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  • Student Projects Mesmerize at 18th Annual CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 3/8/2019 9:00:00 AM

    West Linn-Wilsonville students showcase projects at the CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium on March 5.

    Nearly 150 projects carefully crafted by some 230 West Linn-Wilsonville high school students lined the walls of the Wilsonville High School gym on Tuesday, March 5. Those projects represented months of dedication and hard work, culminating in the 18th annual CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium.

    Students from West Linn, Wilsonville, and Arts and Technology High School took part in the Symposium, which is part of Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The Intel-ISEF competition inspires the world’s best and brightest young scientists to engage in science exploration, as well as share their own research with the entire science community.

    In addition to awards and prizes, the top 49 projects from the March 5 Symposium advanced to the Northwest Science Expo (the state-level science fair) in Portland this April. Reviewed by more than 30 expert judges, student projects were selected based on a wide-ranging criterion.

    Most noteworthy of the night’s winners were the four “Best of Fair” projects. Those students will advance all the way to the International Intel-ISEF fair in Phoenix, Arizona this coming May, showcasing their research against the top projects from all around the world.

    West Linn High School Senior Pooja Jain and Sophomore Neel Jain were one of four Best of Fair winners for their project: “A low-cost, 3-D printed autonomous WiFi tracking search drone to locate missing victims of natural disasters.”

    West Linn High School Senior Jessica Yu also won for her project titled “A deep learning based drowning detection method for dynamic swimming pool environments;” Wilsonville High School Senior Nathan Tidball won for his project titled “Acrylate polymerization: formation of novel antimicrobial co-polymers;” and West Linn High School Seniors Rashima Mukherjee and Marlee Feltham won for their project titled “A 5th generation CAR T-cell: MicroRNA guided radiogenetics for T-Cell engineering.”

    Aside from the many student recognitions, the night’s awards ceremony was highlighted by the Symposium’s two keynote speakers. West Linn High School Class of 2011 Alumna Claire Offer and Wilsonville High School Class of 2013 Alumna Claire Mallon addressed a standing-room-only crowd of students and families, sharing their own ISEF stories and the high school experiences that prepared them for careers in engineering.

    Offer, an engineer for NASA, working in the Propellants and Life Support division at Kennedy Space Center, shared how ISEF inspired her to explore a career in engineering.

    Mallon, meanwhile, told students the many lessons ISEF taught her on the way to Yale and eventually SpaceX, where she now works in the Components Engineering department.

    Read the full list of participants and award winners.

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  • 142 Student Projects Highlight 18th Annual CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 3/4/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Community members enjoy student projects at the 2018 CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District will host the 18th annual CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium on Tuesday, March 5 at Wilsonville High School. Part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) program, the CREST Jane Goodall Science Symposium allows student researchers to conduct authentic studies in fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral sciences.

    High School students from across the district will share their work the community starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilsonville High School auxiliary gym, followed by two keynote speakers at 7:15 p.m. and an award ceremony at 8:30 p.m. The entire community is invited to attend this free event.

    Students from West Linn, Wilsonville, and Arts and Technology high schools will present a total of 142 projects during the March 5 Symposium. Reviewed by more than 60 expert judges, 49 student projects will be selected to progress to the Intel NW Science Expo on April 12 at Portland State University.

    This year's Symposium is highlighted by two keynote speakers in West Linn High School Alumna Claire Offer and Wilsonville High School alumna Claire Mallon. Offer graduated from West Linn High School in 2011 and is now a chemical engineer working for NASA. Mallon, a 2012 WHS graduate, is a propulsion engineer for SpaceX. The pair of West Linn-Wilsonville standouts will share their journey through science and engineering before presenting category awards, scholarship winners, and the 49 student projects moving on to the state-level fair.

    For more information, please contact ISEF Program Coordinator Dr. Jennifer Wells at WellsJ@wlwv.k12.or.us.

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  • Safety Spotlight — Reunification Process

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 2/13/2019 2:00:00 PM

    First Responders and district personnel discuss reunification.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hosted its third joint-safety meeting of the 2018-19 school year on Feb. 13, joining first responders, board members, administrators, First Student bus partners, and others to discuss and practice around the topic of reunification.

