West Linn-Wilsonville NEWS
A musical that originally debuted on Broadway in 1934, "Anything Goes" follows a lowly Wall Street broker named Billy Crocker. Crocker has stowed away aboard the SS American to chase the girl of his dreams, Hope Harcourt. The cast and crew are ready to unveil their production to the Wilsonville community Thursday, Feb. 23rd. [FULL STORY]
An invitation to perform at the Northwest Conference of the National Music Educators Association is one of the most prestigious honors a high school choir in Oregon can receive. Based on audition tapes from performances spanning over multiple years, only the best of the best are asked to attend the weekend conference. [FULL STORY]
Dozens of middle school students from all over the West Linn-Wilsonville School District gathered together Friday, Feb. 3, for the annual CREST-Jane Goodall Science Symposium Middle School Science Fair. There they shared projects they've spent months preparing with judges, family members and fellow students before an awards ceremony that highlighted the best of the best. [FULL STORY]
The Scholastic Art Awards are a little bit like the Olympics for high school artists. Every year high school students from across the nation submit their best works in hopes of earning Gold and Silver Key Awards while cementing themselves as some of the nation's best young artists. [FULL STORY]
For Inza R. Wood eighth-graders Jonathan Gonzalez and Evan Brown, the dream started two years ago when both were bright-eyed sixth-graders new to the school's band program. They were only just learning to play the trumpet, but they already knew what they wanted to do with their growing musical skills: They wanted to start a mariachi band. [FULL STORY]
There is a word in the African Nguni Bantu language, Ubuntu, which has various interpretations, but has a general definition that humans can work towards the common good. Ubuntu implies a connectedness between us all. Nelson Mandela explained ubuntu as this: A traveler through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food and attend to him. “Ubuntu is a philosophy that considers the success of the group above that of the individual,” adds Stephen Lundin, organizational culture expert.
The work and role of the Boundary Task Force in helping us collectively work through the middle school boundary adjustment process exemplified Ubuntu. On the evening of February 6th, our School Board unanimously approved the new middle school boundary map for our district. Our school board aptly recognized that the task before the group was complex and affected thousands of individuals in a number of ways. There would be no perfect solution for everyone, but there could be a workable solution for the good of the whole. Task Force members set aside personal gains to work collectively for all the children and families in the district: Ubuntu.