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Greetings HPMS Community,

One more fun-filled education packed week until Spring Break!  Thank you to all the staff, students, and families for their hard work and dedication this year.  I hope the upcoming break is restful and gives everyone the renewed energy for the run to the end of the school year!

This past week, a big highlight for me was attending the HPMS Band concert at Southwest Bible Church.  If you were in the audience as well, I am sure you will agree the performances were AMAZING!  Congratulations to our students for a truly magical performance.  Special thanks to Mrs. Mullett for all her hard work with our students, and to Southwest Bible Church for hosting the event for us.

Many may have noticed this week we decided to turn off Google Hangouts on the student Chromebooks.  This decision was made for the safety of our students as we were seeing many students engaging in chat conversations of questionable content.  Although most students who used the chat program did so appropriately, we ultimately feel that the decision to allow or not allow access to chat programs should be a parent's decision.  Currently, we are working with our IT department to see if turing off this aspect of Google has a negative impact on other collaboration components (sharing documents in Google Drive etc.), and will continue to evaluate access levels as we learn more.

This week, we will be celebrating being part of HPMS by having Spirit Week Monday through Friday, ending with our Spring Social on Friday.  See below for the schedule of what to wear, and also Friday's schedule:

Monday         -   Mismatch Day

Tuesday         -   Tie-dye Day

Wednesday   -   Sports Day

Thursday       -   Throwback Day

Friday            -   Hall Color Day

Social Schedule:

6th grade

Period 1   9:05-9:48
Period 2   9:51-10:34
Period 4  10:37-11:20
Lunch      11:21-11:51
Period 5  11:55-12:53
Period 6  12:56-1:39
Social      1:40-2:40
Period 3   2:43-3:40

7th grade
Period 1   9:05-9:48
Period 2   9:51-10:34
Period 4  10:37-11:20
Period 5  11:23-12:23
Lunch      12:24-12:54
Period 6  12:56-1:39
Period 3   1:42-2:40
Social       2:40-3:40

8th grade
Period 1   9:05-9:48
Period 2   9:51-10:34
Period 4  10:37-11:20
Period 5  11:23-11:52
Lunch      11:53-12-23
Period 5   11:27-12:53
Period 6   12:56-1:39
Period 3   1:42-2:40
Social       2:40-3:40

Two more announcements, when we return from break in April, 8th grade students will begin their SBAC (state testing).  Please remember to get a good night's rest, eat a full breakfast, and come to school ready with a fully charged Chromebook.  Also after break, students in Mrs. Gentry's PE class will be starting the health curriculum.  If you have questions about the curriculum or would like to opt-out of components please contact Mrs. Gentry.

Have a great week HPMS!



Curtis Semana​​​


Dear HP Community,


This week was the first ever HPMS STEAM day!  As a STEAM school, we strive to provide students with opportunities to explore concepts in depth.  Students at each grade were given opportunities to learn about STEAM, develop solutions to local real-life problems, and start going through the design process to develop protypes of solutions. 


Our 6th grade students participated in the MET project where they get to explore a “Passion Project” of their choosing that has a local connection.  Students select a topic of interest to them that will ultimately better our community, design a solution to the problem, and will then share their solutions to a public audience during our STEAM night in June.


7th grade students learned about brain research from OHSU through their Brain in a Box series, studied about STEAM related careers, and had the opportunity to design, build, and test catapults!


8th grade students are embarking on a study of Portland bridges and earthquakes.  They will be visiting the bridges, learning about earthquakes, and studying along with local architects to explore methods to improve our preparedness for earthquakes. 


We will have two more STEAM days this year, April 14th and May 12th for students to continue their STEAM studies.  6th and 8th grade will culminate in a STEAM night in June where students will display their work.  7th grade will continue their exploration of STEAM careers and topics to build upon their experiences from the 7th grade STEAM night earlier this year. 


As a school, it was very exciting to see all of our students engaged in a day of learning around our STEAM school.  I am personally very thankful for all the hard work of our teachers who designed these lessons and made them happen, and very proud of our students for their commitment to learning!


Forecasting this week for our current 6th and 7th grade students.   7th graders will pick their classes for next year on Wednesady, and 6th graders on Friday.  If a student is absent they can complete the form in their homeroom class when they return. – Ice cream and fruit bars will be served to students to help keep them going!


March 20-24 is our Spirit Week (details to come), which will end with a Spring Social on March 24th


Speaking of spring, I am writing this from my front porch and enjoying a few rays of sunshine.  Spring is around the corner!  I hope you are all doing well and also enjoying this slow transition to warmer weather!



Curtis Semana​​


Also, don’t forget daylight savings time!


Daylight Savings Time starts March 12, 2017



Dear HP Community,

What a fun week at HP!  For those of you who had the opportunity to see our production of Annie, I am sure you were impressed as I was by our talented group of students!  The acting, singing, stage and sound support were amazing.  It was such a thrill to see our students all work together on a common purpose and have such great results!  Way to go Team Annie!  Below are a few pictures of the show:


Annie 2 

Annie 3 

Congratulations to the HPMS Chess Team!  This weekend, three of our students represented HP in the regional chess tournament.  8th graders Danny Tran and Ellie Kojima won several of their matches, and 7th grader Allison Mattingly tied for first place and will be going on to compete in the state tournament next Saturday!  Way to go team!

Please join us in helping support our PTO this week by participating in the Dough for Dollars event.  On March 7th (Tuesday), the Murray Hill Pizzicato will host an all day event in which HP gets 20% of sales (dine in, carry out, delivery, and gift cards).  This is a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious pizza, while also supporting the HP PTO.  All funds raised by the PTO directly benefit our students.  Please see the flier below and mention HP PTO when ordering.


We are quickly approaching our state testing (SBAC) window for all students.  Please see the schedule below for specific dates to help ensure your students are well rested and geared up for an exciting day of testing!  (well, not super exciting... but a good experience!).

SBAC Schedule 

Coming up, we are having three STEAM days at HP.  On March 10th, April 14th, and May 12th students will be participating in grade level STEAM activities for the first two hours of school.  6th grade students are investigating and designing solutions to local issues they have identified through their Passion Projects.  One example is a team of students who are working on designing a year round garden bed that would produce organic produce for the cafeteria.  This team is working with another student who is designing a green house that collects rain water from our roof’s as a water source.  7th grade will have several STEAM presenters including OHSU and Wisdom of the Elders, and 8th grade will be exploring the Cascadia earthquake in depth.  We are excited for these opportunities for students to learn more about STEAM!

Have a great week!


Curtis Semana​