Dear Hosford Students and Families, Current & Future -
Hope June is off to a good start. We want to make sure you have key info you may need as you prepare for school year 2019-2020 – please see each section below.
Remember, Rising 6th Grade Students join us for Jump Start on Wednesday, August 28; all other students return Thursday, August 29.
We look forward to seeing you back in August!
Kristyn Westphal, Principal
School Supply List/Ordering: Hosford Families have the option of ordering School Supplies online for 2019-20 at schoolhousesupplies.org. Our full school supply list can also be found on the homepage of the Hosford website.
Summer Office Closure: The HMS office closes for the summer on Friday, June 21 at 5:00 PM, and re-opens August 14 at 8:00 AM. Counselors are available to assist students and families beginning during schedule pick-up and student verification days in August (as listed below). Teachers are in professional development prior to start of school. They are available starting August 28.
Schedule Pick-Up & Student Verification Days
August 19 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
August 20 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
All families come to Hosford to confirm current details for contact and emergency information, pick up student schedules, meet PTSA, make sure they’re signed up for school communications, check out lockers, and receive packet of important information/action items for school year 2019-2020.
Community Care Day: Saturday, August 24: 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. Grab your tools and gloves (mark with your name) and we will see you in the sun!
New Student Family Welcome Night & Ice Cream Social: Wednesday, August 28, 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Join us in the Hosford gymnasium, then moving out back if the weather allows, to meet and mingle with staff and PTSA, and enjoy some popsicles and frozen treats.
School Start and End Times: 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.
Back to School Night: Wednesday, September 11: 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.
Principal’s New Parent Coffee: Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 AM: Join us in the library for some coffee and breakfast pastries to learn about Hosford and meet our principal and assistant principal.
Hosford Robotics recently competed in the 2018-2019 FIRST LEGO League Into Orbit Challenge. The challenge saw teams program their robots for a series of missions related to long term space travel. They were also tasked with finding a solution to a problem affecting the physical or mental health on long term space missions. The program took some great steps forward this season. Not only did the school compete well in the tournament part of the season, but made some lasting connections across schools and the community at large. Both Hosford and Winterhaven schools were mentored by the Cleveland High School robotics team Pigmice. All teams interacted and worked together at a pre-tournament scrimmage organized by Pigmice and hosted by Hosford. We also got to compete with the Winterhaven team Frozen Pigeons at the regional tournament as well as the state tournament. One of the highlights of the year was connecting the teams to two former NASA employees, both members of the community and one a Hosford graduate. Thanks Kathie and Jim!
Hosford robotics found great success in the 2018 Into Orbit Challenge. Both teams competed in a Regional Tournament in December at Concordia University. Rock ‘N’ Robots placed 4th in the robot competition and had a great design for an astronaut compression suit to minimize bone and muscle loss.
Cumulus robotics was given the Champions award for the strongest overall team at the tournament. They were second in the robot competition and developed a space based aquaponics system to help feed astronauts in space and keep them connecting to and caring for living things. They were also given an invitation to the Oregon State Championship where they competed well in both the robot competition and project judging.
Another important success this year was providing the program virtually cost free for students. Participation on these teams can sometimes cost up to $200 per student. Team registration and expenses were mostly covered by a grant from the Boeing Corporation and we had the help of many parents and volunteers along the way. The program was also able to add Mr. Nally, a Hosford staff member as mentor and coach thanks to a generous grant from the Hosford PTSA.
If you are interested in getting involved in or supporting the Hosford Robotics program, please contact Mark Wadnizak at email@example.com.
Hello Hosford Families!
This year, instead of fundraising through a book fair, we are cutting out the middle man (and the cheap erasers!) and doing an amazon registry. This way, you can buy us books directly off our list, and they will be sent to the library and put directly in the hands of students who desperately want them! Books on our wish list range in price, and you can also purchase a gift card within your budget. Search "hosford library" in the amazon registry department, or follow the link below.
Thanks to all of the folks who have already donated through school pay and made the purchase of so many wonderful books possible.
Thanks for your support of our library!
Em Winokur and Kate Fleming
PPS partners with Multnomah County Student Health Centers (SHCs) to keep students healthy and focused on school. There are 10 SHCs throughout Multnomah County. The SHC is like having a doctor's office in your school. The center serves K-12 students and does not have any out of pocket costs for the student or family.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRqjPHG74ys
Hello Hosford Community!
My name is Laura Sayler and I am writing on behalf of my position as an 8th grade math teacher. I applied for a teacher grant through DonorsChoose.org to get classroom whiteboard tables. This past summer I painted my own classroom tables with whiteboard paint and the kids are LOVING it! Something about it being non-permanent is really supportive for kids with anxiety around math. I’ve also found it’s great for problem solving and brainstorming!
The only problem is that DIY tables have to be redone each year or so and can’t withstand the amount of work my kids are putting into them! I am asking for your support to help all of my students each year have access to a writable table to help them work through their math and thinking.
Any little bit helps and I thank you so much for even considering this! Please use this link to spread the message to anyone you know who is able and interested in supporting students’ math growth in this way!
Link to DonorsChoose Donation Page
In addition to our appreciations and learning, you will receive handwritten thank you and pictures of our work as our heartfelt thank you!
Thank you for your time,
Every year, one group of students in Portland Public Schools starts the new school year with the finish line of their K-12 education in sight. And as classes begin on Aug. 28 for the the 2019-20 school year, the end is closer than ever for the students who will start their senior years.
The Portland Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to extend PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero's current contract by another two years during its Tuesday, June 25 meeting. Since he will be entering the third year of his original contract, the Board has committed to a total of five years through June 2022 with Guerrero at the helm. The approval came after board members offered a comprehensively positive review of his performance.
A public hearing will be held by the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission on the budget approved by the Budget Committee for Portland Public School District 1J, Multnomah County, Oregon for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The hearing will be held in the Board Auditorium at the Blanchard Education Service Center (BESC), 501 North Dixon Street, Portland, Oregon, on the 25th day of June at 3 p.m.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM New Student Family Welcome Ice Cream Social