With the announcement from the district office that a third snow-day makeup will be added June 12, we want to make sure families are aware again that no 8th grade end-of-year dates (8th grade party, promotion, Oaks Park) are changing; everything remains on original schedule.
As always, don't hesitate to reach out if we can help with questions.
Kristyn Westphal, 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.
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,
This week, we announced to our families and staff that all schools in Portland Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 8. To recover the lost instructional hours, we have decided to use our last designated makeup day as the final day of school, on Wednesday, June 12.
Two teams from Portland Public Schools won state championships at the Oregon Battle of the Books at Chemeketa Community College in Salem on April 6. James John Elementary School’s team won the title for grades 3-5, and West Sylvan Middle School’s squad prevailed in the 6-8 division.
6:00 PM Special Board Meeting
6:00 PM Board Work Session
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM AVID Capstone Presentations and Dessert Social