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School board asks community help naming middle school

In its first meeting since Dec. 7 the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Jan. 11 to discuss the latest happenings in the district, most noteworthy of which included a progress report of bilingual students and the upcoming process of finding a name for the new middle school located on Advance Road in Wilsonville.

Operations Director Tim Woodley took the podium to share with the board the process the district previously used for naming Trillium Creek and Lowrie primaries.

Woodley said WL-WV will advertise and invite the community to submit potential school names along with reasons for the submission to the district office, no later than Feb. 19. Submissions can be made in person, or via the WL-WV homepage through Feb. 15, after which each board member will review the list of submissions and select their favorite three. The board will then vote on a name at the March 7 regular board meeting.

“We’re well into the permitting process, we’re getting into design and construction documents and various other legal documents and having a name like this is going to be very important for that school to specifically identify in the private regions,” Woodley said.

Board member Regan Molatore asked Woodley if the district was opposed to naming the new school after a person or family from the area, something she remembered being a topic of discussion when Trillium Creek and Lowrie were given their names.

“We have two schools named after people and families from the area — Inza R. Wood Middle School and Lowrie Primary School — so there is a bit of a track record of that,” Woodley said. “In the past I think it’s come down to the board’s preference and how they interpret the board policy.”

Deputy Superintendent Kathy Ludwig presented the annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) for 2014-15. The AMAO report is broken into four categories — AMAO 1, AMAO 2a, AMAO 2b and AMAO 3 — each tasked with measuring a different part of student language acquisition and academic achievement.

Ludwig said that the WL-WV district met the requirements for the first three categories, and that the fourth category didn’t apply this year because the state had requested for a waiver due to the switch to Smarter Balanced testing.

“The requirement by our state is that we monitor this progress and there are reports generated, but it’s also a great internal examination of our program, giving us an opportunity to look at some of those measures and see how we’re doing,” Ludwig said.

“AMAO 1 measures how students are making progress and learning English every year and the growth they’re making — and the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) is used as that measure. AMAO 2a and 2b takes groups of students and looks at their progress. AMAO 2a looks at how many students are achieving English proficiency in less than five years, and 2b is how many students are learning English in five years or more.”

The state-identified target for AMAO 1 was 48.5 percent, which the district surpassed at 55.9 percent. The AMAO 2a target of 9.5 percent was also met (14.59 percent) as well as the AMAO 2b target of 28 percent (32.25 percent). WL-WV saw 98.6 percent participation rate in state tasting from its bilingual students and a 57.14 percent graduation rate — which would have landed below the desired target of 74 percent in the AMAO 3 category had it applied this year.

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