Wilsonville student artist rakes in accolades

Wilsonville student artist rakes in accolades

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ORCA students clean up Mary S. Young

ORCA students clean up Mary S. Young

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CREST, McDonald's team up for Earth Day

CREST, McDonald's team up for Earth Day

When Randi Ray came to CREST Director Bob Carlson about a potential partnership with her local...

SPRINGFEST BRINGS TRADITION TO LIFE

SPRINGFEST BRINGS TRADITION TO LIFE

Wilsonville High School enjoyed numerous performances from its talented students during its 2016...

Oregon Connections Academy hosts ORCA Cares Day

Oregon Connections Academy hosts ORCA Cares Day

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Brought to you by Eric Anderson - Canby Ford - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -


CANBY FORD - Buy American! Support Canby Ford.After a two-year hiatus, the Ford F-150 Raptor is back—with enhanced capabilities and all-new technology that make the 2017 Raptor even more of an off-road powerhouse than ever before.

It only takes a minute inside the cab to understand why the F-150 Raptor is considered to have the “DNA of a Baja race truck” by weekend racers and professional drivers alike.

The Raptor is powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine technology, which produces more thrust than the older 6.2-liter V8 engine. A 10-speed transmission ensures optimal efficiency when shifting.

A new transfer case manages power distribution between the front and back wheels, ensuring force on demand for the Raptor’s four-wheel drive. The 2017 Raptor also comes with a brand new Terrain Management System, allowing the driver to optimize engine output depending on driving conditions.

Military-strength steel and high-grade aluminium-alloy body construction allowed Ford’s engineers to shave an amazing 500 pounds off previous iterations of the Raptor. In fact, the leaner frame and increased engine capacity give the Raptor its best weight-to-power ratio ever.

The 2017 Raptor is available as both a SuperCrew and SuperCab truck. The four-door SuperCrew comes with an expanded 145-inch wheelbase, providing more legroom for passengers and storage space for gear.

The 2017 Raptor will be built at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. Sales to the public are slated to begin this fall.

Canby Ford

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Brought to you by Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors - REAL ESTATE INSIDER -


THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettThe home buying market is heating up—and fast. Chances are, your new dream home is someone else’s too. Here are five ways to distinguish your offer from the rest.

Be pre-approved. Being pre-approved is stronger than being pre-qualified. It demonstrates to the seller that you have the ability to turn your loan into a “virtual” cash offer.

Strengthen your offer. The easier the process is for the seller, the better your chances are of being accepted. You can strengthen your position by offering more than the asking price, increasing the amount of earnest money or adapting closing dates that accommodate the seller.

Address inspections and contingencies differently. Instead of waiting 15 days for a home inspection, try decreasing that time to show you are eager to move through the process. Agreeing to absorb any difference between the sale and appraisal price can also calm a nervous seller.

Consider an escalation clause. In the case of multiple offers, an escalation clause is designed to edge out competing bids by automatically raising your offer when another bid comes in. This also eliminates the risk of unnecessarily paying too much.

Write a letter. Try to make a personal connection with the seller. Let them know how special their home is to you and relate the importance of becoming the next owner. Sellers love to know who will inhabit the space they’ve called home.

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

Brought to you by Dr. Laura LaJoie - Joy of Life Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -


JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieLifelong health can sprout from just a few healthy choices—and those seeds can be planted today, according to Dr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic.

She says too many people think attaining a healthy lifestyle means abrupt changes and a radical makeover. In reality, small, incremental steps are the keys to optimum health. Daily health care “maintenance” is more effective (and easier) than planning a massive switch.

Dr. LaJoie recommends starting simple: Drink more water, add a few veggies to your diet and increase your activity with a daily walk or light exercise.

Most importantly, make sure to take stock of your nervous system. If you’re suffering from continual or habitual pain that other doctors may describe as “normal,” you need to schedule an adjustment at Joy of Life Chiropractic. Headaches, back pain and the like are all common—but they are NOT normal!

“The biggest problem facing our health care system today is that the system is designed to treat problems that already exist versus obtaining and maintaining optimum health,” Dr. LaJoie explains.

Be healthy by choice, not by chance. Dr. LaJoie can help you achieve optimum health, regardless of age or stage. Call to GET CHECKED TODAY and plant more seeds for your healthy life! Call (503) 682-9596 for more info.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

Brought to you by Dr. Kristen Hardinge - Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic - VETERINARY INSIDER -


WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeThere are many reasons why it’s a great idea to bring your cat to the vet. For starters, cats are notorious for not communicating with owners when they’re feeling sick. Your vet can notice signs and symptoms that you might miss.

