First Day of School is September 8, 2021Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 8/17/2021 4:00:00 PM
On Aug. 16, the WLWV School Board voted to add a specific Staff Professional Development Day prior to the start of school. The focus of the day will be on Care, Connection and Community as we prepare to welcome students back to fully in-person learning this fall.
The additional staff development day will take place on Tuesday, September 7 which means that the first day of school will now be Wednesday, September 8.
How will this additional staff development day benefit students?
Establishing care and connection, especially early on in the school year, will be critical to the success of our students. We know that students are returning to the classroom with a range of emotions and experiences from last school year. We continue to hear how the impact of isolation during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) affected many students’ social-emotional well-being, peer relationships and overall mental health.
We also know that students are returning to the classroom from a range of learning environments last year. Some students joined us last year in the Hybrid Model, coming every other day, while many others learned at home with full-time CDL or in the Online Program. Some may have temporarily attended a different school or been homeschooled.
This extra day of planning and preparation will allow staff to:
- Review social-emotional student survey data (Panorama) from last spring in order to implement strategic systems of care and connection right away;
- Plan social-emotional lessons designed to support students with transitions, peer relationships and sense of belonging (e.g. Second Steps, School Connect, Sources of Strength);
- Plan community-building activities to reconnect students to one another, to staff and to their school community (e.g. Circle Forward, Equity by Design); and
- Provide time to integrate social-emotional routines, rituals, and structures specifically for the first week of school as well as throughout the school year that foster inclusive and equitable learning communities (e.g. 7 Components).
The Oregon Department of Education has also provided school districts with resources on care and connection, urging educators to set aside time prior to and during the first week of school dedicated to addressing the mental health and social-emotional well-being of students.
How does this additional day affect the school calendar?
- The first day of school for all schools and grade levels is now Wednesday, Sept. 8.
- The last day of school for all schools and grade levels is now June 20 in order to maintain the same number of instructional days for our students. As a reminder, the last day of school is subject to change in the event of inclement weather or other necessary calendar adjustments during the school year.
- Please note that these calendar changes do not apply to Three Rivers Charter School.
If families would like to read about other news and updates from last night’s School Board Meeting, they are encouraged to read the School Board Briefs Newsletter that is available now.
Family Empowerment Center School Year Kick-Off Event Set for Aug. 24Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 8/12/2021 10:00:00 AM
All West Linn-Wilsonville School District families are invited to the Family Empowerment Center’s 2021-22 School Year Kick-Off Event on Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 5-7 p.m. in the Boeckman Creek parking lot!
In addition to music, snacks, and opportunities to meet other families, students who attend the FEC School Year Kick-Off Event will get access to many different resources for the coming school year. Some of the resources and opportunities include:
- School supplies like backpacks and notebooks (supplies are limited)
- Access to school staff for help signing up for district systems such as ListServ, ParentVue, and more;
- Access to nutrition services staff for information about school meals and help signing up for free and reduced lunch
- Information about several school and community services such as food banks, local rotary clubs, and opportunities to volunteer with FEC and in the community
Stop by the Boeckman Creek Parking lot any time between 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 24. We can’t wait to get you connected to your school community! Learn more about the FEC by visiting the district website.
WLWV K12 Online Academy (WKOA) Information Session Open to All Interested Families on June 29Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 6/25/2021 8:00:00 AM
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District will host an information session for all students and families interested in the WLWV K12 Online Academy (WKOA) on Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Staff will provide updates regarding WKOA for the 2021-22 school year and answer community questions. Meeting information can be accessed below or found on the district website. This meeting will be recorded.
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 7 p.m.
To join by phone, dial: +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 969 4661 0707
School Board Provides Update Regarding Oppenlander PropertyPosted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 6/4/2021 9:00:00 AM
The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board met on June 3, 2021 in executive session to discuss the Board’s interest in revisiting a sale of the District-owned 10-acre Oppenlander property to the City of West Linn.
The meeting resulted in the School Board deciding to re-engage in conversations with the City with the primary focus of ensuring that any sale involving the City would be predicated on the property remaining a community park.
While these conversations will continue to be held in executive session, outcomes will be made public.
