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 ~

    June 7, 2024

    Happy Friday, West Sylvan families!

    I hope that you are all looking forward to some quality time with our Wolves this summer! We will miss them! This will be our last Family Communication for the 2023-24 school year.

    We have some very exciting news to share with our family community! After many years of hard work and dedication from our school Educators, we received notification that WSMS will be authorized as an official IB MYP school! This is such an elite honor for our school, and it makes WSMS the only comprehensive Middle School in PPS with IB MYP authorization! Once our items are signed by our PPS leaders, we will be added to this map, and you can see how few MYP IB Middle Schools actually exist. Thank you to all of the family members who supported this work through joining interviews, giving feedback and through your belief in our school team to accomplish this goal, in spite of many interruptions throughout the last several school years! We did it, in spite of so many educational disruptions over the past several years, and this is something to be very proud of for our entire school community!

    • Below is a short quote from the notice of authorization from our IB MYP Authorization Manager, Niledy Casiano:
      I want to extend my warmest wishes to the educators, students, parents, and staff who have contributed to this incredible achievement. Your collaborative effort and dedication have paved the way for a bright future for your students. As an authorized IB World School, you are now part of a global community of educational excellence.
      May this achievement be a source of pride and inspiration for your school, and may it continue to foster a spirit of inquiry, innovation, and international-mindedness. I have no doubt that your school will continue to thrive and empower generations of students to make a positive impact on the world.
      Once again, congratulations on this significant accomplishment! Your school's success is a testament to your commitment to educational excellence.

    On Monday, many students ran hard for the Run for the Homeless fundraiser. Thank you to all of our family members who joined to help count laps! It was wonderful to have extra eyes on the event! This was our first attempt at such an event, and we learned many lessons on how to improve this process for the future! The leaders for each grade are below, and we thank all who donated or supported the effort as a larger multi-grade MYP service activity.

    6th Grade: Anna DeKoker, Alex Usher, Xavier Olivares
    7th Grade: Chester Essink, Oliver Dimoff, Tate Segal, Barkot Tiruneh
    7th Grade: Greta DeKoker, Nidhi Shastry, Raegan
    8th Grade: Henry Tachouet, Julia Olivares

    Next week is the final week of school, and there are a number of activities built in to add some fun to our students’ final week together. Important dates are listed below. There is no Advisory class all week to allow each period to be a little longer for final items, and the revised bell schedule can be viewed here. If your family is leaving early for vacation, and your student may not finish out next week, please have them communicate with their teachers so that they may turn in any items early, clean out their locker, turn in their books and Chromebook and excuse their absences prior to leaving. To report any missing days, please email westsylvanoffice@pps.net.

    Please click here to read our full weekly Family Communication, which was sent out via email on Friday, June 7th.

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


    Go Wolfpack!

    Jill Hunt, Principal
    Ben Keller, Assistant Principal

  • Math Acceleration

     [Click here to read the full Family Guidance document]

    There are many opportunities for students to access rate and level instruction in mathematics in our current K-5 and middle school curricula (iReady and Mid-School Math). At times, there are students whose rate and level needs might be better served through Single Subject Acceleration in Math (SSA-M). The purpose of this procedure is to outline the guidelines and process for SSA-M for students currently in non-credit bearing mathematics courses at grade 2 or above. SSA-M is considered in the spring for the following school year.

  • Incoming 6th Grade Family Information Nights

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    *for incoming 6th Graders

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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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Electives Forecasting

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  • Last Call! Electives Forecasting for 2024-25


    Forecasting for the 2024-25 school year is concluding! Students have been selecting their choices through Advisory classes. For World Languages, if a student takes French or Spanish in 7th grade, they would continue in that same World Language through 8th grade, as mastering the content in 8th grade then results in High School credits. Once High School begins, students can always choose to explore a new language at LHS, as they have so many more options to choose from, too!

    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



  • 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.

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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.

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  • Interested in volunteering in the Library next year? 

    We can always use the help!

    If you are willing to do any shelving, book repair, processing,
    or would like to dedicate the time to organize OBOB
    for the 2024-25 school year,
    please send an email to westsylvanoffice@pps.net

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