Welcome to the 2016/17 school year!
August 8, 2016
Dear Hosford Families:
We are looking forward to seeing you again in a few short weeks! Please make sure to put the schedule pick-up and verification days on your calendar. You will be receiving a packet with forms and important information when you come in to pick up your student’s schedule on August 17 or 18.
Hosford Office Re-Opens: August 17; Summer Office Hours are 8:30-4:30 PM.
Schedule Pick-Up & Student Verification Days
August 17, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
August 18, 2:30 – 5:30 PM
All families are strongly encouraged to pick up schedules and important information packet on scheduled days at Hosford. If this is not possible for your family, and your student is a rising 7th/8th grader, they will receive their schedule and school forms through advisory on August 30th. If you are not able to attend schedule pick-up and your student is a rising 6th grader, they will receive their schedule and forms on Jump Start Day.
Community Care Day: August 27, 2016: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Families, staff, students, and community members are invited to join us as we give some TLC to the outside of our school in preparation for welcoming students back to school. Please bring any yard tools (rakes, etc.) you have on hand, and gloves if you prefer them, and we will see you in the sun!
August 29: Jump Start Day: 6th grade students only. This day is to help orient students to life and classes at middle school prior to the arrival of 7th and 8th grade students.
New Student Family Welcome Night & Ice Cream Social: August 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Join us in the Hosford gymnasium, then moving out back, weather permitting, to meet and mingle with staff and PTSA, and enjoy some popsicles and frozen treats.
School Start and End Times, Advisory: The cafeteria opens for breakfast at 8:45. The first bell rings at 9:10, and classes begin at 9:15 each day. School ends at 3:45; we encourage students to participate in after-school HEAT activities on site. Students not participating in after-school activities are expected to leave campus by 4:00 PM, since supervision is not available outside of scheduled activities. Due to staffing changes this year, we are unfortunately not currently able to offer morning library study time. Advisory occurs twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is the first period of the day on those days.
Principal’s New Parent Coffee: September 7, 9:00 AM: Join us in the library for some coffee and breakfast pastries to learn about Hosford and meet our principal and new assistant principal.
Back to School Night: Wednesday, September 21: Meet staff, visit classrooms, and learn about Hosford! We will have meetings for families of TAG-identified, Special Education-identified, and Emerging Bilingual students beginning at 5:30; the primary event begins at 6:20 and runs until 8:00 PM.
Other Important Information
Water Service Reminder:
All students and staff will have access to safe drinking water distributed through coolers throughout the school during the 2016-2017 school year.
New Staff Welcome: We are welcoming a number of new staff to Hosford this year:
Kim Anderson – Counselor (half-time)
Emily Armgardt -- Science (half-time)
Anna Ciskowski – School Secretary
Eva Danon – Science (7th)
Ezra Ereckson – Art, Ceramics/3D, and Advanced Art
Rachel Fealk – English 7 & Reading Support
Kate Fleming – Library Assistant
Chris Kennedy – Common Core Math 6 & 8
Dan Limb – Social Studies 6 & 7 (Welcome back!)
Amy Liu – (new role) Principal’s Secretary
Ellen Rainey – School Psychologist
Candice Vickers – Assistant Principal
Mark Wadnizak – Science (6th and 8th)
Kent Zakoura – Social Studies 7 & 8 (returning after leave)
We are still actively hiring for:
Thanks to Everyone Contributing to Auditorium Rehabilitation:
Many thanks to PTSA and ShuRen for funding for this project, and to all of the incredible Hosford parent and community members who have been hard at work in the auditorium this summer, cleaning, installing new flooring, and getting the auditorium in tip-top shape for our band and drama programs! Special thanks to Amy Lewin, Daryl Harrison-Carson, Dave Yasenchak, Sarah Spafford, and Ed Valik. Thanks also to the Hosford custodial team for repainting the floor beneath the auditorium seating.
We look forward to seeing you later this month.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
See you soon,
Kristyn Westphal, Principal, & Candice Vickers, Assistant Principal
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!