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Superintendent's Messages

  • August 23, 2019

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 8/23/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Dear West Linn-Wilsonville Families,

    Welcome Back, school starts on Monday! District teachers and staff are busy preparing a safe, rigorous, caring and engaging learning environment for our students. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to create learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people…for the world.

    We are saddened that recent events continue to spur fear and apprehension for families regarding the safety of their children in public spaces and at school. West Linn-Wilsonville School District remains steadfastly committed to providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all students. This includes upholding policies and statutes that will not tolerate any form of racism, bigotry, discrimination, threatening language or violence in our schools. Any student or family who feels unsafe may reach out to district staff or law enforcement.

    I am pleased to share that through legislative action, additional funding was made available to school districts this year to help offset the budget reductions we were planning to make. We have been able to maintain our effective class sizes and open the school year with our usual broad range of course offerings.

    After two years of study and community engagement, our School Board has decided to place two ballot items on this November’s election.

    • Renewal of Local Option Levy. This measure currently funds about 80 teachers.
    • Renewal of a Capital Bond. This bond will fund projects to:
      • Increase safety and security at all district schools
      • Build a new primary school in Wilsonville
      • Build a new middle school for Athey Creek on district-owned Dollar Street property in West Linn; remodel the current Athey Creek school for the newly re-imagined Arts & Technology High School
      • Build a new performing arts center at Wilsonville High School
      • Expand the stadium and parking at West Linn High School
      • Upgrade technology across the district
      • Provide facility improvements at all schools

    Both renewals are estimated to maintain current tax rates. Additional details about these measures will be provided over the coming weeks and on the district website.

    Thank you for sharing your children with us and for supporting the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. We are excited for a new school year together!

    Warm regards,
    Kathy Ludwig, Superintendent


    Estimadas Familias de West Linn-Wilsonville,

    Bienvenidas, ¡la escuela comienza el lunes! Los maestros del distrito y el personal están ocupados preparando un medioambiente de aprendizaje seguro, riguroso, solícito e interesante para nuestros estudiantes. Estamos comprometidos a hacer lo que tome para crear comunidades de aprendizaje para los grandes pensantes y la gente más considerada…para el mundo.

    Estamos entristecidos que eventos recientes continúen causando miedo y aprensión a las familias en referencia a la seguridad de sus estudiantes en espacios públicos y en la escuela. El Distrito Escolar de West Linn-Wilsonville permanece firmemente comprometido a proveer un medioambiente seguro, inclusivo y de bienvenida para todos los estudiantes. Esto incluye, el mantener políticas y estatutos que no tolerarán cualquier forma de racismo, intolerancia, discriminación, lenguaje amenazante o violencia en nuestros estudiantes. Cualquier estudiante o familia que se sienta inseguro puede ponerse en contacto con el personal del distrito o las autoridades.

    Estoy satisfecha de compartir que, durante la acción legislativa, financiamiento adicional se hizo disponible a los distritos este año, para ayudar a compensar las reducciones de presupuesto que estuvimos planeando hacer. Hemos podido mantener nuestros salones de clases con un número efectivo de estudiantes por clase y abrir el año escolar con nuestro usual amplio rango de cursos ofrecidos.

    Después de dos años de estudio y de participación por parte de la comunidad, nuestra Mesa Directiva de Educación ha decidido ubicar dos artículos a votación en la boleta de elección de noviembre.

    • Renovación de la Opción Local de Recaudación. Esta medida actualmente financia cerca de 80 maestros.
    • Renovación del Proyecto de Bono Capital. Este financiará proyectos para:
      • Aumentar la seguridad y protección en todas las escuelas del distrito.
      • Construir una nueva escuela primaria en Wilsonville
      • Construir una nueva secundaria para Athey Creek en la propiedad del distrito de la calle Dollar en West Linn; remodelar la actual escuela Athey Creek para crear un nuevo espacio para la nueva Escuela Preparatoria Artes y Tecnología.
      • Construir un nuevo centro de artes escénicas en la Preparatoria Wilsonville
      • Expandir el estadio y estacionamiento en la Preparatoria de West Linn
      • Poner al día la tecnología en todo el distrito.
      • Proveer mejoramiento a los centros de servicios de todas las escuelas

    Ambas renovaciones están estimadas a mantener las tazas de impuestos actuales. Detalles adicionales acerca de estas medidas serán proveídas durante las siguientes semanas en la página web del distrito.

