Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

May 2-6, 2016

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe we are in the first week of May? It is absolutely astounding to me how fast this school year is flying by. May looks to be a busy month. Spring is here and the kids are starting to show some signs of spring fever. Hang in there, stay strong, and keep up the great work you do every day.

A huge thank you to Nicole for the fun VIP event last week. The kids were great. Another big thank you to Pam for Unity Assembly from Forest Grove High School. I heard some great comments from kids about being a little more aware of the world around them.

The week ahead is Educator Appreciation Week. On behalf of Katie, Nabil and myself, I want to thank you for all the work you do everyday. Everyone at Poynter puts in 110% in so many different ways and it makes a difference. Middle School is a tough time for kids and the work you do helps them not only get through this difficult time but prepare them for their future. I am proud to be part of this staff and stand with you daily. Have a great week ahead.

With much appreciation,


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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

General Information for all staff

*Academic Seminar this week---Licensed--Team.

*Academic Seminar for Classified---Will be in the library starting at 8:00 on Wednesday. We will be focusing on equity work that day.

*A Huge Shout-out to our Track team and Coaches. Poynter has made it to the big meet at Aloha High School this Thursday. Come out and cheer our kids on. They are doing awesome!

*Staff Appreciation Week: treats and fun stuff this week for all staff. Starting with Breakfast on Monday.

*PBIS Summit---This Friday.

*Department Coordinator meeting will be rescheduled due to PBIS summit and district conflict. Linda will re-schedule it.

*End of the Year Variety show has been cancelled. There will not be auditions this week.

Current Week and May At A Glance

Monday-May 2

Staff Appreciation Week--Breakfast

3:20 Musical Rehearsal

3:30 Track practice

3:30 TRIO

Tuesday-May 3

Staff Appreciation Week--A thank you (no food on this day)

Wildcats/Pilots mtg. 8:00-8:45

11:00 Attendance Team

MESA 3:15-5:00

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Track practice 3:30

Wednesday-May 4

Staff Appreciation Week---Lunch

Academic Seminar---Licensed--Team, Classified--In the library, 8:00

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

1:30 CARE team

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Track Practice 3:30

Thursday-May 5

Staff Appreciation Week---Provided by Parent Club

Boxers/Vikings meeting 8:00-8:45

Bike Club 3:30

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Equity Team Meeting 3:30

Track Meet 5:00 at Aloha High School

Friday, May 6

Staff Appreciation Week---Lunch and Dessert

PBIS summit

SST @ 7:45

Upcoming Events:

May 10--Grading Window opens

May 11--Katie Returns

May 13---G3 Event--Dance and Winter Guard from LHS

May 13--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland Opens @ 7:30

May 14--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland @ 7:30

May 17--Play Teaser

May 20 G3 Event

May 20--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland @ 7:30

May 21--Saturday School

May 21--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland @ 7:30

May 27--Spirit Assembly

May 30--No School--Memorial Day

May 31--June 3 Spirit Week

Remember Monday is AVID gear, Tuesday is Tie Tuesday, Wednesday is Poynter Gear, Friday is college or Liberty gear.

Thought of the Week

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