WOMS Wolverine Newsletter

January 17, 2022

Mark Your Calendars

January 16 - No School (Martin Luther King Day)

January 17 - Homework Club begins

January 23-24 - 7th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts

January 25-26 - 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts

January 27 - No School - Teacher Standards & Assessment Day

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Girls Basketball Just Around the Corner!

Seventh and Eighth grade girls basketball sign ups started on January 5th. Students who signed up were also given the three forms needed to participate. Please note that all students must have all of their forms turned in prior to tryouts, including the physical form!

If your 7th or 8th grader is interested, please encourage them to get everything turned in quickly so we can determine the number of teams we will have this season as it is a no-cut sport.

Tryouts to determine varsity and junior varsity rosters will be as follows:

January 23-24 7th Grade Tryouts

January 25-26 8th Grade Tryouts

Athletes must have all forms turned in before they can participate!

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Please encourage your student to check lost and found or stop by and check it yourself!

We have lots of coats, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, and water bottles that are looking for their owners.

All unclaimed items will be donated on Friday, January 27th.

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Our Annual Fundraiser is just around the corner!

Mark you calendars for the following dates:

  • Feb 7-10 (Information shared in Advisory)

  • Feb 13-17 (Launch fundraiser and competitions)

  • Feb 21-24 (Student collection only)

More specific information will be shared in the upcoming weeks!
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Nominate your favorite teacher for

Oregon’s 2023-24 Teacher of the Year Award

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery is pleased to announce that the Oregon Teacher of the Year Program is again honoring exemplary educators in every region of the state!

  • Nominations are open statewide through February 28, 2023

  • Teachers will submit their applications by March 31, 2023

  • Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region

  • Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in September 2023!

  • In October 2023 one of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year and will be eligible to apply for the honor of the National Teacher of the Year!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and will be celebrated across the state. Last year Highland Elementary School teacher Amanda Jensen was the 2022 Multnomah Education Service District Regional Teacher of the Year!

The 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $10,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school!) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers. Anyone can nominate a teacher!

Gresham-Barlow School District Families: Please nominate your favorite teacher today at oregonteacheroftheyear.org. The teacher you nominate just may be selected as the Multnomah County Regional Teacher of the Year and be in the running for the honor of 2023-24 Oregon Teacher of the Year! If you have any questions, please reach out to Oregon Teacher of the Year program coordinator Michelle Goodness at michelle.goodness@ode.oregon.gov; 971-209-8855.

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Oregon is committed to preparing every learner with academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Oregon’s statewide assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics are fully aligned to Oregon’s State Standards and provide students in grades 3-8 and 11, along with their families, one measure of academic achievement and growth.

We will begin our Oregon State Testing following spring break. All grades will be participating in testing.

The links below give additional information about the tests and the option to have your student opt out of testing.

If you have questions, please reach out to Tadd Gestrin, Assistant Principal

Opt-Out Forms - English

Opt-Out Forms - Spanish

Opt-Out Form - Russian

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Please take a few moments to review what you student's plan is for lunch. We have several students that are not bringing a lunch or taking hot lunch, yet ask to have some of what others around them are eating. With all of the germs going around, we do not want to encourage students to be sharing food or drinks. We also do not want to have students leaving lunch hungry!

Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Homework Club will resume on January 17th. Stop by the office to pick up the forms to participate!

A few reminders for families

  • The rainy season has begun. We try our best to have recess outside whenever possible. Please be sure to send your student to school with a jacket or sweatshirt to help keep them warm and dry.
  • 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.
  • 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 at the beginning of the day.
  • 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 to school each day.