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Nominate for Teacher of the year; district works on career/tech programs and firms are selected for bond projects

Firms chosen for 2019 bond projects

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District board of directors selected the design and general contracting companies for upcoming capital bond projects at its Jan. 13 meeting.

CBRE Heery was selected as the management firm to oversee the projects and BORA Architects and IBI Group Architects were selected as the architectural firms.

High school renewal plans revealed

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District staff provided an update of the high school renewal work during the Jan. 13 meeting. It included the following areas:

College and Career Pathways — Dual Credit and Career and Technical Education (CTE) program courses continue to be offered at all three high schools, with plans for expansion of strategic CTE programs in areas identified for each high school starting next year. Course catalogs are being updated to reflect this expansion.

Ninth Grade Success Teams — Ninth Grade Success Teams at both West Linn and Wilsonville high schools are composed of three core content teachers, special education and bilingual specialists, school counselors and administrators.

These teams are in the pilot phase, with plans to scale across the entire grade level over the next two years. The teams share the same ninth-grade students in their three different content areas, allowing for increased collaboration around instruction as well as student engagement and support strategies.

Blended/online learning — Leadership teams at all three high schools and a team of district administrators have been studying best practices in implementing high-quality blended and online learning opportunities as part of the regular course catalog.

Plans are in place to offer at least two blended learning classes in the fall of 2020-21, with expansion in the future, as well as establishing an online academy and online courses for implementation in 2020-21

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Student earns academic honors

Luke Spears of Wilsonville was among 1,978 students at Dixie State University to earn inclusion on the academic honor roll for the fall 2019 semester.

Nominate best teacher

Time is running out to nominate teachers for the 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year, as those nominations close Friday, Jan. 31.

Each year, exceptional teachers are honored in up to 19 regions across the state, with Oregon's Teacher of the Year selected from among those regional finalists.

The Teacher of the Year program was created to recognize exemplary public school educators — Oregon teachers who inspire students and make a positive impact in the communities in which they live. The award celebrates knowledge, dedication, innovation and leadership.

Thanks to the Oregon Department of Education's partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Teacher of the Year receives a gift award of $5,000 as well as a special fund to cover all travel costs for the year.

In addition, a matching gift of $5,000 goes to the Teacher of the Year's school. The winner also receives gifts and recognition from the Council of Chief State School Officers, founder of the National Teacher of the Year Program. Finalists and their school both receive a $2,000 cash award, and regional winners each receive $500 as a part of the Oregon Department of Education's partnership with the Oregon Lottery.

Know a great teacher? Fill out the nomination form at oregonteacheroftheyear.org to share what makes them exceptional. You will also find more information about the Oregon Teacher of the Year program and learn about 2020 Teacher of the Year Mercedes Munoz from Portland's Franklin High School at that site.


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