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  • Technology Device Pick-Up Instructions

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 3/31/2020 3:00:00 PM

    This week we will be providing Chromebooks to families who have requested them. Please read through the following information carefully as we get ready to distribute Chromebooks. These devices will be provided for the duration of the extended closure and will need to be returned at the conclusion of the closure.

    CHROMEBOOK DEVICE CHECKOUT

    While we do have enough devices, we ask that students check out devices only if they are really needed. We encourage siblings to share a Chromebook if possible.

    At this time, we are loaning out only Chromebooks. No other types of devices will be loaned out. If you have other specific needs, please work through your teacher and school administrators to either find alternatives or work out other details.

    If you have children from multiple schools and need a device for each, we respectfully ask that you visit each of the schools’ loan-out times. By doing this, we can best ensure that the devices get back to where they belong when this event is over.

    If you cannot make it to your school’s allotted time slot, you may visit one of the other school pick up times. Please don’t do this unless absolutely necessary. If you cannot make it to any of the time slots, please fill out this form (https://tekmee.wlwv.k12.or.us/helpathome/) and we will make one-on-one arrangements to meet you at a later date/time.

    DEVICE PICK UP FOR PRIMARY LEVEL

    If you are coming to a primary school, please do your best to know your child’s teacher and ask your student which Chromebook they normally use at school. For example, if your student uses computer 7 in Mrs. Johnson’s cart, that information is helpful. The district will do it’s best to provide primary level students with the device that they normally use at school. 

    ACCESS TO INTERNET

    We do not yet have mobile Internet devices (hotspots) for checkout. For those homes that indicated a need for internet access, we will contact you directly when we have them. We will work through distribution of internet hotspots at that time. For now, please take a look at this page (https://www.wlwv.k12.or.us/Page/15969) that outlines alternatives for getting internet access.

    DEVICE PICKUP PROCESS

    We intend for the loan-out process to be a drive-thru experience. This will ensure appropriate social distancing and will also help with weather considerations as we execute this task outside of the school building. 

    Parents and/or students will be asked to stay in their car during the device check out process. We will have enough devices on hand. Please do not arrive before your designated window of time.

    When you get to table 1, you will be invited to put on a pair of gloves. We will ask you to identify your student and will provide a loan-out agreement form, along with a separate half-sheet that you will use to acknowledge receipt of the agreement and the device. Staff will then direct you to pull forward to the next spot, giving you time to review the loan-out agreement. At primary schools, we will ask if you know which device your student uses at school. A staff member will then leave to retrieve the device and you will pull forward to the last stop in the process. At this stop, you will put your signed acknowledgment receipt in a tub. We will record the device’s service tag and provide you with your student’s device.  

    Please realize that our focus will be on distributing devices during this process. This will not be the time to seek technical help or guidance. These devices have been disinfected and cleaned, but they have not been used for two weeks and could be low on battery. If you experience any issues, please let us know by filling out this form (https://tekmee.wlwv.k12.or.us/helpathome/) and we will work with you to fix any issues, including to arrange a swap of devices if necessary. Please be patient as we do this. You can also use the above form if you experience other technical problems such as forgotten passwords or log-in information.

    Thank you for your patience and help in making this process successful. Please see the school-by-school pick-up schedule below. Devices are to be picked up at your student’s school within the allotted window of time.

    TECHNOLOGY DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

    Thursday, April 2 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    West Linn High

    Wilsonville High

    Inza Wood Middle

    Rosemont Ridge Middle

    Thursday, April 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    Boones Ferry Primary

    Cedaroak Park Primary

    Athey Creek Middle

    Meridian Creek Middle

    Friday, April 3 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    Arts and Technology High

    Boeckman Creek Primary

    Stafford Primary

    Lowrie Primary

    Friday, April 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    Bolton Primary

    Sunset Primary

    Trillium Creek Primary

    Willamette Primary

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  • West Linn-Wilsonville to Offer Free Community Suicide Prevention Training

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/27/2020 9:00:00 AM

    West Linn-Wilsonville staff will offer free training in Question, Persuade Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training on March 10. The free training will be offered from 9-11 a.m. at the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin.

    The training session is taught by licensed District Clinical Social Workers and teaches skills that help with recognition when someone is thinking about suicide and how to refer individuals for additional support. Just like how you don’t need to be a licensed paramedic to learn and administer CPR, you don’t need to be a licensed counselor to help a person who is thinking about suicide.