    What is Reunification? Reunification is the process of controlled release of students. A reunification may be required if certain emergency events occur at a school, such as threats to safety in the form of weapon threats, bomb threats, or building evacuations due to extreme weather or earthquake situations.

    The school district works in collaboration with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, West Linn Police Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and other community partners in the event of reunification. Safety agencies use the Standard Reunification Method, which is based on protocols established by the I Love U Guys Foundation.

    Student and Parent Reunification is a protocol that makes the process of student release more predictable and less chaotic for all involved. Because a controlled release is not a typical end of school day event, a reunification may occur at a different location than the school a student attends depending on the situation. This is called an OFF-SITE reunification. The location of an off-site reunification will be announced to parents once students have arrived and the reunification center has been established.

    Notification of a Student and Parent Reunification: In the event that reunification is required, parents are advised to stay home until receiving communication from the district or law enforcement. This allows law enforcement and first responders to secure the site and ensure safety prior to a controlled release reunification process. The reunification process will only begin once law enforcement has decided it’s safe to do so.

    Parents will be notified about a reunification process in a number of ways. Parents will receive a broadcast phone message, text alert, and ListServ email, including instructions of what to bring and where the reunification center is. Parents are required to bring ID and will be asked to fill out a reunification form at the reunification site prior to their student’s release. If a parent can not immediately get to the reunification site, a student’s emergency contact may also pick up a student.

    For more information about the reunification process, please watch this instructional video.

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  • Safety Spotlight — Important Measles Information

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 1/29/2019 8:00:00 AM
    There is a serious outbreak of measles in the State of Washington and one case of measles was recently confirmed in Multnomah County. Measles is a viral disease that spreads easily from person to person through direct contact, as well as through the air when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children, with one in every four people who contract measles requiring hospitalization.
     
    The best way to protect against the measles is vaccination. West Linn-Wilsonville and Clackamas County Health are offering an Immunization Clinic where vaccines, including MEASLES vaccines, will be provided FREE of charge to children with no health insurance, the Oregon Health Plan, or children with insurance that does not cover the cost of appointments. That free Immunization Clinic will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at Boones Ferry Primary School from 4-6:30 p.m.
     
    Please read the following letter from the WLWV Nursing Team for more information about both measles and the upcoming clinic.
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  • West Linn-Wilsonville School District Graduation Rate Climbs to 94.5 Percent

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 1/24/2019 9:00:00 AM

    West Linn-Wilsonville saw its graduation rate climb to 94.5 percent in 2017-18.

    The State of Oregon released graduation date on Jan. 24, showing a statewide improvement of more than 2 percent from 2016-17. Similarly, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District saw its graduation rate grow to 94.5 percent — the highest among large-sized school districts in Oregon.

    West Linn-Wilsonville’s overall graduation rate of 94.5 percent is up from 93 percent in both 2016-17 and 2015-16. WLWV’s overall graduation rate has grown every year for the past five years, and the district’s dropout rate of less than 1 percent rates considerably lower than the state average of 3.55 percent.

    West Linn-Wilsonville School District also saw improvements in graduation rates for Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as well as students who are or who have ever been English Language Learners. Graduation rates for students with IEPs grew for the fifth-straight year, up to 81.5 percent, which is more than 20 percent higher than the state average. Students who are or have ever been English Language Learners grew for the third-straight year, coming in at 100 percent in 2017-18. The district also saw growth in economically disadvantaged students, with graduation rates climbing 4 points to 87 percent in 2017-18.

    West Linn High School recorded the highest graduation rate in the state among large high schools at 98.2 percent. Wilsonville High School was close behind at 94.6 percent, followed by Arts and Technology High School (56 percent), which saw growth in a number of areas.

    While 2017-18 graduation data shows many improvements district-wide and in many student groups, West Linn-Wilsonville remains committed to eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps for all students. The district will continue to prepare all students for graduation, career, and post-K12 education. To view complete graduation data please visit the Oregon Department of Education website.

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  • Long Range Planning Committee Finalizes Capital Project List Recommendations Ahead of Potential Capital Bond

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 1/10/2019 4:30:00 PM

    The West Linn-Wilsonville Long Range Planning Committee continued its discussion of possible Capital Projects during its Jan. 9 meeting. The possible projects would be part of a Capital Bond should the School Board decide to go out for one.

