WLWV School Board Briefs

May 7, 2019

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, May 6. The following are select highlights from that meeting.

Board Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week

West Linn-Wilsonville School Board Chair Ginger Fitch read an official proclamation on Monday night, honoring all WLWV teachers for their unwavering commitment to students in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

"We are a sought after school district and it's because of the immense quality and care of our tremendous teachers," said Human Resources Director Kathe Monroe, who presented West Linn-Wilsonville Education Association Representative and Wood Middle School Teacher Matt Bell with a gift of appreciation on behalf of all WLWV educators.

The Board also recognized the District's team of talented nurses, reading a proclamation identifying May 6 as Nurse Appreciation Day in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

"On behalf of the Board, I want to say thank you to Karen (Pyeatt), Lindsay (Nowak), Nancy (Buchwald), Mary (Groh), Josh (Harrel), and Michelle (Bloom), who make up our incredible nursing team. You are such a valued part of this School District and appreciated for what you do for students."

District Presents Positive Classrooms and Social-Emotional Learning Update

With the help of WLWV teachers and parents, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Jennifer Spencer-Iiams and Assistant Superintendent of Primary Schools David Pryor shared some of the most important work currently taking place in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District during the May 6 meeting.

District Administrators provided an overview of the complex and pivotal work taking place in classrooms throughout the District. Administration shared the different frameworks the District uses to support ALL students, some of the tools staff use and professional development they engage in, and the evidence-based research that guides District practices.

Inclusive Practices are at the core of all teaching and learning that takes place in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, and the District prides itself on Inclusive and Equitable Schools. In WLWV, this means every student has the chance to attend their neighborhood school; every student has a sense of belonging in the general education classroom community with access to general education learning; WLWV's most high-leverage work is done in the general education classroom; and some students may have individualized schedules or supports because there isn't one size fits all educational approach.

Dr. Pryor and Dr. Spencer-Iiams shared the complexity of creating inclusive schools and classrooms while highlighting the research-based evidence of its effectiveness and implementation in West Linn-Wilsonville schools. Parents and Teachers shared stories and evidence of how inclusive and restorative practices have positively impacted their students and classrooms, highlighting the many benefits of what can be challenging work.

View the presentation at the link below, read District resources and relevant research, or watch video of the May 6 presentation to learn more about Positive Classrooms and Social-Emotional Learning in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

High School Student Reporters Recognized for Year of Service

Wilsonville High School's Marc Herrera, Arts and Technology High School's Tyler Corbin, and West Linn High School's Ashley Hayter were recognized on May 6 for their year of service to the School Board. Throughout the 2018-19 school year, the trio of high school students provided monthly updates to Board Members regarding school activities and important news at the District's high schools.

Marc shared with Board members that he plans to attend Western Oregon University in the Fall to study business, Tyler informed the Board that he was accepted to five colleges and plans to attend Oregon State University next year to study business, and Ashley will attend the University of Southern California where she plans to major in either business or biology. Congratulations to our 2018-19 High School Board Reporters!

Board Approves Updated Operating Agreement

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board updated its Board Operating Agreements to align practices with Board values and create a framework for School Board interaction with each other, the District, and public. The Board will revisit its Operating Agreements during its annual retreat every summer to work with and learn from the document.
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Board Approves Contract for Lighting Installation at Wilsonville High School Softball Field

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved a contract amount of $210,895 to Musco Lighting to purchase and implement softball field lighting at Wilsonville High School. The budget set aside for the project was $250,000.

The Board approved the contract, and the work is expected to be completed by the Fall, 2019.

West Linn-Wilsonville's Christine Jones Awarded Oregon School Physical Therapist of the Year

West Linn-Wilsonville Physical Therapist Chris Jones was recently named the Oregon Judy Rowe Winner for her excellence in physical therapy across the District. Chris was commended for her ability to build relationships with staff and students and her influence on students to learn to advocate for themselves, break down barriers, and create access for all.

Upcoming Events

No School, Full Professional Growth Wednesday workday: 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.

Budget Committee Meeting (Tentative): May 16 — The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board and Budget committee may hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 16 beginning at 5 p.m. depending on the May 13 Budget Committee meeting. If the Budget Committee finishes working with the 2019-20 Budget Proposal and is ready to present it to the School Board for final discussion and adoption, this meeting will not take place. It is open to the public.

Professional Growth Wednesday PRIMARY LEVEL ONLY: May 22 — Wednesday, May 22 is an early release, Professional Growth Wednesday for the PRIMARY LEVEL only. All primary schools will let out 2 hours early. Middle and High Schools will release at their normal times.

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.