West Sylvan

Grades 6-8

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

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  • Schools reopen: 2 HOUR delayed start on Mon 11/27

    Good evening WSMS families and students,

    I am so grateful and thankful to be reaching out to you this evening with the news that our District leaders and the Portland Association of Teachers have reached a tentative agreement. With this, we are pleased to welcome our students back to school tomorrow! We’ve missed seeing everyone and know that our students will have a variety of emotions about returning back to the classroom with their teachers and friends tomorrow after many weeks of unknowns.  School Counselors will be available to offer supports throughout the weeks ahead for social emotional supports and are listed by grade level here:

    6th grade: Rebecca Cohen: rcohen@pps.net

    7th grade: Ricky Almeida: ralmeida@pps.net

    8th grade: Kandice Abney: kaabney@pps.net

    Below you will find information that will be helpful for you as you prepare your student(s) this evening to come back to school tomorrow:

    • Reopening date/time: Classes will resume on Monday, November 27 on a two-hour delay, with all programs and services running as normal. Both breakfast and lunch will be served.

    • School doors open at 11 a.m., and classes begin at 11:15 a.m.

    • For bus riders, buses will pick you up two hours later from your normal pickup time, at your normal stop.  As an example, if your bus were to pick you up at 8:05 on a normal day, they pick you up at 10:05 tomorrow.  

    • For Monday, November 27th only, all students will report to their Quarter One classes.  We will be on a period 1-7 schedule (No Advisory tomorrow - see full schedule above).  This will give all students and Educators a final day to wrap up items together before Educators submit final quarter one grades, which are turned in by Monday, December 4th. 

    • Quarter Two classes will start meeting on Tuesday, November 28th.  There are a variety of schedule changes due to quarter-long electives, and Middle Schools want to give students and Educators one day to finalize items prior to switching to some potentially new classes/teachers.

    • Quarter grading and conferences: Quarter 1 report cards will be available no later than Friday, December 8th.

    • Changes to school calendar: The District and the Union have agreed to make up our 11 lost instructional time on the following days:

      • Dec 18-22 (previously week 1 of the winter break)

      • January 26 (previously a professional development day for staff)

      • February 19 (President’s Day holiday)

      • April 8 (previously a professional development day for staff)

      • June 12-14 (the dates set aside for inclement weather)

    • 6-12: Athletics and Extracurriculars: All athletics and extracurricular activities will resume as normal. High school and PIL Youth Sports schedules can be found here

    I want to express my gratitude for your patience and support during this challenging time. We are all eager to return to a focused and productive educational environment that ensures the best outcomes for our students.  We love our students, teachers, and families and are happy that our school community will be together again tomorrow!

    If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to Jill Hunt (jihunt@pps.net), Ben Keller (bkeller@pps.net) or any School Counselor for social emotional supports for your student(s) as they reenter school.


    In Community,

    Jill Hunt, Principal

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  • Recent Family Communication

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    ~ View the full 2023-24 District Calendar here ~

    November 17, 2023

    Greetings, West Sylvan families!

    Throughout the week, we have all watched and waited to hear some better news about a return to school for our entire school community. This process is growing exponentially more difficult for all involved as time has gone on in this strike. I am sad and disappointed that we are still not at a point where there is a clear timeline for a return to school. Please be sure that your email address(es) are correct and updated in ParentVue so that you are receiving communications. Here are the updates that I have at this point, and the majority of these were shared through larger communications from the District:

    • Fall conferences are not occurring on November 20th/21st and will have to be reconsidered for another time, pending calendar agreements made through this bargaining process with PAT and PPS.

    • Even if an agreement is reached, voted on, and accepted by PAT over the weekend, there will be no added make-up school days for students on November 20th/21st in lieu of the postponed conferences.

    • First, the two groups still have to reach tentative agreements or MOUs on the numerous articles that they are bargaining.

    • Next, PAT would need to vote to accept a full contract proposal prior to the strike ending. If the contract proposal is not ratified through voting, the mediation process continues.

    • Folded into these decisions, the two groups need to agree to any changes in the District calendar, including adding back missed school days, adding back missed conferences and any changes in the grading calendar.

    This has been a major disruption to a month of instruction when there were already reduced days of school. We know that our students will need a variety of Social-Emotional supports and that instructional curriculum pacing and teaching will have to be adjusted to make up for lost learning time once we return to school. This has been a detrimental disruption to the lives of our students, and I continue to expect that the adults at the bargaining table will work toward a resolution. Given all of this added stress, I wish you all some peace and joy with family over the week ahead!

    View strike information and family resources:

    Please click here to read our full weekly Family Communication, which was sent out via email on Friday, November 17th.


    Go Wolfpack!

    Jill Hunt, Principal
    Ben Keller, Assistant Principal

  • Non-enrolled students: strike updates

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    FOR FAMILIES NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN PPS, but who are in the enrollment process:

    Non-enrolled families can text  "Y" to 68453 to receive text messages about the strike and when school will resume while waiting on school-specific communications to be set up via the enrollment process.

