Teachers turn students during week-long workshop

Teachers turn students during week-long workshop

School is back in session, at least for a few West Linn-Wilsonville teachers and volunteer...

Three Rivers quietly awaits long-awaited new school

Three Rivers quietly awaits long-awaited new school

Three Rivers Charter School has been keeping a rather large secret for the past few years —...

English isn't universal - and that's a good thing

English isn't universal - and that's a good thing

I love not knowing what to say. I'm not referring to that moment in math class when the teacher...

welcoming back a familiar face

welcoming back a familiar face

The Cedaroak Park Primary community received a jolt when Peter McDougal told parents he had...

Ludwig brings diverse perspective to WL-WV

Ludwig brings diverse perspective to WL-WV

In February, when Bill Rhodes announced his intent to retire at the conclusion of the school...

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August 22, 2016

School Notes

by Andrew Kilstrom
Leek, Sorensen make COCC dean’s list West Linn resident’s Paige Leek and Caleb Sorensen were recently named to Central Oregon Community College’s dean’s list for spring term. The COCC dean’s…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - CREST campers showoff their newly caught crawdads during last weeks EnviroCamp.
August 19, 2016

CREST EnviroCamp catches crawdad fever

by Andrew Kilstrom
West Linn-Wilsonville’s CREST (Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and Technologies) held its EnviroCamp last week, Aug. 8-12, for students across the district. Students spent most of…
August 18, 2016

WL-WV announces budget committee vacancies

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District held its first board meeting in more than a month Monday, Aug. 15, tackling a couple of procedural items while holding off on any major decisions until…


TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sara McCarney says getting to know the Stafford community is what shes most looking forward to.
August 15, 2016

McCarney finds home in Stafford Primary

by Andrew Kilstrom
Stafford Primary has found its next principal. Less than a month after Jen Freeborn left the school for a position with the Beaverton School District, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - All the groundwork is complete meaning construction on Meridian Creek Middle School can now begin.
August 12, 2016

WL-WV enjoys district-wide facility improvements

by Andrew Kilstrom
More than two years after receiving an $84.5 million bond — which now totals $98.5 million thanks to a $14 million bond premium — the West Linn-Wilsonville School District can finally utter a…
PMG PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The West Linn-Wilsonville School District's Steve Matthias takes out a classroom sink fixture at Inza R. Wood Middle School on Aug. 2.
August 11, 2016

Results show elevated levels of lead at 3 more WL-WV schools

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District recently received drinking water results for Boones Ferry, Lowrie and Stafford primaries and Athey Creek Middle School. Test results indicated elevated…
August 08, 2016

A teenager's view on the election campaign

by Kaleigh Henderson
OK, first off, I just have to say this: America. Has. Gone. INSANE. How on earth did an entire country of mostly good, humanitarian citizens choose two cheating, lying politicians to compete for…
August 07, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Oregon Connections Academy to host informational sessions Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA), an online public school, is hosting free parent meetings in Wilsonville Aug. 11 and in Tigard Aug. 13…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Campers intently listen to Robinwood Station member Nancy Muniz during a tour of the community garden. From left, Kiera Taylor, Lindy Kirsch, Aidan Sauer and Ethan Chan.
August 04, 2016

CREST camp sprouts budding gardeners

by Andrew Kilstrom
Don’t be surprised if little gardens start popping up all over West Linn and Wilsonville this summer. If local schools and neighborhoods become overrun with plants and vegetables it will…
August 04, 2016

WL-WV solidifies primary principal positions

by Andrew Kilstrom
With about a month remaining before school starts, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District has all of its school principals in place. In past weeks the district announced it has hired three…

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TIDINGS PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - From left, Zack Campbell, Patrick Harris and Daxos Keavney enjoy the summer weather with a parachute game.
Aug 02, 2016

Cherry Hills delights with summer camp

by Andrew Kilstrom
Cherry Hills Preschool, located off Skyline Drive in West Linn, hosted a week-long summer camp July 18-21, treating children to a long list of fun games. Arts and crafts, story time, smoothie…
Calli Masters
Jul 30, 2016

Giving up to get even

by Calli Masters
As another school year drew to a close, hundreds of high school students left West Linn High School happily rejoicing in the fact that for the next three months, they have the unalienable right…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Patrick Minor will take over as principal at Willamette Primary. Minor worked previously as an instructional coordinator at Sunset Primary in 2015-16 and at Stafford Primary before that.
Jul 28, 2016

WL-WV pieces together administration puzzle

by Andrew Kilstrom
When former West Linn-Wilsonville Superintendent Bill Rhoades retired at the end of June, his departure set off a chain reaction of changes within the district’s administration. Kathy Ludwig was…
Jul 25, 2016

West Linn High School spring honor roll

by Andrew Kilstrom
Editor's note: The following students earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better for the spring semester. A-C Abel, Nicholas C; Acevedo, Jorge; Ackerman, Margaret R; Adeeb, Joe F; Adeeb, Rand F;…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - West Linn High School Varsity Cheerleading was named Grand Champions, and WLHS Junior Varsity won first place in its division.
Jul 21, 2016

WLHS Cheerleading makes bold statement

by Andrew Kilstrom
The West Linn High School Cheerleading Team recently traveled to its first Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Elite Camp with tempered expectations. Head coach Shannon Maloney said her…
Jul 20, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Gray named to the Marist College dean’s list West Linn resident Colby Gray was named to Marist College’s dean’s list for the spring of 2016 semester. Gray is a member of the class of 2018 and is…
Beth Hoots
Jul 19, 2016

A more practical shark week

by Beth Hoots
I came home from my volunteer shift at the Oregon Coast Aquarium one night last week to dramatic music blasting from the TV under an advertisement for “Next Up on Shark Week!” I had to roll my…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Bryce Cumpston, Beck Cheevers, Gabe Armattoe and Rory Cheevers pose with their instruments.
Jul 16, 2016

Students rekindle tradition with free neighborhood concert

by Andrew Kilstrom
Debbie Ellingsen didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she answered her front door six years ago, but as soon as she saw who was standing on the other side of the entryway she had a…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - WLHS teacher Tina Burdick goes over a problem in front of the class.
Jul 26, 2016

Students prioritize brains before beach

by Andrew Kilstrom
For a large contingent of West Linn High School students summer vacation has finally arrived, better late than never, as summer classes wrapped up last Friday. And though they probably would…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Ethan Gitler, 11, makes a throw during a friendly game of dodgeball at Willamette Park Thursday, June 30.
Jul 15, 2016

Get ready for some fun in the sun this summer

by Andrew Kilstrom
While summer is what kids spend the fall, winter and spring months dreaming about, it’s also a time of year that can prove problematic for parents, especially those that work during the day and…