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.
  • 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.

School Theme

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

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.

School Communication

Communication is key to student success! All school information can be found on our school website, 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.

Bond Update

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  I look forward to an amazing year! 

Elise Catanese
West Orient Middle School

"DOn't quIT"