Offices Closed - Summer 2015
Office closed July 25-August 10
Open for enrollment beginning August 17, 9 AM to 3 PM.
Welcome Principal Westphal! (Fall 2015)
Please join the Hosford Community in welcoming our new principal for the 2015-16 school year, Kristyn Westphal! You can read more about our new principal here. Superintendent Carole Smith and Cleveland Cluster Senior Director Larry Dashiell introduced Ms. Westphal to the staff at Hosford this morning, June 1. We extend a warm and deep thank you to Interim Principal John Hinds for his service to our school community this year.
June Artist of the Month
Introducing Rory S. - He's our Student Artist spotlight for June!
Upcoming Events On The Hosford Calendar
22 Community Care day 9am-12pm
26 Jump Start leader training day 9am-2pm
27 Jump Start Day- 6th grade only
27 6TH gr. & New Student Family Night/Ice Cream
Social 6- 7:30pm
28 1st Day of School for 7th & 8th graders
10 TAG Parent Mtg 5:00pm – 5:30pm
10 ELL/SpEd Parent Mtg 5:30pm – 6:15pm
10 Back to School Night 6:20pm - 8pm
16 Late Opening - First Bell 11:10 No breakfast served.
16 Safety Day
23 Picture Day
23 PTSA General Mtg 7pm – 8:30pm- Welcome new principal
30 Special Parent Conference (by invitation only)
1 Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm
9 State In-service for Teachers- No school for students
12-16 Respect Week
14 Late Opening - First Bell 11:10 No breakfast served
14 Anti-Bullying Day
21 Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences- no school
9-12pm, 1-4pm, 5-8pm
22 Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences- no school
9-12pm, 1-4pm, 5-8pm
23 No school
28 Hosford Student Council Elections
28 PTSA General Mtg & Math Night
29 School Dance 3:45pm - 5pm- CRR fundraiser
29 End of 1st quarter
30 Teacher Grading/Planning Day- No school for students
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.
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.
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: