West Sylvan

Grades 6-8

8111 SW West Slope DrivePortland, OR 97225Ph 503-916-5690Fx 503-916-2681

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  • Recent Family Communication

    ~ View the full *updated as of 12/7/23* District Calendar for 2023-24 here ~

    April 12, 2024

    Greetings, West Sylvan families!

    Happy Friday, WSMS Families! Report cards are in the mail and should get to you by the middle of next week, at the latest. You can also see posted grades through ParentVue, in advance of receiving the hard copies.

    We are in the OSAS state testing season once again. The groups who test each year are English, Math, and Science (8th graders only). We approach the testing process by having our Scholars test with their current Educator in that classroom (i.e. English during the English classes). Once the exam is started, there is a “window” time to complete testing, so we also have to complete makeup tests for anyone who is absent. OSAS results are used to measure PPS student academic performance and growth and to guide placement decisions for acceleration that are requested through TAG or the Math departments.

    OSAS English statewide testing will occur during the following times, so it will be critical that students have their PPS Chromebook fully charged for each day of testing and bring their charger to be successful with the hardware needed. We will move onto Math and Science after English testing concludes. Please send students to school rested and nourished for testing.

    7th English (Zibelman): April 9-12
    8th English: April 15-23
    6th English: April 22-26
    7th English (Morris/Richards): April 29-May 3
    8th DLI: STAMP exam: May 6-10

    Elective course selections have been shared out through Advisory to our students who will be either 7th or 8th Graders next year. The materials can be reviewed at the links below, so that you may help your Scholar make informed decisions for next school year.

    Future 6th graders in 24-25: Information is here
    Future 7th graders in 24-25: Information is here
    Future 8th graders in 24-25: Information is here

    Please click here to read our full weekly Family Communication, which was sent out via email on Thursday, April 4th.

    ~ View the full District Calendar for NEXT school year 2024-25 here ~


    Go Wolfpack!

    Jill Hunt, Principal
    Ben Keller, Assistant Principal

  • Incoming 6th Grade Family Information Nights

    to view the slideshow presentation


    *for incoming 6th Graders

Archived Family Communication

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District News

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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  • A Recipe for Fun: Harvest of the Month at Hosford

    When students from Cleveland High School’s Advanced Commercial Foods and Baking class visited Hosford Middle School last month to try out a new recipe they called Baked Pears Goat Cheese Sunflower Seed Delight, the results of an informal sticker poll were very much on the positive side: 26 kids liked it and 30 loved it. Twenty-two were on the fence.

    Sixth grader Isaac Huynh was in the latter category. “I’ve had goat cheese before, but this goat cheese tastes different,” he said. “I think the whole thing might have been better with whipped cream.”

Healthy Choices Bulletin

Electives Forecasting

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  • Electives Forecasting 2024-25

    For families with students entering 6th Grade in the 2024-25 school year

    Please complete the survey at this link 
    to share some of your course preferences with us
    as we plan for next year's schedules.

    This next year, all PPS Middle Schools will be using a SEVEN course/day model. Depending on course designs, they will be offered as full year, semester, or quarter-long classes. The following courses will be required, in order to meet our district and Middle Years Programs.

    • Language Arts (If DLI, there will be an added ELA course taken in English ) (yr)
    • Social Science (yr)
    • Science (yr)
    • Math  (yr)
    • Physical Education (3 qrts) & Health (1 qtr)
    • World Language (French and Spanish, 1 quarter each) 

    In addition, all electives need to fall under the MYP descriptions for "DESIGN" and "ART". All students will be expected to take at least one elective from each category, which will automatically be included in schedules, excluding BAND, CHOIR, or AVID. 

    • MYP "Art" Elective (1 semester) 
    • MYP "Design" Elective (1 Semester)
    • 'Open' Elective Period ( 1 Semester) 

    MYP Elective courses will include ART, S.T.E.A.M., MUSIC, and possibly one or two others that are yet to be determined, based on staffing.  Band or Choir will be taken as a full year elective and count for 2 semesters, leaving one semester of another elective available.

Lincoln Youth Sports


  • Lincoln Youth Baseball

  • Lincoln Youth Basketball GIRLS

  • Lincoln Youth Cross Country

  • Lincoln Equestrian

  • Lincoln Youth Football

  • Lincoln Youth Lacrosse

  • Lincoln Youth Softball

  • Lincoln Youth Track & Field

  • Lincoln Youth Volleyball

  • Lincoln Youth Wrestling


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    Late arrival? Early dismissal? Appointment? To report any PARTIAL DAY or PAST absences, click the button above to send an email to westsylvanoffice@pps.net.

    Families are able to record future FULL DAY absences for their Students directly in ParentVUE without needing to contact the Main Office.

    Please remember, if a Student is going to miss multiple days, it is up to the Student and/or Parent/Guardian to communicate absences with each Teacher and make a plan for missing work and assignments.

Upcoming Events

West Sylvan Announcements

  • Click on the image above to order your tickets today!

    When you attend "Alice In Wonderland" on April 12th, 13th, or 14th,
    you will have a chance to bid on some exciting items from these generous sponsors:

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  • Lincoln Youth Track & Field

    First Day of Practice: Monday, March 11th, 2024
    Only registered athletes with physical exams on file
    at the PIL athletic office will be permitted to practice.

    Team Registration is open, click HERE.

    Practice Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays *(when we don't have meets) 
    and optional practice on Tuesdays 

    Practice Times: 6:00PM - 7:30PM 

    Practice Location: Lincoln High School 


    Cluster Coordinator: Julie Abrams lincolnyouthcrosscountry@gmail.com


    For additional information, please contact the PIL District Office at 503-916-3223

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