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  • On August 13th Welcome Our New Principal and Assistant Principal!

    Posted by Leah Torres at 8/9/2014
     Principal and Assistant Principal  Please join us for an informal meet and greet with our new Principal, Jim Severson, and our new Assistant Principal, Leah Torres. We invite all Wood families and community members to drop by Wood Middle School between 5:00 and 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 13 to welcome Jim and Leah to the Wood community. Refreshments will be provided by the PTSA. We hope to see you there!
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  • Congratulations and Thanks to Mrs. Soisson for Years of Service to Wood

    Posted by Wood Staff at 7/8/2014
    Congratulations Mrs. Soisson After 11 years as principal at Wood Middle School, Barb Soisson will be starting a new position as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Research in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Mrs. Soisson's dedication to the Wood community will be deeply missed. She set a great example for students by the way she always worked hard to learn new things and take care of the people around her. Students, teachers and parents appreciate the way Mrs. Soisson focused on building Wood Middle School into a place where all students have the opportunity and expectation to succeed.
    The district will conduct a thorough search for a new principal to continue the great work that Mrs. Soisson has done at Wood. They anticipate hiring a new principal by the end of July.
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  • Engineering Students Share Prototypes with Local Designer

    Posted by Josh Flosi at 6/6/2014

    Wood Engineering Students Students in Mrs. Jones's Engineering Design academy have been working on designing and prototyping multi-use buildings for the Wilsonville area. The project required students to consider energy-efficiency, weight-bearing, and wind stability in addition to practical functional aspects of the building, like the location of staircases and windows.

    After working with materials including popsicle sticks, cardboard, foam core, cellophane and hot glue guns, students presented their structures to David Collins of architectural-prototypes.com. Mr. Collins asked questions about their engineering and design principles, and gave constructive advice for future architectural designs.

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  • Students Build Solar Ovens to Melt Cheese, Fry Eggs, Make S'Mores

    Posted by Josh Flosi at 6/3/2014
    Solar Oven
    Students in Ms. Kurth's 7th grade science class took advantage of the lovely spring weather by designing and building solar ovens. Students used their knowledge of electromagnetic radiation and engineering practices to create devices that could melt cheese, fry eggs and even make s'mores (which they generously shared with their classmates and visitors).
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  • Wood Students Place 2nd in National Congressional Hearings Competition

    Posted by Josh Flosi at 5/5/2014

    Wood Students Place Second in Congressional Hearings Thirty students from Mr. Bell and Ms. Koller's 8th grade social studies classes went to Washington, DC to compete in the national Congressional Hearings competition organized by the Center for Civic Education. The competition, known as We the People - The Citizen and the Constitution, involved teams of students engaging in presentations and discussions with a panel of expert judges. The Wood Middle School team placed 2nd in the national competition for the second year in a row!

    Beginning in January, students met 3-4 times a week before and after school to prepare for the national competition. The students are also part of an Social Studies Extension Academy class this semester. Working with volunteer coaches, students studied the Constitution, Bill of Rights, major Supreme Court cases, and their connections to current events. The hard work and dedication to their team paid off with great success!

    Topics that students studied and presented included:

    1. What were the Founders' basic ideas about government?
    2. What shaped the Founders' thinking about government?
    3. What happened at the Philadelphia convention?
    4. How was the Constitution used to establish our government?
    5. How does the Constitution protect our basic rights?
    6. What are the responsibilities of citizens?

    Teams were scored on criteria including Understanding, Constitutional Application, Reasoning, Supporting Evidence, Responsiveness and Participation.

    When not competing, students visited important historical and cultural sites around the nation's capital, including the House of Representatives, Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.

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