Poynter Middle School

Notes from the Principal

May is a Busy Month

April was a tremendously busy month and May is looking to be equally busy. Last month we finished up our incoming 7th grade nights and have started forecasting for next year.

We are excited about some great changes to Poynter next year. We will have more electives sections in art, drama, and technology. Technology will be combined with computers to give it a greater 21st century feel. Spanish will be offered in two different sections (Intro to Spanish and Spanish Literacy). We will also be offering PE every day to every student in 7th and 8th grade. We will have one bell schedule (still 8:45 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. start and 9:15 Wed start). Every student will have only semester schedule changes instead of quarter changes thereby eliminating multiple schedule changes for students and teachers. So many great things are happening at Poynter for 2017-2018.

This month our school musical, "The Trials of Alice in Wonderland" opens on May 13 and runs through May 21 (Friday and Saturday shows). Please come by and see all the hard work Ms. Thompson and the kids have done.

Our track team has done an amazing job this season and we are off to the district track meet this week.

Have a great month of May and enjoy this beautiful spring.

Dr. Jon Pede


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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

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 for students

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 (Tuesday--team day, Wednesday---Poynter Patriot Day, Thursday--Represent your brand day, Friday--Formal Day).

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