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Saving You Millions

Low interest rates allowed the District to refinance old bonds, saving Bethel taxpayers more than $1 million.

Low interest rates allowed the District to refinance old bonds, saving Bethel taxpayers more than $1 million.

Bethel School District has sold the first portion of the bonds approved by voters in November. This bond revenue will begin a series of repairs, improvements and enhancements throughout the District.

Now, check this out: We also took the opportunity to refinance older bond debt. Refinancing old Bethel School District bonds Wednesday saved the Bethel community more than a million dollars in property taxes.

Click here to keep track of the latest developments related to the Bethel bond measure, passed overwhelmingly by Bethel voters last November.

Colt Gill
Bethel Superintendent

 

Willamette Pride

A new Willamette promotional video quickly highlights some of the great things about Bethel’s flagship school. Thanks to Pat Hart of 99 Productions for a great job in helping to show why Willamette Pride is alive and growing.

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It’s About The Shoes

Under the direction of teacher Melissa Lutsch, shoe designs by four WHS students have been entered into a national contest.

Under the direction of teacher Melissa Lutsch, shoe designs by four WHS students have been entered into a national contest.

These are shoes you’d want to wear.

Designed by Willamette students Aspen Englehardt, Wesley Butt, Eryn Murray and John Corliss, the shoes have been entered into a national design contest through Vans shoes.

Under the direction of teacher Melissa Lutsch, four WHS kids were selected from dozens of Willamette submissions to create cool shoes in the categories of Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.

Take a look at their final designs.

Photos of the shoes have now been sent to Vans and there’ll be an opportunity for you to vote for the top submissions.

Regardless of the outcome of the contest, it was a fun artistic outlet for a number of talented WHS students.

 

Drive For Education

Meadow View kids joined teacher Blank and Principal Brian Flick to accept a big check from Kendall's Drive For Education.

Meadow View kids joined teacher Eric Wright and Principal Brian Flick to accept a big check from Kendall’s Drive For Education.

It’s a good night when Bethel schools walk away with $8,000 donated for improved school programs.

The Kendall Drive for Education recently awarded a total of $4,000 to Meadow View School and another $4,000 to Bethel School District.

Kendall has promised $4,000 each month so the District can enhance its classroom technology. In addition, the Drive for Education offers quarterly contests for schools to earn money and Meadow View was a winner in the most recent contest.

Click here to learn more about the Drive for Education.

 

Legislating For Health

Bethel Health Center Teen Council Members Celina Garcia, Siera Lopez and Abagail Gierut met with Representative Val Hoyle.

Bethel Health Center Teen Council Members Celina Garcia, Siera Lopez and Abagail Gierut met with Representative Val Hoyle.

They spent a day listening, learning and lobbying.

Members of the Bethel Health Center Teen Council took part in workshops with teens from across the state on Health Center Awareness Day. They then met with Representative Val Hoyle, a big supporter of Bethel’s Health Center.

Bethel’s Teen Council is very active. Having already made an HPV awareness video, they are starting a Healthy Eating Class on Tuesdays after school and will attend the Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside this month.

The Teen Council is a club at Willamette High School and membership is open to all students. Contact Advisor Iris Bicksler for more information and check out their Facebook page.

 

The Crowning Achievement

Jeremy Stahl was crowned 2013 Mr. Wolverine. The contestants raised $50,000 for the Children's Miracle Network.

Jeremy Stahl was crowned Mr. Wolverine 2013. The contestants raised $50,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

The goal seemed outrageous, yet no one seemed too surprised when Mr. Wolverine contestants raised $50,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Just a few years ago their fundraising goal was half that.

The 20th annual Mr. Wolverine pageant capped months of rehearsals and fundraisers by the 15 contestants and 33 volunteer coordinators.

The crowning of Jeremy Stahl as 2013’s Mr. Wolverine was a great conclusion to an exhausting but rewarding experience.

 

A Night Of Exploration

Fairfield students explore static electricity as part of the school's Math and Science night.

Fairfield students explore static electricity as part of the school’s Math and Science night.

This was like a school carnival, with math and science taking the place of treats and contests.

