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

Hosford Raised $988.32 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Patients!

 Our very successful "Pennies for Patients" charity fundraiser brought in more than the original goal of $600, and the 8th graders won the contest of having the most points! Go to our Facebook page to see the video of a former Hosford student sharing her story of overcoming Leukemia, which we showed at kick-off assembly.

H.E.A.T. Registration is now open!

 Winter term H.E.A.T. registration is now open. Classes run January 12 - March 20, 2015. Click here to see the classes/clubs and get registered!

Hosford's Gratitude Giving Tree

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

All the little things we do at Hosford don’t go unnoticed. We are so grateful for Hosford staff, students, and families. ​

PPS and Google Apps For Education

Dear Hosford Families,

I am pleased to inform you that Portland Public Schools has deployed Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district-wide, providing all Hosford staff and students with their own accounts. 21st Century Skills is a term often used to describe the proficiencies students will need to succeed in the modern age and the near future. GAFE is a powerful tool that addresses those skills and supports students with: creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, research, information literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, digital citizenship, technology skills, and career skills.

Google Apps for Education is a suite of tools that includes: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar. At this point the school district is not including Google Mail. Google Apps gives everyone the ability to quickly and easily create and share documents on any computer or mobile device. GAFE will allow our students and staff to communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time anywhere, anytime within a secure online environment.

Teachers can edit and comment on student work, save it to the cloud, and have students and/or parents access the document using any web browser on any computer. Teachers can also use Google Docs to facilitate group projects and use the history tool to see the level of participation of each student in a group. Turning in assignments will be as easy as sharing the file in Google Docs with the teacher.

Parents are encouraged to explore Google Apps with their children. You will be able to have your student log in to his or her GAFE account at home and show you what they are currently working on in class, as well as items that have been "turned in" and commented on by the teacher. These are just some of the benefits of using these powerful tools. If your student does not yet know his or her log in information, please see the reference the post card that has been sent home.

GAFE has enhanced security features that protect the privacy and exchange of information by not sharing it or giving it to others. They comply with FERPA and the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement, which helps ensure that the data protection complies and meets standards for educational institutions.

If you would like additional information, please visit this website. For a list of commonly asked questions about GAFE, please click here. And don't miss the blog that IT is maintaining about Google Apps--you can find it here.

We look forward to connecting with you, your student, and learning in a new way.


Pam Joyner, Principal

Upcoming Events On The Hosford Calendar


4  Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm

8-12 Pennies 4 Patients

15  Winter Concert- 6:30 pm

16  Mid-terms

17  Late Opening - First Bell 11:10 No breakfast served.

22-31 Winter Holiday break


1-2 Winter Holiday break

    School Re-opens

  8   Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm

19   Martin Luther King Holiday- No school

21   Late Opening - First Bell 11:10 No breakfast served.

21  Geography Bee

23-29  2nd qtr. STAR application window

28  PTSA General Mtg 7pm*

29   End of 2nd quarter

30   Teacher Grading/Planning Day- No school for students

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.

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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You're invited: Special Education Forum

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