wed-Thurs, March 18-19
  • English Language Arts - March 30-May 8
  • Math - May 11-29

If you ever have any questions or concerns about testing, please feel free to contact Ben Needham.
(503-916-5640  x70336)

Principal Selection Process

Please check back here regularly to stay informed of the process of hiring Hosford's next principal for the year 2015-16.

Update: On March 16th, Larry Dashiell met with staff during lunch breaks to discuss staff input on leadership needs for next school year.

On February 17th, Larry Dashiell and John Blanck met with school community members to discuss the Principal Selection Process. For their presentation, click here. For the collection of community comments from the meeting, click here.

The Hosford community is invited to respond to the District's request for information. Surveys can be found here in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Somali. You may either email your completed survey to Maili Halverson (Sr. Specialist for PPS HR) at mhalvers@pps.net or return the survey to the Hosford Office and we will send it to HR for you. You may also find the survey online here--please scroll to the bottom of the page and select the survey in your preferred language.

The Proficiency-Based Report Card

A “partial” proficiency-based grading scale that provides teachers with the ability to use proficiency language to communicate performance has been made available to PPS teachers.  Many teachers at Hosford are using proficiency marks this year and our plan is to be school-wide with this practice by Fall 2015. These new marks are described below and appear in Synergy as well as on your child’s report card.

In this “partial” proficiency-based grading system, students are not given letter grades for assignments or as a final mark on a report card.  Assignments and assessments are scored using a corresponding 4 point scale using EX = 4, PR = 3, DV = 2, and DN = 1.  The evidence from these assignment and assessment scores determines the final mark on a report card.

This grading system was developed using strategies meant to promote consistent, accurate, and meaningful communication about grades that support learning in an equitable manner.  A key limitation is that teachers will only issue one overall academic report card score as opposed to a score that reports content mastery for each standard.  Teachers, however, will continue to separate general academic performance and effort on the report card, using comments for effort.  An intentional multi-year plan has been in place to address and implement a “full” proficiency-based grading system next fall.

Thank you,

Pam Joyner, Principal

4pt. Proficiency Scale

















Descriptor: The descriptor will take the place of the A-F grades.

EX = Exceeds – Indicates that a student’s performance is above and beyond the standards aligned with the course.

PR = Proficient – Indicates that a student’s performance meets the standards aligned with the course.

DV = Developing – Indicates that a student’s performance is making progress towards proficiency on standards aligned with the course.

DN = Does Not Meet – Indicates that a student’s performance is not meeting standards aligned with the course.

PPS Statement Regarding Principal Change

 To read comments from PPS regarding the move of Ms. Joyner to Richmond, please find the special edition of the Hotsheet here.

HMS State Report Card 2013-14

Please click on the following link to review Hosford's 2013-14 state report card:

HMS 2013-14 State Report Card


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For those of you that weren't able to attend the Hosford Husky Hustle on Sunday, we had over 200 participants.  The Hosford Intermediate Band (thank you Mr. Johnston!) kicked off the event and finished with enough time to allow band members to run.  Many families, Hosford Staff, Hosford Running Club, Hosford Track and middle schoolers participated and they all had smiles on their faces.  The pack of Huskies was lead by our "Husky Mascot" (see photos below for clarification)...for about two seconds until the speedy middle school runners passed the Husky.  The Girl Scouts handed out water at mile 2 and there were jugglers for entertainment on the course...one was even dressed like a rose as the course went around the Ladd's rose gardens.  When the runners returned to Hosford (some of them in less than 20 minutes) they were greeted by Timber Joey and then there was the raffle drawing with amazing prizes including a signed Timbers Jersey.  All that fun and we managed to raise over $7000 for Hosford PTSA and Shu Ren.  This event was so fun and it didn't feel like a fundraiser!

Below are some links to photos.  The flickr images were taken by a Cleveland parent (Rich Rollins) and the images are for us to download for free and enjoy.

Hope you will all consider joining us next year!

Susan and Sallie, Hosford Husky Hustle Co-Chairs


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PPS News

Senior scholars shine

May 21, 2015
A young man in a blue shirt smiles.

Several stand-out PPS graduates have landed major national scholarships.


PPS and PTA cheer on volunteers

May 21, 2015
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PPS and the Portland Council PTA joined together at the annual Volunteer Celebration Dinner May 20 to honor the service of countless community members.


PPS congratulates new board members

May 21, 2015

Portland Public Schools will be welcoming four new school board members in July, following results of the May 19 election. 


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