Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

May 16-21, 2016

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great week last week. I wanted to say thank you for a great discussion at academic seminar. It really helps when we have those conversations. I sent you links to the Kid President video and also The Right Brain Initiative. More information for Right Brain will be coming in the fall. I look forward to bringing in Right Brain to help us with kids connecting to Poynter.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to go with Joey, Tyler and Elida to Lewis and Clark and Portland State University with our 7th grade AVID students. We were able to take them to two colleges and show them around. I think overall they had a great time. It was interesting to listen to their conversations on college. I firmly believe the conversation about college has to be the heart of so many things we do at Poynter. For too many kids, college seems like an impossibility and we need to help them flip the script on that idea. A huge thank you to Cherylen, Joey, Tyler and Elida for organizing this great day for them.

Have a great week,


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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---Department.

*Katie and Nabil will be running a round 2 OAKS science session on Tuesday and Wednesday 1st and 2nd period.

*Lifetouch Pictures will be here Wednesday to get photos for the yearbook. In the fall, we had a problem with the picture company and they are fixing their error on this date. More information on Monday.

*Parent Club meeting this Tuesday @ 6:30.

*PBIS Committee meeting on Monday @ 8:00 in Pam's room.

*AVID team meeting on Monday @ 3:30 in the conference room.

*Play Teaser on Thursday

*G3 Event--More information from PBIS this week.

Current Week and May At A Glance

Monday-May 16

8:00 PBIS Meeting

3:30 AVID team meeting

3:30 TRIO

Tuesday-May 17

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

11:00 Attendance Team

MESA 3:15-5:00

Bike Club 3:30-4:45

Parent Club 6:30

Wednesday-May 18

Academic Seminar---Licensed--Department

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

1:30 CARE team

Thursday-May 19

Boxers/Vikings meeting 8:00-8:45

Bike Club 3:30

Musical Rehearsal--3:30

Friday, May 20

Team Leader Meeting @ 8:00.

G3 Event

Musical--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 21

HSD Festival

Saturday School

Musical--The Trials of Alice in Wonderland 2:30 pm

Upcoming Events:

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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