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Beaverton Schools

Principal's Message



Greetings Whitford Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2023/24 school year.  We are excited to have you be a part of our school family.  This school year is Whitford’s 60th school year.  It is amazing to consider the thousands of different students who have walked our halls and dedicated themselves to learning and growing into remarkable people.  Not a day goes by where I don’t run into someone who has a connection to Whitford Middle School.  It is an honor to serve and work in a school that has had such an impact on the Beaverton community

This past school year we have dedicated time to re-imagine who we are as a community.  Through the contributions of hundreds of students, parents, and community members we have refocused ourselves to be a community that is welcoming, collaborative, and service oriented.  We aspire to be leaders through our example and are committed to holding each other accountable for our actions. 

Our staff is a group of amazingly talented and committed professionals who are looking to create excellent learning opportunities everyday where students are inspired and empowered to own their learning and explore the world around them. 

Student success is based on partnership between the home and school.  As you work with your student and prepare for school each day, please consider some of these essential ideas that can be a catalyst for your child’s success: 

  • Communicate!  Ask your student about their day, their learning, their struggles, and listen!  Should there be a need to discuss anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Engage!  We love having parents be a part of our school community.  Please consider volunteering and participating in our school’s activities and events. 
  • Attendance!  Students must attend school regularly to master the learning targets that we are presenting each day.

Every school year offers so many opportunities for growth and learning. This year is no different.  We thank you for trusting us to teach and learn with your amazing students. Every day is a gift and we will always treat it as such. 


Zan Hess,   Principal