Upcoming Events


  • Dear West Orient Parents,

    Northwest Family Services, is excited to announce a new series of free online workshops for parents and teens. These workshops are for any parent and their teenage child or children in Multnomah County. 



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  • WOMS Families,

    Here are West Orient Immunization rates and a list of Student Health Center (English & Spanish) locations to get your child's Immunizations updated before February 17, 2021

    West Orient Immunization Rates 10/20/20


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  • Wolverine Newsletter 10/19/20

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  • Wolverine Newsletter 10/12/2020

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  • Lesson Recording Guidance

    English & Spanish

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  • GBSD shares update on health metrics and online instruction


    Online instruction to continue through at least end of November  

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  • Dear West Orient Families,

    Are you needing Technology help or have general questions? Here is some helpful information to help problem solve some of the most common issues and answer questions regarding technology and distance learning. 

    You can contact the Family Tech Assistance line at (503)258-4733 for help or contact our office staff at (503) 663-3323 for further assistance.

    Technology Help

    Distance Learning Help

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  • Wolverine Newsletter 10/5/20

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  • Wolverine Newsletter 9/28/20

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  • View English Calendar

    View Spanish Calendar

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  • Oregon Health Plan Flyers: English & Spanish


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  • Rights & Responsibilities English Link

    Rights & responsibilities Spanish Link

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  • Wolverine News 9/22/2020 (Update)

    Click Here

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  • West Orient's Elective Forecasting for 2020-2021

    6th Grade Elective Forecasting

    7th Grade Elective Forecasting 

    8th Grade Elective Forecasting


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  • Hello, Future Wolverines! 

    Welcome to West Orient Middle School. 

    Please click on the links below to learn all about West Orient Middle School!

    • West Orient Middle School Presentation
      • This presentation is self-paced. Please review each slide to learn more about our school and what it is like to be a middle schooler. In addition, be sure to click on the teacher videos to learn more about who they are and what they teach.
    • School Video - Watch this video to get a more indepth look into our school and community.

    • Follow school updates on our WOMS Twitter and Gresham-Barlow SD Twitter

    We’re excited to meet YOU and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.



    Ms. Catanese

    Principal West Orient Middle School

    Link to full document

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  • West Orient's School Theme

    2020-2021 School Year

    Mission: Possible

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  • Dear Families,

    Thursday, June 11, will be the last day for our Distance Learning meals program. Servers will hand out meals for both June 11 and June 12.

    Our Summer Food Program begins Monday, June 22. Meals will be provided to families at the summer meal sites listed below. We will continue to hand out grab and go lunches and the next day’s breakfast at the same time.

    Note: There will be no meals program the week of June 15 - June 19.

    Summer Meals Sites

    June 22, 2020 - August 14, 2020
    11:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Note: All sites closed July 3

    North Gresham Elementary School
    1001 SE 217th Avenue
    Gresham, OR  97030

    East Gresham Elementary School
    900 SE Fifth Street
    Gresham, OR  97030

    Highland Elementary School
    295 NE 24th Street
    Gresham, OR 97030

    West Gresham Elementary School
    330 W. Powell Blvd.
    Gresham, OR 97080

    Multnomah County Library in Gresham
    385 NW Miller Avenue
    Gresham, OR 97030

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  • West Orient Teacher Appreciation Week Video

    This video is from students to our wonderful teachers. 

    To view the video click the link below.

    Teacher Appreciation 2020

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  • Dear West Orient Community,  

    “The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.”  

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    In these challenging times, we stand together. It’s difficult to find the words to express the emotions we are all feeling right now. It’s time for everyone, ourselves included, to stand up against racism and injustice. We will start by saying that we have a lot of work to do. While we don’t have all the answers, we are committed to listening, learning, and understanding our students and community. 

    We believe that every student who walks through our doors deserves to be treated with respect, fairness, and dignity. We will continue to work together to build a positive and safe community where ALL students feel welcome. We will work towards eliminating inequities and injustices from our school. We will continue to uphold the values of inclusion and equity and support for all of the students that we serve. This is where we stand and this is the journey to which we are committed. 

    We are ALL in this together.  


    West Orient Staff


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  • To our Students, Families, and Community, 

    Over the last couple months our community has shown immense strength, flexibility, patience, and collaboration as we came together to make Distance Learning for All work for our students and families. 

    The staff of West Orient wanted to express their words of encouragement and thanks with a Purple Ribbon Message to our Community.

    Please take a moment to watch the West Orient Middle School Outreach Slideshow, and THANK YOU to the Gresham-Barlow Community for “Leveling Up!” during these unprecedented times! 

    Stay Safe 💟  Stay Strong 💟  Stay Kind 💟  

    Wolverines are EPIC! 


    The West Orient Staff


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  • Pandemic EBT Food Benefits for Families

    Pandemic EBT is a program that provides financial assistance to help families pay for groceries during school closures. All K-12 students who qualify for free and reduced meals are eligible for this benefit in addition to the daily grab-and-go meals. If you are school-wide free and reduced, all families are eligible. Immigration status does not matter for Pandemic EBT benefits. Pandemic EBT will not count in a public charge test.

    Families that currently have SNAP benefits will automatically have benefits loaded onto their EBT cards. Those that currently do not have an EBT card, will automatically have one mailed to them with instructions. Benefits are equal to the price of school meals over the month.

    Sodexo will be sending out information on this benefit to families. Please share widely both internally and with your community partners. Flyer attached.

    For additional food resources visit the GBSD website under Covid-19>Family Resources or under the Parent Resources tab>Community Resources. 

    P-EBT FAQ.pdf 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2020 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.

    2020 Immunization & Exemption Results

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  • School board approves boundary changes

    View the updated boundaries that go into effect fall 2020 

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  • Updated GBSD Mobile App is here!

    Learn more

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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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  • Join the conversation!

    Every voice matters at West Orient Middle School

    Let's Talk!

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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.

School Mission

Wolverines are EPICEngaged 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 weekly 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. Both Wolverine News and ParentVUE can be found on our school website. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @WOMSwolverines.

School Theme

Our theme for the 2020-21 school year is Mission PossibleOur mission is to prepare our students for the best comprehensive distance learning experience possible. I can assure you that our teachers have been working relentlessly to prepare lessons and activities and provide outstanding opportunities for online learning. However, we can not accomplish this mission alone. I encourage you and your student to join us in this mission. We ask that you guide and support your child's learning by ensuring that they:

  • Attend all classes, arrive on time, and be prepared and ready for the day's learning.
  • Complete and turn in all assignments on time.
  • Consistently communicate with their teachers.
  • Know that you expect them to succeed in school.

 We are strong and we are EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready) and together we will make this Mission Possible!

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

Go Wolverines!

Elise Catanese
West Orient Middle School