Welcome new Assistant Principal Vickers!
Dear Hosford Family:
This summer, as we have sought our new permanent Assistant Principal, I have the opportunity to participate in the interviewing process on behalf of Hosford. I considered feedback solicited from PTSA and from staff when interviewing a number of candidates for the position.
At the conclusion of this process, I am very pleased to welcome Candice Vickers as our new Assistant Principal. As a leader, she brings skills in Instructional Leadership, PBIS and Climate Support, Equity work, and Special Education instruction that are a strong fit for Hosford’s needs. With two students of her own in PPS immersion programs, she also has an affinity for and a belief in the importance of dual immersion.
Candice has taught in Portland Public Schools for seven years, after beginning her teaching career in Molalla, where she taught Language Arts, Honors English, and Reading Intervention courses. During this time, she also worked with PPS high school students teaching Language Arts through Portland Evening and Summer Scholars. After two years in Molalla, she accepted a position at Roosevelt High School, where she taught Language Arts, Social Studies, and Special Education courses. At Roosevelt, she helped to implement proficiency-based grading, to integrate technology into instruction, and to introduce a new special education service model focused on collaboration. After serving for four years at Roosevelt, she became a School Climate Teacher on Special Assignment in the Department of Equity and Partnerships.
Candice has supported students, teachers, and families as a long-term substitute dean of students, vice principal, and as a teacher leader. She has served on the Oregon Reading Standards Verification Committee, the Oregon Education Investment Board’s Special Education Workgroup, and as a board member for Oregon Outreach, Inc., as well as a PAT union rep and a bargaining team member. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. through Lewis & Clark.
Candice’s values, experience, and expertise align with our Hosford mission (Courage-College-Community), and she is well equipped to help Hosford continue to grow academic excellence and inclusive community for all students. She identifies relationship, integrity, and humility as her core values, and has been committed to high academic standards, inclusive settings, and culturally relevant instructional practices throughout her career. As a leader for racial equity, she is eager to partner with staff and families to interrupt systems of institutionalized racism that negatively impact students of color, students learning English, and students with special needs. She looks forward to supporting Hosford students as they transition into adolescence and get ready for the hard task of changing the world, and to building ongoing relationships with students, staff, and families.
Please join me in welcoming Candice to our school community!
Kristyn Westphal, Principal
Environmental Testing at Hosford
Dear Hosford Families and Staff,
Portland Public Schools has contracted with TRC Solutions and seven state-certified labs to complete district-wide water testing in all PPS buildings by early July.
Hosford had fixtures with elevated levels of lead. The results are here (yellow highlighted fixtures are above 15 ppb).
There will be safe drinking water available in the fall and corresponding remediation planning will begin once results and a full assessment is complete.
The district has established a website for regular updates about testing and results, as well as other initiatives we are undertaking to address the issues.
If you have health concerns, please call Multnomah County’s Leadline at 503-988-4000 or visit www.leadline.org. Multnomah County will be holding free lead testing for children and pregnant women on Friday, July 8th from 11:45am-12:30pm at the Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland and July 15th from 11:45am-12:30pm at the Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave. Other dates and times for free lead testing are here.
If you have any questions about plans moving forward please direct them to email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of Portland Public Schools. The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority and we appreciate the community support during this time.
Our 8th grade Mandarin Immersion students recently returned from a 2 week trip to Suzhou, China as part of their CRR (Chinese Research and Residency) experience. Check out the amazing video put together by one of our parent voluteers!
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)
Don’t struggle alone with homework! Call a librarian. Multnomah County library has live homework help in English, Spanish and Vietnamese from 2-10 pm every day! They will proof read a paper or help you tackle a tough math problem. You can also live chat with a librarian 24/7 who will direct you to resources for research, etc. Go to https://multcolib.org/ and click on Homework-center.
State of the School: 2016
To read the State of the School address Ms. Westphal presented at the February 24 PTSA meeting, click here.
Proficiency Grading Information
Please click here for more information related to Proficiency Grading as related to report cards. Thank you!