Oregon Tech grad proves hard work still prevails

Oregon Tech grad proves hard work still prevails

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Cub Scout's lemonade stand proves fruitful

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Campaign for Count Me In makes final donation push

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WILSON ORTHODONTICS - Dr. Todd WilsonIf you want to play like the pros, you need to wear the same specialized equipment that keeps professional athletes safe and performing at their peak.

But here’s a hint—I’m not talking about their shoes or jerseys. I’m talking about mouthguards.

That’s why Wilson Orthodontics has provided free custom mouthguards to student athletes for the past 14 years. This year, we’ll distribute roughly 500 protectors to football and lacrosse athletes in Sherwood, Newberg and the surrounding communities.

But mouthguards are important for athletes in every sport. So here’s a breakdown that will help you choose the best option.

Ready Made. A ready made (or “stock”) mouthguard is fine, especially if practice is in 20 minutes. But they’re the least safe, least effective and least preferred option. In your mouth, one size really doesn’t fit all.

Mouth Formed. “Boil and bite” mouthguards are probably the most common out there. When heated in boiling water, they become pliable, allowing you to bite down and mold them. Unfortunately, the process isn’t perfect, and these still tend to shift during play.

Custom Made. Hands down, this is the best option. At Wilson Orthodontics, we can make a custom molded mouthguard, and can tailor your mouthguard to your dental history and chosen sport. These are the safest option, and it’s what the pros use too.

Wilson Orthodontics

17680 S.W. Handley St., Suite 202, Sherwood, OR 97140

3100 Haworth Ave., Suite 210, Newberg, OR 97132

(503) 925-1566

www.smilebywilson.com

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CANBY FORD - There's always something new at Canby Ford. Stop by today!The Ford Mustang is America’s original pony car, and consumers have long admired the iconic muscle machine for its dynamic styling, elegant chassis and powerful engine options.

None of that has changed—but the 2016 Ford Mustang now comes with more standard features, bold color options and a range of hands-free technologies.

One big change is the return of hood vent-integrated secondary turn signals. Fans are calling it a throwback from Mustang’s history, and this heritage feature now comes standard for buyers of the 2016 Mustang GT.

Ford also unveiled a few new color schemes, including over-the-top racing stripes and jet black roof paneling.

When it comes to the engine, the 3.7-liter V6, 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5-liter V8 all provide the force and fire necessary to conquer the open road. That being said, keeping up with technological change has become (almost) as important as what’s under the hood, and Ford aficionados have plenty to look forward to on that front.

Engineers have been touting SYNC 3’s voice recognition system, as well as the smartphone-like touchscreen and graphic interface.

It’s also worth noting that the Mustang is one of Ford’s safest cars ever, earning five-star ratings for frontal, side and rollover collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mustang a five-star crash test rating overall.

The 2016 Ford Mustang is available now at Canby Ford. Stop by today to learn more.

Canby Ford

24315 Hwy 99E, Canby, OR 97013

(503) 266-2097

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieStudent athletic programs are changing. The multi-sport student athlete—once a common sight on primary and secondary schoolyards—is being replaced by single-sport adolescent athletes.

More kids are specializing in one sport at an earlier age, and with longer seasons.

Though their dedication and hard work are to be applauded, these kids are putting themselves at increased risk for repetitive strain, fractures and other debilitating injuries, according to Wilsonville chiropractor Dr. Laura LaJoie.

The owner of Joy of Life Chiropractic says the shift from multi- to single-sport athletics reduces the amount of variety in students’ exercises and training programs. It also creates less balanced physical development.

A multi-sport athlete may run track and play basketball, soccer or tennis. In contrast, the disciplined single-sport athlete performs the same actions over and over, honing their skills but also increasing their risk.

To keep your child healthy, Dr. LaJoie recommends scheduling an immediate biomechanical evaluation to check for potential imbalances, trouble spots—and develop solutions.

“Summer is the perfect time to come in and learn about our personalized strength and conditioning programs,” says Dr. LaJoie. “We can help your athlete maintain their strength and flexibility, recover from a previous injury and minimize their risk for future injuries.”

Joy of Life Chiropractic is dedicated to providing optimal health to everyone, regardless of age or stage. So be healthy by choice, not by chance, and schedule a visit at Joy of Life Chiropractic today.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

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THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettThe home inspection is a crucial part of the house-buying process, but how you react to what’s uncovered can mean the difference between big savings, and a big headache. Use these bargaining table tips to ensure you get the best deal.