    The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) has spent the past several months analyzing 10-year demographic and enrollment projections, reviewing the district’s recent High School Study, considering community feedback following public forums and surveys, and updating the Long Range Plan.

    The LRPC reviewed projects on Jan. 9 that will be presented to the School Board alongside a completed draft of Long Range Plan at the Jan. 14 School Board meeting. The Board will engage in a first read of the Long Range Plan at that meeting, with a second reading scheduled for a Jan. 28 work session. The Board will also discuss the list of recommended capital projects during that meeting.

    The LRPC reviewed seven projects in total Wednesday night, all of which the committee will recommend to the Board in no order of priority. Altogether, the projects total an estimate of $206.8 million. Operations Director Tim Woodley noted that, according to the district’s financial consultant Piper Jaffray, a bond of that amount would not raise the current tax rate for West Linn and Wilsonville residents, staying below the $3 per $1,000 threshold that residents currently pay.

    Safe and Welcoming Schools

    The first project the LRPC discussed focuses on safety and security upgrades across the district. Following direction from the School Board Safety Advisory Committees, as well as input from the District Safety Leadership Team, the proposed project would include school building renovations for secure school entrances; classroom lockdown hardware; shelter-in-place curtains; and intrusion-limiting glass. Those improvements would be made for all 16 WLWV schools.

    The classroom lockdown hardware would be implemented on every classroom door, giving teachers and staff the ability to lock and unlock doors with the touch of a button. Curtains, meanwhile, would similarly be implemented in all instructional spaces for easy access in the event of lockdowns and other emergency situations. Glass windows and doors would also be replaced in strategic locations at all schools, reinforcing entryways to considerably slow down potential intruders.

    The district recently completed a large number of safety and security projects using money from the 2014 capital bond. Among those projects were renovated safe and secure school entrances at Bolton Primary, Boeckman Creek Primary, and West Linn High School this past summer. Both Sunset Primary and Meridian Creek Middle School received safe and secure entryways when they were completed prior to the 2017-18 school year.

    The conceptual estimate for the entire Safe and Welcoming Schools project is $4.5 million.

    Expanding Opportunities and Addressing Capacity at Secondary Level

    Currently, the district has three high schools — West Linn High School, Wilsonville High School, and Arts and Technology High School, a smaller option high school that typically has enrollment around 100 students. Enrollment projections show that West Linn High School could eclipse 2,000 students while Wilsonville High School will approach 1,700 students by 2028. Concurrently, the lease for Arts and Technology High School expires in 2022 and a new location will be needed.

    To accommodate enrollment projections at the high school level, and to expand learning opportunities for students, the proposed project would renovate the current Athey Creek Middle School building to accommodate an expanded and redesigned third high school (ATHS). All three district high schools, including the expanded Arts and Technology High School, would include Career Technical Education and course expansion opportunities.

    An 850-student Athey Creek Middle School would be rebuilt on the district’s Dollar Street property, bringing it into West Linn so that students can walk and bike to school. The 21-acre Dollar Street site would allow for a track, turf field and lights, parking and street frontage improvements, and appropriate site circulation for the new Athey Creek Middle School.

    The conceptual estimate for the project is $88 million.

    Increasing Access to the Arts: Wilsonville High School Auditorium Addition

    This project would construct a new 600-seat performing arts theater at Wilsonville High School similar to the performing arts center at West Linn High School. The theater would be adjacent to the performing arts entrance that was constructed under the 2014 capital bond. The project would convert the existing auditorium, stage, and arena theater into instructional space, increasing total building capacity and providing additional Career and Technical Education opportunities for students. Additional parking would be added where the existing soccer field adjacent the gyms is located.

    The conceptual estimate for this project is $25 million.

    West Linn High School Parking and Stadium Improvements

    Additional parking and stadium seating have been on the Long Range Planning Committee’s radar for some time. This project would increase stadium seating by more than 1,000 spectators, improving accessibility and safety of the site.

    In order to accommodate the additional stadium capacity as well as students and staff, this project would include an expansion of the existing south parking lot. The lot will be furnished with appropriate storm-water management, pedestrian paths, landscape, and site lighting. The new lot would accommodate 120 additional vehicles.

    The conceptual estimate for this project is $8.3 million.

