WAAST Mission Our promise is to nurture confident societal members, lifelong learners, and critically thinking leaders.
WAAST Vision Woodburn Academy of Art, Science, and Technology is a culturally inclusive, multi-literate school, fostering a supportive and collaborative learning community, ensuring equitable and challenging opportunities for all students.
I remember my grandmother teaching me
How to sew.
It never made sense.
I never had the hands.
But I always had the hands
I was taught how
To thread the perfect lesson
Crafting the hook
Circling and looping down to the closure.
But no one taught
Me what a lesson
Would look like
When you are thrown into the deep end
Of distance and learning.
“Distance” and “Learning”
Being forced into the same sentence
I was taught the laws and procedures of protecting
I know my responsibilities are large.
But no one taught me
How to stitch back together
A student’s heart
After they watch their father die
Or hear their father brutalize them
Sometimes with words
Others with hands.
No one taught me
What to do when
My teacher heart
Gets ripped open and is the most vulnerable
It’s ever been.
How can I feel pride and joy
That a student has found the courage to put their story on paper
AND share it, with me?
All while feeling pain, sorrow, ache, and scared
At what they have faced.
How do I stitch with distance and learning
In the same sentence?
Can someone please teach me
These stitching techniques?
Woodburn School District will be distributing school lunches across the district on Tuesdays and Fridays each week that school is in session at bus stops across the district. Please click on "Meals delivered to your bus stop" to show bus stops and times for meal delivery
My name is Ricardo Marquez and I am honored to be in my third year as your WAAST school principal. It is my hope that as you read this message that your family is well and taking care of one another during this difficult time. I am encouraged by the level of commitment that our students/families have shown up to this point with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). I want to acknowledge that our staff will continue to provide an excellent education through remote learning. We are learning together during these difficult times and it is important for you to know that we are still required to deliver standard-based education that will support students academic skills and social emotional development.
We are launching a new look for our school website and our hope is to regulaly update our pages with school information that can keep you informed about CDL. I personally want to invite all new families to Woodburn High School, you are now officially a Woodburn Bulldog. I also look forward to continue to work with returning families and I patiently wait for the day when we all return to the Woodburn Campus. I miss seeing you all and wish you all the best. If you want to communicate with me I can be reached via email at email@example.com. Please be safe and take care.