Tour problem spots. Any home inspection agent will offer to provide a written or verbal summary of their findings, but if at all possible, ask to be shown the problems in person. Seeing things firsthand will give you a better sense of how serious these trouble areas really are, and improve your bargaining position.

Ask for credit. Once your home inspector has identified potential trouble spots, approach the seller and ask them to deduct the estimated price of these repairs from their asking price. You can put these savings toward the repair costs—or use them for something more pressing.

Try for closing costs. Some sellers can be hesitant to cover the cost of repairs, but may relent to paying your closing costs. The fees charged by the lender, title company, land surveyor and local government often cost just as much as the necessary repairs.

Loose lips sink savings. If the seller knows you plan to completely renovate a problem area, they’re far less likely to offer a repair credit or pay for the needed construction themselves. Keep your poker face on, and never discuss your renovation plans within earshot of the seller or their agent.

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

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WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeFleas, ticks and mites are dreaded in pet-friendly households, and with good reason.

Not only can these bloodsuckers cause itching and skin problems in the short term, they can also transmit more serious diseases. Rashes and inflammation (as well as the associated scratching) increase your pet’s risk of developing a secondary bacterial infection.

Identifying and preventing fleas, ticks and mites is the key to effective parasite control. Persistent itching, and signs of skin infection (ranging from redness and raised irritation to open sores and bleeding) may indicate the presence of external parasites.

You can treat pet parasites through a number of products, including orally-administered medication, topically-applied products and flea collars. It should be noted that not every product is equally effective, and using the wrong product can be extremely harmful, even fatal, to your pet.

If you aren’t sure what parasite your pet has, or what the most effective treatment option is, consult your local veterinarian for options.

Remember that parasites can travel from pet to pet and to people within your household; if you discover an infection in one animal, it’s best to treat the whole “herd” as potential hosts. Parasite larvae can survive in the atmosphere, in your carpet—even in your pet’s bed; treating the pet’s environment is key to preventing reinfection.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

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WILSON ORTHODONTICS - Dr. Todd WilsonHave you heard about the latest DIY (do it yourself) trend? It’s dangerous, foolhardy—and completely legal.

It’s hard to believe, but according to this consumer alert put out by the American Association of Orthodontists, some people are starting to use DIY methods to self treat their crooked or gap teeth.

A quick search online pulls up hundreds of references to these so-called “quick fix” projects. Some of these solutions use things like rubber bands or dental floss, but the most outrageous involve constructing faux braces out of paper clips, or a retainer out of modeling clay.

Folks, this is crazy. You can cause extensive (and very expensive) damage to your teeth, bone and soft tissue by messing around with dental experiments.

Why? Well, for starters, orthodontists don’t just align your teeth based on aesthetics. In fact, the functionality and long-term health of your teeth is our primary concern; style always comes second. Trying to self treat misaligned teeth could very easily result in loss of the supporting tooth root, gum recession or, in the worst case, loss of teeth altogether.

Moreover, orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists with over 10 years of rigorous education. We’re professional, reliable and safe.

So take it from me: don’t experiment on your teeth. You get what you pay for, and without the help of a dental professional, you could be causing your teeth serious (if not irreparable) harm.

Wilson Orthodontics

17680 S.W. Handley St., Suite 202, Sherwood, OR 97140

3100 Haworth Ave., Suite 210, Newberg, OR 97132

(503) 925-1566

www.smilebywilson.com

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CANBY FORD - Buy American! Support Canby Ford.After a two-year hiatus, the Ford F-150 Raptor is back—with enhanced capabilities and all-new technology that make the 2017 Raptor even more of an off-road powerhouse than ever before.

It only takes a minute inside the cab to understand why the F-150 Raptor is considered to have the “DNA of a Baja race truck” by weekend racers and professional drivers alike.

The Raptor is powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine technology, which produces more thrust than the older 6.2-liter V8 engine. A 10-speed transmission ensures optimal efficiency when shifting.

A new transfer case manages power distribution between the front and back wheels, ensuring force on demand for the Raptor’s four-wheel drive. The 2017 Raptor also comes with a brand new Terrain Management System, allowing the driver to optimize engine output depending on driving conditions.

Military-strength steel and high-grade aluminium-alloy body construction allowed Ford’s engineers to shave an amazing 500 pounds off previous iterations of the Raptor. In fact, the leaner frame and increased engine capacity give the Raptor its best weight-to-power ratio ever.

