Nov. 21, 2018Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 11/21/2018 9:00:00 AM
Dear West Linn-Wilsonville Community,
Thanksgiving is a special seasonal reminder to pause and reflect with a spirit of gratitude.
I am grateful for the West Linn-Wilsonville school community and the opportunity to work alongside a highly talented group of professionals who commit to doing what is best for our students, every single day. I am grateful to our parents and patrons for the countless ways in which you volunteer, contribute, and support the many successes of our students, staff, and school communities. I am grateful to those who go above and beyond, including our incredible PTAs, booster clubs, MAP volunteers and Education Foundation board members. I am grateful for a School Board made up of volunteer community members who lead with integrity, compassion, and a never-ending belief in our students and staff. Most of all I am grateful for our students, who never cease to amaze us with their endless talent, work ethic, empathy, and desire to be the best people they can be to one another…and the world.
Enjoy the colors of fall, the crisp fresh air, the beauty of our landscape, and these days ahead. I wish all of you a joy-filled Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends, and neighbors.
Leading for All…with gratitude,
Aug. 31, 2018Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 8/31/2018 2:00:00 PM
Greetings West Linn-Wilsonville School Community!
Our first week of school wraps up with clearing skies, sunshine and thousands of happy faces filling our school spaces. Thank you for the many ways you have contributed to such a successful launch of the new school year. Our PTAs, Booster Clubs, and community organizations have put tremendous volunteer time and resource into making our school gardens, school entries, and school social events so welcoming and inclusive. We are so grateful. Members of both city communities also collected school supplies for students and families, ensuring that all children were ready to go on day one! This is a remarkable place to live in and to serve—thank you for such generosity of time, talent, and spirit.
Our district has a compelling mission, “How do we create learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people…for the world?” This mission question challenges and inspires us to commit our best efforts every day to our students — preparing them academically and socially with a global mindset so that they graduate high school confident, competent, compassionate, and prepared for the world ahead.
This year our teachers, staff, administrators and School Board are approaching our mission with a focus on “leading for all”. We commit to strategic and inclusive leadership moves, best instructional practices and equity of district resources to ensure each child, every child achieves success in our schools.
I look forward to this school year and to sharing examples with you over the course of the year as to how our school community exemplifies “leading for all.”
Welcome back to school!
June 12, 2018Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 6/12/2018 4:30:00 PM
Dear West Linn-Wilsonville Community,
Thank you, students
As we move into the final days of school, I wish to thank our students for their commitment to learning this year. Your strong attendance, full effort to learn as much as possible, and kindness towards one another contributed to a strong culture of excellence across our school community. Our district website, Facebook, and Twitter pages have captured inspiring stories all year of students learning at high levels and demonstrating creative and inspiring acts of selflessness and compassion. If you haven't perused the site already, please take some time this summer to review highlights of the school year.
Thank you, parents
Thank you parents and district volunteers for your generosity of time and talent this year. Each of our schools brimmed with adults on a daily basis helping students be successful with their learning. Even on weekends, after school and into the evenings, our parents stepped up to volunteer and sponsor activities that supported our athletics, arts, academics, and extracurricular programs. We are the exceptional school district we are because our parent and community partners.
Congratulations to our Seniors, Class of 2018
To our Seniors, congratulations upon completing your K-12 school requirements with great results and remarkable resolve. All three high schools' formal graduation ceremonies were spectacularly attended by family and friends: standing room only at each event! This level of support is a sign of deep community involvement and deep pride in our students. And deservedly so!
Savor the stories
Parents, before the memories fade too much, remember back to those times this year when you saw your child in a new light, when you were surprised about something they knew that wasn't there before. Be proud of the times when your child took a risk, showed courage or had compassion for someone at school.
Teachers, smile back at the moments that brought you joy this year. Remember your patience when your students struggled but learned to persevere and grow their independence. Marvel at how much they each grew in character and intellectual capacity.
Students, think often of your teachers, mentors, and friends who inspired or motivated you to learn more this year than you thought possible. Remember that you likely were an inspiration to someone else. Sad stories and happy stories from this year are both important; we want to learn from each, and they remind us about how important we are to one another.
Thank you for a year of great stories; I am honored and delighted to have been a part of them. Have a safe and happy summer and we'll see you in the fall.
