Hosford Middle School

October 2nd - 6th

Dear Families,

Hard to believe, but we are halfway through the quarter! This week you will be receiving progress reports in the mail.

As a result of this past week's neighborhood violence, we decided to move the lock down drill to next Wednesday. This is the delayed start day. Please note the schedule below.

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

Jill Liddle, Principal

What's Included This Week?


  • Important Dates
  • AVID Night
  • Hosford Library Update
  • Wednesday Late Start Schedule
  • PTA Clothing Closet
  • Ridwell Collection at Hosford
  • Ridwell Sing-up Fundraising
  • Photos from the Week


  • Walking Field Trip Form - Please complete.
  • Drop Off and Pick Up Guidance
  • Join the PTSA!
  • Information for Families Sheet (Buses, ParentVue to see Schedules, and more.)
  • Important Times

September 18th

September 11th

September 4th

Summer Update #3

Summer Update #2

Summer Update #1

Important Dates

Oct. - Nov.3rd: Ridwell Collection at Hosford MS

Oct. 4th: Delayed Opening: 2 hrs.

Rescheduled Lock Down Drill

Oct. 5th Portland Author, Keely Grand, Visit

Oct. 10th: Latino Family Pot Luck Dinner 6 - 7:30 pm

Oct 12th: 8th Grade Pep Band with Cleveland High School

Oct. 13th: No School

Oct. 18th: AVID Family Night

Oct. 19th: Great Shake Out - Earthquake Drill

Clothing Closet

Oct. 26th: Virtual Parent Meeting: Digital Citizenship & Middle Schoolers

AVID 7th/8th Grade Fall Family Night is coming up!

AVID elective families will join together on October 18th from 5-6 to hear presentations from their 7th and 8th grade students about what AVID is and what we learn!

Please look for your RSVP flyer to come home soon and email your child's teacher or lsayler@pps.net if you have any questions!

AVID 6 families - this event is for 7th and 8th grade families because they have applied into the class. 6th grade is an introduction and therefore runs a bit different! Maybe we'll see you next year!

Hosford Library Announcements:

Exciting news! The Hosford Library will be hosting an author visit on Thursday, October 5th during both advisories. All students are invited to sign up, though space is limited!

Portland author Keely Grand will be here to talk about her new book, Troublemakers and Superpowers. It’s a beautiful biography collection highlighting 29 famous and historical figures who have “turned their childhood struggles – their personal “troublemakers” – into strengths that enabled them to live their lives to the fullest” (from the publisher).

Students will have the opportunity to to sign up in advisory this week, but in case they missed it, here is the form to attend!

If you would like to purchase a copy of Grand’s book to pick up during the author talk, head to our page at Maggie Mae’s Books by October 3rd to have it delivered directly to school.

See you soon!

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Delayed Start Schedule for Wednesday, Oct. 4th

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PTA Clothing Closet

Every year, each PPS school sends 5 to 6 volunteers to staff the Clothing Closet at the Marshall Campus (Benson) High School. This is a fun event where we staff the Clothing Closet as a group!

Volunteers will help students shop and find clothes that make them feel good or they will sort donations and organize the shop.

The PTA Clothing Closet is 100% volunteer supported and serves over 1000 students per year! If

volunteers don’t show up, students don’t get to shop. It is okay if volunteers cannot stay the entire time.

Any amount of time given is helpful!

Location: PPS PTA Clothing Center

Marshall (Benson HS) Campus

3905 SE 91 St, Room B-60

Hosford Middle School will be helping out on the following dates.

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Thursday, January 11, 2023, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

To sign up for October 19 th date click on the link:


Let's see how much waste Hosford can divert from the landfill!

We're doing a hard-to-recycle plastics drive with Ridwell!

October - November 2nd

Bring in your Multi-Layer Plastic items (snack packs, candy wrappers, chip bags)

Rm 131A (Ms. Van Dam's room in the North Wing)

Materials to be recycled by Ridwell and upcycled into new edge building materials.

Get Ridwell and Funding for Hosford!

Sign up for Ridwell between now and 11/17/2023 using https://get.ridwell.com/hosford/ms and Ridwell will donate to our school!

Hosford Ski bus Information coming soon...

Fun at Hosford with Happy Middle Schoolers

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Sixth grade Tim Burton inspired self portraits were completed with Ms. Chalich!
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8th Grade Leadership classes participated in SOLVE throughout the neighborhood!
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(Reminder) Oregon Battle of the Books

It’s time to launch this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) at Hosford! Interested students can pick up applications in the library, and parents can complete the after-school permission form here. Teams will meet twice monthly on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:50-4:30. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, October 18th, 2023.

Interested in volunteering with OBOB this year? We are in need of parent

volunteers to help with twice-monthly meetings, and to support battles in

early 2024. Please reach out to librarian Alex Mahrt for more information!

(Reminder) Drop Off and Pick-Up @ Hosford MS

If you are dropping off your child(ren) or picking up by car, please review the visual below. We will be directing cars down 28th Place if you are coming from any of the side streets that are perpendicular to 28th Place.

Please do not stop or park on the west section of SE Grant Street near the school. This is our bus loading and unloading areae.

If you want to avoid the traffic, plan to meet your child(ren) a block or two away.

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(Reminder) 26th and Grant Street

Do your children walk Grant Street and cross 26th on their way to and from school?

Please talk with them about double checking for cars at that intersection. Cars coming down or going up the hill do not have a stop sign.

We have heard from the neighbors that cars are coming quickly down the hill and not looking for students crossing, and kids are not always checking for cars coming. I have reached out to Safe Routes to see if they will come observe and help change this intersection.

I do not have any staff that I can send over to supervise, but if you'd like to volunteer, we'd love to have you come help students cross and slow down the cars.

E-mail me at jliddle@pps.net if you are available and interested.

Thank you for considering!

(Reminder )Hosford HEAT is returning this Fall

Hosford HEAT is a collaboration of the Hosford PTSA & Hosford MS offering fun and engaging classes and clubs before and after school. Sample offerings include Drama, Speech & Debate, Coding, D & D club, Chess club and Ultimate Frisbee. Classes vary from term to term based on student interest, community involvement and instructor availability. Most classes run once per week for an 8-10 week session after school at Hosford.

To see classes and sign up go to https://www.hosfordptsa.org/heat

Questions or class ideas? Reach me at hosfordptsa@gmail.com

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