WOMS Wolverine Newsletter
January 30, 2024
Mark your calendar
February 1 - Val-O-Grams sold at lunches for $1 each
February 5 - Raise Craze Fundraiser Kickoff
February 6 - Val-O-Grams sold at lunches for $1 each
February 8 - Val-O-Grams sold at lunches for $1 each
February 8 - 8th grade Springwater Trail HS Recruitment Assembly
February 12-16 - Spirit Week
February 13 - PTC at West Orient starting at 6:30 pm
February 19 - President's Day - No School
Springwater Trail High School Open House
Springwater Trail High School will have their Open House on February 21st from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Applications for incoming 9th graders (our 8th grade students) are due on March 15th by 3:00 PM.
For more information about their programming and lottery process, please reach out to their main office.
Immunization Clinics - Exclusion Day is February 21st
Free Vaccine Clinic
The vaccine clinic for this week at Highland Elementary will only be Thursday, February 1 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Immunization Exclusion Day - February 21, 2024
It’s that time of year to get your student up to date with their Required Immunizations for the 2023-2024 school year! Exclusion day is February 21st, 2024. Students that have not met the state requirements for immunizations will not be allowed to attend school starting on Wednesday, February 21st until they provide necessary immunization documentation to the office.
You can email your updated immunization records to Tamara Cochran at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact the office for any questions at (503) 663-3323.
Students are able to get required vaccinations by accessing local health centers. Locations can be found by following this link: Multnomah County School-based Student Health Centers
Our Annual Kindness Challenge Fundraiser is just around the corner!
Mark you calendars for the following dates:
Jan 25 - Fundraiser Kickoff Assembly
Jan 29 - Feb 2 (Information shared and account set up in Advisory)
Feb 5-23 (Launch fundraiser and competitions)
Feb 26- Mar 1 (Student collection only)
Looking for Donations for PAWS Store - thanks to those who donated already!
Our students have been earning lots of PAWS and look forward to spending them at our PAWS store during lunches. We are looking for donations to help us supply the store throughout the year.
If you are able, please purchase any of the items below and drop them by the office:
- Goldfish - individual bags
- Gatorade - small size
- Croc Charms
- Granola bars
- Jolly ranchers
- Small chocolates (kisses)
- Takis - individual bags
Thank you for all the ways you support us at West Orient!
With state testing underway, we want to reach out and ask for your help and support as we offer this opportunity to our students.
How does the Gresham-Barlow School District use the test results?
State tests are one way for us to determine how we are doing in meeting the needs of all of our students. These tests provide information on areas where our teaching has been effective while also highlighting areas where we can improve. We know that one measure cannot tell us everything we need to know about student learning. This is why we look at multiple measures such as student grades in the classroom, iReady scores, and state test results to get the most accurate picture of how our curriculum and instructional practices are meeting the needs of our students. State tests are a chance for your student to let us know how we are doing in serving them!
How does my student benefit from taking the state tests?
The state tests provide a snapshot of your child’s learning and progress. It is important to remember that the state test only covers a portion of what your student learns during the school year. When combined with other data such as student classroom grades, state test results can highlight general areas of strength and potential opportunities for growth.
How much time will testing take?
The state has been working hard over the past few years to reduce the amount of time that it takes for students to complete these state tests. For the English Language Arts test, most students will complete the multiple choice section in about one hour and the writing portion in about two hours. For the Math test, most students will complete the entire test in about 90 minutes.
In the Gresham-Barlow School District, we are deeply committed to inspiring and empowering each student and ensuring that every student in our schools has the support they need to achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for their next steps.
Please reach out to the main office or your child’s teacher(s) with any questions you may have.
Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents/guardians and adult students* to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and/or Mathematics by submitting this form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is excused from a statewide ELA or mathematics test with supervised study time while other students are testing.
A few reminders for families
- If your student has medication needs during the school day, an adult is required to bring in the medication in the original container. Students may not transport medication themselves.
- Bus riders, please be outside and ready for the bus ten minutes prior to pick up time. Delays in arrival home should be expected for the first few weeks.
- If your student plans to ride home on a different bus, please send a note with your student. The note must be turned in at the front office for approval.
- Please make sure your student has money deposited in their lunch account. Free and reduced applications are available online or in our office. Breakfast is free for all students.
- Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle and a snack to school each day.