Superintendent

A public meeting of the Bethel School District Budget Committee will take place Monday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m., at the Bethel Administration Building.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to take comment from the public on the budget for the 2017-18 school year. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place, and any person may appear at the meeting and discuss proposed programs with the Committee.

A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 8th at the Bethel School District Administration Office.

The Willamette Jazz Band 2 brought home a first place trophy from the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival.

The 42nd annual Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival became a Bethel highlight show.

With 39 schools represented, Willamette’s Jazz Bands brought home first and second place trophies.

The Shasta Jazz Band took second in the middle school division, and the Shasta Sessions choir wound up third.

And Willamette’s Topnotchers choir was also a second place finisher.

With tradition and reputation, Pleasant Hill is a high quality festival, attracting schools from Washington and California.

Meadow View teacher Eric Wright holds two LEGO kits he purchased through a BEF grant. A new $4,200 grant will allow him to provide an entire classroom set of kits for his STEM class.

Eric Wright has the magic touch.

The Meadow View 8th grade teacher has been awarded yet another grant, this one from Toshiba America for $4,200. It will provide a class set of LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robotics kits for his STEM class.

Students will be able to use the toys to experience hands-on lessons in computer science and engineering, and robotics. Each kit includes a powerful programmable computer to control various motors, high tech sensors and a large number of pieces. Students will build a variety of working robots that can be programmed to complete numerous tasks.

Wright got started with two of the LEGO kits through a grant from the Bethel Education Foundation, but the Toshiba grant will allow him to expand the robotics to his entire class.

In the last few years he’s been awarded other grants to purchase a drone, a 3D printer, an iPad Pro, calculators, and a field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The 12th annual ACE Awards will recognize the best and brightest in Bethel School District.

30 Bethel educators and volunteers have been nominated for ACE Awards, which recognize the best and brightest in Bethel, Eugene 4j and Springfield school districts.

The 12th annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards will be presented to Bethel’s outstanding contributors in four categories: teachers, administrators, support staff, and volunteers. Winners will be awarded a handsome trophy at a Hult Center Celebration on April 25th and will be given $1,000 to be used for the school program of their choice.

The 2017 Bethel nominees are:
Teachers: Lauren Boettger, Fairfield; Gina Clark, Fairfield; Deanna Courogen, Irving; Alison Dodd, Prairie Mountain; Joe Freuen, Willamette; Darren Hatefi, Willamette; Isabel Kelly, Fairfield; Joe Mancuso, Willamette; Sonja Maul, Prairie Mountain; Kristy McElravy, Shasta; Kristi Oster, Cascade; Ben Wade, Willamette; Shannon Whitty, Cascade.

Classified staff: Anne Johnstone-Diaz, Bethel Family Resource Center; Krista Larson, Prairie Mountain; Anthony Mancuso, Willamette; Christie McBride, Shasta; Curtis Mitchell, Willamette; Mary Spearman, Irving; Bob Wilson, Willamette.

Volunteers: Shanna Bitikofer, Prairie Mountain; Bess Jones, Fairfield; Anje Postma, Irving; Michelle Thompson, Meadow View; Michelle Toney, Willamette.

Administrators: Lisa Bateman, Assistant Special Education Director; Mari Ford, Principal, Danebo; Tina Guiterez-Schmich, Equity Coordinator; Mindy LeRoux, Principal, Willamette; Maureen Spence, Principal, Malabon.

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