At the same time, early detection of a disease is paramount to a longer, more comfortable life for your feline friend. Veterinarians can help manage a cat’s pain and nutritional needs, improving their quality of life. A trip to the vet is also an opportunity to discuss your cat’s behavior, nutrition, litterbox habits, potential for parasite infections, as well as any current underlying disease they may have.

You should schedule a cat’s vet appointment at least annually for those pets that are under 10 and have no known health concerns. For elderly cats (or those with a chronic disease), we recommend scheduling an appointment at a minimum of every six months. These recommendations apply to both indoor and outdoor cats.

At Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic, we make these visits less stressful by using calming pheromones, padded tables, treats (for those who like them) and towels to hide under for shy cats.

It is important to socialize your cat from a young age so they become confident and comfortable in new surroundings. Kitten socialization classes are becoming more popular, and can be a great boon to your pet!

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

"Quick Grandpa, Bring The Money"


Diane EdwardsAs a new Nana, I understand the desire to make fun memories and give special gifts to the grandchild(ren). I also understand the world our grandchildren are growing up in is not the world we grew up in and the need for higher education and/or vocational training is almost a given.

Most parents intend on saving for their child’s college education, but with many couples starting their families later in life, they are challenged to choose between their retirement or funding college.

Check out the 4 plan options a grandparent can consider when contributing to a college fund in this month’s Money Chat article at www.eafsi.com.

Q: My husband and I are older and want to help fund our grandchild’s college fund. We are not on a tight budget but we are frugal. What are our options?

A: One idea is if you are required to take your annual required minimum distribution (RMD), and you don’t need it for your own budget, it could fund a 529 Plan. As the account owner you retain control of the account and the Plan beneficiary can be changed at any time should there be a need to do so. You can learn more at www.eafsi.com under this month’s Money Chat!

Edwards & Associates Financial Services, Inc.

503.537.2995

Toll Free: 866.699.8743

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Brought to you by Dr. LaJoie - Joy of Life Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -


JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieWater matters to Dr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic. The Wilsonville chiropractor is celebrating proper hydration during her annual Water Week, running from April 18 to 23 next month.

Why water? Of the billions of cells that make up our bodies, each one is more than 70% water. Drinking water allows the brain to fully function, while dehydration has been linked to many challenges, such as cramping, headaches and difficulty concentrating, to name a few. For senior citizens, symptoms of dehydration are often confused with early-onset dementia.

The standards are to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water or half your body weight in water a day. Highly active individuals need to drink more than that. Coffee, soda, energy drinks and alcohol are not a substitute for a good glass of water.

If you’re not absorbing the water, Dr. LaJoie recommends adding just a pinch of sea salt to a full glass of water. Sea salt adds extra minerals without the corresponding overload of sodium chloride found in regular table salt.

“There’s a big distinction between being healthy and being ‘NOT sick,’” says Dr. LaJoie. “I’m interested in my patients’ overall health, and encouraging hydration is a big part of that.”

So remember to stay healthy by choice, not by chance. To learn more about the importance of drinking water, LIKE Joy of Life Chiropractic’s Facebook page, or visit Dr. LaJoie for an in-person consultation.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

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CANBY FORD - Stop on by Canby Ford today!Finally! America’s hardest-working men and women now have a truck that works as hard as they do—the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, available this fall from Canby Ford.

Certainly the most exciting thing about the 2017 F-Series is its all-new, military-grade backbone. The Super Duty’s fully-boxed, aluminum-alloy frame is now up to 24 times stiffer than older models, making it the market leader in towing and payload. America’s work truck is smarter and safer than ever before as well. The 2017 Super Duty can now come with as many as seven cameras, providing a truly 360-degree view of the work site, the campsite or the parking lot.

If you’ve ever struggled with hook-up of gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers, you’ll be sure to appreciate the high-mounted stop lamp camera, which Ford added to improve visibility into the cargo box. There’s also an attachable trailer camera for improved sightlines while backing up, another first for the Ford F-Series.

The 2017 Super Duty brings an array of technological upgrades too. Highlights include a blind spot information system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and automatic collision warnings, as well as brand new communication and entertainment system features.

There are several options under the hood, including the 6.2-liter and 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 engine.

