A farewell to Wilsonville schools
To the Citizens of Wilsonville
For 32 years, I have been a public school teacher in Oregon.
During that time, I taught seventh grade life science at Inza R. Wood Middle School for seven years in a period when Wilsonville was a small community of about 3,000 people.
For the last 22 years, I have been a science teacher at Wilsonville High School teaching primarily chemistry and AP chemistry. In the entire time I taught at Wilsonville High, I can honestly say I never had a bad day teaching the students of Wilsonville. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the students and their families and felt very privileged to be a part of this community.
Wilsonville has given tremendous support and encouragement for students, our high school programs, and to me personally. I especially want to thank the community, including parents, school boards, staff, students, and city government, for their support of the multitude of science programs WHS has been able to offer and allow students to learn at the highest levels such as the Student Watershed Research Project, International Science and Engineering Fair, and many other programs championed by the science department at WHS. It has been a true joy to watch the students and community of Wilsonville High grow, learn and prosper during my time there. The community support for ALL activities at this high school has been a fervently-encouraged journey.
I decided last fall that the 2019-2020 school year would be my last. I felt strongly compelled to offer my heartfelt thanks to all who have been so unwavering in their support for our students and for me. Best wishes for a splendid and very bright future. To all of those who entered room 220 at WHS, I quote Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "So long and thanks for all the fish!!!"
Jim O'Connell, Newberg