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Open House   
West Orient Middle School's Gymnasium Thursday,  September 14, 2017
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm  
You are invited to our annual Open House Night on Thursday, September 14th from       5:15 - 6:15 PM.  This event will provide an opportunity for you to receive some important information from several key people at West Orient Middle School and an opportunity for you to meet your child's teachers.  Please join us in celebrating the beginning of the new school year by introducing yourself and getting to know us a little better.
District Announcements
Top off the Truck

GBSD's Hurricane Harvey relief fund is happening through September [More]
2017-2018 Bus Routes

2017-18 school bus route information now available [More]
Oasis Volunteer Training Sessions

Oasis volunteers needed to help students struggling to read. [More]
2016 School Bond

Building a better education for every student
Learn about the projects in the 2016 Gresham-Barlow Bond [More]
Mobile App Available

Gresham-Barlow School District mobile app
Access to your student's school at your fingertips [More]
West Orient Middle School Announcements
Back to School Letter from Principal, Elise Catanese

Dear West Orient Students, Parents, and Guardians:


Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!  It’s hard to believe that it’s August already and the start of the school year is just around the corner. Please take a moment to read the documents attached to this letter as they contain important information for the start-up of the 2017-18 school year. You will find school supply lists, immunization requirements, Lifetouch photo packets, bus routes, fee information, school office hours and contacts, yearly calendars, fundraiser details, and more!   


Our school theme this 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 the “FORCE” from all stakeholders—parents, students, staff, and the community— to accomplish our goals with the greatest success.


Student registration will be on Tuesday, August 22, 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 the 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 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 22. Both Tuesday News and ParentVUE can be found on our school website at, westorient.gresham.k12.or.us.


    I am honored and proud to serve my sixth year as principal of the 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.  Enjoy the remainder of your summer break and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.



Elise Catanese

Principal, West Orient Middle School

“Use the FORCE”

Friendships, Opportunities, Respect, Cooperation, Excellence

School Supply List 2017-2018
Toys At School
Toys At School
Students and Parents,
This is a reminder that toys are not allowed at school.  This includes spinners, fidget boxes, slime, etc.  These items are causing a huge distraction in the classroom environment.  If students bring a toy to school, the toy will be brought to the office and students will be able to pick it up at the end of the day.  The second time a toy is brought to school, parents will need to pick it up from the office before or after school.  Thank you in advance for your help with this matter.
 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Catanese.
Bottle & Can Recycle Fundraiser
Easy Fundraiser
The WOMS GREEN TEAM, "The Green Wolverines" would like to invite you to pick up a blue OBRC (Oregon Bottle Return Center) bag from the school and fill it with your refundable bottles and cans and drop it off back at the school or at any local bottle return center, aka Bottle Drop.  We are also a featured fundraiser on the OBRC website, so please feel free to donate.  All proceeds go to WOMS and the Green Wolverines.  Thanks in advance for your support.    WOMS Green Wolverine Bottle Fundraiser - Click Here
Student Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones may only be used in the school before 8:55 am in the cafeteria, or after 3:35 pm.  Phones should be turned off and put away in lockers, backpacks or pockets.  the only allowed use is under teacher direction for instruction during a class period (not in the halls or during passing times).  The student must also have a technology use form signed by his/her parent and returned to the teacher or team.
Norovirus Prevention Tips
A Norovirus strain is expected to hit hard this year.  Following is information from our school nurse to help prevent the spread of the Norovirus  The "stomach bug" (an example;  the norovirus) can cause severe onset of vomiting, diarrhea episodes, dehydration & stomach pain/cramping.  The Center for Disease Control recommends:
  • WASH HANDS for 20 seconds, especially before preparing foods & after toileting
  • CLEAN SURFACES - Use bleach-based cleaner or other disinfectant
  • WASH LAUNDRY - Remove & wash soiled linens and clothes immediately
  • USE GLOVES to pick up soiled materials or when wiping down counters
  • STAY HOME WHEN SICK and stay home 2 days more after symptoms of nausea, vomiting, stomach pain stop.
  • Avoid contact directly with others, as the Norovirus can be spread long after symptoms are gone, up to two weeks.
  • Norovirus Prevention Information
2017 Immunization Results
Immunization Exemption Information          
Twice a year, for each required vaccine, the State of Oregon requires schools to notify parents of immunization
exemption rates. The rates will be posted on the school’s website and in the school office as well as sent home
to parents.  Attached are the exemption rates as of February 2016. 
Notifications will occur in March and September.
Información Actualizada sobre la Exención de Inmunizaciones      
Dos veces al año, para cada vacuna requerida, el estado de Oregon requiere que las escuelas notifiquen a los
padres las tasas de exención de inmunizaciónes. Las tarifas serán publicadas en el sitio web de la escuela
y en la oficina de la escuela, así como enviadas a casa a los padres. Se adjuntan las tasas de exención a
partir de Febrero del 2016. Las notificaciones se producirán en Marzo y Septiembre.
Информация об Освобождении от Вакцинации        
Два раза в год, Штат Орегон должен информировать родителей, какой процент не вакцинированных
детей за  каждую трeбуемую вакцину. Эта  информация теперь будут размещена на веб-сайте наших
школ, в школьном офисе, а также будет отправлено письмо родителям. Прикрепленная информация
указывает какой процент не вакцинированных детей составлял в феврале 2016 года. Уведомление 
будет доступным в марте и в сентябре. 

2017 Immunization Results - Click Here
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