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...

McCarney finds home in Stafford Primary

McCarney finds home in Stafford Primary

Stafford Primary has found its next principal. Less than a month after Jen Freeborn left the...

WL-WV enjoys district-wide facility improvements

WL-WV enjoys district-wide facility improvements

More than two years after receiving an $84.5 million bond — which now totals $98.5 million...

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

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

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District recently received drinking water results for Boones...

CREST camp sprouts budding gardeners

CREST camp sprouts budding gardeners

Don’t be surprised if little gardens start popping up all over West Linn and Wilsonville...

Students prioritize brains before beach

Students prioritize brains before beach

For a large contingent of West Linn High School students summer vacation has finally arrived,...

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...

West Linn's Education

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…

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…
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…
TIDINGS PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - From left, Zack Campbell, Patrick Harris and Daxos Keavney enjoy the summer weather with a parachute game.
August 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
July 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.
July 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…
July 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;…

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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 - 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…
TIDINGS PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Construction at West Linn High School's 700 building is underway, and the exterior is hoped to be finished by the time school reconvenes in September.
Jul 14, 2016

Sunset stalls, other bond projects progress

by Andrew Kilstrom
Students are off enjoying summer vacation but that doesn’t mean work is done for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, as summer is the busiest time of year for the district’s bond…
Maxi Muessig
Jul 11, 2016

On American greatness and traditional values

by Andrew Kilstrom
I love discussions. I really do. I think they are an incredibly valuable tool that aren’t used as much as they could or maybe should be. That being said, I was naturally very excited when I…
TIDINGS PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Incoming Wilsonville High School freshmen Kevin Perez, left, and Hamzeh Hourani pick  bunching onions in June.
Jul 07, 2016

CREST farm internships grow more than vegetables

by Andrew Kilstrom
In order to flourish, a farm requires careful planning, persistence, dedication and above everything else, hard work. While farming is rewarding — and full of valuable teaching moments as rich…
Jul 04, 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…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Colin Davis, left, has taken over as SOU president. Tyler Takeshita, right, will serve as his vice president.
Jun 30, 2016

WLHS alum flexes presidential muscle

by Andrew Kilstrom
Southern Oregon University will officially be “Ballin’ with Colin” in 2016 now that West Linn High alum Colin Davis has been elected as the school’s student body president — wrapping up a…