School District News

  • African Leaders Pay Special Visit to West Linn High School

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 11/8/2018 5:00:00 PM

    NGOs visited West Linn High School on Nov. 8. Fourteen National Leaders from all across Africa visited West Linn High School on Thursday, meeting with students, touring facilities, and learning about life in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

    The group of leaders came to West Linn High representing Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civic Activism regional projects. Representatives from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe walked West Linn High’s halls, interacting with students and getting a taste for public education in the United States.

    The Portland Metro area was the last stop for the group, following three weeks of traveling across the United States. Traveling to the U.S. with the purpose of making global connections, learning about American life, and creating networks to further work back in their African nations, the group of leaders spent much of Thursday learning and sharing information about their home countries.

    The most powerful part of the afternoon, however, came when the distinguished visitors met with Modern World History students. Facilitated by West Linn High Teacher Todd Jones, discourse about national stereotypes, the world’s largest problems, and hope for the future flowed freely. Topics from living conditions to national safety measures were discussed, as students listened to African leaders and received the chance and both ask and answer questions.

    Students were even treated with a poetry performance from globally renowned poet Daphine Arinda, who is also CEO of Legal Brains Trust in Uganda. NGOs also met with local organizations with ties to African nations, capping off another great day at West Linn High School. Thank you to our guests!

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  • District Hosts Dyslexia Parent Information Night

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 11/2/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Barb Soisson speaks with parents on Oct. 29. The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hosted a Dyslexia Parent Information Night on Monday, Oct. 29. Interested families and members of the community learned about recent changes in which WLWV schools screen for dyslexia and provide resources for all students.

    Starting last year and taking full effect this year, all West Linn-Wilsonville kindergartners (and first-graders who have entered public education for the first time) will undergo dyslexia screening in the fall and then again in the spring. [READ THE FULL STORY]

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  • Inclusive Schools Leadership Team Continues to Move the Dial

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/26/2018 4:00:00 PM
    The WLWV Inclusive Schools Leadership Team met on Oct. 26.
    The West Linn-Wilsonville Inclusive Schools Leadership Team spent the afternoon thinking about ways our schools can strengthen peer partnerships, make WLWV facilities more inclusive, and work toward district-wide inclusion goals among other important work.
     
    The Inclusive Schools Leadership Team is made up of teachers, learning specialists, principals, administrators, instructional coordinators, guest students, and many others from all across West Linn-Wilsonville. The Inclusive Schools Leadership Team meets monthly to improve inclusive practices, bringing work back to school buildings. 
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  • School Board Engages in Powerful Assessment Analysis Following State Report Card Data Release

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/25/2018 9:30:00 AM

    WLWV Vice Chair Dylan Hydes engages in student learning at Boones Ferry Primary. Every fall, West Linn-Wilsonville School Board members meet with principals to learn about WLWV schools and the important work taking place in the classroom. Principals share detailed work plans for the school year, highlighting specific areas where building leaders and classroom teachers are striving to make positive growth for all West Linn-Wilsonville students.

    While principals have traditionally shared detailed reports during School Board meetings, the WLWV Board of Directors unanimously decided to bring this important learning to the school level, embarking on learning walks during the months of October and November. The WLWV School Board selected 3-4 WLWV schools each, engaging in in-depth learning during the school day. Board members have spent time observing and learning alongside building principals and district administrators, examining classroom learning and discerning the student experience first-hand.

    Following learning walks and school visits, Board members will share their observations, discoveries, and impressions with the rest of the School Board later this year, providing an opportunity for deeper understanding of the school district’s 16 schools. This powerful research allows the School Board to better integrate the district mission and goals into what is taking place in classrooms every day.

    Part of School Board learning and subsequent reports is directly tied to assessment data and student achievement. The Oregon Department of Education released preliminary State Report Card data on Wednesday, Oct. 24. While incomplete, the report card data provides a small snapshot of student achievement in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District during the 2017-18 school year.

    The Report Card showed on-time graduation of high school seniors was measured at 93 percent for the school district compared to 86 percent of high school freshmen who are on-track to graduate. The 2017-18 preliminary report card showed students in grades 3-8 are above-average in terms of individual student progress, and 79 percent of students with disabilities are on track to graduate.

    While complete report cards are expected sometime in November, much of the reported student achievement data has already been captured in West Linn-Wilsonville’s Measure of Academic Process (MAPS) assessment data. WLWV schools collect MAPS assessment data throughout the school year, which principals and teachers routinely use to raise rigor as well as improve and increase student learning.

    Board members are analyzing that MAPS assessment data alongside principals and district administrators, using the recently released data for comparison and further assessment. Preliminary Report Card results can be found at the ODE website. To learn more about student assessment in West Linn-Wilsonville, please visit the district website.

