WLWV Community Update

June 4, 2019

Message from Superintendent Dr. Kathy Ludwig

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 gratitude,
Kathy Ludwig

District Looking for Long Range Planning Committee Applicants

Do you want to join the District's Long Range Planning Committee?

The seven-member committee has three vacancies coming up on June 30, 2019. Term lengths are three years with positions 2, 4, and 6 now open.

The Long Range Planning Committee is responsible for guiding the development of the Long Range Plan, which provides a framework for evaluating and addressing future school facility needs as the West Linn and Wilsonville areas grow. The beautiful schools that our students enjoy today exist in large part due to careful planning by the LRPC. Interested community members can learn more and apply on the district website.

It's a good time to update your ListServ subscriptions

With the end of the school year fast approaching, now is a great time to update your ListServ subscriptions for next school year. Make sure to access your ListServ subscriptions and subscribe to your new school if you have a student graduating or changing schools. And don't forget to subscribe to WLWV-Homes to keep up-to-date on important District-level information.

ListServ is the primary method that West Linn-Wilsonville schools communicate with families, sending regular newsletters, timely information, and even emergency notifications. To sign up to get news from your school, simply go to www2.wlwv.k12.or.us/News/LatestNews/ListservSS/ and follow the directions. Don’t forget to subscribe to WLWV Homes to get information from the district office!

Important Volunteer Reminder

Are you interested in volunteering in end-of-year events? If you are, please make sure you're signed up in our HelpCounter system first. We appreciate all of our community volunteers, but only those who have been approved can do so.

Last year, the district launched an updated process for volunteer registration and sign-in to improve safety and security for students. The HelpCounter system includes an approval process and helps staff monitor exactly who is working in WLWV schools.

Interested volunteers can register by visiting the district website. Simply click ‘Start’ to fill out your application, which includes a background check. The first time that volunteers sign-in to volunteer at any WLWV school they will be prompted to accept a Volunteer Agreement. Volunteers must also re-register every three years, or when volunteering at a new school.

Volunteering in WLWV schools is an extremely rewarding experience. Your time is greatly appreciated by both staff and students!

CREST to Host Volunteer Day Ahead of Jam-Packed Summer

The Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (CREST) invites any and all community volunteers for a work party on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Staff and volunteers will be preparing CREST for the many summer camps taking place this year. Tasks will include trellising tomatoes, weeding, planting sunflowers, laying bark chips/repairing walkways, labeling native plants, putting up deer fencing, and more!

If interested, please RSVP to Helena Kilstrom by email at KilstroH@wlwv.k12.or.us.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

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It's graduation week for more than 700 seniors across Wilsonville, Arts and Technology, and West Linn high schools. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. We can't wait to see what you do next!

SMART Transit Looking for Saddle Up Adventure Bike Camp Participants

The City of Wilsonville's SMART Transit is hosting an upcoming Saddle Up Adventure Bike Camp. New this summer, the bike camp is available for kids aged 8-12 and runs July 8-12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn more about the unique opportunity on the WashCo website.

Full scholarships are available. Visit www.ridesmart.com/bikecamp to apply.

Safety Spotlight — Integrated Pest Management

If you’ve been out to the Athey Creek Middle School soccer fields recently, you might have noticed a new addition to the fence lines that surround the schools’ property.

The black covering that can be seen along the base of District fencing is actually a specially-designed fence guard that prevents the growth of pesky weeds that can lead to dangerous pests. The new environmental safety feature is just one example of the District’s efforts to reduce the use of herbicides across school grounds.

Learn more about efforts to reduce the use of herbicides in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District by visiting the District Website.

Upcoming Events

West Linn High School Graduation: June 4 — West Linn High School Graduation will take place on Tuesday, June 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Portland's Chiles Center.

Arts and Technology High School Graduation: June 5 — Arts and Technology High School Graduation will take place on Wednesday, June 5, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Gregory Forum on Clackamas Community Center's Oregon City Campus.

Wilsonville High School Graduation: June 6 — Wilsonville High School Graduation will take place on Thursday, June 6, beginning at 7 p.m. at Rolling Hills Community Church. A ticket is required to attend. You can watch a livestream of the graduation at http://rollinghills.org/live/.

Regular School Board Meeting: June 10 — The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 10 beginning at 4 p.m. in the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin.

Last Day of School: June 11 — The last day of school for all West Linn-Wilsonville schools is Tuesday, June 11.

About West Linn-Wilsonville

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