WLWV Community Update
April 17, 2019
Important Changes to the 2018-19 School Calendar
The Oregon Education Association is organizing a statewide day of action planned for May 8 related to insufficient school funding. District leaders are unsure at this point the number of teachers expecting to participate across the Portland Metro area. Teachers in West Linn-Wilsonville School District who plan to attend the day of action will be excused from work by taking a personal day.
In order to keep the full allotment of instructional hours intact for our students, and maintain our high level of quality teaching and learning when children are in the classroom, the School Board has approved a calendar change with our professional development days.
- Wednesday, April 24 will be a FULL day of school for all students.
- Wednesday, May 8 will be a FULL Professional Growth Wednesday work day for teachers. There will be no school for students.
- Wednesday, May 22 will be a Professional Growth Wednesday (Early Release) for Primary Students only. Middle School and High School Students will have a FULL day of school.
We believe this adjustment keeps our overall mission and goals intact: ensuring all students receive a full year of instructional hours through quality teaching and learning. We thank our community for their flexibility with this mid-year change to the calendar. To view the updated 2018-19 calendar, please visit the district website.
Learn about the 2019-20 Budget Process and Provide Us Feedback!
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District, Budget Committee, and School Board will soon begin the process of creating the 2019-20 Budget. For those who were unable to attend the Community Budget Listening and Learning Session in early April, the following is a link to an informational video in which Superintendent Kathy Ludwig explains the 2019-20 Budget Process. This informational webinar highlights many of the important factors that will guide District Leaders as they begin creating the 2019-20 Budget: 2019-20 Budget Information Webinar.
The Budget Committee and School Board are also seeking public input regarding the 2019-20 budget during this time. To provide feedback, please complete the 2019-20 Budget Feedback Survey.
This survey will remain open throughout the Budget Process. Superintendent Ludwig will give her 2019-20 Budget Message at the April 22 Board Meeting, and the first Budget Committee Meeting is scheduled for May 13. All Budget Committee meetings are open to the public. For more information, please visit the District Website.
More than 70 West Linn-Wilsonville high school students and another 30 middle school students competed in the Northwest Science Expo on Friday, April 12 at Portland State University. Dozens of those students received awards and scholarships, serving as tremendous representatives of West Linn-Wilsonville among some of the brightest students from the Pacific Northwest.
Of note, Wilsonville High Senior Nathan Tidball won first place in the Chemistry category for his project titled "Acrylate Polymerization: Formation of UV Curable Antimicrobial Surfaces"; and West Linn High School's Pooja Jain and Neel Jain won first place in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering category for their project titled "Skyhound: A low-cost, 3D printed autonomous WiFi tracking search drone to locate missing victims of natural disasters." Dozens of other middle and high school students placed in category competitions and also won special awards. See the full list of award winners on the district website.
Learn about WLWV's New Internship Pathways Program
Incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to apply and will be matched to career areas they are interested in exploring. Internship positions are expected to include: Agricultural Science, Education, Engineering technology, Environmental Science, Graphic Design, Marketing, Natural Resource Management, Photography, and Web Design. Learn all about internship opportunities, or apply for a summer experience, by visiting the district website.
Safety Spotlight — Reunification
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hosted its fourth joint-safety meeting of the 2018-19 school year on April 10, 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 school, such as threats to safety in the form of weapon threats, bomb threats, or building evacuations due to extreme weather, gas leaks, 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 a 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. 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 a 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 better secure the site 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.
Upcoming Dates and Events
Long Range Planning Committee Meeting: April 17 — The Long Range Planning Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 17 beginning at 6 p.m. in the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin.
Regular School Board Meeting: April 22 — The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board will hold a public meeting on Monday, April 22 beginning at 6 p.m. in the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin.
April 24: FULL DAY OF SCHOOL — Wednesday, April 24 will be a full day of school for all West Linn-Wilsonville schools and students. April 24 was previously scheduled as a Professional Growth Wednesday.
Regular School Board Meeting: May 6 — The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board will hold a public meeting on Monday, May 6 beginning at 6 p.m. in the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin.
No School, Full Professional Growth Wednesday work day: May 8 — Wednesday, May 8 will be a full Professional Growth Wednesday. There will be no school for students.
Budget Committee Meeting: May 13 — The West Linn-Wilsonville Budget Committee will hold its first meeting on Monday, May 13 beginning at 6 p.m. in the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin. This meeting is open to the public.