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District Submits Continuous Improvement Plan Following Student Success Act Community Engagement Feedback
Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
Following an in-depth community feedback process, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District submitted its Continuous Improvement Plan to the Oregon Department of Education on Dec. 6. The Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) will be used to inform the district's Student Success Act grant application later this year.
The district spent November engaging stakeholders through a variety of methods. The district engaged historically underserved populations through small focus groups, personal phone calls, targeted and facilitated surveys, surveys of 300 current high school students, large group surveys of West Linn-Wilsonville staff nad parents, and two community forums. The input was added to relevant data that the district previously collected, including West Linn-Wilsonville Education Association survey data, budget survey data, capital bond summit feedback data, high school study data, high school accreditation survey data, health/wellness curriculum input data, communication survey data, special education parent survey data, and more.
To read the district's CIP, or to learn more about the Student Success Act and what it means for West Linn-Wilsonville, please READ MORE.
Boones Ferry Fifth-Graders Aim to Improve Local Ecosystem Through Bioswale Research Project
Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/4/2019 12:00:00 PM
The presentations that Boones Ferry fifth-graders gave on Wednesday, Dec. 4 weren’t your typical class projects. The milestone was the culmination of weeks-long environmental science work for Boones Ferry fifth-graders, and a landmark occasion for the school’s local ecosystem.
Presenting to local stakeholders that included native plant specialists, ecologists, stormwater specialists, natural resource specialists, and maintenance engineers from the City of Wilsonville, students shared designs to improve the local bioswale and, in turn, the ecosystem that surrounds Boones Ferry Primary.
The innovative project started earlier in the school year when fifth-graders visited the district’s CREST Center (Center for Research in Environmental Science and Technology) to learn about local ecosystems and the importance of bioswales. Students learned that a bioswale is a channel created to convey stormwater runoff while removing debris and pollution from the environment.
That learning continued during science lessons in the classroom and coalesced with Wednesday’s hands-on learning opportunity. Organized in table groups, students listened to guest speakers, who helped students in the design process for their bioswale improvements. [READ THE FULL STORY]
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Our incredible students, talented staff, supportive and dedicated community make this a tremendous place in which to learn and lead.
Our school district guides us with a compelling vision question, “How do we create learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people…for the world?”
This question challenges us to continually hone our practices and skills in creating exceptional learning environments for our students. The question also challenges us to implement practices that help our students grow as thoughtful citizens and compassionate humanitarians. Together, the vision question prompts us to continually engage our students’ minds and hearts. As the late poet, Maya Angelou declares, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
We pledge to do our best when working with the children entrusted in our care. This year holds great promise, great opportunities and great accomplishments for each of them.