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  • West Linn HS Film Student Turns Dreams to Reality

    Posted by Andrew Kilstrom, West Linn Tidings at 6/19/2017

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    Brice Brown has a vision of what his future holds, and if the recent results of the International Youth Silent Film Festival is any indication, it's just a matter of time before his dreams become a reality.  Brown, a junior at West Linn High School, has been making animated films since attending an OMSI animation camp when he was 10 years old. He's been animating in some capacity ever since, with aspirations of owning his own animation studio someday. Brown says he didn't have many expectations when he submitted his claymation film titled "Thomas and the Extraordinary Bathroom Incident" for the festival. He knew his film was good, but it wasn't quite where he wanted it to be. [FULL STORY]

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  • Boones Ferry Rocks Out With Professional Musician

    Posted by Andrew Kilstrom, Wilsonville Spokesman at 6/19/2017

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    The past two weeks have been one ongoing rock and roll concert at Boones Ferry Primary, where students have spent music class learning from local legend John Nilsen.  From May 30-June 9, Nilsen worked alongside Boones Ferry music teacher Andrew Webster, teaching students of all grade levels the ins and outs of guitar and piano. [FULL STORY]

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  • Athey Creek Students Take First Place at Destination Imagination Global Finals

    Posted by Kelly Douglas at 6/7/2017

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    An amazing team of students from Athey Creek Middle earned FIRST place at the Destination Imagination Global Finals Competition in Knoxville, TN. The 8th grade team was among 8,000 students representing more than 1,400 teams that advanced to participate in Global Finals 2017.  The team, Delaney Callaghan, Isaac Dodd, Ellen Dierckes, Ty Park, Quinn Stober, and Kadyn Eves, used creative problem solving to complete technical and theatrical solutions which they designed and built over the course of the year.  They also competed in an Instant Challenge in which they used teamwork to overcome obstacles.

    Destination Imagination prepares students for their future careers by teaching them creative process, project management, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.  This year, the students won 5th place in Show and Tech, a Technical Challenge in which they had to create a stage that moved a team member, as well as perform an 8 minute student-written and directed play about the team member movement.  They also won 1st place in Vanished, a Fine Arts Challenge, in which they had to use theater effects to create a colorful character and make something disappear. 

    To solve these challenges, the team designed and built a two-story drivable mansion powered by scooter motors.  Their disappearing act consisted of an electromagnetic “will” that disappeared at the flick of a switch.  The stage was wired carefully with an intricate lighting system that made green disappear from the set.  It also had an electric-motor powered puppet theater which rose from the living room hearth like an automatic TV.  The colorful characters had hand-sewn costumes which they designed themselves with special details made out of recycled items such as spoons, playing cards, and sheets.  Their presentation was about characters who arrived at the mansion for the reading of a will, and much to their surprise, the will and everything green in the mansion, including their green feelings and energy disappeared!  The team was thrilled to make the top five in both challenges. 

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  • Wood Robotics Team Blitzes Full Steam Ahead

    Posted by Andrew Kilstrom, Wilsonville Spokesman at 6/7/2017

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    Between three different robot designs, an eye-opening project focused on Wilsonville's bee population and a slew of unanticipated mishaps and freak incidents, Wood Middle School's robotics team Full STEAM had quite the eventful First Lego League (FLL) season. Despite adversity, the group of students persevered, making it all the way to the international Razorback Invitational in April. [FULL STORY]

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  • West Linn Students Make a Cry For Change

    Posted by Andrew Kilstrom, West Linn Tidings at 6/6/2017

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    A May 25 screening of "Black Girl in Suburbia" was a landmark occasion for West Linn High School and the greater West Linn community. For one, it marked the first time that "Black Girl in Suburbia" director and WLHS alumnus Melissa Lowery had hosted a public showing of her award-winning documentary in her hometown. But more importantly, Thursday's event served as one of the first public forums in which West Linn residents discussed issues of racial discrimination in what is a predominately white community.

    West Linn High School followed up Thursday's event with its first ever Inclusivity Day Friday, May 26, where students participated in workshops centered on a variety of inclusive topics. The list of more than 20 workshops wasn't mandatory, but interested students got to pick which workshops they took part in. [FULL STORY]

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Greetings West Linn-Wilsonville School Community -

Saludos comunidad escolar de West Linn-Wilsonville,

Dr. Kathy Ludwig

                  June 8, 2017
As we move into the final weeks of school, I wish to thank our students for their commitment to learning this year; for their involvement in their school events and activities; and, for their kindness and friendship towards one another.  There is an abundance of evidence highlighting their many accomplishments in the arts, athletics and academics; concurrently, they have proven to be generous in their time, tributes and talent…for the world.  To name a few, they have conducted research that would better the daily experience of those with disabilities; raised money for sister schools in Africa or local charities or food pantries; participated in Unified Sports, West Linn Community Living Above or Doernbecher Hospital campaigns that raise awareness while helping individuals thrive; educated and uplifted one another to foster inclusive cultures and acts of unity.  Every week I observed and heard stories of how our students exemplify the vision and values of our school district and the hopes and dreams of their parents and teachers.  I am incredibly proud to be a member of this exceptional school district. Full Message - Mensaje Completo]

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