Upcoming Events


  • Smarter Balanced Tests

    West Orient Middle School will give Smarter Balanced tests in English Language Arts and Math in the spring of this school year. These tests measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that your child can successfully transition from grade to grade and be prepared for his or her next steps after high school.  We know that an end-of-the-year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child’s academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement and can be used as a way to ensure they are getting the support they need. Additionally, the tests help Gresham Barlow School District’s efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning. When fewer students take the test, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of how our students are performing, and this limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system. 

    ORS 329.479 establishes a Student Assessment Bill of Rights permitting parents or adult students to annually opt-out of statewide summative assessments in English language arts and Mathematics. The opt-out forms will not be available on the Oregon Department of Education website until later this school year. We will let you know when the opt-out forms become available. This notification will be sent to you at least 30 days prior to when your student would begin testing. More information about the annual opt-out / testing notification process can be found here:

    Oregon Annual Testing Notification - English

    Oregon Annual Testing Notification - Spanish

    In the Gresham Barlow School District, we are deeply committed to inspiring and empowering each student and ensuring that every student in our schools has the support they need to achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for their next steps. If you have general questions or want more information about the end-of-year tests, please see http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/


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  • Attention 7th & 8th grade Boys

    Boys Basketball Tryouts

    • Tryouts are Tuesday to Friday, November 12th - 15th.
    • 3:45 to 5:15 in the gym.
    • To participate you must have a current physical (no older than 2 years) on file in the office.
    • You must also fill out and return an insurance waiver to the office.
    • Make sure to take care of paperwork ASAP, we can't wait to see you!


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  • Fall Scholastic Book Fair

    Coming Soon

    November 12th - 15th


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  • Math iReady 

    Wednesday mornings from 8:30am - 9:30am


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  • Parents & Guardians,

    Communication with our families and safety for all students are very important to us at West Orient Middle School.  Here are a few key items to to help ensure communication and student safety.

    • Please update your contact and emergency contact information often.  Many time we are unable to contact families when needed. In case of an emergency it is imperative that we are able to reach you.
    • ParentVUE is an important tool to track your students grades, absences, class schedule, change demographic information and much more. If you do not have a ParentVUE account please contact the office at 503-663-3323. 
    • Log into ParentVUE
    • Download ParentVUE Getting Started Guide (pdf)
    • Periodically we send out School Messenger Broadcast email messages.  Please do not unsubscribe from receiving these messages.  We try to only send out important information to you as we do not want to overwhelm you with too many messages. If you unsubscribe you will miss receiving important information.  Please contact the office if you would like to re-establish the email connection and begin receiving our email messages.
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  • Attendance Matters 

    As part of our work to improve school attendance at West Orient we want to make sure every student misses no more than 9 days of school, or 1 day a month. Attending school has a huge impact on student success.

    Look for the following student attendance incentives.

    • Raffle prize drawings
    • Prize incentives
    • Recognition bulletin board

    Absences can add up. Missing just two days every month puts students at risk of falling behind.  Please let us know how we can best suppport you and your student so that they can show up for school on time every day.

    For some attendance tips – click here

    When is too sick for school? English    Spanish 

    Attendance in Early Grades English     Spanish  

    Attendance Information Flyer  English     Spanish



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  • Attendance Information Sheet

    Attendance Information Sheet - English
    Attendance Information Sheet - Spanish

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  • Harvest Hustle Fundraiser

    Our Goal is to raise $15,000!!! This fundraiser supports our school’s investment in technology, school improvements i.e. a new PA system in the gym, student furniture, STEAM lab equipment, our Positive Behavior program and Teacher Grant Fund.  These programs touch every classroom and every student at West Orient.

    This FUNdraising event creates SCHOOL SPIRIT and RAISES MONEY for INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE LEARNING opportunities for your STUDENTS!

    A flier was sent home last week! (Flier attached).

    For every $20 your student turns in, they will be entered into a Prize raffle!  We will be giving away tons of prizes!

    ~Students can turn in Cash or Check donations to the Front Office.  Please include STUDENT NAME and Homeroom Teacher when turning in $$.

    ~Online donations can be made here: https://squareup.com/store/orient-parent-teacher-club   (Enter the STUDENT NAME in the NOTE to MERCHANT when checking out, so that your student receives credit for the donation)

    ~Turn in Donations from NOW thru OCTOBER 23rd.  

    Please ENCOURAGE your student to FUNDRAISE. TOGETHER, We can ACHIEVE this GOAL!!  

    SIGN UP to VOLUNTEER at the HUSTLE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aaca82ba7f94-2019

    Questions??  Email - WOVolunteer@gmail.com

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  • Fred Meyer Rewards Card Fundraiser

    You can help WOMS earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

    • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to West Orient Middle School at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
    • You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number, TN147.
    • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping West Orient Middle School earn a donation!
    • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
    • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store.


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  • West Orient now has apparel and shoes available for purchase

    Apparel: westorient.gearupsports.net

    Shoes: gearupsports.net/shoes

    West Orient Gear Up Sports - Flyer

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  • SafeOregon.com

    All kids should feel safe at school and in their communities.  

    SafeOregon gives kids, parents, schools and their communities

    a way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence. 

    Together, we'll empower people to speak out and spark a change. 