Canby Ford will offer the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty in 550, 450, 350 and 250 models, with pricing and financing assistance available. For more information, visit Canby Ford today!

Canby Ford

24315 Hwy 99E, Canby, OR 97013

(503) 266-2097

www.canbyford.com

Brought to you by Dr. Kristen Hardinge - Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic - VETERINARY INSIDER -


WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeWelcoming a new puppy into your home can be exciting, but it’s important to help your pet during this crucial stage of development. Here are some things every puppy should experience in a safe environment.

Seven safe challenges. Creating a small “obstacle course” for your pup helps him stretch his legs and become accustomed to his new home.

Seven car rides. Take your puppy for a drive (while they’re safely stored in a crate). This will help them associate driving with fun, not just a trip to the vet.

Seven fast objects. Skateboards, vacuum cleaners, cars and even toddlers can all seem threatening to a pup. Make sure your puppy is used to our fast-moving lifestyle.

Seven surface walks. Carpet, tile, hardwood, cement, dirt and grass all offer new, exciting tactile experiences for your puppy.

Seven tasty foods. There’s more to life than kibble. Offer your pup different foods in different containers.

Seven different people. Your pup should be familiar and comfortable with young people, old people and people of varying sexes.

Seven fun toys. Different toys teach different skills. A bone can be contemplative, while catch with a stick means it’s time for exercise.

Seven different animals. Positive experiences with other dogs, but also other species (like cats and horses) are helpful to raising a confident dog.

Until they are fully vaccinated (16 weeks), these experiences need to be limited to areas where vaccinated and well-mannered animals visit.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

Brought to you by Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors - REALTY INSIDER -


THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettStaging your home isn’t like living in it. A great staged home still has character, but should serve as a blank slate so the buyer can see themselves living there. Remember, you only get to make a first impression once, so have all repairs and cleaning done prior to listing.

Drive-up appeal. Your potential buyer’s first look happens before they open the front door. You can boost your curbside appeal by investing in flower beds, washing the driveway and sweeping the porch.

No bad odors. Almost any smell is a major turn off for a buyer. Whether it’s pet odor, cigarette smoke or the residue from painting or cleaning—it has to go. Opening the windows should solve that problem.

Let it shine. Buyers want a home that feels bright and cheery. Replacing burnt and dimming light bulbs will help. Washing both the inside and outside of windows is another must-do.

Cut the clutter. Cluttered kitchen counters, fully-stuffed closets and overflowing cabinets all make a house feel cramped. Further depersonalize the space by removing family photos. Make rooms as spacious as possible and have a good walking path throughout the home.

Keep it clean. A dirty house is an unsellable house. Besides basic cleaning, make sure that all bathtubs, showers and sinks are freshly caulked. Grout lines should be updated too.

Ready to start staging? For more information, contact Lisa Willett for a free seller's guide or moving checklist.

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

Brought to you by Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors - REAL ESTATE INSIDER -


LISA WILLETT - The Hasson Company RealtorsAt least once a week, someone comes into my office asking if they need to prequalify for a mortgage before they start looking for their new dream home.

My answer is simple: Yes. Plainly put, prequalifying for a loan helps you determine how much you can afford to borrow.

A pre-qualification is based on your employment, income, credit history and banking information. Once you prequalify, you’ll be shown how high your monthly loan repayment could be. Typically, many buyers don’t feel comfortable paying that much per month, but setting an upward bound helps you narrow down your options.

As a broker, I want your home buying process to be not only fun, but productive. Remember, it takes time to prequalify, but once you get the process started, you can feel mentally prepared to buy and focus your energy on the physical home search.

Here’s exactly what you need to prequalify, courtesy of Frank Sloan of Guild Mortgage Company:

1. The last two years of tax returns, plus all W-2 statements for the same period.

2. A 30-day pay stub from your most recent pay period.

3. Bank statements for the last two months.

If you are ready to get prequalified or begin a home search, give me a call to get started. I have a great tool called “HomeTracker,” which will match your listing criteria with new listings and notify you as soon as they hit the market.

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

Brought to you by Dr. Hardinge - Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic - VETERINARY INSIDER -


WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeDiet and nutrition are crucial to ensuring a long, healthy life for your pet. But knowing what to feed your cat or dog can become confusing quickly.

The staff at pet stores are full of advice, but may not have training in nutritional science. At the same time, pet food companies are quick to tout new product lines that tap into consumer fads. Sometimes cost reflects the marketing efforts, and not necessarily better products.

