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 -- email@example.com
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.
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HMS State Report Card 2013-14
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