School Board Issues Statement Regarding Oppenlander PropertyPosted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 5/28/2021 5:00:00 PM
In Response to City of West Linn’s Interest with Oppenlander Property
Review of Oppenlander Property
In March 2020, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board (Board) requested the District Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) review District land holdings (land without schools sited on them) and evaluate whether each property was still suitable for future District use. As a result of this process, the LRPC determined in January of 2021 that the District’s Oppenlander property no longer identified as having a future school use and was deemed surplus. The LRPC also recommended that the Board inquire if the City of West Linn (City) had interest in purchasing the property to maintain as a park, or in its current state, for the continued benefit of its citizens. If the City had no interest, the property should be sold and the proceeds “land banked” for purchase of a future school site. The Board concurred with the LRPC recommendation.
Initial Offer to City of West Linn
In February 2021, the Board approached the West Linn City Council, through an executive session process, with an offer to sell the Oppenlander property at the appraised value of $6,500,000. The City relayed information back to the Board that they did not have the funds readily available for a land purchase but that there was interest in the property. They requested time to bring the purchase to the citizens for a November general obligation bond measure vote. The City also communicated that a park was not the highest priority purpose they had for the property. They would be interested in possible multi-use housing, maintenance yard, aquatic center or other pressing needs as there was already a park nearby (Parker Road).
On April 19, both the City Council and the Board had their own executive sessions. At each session, the potential sale/purchase of Oppenlander was discussed. The Board concluded at its executive session that for two reasons they needed to pass on the City’s request: first, the lack of commitment that the land be exclusively retained as a park; and second, the timing of waiting until November for any purchase certainty.
The Board never received an option agreement from the City. The morning after both the City and the Board had their executive sessions, the District and City contacted one another. The District shared that the Board had discussed the City’s request and needed to pass. The City stated that an option agreement reflecting their request had been drafted during their meeting, but now upon hearing the District’s decision concluded it was not necessary to send it. Two weeks later, the District contacted Capacity Commercial Group to begin the sale proceedings for the Oppenlander property.
Valued Partnership Between District and City
It is important for our community to know that the West Linn-Wilsonville School District has a long and positive relationship with the City of West Linn. This will continue. Both the City and the District share mutual priorities in maintaining healthy and vibrant neighborhoods for the children, families and patrons of the community. We have collaborated together over joint community projects, school and city activities, safety summits, equity initiatives and resources for our families. We firmly believe we are stronger together.
School Board Will Reconvene
Because of this mutually respectful and collaborative relationship, the Board will convene an executive session meeting during the first week in June in response to the City’s public statement on May 27th, expressing continued interest in the purchase of the Oppenlander property. The meeting will be noticed publicly, but will not be open to the public per ORS 192.660(2)(e). The Board will share its decision publicly.
Regan Molatore, Chair
West Linn-Wilsonville School Board
District to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on May 22Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 5/14/2021 3:00:00 PM
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is excited to partner with Clackamas County Public Health and GetAFluShot.com to offer a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 22 at Wood Middle School. This clinic is open to the entire community and anyone age 12 and older. Visit the district website to learn more and to schedule your appointment! https://www.wlwv.k12.or.us/domain/109.
WWEA Hosts Candidates Forum for School Board CandidatesPosted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 4/30/2021 4:00:00 PM
The West Linn-Wilsonville Education Association hosted a Candidates Forum for 2021 School Board Candidates on Tuesday, April 27. Video of that Candidates Forum can be viewed online.
WLWV Black Student Union Members Pay Homage to Black History MonthPosted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/16/2021 9:00:00 AM
The month of February is Black History Month, reminding people across the United States of the great importance Black Americans have played in creating America. Black history is American history, and members of the West Linn-Wilsonville Black Student Union set out to highlight some of that history this month. Students compiled a list of 11 historically significant Black Americans, including the many contributions they have made. They will also be featured on school websites during the month of February.
The Black Student Union is a group of high school students at Wilsonville High School, West Linn High School, Arts and Technology High School, and the WLWV K12 Online Program who identify as African American/Black. The group meets twice a month to build relationships and connection among black students.
WLHS Math Teacher Kathleen Terner Inspires School Community with Latest Cross-Country FeatPosted by Andrew Kilstrom on 11/20/2020 8:00:00 AM
The past several months have been challenging for everyone across the world. While West Linn-Wilsonville students, parents, teachers, and community members alike have all adapted and adjusted on a seemingly daily basis to ever-changing circumstances, perhaps no one has persevered more than West Linn High School Math Teacher Kathleen Terner.
Like her students, Kathleen has taken to Comprehensive Distance Learning, adjusting to virtual learning, ZOOM classes, and Google Classroom. But her resilience dates back further than that.