There isn’t one food that is right for all pets. If your pet is eating well, isn’t vomiting or having diarrhea, and maintains a healthy body weight, there’s no compelling reason to switch brands.

If your pet is overweight, the best solution is to either decrease their food intake or increase exercise. Many pet food companies offer “light” or “diet” versions of their most popular products, but these diet foods may simply provide more fiber and are not a magic bullet to reduce your pet’s weight.

To help with weight loss, make sure the treats you give your pet are just that—not a major source of calories in their diet.

While some pets do have food allergies, human owners tend to over diagnosis this affliction. There are many other medical conditions that require prescription diets, such as urinary and kidney disease, diabetes, intestinal disease and liver disease.

There isn’t a catch-all answer for pet nutrition, so if you have questions or concerns, please consult your veterinarian.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

Brought to you by Dr. LaJoie - Joy of Life Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -


JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieDr. Laura LaJoie is accustomed to surprise when she tells people about her four-day-old patient.

“They can’t imagine what problems an infant might have… they forget that birth can be a traumatic process for the child too,” she says.

The owner of Joy of Life Chiropractic believes that every family deserves to enjoy optimum health at every age and stage. She says there’s a misconception that only adults need chiropractic treatment.

In reality, subluxations (or misalignments) can cause everything from stress headaches to student-athlete injuries in early adolescents. In children, these back problems can also cause things like constipation, reflux and asthma.

And while these so-called growing pains are undeniably common—they are not normal. Health is normal.

“When a child is sick, or showing symptoms of illness, their body is not deficient in some quantity of drug,” says Dr. LaJoie. “Their body is expressing that something is wrong, and we look for the underlying cause of the problem.”

Children are especially vulnerable to lifestyle problems. Poor diet, a disjointed sleep schedule or a lack of activity can cause problems throughout the body, and even behavioral issues.

That’s why it’s important to establish a wellness baseline. By scheduling a checkup at Joy of Life, Dr. LaJoie can establish what healthy looks like for your child, search for long-term solutions and craft a holistic wellness program.

So stay healthy by choice, not by chance, and schedule your appointment today!

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com


Wilsonville's Education

WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - April 27, 2016
April 28, 2016

Arts and Technology High School - Student All Stars - April 27, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Dylan Walker and Kim Waldman from Arts and Technology High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - The WL-WV District-wide art show had something for everyone, including a room dedicated to poetry, hanging from the ceiling.
April 26, 2016

WL-WV District Art Show wows

by Andrew Kilstrom
The third annual West Linn-Wilsonville District Art Show was arguably the best edition yet, with perfect, sunny weather, delicious food, great music and of course impressive student artwork.…
April 26, 2016

WL-WV bond projects remain on schedule

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville Long-Range Planning Committee held its quarterly bond oversight meeting Wednesday, April 20 in preparation of its first quarter bond report at the May 2 school board…


Hanna Hartt
April 23, 2016

Sick and tired of stress

by Andrew Kilstrom
Well, I’m officially over being stressed. It probably happened a while ago, but I’ve waited until now to formally acknowledge it. Maybe the hectic nature and unwanted adrenaline of stress was…
April 19, 2016

West Linn-Wilsonville holds budget informational session

by Andrew Kilstrom
As the West Linn-Wilsonville School District and the State of Oregon approaches the end of the first year of their biennium, the district’s 2016-17 budget is expected to be relatively…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Part of the Wood Middle School Community and Beyond leadership team poses for a picture. From left, Caleb Wilde, Emilia Bishop, Kellym Flores, Gabriele Leon and Peyton Tolboe.
April 22, 2016

Seventh-graders promote community at Wood and beyond

by Andrew Kilstrom
Middle school can be a challenging time in a kid’s life. Between new school curriculum and structure — multiple classes, lockers, passing periods and letter grades among other things — and big…
April 21, 2016

Education Notes

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS hosts Spring Arts Showcase Tuesday, April 26, Wilsonville High School will hold a Spring Arts Showcase, with something for all types of art lovers. The Wilsonville art department is…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - The Springfest Court has worked for months to prepare their two dances for the Friday, April 22 festivities.
April 20, 2016

Springfest court honors past traditions

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS's Springfest takes place this Friday, April 22 @ 7:30 p.m. The Springfest court is practiced and ready to dance. pic.twitter.com/wHVQXdEcUF— WilsonvilleSpokesman (@wspokesman) April 19,…
(Image is Clickable Link) WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - April 20, 2016
April 20, 2016