Feb. 15, 2018Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 2/15/2018 10:00:00 AMDear West Linn-Wilsonville School Community,We grieve with the families in Parkland, Florida where another school shooting has tragically taken the lives of at least 17 students and injured many more.Our thoughts are with the families, friends, school staff and community in this dark time, and they are understandably with our own children as well, as we worry about how they make sense of these types of events. Please know that the safety and wellbeing of our students is the West Linn-Wilsonville School District’s first priority. Proactive trainings and emergency routines are practiced regularly and taken seriously. In a moment of crisis or confusion or chaos, our staff and children need to know exactly what to do to stay safe.We also need to remain relentless in our pursuit for inclusive and welcoming communities. Every decision should be made, and every action taken, with the belief that we are a district where children feel included, safe, connected and know where to go when feeling anxious, depressed, angry, or threatened. Our district policies on bullying and harassment outline our expectation for a culture of care, kindness and respect. We are grateful to staff in our schools, volunteers, mentors, parent groups, and partners across our two city communities who work tirelessly to support and provide resources for any and every student or family who needs help. During these times we are reminded how deeply we need one another.
With hope for the future,
Estimada Comunidad Escolar West Linn-Wilsonville,
Nos lamentamos con las familias en Parkland, Florida donde otro tirotea en la escuela ha llevado trágicamente la vida de al menos 17 estudiantes y lesionado a muchos más.
Nuestros pensamientos están con las familias, los amigos, el personal de la escuela y la comunidad en este momento oscuro, y es comprensible que también lo sean con nuestros propios hijos, ya que nos preocupa como dan sentido a este tipo de eventos. Tenga en cuenta que la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes es la primera prioridad del Distrito Escolar de West Linn-Wilsonville. Entrenamientos proactivos y rutinas de emergencia se practican regularmente y se toman en serio. En un momento de crisis o confusión o casos, nuestro personal y nuestros hijos deben saber exactamente qué hacer para estar seguros.
También debemos ser implacable en nuestra búsqueda de comunidades inclusivas y acogedoras. Se deben toma todas las decisiones y cada medida tomada, con la convicción de que somos un distrito donde los niños se sienten incluidos, seguros, conectados y saben a dónde ir cuando se sienten ansiosos, deprimidos, enojados o amenazados. Las políticas de nuestro distrito sobre intimidación y acoso describen nuestra expectativa de una cultura de cuidado, amabilidad y respeto. Estamos agradecidos con el personal de nuestras escuelas, voluntarios, mentores, grupos de padres y socios en nuestras dos comunidades de la ciudad que trabajan incansablemente para apoyar y proporcionar recursos a todas y cada uno de los estudiantes o familias que necesitan ayuda. Durante estos tiempos, se nos recuerda cuan profundamente nos necesitamos los unos a los otros.
Con Esperanza para el futuro,
Nov. 21, 2017Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 11/28/2017 8:15:00 AM
This time of year prompts us to pause, gather with our family and friends, open our hearts and homes, and give thanks. To nurture gratitude for the tangible and intangible aspects in our lives actually has research-based benefits! Recent studies link a fostering of gratitude to increased physical health, positive mental outlook and greater resilience.
I can easily count my blessings: I am grateful for the opportunity each day to work alongside a highly talented group of professionals where everyone commits to doing what is best for children, every day. They bring thoughtfulness and deep care to their work, collaborating with others and stretching their own skillset to grow in new and exciting ways. I’ve seen countless examples of teachers and staff, “leading together”, stepping into roles of leadership or initiating new ideas that move our mission forward. They inspire me to be a better educator, a better leader and a better person.
I am grateful to our parents and patrons for the many ways you volunteer, contribute and support the success of our students, staff and school communities. You help nurture a culture of warmth, inclusivity, and kindness in our schools. I am grateful for our energetic PTAs, booster clubs, MAP volunteers and Education Foundation board members; for volunteers who give their time and spirit to expand the educational opportunities for all children in our district. I am grateful for our School Board members who lead with integrity, generosity of time, and a spirit of optimism and belief in our students and staff.
I wish all of you a joy-filled Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends and neighbors. Embrace the sights, sounds, traditions, foods, and moments with those you love.
Sept. 19, 2017Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 9/28/2017 2:45:00 PM
Greetings West Linn-Wilsonville Community,
Last week the Justice Department made a decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Once again, students and families in our community have cause for concern and worry about what the future will bring.
While there will be months of debate and consideration by Congress regarding the future outcome of the program, in the meantime our district stands firm in our commitment that each child feel safe, respected, and welcome in their school. Last year, our School Board and I affirmed this commitment to safe and inclusive school environments through a written message to the entire West Linn-Wilsonville community. In that message we stated, "There is no place in our schools for threats or overt acts of bigotry, bullying, racism, or any language that denigrates others based on their gender, religion, origin, race, sexual orientation, or ability. This behavior does not represent the best of who we are, or our community."
