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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Families of Hosford 8th Grade Students:
We wanted to make sure that as you plan for family gatherings and celebrations at the end of the year, you have dates for Hosford 8th grade events handy. These can be found on the calendar as well.
May 31 8th Grade Celebration Party, 5:00 - 7:00 PM (Cafeteria)
June 6 Promotion Practice at Cleveland High School, 2:15 pm (students walk there with Hosford staff); Promotion from 7:00-8:30 PM
June 7 Oaks Park Field Trip (8th graders) 9:30 am (students depart via bus from Hosford)
As always, let us know if you have questions.
Kristyn Westphal, Principal
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,
The 2019-20 school year in Portland Public Schools will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and end (barring weather makeup days) on Friday, June 5.
That became official Tuesday night when the PPS Board of Education passed Resolution 5821, which approved Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero’s proposed 2019-20 school calendar. The calendar was presented to the Board at its Jan. 15 meeting, with public input invited in the period before Tuesday’s final Board vote.
If you are the parent or guardian of a Portland Public Schools student, ask yourself: How is the educational climate at the school? Portland Public Schools is looking for answers to this and other key questions from family members of PPS students as part of the Successful Schools Survey. Students in grades 5, 7 and 10 also are being surveyed, and school-based staff will participate starting Feb. 19.
The recent outbreak of measles serves as a reminder about immunizations, with an important deadline coming up.
Students in Portland Public Schools who have not gotten all of their required immunizations face a Wednesday, Feb. 20 deadline. That is the “exclusion date” set by the state for 2019, when any student who is not fully immunized may be barred from attending classes or district-provided child care.
6:00 PM Board Work Session
4:00 PM Site Council/School Climate Team
6:00 PM District Board Meeting