    Registration for the free training is required, and all participants must be 18 years or older. To register, please go to https://tinyurl.com/qprmar2020.

    READ FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING QPR TRAINING

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  • Meridian Creek Leadership Students Partner with Soles4Souls in School's Most Ambitious Fundraising Initiative Yet

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/19/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Meridian Creek Middle School students collect donations at the MCMS Community Night.

    The Meridian Creek Middle School Leadership Team has grown in both size and impact since the school opened in 2017-18. Leadership students spent the majority of the first two years at Meridian Creek building school culture, engaging mostly in school-based activities and fundraising campaigns.

    But with high school fast-approaching, the 2019-20 Eighth Grade Class wanted to do something a little different before finishing their middle school careers. Their goal is to leave a legacy of giving. In fact, the leadership team’s latest mission aims to benefit people on a global scale.

    Meridian Creek students have partnered with Soles4Souls, a national non-profit organization with Wilsonville roots. The company collects shoes and clothing to distribute to those in need across the world while fighting poverty by helping people launch and sustain small businesses.

    “Most of the fundraising our leadership team has done has been more focused on our school,” said seventh-grade leadership student Lily Vu. “We wanted to show students that we can make a bigger impact on the world while also helping our local community.”

    Meridian Creek will kick off its fundraising efforts on Thursday, Feb. 20 at a school-wide assembly. Canby High School student and Soles4Souls Volunteer Rachel Bigej will visit with students to share her experiences and the difference she’s been able to make across the world. Rachel organized her first shoe drive at age 10, volunteering with Soles4Souls ever since.

    “We want to inspire the entire school and so we thought to bring in a student to show what kind of difference we can make could help do that,” said eighth-grade leadership student Lily Scanlan. “We’re going to turn the fundraiser into a class competition to start out with a bang and collect as many donations as possible.”

    Meridian Creek will collect donations from students through March 4 and encourage Wilsonville residents to participate as well. Unwanted shoes or clothing can be dropped off at the Meridian Creek front office and students will make sure all items are transported to Soles4Souls. When Meridian Creek students have finished the fundraising portion, students plan to visit the Wilsonville Soles4Souls facility to help package their donations.

    “Our goal is to fill an entire bus with shoes,” said seventh-grade leadership student Jack Jensen. “We want to help as many people as possible.”

    After months of thoughtful preparation, leadership students say they’re thrilled to get the ambitious fundraiser underway. Eighth-Grade students hope the project serves as a catalyst for the leadership team at Meridian Creek Middle School, setting the stage for current sixth- and seventh-graders to build on this year’s hard work.

    “We want to bring things full circle and do as much as we can to help,” Caleb said. “We hope other students can continue to work with Soles4Souls next year and build up the leadership team at Meridian.”

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  • Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig Named 2020 OALA Tom Ruhl Ally Award Recipient

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/14/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig was honored with the Tom Ruhl Award.

    West Linn-Wilsonville Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig was recently named the 2020 Tom Ruhl Ally Award Recipient by the Oregon Association for Latino Administrators. Dr. Ludwig was presented with the award during the 2020 OALA Winter Conference on Saturday, February 8 at Grant High School.

    The Tom Ruhl Ally Award is presented every year to non-Latino OALA members who have exhibited leadership in the areas of equity and cultural competence. Recognized leaders have implemented strategies or activities that align with OALA’s mission, purpose, and goals in their district.

    During her 20-plus years with the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, serving as superintendent since 2016, Dr. Ludwig has led pivotal equity work across the district’s 16 schools, beginning with a District Equity Action Plan. Under Dr. Ludwig’s leadership, the district has prioritized disrupting systems of racism, building school communities that are safe and welcoming for all students, and cultivating a district staff that reflects students in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District through intentional hiring processes and professional development.  

    The Oregon Association for Latino Administrators was formed in 2002 to create a vehicle to support and mentor Latino Administrators as well as Latino educators who aspire to become administrators in the State of Oregon. The association has grown exponentially over the past 16 years, increasing the capacity of Latino educators across the state while building equity for all students.