    Addressing Growth at the Primary Level

    New housing developments in Wilsonville are impacting enrollment projections, indicating the need for a new primary school in the near future. The construction of a new primary school would allow for growth and limit the potential of overcrowding of other primary schools in the area.

    The project would include a new starter primary school with an initial capacity of 350 students, with room for a future buildout to approximately 550 students. The school would be located on the district’s 10-acre property in Frog Pond where the CREST Farm was previously located.

    The conceptual estimate for this project is $39 million.

    Learning with Technology

    Technology is a vital component of virtually every aspect of the School District. Both safety and security, as well as teaching and learning, are enhanced by technology and efficient building operations require a reliable technological infrastructure. Money for technology would go to projects such as re-wiring existing schools, WiFi upgrades, phone system updates, an updated printer fleet, end-user device rollouts, and video monitoring upgrades among other projects.

    The conceptual estimate for learning with technology projects is $18 million.

    District-wide Improvements

    The district has a strong history of protecting the community’s investment in facilities. District-wide improvements include a wide range of projects that address critical issues such as accessibility upgrades, equitable access, Title IV compliance, renovations for Career Technical Education (CTE) learning environments, and safety improvements.

    Proposed district-wide projects include air-conditioning at Cedaroak Park, Stafford, Bolton, and Willamette primaries; instructional greenhouses at each middle school; synthetic turf, lighting; and practice facilities at Wilsonville High School’s softball field; improved CTE spaces, equipment, and fixtures at all WLWV high schools; accessible playgrounds; select fire sprinkler system replacements; and many more projects.

    The conceptual estimate for this project is $24 million.

    The Long Range Planning Committee will present both the Long Range Plan and Capital Improvement Plan to the School Board on Jan. 14 for a first reading, with a second reading and discussion planned for Jan. 28. Visit the district website for more information about bond discussions.

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  • Long Range Planning Committee Reviews Long Range Plan, Potential Capital Bond Projects

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/20/2018 10:00:00 AM

    The Long Range Planning Committee met on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to review a draft of the district’s updated Long Range Plan and discuss capital projects for a potential capital bond.

    DOWA-IBI Group’s Rebecca Stuecker presented a draft of the Long Range Plan, which was last updated in 2014. DOWA-IBI representatives met with district administrators several times in recent weeks to learn about changes to district programming and facilities in recent years.

    LRPC members reviewed the four main topics outlined in part A of the three-part document, including high performing schools, safe and welcoming schools, community partnerships, and digital agility. The Long Range Plan also includes a section dedicated to school facilities as well as a section for capital improvements. A draft of the Long Range Plan will go to the School Board for a first reading on Jan. 14 and is expected to be approved by the Board during its Jan. 28 meeting.

    The LRPC also discussed possible capital projects for a potential capital bond, focusing on a future high school learning space. Long Range Planning Committee Members reviewed community feedback following the district’s two community input forums and an online survey that was conducted during the past several weeks.

    While the online survey will remain open through January, providing additional time for community input, Long Range Planning Committee members noted some clear trends in recent feedback. Paired with the district’s High School Study and the recent 10-year enrollment projections, the committee narrowed its focus for future high school learning spaces. The LRPC eliminated the possibility of expanding either of the district’s two comprehensive high schools, agreeing that the impact on core facilities, the school community, and surrounding infrastructure was not the best long-term solution for addressing enrollment growth.

    Considering factors of cost, community interest, and long-term effectiveness, the LRPC signaled the time is now to grow Arts and Technology High School into a reimagined options high school of approximately 500 students. The new high school would likely feature much of the Career and Technical Education programming outlined in the High School Study, providing a wide range of options for students. Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig noted that the results of the High School study will result in a lift of CTE programming at all of the district’s high schools.

    The LRPC agreed that relocating a reimagined high school to the Athey Creek Middle School site was the best possible solution due to location, size of the property, the potential for expansion in future years, and other contributing factors. This recommendation would include building a new Athey Creek Middle School on the district’s Dollar Street property in West Linn as part of a future capital bond. The Long Range Planning Committee will make a recommendation to the Board regarding capital projects as part of the updated Long Range Plan and Capital Improvement Plan presentation in January.