    Gracias por compartir a sus niños con nosotros y el apoyo al Distrito Escolar West Linn-Wilsonville. Estamos emocionados por un nuevo año escolar ¡juntos!

    Con calurosos saludos,
    Kathy Ludwig, Superintendente

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  • June 4, 2019

    Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 6/4/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Dear West Linn-Wilsonville Community,

    Thank you, students
    As we move into the final days of the school year, I wish to thank our students for their commitment to learning this year. Your unwavering effort to learn as much as possible while improving your school community through kindness and inclusion has been a joy to see. Our school communities enjoy a strong culture of excellence thanks to your commitment to attendance, focus in the classroom, and a deep desire to improve as learners and as people. Our district website is full of stories and examples of student learning, and their outstanding performances.  

    Thank you, parents and volunteers
    Thank you, parents and volunteers, for your generosity of time and talent this year.  Thank you for your unwavering commitment to all of our students, providing the support and resources to allow them to thrive and flourish this school year. Each of our schools brimmed with adults on a daily basis, adding to the positive learning communities our students enjoy. Even on weekends, after school and into the evenings, our parents routinely step up to volunteer and sponsor activities in athletics, arts, academics, and more that keep our students engaged and passionate about their learning.

    Thank you, Teachers and Staff
    Thank you to our teachers, staff, and school leaders for creating the conditions every day for our students to thrive. I hope each of you takes with you the pride of watching our students grow in knowledge, skills, and independence; you played an important part in their learning and character development. As the work of teaching and supporting students becomes increasingly complex, you have met the challenge with determination, talent, passion, and compassion. On behalf of the School Board and myself, we are incredibly grateful.

    Congratulations to our Seniors, Class of 2019
    Congratulations to the nearly 750 seniors who will graduate from West Linn, Wilsonville, and Arts and Technology High Schools this year. The Class of 2019 includes award-winning scholars and scientists, artists and athletes, innovators and community servants, with hundreds of students ready to enroll in universities all across the nation and globe. Many students from the Class of 2019 will be heading directly into the global workforce, having gained industry certifications and valuable, real-world experience through internships, apprenticeships, concurrent enrollment courses, and Career and Technical Education classes.

    But perhaps their greatest accomplishment is the impact they’ve made on their schools and the greater community. From Unity Day at West Linn High School, to Doernbecher Days at Wilsonville High School and Community Rock Concerts by ATHS, our seniors have worked tirelessly to make the world a better place. No matter the path our seniors choose to take, they have already left their mark on this community. We know the best is still yet to come. Congratulations, Class of 2019!

    Thank you West Linn-Wilsonville for another year of remarkable memories. Have a safe and happy summer and we’ll see you in the fall.

    With joy and gratitude,
    Kathy Ludwig

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  • Nov. 21, 2018

    Posted 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,

    Kathy Ludwig

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  • Aug. 31, 2018

    Posted 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!

    Kathy

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  • June 12, 2018

    Posted 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.

    With gratitude,

    Kathy Ludwig

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  • Feb. 15, 2018

    Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 2/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Dear 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,
    Kathy Ludwig

    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,

    Kathy Ludwig

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  • Nov. 21, 2017

    Posted 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.

     

    With gratitude,

    Kathy Ludwig

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  • Sept. 19, 2017

    Posted 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.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Kathy

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  • Aug. 29, 2017

    Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 9/28/2017 2:35:00 PM
    August 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! 
    Kathy 

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    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! 
    Kathy 

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