    OALA’s goals include promoting Latino educators into leadership positions; ensuring educational equity for all students and especially those of Latino heritage; advocating at the federal, state, and local level for equitable educational policies impacting Latino students; disseminating data related to the changing demographics and their implications for schools in Oregon; developing strategic partnerships with organizations throughout Oregon that acknowledge and support the accomplishments of Latino youth; and providing opportunities to build the capacity in the organization and of its members.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is an Institutional Sponsor of the OALA Conference, helping to push the organization’s pivotal mission while increasing the capacity of Latino educators and administrators across the district and larger State. In addition to the district’s involvement in OALA, Lowrie Primary Principal Sarita Amaya serves as Vice President and Bolton Primary Principal Edgar Solares serves as a member at large on the OALA Board.

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  • Sale Results — West Linn-Wilsonville Sells General Obligation Bonds

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/14/2020 9:00:00 AM

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District sold $147.9 million of the district’s General Obligation (GO) Bond authorization on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The bond was approved by voters in the November 2019 Election.

    Due to high investor interest, the District sold $147.9 million in bonds but will receive $158.1 million for capital projects to be completed over the next few years. The remaining $58.9 million of the $206.8 million bond measure will be sold at a future date to complete the remaining capital projects outlined in the bond measure.

    “Because of low interest rates in the market and the attractiveness of the District’s bonds, Wednesday’s sale resulted in a premium that the District can use for projects outlined in the bond measure,” said Chief Financial Officer Son Le Hughes.

    The bond proceeds from the Feb. 12 sale will result in several key projects across the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Capital projects will address overcrowding across the District, increase Career and Technical Education opportunities for students, increase safety and security, upgrade technology, and fund several other projects District-wide.

    Major projects include a new primary school in Wilsonville, stadium and parking upgrades at West Linn High School, construction of a new Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn, relocation of the district’s third option high school to the existing Athey Creek Middle School building, and construction of a new performing arts center at Wilsonville High School among others.

    In addition to the sale of GO bonds, the District executed a “refunding sale” agreement to save borrowing costs through lower interest rates. The refunding sale pertains to a bond measure approved by voters in 2014, saving West Linn-Wilsonville residents approximately $4.8 million.

    “The District is grateful for the financial support of the community and is committed to managing bond funds responsibly,” Hughes said. “With this sale of bond proceeds, the District is excited to now focus on planning and construction of the capital projects outlined in the bond measure.”

    To learn more about the 2019 Capital Bond, or to subscribe for capital bond updates and communications, please visit the Bond Website.

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  • Wood Students Build School Culture, Community During Student Voice Summit

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/5/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Wood students explore stress and mindfulness during the February 5 Student Voice Summit at Wood Middle School.

    Wednesday at Wood Middle School looked a little different than your typical school day. While robust and rich learning takes place in Wood classrooms every day, the lessons and workshops that took place during the school’s second Annual Student Voice Summit on February 5 provided profound learning for everyone involved.

    Organized into topics that were generated through student input, the all-day event provided learning opportunities in several key equity areas. The Student Voice Summit included sessions such as "Stress and Mindfulness," "LGBTQ+ Awareness and Inclusivity," "Self-Identity and Labels," "Responding to Racism," and a special panel of Wilsonville High School students.   

    Topics were selected based on student input provided through brainstorm sessions and online surveys, representing areas or issues of particular importance for Wood students. In particular, workshop topics emphasized building school culture while increasing inclusiveness for all students.

    In “Stress and Mindfulness” sessions, students explored the idea of being present at all times, learning strategies and tools to regulate emotions. During “How to be an Upstander” sessions, students learned how to recognize and stand up to bullying. In “Social Media and Online Communities,” students discussed the impacts that social media can have on young people, and how students can work together to improve online communities for all people.

    Equity work centered on the inclusion of historically marginalized student groups was a key focus during the Student Voice Summit. During the “LGBTQ+ Awareness and Inclusivity”, students listened to terms and issues related to the LGBTQ+ community and how students, while “Responding to Racism” sessions explored different ways in which students can respond to and stop racist actions, jokes, or words. Working with scenarios in small groups, students practiced skills and strategies to make their community a better place.

    Eighth-Grade students also received the chance to listen to a panel of Wilsonville High School students, learning about the transition from middle school and how current middle school students can make positive impacts at Wilsonville High School next year.

    Students tended a total of three sessions during Student Voice Summit, focusing on making Wood Middle School a better and more welcoming place for all. Feb. 5 marked the second annual Student Voice Summit at Wood Middle School.

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  • West Linn High School Names Keanon Lowe as Head Football Coach

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 1/29/2020 12:00:00 PM

    West Linn High School is excited to announce Keanon Lowe as its next Head Football Coach. 

