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

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2nd Semester Schedules

Student schedules for the 2nd semester were handed out today in advisory class. Please note: There will be no schedule changes. If your student is missing a class, please call the office. Thank you!

Important Dates for current 8th graders and incoming 6th graders

 Please plan to attend the following events with your student of these grades:

  • February 5th, 6 pm at Hosford Middle School: Information Night for incoming 6th graders. More information below.
  • February 5th, 7 pm at Cleveland High School: "Bridging the Gap" 8th grade Information Night (for current 8th grade students)
  • PLEASE NOTE: A second 5th grade information night is scheduled for March 4th, 6 - 7 pm.

International Flavors Coming Soon!

Please save the date to attend Hosford Foundation's International Flavors event on Friday, February 6th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm at St. David of Wales Church. More information below.

Come to the International Flavors Fundraiser!

The Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year is only days away; reserve your tickets online now! Here is the link:  


Who: Hosford parents, grandparents & friends (adults only please)

What:  Hosford Foundation’s Biggest Fundraiser of the Year

When:  Friday February 6th, 2015; 6:30-9:30 pm

Where:  St. David of Wales Church ~2800 SE Harrison


Delicious homemade food from countries represented by our diverse school community, made by Hosford families

Great silent auction items

No-host wine and beer bar

Enjoy the company of our fabulous Hosford community

Help raise money to fund educational positions

Note: no paper tickets required--your name will be added to a check-in list
Questions?  Contact Rebecca Friedenwald at friedfish@me.com

Information Night for Current 5th Grade Families

Save the date! Hosford's Information Night for current 5th grade families will be held on February 5th from 6 - 7:30 pm.

Please join us to learn about all the exciting opportunities at Hosford Middle School and get a sense of what a day in the life of a 6th grader looks like.

There will be musical entertainment, a guided tour of the school, and a chance to meet some of the 6th grade teachers! There will also be information regarding:

  • Academics
  • Enrichments
  • Activities
  • Supports & Services
  • Mandarin Immersion Program
  • H.E.A.T. After-School Program
  • PTSA
  • Hosford T-shirts for sale $14
  • Hosford Lanyards for sale $4

Family Tour Drop-Ins

If you are unable to come to the information night, and would like a tour the school, please feel free to drop in on the following days/times:

  • February 24th 10-11 AM
  • February 25th 1:30-3 PM

Click here for the event posting!

Welcome Our Interim Principal, John Hinds

Greetings Hosford Community,

My name is John Hinds and I’m your Interim Hosford Principal through June. I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to work with the staff, students and community.

This first week of 2015 has been a big change for Hosford with Ms. Joyner moving to another school. I recognize that staff, students and families are concerned regarding what this change might mean for the school. Let me assure you that I am very well aware of all of the wonderful programs, plans and initiatives that have been developed by Ms. Joyner, Ms. Martinez, staff and community members. My plans are to continue this great work and keep the momentum going. All of this good work needs to keep moving on!

As for me, I’m a native Portlander, having grown up in SW Portland, attending Wilson High School and Portland State University. My career spans teaching at Robert Gray School for 15 years, PPS Curriculum Specialist, Assistant Principal at Gregory Heights Middle School, Principal at Smith Elementary, and finally Principal at Binnsmead Middle School before retiring. Most recently I’ve been a mentor/coach with new administrators.

My wife, Jan and I live in the Multnomah Village area of Portland with our two dogs and four chickens. We have two children and two grandchildren.

It is my pleasure to join you at Hosford! I find this to be a wonderful school. If I can be of any help or assistance to you, please feel free to contact me at jhinds@pps.net.

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.

PPS and Google Apps For Education

Dear Hosford Families,

I am pleased to inform you that Portland Public Schools has deployed Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district-wide, providing all Hosford staff and students with their own accounts. 21st Century Skills is a term often used to describe the proficiencies students will need to succeed in the modern age and the near future. GAFE is a powerful tool that addresses those skills and supports students with: creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, research, information literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, digital citizenship, technology skills, and career skills.

Google Apps for Education is a suite of tools that includes: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar. At this point the school district is not including Google Mail. Google Apps gives everyone the ability to quickly and easily create and share documents on any computer or mobile device. GAFE will allow our students and staff to communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time anywhere, anytime within a secure online environment.

Teachers can edit and comment on student work, save it to the cloud, and have students and/or parents access the document using any web browser on any computer. Teachers can also use Google Docs to facilitate group projects and use the history tool to see the level of participation of each student in a group. Turning in assignments will be as easy as sharing the file in Google Docs with the teacher.

Parents are encouraged to explore Google Apps with their children. You will be able to have your student log in to his or her GAFE account at home and show you what they are currently working on in class, as well as items that have been "turned in" and commented on by the teacher. These are just some of the benefits of using these powerful tools. If your student does not yet know his or her log in information, please see the reference the post card that has been sent home.

GAFE has enhanced security features that protect the privacy and exchange of information by not sharing it or giving it to others. They comply with FERPA and the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement, which helps ensure that the data protection complies and meets standards for educational institutions.

If you would like additional information, please visit this website. For a list of commonly asked questions about GAFE, please click here. And don't miss the blog that IT is maintaining about Google Apps--you can find it here.

We look forward to connecting with you, your student, and learning in a new way.


Pam Joyner, Principal

Upcoming Events On The Hosford Calendar


  8   Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm

14   Hosford Drama Production: A Collection of Folktales at 6 pm, Auditorium

19   Martin Luther King Holiday- No school

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

21  Geography Bee

23-29  2nd qtr. STAR application window

28  PTSA General Mtg 7pm*

29   End of 2nd quarter

30   Teacher Grading/Planning Day- No school for students


5  2nd qtr. PBIS reward- no referral

5  Open House for incoming students 6-7:30pm

5  Monthly Burgerville fundraiser 5-8pm

6  Foundation International Flavors Event 6-9pm*

13  School Dance 3:45pm- 5pm

16  President’s day- No school

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

19  Chinese New Year

20  Student Recognition Assembly 9:24am*

25  PTSA General Mtg 7pm*

25  LiDa Welcome assembly

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.

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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