WLWV School Board Briefs

September 10, 2019

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board held a public meeting on Monday, September 10. The following are select highlights from that meeting.

School Board Welcomes 2019-20 High School Student Reporters

The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board welcomed three new student reporters for the 2019-20 school year. Arts and Technology High School's Kaitlyn Finn, West Linn High School's Averi Fels, and Wilsonville High School's Lindsey Hartford will provide regular updates on happenings at each high school this year.

ATHS — Arts and Technology High School is off to a strong start to the school year. Students and staff have engaged in meaningful goal setting, career-building activities through the Phoenix Program, and students are already looking ahead to multiple school events such as the first Rock Band concert of the year on October 25.

WLHS — West Linn High School is celebrating a "Century of Lion Pride" this school year, with several school activities planned to highlight the rich history of WLHS. The sport season is also off to a strong start, and the cast for "Chicago" is already hard at work preparing for their fall performance.

WHS — Wilsonville High School is excited to have new Principal Kelly Schmidt and has enjoyed a strong start to the school year. Fall sports and activities have kicked off and school production of "Cinderella" is well underway.

Department of Human Services Family Coach Nina Jules Recognized

West Linn-Wilsonville Assistant Director of Student Services Josh Flosi introduced Department of Human Resources Family Coach Nina Jules, who will spend the year working with District families. Stationed at Meridian Creek Middle School, Nina Jules will provide resources to students and families throughout West Linn-Wilsonville. The Board thanked Nina and the local DHS office for the supports they provide West Linn-Wilsonville families as well as the entire community.

Summer Internship Pathways Program

CREST Internship Coordinator Laura Nappi provided the Board with an update regarding the District's Internship Pathways Program. The Internship Pathways Program launched during the spring of the 2018-19 school year, providing career-based work experiences for West Linn-Wilsonville high school students.

In the first year, 41 students participated in and completed internships, including work experiences with the Oregon City Farmer's Market, Wilsonville Public Library, Clackamas River Basin Council, City of West Linn Parks and Recreation, Clackamas Workforce Partnership, PAWS Animal Shelter, Metro Native Plant Center, and Oregon Institue of Technology among other in-district internship experiences.

Students had the chance to receive one credit through Clackamas Community College as well as .5 high school credits for completing robust internships. Internships require 30 hours of work experience and real-life application of learning, as well as career-related assignments. Internships are based on student interest and community partner request.

To learn more about student internship opportunities, or to read about recent student internship experiences, please visit the CREST Website.

Students Recommend Clarified Processes for "Reporting a Concern"

In June, WLWV staff began the process of reviewing current policies JBA and JFCF in addition to reporting procedures. Staff reviewed the District's complaint process and reporting procedures, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and high school Erin's Law Lessons.

West Linn High School administration, counselors, and teachers joined District administrators in August to meet with West Linn High School student leaders. Working with counselors, students created informational brochures explaining sexual harassment and sexual assault. Students are also creating posters and visuals aimed at increasing both clarity and awareness for students.

At the Sept. 9 Board Meeting, West Linn High School seniors Kamerin Villagomez, Audrey Lipsey, and Moya Moses presented some of those materials to Board members. Working closely with WLHS counselors, teachers, and administrators, students have created informational brochures and are finalizing a presentation they will give to all WLHS staff.

Following student feedback, staff also updated Student Rights and Responsibilities to increase clarity for students in reporting concerns. Student Rights and Responsibilities were shared with all West Linn-Wilsonville students at the beginning of the school year and are available on the District Website. Discussion and information have also been shared with Wilsonville and Arts and Technology High Schools.

Board Updates Three Policies

The School Board adopted three board policies as recommended by the Oregon School Board Association: Policy GBNA, Policy JFCF, and Policy IGBAK. The Board passed the OSBA recommendations with an amendment to Policy JFCF.

To view other Board Policies, please visit the District Website.

Upcoming Events

PRIMARY LEVEL ONLY Professional Growth Wednesday: September 11 — Wednesday, Sept. 11 is an Early Release, Professional Growth Wednesday at the PRIMARY LEVEL ONLY. Primary School will let out 2 hours early on this day. Middle and high schools will release at their normal time.

School Board Work Session: September 23 — The West Linn-Wilsonville School District will hold a public work session on Monday, Sept. 23 beginning at 5 p.m. in the District Office; 22210 SW Stafford Road.

Professional Growth Wednesday: September 25 — Wednesday, Sept. 25 is an Early Release, Professional Growth Wednesday for ALL SCHOOLS. School will let out 2 hours early on this day.

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.