The 2017 Raptor is available as both a SuperCrew and SuperCab truck. The four-door SuperCrew comes with an expanded 145-inch wheelbase, providing more legroom for passengers and storage space for gear.

The 2017 Raptor will be built at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. Sales to the public are slated to begin this fall.

Canby Ford

24315 Hwy 99E, Canby, OR 97013

(503) 266-2097

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THE HASSON COMPANY REALTORS - Lisa WillettThe home buying market is heating up—and fast. Chances are, your new dream home is someone else’s too. Here are five ways to distinguish your offer from the rest.

Be pre-approved. Being pre-approved is stronger than being pre-qualified. It demonstrates to the seller that you have the ability to turn your loan into a “virtual” cash offer.

Strengthen your offer. The easier the process is for the seller, the better your chances are of being accepted. You can strengthen your position by offering more than the asking price, increasing the amount of earnest money or adapting closing dates that accommodate the seller.

Address inspections and contingencies differently. Instead of waiting 15 days for a home inspection, try decreasing that time to show you are eager to move through the process. Agreeing to absorb any difference between the sale and appraisal price can also calm a nervous seller.

Consider an escalation clause. In the case of multiple offers, an escalation clause is designed to edge out competing bids by automatically raising your offer when another bid comes in. This also eliminates the risk of unnecessarily paying too much.

Write a letter. Try to make a personal connection with the seller. Let them know how special their home is to you and relate the importance of becoming the next owner. Sellers love to know who will inhabit the space they’ve called home.

Lisa Willett - The Hasson Company Realtors

15400 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

(503) 318-7585

lisawillett.hasson.com

Brought to you by Dr. Laura LaJoie - Joy of Life Chiropractic - CHIROPRACTIC INSIDER -


JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieLifelong health can sprout from just a few healthy choices—and those seeds can be planted today, according to Dr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic.

She says too many people think attaining a healthy lifestyle means abrupt changes and a radical makeover. In reality, small, incremental steps are the keys to optimum health. Daily health care “maintenance” is more effective (and easier) than planning a massive switch.

Dr. LaJoie recommends starting simple: Drink more water, add a few veggies to your diet and increase your activity with a daily walk or light exercise.

Most importantly, make sure to take stock of your nervous system. If you’re suffering from continual or habitual pain that other doctors may describe as “normal,” you need to schedule an adjustment at Joy of Life Chiropractic. Headaches, back pain and the like are all common—but they are NOT normal!

“The biggest problem facing our health care system today is that the system is designed to treat problems that already exist versus obtaining and maintaining optimum health,” Dr. LaJoie explains.

Be healthy by choice, not by chance. Dr. LaJoie can help you achieve optimum health, regardless of age or stage. Call to GET CHECKED TODAY and plant more seeds for your healthy life! Call (503) 682-9596 for more info.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com

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WILSONVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC - Dr. Kristen HardingeThere are many reasons why it’s a great idea to bring your cat to the vet. For starters, cats are notorious for not communicating with owners when they’re feeling sick. Your vet can notice signs and symptoms that you might miss.

At the same time, early detection of a disease is paramount to a longer, more comfortable life for your feline friend. Veterinarians can help manage a cat’s pain and nutritional needs, improving their quality of life. A trip to the vet is also an opportunity to discuss your cat’s behavior, nutrition, litterbox habits, potential for parasite infections, as well as any current underlying disease they may have.

You should schedule a cat’s vet appointment at least annually for those pets that are under 10 and have no known health concerns. For elderly cats (or those with a chronic disease), we recommend scheduling an appointment at a minimum of every six months. These recommendations apply to both indoor and outdoor cats.

At Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic, we make these visits less stressful by using calming pheromones, padded tables, treats (for those who like them) and towels to hide under for shy cats.

It is important to socialize your cat from a young age so they become confident and comfortable in new surroundings. Kitten socialization classes are becoming more popular, and can be a great boon to your pet!

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

"Quick Grandpa, Bring The Money"


Diane EdwardsAs a new Nana, I understand the desire to make fun memories and give special gifts to the grandchild(ren). I also understand the world our grandchildren are growing up in is not the world we grew up in and the need for higher education and/or vocational training is almost a given.

Most parents intend on saving for their child’s college education, but with many couples starting their families later in life, they are challenged to choose between their retirement or funding college.

Check out the 4 plan options a grandparent can consider when contributing to a college fund in this month’s Money Chat article at www.eafsi.com.

Q: My husband and I are older and want to help fund our grandchild’s college fund. We are not on a tight budget but we are frugal. What are our options?

