July 30, 2017
West Sylvan Boat Launch
The boat is painted and ready to launch!
The students voted to name it “The Gilkey” in honor of the Gilkey Family who made a generous matching donation to support hand-on learning in school.
After a short ceremony to officially launch the boat at approximately 1:15pm, it will be ready for a rowing adventure on the Willamette River!
West Sylvan Middle School
ON-LINE Elective Forecasting Directions
BEFORE YOU START you will need three things:
Please review and consider your elective choices before you start the survey. PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR ELECTIVES CAREFULLY, as we will not be making schedule changes in the Fall.
(It is suggested that students complete their forecasting survey at home, with parent support. If this is not possible, students may have access to school computers before and after school,or during lunchtime, to take the survey and/or print their forms.)
Elective Program Description Link
● Use Elective Program link to review elective options.
● Click the Forecasting link for your grade level.
● Sign in to the survey using your Apps for PPS account.
● Complete and Submit the survey.
Note that some questions will require an answer. This is to assist in processing and decision making. Please answer accurately.
● After completing the survey, an email will be sent to your submitted email address, with an attached PDF document containing your forecasting information.
Current 6th and 7th Graders:
Please sign and return this form to our main office by March 17th.
Current 5th Graders:
Please return forms to your fifth grade teachers by Spring Break, March 24th.
If you are having trouble with accessing your emailed forecasting form, the forecasting survey, or need any other support in completing this process, please contact the West Sylvan Main office. We will work to assist you in submitting your information accurately. Thank you for your participation and support!
Dear West Sylvan Families,
On behalf of all the staff at West Sylvan, it is my pleasure to welcome you to a new and exciting school year. I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer and your students are ready to begin a new year. For returning students and families we are so glad to have you back for another year and for families just joining the West Sylvan community, we welcome you!
Let me also take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Cherie Kinnersley and I am honored to be serving as your new principal. I know from meeting teachers, parents, community members and from my former role in the feeder pattern, that West Sylvan is a school committed to excellence and equity. Academic achievement, character development and creating a community that focuses on the needs of the whole child are clearly high priorities at West Sylvan.
In my role as principal, my primary responsibility is student learning. To me, learning is students developing the behaviors, skills and knowledge to become independent learners and go beyond their own expectations. It is my goal to help shape the school’s environment to create a community of learners where teachers are actively examining their own practice and collaborating with colleagues to plan instruction that meets the varied needs of our students. It is my mission to work with students, families and community members to ensure that we are providing an environment that allows students to feel safe, respected and included while also addressing the unique needs of the middle school child. It is also critical that we work to ensure successful transitions from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school.
In this last area, I am excited to be able to offer a 6th Grade Orientation on August 29th. Our incoming sixth graders will be the only students in the building on August 29th for a special day of planned activities that will include an assembly, getting lockers, becoming familiar with the layout of the building, team building and attending each of their classes. We feel that this day is important for alleviating anxiety and setting our newest members of the Wolf Pack up for success as they transition to middle school. We look forward to having all students back on Tuesday August 30th.
Our first newsletter will be sent out Friday September 2nd. Please take some time reviewing the newsletter as it will provide you with important information regarding upcoming events, updates and community activities. I am attaching to this letter four important back to school information from the school, the PTA and the Foundation. To hear about all the great things happening at WSMS we are now on Twitter, follow us at @WSMS_Wolves.
Again, I want to welcome all of you to a great new school year. Please do not hesitate to stop by the office or give us a call if there is any way we can assist you.
Dear PPS staff and families,
The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.
The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.
From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district
At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.
Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.
Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?