    Report A Tip

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  • West Orient's Calendar of Events for the 2019-2020

    West Orient's Calendar of Events is a great source of information all in one easy to view format.  This is a compiliation of activities and events happening this year at West Orient Middle School.

    West Orient's Calendar of Events - Click Here

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  • Early Arrival & Late Departure of Students

    West Orient’s school hours are 9:05am – 3:35pm.

    There is morning supervision available in the cafeteria beginning at 8:35am on M, Tu, Th & F and 9:35am on Wednesdays.

    Students should not arrive to school prior to these times unless they are attending our Wednesday morning Math iReady from 8:30am – 9:30am. Students should be dropped off at the cafeteria door and not the front office. 

    In the afternoon there is no supervision of students after 3:35pm. Students should be picked up no later than 3:45 pm. There is no after school supervision available. Thank you for your understanding while we work to keep all children safe.

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  • Student Registration Information

    Enrollment Packet  (New students to our district)

    Spanish Enrollment Packet (New students to our district)

    Registration Fees

    Supply List             

    School Calendar     

    Spanish - School Calendar

    Immunization Requirements 2018-2019 

    Immunization Requirements 2018-2019 - Spanish

    Immunization Requirements 2018-2019 Russian


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  • Proposed Social Science Resources

    A teacher selection committee has recommended the adoption of McGraw Hill’s Networks as the new primary Social Science resource for GBSD middle school classrooms. Networks is a combination of digital and print resources aligned with the new social science standards adopted by the Oregon Department of Education. With school board and budget approval, these resources will begin being used in classrooms in the fall of 2019.

    Stop by the school to see a sample of the student textbooks, or click on this link https://www.gresham.k12.or.us/Page/8164 to see digital samples.

    Reach out to Director of Teaching and Learning at kautz@gresham.k12.or.us with your feedback or questions.

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  • 2019 Immunization Results

    The State of Oregon requires schools to notify parents of their immunization rates for each required vaccine.  These rates will be posted on our school’s website, in our school office, and sent home to parents.  The rates attached are the exemption rates as of the February exclusion date - which is always the third Wednesday of that month.  Schools are required to publish this information twice each school year.  These rates will be posted within thirty days of the February exclusion date.  The same information will be shared again during the first month of school next school year.  Again, these rates are collected and tallied each February.

     2019 Immunization & Exemption Results

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  • Boundary Review Process Underway

    Review maps, share your feedback at Open House

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  • Student Success Act - We want to hear from you!

    Attend an input session to share feedback to take our online survey

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  • New, updated GBSD Mobile App coming soon

    Learn more

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  • West Orient's Bus Snow Routes 

    Flyer of snow routes

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  • Join the conversation!

    Every voice matters at West Orient Middle School

    Let's Talk!

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  • Receive School Reminders/Updates via Text Message!

    Sign up to receive messages from your child's school and GBSD!

    Learn more here

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District News

Principal's Message

Ms. Catanese

Phone: 503-663-3323


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Catanese


I’m Elise Catanese, principal of West Orient Middle School, home of the WOLVERINES. As a community of learners, the students and staff at West Orient Middle School strive to practice respect, responsibility, relationships, and results. High standards and expectations for each student in regard to academic performance and responsible citizenship are the foundation of our school. It is with pride that we hold these high standards and ask each of our students to commit to maintaining the extraordinary record of achievement and contribution that has been the legacy of West Orient Middle School students.

What we celebrate:

  • High academic and behavioral standards.
  • Dedicated and collaborative staff that focuses on teaching and learning to improve student growth and achievement.
  • Positive and safe school climate & culture.
  • Strong level of parent and community support.
  • Project based learning with our STEAM elective classes at 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
  • Updated technology including one-to-one computers, interactive whiteboards and projectors, amplification devices, chromebooks, and an updated infrastructure.
  • Bond improvements: new classroom furniture, floors & paint, and new security upgrades.

School Mission

Wolverines are EPIC! Engaged Persistent Intentional Career and college ready

School Vision

All students are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared to reach their fullest potential.

School Communication

Communication is key to student success! All school information can be found on our school website, westorient.gresham.k12.or.us. Our weekly newsletter, Wolverine News, contains the most current information including school announcements, upcoming events, important dates, and school celebrations. Wolverine News is emailed to parents on Tuesday afternoons and we upload a copy under the Wolverine News link on our school website. ParentVUE is another valuable communication tool that provides parents and guardians access to information regarding their child’s academic progress, current grades, attendance activity, and class schedules via the internet. You can sign up for ParentVUE during registration on August 21. Both Wolverine News and ParentVUE can be found on our school website. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @WOMSwolverines.

School Theme

We have officially started the 2019-20 school year with a "Level Up" attitude! Now it’s time to LEVEL UP our attendance, behavior, and academics to build a successful community of learners. I’m grateful for our amazing staff that has the necessary skills to ensure each student is socially, emotionally, and academically prepared to reach their fullest potential. As your principal, it is important that everyone who steps through our doors - staff, students, and parents - are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic success in a positive, fun and nurturing environment. I look forward to working with all of you to achieve our collective goals! Now let’s LEVEL UP and make this the most EPIC year ever!!! 


If I can ever be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Go Wolverines!

Elise Catanese
West Orient Middle School