    Lowe was selected from an impressive candidate pool following a thorough interview process. Lowe was most recently the head coach at Parkrose High School where he led the Broncos to the first playoff victory in the school’s history. Lowe led Parkrose to a 12-7 record in two seasons, including a 59-20 win over Lebanon in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs in 2019. Lowe was named the 2019 Class 5A Coach of the Year.

    “Keanon brings experience, energy, and a passion for teaching to our football program,” said WLHS Athletic Director Mark Horak. “Keanon’s proven track record both on the field as a coach and as a mentor to student-athletes stood out during the interview process. We’re incredibly grateful to announce that Keanon Lowe will be the next football coach at West Linn High School.”

    Lowe, a graduate of nearby Jesuit High School, also starred at the University of Oregon where he played wide receiver from 2011-2014, totaling 891 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career. Lowe won two Pac-12 titles during his playing days at Oregon, including a Rose Bowl win in 2011, Fiesta Bowl win in 2012, and National Championship appearance in 2014.

    Lowe takes over for coach Chris Miller, who took an offensive coordinator position with Houston Roughnecks of the newly-formed XFL. Miller compiled an impressive 60-16 record in five seasons at West Linn High School, including a Class 6A Title in 2016.

    “We are incredibly appreciative of the positive winning culture that Coach Miller established during his time at West Linn High School and we’re tremendously excited to welcome Keanon Lowe to our program,” Horak said. “We’re excited for our student athletes, for our fans, and for the entire West Linn community.”

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  • West Linn-Wilsonville Student Artists Receive 178 Scholastic Art Awards and Recognitions

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 1/29/2020 9:00:00 AM

    A painting created by West Linn High student Andrew Kim.  A drawing created by West Linn High student Addison Sobotta.  A painting created by West Linn High student Abby Schmidt.

    If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the artwork created by West Linn-Wilsonville students this year is thousands of words and then some. The Oregon High School Scholastic Art Awards were announced on Friday, Jan. 24, highlighted by more than 150 awards and recognitions for West Linn-Wilsonville students.

    At Wilsonville High School, 18 students earned Gold Key Awards, while 34 earned Silver Key Awards and 41 students received Honorable Mentions. At West Linn High School, six students earned Gold Key Awards, five students received Silver Key Awards, and seven students earned Honorable Mention.

    Students were recognized with awards for paintings, drawing and illustrations, photography, digital art, mixed media, and sculpture among other mediums. In total, West Linn-Wilsonville students received 178 Scholastic Art Awards in 2020.

    The Scholastic Art Awards are separated into categories and juried by three unique jurors. Professionals and art professors make up jurors, judging the category or medium they specialize in through a blind adjudication process. Of the more than 7,000 individual works that were submitted this year, only 7 percent were awarded Gold Keys, while 10 percent receive Silver Keys and 10 percent receive Honorable Mentions.

    Gold Key winners advance to the national competition in New York, where past West Linn-Wilsonville students have excelled. View the complete list of award winners below:

    GOLD KEY
    Jasleen Bhullar (8), Maile Campos, Kate Flechette (2), Ethan Gail, Alexander Gohier, Rowan Hardt, Kameron Koslowski, Audrey Kunde, Sydney Leveque (2), Rachel Rey Longstreet, Megan Maguire, Angelica Maldonado, Donald Nuffer, Shelby Parrack, Darrius Ramsey, Ciera Ross (4), Kylee Rusher, Carly Shanklin, Kelly Deng, Bennett Moscato, Zinaan Ogadhoh, Abby Schmidt, Jade Schoenfeld, Hannah Tsai.

    SILVER KEY
    Rodayna Abdelhalim, Jasleen Bhullar (2), Maile Campos (4), Catherine Carr, Ellie Counts, Cole Eagles, Ethan Gail (4), Elaysia Gates (3), Gabrielle Guertin, Kyle Guice, Rowan Hardt (2), Emily Harms, Alexis Homsonbath (4), Kameron Kozlowski (3), Audrey Kunde (2), Sydney Leveque, Angelica Maldonado, Max McGuire (2), Claudia Molatore, Donald Nuffer, Darrius Ramsey (3), Annika Reed, Ella Rice, Savannah Rodriguez, Ciera Ross (3), Kylee Rusher, Juliette Saccente, JulieAnna Schaecher, Julia Soares, Anna Stanley, Kendall Taylor, Grace Wilhelm, Chanelle Woods, Jocelyn Zamora, Masha Galtseva, Andrew Kim, Emma Mitchell, Jade Schoenfeld (3), Addison Sobotta, Hannah Tsai.

