Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 20, 2019
All students are required by law to have their immunizations up-to-date no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
Students that are lacking immunizations and/or the proper documentation will be excluded from school until they
receive and provide documentation of all required immunizations. If you have questions on your child's immunization status
please contact Mrs. Lacey in our office @ 503-663-3323.
Cold and flu-related illnesses
Date: February 14, 2019
Dear Parents, Guardians,
We are seeing flu-like illness in our school community. Symptoms can include fever, sore throat, and /or cough. Here are some suggestions to help you protect your health:
- Be sure that you and your family get the flu vaccine; this is the most important action to prevent or minimize an influenza infection.
- If you are pregnant or have a serious health condition, contact your healthcare provider to discuss antiviral medications if you or anyone in your family has flu like symptoms.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time:
- Before eating or drinking.
- After using the toilet or changing diapers.
- After coughing, sneezing or using facial tissues
- Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
When water and soap are not available, alcohol-based hand cleaners can be used.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of your elbow.
- Keep sick children home. Do not send them to school if they are sick. If they become sick at school you will be called to come pick them up. Make sure your emergency numbers are up to date.
- People who are sick should stay home from work or school and stay away from other people until they are free of fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen) and are feeling better.
If you have questions please call your school nurse or health care provider.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
The current measles outbreak investigation in Clark County, Washington, raises questions about what parents should know in order to keep their children safe, and what their school will do if a case of measles is confirmed at their site.
Here are some important points to keep in mind:
- Measles is highly contagious. If a case is confirmed in a school or child care center, the health department will review all staff and student vaccination records to determine the risk of further spread.
- Keeping children in school/childcare is a priority, but measles is a serious disease. If an unvaccinated person is exposed to measles, they will not be allowed to go to school or child care during the time period when they could become sick, usually for 21 days after exposure. This may be extended if there are more measles cases.
- People excluded from school or childcare after a measles exposure are asked to stay home to avoid exposing others in the community.
- Now is a great time for all families, teachers, and school administrators to review their vaccine records and get their vaccines up to date.
Thank you for your partnership.
Jennifer Vines, MD, MPH
Deputy Health Officer
Multnomah County Health Department
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.
Thank you Orient PTC & Local Businesses
for helping with our school's Harvest Hustle fundraiser!
Receiving these funds will allow our school to purchase Chromebooks, water fountains and more.
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.
State Testing Notice
In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from
grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the
bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress
through our state tests, known as Smarter Balanced. For more information, please see the flyer - Click Here
By Oregon State law all schools are required to formally identify all students who are “intellectually” or “academically” gifted. By state definition, “talented and gifted children” means “those children who require special educational programs or services, or both, beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their contribution to self or society and who demonstrate outstanding ability or potential...” This includes those students who rank in the top 3% on nationally standardized tests of mental ability or achievement in reading and/or math.
Characteristics of intellectually gifted students include:
- Advanced vocabulary, ease of communication
- Interest in solving problems
- Asking many complex questions
- Learning/remembering information easily
- A keen sense of observation
- Curiosity and interest in many things
If you believe that your child is in the top 3% of his/her class in mental ability, reading, or math, a good first step is to talk with his/her teachers and review any testing data available. If after talking to the teacher, you would like to refer your child for the testing pool, contact your building Assistant Principal, Tadd Gestrin by March 9, 2019 to request a parent checklist.
Students who qualify for TAG are served in the regular classroom through modifications to the curriculum, which are designed to meet the child's assessed level and rate of learning.
2018 Immunization Results
The State of Oregon now requires schools to notify parents of their immunization exemption rates for each required vaccine. These rates will now be posted on our school’s website, in our school office and sent home to parents twice a year. The rates attached are the exemption rates as of last spring. Schools are required to publish this information twice each school year. Approximately the second week of March we will post the updated rates. These new rates are collected and tallied in mid February.
ODE 30-day notice for statewide tests & Opt-out form
Student Registration Information
Enrollment Packet (New students to our district)
Spanish Enrollment Packet (New students to our district)
Welcome to West Orient Middle School
Degrees and Certifications:
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.
- New STEAM elective classes at 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
- New technology including interactive whiteboards and projectors, amplification devices, chromebooks, and an updated infrastructure!
- New bond improvements such as new classroom furniture, floors & paint, and new security upgrades.
We are proud of these accomplishments and look forward to building upon them in the upcoming school year.
Our theme for the 2018-19 school year is “DOn’t quIT” At West Orient, our common goal is to prepare every student for success, NO EXCUSES! We want each and every student to improve, grow, and achieve! We will accomplish this together with a DO IT, Don’t Quit mindset.
Student registration will be on Tuesday, August 21, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please note that school pictures will be taken during registration. We strongly encourage you to register your child at this time to ensure a smooth enrollment.
Communication is key to student success! All school information can be found on our school website, westorient.gresham.k12.or.us. Our weekly newsletter, Tuesday News, contains the most current information including school announcements, upcoming events, important dates, and school celebrations. Tuesday News is emailed to parents on Tuesday afternoons and we upload a copy under the Tuesday 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 Tuesday News and ParentVUE can be found on our school website. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @WOMSwolverines.
Our school is getting a new and refreshed look! We are very excited about our new classroom furniture, fresh paint, new floors, security upgrades and more! We can’t wait for you to see it! Thank you again for supporting the bond and Gresham/Barlow schools!
I wish you all a wonderful school year. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me and know that my door is always open. I can be reached at 503-663-3323 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to an amazing year!
West Orient Middle School