Poynter Middle School

Notes from the Principal

Welcome to the Second Semester

We have officially entered the second semester. You should have or shortly be receiving your child's first semester report cards. If you have questions regarding any grades please check Parent Vue and/or contact your child's teacher(s). If you have questions on accessing Parent Vue please feel free to call us at Poynter and speak to our counseling office or any off our front office staff.

As many of you may know, our Assistant Principal Katie Thomas will be leaving us for a short time to have her baby. We are very excited for her and her family. Taking her place for the months of February through May will be Mr. Nabil Zerizef. Mr. Zerizef is a teacher on special assignment at our district office. He comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge. We are thrilled to have him join us at Poynter. His email is zerizefn@hsd.k12.or.us.

Dr. Jon Pede



Liberty High School will begin its forecasting for incoming freshmen (current 8th grade) starting on the 22nd of this month. Students will be forecasting in their science classes. There will be a Freshmen night at Liberty High School from 6:00-8:00 p.m. All forecasting sheets will be due on February 26th. Please check with your 8th grade child during the week of the 22nd. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the 8th grade counselor, Ms. Myers (503-844-1580) or Assistant Principal Dr. Amanda Ryan-Fear at Liberty High School.

Dance Chaperones Needed

We have our Valentines Dance on Thursday, February 11th from 3:30-5:00. We are need of parent volunteers to help us chaperone. If you are interested please feel free to contact Mrs. McIntosh at mcintosp@hsd.k12.or.us or give us a call at 503-844-1580.

Technology Safety

This month we will be focusing on Technology Safety during homerooms for all teams. Students will receive lessons on proper technology use and the dangers of technology when used inappropriately. Technology today provides us with so many opportunities for education and communication. However, like many things it can be inappropriately used. This would be a great opportunity to sit down with your student to talk with them about technology and its appropriate use. This conversation might include a discussion of the various apps that students have on their phones, tablets, and music players. While many of these apps are designed for everyone, there are some that when not monitored can lead to inappropriate usage. If you have any questions about apps or how they are used or what to look for, please feel to give us a call. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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We Have New Mission and Vision Statements


Poynter Middle School community invests in every student to help them develop skills for high school with progress towards college and career readiness.




  • attendance increases through tracking, responding, and communicating with students and families
  • multiple pathways are utilized for school to home connection such as phone calls, emails, postcards, home visits, school community events (back to school nights, parent conferences, ice cream social, AVID family nights, Latino Family Nights,
  • relevant extracurricular activities (such as clubs, sports, performances) are offered and available


  • rigorous instruction from bell to bell by all staff is a priority
  • Professional Learning Communities create common assessments and examine data to drive reflective instruction
  • explicit academic language instruction is a priority through strategies such as sentence frames, scaffolding, direct instruction, Depth of Knowledge, Constructing Meaning, FIELD
  • teacher training and implementation of strategies are supported and is part of the culture of Poynter Middle School
  • students are taught to become better organized through the use of AVID strategies


  • equitable supports focusing on individual needs are implemented within our academic teams
  • fostering a culture of respect, safety, and being connected are a value


Every student will develop skills for high school with progress towards college and career readiness.


Middle School Matters

NAEP Testing

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child will take a music or visual arts assessment. Students will evaluate existing works of music and visual art and create their own works of visual art. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and if they keep a sketchbook or play a musical instrument. Student responses provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions.

The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347). The information collected is used for statistical purposes only, and the results are anonymous. Your child’s grades will not be affected. Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by Friday, February 12th, 2016.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. If you have questions, please contact the school office.


Katie Thomas

Poynter Middle School

Assistant Principal

Join our Parent Club

Did you know that Poynter Middle School has a Parent Club? We do! We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm. This parent led group discusses events at Poynter as well as has presentations from teachers, the administration, outside guests. Recently, we had a discussion with our school resource officer, Detective Ed Vance regarding school safety. I did a presentation diploma options for students when the arrive at Liberty High School. If you would like further information, please contact me or the Poynter Middle School main office.

Clubs and Upcoming Events


Zone Basketball 3:15

Musical rehearsal 3:20

Trio 3:30


Yearbook Club 7:50-8:45

Wildcats Tech Safety

MESA 3:15-5:00

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Volleyball 3:15-5:00

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Parent club 6:30


7:50-8:50 Chess Club

GSA 12:00-1:30 (1st lunch Ceccarelli, 2nd lunch Byrne)

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Zone Basketball 4:15@ SMMS

6:30 Band Concert


Boxer Tech Safety

Bike Club 3:30

Valentines Dance 3:30

Zone Volleyball @ Brown 4:15

Friday, February 12

No activities

Upcoming Events:

2/15 NO SCHOOL-President's day

2/17 NAEP testing

2/20 Saturday School

2/22 8th grade Liberty class forecasting in science

2/23 8th grade Freshman night @ LHS 6-8 pm

2/25 VIP event during HR

2/26 8th grade Liberty forecasting sheets due

2/29 Grading window opens

3/3 8th grade self-manager picnic

3/4 G3 applications due

J. W. Poynter Middle School

503-844-1580 Main Line

503-844-1585 Attendance Line

Office Hours: 8:00-4:00


Jon Pede, Ed.D.


Katie Thomas

Assistant Principal