    The Long Range Planning Committee will next meet on Jan. 9 to continue discussions and finalize both the Long Range Plan and Capital Improvement Plan. The committee will then meet again on Jan. 16 for further discussion and consideration. For more information about potential capital projects, including high school learning space possibilities, visit the district website.

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  • District Hosts Two Forums for Future High School Learning Space

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/6/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Community members discuss potential high school options on Dec. 4. The West Linn-Wilsonville community began the public input process for future high school possibilities during two community forums this past week. Parents, community members, Long Range Planning Committee members, Board members, and staff convened on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 to contemplate possibilities for addressing projected high school enrollment growth in a future capital bond.

    Read all about possible high school options: English / En Espanol 

    If you weren't able to attend the two community meetings, community members can provide feedback through the district's online survey (English). Encuesta en Espanol 

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  • Long Range Planning Committee Contemplates High Schools and Future Bond Projects

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/3/2018 12:00:00 PM

    The West Linn-Wilsonville community began the public input process for future high school possibilities during two community forums this past week. Parents, community members, Long Range Planning Committee members, Board members, and staff convened on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 to contemplate possibilities for addressing projected high school enrollment growth in a future capital bond.

    The Long Range Planning Committee  (LRPC) discussed potential capital projects during their regular meeting on November 28 in the event that the School Board decides the time is right for a Capital Bond. Most notably, the Long Range Planning Committee discussed possible high school learning spaces to address growing enrollment at West Linn and Wilsonville High Schools.

    In preparation for a potential Capital Bond, the School Board commissioned a 10-year enrollment forecast last spring, giving the district and LRPC student growth projections across the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. The Long Range Planning Committee also completed capacity analyses of all of the district’s schools this fall to account for changes to school buildings and schedules.

    During the meeting, members of the LRPC addressed those two recent reports, noting a clear need for future learning space at the primary level in Wilsonville and at the high school level in both West Linn and Wilsonville. In the School Board’s adoption of Board Goal No. 4, the Long Range Planning Committee’s purpose is to monitor school and community growth as well as project district facility needs.

    LRPC members noted that the need for additional high school learning spaces has been known for a number of years as they have watched enrollment numbers climb across the district and at the two comprehensive high schools. Those factors, in addition to direction from the School Board, caused the LRPC to begin discussing the future of high school in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

    Possible High School Options

    Currently, the district has three high schools — West Linn High School, Wilsonville High School, and a smaller option high school, Arts and Technology High School, that typically has enrollment around 100 students. Enrollment projections show that West Linn High School could eclipse 2,000 students while Wilsonville High School will approach 1,700 students by 2028. Concurrently, the lease for Arts and Technology High School is set to expire in 2022 and a new location will be needed.

    Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig laid out two possible options for future high school learning spaces during the November 28 Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) meeting, adding that there could be other possibilities if the LRPC, School Board, and community have ideas or suggestions.

    One possibility: Expand the district’s two comprehensive high schools

    The district could expand both West Linn and Wilsonville high schools to accommodate for growth. This option includes adding classrooms as an annex or a new floor at either high school. While additional classrooms can be added, LRPC members noted that extra classrooms impact core facilities.  At what point would there be a need for another gym, cafeteria, additional parking or more common spaces?

    Another possibility: Expand the district’s Arts & Technology High School

    Another option would involve expanding the enrollment of Arts and Technology High School from its current 100 students to approximately 500 students. The new size would still maintain a smaller feel than the other high schools; and, the increased enrollment could allow for expanded courses and programs to be offered at the school.

    New Facility needed for Arts & Technology High School

    The current building lease for Arts & Technology High School expires in 2022.  Whether the school stays at an enrollment size of 100 students or expands, the Long Range Planning Committee explored three options for a future location:

    • Lease/Purchase. Lease or purchase a commercial space large enough to house a high school program (100-500 students) and flexible enough to accommodate a variety of learning options.
    • Build. Find a centrally located 20-40 acre piece of property where the district can build a high school (100-500 students) that would accommodate a variety of learning options and expand for future growth.
    • Relocate. Relocate Arts & Technology High School into an existing school building facility and build a new school for the one that would be moved.  This would only be considered by LRPC and the School Board if clear benefits could be identified for both schools. Such a location may be Athey Creek Middle School. Using its central location for a new and expanded third high school would make more programs available to high school students from across the school district. A new facility for Athey Creek Middle School could be built on the 21-acre lot that the district owns on Dollar Street in West Linn. The Dollar Street site for Athey Creek Middle School allows it to become a neighborhood school, where students could walk or bike to school. A new Athey Creek Middle School could also be built with a larger capacity to accommodate future projected growth at the middle school level.

