Wood Middle School


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First day of school:
6th Grade--Aug 31, 2015
7th & 8th Grade--Sept 1, 2015
Back to School Night:
Sept 17, 2015 at 6:30 P.M.

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  • School Registration for 2015-16

    Posted by Leah Torres at 7/2/2015

    Wood Entrance

    Do you need to register for the 2015-16 school year? Please stop by our office between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm to complete registration paperwork. You can also print a registration packet at the link below, and drop it off at the office.  Welcome to Wood!
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  • Visiting Author

    Posted by Leah Torres at 1/16/2015
    author visit On Wednesday, January 14th, Wendelin Van Draanen, author of the Wood Reads book "The Running Dream," visited the school to share her experiences as a writer. Throughout the day, students in every grade attended assemblies hosted by Mrs. Van Draanen and heard her speak about becoming a writer, the persistence it required, and her inspiration for writing "The Running Dream". Students eagerly waited to ask questions about the writing process and have their books signed by the author. The next day, Mrs. Van Draanen conducted three writing workshops. Selected students practiced specific writing techniques to develop characters and detail in their writing. The students, staff, and community greatly enjoyed her visit.
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  • Wood Students Compete in Lego Robotics Tournament

    Posted by Leah Torres at 1/14/2015
    Lego Robotics Team Since the beginning of the school year, five teams of students worked together twice a week after school to prepare for the Lego FIRST Robotics Tournament in December. A diverse group of students represented Wood Middle School at the Mentor Graphics qualifying tournament, where their robots competed to perform a variety of tasks on an obstacle course. In the process of building and programming their robots, students learned how to work together as a team and solve problems in an environment of friendly competition.
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  • Wood Math Teacher Recognized as Outstanding Cooperating Teacher

    Posted by Leah Torres at 10/20/2014

    Schnell award Last Thursday, Ms. Kembell Schnell received the 2014 Oregon Middle Level Consortium Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award for her dedication to both students and future teachers. The Middle Level Consortium, educators who meet to advocate for excellence in middle level teacher preparation, has the privilege each year of recognizing an outstanding middle level teacher.  The recipient is someone who not only brings excellent teaching to students in her or his care but also provides exceptional experiences for teachers in training.


    In the nomination process this year, Ms. Schnell was described as an outstanding cooperating teacher whose practices include “a range of instructional strategies for supporting students in learning to articulate and justify their thinking.” It was noted that her classroom environment values students because she “understands the power of relationships.” Additionally, she mentors teacher candidates in a positive and safe atmosphere that fosters growth. University supervisors note that Ms. Schell is determined to bring out the best in a pre-service teachers.

    Congratulations, Ms. Schnell! 
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  • 8th Grade Visits CREST Farm as Part of Wellness Curriculum

    Posted by Leah Torres at 10/13/2014
    CREST field trip As part of their Wellness class at Wood Middle School, 8th grade students visited the CREST farm in Wilsonville. "This field trip is about helping students think about getting our food closer to the source," said Wellness teacher Sarah Coffman. "Our broader curriculum focuses on making life-long decisions about your health, whether that's selecting the foods you eat or learning a new physical activity that you can continue throughout your life." On the field trip, students used a vintage apple press to make fresh cider, learned the science behind composting, and taste-tested vegetables fresh from the field.
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  • Engineering Great Learning Opportunities

    Posted by Wood Staff at 9/12/2014
    Math academy
    "Every bridge begins in the mind of an engineer."
    In Laura Flosi's math academy class, students are learning how real engineers apply mathematical concepts when designing bridges. The students began by working in small groups and using their background knowledge to design and construct bridges using manila file folders.  They tested the weight-bearing capacity of their bridges and reflected on what they observed. By the end of the course, students will learn and apply authentic engineering design processes to develop, build, and test a model of a truss bridge.
    The curriculum was developed by Stephen Ressler, a West Point Academy engineering professor who realized that bridge design activities for secondary school students, although very popular, often left out the math because it was assumed that "engineering is interesting, but the math behind it is too hard to understand". Through his curriculum, he strives to send a different message to students: "engineering is interesting, and the math behind it is challenging but achievable."
     "I see our eighth graders applying real mathematical and scientific principles to the things they see every day in their world," Flosi said. "I also see them practicing how to be precise in their work and how to be precise in communicating about their work. That's exciting!"
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  • Jr. Scoop Kicks Off Another Year!

    Posted by Wood Staff at 9/9/2014
    Jr. Scoop Meeting
    Jr. Scoop began their first meeting of the new school year by sampling their latest creation, Triple Crown Blackberry Crisp ice cream. "The name comes from the type of blackberries we use in this flavor," explained Jordon Scoggins, Wellness teacher and Jr. Scoop advisor.
    Jr. Scoop is an ice cream company run by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Wood Middle School who learn the skills to be successful entrepreneurs and business people. Jr. Scoop produces high-quality, artisan ice cream while also providing opportunities for students to volunteer their time and build a culture and reputation for giving back to the community.
    "Our first meeting was just an opportunity to catch up on the newest news and talk about the direction of the club this year and to welcome some new faces," said Scoggins. 
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  • On August 13th Welcome Our New Principal and Assistant Principal!

    Posted by Wood Staff 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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