The change in seasons is a time of discovery for Bethel’s youngest students. A trip to the pumpkin patch, picking apples off of a tree, and a chance to learn outside of the classroom is a time-honored tradition that continues today.
Detering Orchards near Harrisburg is a busy place these days with busloads of excited kids, teachers and parents on their first field trip of the school year.
Tromping through the mud is part of the fun for some kids as they learn about apples and their uses, before moving on to the pumpkins and finally the fresh apple cider.
Thanks go out to our schools’ PTOs which often provide the transportation funds for these memorable field trips.
Science never looked so good to some happy Bethel students.
Willamette sophomore Hannah Holte and Prairie Mountain 8th grader Zach Lesh have each been presented with a new iPad air after winning a national science contest by ThermoFisher (formerly LifeTechnologies.)
WHS Teacher David Novak, Wil-Hi Junior Alexandra Gilbert, and Cole Taber from Prairie Mountain won local awards.
Students created science fair research projects or wrote essays which were judged by ThermoFisher scientists. The contest is designed to promote better science curricula across the nation and the increased use of current Biotechnology in science classrooms.
This is the kind of trip that usually costs tourists some serious money.
Instead, Kalapuya students will receive $375 in college scholarship money for taking part in the trip and successfully finishing the term.
13 KHS students joined two staff members on a three day 37 mile canoe trip down the Willamette River from Salem to Newberg.
Kalapuya kids learned about the indigenous and geologic history along the river, water quality issues, environmental laws, and natural resource management.
They camped in parks along the river and helped build a trail and campsite for canoeists.
The service learning project was organized through the Oregon State Parks Department and was sponsored by the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps.
Bethel’s staff is now better prepared to deal with the unthinkable: an armed intruder on their school grounds.
More than 600 employees dedicated half of a day learning about life-saving options, including barricading doors and evacuating to a safe place.
Trainers, led by Eugene police officers, included representatives from the Springfield and Salem police departments, Lane County Sheriff’s department, and trainers from Train Like You Mean It and Serenity Lane.
The Lockdown lessons are just the beginning of a larger discussion about improvements to the many facets of school security throughout the district.