Upcoming Events


  • SHARE THE LOVE OF FOOD...Drive! GOING NOW at West Orient! 

    February 12th - March 1st.
    Bring in Canned Foods and other non-perishable food items to help support SnowCap, a local Non-Profit Food Bank in SE Portland who helps provide food for the homeless and families in need!  Bring your canned foods to the West O Lobby and fill up your Grade-Level Bin and raise your Heart Meters!

    Two years ago our Goal was 3000 items. In over a week and a half, West Orient students collected 3,577 items for SnowCap.  THIS YEAR we have two GOALS!

    Goal One: 

    4500 Items School wide (approximately 1500 items per grade) -- Top Grade Level wins a Popsicle Party with Tech.

    Goal Two: 

    6000 Items School wide -- If students reach and/or breach the 6000 item mark, not only will the top Grade-Level still get the Popsicle Party with Tech, but the ENTIRE SCHOOL will also receive One Week without Homework!

    "High-Need Items" are worth more item points!  Peanut Butter = 3 pts.  Canned Tuna, Salmon, Chicken are worth 2 pts.  Every other canned food and non-perishable is worth one 1 pt. 

    Let’s show SnowCap,  and the Cities of Gresham and Portland how amazing West Orient is!  Let’s Share the Love of Food!   Bring in this Cans and see which grade-level can share the most love of food!


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  • iReady Math Lab & Homework Club on Wednesday Mornings!

    Dear Parents & Students,
    We have some great news! We will now be offering an iReady Math Lab along with Homework Club on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30am in the computer lab beginning Wednesday, Jan 10th.  This will be in addition to our Tuesday afternoon session. We know weekends and evenings are hard for some students.  Others don't have computer access at home. So hopefully this will meet the need for more of our students. Parents will need to provide transportation to school in the morning. Students should check in at the front office when they arrive. At 9:35am students will transition to the cafeteria until the bell for school entry.
    You can learn more about iReady by visiting www.i-ready.com/tour. If you have questions about the iReady program or your child's math progress, please feel free to contact your child's teacher. 
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  • Parent Survey

    If you have not yet completed our Parent Survey for the 2017-2018 school year, please take a few minutes of your valuable time to complete our survey.  Your opinions and comments are very important to us.

    WOMS Parent Survey - Link

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  • School Calendar

    School Calendar (English)
    School Calendar (Spanish)

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  • Attendance Information Sheet

    Attendance Information Sheet - English
    Attendance Information Sheet - Spanish

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  • New Student Enrollment

    Student Registration Form - English
    Student Registration Form - Spanish
    Student Registration Form - Russian

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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.
  • Engaging arts program that includes band, choir, and world music.
  • New STEAM elective classes at 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
  • New technology including interactive whiteboards and projectors, amplification devices, chromebooks, and an updated infrastructure!
  • Strong level of parent and community support.

We are proud of these accomplishments and look forward to building upon them in the upcoming school year.

Our school theme for the 2017-18 school year is “Use the FORCE: Friendships, Opportunities, Respect, Cooperation, Excellence.” 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, but we know we can not accomplish this goal alone. We believe it takes a “FORCE” from all stakeholders—parents, students, staff, and the community— to accomplish our goals with the greatest success.

Effective communication is our priority and key to student success! 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 to our School News page. 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. Parents and students are encouraged to utilize ParentVUE weekly to track progress. Tuesday News can be found under Our School > School News and ParentVUE can be found under Parents > ParentVUE.

I am honored to serve as principal of West Orient Middle School. If I can ever be of assistance, please call me at 503-663-3323 or email catanese@gresham.k12.or.us
In the meantime...May the FORCE be with you!

Elise Catanese
West Orient Middle School