Wolverine News

March 15, 2021

Dear Families,

Spring Break is just around the corner! Enjoy your vacation and stay safe!

Important Events for the Month of March:

  • March 1-31: Women's History Month!
  • Wednesday, March 17: St. Patrick's Day
  • Monday, March 22: Friday, March 26: Spring Break, No School
  • Monday, March 29: School (CDL) Continues
  • Tuesday, March 30: Student Materials Distribution, 4-7PM (See article in this newsletter)

Have a fabulous week!


Ms. Elise Catanese


WOMS is EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready)

Sam Barlow High School 8th Grade Family Night

Sam Barlow High School invites all West Orient 8th grade families to attend the Virtual 8th Grade Family Night. During the evening event, you will hear from the principal, Bruce C. Schmidt, the counseling team, and there will be time for you and your student to ask questions.

Sam Barlow High School 8th Grade Family Night for West Orient Middle School 8th Grade Families is Thursday, March 18th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

A Google Meet Link will be emailed to you the morning of the 18th from Sam Barlow High School.

Forecasting for High School

Attention 8th Grade Families: Mark your calendars!!! Sam Barlow High School counselors will join Mrs. Bethmann's Social Studies classes for 9th grade Forecasting presentations on Tuesday, March 30th.

Students will hear an overview of 9th grade and what to expect as well as have an opportunity to ask questions to their Barlow Counselors.

Please make sure your student is in attendance on Tuesday, March 30th, as they'll also get a link to their Forecasting form to choose classes for next year. Please contact Ms. Kinder if you have any questions.

Go Bruins!

High School AVID

Attention potential 9th grade AVID students & families: Please review and submit the application below if your student is interested in joining the Barlow AVID program next year. Please contact Ms. Kinder if you have any questions.

AVID Application for 9th graders who are NOT current AVID students

30-day Notice and Opt-out Form for Statewide Tests

Every year, students throughout Oregon take state assessments prescribed by the Oregon Department of Education. The purpose of these assessments is to show individual student growth over time and to provide student-specific data that teachers can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals. Results are also used to inform course placement and to provide focused feedback to students and parents.

Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a “Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form” 30 days before the start of statewide testing.

This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE asked the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.

  • If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.

  • If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on April 13, 2021. ODE will update your district regularly with news about the waiver.

Student Materials Distribution

On March 30 from 4 - 7 PM, WOMS will be holding our 4th quarter materials distribution drive-thru. At this time students and families can come to school to pick up supplies that will be needed for the 4th quarter of the year. All students will need to pick up supplies regardless of whether they plan to participate in Hybrid learning or continue in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Supplies for hybrid learning return will include a Chromebook case, Student ID badge, and face masks. Content materials like math workbooks and novels will be distributed to all grades.

6th grade supplies will be distributed at the front of the school in the drive-thru near the main school entrance on Orient Drive.

7th and 8th grade supplies will be distributed in the same manner as the earlier distributions. Cars will pull to the back of the school through designated lanes. Enter at the upper gate on Orient Drive and exit onto Short Road.

There will be a drop-off bin for 7th graders to return their Maniac McGee novels.

Please practice safe social distancing by wearing a mask and staying in your vehicle during the event. See you soon!

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In-District Transfers

Parent Requests For IN-DISTRICT Transfers

Accepted March 1-31, 2021 * Deadline is March 31, 2021

The Gresham-Barlow School District will accept in-district transfer requests for the 2021-2022 school year during the month of March only.

If you live within the Gresham-Barlow district and want your child to attend a Gresham-Barlow school outside of your attendance area, you need to request an in-district transfer. If your student currently has an in-district transfer and is moving from elementary to middle or middle to high, please submit a new request.

A digital transfer request form will be available on the Transfers section of the district website, http://gresham.k12.or.us/Page/2249. The link to this form can also be emailed to you directly if you request it from any GBSD school or district office. Forms must be submitted by March 31, 2021.

You will be notified in writing after review of all requests. Please note: kindergarten and first grade requests may not be decided upon until late summer after elementary registration. For further information, contact the Gresham-Barlow School District Office at 503-261-4575.

Solicitud de los padres para Transferencias DENTRO DEL DISTRITO

Se aceptan del 1º al 31 de Marzo del 2021 * Hay plazo hasta el 31 de Marzo del 2021

El Distrito Escolar Gresham-Barlow aceptará solicitudes para transferencias dentro del distrito para el año escolar 2021-2022 durante el mes de Marzo solamente. Si ustedes viven adentro del distrito y quieren que su hijo(a) asista a una de las escuelas de Gresham-Barlow afuera del área de su vecindario, necesitan una solicitud de transferencia del distrito. Si su estudiante tiene una transferencia dentro del distrito corrientemente y pasará de primaria a secundaria o de secundaria a preparatoria, ustedes deben entregar una nueva solicitud.

La solicitud digital de transferencia estará disponible en la sección de transferencias del sitio web del distrito, http://gresham.k12.or.us/Page/2249. El vínculo a esta solicitud también se puede enviar directamente por correo electrónico si lo solicita en cualquier escuela del Distrito Escolar Gresham-Barlow u oficina del distrito. Las solicitudes se deben presentar antes del 31 de marzo.

Ustedes serán notificados por escrito después de haber revisado todas las solicitudes. Por favor noten: Solicitudes para kindergarten y primer grado no serán decididos sino hasta finales del verano después de las inscripciones para primaria. Para mas información por favor contacten a la oficina del Distrito Escolar Gresham-Barlow al 503-261-4575.

WOMS Counseling Center

Hello again, Wolverine Students & Families!

Our "new normal" continues to impact us and those around us in many different ways. Whether it be housing, bills, food, mental health, or other needs, I am happy to help connect you to those resources. The links below are by category and can be translated to your home language. Other specific resource links can be found on the WOMS Counseling Website.

Rental & Housing Assistance

Utilities Assistance

Food Resources

Mental Health

Please don't hesitate to contact me! Students & Families can always email me or submit a Request Form.

-Ms. Kinder

Technology Assistance Update!

For further technology questions and support, please contact our school at 503-663-3323. Our school will work to get you in touch with a staff member who is able to assist you, or pass along further information to the Technology Department.

School Office Hours

Due to the new COVID safety guidelines outlined by the governor, our office will be open by appointment only. Any families needing to visit the school will need to call ahead and schedule an appointment at 503-663-3323. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through these challenging times.