A: One idea is if you are required to take your annual required minimum distribution (RMD), and you don’t need it for your own budget, it could fund a 529 Plan. As the account owner you retain control of the account and the Plan beneficiary can be changed at any time should there be a need to do so. You can learn more at www.eafsi.com under this month’s Money Chat!

Edwards & Associates Financial Services, Inc.

503.537.2995

Toll Free: 866.699.8743

http://www.eafsi.com

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JOY OF LIFE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Laura LaJoieWater matters to Dr. Laura LaJoie of Joy of Life Chiropractic. The Wilsonville chiropractor is celebrating proper hydration during her annual Water Week, running from April 18 to 23 next month.

Why water? Of the billions of cells that make up our bodies, each one is more than 70% water. Drinking water allows the brain to fully function, while dehydration has been linked to many challenges, such as cramping, headaches and difficulty concentrating, to name a few. For senior citizens, symptoms of dehydration are often confused with early-onset dementia.

The standards are to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water or half your body weight in water a day. Highly active individuals need to drink more than that. Coffee, soda, energy drinks and alcohol are not a substitute for a good glass of water.

If you’re not absorbing the water, Dr. LaJoie recommends adding just a pinch of sea salt to a full glass of water. Sea salt adds extra minerals without the corresponding overload of sodium chloride found in regular table salt.

“There’s a big distinction between being healthy and being ‘NOT sick,’” says Dr. LaJoie. “I’m interested in my patients’ overall health, and encouraging hydration is a big part of that.”

So remember to stay healthy by choice, not by chance. To learn more about the importance of drinking water, LIKE Joy of Life Chiropractic’s Facebook page, or visit Dr. LaJoie for an in-person consultation.

Joy of Life Chiropractic

29955 SW Boones Ferry Road, Suite J, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-9596

www.joyoflifechiropractic.com


Wilsonville's Education

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July 01, 2016

SWAG doles out advice for future freshmen

by Andrew Kilstrom
Editor’s note: Student Writers Advisory Group (SWAG) is made up of high school students from Wilsonville, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and Riverdale High Schools. They meet once a month to…
June 27, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
OSBA Board members advance priorities in U.S. Capitol Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Board members visited the U.S. Capitol last week to discuss educational priorities with Oregon’s…
June 24, 2016

They're blinding us with science, and it's great

by Jackson Shavere
Many students were taken to see the action firsthand by their science teachers, and many were blown away by the massive amount of ingenuity and thought that went into creating such a spectacle.…


Hanna Hartt
June 20, 2016

So it ends, so it begins

by Hanna Hartt
Awards were received, caps were thrown, money-filled cards were given — and with that we have graduated. Let’s pause briefly to have a well-deserved celebration, but there is also another matter…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Kim Waldman gets a hug before receiving her diploma. Waldman will attend Portland Community College in the fall and plans to explore nursing as a career path.
June 17, 2016

2016 Art Tech graduates

by Andrew Kilstrom
Arts and Technology High School started out the run of West Linn-Wilsonville high school graduations, honoring 30 graduates Wednesday, June 8 at Clackamas Community College. It was a night to…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kathy Ludwig has spent 16 years with the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. She takes over as superintendent starting July 1.
June 16, 2016

Ludwig brings diverse perspective to West Linn-Wilsonville School District

by Andrew Kilstrom
In February, when Bill Rhoades announced his intent to retire at the conclusion of the school year, the talk within the West Linn-Wilsonville School District immediately turned to who would…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - June 15, 2016
June 16, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - June 15, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sydney Burns and Sohma Cox from Inza R Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is a…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - From left, Jonathan Cain, Eleanor Marshall and Elia Bartlett spent the past few months constructing personal care kits for Portland's homeless.
June 15, 2016

Fifth-graders provide essentials for those in need

by Andrew Kilstrom
Thankfully homelessness isn’t a topic that many kids in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District know a whole lot about, at least first-hand. And while this year’s fifth-grade class at Boones…
June 15, 2016

WL-WV welcomes next superintendent amidst busy meeting

by Andrew Kilstrom
It was a meaningful night for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District as Monday’s regular board meeting was the last with Bill Rhoades as the district’s superintendent. June 6 also marked the…
Lauren Burns
June 13, 2016

Preparing for live theater: You Can't Take it With You

by Lauren Burns
For the last show of the 2015-16 season, Wilsonville High School produced “You Can’t Take It With You” — a 1936 comedic play about a crazy family whose sophisticated daughter feels embarrassed…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sandra Morales presents her project at Oregon Tech's student project symposium June 2.
June 09, 2016

