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  • QPR Professional Development Provides WLWV Educators With Important Mental Health Training

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 3/26/2019 9:30:00 AM

    West Linn-Wilsonville counselors provide QPR training for district staff.

    Professional Development is a hallmark of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. That professional learning isn’t limited to classroom learning, as educators and administrators regularly partake in social-emotional learning to better serve students. Mental health is a top priority for schools and educators as West Linn-Wilsonville strives to provide the best learning environment possible for students.

    Professional Learning focused on mental health happens regularly in West Linn-Wilsonville, including during Professional Growth Wednesdays. During Professional Growth Wednesdays, the district provides QPR training for interested district employees. QPR — which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer — is professional suicide prevention education and training, taught by district staff who are certified in the subject.

    Every month, dozens of district staff participate in training to become QPR Gatekeepers, where certified West Linn-Wilsonville counselors teach wellness promotion, education, and intervention. Many WLWV counselors participate in Clackamas County Suicide Prevention Coalition’s monthly meetings, ensuring professionals are using the best research-based practices.

    With suicide ranking as the second-leading cause of death among Oregonians aged 15-34, mental health is as important as ever. More than 47,000 reported suicides in the United States alone in 2017, with suicide rates increasing over the past decade. 

    QPR training provides education and prevention training for educators, addressing many myths regarding suicide while teaching how to identify warning signs, intervening with at-risk students or co-workers, and getting necessary resources for those in need. Every month, WLWV staff engage in QPR training, learning about signs and techniques and also working through real-life scenarios.

    Warning signs in students include previous suicide attempt, current talk of suicide, preoccupation with death, depression, substance use, and the recent attempt by a friend or family member. Behavioral clues include giving away prized possessions, increased risk-taking, unexplained anger or aggression, self-destructive acts, chronic truancy, and perfectionism. Situational clues include family problems or alienation, loss of any major relationship, the death of a friend or family member, sudden loss of freedom, or those who are victim to assault or bullying among others.

    QPR Gatekeepers learn how to identify verbal and indirect clues, as well as how to address warning signs to get students and co-workers the help they need.

    QPR training is just one example of professional development and the importance of mental health resources for students. To learn more about QPR, suicide prevention, and resources for students and adults alike, please visit the QPR website at

    Those in immediate need are also encouraged to access the Clackamas County Crisis Line at 503-655-8585 or the Youth Crisis Line at 1-877-968-8491. Free mental health and suicide prevention training for those that work or live in the tri-county area is also available at

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  • Students Impress at Middle School Science Fair

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 3/21/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Middle school students explain their research to West Linn-Wilsonville community members.

    Dozens of students from all four West Linn-Wilsonville middle schools presented projects that were the result of months of hard work at the annual Middle School Science Fair on Friday, March 15. Students presented research covering fields of behavioral, medicine, and health; physics, chemistry, and math; electrical and mechanical engineering; energy and environmental engineering; earth and environmental sciences; and life sciences. 

    In total, eight students also qualified for the Broadcom Masters competition, and 33 students qualified for the Northwest Science Expo. Athey Creek Middle School's Madeline Santoso won Best of Fair for the Individual category while Rosemont Ridge Middle School's Sienna Kim and Logan Levasseur won Best of Fair for the Team category. Congratulations to all of our young scientists! 

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    Welcome to the West Linn-Wilsonville School District! This is an exceptional place of teaching, learning and community support. Between our incredible students, dedicated staff, supportive School Board and wonderful community, I can’t imagine a better place in which to learn and lead.

    What makes this district so special is that while we draw upon students, families and patrons from two cities, we are ONE community, made stronger by our mission of creating learning communities for the greatest thinkers and most thoughtful people for the world.  We have compelling District Goals, that drive strategies and actions for improving how we teach, learn and lead in cultures that are inclusive, courses that are academically rigorous and results that generate equitable outcomes for each child. 

    This year, our West Linn-Wilsonville theme is “Leading for all.” We continue to focus our leadership moves, our instructional practices and our district resources to ensure each child, every child achieves success in our schools.

    To a great 2018-19 year!
    Kathy Ludwig, Superintendent

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