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Literacy events, suicide prevent workshops and enrollment open for new school are just some of the things happening in Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville this month.

Lake Oswego

Suicide prevention training for families

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Oregon youth. In 2021, 12 children in Clackamas County died by suicide, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Considering these alarming statistics, the Lake Oswego School District wants to provide families with tools to recognize signs and prevent more deaths.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, the district's social worker and counselor team will host a training to help families recognize signals of a child experiencing a mental health crisis and learn how to find medical support.

The lessons taught during the workshop will align with a nationwide training called QPR — Question, Persuade, Refer. The training intends to give parents and guardians the tools to recognize the warning signs, clues and suicidal communications of people in trouble, while also gaining skills to act vigorously to prevent a possible tragedy.

Community members interested in the training can register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAPUrks84DSLnsafg6zdUj4utosdqESxcn7uWr136ESJ1p5A/viewform.

Spots are limited.

Committee members needed

The school district's Bond Accountability Committee and Long Range Facility Planning Committee seek new members.

The committees meet monthly, from September through May.

Members of the Bond Accountability Committee are charged with monitoring the planning and progress of the district's capital bond projects relative to voter-approved work scope, schedule and budget objectives. The committee seeks applicants with experience in building design, construction, construction financing, law, contracting budgeting or financial auditing.

The Long Range Planning Committee seeks members who will work with district staff to analyze facility needs and make recommendations to the school board.

The committee needs citizens interested in conducting community outreach to families, students, staff and community members. Members will also develop recommendations that inform the capital bond program approved by Lake Oswego voters.

Applications can be found at: https://www.losdschools.org/Page/2077.

Harmony Academy entered into charity drive

Harmony Academy, a substance abuse recovery school based in Lake Oswego, announced that it has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Willamette Week Give!Guide, a grassroots fundraising effort that showcases local nonprofits. Community members can join the Give!Guide Campaign and donate from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. For Harmony Academy, the money will go towards enlarging enrollment rates at the school and assisting more youth in substance use recovery. To give to Harmony Academy, visit https://giveguide.org/nonprofits/harmony-academy-recovery-high-school

West Linn-Wilsonville

Enrollment open for Riverside High School

Enrollment for the school district's upcoming third-option high school, Riverside High School, is now open for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Riverside High School will open as a small comprehensive high school in the fall of 2023 with ninth and tenth grade students. Eleventh and twelfth grades will be added in subsequent years. The school will offer students the International Baccalaureate program, multiple Career Technical Education pathways and co-curricular activities.

Families can enroll HYPERLINK "https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeozM23_ttu2mqd-e_-n054zzyUcRSpBuzRRZHIz-79lRZ7TQ/viewform?usp=sf_link" using this online form.

The school district will also host a HYPERLINK "https://wlwv-k12.zoom.us/j/2162751476" virtual drop-in session via Zoom from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 for those with questions about the school and enrollment.

District will host Literacy Partnership Night

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District will host a Literacy Partnership Night for families from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Stafford Primary and at the same time Thursday, Nov. 17, at Lowrie Primary. The event is geared towards families of primary school students as staff will provide information and resources for supporting readers at home. Some of the topics mentioned will help students become critical thinkers while reading.


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