Oregon Tech student projects dazzle at symposium

by Andrew Kilstrom
Oregon Tech’s student project symposium is a sight to behold. From custom video games to innovative medical equipment, there was student-created technology of all kinds on display Thursday, June…
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June 09, 2016

Arts and Technology High School - Student All Stars - June 8, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Gavin Feist and Diana Campos from Arts and Technology High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Kids finished the running portion of the Tonkin Challenge with the mascot dash, racing mascots of local schools and teams to the finish line.
June 08, 2016

Wilsonville takes on Tonkin Challenge

by Andrew Kilstrom
Runners from all over the Portland Metro area came together Sunday, June 5 to take part in the Tonkin Challenge, raising money for the school of their choice. One hundred percent of entry fees…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Science instructor Jay Shauer passes the ball down court at the staff/student basketball game June 2.
June 08, 2016

Doernbecher Days brighten WHS

by Andrew Kilstrom
The end of May is traditionally reserved for Doernbecher Days at Wilsonville High School. Despite the end of the school year creeping ever closer, and summer vacation calling the names of…
June 07, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
WL-WV announces 2016 Children’s Art Institute dates West Linn-Wilsonville will hold its series of Children’s Art Institute classes, for students entering grades 1-8, from July 11-21. The…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Arts and Technology seniors await their graduation June 8. Pictured is this year's senior class. Top row from left to right: Chase Woodruff, Zoe Sherman, Matt Knight, Connor Tallon, Deontay Holding, Dylan Walker, Tony Lazareno and Jacob Riggen. Middle row from left to right: Tiffany Popelka, Jake Attanasio, Enrique Dominguez, Joey Peigneux, Isaiah Gutierrez, Julio Zepeda, Mike Rudzek, James Tellez, Sam Cassidy and Jesus Loaiza. Bottom row from left to right: Jacob Humphrey, Camryn Remington, Misty Hogan, Bethany Alfrey, Kimberly Waldman, Alexiss De La Rosa and Caitlin Childress. Not pictured: Jude Casey, Kanen Hays, Gabe Lee, Jared Marcum-Parker and Austin Warren.
June 06, 2016

Art Tech High School to graduate 30

by Andrew Kilstrom
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June 03, 2016

End of year musings

by Andrew Kilstrom
The school year is winding down, seniors are about to leave and other students won’t be here for much longer. And at this time I’m sure many of us are looking back on all of the events of the…
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June 03, 2016

Inza R. Wood Middle School - Student All Stars - June 1, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Samantha Prusse and Jorge Aguilera Lopez from Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Gaga ball is all the rage with kids  these days, and thanks to fifth-grader Liam Anderson, students will enjoy the game for years to come.
June 02, 2016

Lowrie goes gaga for new play equipment

by Andrew Kilstrom
It’s a game not everyone has heard about, but it’s all the rage with elementary school students these days. Gaga ball, essentially a combination of dodgeball and tag, is sweeping playgrounds…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Sue Schreiner thanks the crowd for the last time at Wilsonville High School.
June 01, 2016

Choir programs rock WHS in Schreiner's final performance

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville High School marked the end of an era May 24 when choir director Sue Schreiner stood on the Wilsonville High stage amidst her pupils for the last time. Schreiner, who has taught music…

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May 30, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
Betty Reynolds named to National School Boards Action Center Board Betty Reynolds, who has served as a member of the the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board since 2011, was elected May 5 to the…
May 29, 2016

Wilsonville Spokesman seeking student columnists

by Andrew Kilstrom
The Wilsonville Spokesman is seeking four high-school columnists from Wilsonville High School for the 2016-2017 school year. Columnists will write columns on a rotating schedule — about once…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn-Wilsonville Deputy Superintendent Kathy Ludwig reads to a large group of kids during Lowrie Primary School's Literacy Night.
May 27, 2016

Lowrie celebrates reading with literacy night

by The Spokesman
Lowrie Primary celebrated learning this school year by hosting a family literacy night Wednesday, May 18. Kids from all grades descended on the school to listen to stories, including a special…
Speer
May 26, 2016

Turning school into a game has its pros and cons

by Andrew Kilstrom
Editor’s note: Student Writers Advisory Group (SWAG) is made up of high school students from Wilsonville, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and Riverdale High Schools. They meet once a month to…
May 25, 2016