At the recent September 11th Board Meeting, our School Board approved a resolution
in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Education, reaffirming West Linn-Wilsonville as a school district with safe and welcoming schools for all students regardless of national origin, immigration status, or documentation status.
We will continue to offer resources to families who may have additional questions or concerns regarding DACA. It is important for our community to know that our district does not ask for, collect, or keep on record immigration information or immigration status of our students or parents.
Thank you for your partnership in creating positive learning environments in our community. I am proud to work in a district that benefits from such enormous parent, staff, and community generosity of spirit, as well as tremendous care for the safe and equitable education of all children.
Aug. 29, 2017Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 9/28/2017 2:35:00 PMAugust 29, 2017
Greetings West Linn-Wilsonville School Community!
Our first day of school together began with sunshine-peeking through the haze, but warm and inviting nonetheless-and thousands of smiling faces! It has been incredibly satisfying to walk into schools today and see our children and their teachers deep into the joyful remembering of who we are as a caring community and setting the expectations for the important learning to come.
Our two new school buildings were also ready for children today, eager to step foot into new learning spaces and leave their inaugural print! Thank you to the hundreds of crew members, staff and teachers for your contributions in launching a successful first day of the 2017-2018 school year! Thank you parents for all you have done to help your children be ready for today!
Our district has a compelling mission, "How do we create learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people…for the world?" This mission question challenges and inspires us to commit our best efforts every day to our students-preparing them academically and socially with a global mindset so that they graduate high school confident, competent, compassionate and prepared for the world ahead.
This year our teachers, staff and administrators are approaching our mission with a focus on "leading together". Research demonstrates that while individual expertise can accomplish great feats, collective belief and endeavors have a powerful impact. This "collective efficacy" - belief and action - has the strongest statistical outcome for learning. We commit to being an organization with clear alignment, purpose and collective leadership towards those priorities and efforts that truly make a difference for each child, every child.
I look forward to this school year and to sharing examples with you over the course of the year as to how we are "leading together."
Welcome back to school and three cheers for a great first day together!
29 de agosto
Saludos Comunidad Escolar de West Linn – Wilsonville
¡Nuestro primer día de escuela juntos comenzó con la luz del sol mirando a través de la bruma, pero cálida y acogedora, no obstante-y miles de caras sonrientes! Ha sido increíblemente satisfactorio caminar en las escuelas hoy y ver a nuestros niños y sus maestros profundamente en el recuerdo gozoso de quiénes somos como una comunidad de cuidado y establecer las expectativas para el aprendizaje importante para venir.
¡Nuestros dos nuevos edificios escolares también estaban listos para los niños hoy, ansiosos de entrar en nuevos espacios de aprendizaje y dejar su impresión inaugural! ¡Gracias a los cientos de miembros de la equipo, personal y maestros por sus contribuciones en el lanzamiento de un exitoso primer día del año escolar 2017-2018! ¡Gracias a los padres por todo lo que han hecho para ayudar a sus hijos a estar tan listos para hoy!
Nuestro distrito tiene una misión convincente: "¿Cómo creamos comunidades de aprendizaje para los más grandes pensadores y personas más reflexivas ... para el mundo?" Esta pregunta de la misión nos desafía y nos inspira a comprometer nuestros mejores esfuerzos todos los días a nuestros estudiantes, Socialmente con una mentalidad global para que se gradúen de la escuela secundaria confianza, competente, compasivo y preparado para el mundo por delante.
Este año, nuestros maestros, personal y administradores se están acercando a nuestra misión con un enfoque en "liderar juntos". La investigación demuestra que, si bien la experiencia individual puede lograr grandes hazañas, la creencia colectiva y los esfuerzos tienen un impacto poderoso. Esta "eficacia colectiva" -la creencia y la acción- tiene el resultado estadístico más fuerte para el aprendizaje. Nos comprometemos a ser una organización con clara alineamiento, propósito y liderazgo colectivo hacia aquellas prioridades y esfuerzos que verdaderamente marcan la diferencia para cada niño.
Espero con interés este año escolar y compartir ejemplos con ustedes a lo largo del año en cuanto a cómo estamos "liderando juntos".
¡Bienvenidos a la escuela y tres aplausos para un gran primer día juntos!