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  • Wilsonville High School Plays Host Site to Annual Oregon Association of School Libraries Fall Conference

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/23/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Wilsonville High School Principal Dan Schumaker welcomes teacher librarians from all over Oregon for the OASL Conference. Wilsonville High School played host to an important and exciting event earlier this month in the Oregon Association of School Libraries Fall Conference.

    Teacher Librarians from all across Oregon converged on Wilsonville High on Oct. 12 and 13 to prepare for another year of learning through high-leverage professional development and teacher learning. This year’s conference theme of Metamorphosis focused on providing Oregon teacher librarians with a chance to spread their wings and engage with local presenters, national leaders in the field of school libraries, exciting authors, and talented illustrators among other unique opportunities.

    The conference was headlined by keynote speaker Shannon McClintock Miller, who focused on the metamorphosis of libraries in a world of accelerating technology, social networking, and global connections. The conference was also highlighted by a panel of talented authors and illustrators in author Mitali Perkins, artist/illustrator R. Gregory Christie, author Shannon McClintock Miller, illustrator Mike Lawrence, and author Kathleen Lane.

    The weekend of learning provided a wealth of collaboration opportunities for educators from across the State, giving teacher librarians resources to bring back to their own schools.

    The annual OASL Fall Conference was organized by Wilsonville High School Teacher Librarian and OASL Chair Holly Gardner, and was attended by many WLWV teacher librarians.

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  • Wilsonville High School Named Unified Champion School

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville School District on 10/11/2018 4:30:00 PM

    Wilsonville High School was recently named a Unified Champion School. Wilsonville High School received a Unified Champion Schools National Banner at the Youth Leadership Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

    Unified Sports is a program through Special Olympics that blends equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (also known as unified partners) into one team. 

    Wilsonville High School was named a national Champion school after completing an application process last spring. Special Olympics determined that Wilsonville High School had met national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy, and respect. Wilsonville High School joins West Linn High School, who was named a Champion School last school year.

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  • CREST Fall Festival Brings WLWV Community Together

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/8/2018 9:00:00 AM

    WLWV students serve homemade chili they made from ingredients grown at CREST Farm.

    Families, students, staff, and community members came together on Saturday, Oct. 6 to enjoy the annual CREST Fall Festival. Between cider pressing, bunny rabbits, seed saving, chili testing, and the pumpkin patch, there was plenty to do. Families learned about all that CREST has to offer this coming school year, capping off another successful Fall Festival. Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the day's festivities! 

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  • WLWV Business Office Welcomes First Student Intern

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/5/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Tommy Abboud learns the ropes of his new internship.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville Business Office will welcome a new addition to its ranks on Monday, Oct. 8. 

    The department has hired the first of two student interns in West Linn High School junior Tommy Abboud, who will learn alongside district staff after school. Tommy has aspirations of pursuing a career in finance and business, with a particular interest in math. He is currently enrolled in a business class at Clackamas Community College and wanted to join West Linn-Wilsonville to gain real-world experience in the business world.

    "I have always been interested in business," he said. "I want to find ways to learn more and be prepared for college and my career. I think this internship will help me a lot."

    Tommy will have the opportunity to perform a variety of duties for the business department, also learning to build professional relationships and work in a business setting. He will have the opportunity to study under Business Office staff for the next two years.

    Interested high school students from Arts and Technology High School, Wilsonville High School, or West Linn High School can contact Chief Financial Officer Son Le Hughes if they're interested in applying for an internship position.

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  • WLWV Practices High School Athletic Event Safety With Local Partners

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/4/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Local Partners work through safety during high school athletic events on Oct. 3. The West Linn-Wilsonville School District regularly partners with local leaders in school safety, meeting multiple times every school year to discuss safety and security measures for students and the larger community. Providing a safe and welcoming school environment for our students, staff, volunteers, and community members is a top priority for each of us, which is why our organizations routinely practice emergency safety situations that could arise within the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

    On Oct. 3, the group took a moment to walk through potential incidents that could take place during High School Athletic Events. First Responders, local law enforcement, TVF&R, and district officials worked through scenarios, lending their perspectives and experiences. While every situation and incident brings its own unique challenges, Wednesday's Table Top exercises helped officials think about incident priorities, solidify communication channels and better prepare for potential emergency events. [LEARN MORE ABOUT WEDNESDAY'S SAFETY MEETING]

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  • Wilsonville School Leaders Earn Doctorates Following Powerful Research

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 9/28/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Boones Ferry Angela Freeman successfully defended her dissertation in early September. This coming December, George Fox University graduate students will walk across the stage to accept doctorates of education (Ed.D.). The moment will be particularly noteworthy for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, as not one but two WLWV staff members will be among those receiving degrees.  

    Boones Ferry Principal Angela Freeman and Wood Middle School Band Director Allison Bonn-Savage will both enjoy the experience together after three years of hard work and important research. [READ THE FULL STORY]

     

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