WLWV School Board Briefs

December 8, 2020

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 7. The following are highlights from those meetings.

Bolton Primary Students Research Native American Tribes, Read West Linn-Wilsonville Land Acknowledgement

Bolton Primary Fourth-Graders provided a special surprise for School Board Members during the Dec. 7 meeting, reading a land acknowledgement that they researched and assembled in late November.

Students in Teacher Amy Sebastian’s fourth grade class set out this fall to research the Native American tribes who originally occupied the land that West Linn-Wilsonville schools are now built on. Students include Dejon Allen, Nike Johnson, Parker Gates, Delaney Smith, Zoe Cutler, and Mila Morozov.

“As we learn about the Native American people that used to live in our area, we learn about the importance of remembering and recognizing that this was their land,” students wrote in their final project. “We honor the ancestral land that we built our homes and schools on. We do this because Native Americans respected nature.

“They thought everything had a spirit and the land was an important part of their lives. Making a land acknowledgement shows respect for the people who took care of the land for so long. We should remember and honor them for how they cared for the land.”

The land acknowledgement that students created recognizes the Wallamut and Kalapuya Native peoples as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde.

Students are still early on in the process, and plan to reach out to members of each tribe to learn more and add to their land acknowledgement. The acknowledgement will continue to be used at future meetings.

District Staff Provide Update on Quarter 1

Following the completion of Quarter 1, district staff provided the Board with a summary of how the first term went for students, staff, and families.

In particular, staff provided summaries for attendance across all grade levels, assessment and progress of student learning, areas where improvements or adjustments might be needed, and plans for Quarter 2. Staff answered questions pertaining to special education and the WLWV K12 Online Program in addition to Comprehensive Distance Learning.

Social-emotional health and ongoing connection with students was a highlight for all levels. A detailed summary regarding Quarter 1 can be read in the below memo.

Hui Xie Reappointed to District's Budget Committee

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board reappointed Hui Xie to the District's Budget Committee. Hui will serve a three year term in Position 2. To learn more about the Budget Committee, the Budget process, or the 2020-21 Budget, please visit the district website.

Board Passes 2019 Bond Resolution for Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment

The Board approved Resolution 2020-07 during the Dec. 7 meeting, adding four firms to the district's list of available furniture, fixtures, and equipment firms for projects related to the 2019 Capital Bond Program. The resolution was the second of two bond-related resolutions that the Board passed during the Dec. 7 meeting.

Resolution 2020-06 adjusted the bid process for two bond projects — the renovation and addition at the existing Athey Creek Middle School facility and renovation and addition at Wood Middle School.

Other Reports

To view meeting materials from the Dec. 7 meeting, or to watch video recordings of previous meetings, please visit the district website.

City of Wilsonville to Host Community Listening Session on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Today, Dec. 8

The City of Wilsonville will host a community listening session on diversity, equity, and inclusion on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

This is a City-sponsored event. City staff and elected officials invite community stakeholders of every race, ethnic identity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ability to participate in this vital dialogue.

For more information, including meeting details and where to find the online link, please download the flier below.

Upcoming Events

Winter Break — December 21 - January 4

There will be no school for all West Linn-Wilsonville schools and students from Dec. 21-Jan. 4 in recognition of winter break. School will resume for all students on Tuesday, Jan. 5. This includes students in the K12 Online Program.

About West Linn-Wilsonville

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is nationally recognized for its high student and staff achievement, including one of the top graduation rates in the State of Oregon. West Linn-Wilsonville serves nearly 10,000 K-12 students across 16 schools in West Linn and Wilsonville, with a mission of creating learning communities for the greatest thinkers and the most thoughtful people for the world. WLWV strives to provide challenging education opportunities that prepare students to be college and career ready.