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

Portland Public Schools 2025 - Take the survey!

April 1-May 1: Enrollment at PPS is expected to grow by thousands in the next decade. Take the 17-question PPS2025 survey to help shape change as we grow: in all supported languages online at Oregon's Kitchen Table or go the PPS2025 webpage to download a PDF and view frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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.

3rd Quarter Principal's List

Congratulations to these students, whose efforts placed them on the 3rd quarter Principal's List!

6th Grade:

Alison B., Annie C., Mattea F., Dana F., Roman H.-N., Dylan H., Jin J., Jennifer K., Avery K., Ruby L., Skyler L., Rosa M., Philip M., Cole M., Ellen O., Lacy P., Lana P., Ellie R., Colm S., Emmy V. W., Olivia W., Matilda Z.

7th Grade:

Celeste B., Ruby B., Zoe B., Anika B., Zoe B., Grace B., Amee C., Sutherland C., Jason C., Gemma D., Ian E., Madeleine G., Octavia-Seal G., Jada H., Abigail C. H., Grace H., Eva H., Isabelle J.-P., Lucy K., Contessa K.-K., Calvin L., Kevin M., Jonah M., Sophia M., Juliet M., Henry M., Isaiah M., Coleman N., Maeve O., Alex P., Joseph R., Gabriela R., Camilia S., Risa S., Christina S., Louis S., Stephanie S., Simone S., Anna S., Steven S., Leah S., Kira S., Lily V., Jessica W., Lawrence W., Malaika W., Alexandra Z.

8th Grade:

Ewan A., Georgia B., Lily B.-N., Kira C., Jamie D., Grace F., Sophie F.-F., Linnea G., Zeta G., Jacob H., Clara H., Charisse H., Macy J., Nathan J., Mia J., Zoe K., Eliana K., Haiying K., Jia Qing L., Erica L., Samantha L., Xiaorui M., Mirabella M., Grace M., Audrey O., Lainie P., Jo P., Phineaus R. L., Lila R., Linnea R., Grace R., Jennifer S., Daria S., Tiffany V., Htoo Rah W., Saiming W., Piper W.

Buy Hosford Sweatshirts! Due April 17!

We are selling Hosford sweatshirts for a short time only! Pre-order royal blue pullover or full-zip style in men's sizes small through x-large. Forms can be downloaded here or picked up in the office. Your payment MUST accompany your order when you drop it off in the school office. If we don't meet our goal of 24 sweatshirts, we will return order forms/payment to students and notify parents via email. ORDERS DUE APRIL 17. For more info contact Margie Suydam at msuydam@pps.net.

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 .

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.

April Artist Spotlight

Congratulations to 8th grader Say Wah P.! Her painting "Flying" was featured in our district's February Newmark Theater Arts Showcase, AND chosen by Superintendent Carole Smith to be the cover artwork for the PPS Budget booklet.

Say Wah's Artist Statement: "Since I was young, I have always wanted to fly. Seeing a swan, so calm and graceful, calms me down and allows me to think of my future. I still think someday I will be able to fly. Maybe not with wings, but through my imagination."

HOSFORD HUSKY HUSTLE 5K Community Fun Run/Walk

Join us for the 1st Annual Hosford Husky Hustle 5K Community Fun Run/Walk brought to you by the Hosford Parent Teacher Student Association and the Shu Ren Mandarin Immersion Program.  

The course begins and ends at Hosford Middle School campus and circles around the beautiful Ladds Addition Rose Gardens.  Proceeds will go to support Hosford PTSA funding items like new technology, the Drama department, new Band instruments and towards Shu Ren, enhancing the Mandarin Immersion Program.  In addition, it will serve as the culminating event for the H.E.A.T. Running Club.  

You may register in advance online here , drop off a completed registration form with payment at Hosford, Abernethy, Grout, Buckman, or Woodstock school offices, or mail to: Husky Hustle c/o Sallie Lorenz at 2303 SE 28th Place, Portland, OR 97214.  A completed registration form and signed waiver are required to participate. To download a registration form/waiver, please click here. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook: HMS5KHuskyHustle

Let's GO, Huskies!!

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.

Upcoming Events On The Hosford Calendar


14  Spring Band Concert 6:30pm

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

15  Career Day

15  Talent Show try-out 3:45 gym

21  7th grade Vision/Hearing Screening

22  Drama Class Play  6PM

23  Cluster Band Festival @ CHS (Adv Band)

26-28 Outdoor School

27  8th grade class picture- weather permitted

27-30 SBAC

29  PTSA Bingo Night: Family Fun- 6pm

30  Talent Show- PM assembly*



MAY (Walk & Bike Month)

  1   Hosford Husky Hustle Bib & T-shirt pick-up 3:45-4:15

1        Hawthorne Burgerville Night Bib and T-shirt pick-up 5-8

2        PTSA Plant Sale Pick up- 3:45

1-29  SBAC

  2   SE Foot Traffic Bib pick up 10 am - 1 pm 

  3   Hosford 5k Fun Run 10am

  7   Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm

4-8  Staff Appreciation Week

  8  Student Recognition Assembly*

12   Mid-terms

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

20-22   Outdoor school

25   Memorial Day Holiday- No school

27   Volunteer Dessert 6:15-6:45pm*

27   PTSA General Mtg 7pm*

TBD- GREAT celebration

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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We're having a Plant Sale!!

The Hosford Plant Sale runs from March 1st - April 10th. Delivery of the plants will be May 1st and may be picked up anytime time from 3:15-5:00.

35% of the sales go to our PTSA! The hanging baskets are popular for Mother's Day and the organic heirloom tomatoes and veggies are fantastic! There are also great selections of bedding plants, perennials and annuals.

Simply print off this form, fill it out, attach a check and drop it off at school. There is a plant sale box in the main office.

Orders will be picked up daily!

For any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help sort on delivery day please email me Paula Crago (pjcrago@comcast.net)


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