It’s a tradition going back more than 30 years. The Bethel Band Festival brings together more than 300 band students: Bethel’s four middle school bands with Willamette’s band. Students learned from Dr. Eric Wiltshire, director of the UO Athletic Bands, then under his direction they played as one big band.
The parents of all children who will be Kindergartners in the coming school year are encouraged to take part in Kindergarten Orientation this week.
Each Bethel school will host afternoon and evening information sessions that include pre-registration for the 2016-17 school year.
Families will learn all about Bethel’s terrific kindergarten program, meet the kindergarten teachers, principals, counselors and other key staff, and take home a free special book for incoming Bethel kindergarten students.
It’s the first step as Bethel prepares each student to graduate ready for college or the workplace.
The high school graduation rate in Bethel is higher than the state average and higher than our neighboring districts in the Eugene-Springfield area.
Willamette has boosted its grad rate to 81%; that is 8 points higher than three years ago.
Kalapuya is making tremendous strides and leads local alternative high schools in graduating students who have not been successful in the traditional comprehensive high school setting.
Superintendent Colt Gill lists a few likely reasons for the continued improvement in the graduation rate:
• Dedicated, skilled and caring staff
• Strong parent support
• On-Track for Success system to make sure students are kept on the path to graduation
• Bethel Reading Project to help make sure kids are reading by 3rd grade
• Teaching and learning to proficiency
• Popular high school program offerings, including Career Technical Education and International Baccalaureate/AP programs.
Willamette High School’s annual free Recycling Round-up will accept the community’s electronics and household items dropped off at Wil-Hi on Saturday, February 6th, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NextStep Recycling and St. Vincent de Paul will give new life the community’s recyclables.
This event is one reason why Willamette High School was named winner of the national Green Ribbon School Award in 2014.