    HONORABLE MENTION
    Cameron Azizi, Elia Bartlett, Max Bates, Gabi Bean, Jasleen Bhullar (4), Maile Campos (3), Celeste Catalan, Logan Demarais, Cole Eagles, Ethan Fister

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  • School Board Hosts West Linn-Wilsonville Community-Wide Equity Work Session

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 1/28/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Community members discuss action during the January 27 School Board Equity Work Session.

    Students, City Councilors, law enforcement, library staff, West Linn and Wilsonville Alliance for Inclusive Communities members, district staff, and other community members packed the WLWV Board Room on Monday night to continue pivotal work across West Linn and Wilsonville.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board used their Jan. 27 Board session to talk equity with local leaders, revisiting important topics from the Multi-City Equity Seminar that was hosted by organizations from Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, and Tualatin earlier in the year. More importantly, West Linn-Wilsonville community members talked about action, exploring avenues in which local leaders can partner to make the community a more inclusive place for all people.

    Organizations shared action items they have taken in recent months, such as Basic Rights Oregon all-staff training at West Linn High School and the implementation of a Citizen’s Academy to diversify local leaders in the City of Wilsonville.

    The highlight of the Jan. 27 Equity Work Session came in the form of a student panel, including students from West Linn and Wilsonville high schools. Students shared experiences from both school and in their respective communities, providing adults in the room with insight into challenges that exist for various student groups in West Linn and Wilsonville.

    Students courageously delved into questions around race, gender identity, and inclusivity, answering questions such as from the audience to highlight areas of equity where West Linn and Wilsonville are excelling, as well as areas where the community can improve to become more inclusive.

    In particular, students talked about barriers that exist for people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and families who are homeless or have fewer financial resources. Local partners dug into the resources offered in West Linn-Wilsonville, exploring avenues in which the community can be more accessible for all its members while increasing the sense of belonging for everyone.

    Following the student panel, work session participants reflected on student voice while brainstorming actions that can be taken in the future.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District plans to host free viewings of “Intelligent Lives” later in the year, inviting the entire community to view and discuss the powerful documentary that explores the lives of people with learning disabilities. Other ideas produced during the work session included community book clubs, fairs or awareness campaigns to connect the community to resources, diversified art displays or music festivals to highlight cultures and citizen groups that exist in West Linn and Wilsonville, and an expansion of West Linn High School’s Unity Day for the entire community to take part in.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District, in partnership with organizations that joined the School Board on Jan. 27, will continue equity work this school year and beyond. Future equity workshops will be explored ahead of the 2020 Multi-City Equity Summit next year.

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  • Athey Creek Middle School Welcomes Guest Students From South Korean Sister School

    Posted by Andrew Kilstrom on 1/16/2020 4:00:00 PM

    South Korean students perform for Athey Creek students on January 16.

    The Athey Creek Middle School gym came to life with the sound of beautiful music, resounding speeches, entertaining dance performances, and the formation of many budding friendships on Thursday morning.

    Athey Creek Middle School welcomed guest students from South Korea’s Eonyang Middle School during a school-wide assembly on Thursday, Jan. 16, marking the beginning of an exciting week for both Eonyang and Athey Creek students alike. Eonyang Middle School has been Athey Creek’s sister school for the past seven years, providing opportunities for students to visit their peers on the other side of the globe.

    Athey Creek Principal Joel Sebastian welcomed guest students and administrators during the morning assembly, thanking them for traveling from so far while asking Athey Creek students to open their school to their new friends. The South Korean sister school relationship is one of just a few in the United States, and one of just two in Oregon, providing unique opportunities for ACMS students to learn about Korean culture first-hand from guest students. Guest students will spend the next several days living with ACMS host families, meanwhile, touring Oregon while learning about life in an American middle school.

    Eonyang Middle School Vice Principal Choi also greeted ACMS students, before Eonyang students treated the ACMS community with Gangnam-style dancing and traditional Korean songs. ACMS orchestra and band students also provided musical performances before ACMS host students capped the fun-filled morning with a collaborative dance, joining their South Korean peers on stage.

    Students from both sister schools take turns visiting one another in Oregon and South Korea, strengthening the bond the two communities share. Thank you to our Eonyang Middle School friends and to South Korea Honorary Consul Greg Caldwell for joining us for such an inspiring morning!

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