Budget committee votes on 2016-17 budget

by Andrew Kilstrom
It took some time and a heated discussion, but the West Linn-Wilsonville School District’s budget committee eventually approved a proposed budget for recommendation to the school board at its…
May 24, 2016

Education news

by Andrew Kilstrom
CREST offering weekly veggie shares CREST is also looking for those interested in purchasing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for the 2016 season. A weekly share includes many fresh…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - May 26, 2016
May 24, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - May 25, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sarah Briggler and Tristan Briggler from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Boeckman Creek third-grader Lauren Carroll  gets ready to test the ability of an arch to support itself.
May 22, 2016

Boeckman constructs successful engineering night

by Andrew Kilstrom
What could be more fun than unleashing a catapult? How about launching styrofoam projectiles with an air-pressured rocket launcher, too? Boeckman Creek Primary School students got to do both, as…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Tonkin Challenge includes three races - the five mile race, 5K and half mile 'mascot dash.'
May 21, 2016

Tonkin Challenge not your typical school fundraiser

by Andrew Kilstrom
It’s OK to admit it, school fundraisers can get tiresome. There’s always wrapping paper or cookie dough to buy, magazine subscriptions or plants to purchase, or some other sale or donation to…
Hanna Hartt
May 20, 2016

Sometimes goodbye is actually goodbye

by Hanna Hartt
When you think of high school seniors, you probably think of the laziness, the entitled attitude and the restlessness as June approaches. And that’s completely accurate. But most people don’t…
SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sue Schreiner teaches Soul'd Out, women's choir, symphonic choir, Men of Wilsonville and freshman vocal ensemble at Wilsonville High School.
May 18, 2016

WHS pioneer leaving after 22 distinguished years

by Andrew Kilstrom
Sue Schreiner’s impact at Wilsonville High School is impossible to measure. Considered one of the school’s “pilgrims,” Schreiner has been at WHS since it first opened its doors in 1995 when…
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May 17, 2016

Inza R. Wood Middle School - Student All Stars - May 18, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Anthony Saccente and Cheyenne Thelaner from Inza R. Wood Middle School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Wilsonville Robotics Team 1425 Error Code Xero took second place in the Hopper division April 30 in St. Louis, Mo.
May 16, 2016

Error Code Xero makes it to quarterfinals at international championship

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville Robotics FIRST Team 1425 Error Code Xero saw its season end April 30, but not before the group of Wilsonville and West Linn high school students left their mark at the FIRST…
May 13, 2016

Wilsonville Spokesman seeking student columnists

by Andrew Kilstrom
The Wilsonville Spokesman is seeking four high-school columnists from Wilsonville High School for the 2016-2017 school year. Columnists will write columns on a rotating schedule — about once…
Lauren Burns
May 13, 2016

Sometimes studying for AP tests means taking a break

by Lauren Burns
In the midst of AP season, cramming for calculus mock exams, finishing poetry timed writes, trying to remember a year’s worth of biology, buying study books, checking grades and pulling…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Lowrie's Vegas Night was a hit with parents, who got a fun night of fun away from the kids.
May 13, 2016

Vegas Night gamble pays off for Lowrie

by Andrew Kilstrom
The Lowrie Primary PTA spent the past two years planning for the school’s “Vegas Night,” which doubled as a night of fun and the biggest fundraiser the organization has held during that span.…
Trese
May 12, 2016

Family history means something different for everyone

by Andrew Kilstrom
Editor’s note: Student Writers Advisory Group (SWAG) is made up of high school students from Wilsonville, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and Riverdale High Schools. They meet once a month to…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Boeckman Creek's Baile Folklorico dancers perform a number of excited onlookers.
May 12, 2016

EVERYONE DANCES FOR CINCO DE MAYO

by Andrew Kilstrom
Cinco de Mayo was cause for celebration this past week at Wilsonville High School. Students and their families joined with teachers and community members to honor Mexican-American culture while…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - All the action of 'You Can't Take it With You' takes place in the Vanderhof-Sycamore-Carmichael family home.
May 11, 2016

WHS theater takes the stage one last time

by Andrew Kilstrom
Wilsonville High School theater students have dazzled audiences this year with performance after performance. There was “Seussical” in the fall, a fantastical trip into the various whimsical…
WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016

Wilsonville High School - Student All Stars - May 11, 2016

by Kendra McGowan
Congratulations to Sophia Lochner and Caden Mormon from Wilsonville High School for being selected as the Wilsonville Spokesman's Student All-stars. The Spokesman's Student All-stars program is…