Archived Family Communication

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Classroom Map / Virtual Tour

  • West Sylvan Classroom Map 2023-24

  • Virtual Tour of West Sylvan

District News

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  • Middle School Advisory Programs Find Their Way

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    Last spring, when Portland Public Schools moved to ensure that every middle school in the district had an active advisory program, the focus was on relationship building and giving students and teachers the tools needed to nurture a sense of belonging.

    The goals for the advisory programs were clear. What the district had yet to arrive at was a curriculum that would help everyone achieve those goals.

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  • Harrison Park Embraces Its Inner Panther

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    Harrison Park, which transitioned from a K-8 to a middle school this fall, recently held a school-wide vote for a new mascot. According to Principal Leah Dickey, these first few months as a middle school have been pivotal for students as they navigate the new exciting normal and establish an identity as a school and community. Picking a mascot has been an important part of that journey.

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  • Roseway Heights Principal Honored for Commitment to Equity

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    Principal Phu Dao is many things to the students and staff of Roseway Heights Middle School: mentor, role model, champion, friend. Ask anyone who has learned from and worked with him and they will tell you that he has dedicated his entire career to advocating for students, families, and educators. And now he’s being honored for that dedication.

    Courageous Conversation, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that works with individuals and institutions to address racial disparities through sustained, fruitful dialogue, has named Principal Dao this year’s recipient of the Dr. Charles Hopson Racial Equity Principal Leadership Award. 

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  • The Sky's the Limit for Skyline's C.A.S. Clubs

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    Bird watching, Lego robotics, gardening, mindful art, coding, running and walking, the high-stakes world of self-governance. It’s all in a morning’s work for the students of Skyline K-8, where every Wednesday begins with participation in one of the school’s many C.A.S. clubs.

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Electives Forecasting

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  • Forecasting for 2023-24

    Forecasting for next year 2023-24 has been extended through to MAY 12th.  Please carefully review all resources below before forecasting in StudentVue.  Thank you!

    General Resource Links:

    Forecasting Process for Electives:

           STEP 1.  Resources and elective descriptions to review before completing forecasting: 



           STEP 2. Understand how many electives to choose:

    6th graders will choose:

    • 1 PE experience 

    • 2 Priority Electives

    • 2 Alternative Electives

    7th graders will choose:

    • 1 PE experience 

    • 1 World Language experience

    • 2 Priority Electives

    • 2 Alternative Electives

    8th graders will choose:

    • 1 PE experience 
    • 1 World Language experience*
    • 1 Priority Elective
    • 2 Alternative Electives


    • *(8th grade students who would like full year band or dance as an elective may opt out of the second half of their world language course, but will not be able to receive HS credit for W.L.  W.L. will be taken during the first semester.)
    • STEP 3: Choosing Electives in StudentVue 
    1. Watch Forecasting Video to see HOW to enter electives in StudentVue

    2. Log into Student Vue.

    3. Use the Course Request Tab on the left menu of choices to open elective options.

    4. Make primary elective selections.

    5. Make alternate elective choices.

    6. Lock your selections.

    • If you have completed your forecasting and have made a mistake, please complete the following form and we will reach out to you to make adjustments, if necessary. 
    • I MADE A MISTAKE!!! link
    • OUT of District/New Student Surveys   (Open next week - March 14-18)              
    • Non-Feeder School 6th Grade Survey

    • Non-Feeder School 7th Grade Survey

    • Non-Feeder School 8th Grade Survey 

    • Questions and Support 
    • If you have specific questions about this process, or need technical support, please contact:
    • West Sylvan Main Office westsylvanoffice@pps.net

      • 503-916-5690

    • Ben Keller  bkeller@pps.net

    • Kandice Abney-8th Grade Counselor: kaabney@pps.net

    • Rebecca Cohen-6th Grade Counselor: rcohen@pps.net

    • Ricky Almeida-7th Grade Counselor: ralmeida@pps.net

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


  • Click Here Button

    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.

West Sylvan Announcements

  • Lincoln HS 8th Grade Info Night - New Date: Dec 14th at 5:00-6:30pm

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  • West Sylvan Drama - Tuesdays 4pm - 5:45pm on the Lower Gym Stage

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    Portland Interscholastic League Youth Sports Program


    The PPS middle grades (6th - 8th) youth sports program will be directed by the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL).  The student/athletes will represent their neighborhood high school cluster. The cluster each athlete participates in is determined by address.  For information about this policy and to access the interactive map please go to Boundary Map and FAQ's under the Youth Sport tab.

    WINTER SPORTS OFFERED (Begins Late October/Early November): Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling

    Registration - FamilyID (except Football*)
    We are excited to announce that we are now using online registration through FamilyID (www.familyid.com). FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for PIL Youth Sports Programs, while allowing us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. If you need assistance registering, please contact your Cluster Coordinator. 


    Boys Basketball

    • Head Coach: Heather Roberts heroberts@pps.net 

    • Cluster Coordinator: Craig Woods craigxwoods@aol.com 

    • Tryouts at Lincoln HS ~ Dec. 2nd / (Grade 6) 8am-10am, (Grades 7-8) 10:30am-12:30pm

    Girls Basketball


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

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