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 ~

    February 23, 2024

    Greetings, West Sylvan families!
    We are almost halfway through the third quarter, and midterm grade reports will be submitted by March 29th. Educators only submit grades and comments at the midterm mark if a student is in danger of failing at that point in the quarter (this is a contractual item for Educators). If you see blank areas on the midterm progress report, it means that your student is making adequate progress and there are no concerns about them failing during that reporting period.
    On March 1st, the TAG window for applications for acceleration opens for families. There are many data points that will be considered for either Math acceleration for 2024-25 or a whole grade (skip a grade) acceleration for 2024-25. OSAS data along with MAP data are two primary data points to qualify for accelerated math consideration. There are specific data points that must be met for these applications, which are explained at the TAG website. Our WSMS TAG Coordinator is Dr. Holly Graham, hgraham@pps.net, and Dr. Graham can also be contacted directly with questions related to the acceleration application process in March or for assistance with current TAG supports.
    West Sylvan’s first in-person OBOB competition in four years was a HUGE success! What an amazing night in our school library on Thursday 2/22/24! We had students from all three grades compete, with a grand total of 38 student participants across eleven teams total. The event was friendly, spirited, and competitive, with participants wowing the parents and teachers with their incredible knowledge of 16 selected books by Oregon Battle of the Books Association. First place winning team Sky Lettuce will compete on March 9th, 2024 at Twality Middle School in Tigard, OR (address: 14650 SW 97th Ave, Tigard, OR 97224) We can’t wait to cheer them on!
    Please click here to read our full weekly Family Communication, which was sent out via email on Friday, February 23rd.


    Go Wolfpack!

    Jill Hunt, Principal
    Ben Keller, Assistant Principal

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  • Cleveland IB Students Shine in Annual Showcase

    Ever wondered if dogs might be able to sniff out cancer? Or how Magic the Gathering is connected to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s? Or if your running watch might be gaslighting you?

    Seniors in the Cleveland High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program answered these questions – and many more – at the 15th annual Extended Essay Senior Showcase on February 21. The showcase gives IB students the opportunity to present the results of two years’ worth of research into academic topics of their choosing. The topics begin as inquiry questions, which students then investigate and eventually answer in the form of a 4000-word essay.

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  • How Do You Measure a Year: The Annual District Calendar

    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves. 

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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Healthy Choices Bulletin

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


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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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  • 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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