West Linn-Wilsonville Schools participated in the Great Oregon ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 19, reviewing processes and routines in the event of an earthquake before putting their safety skills to the test.
Teachers went over the proper “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” protocol ahead of the state-wide drill, ensuring students are ready should it ever be necessary. Taking cover under desks and away from windows, students listened to announcements over the intercom before forming single-file lines and exiting their respective buildings.
Maintaining silence, students from all schools and grade levels put their preparation on display, performing all of the necessary steps to perfection. The Great Oregon ShakeOut was a state-wide initiative to practice earthquake safety in the event of a natural disaster, with agencies all over Oregon participating in the event at precisely 10:19 a.m.
West Linn-Wilsonville hosted Oregon Department of Education Expert Carrie Thomas-Beck for a Dyslexia Information Night on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Sunset Primary. Dozens of parents and community members filled the library as Thomas-Beck provided updates on recent legislation around Dyslexia and the changes families can expect to see in the future.
Thomas-Beck said the most notable change is that school districts throughout Oregon will now test for Dyslexia in kindergarten, with clear guidelines that will help school districts address learning disabilities early on in students’ career. Warning signs will be tracked during students’ development, ensuring the best education plan for all students.
That change won’t take effect until the 2018-19 school year, but WLWV Assistant Principal of Primary Schools David Pryor said the legislative update is a welcome change that will help West Linn-Wilsonville eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps. [FULL STORY HERE]
It’s hard to pick a favorite piece or performance from Wilsonville High School’s annual Fall Festival of the Arts. Some prefer the energetic performances from the orchestras and band, while others are partial to the sweet sounds of the choir. Then, of course, there’s the walls and walls of captivating artwork and photography that line the gym, as well as the Drama Department’s performance of a scene from their upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid,” which hits the WHS stage starting Nov. 2.
Regardless of what your favorite part of the Fall Festival of the Arts is, everyone can agree, Wilsonville High School is bursting with talent. Whether it’s a performance from one of the school’s talented choirs, or a song from a cappella group Soul’d Out, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.
That will be the case again this year when Wilsonville High partners with Music and Arts Partners (MAP) — the nonprofit organization that sponsors music and arts educators in all 16 West Linn-Wilsonville schools. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, the Wilsonville High Fall Festival of the Arts is a showcase of all performing and visual arts at Wilsonville High, combining delicious food, a great time, and an opportunity to give back and support local students and the arts. [FULL STORY HERE]
It’s back! Athey Creek Middle School is ready for its 14th year of Athey Idol, the school’s annual choir and drama department fundraiser. Aspiring singers sign up to step on stage and put on a show, generating money through ticket sales and audience members who can pay $1 per vote for the singer of their choice.
Set for Friday, Oct. 20 starting at 7 p.m. at ACMS, the event has three new judges this year — West Linn High School Choir Teacher Aubrey Patterson, West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod, and 2012 American Idol Season 11 Finalist Haley Johnsen. From beautiful ballads by Adele, to energy-filled sing-along renditions by Vanilla Ice and Robert Palmer, to classic rock songs by Pat Benetar, there will be toe-tapping student-song songs for every type of music lover.
The night will culminate with a performance from Johnsen while votes are being tallied. The friendly competition takes place Friday, with tickets available online at eticketexpress.com or at the door for $7. Interested families and community members can also attend the dress rehearsal night on Thursday, Oct. 19, for $5. That show starts at 6 p.m.
This past Tuesday, Oct. 10, West Linn-Wilsonville students and staff from all four middle schools and all three high schools participated in the Portland Region Youth Activation Summit. There, students took part in activities and workshops they helped plan themselves around inclusivity.
Aimed at creating more inclusive school cultures, students of all backgrounds and grade levels interacted throughout the day-long conference, even participating in a Unified Fashion Show. Students from West Linn High School wore their Autism and RESPECT T-shirts, students from Wilsonville High School wore their Unified Soccer jerseys, and students from Rosemont Ridge Middle School wore their T-Shirts from last year’s middle school Unified Basketball Jamboree.
Students used the opportunity to meet like-minded students from all over the region, reflect on inclusive practices at their own schools, and of course take part in a number of fun activities. More than anything, students left with the feeling that EVERYONE belongs.
Saludos comunidad escolar de West Linn-Wilsonville -
Welcome to the West Linn-Wilsonville School District! This is an exceptional place of teaching, learning and community support. Between our incredible students, dedicated staff, supportive School Board and wonderful community, I can’t imagine a better place in which to learn and lead.
What makes this district so special is that while we draw upon students, families and patrons from two cities, we are ONE community, made stronger by our mission of creating learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people for the world. We have compelling District Goals, that drive strategies and actions for improving how we teach, learn and lead in cultures that are inclusive, courses that are academically rigorous and results that generate equitable outcomes for each child.
This year, our West Linn-Wilsonville theme is “Leading Together”, and I invite members across our community to engage and participate in ways that strengthen our district mission and shine a light on the endeavors of our amazing students.
To a great year!
Kathy Ludwig, Superintendent
¡Bienvenidos al Distrito Escolar de West Linn-Wilsonville!
Este es un lugar excepcional de enseñanza, aprendizaje y apoyo comunitario. Entre nuestros increíbles estudiantes, personal dedicado, apoyo del Consejo Escolar y una maravillosa comunidad, no puedo imaginar un mejor lugar en el cual aprender y liderar.
Que hace a este distrito tan especial es que aun cuando somos estudiantes, familias y patrocinadores de dos ciudades, somos UNA comunidad, que se ha hecho fuerte por nuestra misión de crear comunidades de aprendizaje para los más grandes pensadores y personas reflexivas para el mundo. Tenemos Metas Distritales convincentes, que llevan a estrategias y acciones para mejorar como enseñar, aprender y liderar en culturas que son inclusivas, cursos que son académicamente rigurosos y resultados que generan resultados justos para cada niño.
Este año, nuestro tema de West Linn-Wilsonville es “Liderando Juntos”, e invito a miembros de toda nuestra comunidad a comprometerse y participar en formas que fortalecen la misión de nuestro distrito y alumbrar la luz que emprenden nuestros sorprendentes estudiantes.
¡A un gran año!
Kathy Ludwig, Superintendente