Social & Emotional Supports
Positive School Climate & Culture
Principals, teachers, counselors and other school staff are devoted to creating a school climate that is warm and welcoming in all schools in West Linn-Wilsonville. We make intentional decisions about staffing, curriculum, and scheduling to promote a sense of belonging for all students. We use a culturally responsive approach to promote equity and inclusive practices in all of our schools. We value student voice, both as a means of encouraging academic engagement and as a way to promote student status and self-efficacy. Teachers hold high expectations for student academic and behavioral performance within the context of warm, genuine relationships. In addition, teachers and counselors teach specific Social-Emotional skills and the importance of a Growth Mindset. Topics for these lessons include emotional regulation, harassment/bullying prevention, and self-advocacy. We invest in 7 key components for creating an equitable and inclusive classroom environment.
School Counseling Program
We have a comprehensive school counseling program in all of our schools (primary, middle and high school). Counselors support academic development, college/career development, and social emotional development, through working individually with students as well as collaborating with school staff. For more information, see the School Counseling page of our website.
Emotional/Behavioral Support Plans
Some students who are experiencing emotional or behavioral challenges may benefit from an emotional or behavioral support plan. These plans are created in collaboration with a team of professionals who know the student (the team may include: teacher, counselor, school psychologist, instructional coordinator, special education teacher, principal). If you think a student would benefit from this kind of plan, contact the school counselor or case manager.
Teachers and staff in West Linn-Wilsonville care deeply about each of our students. We have a range of supports to engage students who are experiencing mental health crisis. Click here for more information about Suicide Prevention.
On very rare occasions, a student may make statements that are threatening to the safety other students or staff. We take these threats very seriously as they can pose a significant disruption to student safety and the learning environment. We have a thorough Threat Assessment process, based on a nationally recognized, research-based model. For more information, see the Student Service Threat Assessment page of our website.