Inza R. Wood Middle School - Student All Stars - April 20, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Natalie Amay and Sam Blohn from Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is a…
Lauren Burns
April 18, 2016

Wilsonville Drama Club draws inspiration for future

by Lauren Burns
Two weeks ago, Thursday, March 31, the Wilsonville Drama Club attended a three-day long theater convention in Salem for Oregon Thespian State. With five Wilsonville musical numbers qualifying…
SUBMITTED PHOTO: LILYDOODLE PHOTOGRAPHY - Wilsonville Robotics team 1425 Error Code Xero finished second at the Pacific Northwest District Championships Saturday, April 9, earning them a spot in the 2016 FRC World Championships later this month.
April 16, 2016

Wilsonville Robotics heads back to nationals

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville Robotics Team 1425 Error Code Xero, despite some tense moments during the Pacific Northwest District Championships, is going back to St. Louis, Mo., for the 2016 FRC World…
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Students sift through a Lake Oswego creek looking for critters.
April 14, 2016

WL-WV students explore nature on 'safari'

by Andrew Kilstrom
While students throughout the West Linn-Wilsonville School District had April 4 off because of an inservice day, that didn’t stop many from continuing their learning with a “safari” throughout…
April 13, 2016

School briefs

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wood Middle School to host free document shredding event Community members are invited to bring up to 10 boxes of documents to a free and secure community-wide document shredding event sponsored…
SPOKESMAN PHOTOS: ANDREW KILSTROM - Aimee Jo Bartholomew, middle, moved into the CREST Farm site home in February. Here, CREST volunteers Andy Schrank, left, and Helena Kreb, right, help with vegetables in the greenhouse.
April 12, 2016

CREST Farm manager brings unique background

by Andrew Kilstrom
In true Oregon spirit the weather spent the past couple weeks teasing Oregonians with 80 degree temperatures. While the sunny days have since been replaced with traditional April showers, the…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - April 11, 2016
April 12, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - April 11, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sarah Frechette and Morgan Miller from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program…
April 11, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Oregon Tech president to step down The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Board of Trustees voted during a March 18 meeting to accept the wishes of President Chris Maples to not renew…
(Image is Clickable Link) WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - April 6, 2016
April 07, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - April 6, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Itzel Quiroz and Abigail Vanderhoff from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - From left, Casey Young, Averyl Hartje and Kameron Koslowski show off their 'Grease' costumes during rehearsal.
April 06, 2016

'GREASE' UNLEASHED BY MIDDLE SCHOOLS

by Andrew Kilstrom
“Grease” is about as iconic as musicals get. With the leather jackets, slicked back hair and well-known soundtrack, just about everyone can identify with the 1950’s high school love story.…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - From left, Kyle Lam, Cameron Koenig, Ellie Counts, Jensen Lorio and Alice Kang hold up their favorite books from the OBOB reading list.
April 06, 2016

OBOB All-Star team readies for state

by Andrew Kilstrom
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) has become increasingly popular in the past few years. There’s no greater evidence of that then at Inza R. Wood Middle School, where its star team, the Fire…
Derek Feldman
April 06, 2016

"Prama" right around the corner

by Derek Feldman
Every year, in the late of April, the single most celebrated and dreaded event occurs, prom. With this dance comes the long standing traditions involving dress shopping, suit shopping, corsages…

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WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - March 30, 2016
Mar 31, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - March 30, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Annika Jenson and Micahael Hasler of Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program…
Prusse
Mar 30, 2016

SWAG looks at impact of stereotypes in the media

by Andrew Kilstrom
Haley Prusse, Wilsonville High School The media influences our lives more than we like to think it does. In a digital era, the whole world is interconnected. No matter where you are on this…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Pam Beall, right, sings a song with local kids at the Wilsonville Library Thursday, March 24.
Mar 30, 2016

Wee Sing thrills Wilsonville Library

by Andrew Kilstrom
Any kid growing up in America during the past 40 years has undoubtedly sang a song or two from Wee Sing at some point. Wee Sing co-creater Pam Beall paid the Wilsonville Library a special visit…
Mar 25, 2016

Boones Ferry students aim to become kings of chess

by Andrew Kilstrom
The Boones Ferry Chess Club has been hard at work practicing its craft the past few months, including a practice tournament with 30 players from our three Wilsonville primary schools, Boones…
(Image is Clickable Link) WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - March 24, 2016
Mar 25, 2016

