Poynter Patriot News

Weekly Staff Bulletin

April 4-8, 2016

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying this awesome weather. It was great to get the kids out on the field for a few days and have every student outside. Enjoy this short week ahead and the beautiful weather.

I had a great conversation the other day with one of our students about what the "future" would look like. We talked about college, life as an adult (i.e. the bills you have to pay, the job you need) and at the end I think he really started to think about life beyond Poynter and Liberty. On Saturday a friend sent a link via Facebook about a young lady going to college. It really moved me (haven't really stopped thinking about it). What I especially love about it is her reaction to her college acceptance letter. I am attaching the youtube link. If you get a second take a look. Think about her reaction and what if every student reacted this way how awesome it would be.


So many things inspire me daily at Poynter. Every day I see student engagement, instructional practices that help kids be successful, and staff involvement at every level. The pictures this week speak to those three areas. Thanks for all your dedication to Poynter and the work that you do every day. It truly does take a village.

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

Coaches Corner---Cherylen Marshall

Instructional rounds are right around the corner! Rounds are one of the most valuable tools a school can use to enhance teachers pedagogical skills and to develop a culture of collaboration (Marzano, 2011). During academic seminar on April 6th, I will be introducing the protocols that will be used this year. After this introduction, there will be an opportunity for volunteers to practice the new protocol before our follow-up session on April 27th. Official rounds will start in May. We will be doing rounds this year in groups of 4-5. I am excited to serve alongside you as a guide in this evolving experience!

General Information for all staff

*Academic Seminar this week---Licensed--Principal Directed. Cherylen will be leading instructional rounds. Please bring your laptop, tablet etc. with you to the meeting.

*Grading Window for Quarter 3 is now open. The window will close on April 10.

*No School on Friday for Students. Friday April 8 is a grading day for licensed staff.

*Snow day make up for Classified--Please talk to Jon, Nabil or Katie (when she returns) about making up the snow day. Some of you have already done so and if already approved you are good to go.

*Keys--Overall the key switch has been pretty smooth. There are a few glitches to be worked out. Please see Linda if there is a glitch in your key.

*Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday---Advisory committee will meet on Tuesday in the conference room.

*SBAC testing has started----Now is a great time to send out messages to parents and students about coming to school with a good nights sleep, with breakfast (if possible), and do their very best.

*A Huge Shout-out to our Track team and Coaches. Poynter had a great first track meet of the season. GREAT job everyone. The next track meet is this Thursday at Forest Grove High School.

Current Week and March At A Glance

Monday-April 4

3:20 Musical Rehearsal

3:30 Track practice

3:30 TRIO

3:30 Migrant Extended Day Tutorial

Grading window opens.

Tuesday-April 5

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

3:30 Migrant Extended Day Tutorial

Advisory Committee 3:20

Wednesday-April 6

Academic Seminar---Licensed--Principal Directed in the library.

7:50-8:50 Chess Club

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

1:30 CARE team

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Track Practice 3:30

Thursday-April 7

Boxers/Vikings meeting 8:00-8:45

Equity Team meeting 3:30

Bike Club 3:30

Musical Rehearsal 3:20

Track Meet 5:00 At Forest Grove High School

Friday, April 8

No School--Grading Day

Upcoming Events:

4/13 Academic Seminar---team time

4/13 Nuts and Bolts meeting--Licensed in the library

4/14 7th Grade MVP Reward Room 22-25, 8th Grade MVP reward CAFE

4/15 Day of Silence

4/19 and 4/21 Incoming 7th grade nights 6:00-7:45

4/20 SOLV campus clean-up

4/25 SBAC math starts

4/28 VIP ticket event

4/29 Be Connected "UNITY" assembly.

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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