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

No school Friday

Oct. 9: No school for teacher in-service day.

Growth Management Activities

Oct. 8 & 29: 
District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee meetings. Details on website.

Oct. 14: Twitter Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm. Follow the conversation at #AskPPS

Oct. 15: Facebook Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm on the PPS Facebook page.

PPS/Google Password Change

Deadline EXTENDED: Please use this link to change your password by October 15:


Remember: Password must contain 8 characters and 3 of the 4 following:

Upper Case Letter, Lower Case Letter, Number or Symbol

Proficiency Grading Information

Please click here for more information related to Proficiency Grading as related to report cards. Thank you!

8th Grade Parents -- Connect With CHS

Are you the parent of an 8th grade student and considering Cleveland High School for your child next year? If so, please join the Cleveland High School Foundation for an information session on Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:00pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd. Cleveland’s new principal, Tammy O’Neill, will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
Last year, we were bursting at the seams and couldn’t get everyone in the room. Space is limited again this year, so this is an “adults only” event. Thank you for your cooperation!
Also keep an eye out for info on Bridging the Gap – this event on February 4, 2016 is specifically for 8th graders and their parents.
Any questions? Please contact Stan Sawicki, Cleveland HS Foundation member, at ssawicki@trilliumfamily.org

Smarter Balanced Test Results

The Oregon Department of Education has released results from the Smarter Balanced Assessments that students in grades 3-8 and 11 took last spring, replacing the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in math and English language arts.

Each student will receive his or her results in the mail in October.

Meanwhile to learn more about the results and what they mean, please visit the PPS Common Core/Smarter Balanced web page to find a Family Advisory "Smarter Balanced: Test results" in our supported languages: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum/7650.htm

To read an overview of the results statewide and for PPS: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/news/10963.htm

6th Grade Outdoor School

Outdoor School is an opportunity for 6th grade students to gain valuable real life/hands-on lessons about science, soil, water, ecosystems and much more. They also get the chance to interact with students throughout the metropolitan area.

Here is a link to the Parent section of the MESD ODS website (parents do not need to worry about forms. We provide hard copies of the forms through our classes).

Here is a breakdown of when classes will go to ODS: 

Sunday October 25th- Friday October 30th: 
Mangan period 2
Marquardt period 2
Marquardt period 3
Marquardt period 4 

Sunday November 1- Friday November 6
Mangan period 5
Mangan period 6
Mangan period 7
Mangan period 8

Details about the sites each class will go to will come out at Back To School Night.

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 -- kwestphal@pps.net

Welcome Assistant Principal Rui Neves!

 Dear Hosford Family:

As you know from recent communication, Hosford’s Assistant Principal for the last two years, Vanessa Martinez, recently accepted the principalship of Beach K-8. Congratulations to Vanessa, and many thanks for her service to Hosford. We’re excited for her, and wish her all the best in her new role.

This note is to follow up with you on our next steps for the admin team, and to let you know that I am very pleased to be able to welcome Rui Neves as Hosford’s new Assistant Principal. Rui has been an educator for over twenty years, including roles spanning kindergarten through graduate school.

Rui was born in Pico, Azores, Portugal, and immigrated to the U.S. as a pre-teen. After earning his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, his teaching credential at St. Mary’s College, and a masters in Education Leadership from Cal State Sacramento, he began teaching in Richmond Unified School District. He has taught kindergarten, second, fifth, and sixth grades, as well as high school Language Arts and Social Studies. As a native Portuguese speaker, as well as a speaker of Spanish, he values multilingualism, and has experience teaching students who are learning English.

Rui values relationships with students and families, and believes in fostering academic success for all students through data and a continuous focus on developing strong shared instructional practices. During his time in Oregon, he has served as an ESL and Social Studies teacher at Aloha High School, as a Teacher on Special Assignment for Beaverton School District, and as the Assistant Principal at Woodlawn School in PPS. He and his wife, Annie, and two daughters, Sofia, and Julia, enjoy travel, cooking, kayaking, reading, and soccer.

We’re very pleased to welcome him to Hosford, and he is looking forward to meeting you in the month to come.


Kristyn Westphal


Upcoming Events On The Hosford Calendar


1    Extended advisory schedule- Mind Up

1    Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm

3-9 Muli school visit

  9  State In-service for Teachers-  No school for students

13  Pizzacato Dough for Dollars- 60th & Division st.

14  Late Opening - First Bell 11:10 No breakfast served

14  Student Council election

14  Site Council mtg 4pm

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

22  AVID Family Night 6-7pm

23  No school

25-30  Outdoor School (1st group)

28  PTSA General Mtg

29   End of 1st quarter

29  School dance- CRR fundraiser

30   Teacher Grading/Planning Day- No school for students



2-6  Outdoor school (2nd group)

1    School picture deliver/pick up

2     CHS Foundation Welcome to 8th grade Parents

5   Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm

  6  1st qtr. PBIS reward- no referral

  6  1st qtr. Perfect attendance reward

11  Veteran’s Day Holiday-  No school

12   Picture re-takes

13  TAG field trip- OMSI

18  Site Council mtg 4pm

16  Spirit Week Assembly- PM

16-20  Spirit Week

19  Extended advisory schedule- Spirit Week

25  Student Recognition Assembly*

26-27  Thanksgiving Holiday

30  School Re-opens

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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Tips from your PTSA:

Join the Hosford listserv to share news and learn information about the Hosford school community, by sending an email to hosford-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 

When you place an order with Amazon starting at this link  or click on the black box below, 4-7% of the sales price is returned to Hosford PTSA. This does not increase your cost, but it does increase your support of our school!

Don't forget, your eScrip and Fred Meyer rewards purchases still contribute to Hosford over the summer. If you purchase school supplies at Office Depot, you can use their 5% Back to Schools program as well. Hosford's ID number is 700 84275.

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