Arts and Technology High School- Student All Stars - March 22, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sam Cassidy and Connor Tallon of Arts and Technology High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Soul'd Out performed the same set of songs that earned them second place at the ICHSA Northwest Semifinal in January.
Mar 24, 2016

WHS WOWS WITH SPRING CHOIR CONCERT

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville High School put on quite the show Wednesday, March 16, entertaining friends and family with its spring choir concert. Performances from the concert choir, freshman vocal ensemble,…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Count Me In signs are prevalent at schools throughout WL-WV.
Mar 23, 2016

Foundation aims for 100 percent participation

by Andrew Kilstrom
If you’ve been to a West Linn-Wilsonville school in the past couple weeks, or anywhere in West Linn or Wilsonville for that matter, you’ve probably come across a “Count Me In” sign. While…
Mar 23, 2016

School board revises two policies

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville School Board’s recent work session served as an opportunity to review a select number of policies recently adopted at a March 7 board meeting, as well as to agree to some…
Mar 23, 2016

Reptiles invade CREST

by Andrew Kilstrom
Students enjoy a visit from turtles, lizards and snakes West Linn-Wilsonville's CREST (Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies) center played host to nearly 60 kids…
Mar 23, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS students place at orchestra festival The following students placed in the Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival Feb. 27: Hanna Hartt, 2nd place Viola (State qualifier); Jennifer Ryu, 3rd…
Hanna Hartt
Mar 23, 2016

Indecision as the decision looms nearer

by Hanna Hartt
With only 79 days of school left until graduation, the thoughts of high school seniors are drifting to vacations, warmer weather and the idea of never returning to high school. That all sounds…
Mar 23, 2016

Education in brief

by Andrew Kilstrom
WHS students place at orchestra festival The following students placed in the Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival Feb. 27: Hanna Hartt, 2nd place Viola (State qualifier); Jennifer Ryu, 3rd…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Isabel Folske, Lacie Wheeler, Kyra Lorio and Kaylie Koenig of Daring Dragons celebrate their successful day of competition.
Mar 18, 2016

Wilsonville schools participate in OBOB regional

by Andrew Kilstrom
Boeckman Creek’s team, the Dairing Dragons, made it to the final eight, Saturday, March 12, at the Oregon Battle of the Books Clackamas County regional. The competition included teams from…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - March 17, 2016
Mar 17, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - March 17, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Lance Arnold and Araxi Tejada-Martinez of Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Wilsonville High senior Tristan Biggler, left, controls Wilsonville's robot in the final round.
Mar 16, 2016

Error Code Xero climbs to victory

by Andrew Kilstrom
After weeks of tireless building and preparation and two days of grueling competition, Wilsonville Robotics team 1425 Error Code Xero’s hopes of winning the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics…
Mar 16, 2016

New middle school to be called Meridian Creek

by Andrew Kilstrom
Beginning when the idea of a new middle school first started to gain traction all the way up until Monday, March 7, when the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board met for its regularly scheduled…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Boeckman Creek first-graders practice 'bear walks' during the Fit Week CrossFit obstacle course Friday, March 11.
Mar 16, 2016

CrossFit fun takes over Boeckman Creek

by Andrew Kilstrom
CrossFit has taken the world by storm in recent years, including at Boeckman Creek Primary, where students spent the past week getting in shape while simultaneously raising money for their…
Mar 16, 2016

Busyness: "The curse of our generation"

by Lauren Burns
Once, someone told me that the curse of this generation is busyness. Busyness... Really? What about all of the other problems in the world today like human trafficking, climate change, poverty…
Mar 16, 2016

Wilsonville High School fall honor roll

by Andrew Kilstrom
To qualify for the honor roll students must earn a weighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better. This is noncumulative and for the 2015-16 first semester only. In total, 575 students, or…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Inza R. Wood Middle School students, from left, Kyle Lam, Alice Kang, Jensen Lorio, Ellie Counts and Cameron Koenig finished first out of 60 teams at their regional tournament Saturday, March 5. They'll compete in the state competition April 9.
Mar 11, 2016

OBOB inspires reading, reading and more reading

by Andrew Kilstrom
This past year thousands of kids throughout Oregon spent their nights and weekends reading with aspirations of becoming Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) champions. With the official list of 16…