    No Boundary Changes for Middle School or High School with these options

    Each of the future high school possibilities and location options for Arts & Technology High School that the Long Range Planning Committee discussed did not involve a boundary change for middle or high school.

    Other Potential Capital Projects Under a Future Capital Bond

    The Long Range Planning Committee also discussed other major projects that could appear on a Capital Bond. These projects are listed in no prioritized order.

    New Performing Arts Center at Wilsonville High School — Wilsonville High School is outgrowing its current performing arts facility.  A new theater was considered in past capital improvement project lists. A new performing arts center would also allow for additional classroom space to take over where the current theater resides in the building, increasing enrollment capacity at Wilsonville High School.

    Safety and Security Upgrades — Safety and security is the district’s top priority. The School Board’s community-appointed Safety Advisory Committees recently provided a report regarding potential safety upgrades across the district in addition to a number of projects district staff has planned.

    Expanded Parking at West Linn High School — Parking at West Linn High School has been discussed in the community for a number of years. There is space for adding parking at the south student lot of the campus.

    Primary School in Wilsonville — The recent enrollment data shows a need for another primary school in Wilsonville to accommodate growth in the Frog Pond area. This school would be built on the district’s 10-acre property on Boeckman Road where the CREST Farm was previously located.

    Expanded Stadium at West Linn High School — WLHS attendance at athletic events and student activities has outgrown the current stadium’s capacity. An expanded stadium would allow for more seating for the community and students during school events.

    Technology Upgrades — The district has a history of using school bonds to keep technology and student learning up-to-date. Money from a future bond would be used to upgrade current district systems and both increase and update existing technology resources for students.

    Districtwide Improvements — Districtwide improvements include accessible playgrounds, air conditioning and other upgrades across West Linn-Wilsonville schools.

    The district will continue to seek input in the coming weeks. To provide feedback, please email Communications Director Andrew Kilstrom at kilstroa@wlwv.k12.or.us. An online survey will be available for additional input starting the week of December 10.

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  • WLWV Celebrates Community with Joint Rotary Meeting of West Linn and Wilsonville

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 11/28/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Sunset Primary fifth-graders give a tour to West Linn and Wilsonville Rotarians. Sunset Primary played host to the West Linn and Wilsonville Rotary Clubs on Nov. 28 on behalf of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

    It was the second time in as many years that the two rotaries have joined the district for a joint luncheon, giving the three groups time to connect and fill one another in on the important work each is doing in the West Linn-Wilsonville community.

    Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig shared the district’s recent High School Study, which concluded last spring. West Linn and Wilsonville Rotary members were part of that study, providing feedback in how high school can better connect with the community to provide valuable learning experiences for students. Rotarians noted the potential for many community partnerships allowing internship and real-world learning opportunities for students.

    Dr. Ludwig shared data from the district’s recent 10-year demographics forecast for enrollment in the district, which shows considerable growth across the district, particularly at the high school level. Given enrollment projections, findings from the High School Study, and direction from the School Board, the district is now contemplating future high school learning spaces. Rotary members helped to think about potential learning spaces that would most benefit WLWV students and the greater West Linn-Wilsonville community.

    Rotarians were also invited to next week’s two Future High School Possibilities Community Forums. A public forum will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Rosemont Ridge Middle School beginning at 6 p.m. A second forum will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Meridian Creek Middle School beginning at 6 p.m. The entire community is invited to learn about possible future learning spaces as well as provide input on what they would like to see in the school district.

    The two forums are open to the entire public. The input provided will help the School Board and district as it continues to contemplate future capital projects. The Board created a fourth goal for the 2018-19 school year that aims to “be responsive to community growth and student learning needs of the future by conducting long-range capital improvements and financial planning through processes and practices that lead to long-term financial stability and sustainability.”

    The day was capped off with student tours, as Sunset Primary fifth-graders gave Rotarians a tour of their new school. Rotary members saw classrooms, the extensive library, gymnasium, and music room among other parts of the building.

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