Kathleen was diagnosed with throat cancer in November, 2019. She soon underwent surgery and began radiation and chemotherapy treatments, all the while continuing to teach her students at West Linn High School. She taught lessons for a period of time using a microphone to amplify her voice, but remained committed to teaching. In April, just weeks after the start of the pandemic, Kathleen learned that her cancer was in remission. It was the first of many achievements — something that would become a recurring theme for Kathleen in the months that have followed.
When West Linn High School seniors graduated in June and teachers finished their work for the school year, Kathleen decided to embark on another challenge — this one in the form of an eight-week motorcycle road trip across the country. To add to the remarkable feat, she decided she would be making the journey alone.
“My son lives in Washington DC and he was supposed to visit me in March,” she said. “But then the pandemic hit and it became clear that couldn’t happen. I was talking with a friend about how much I had been looking forward to seeing him, when the lightbulb clicked and I realized that I needed to visit him. My love for him was greater than my fear of traveling alone.”
Kathleen prepared her motorcycle — including a custom seat and additional equipment for the monumental voyage — and set off. The next eight weeks produced experiences that she had never dreamed of.
From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, to the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee and stops in Niagara Falls, Kathleen would travel more than 15,000 miles over the course of her eight weeks. More than once she completed what’s known in the biking community as the “Iron Butt”, traveling more than 1,000 miles in one ride. In fact, she pushed further, going 1,500 consecutive miles in less than 36 hours twice on her journey, proving her own strength to herself. “I had no clue I was capable of that. It showed me how much stronger I am than I realize,” she said.
Kathleen made it to Washington DC by July 16 and was able to spend four days with her son before continuing south. “The time with my older son highlighted all of the blessings that I have. It was such affirmation for me of all the positives I have in my life. “
Along the way Kathleen traveled through 27 states, explored more than a dozen national parks, met several members of the biking community, and learned invaluable truths about herself. The experience was so transformative that she decided to write a book about her experience. She has submitted her manuscript to a publisher in hopes of inspiring others with her own story.
“I only got my license two years ago. Several of those months I couldn’t ride because of cancer treatments, and it’s rare in the biking community for a woman to travel cross-country alone,” Kathleen said. “There was this point in the trip after a cool stretch of road when I stopped at a convenience store rest stop. This group of bikers passed me as I entered, and when I came out they were waiting for me, all lined up.
“A woman who was part of their group walked up to me and asked if I was riding alone. She told me that I was an inspiration for her, and it was such a powerful moment. I decided I want to share that with others in case they find it inspiring as well.”
In addition to her book, Kathleen documented her entire journey at www.kathleenterner.com. She continues to inspire those around her, and especially her students and peers at West Linn High School.
The West Linn-Wilsonville community continues to persevere as we adapt to new COVID-19 realities. There’s no better example of that than Kathleen Terner.
District Hosts Listening Session for Gender Neutral Restroom Capital Bond Project DesignPosted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 11/10/2020 10:00:00 AM
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hosted a listening session regarding gender neutral restroom design for Capital Bond construction projects on November 17. The video recording of the listening session can be found below alongside the presentation and an online Google Form if community members would like to provide further feedback.
As a reminder, gender neutral restroom design are for select Capital Bond projects as part of the bond program. All schools, including newly constructed schools, will continue to have restroom options for all students, including traditional gender-assigned restrooms.
As the West Linn-Wilsonville district staff and the Capital Bond team prepare to work with architects on remodeling and rebuilding plans for the various projects, restrooms will be one of the areas where some adjustments will be made. This includes adding some gender-neutral, single occupancy stalls in addition to the gender-assigned stalls already present in our schools. THese will not replace all gender-assigned restrooms, and all options will remain available to students at all schools.
A growing number of school-age children in the U.S., and in our district, indicate a preference for more privacy in restrooms because of medical, social-emotional or mental health needs. Using restrooms in ways that provide similar options for all students so groups don’t feel singled out is associated with positive school climate. The overall accessibility and aesthetics of restrooms matter significantly and students report avoiding using bathrooms during the school day based on these factors.
We are at the beginning of this design process. Nothing has been set yet. This is an iterative process. During the Listening Session, district staff will present the background for this decision along with samples of gender-neutral, single occupancy restroom designs for participants to ask questions, make suggestions and share thoughts. We have already held several student focus group sessions on this topic. Comments and suggestions from our students, staff and community will help guide us through the design process and as we better understand how to keep our school buildings, including restrooms, safe and welcoming for all.
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