Poynter Middle School

Notes from the Principal

Welcome to the Second Semester

Welcome to Spring!!! We are on the fast track to the end of the school year and we have so much more to do before the year ends. In the next few weeks, your student will start SBAC testing (state testing), forecast for next year (toward the end of April), and finish up Quarter 4.

This past week we hosted our first annual Poynter, Parents and Pastries event. We had a good turn out and opened up our school to parents, students and staff. It was great to see parents, students and staff sharing a little breakfast and just chatting. I look forward to having this event next year.

We will have our first ever Poynter Parent Club fundraiser night at Burgerville on Cornell Road on April 19th from 5:00-8:00. Come join us for this fun event.

Dr. Jon Pede


ATTENTION 7th GRADE PARENTS: Forecasting for 8th grade starts in April

In April, 7th grade students will start the forecasting for their 8th grade year. Ms. Meyers will be meeting with 7th grade students to talk about their 8th grade year and classes that they will be taking. We will be offering new electives, have a different bell schedule, and changes in PE. We are very excited about 2016-2017. Please check in with your students in the next few weeks about forecasting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Mr. Zerizef (Asst. Principal), Mr. Meyers and Mr. King (counselors) at 503-844-1580.
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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

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.

Upcoming Events

4/7 Track Meet @ Forest Grove High School, 5:00

4/8 Spring Musical 7:00

4/9 Spring Musical 7:00

4/14 Track Meet @ Liberty High School, 5:00

4/15 Spring Musical 7:00

4/15 Spring Musical 7:00

4/19 Poynter Parent Club BurgerVille Night

4/19 Incoming 7th grade night (current 6th grade)

4/21 Incoming 7th grade night (current 6th grade)

4/28 District Track Meet @ Century High School 5:00

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