Fairfield’s Math and Science Night brought hundreds to the school for creative, exciting and fun activities and games.

Kids took their passports through stations that included experimenting with static electricity, water, and technology. They took part in a counting game and a journey to the moon.

Completing the adventure meant dessert for everyone.

Who knew math and science could be so fun?

 

Success Of Chess

With their headgear in place, the WHS Varsity Chess team begins its state match against Lake Oswego.

With their headgear in place, the WHS Varsity Chess team begins its state match against Lake Oswego.

They weren’t expected to be this competitive.

After losing four seniors from last year’s state championship Chess team, Willamette still took second place in the recent state 5A championships.

This Chess team featured a lot more diversity, with girls and even some 8th graders taking part.

It’ll be a team expected to be filled with experienced players next year, but this group also knows how to have fun. Cody Webb led the silly hat brigade and made sure each varsity player was properly outfitted during their matches, bringing headgear for teammates Brior Hileman, Owen Young-Flynn, Jared Roe and Calem Englehart.

 

The Rad Run

The Rad Run, a 5K obstacle course challenge, will benefit the Bethel Education Foundation.

The Rad Run, a 5K obstacle course challenge, will benefit the Bethel Education Foundation.

It’s one of those crazy things people do to challenge themselves, to bring friends together, or just to say that they did it.

The Rad Run is a run 5K obstacle course to be held at Sollevato Vineyard near Fern Ridge reservoir, and the Bethel Education Foundation is one of six local groups benefitting from the event.

On May 11th BEF volunteers will help staff the Rad Run and its free contests, prizes, concert, kids’ area, raffle drawings, snacks and drinks, giveaways, and more.

Check out the Rad Run web page and get your group together for this unique springtime challenge.

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 Tuition Equity

___ was one of the student interns on the floor of the House for the Tuition Equity bill.

Joaquin Rico was one of the student interns on the floor of the House for Val Hoyle during the Tuition Equity bill hearing.

The Tuition Equity Bill was just signed by Oregon’s governor. While it’s seen its share of controversy there is no denying it will help a number of Bethel students continue their education.

Starting next school year, illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and graduated from an Oregon high school will pay the same subsidized college tuition charged to Oregon residents.

Willamette students Daniel Hernandez, Samantha Diaz, Joaquin Rico, and Michael Rocha were recent interns for Representative Val Hoyle. Their positions allowed them to be on the floor of the House during hearing for the Tuition Equity bill.

Oregon is now among more than a dozen states to allow young illegal immigrants to pay resident tuition at state public universities.

 

Welcoming The Newbies

Science teacher David Novak explains options to a future WHS parent.

Science teacher David Novak explains elective options to a future WHS parent.

They’ll be roaming the halls daily next fall, but for the moment some of them seemed a little, well, disorientated.

Freshman Orientation at Willamette High School is designed to help with that, allowing current 8th graders to sign-up for future elective classes and meet some potential teachers.

The students had already taken tours of the school during the day, learning about all the opportunities that await them as freshmen.

Parents also discovered some of what will be expected of their new high schoolers.

So some of that look was excitement, some of it was apprehension, and all of it had been seen before as each year students begin to build their careers at Willamette.

 

Help For Haley

Willamette grad Curtis Haley in his hospital bed last month, and as a WHS student in 2006.

Willamette grad Curtis Haley in his hospital bed last month, and as a WHS student in 2006.

This is not warm and fuzzy news. Curtis Haley, a 2006 Willamette High School graduate, has brain cancer.

Surgery has been performed to biopsy the cancer and as a method to relieve the buildup of fluid on the brain. Now he’s undergoing massive chemotherapy and radiation.

Those who remember Curtis from his very involved days at Willamette won’t be surprised that he maintains an amazingly positive outlook.

Meanwhile, Curtis’s medical insurance will not cover everything but you can help by taking the CURTIS HALEY MEDICAL FUND FLYER to a Pappy’s Pizza Fundraiser on Tuesday, April 16 or donate to his medical fund using any of the three following methods:

5 Responses to Bethel B-Mail: April 2013

  • LOVE the video! I sent the link to family and friends. Thanks Bethel Boosters and 99 Productions! More people need to know all the good things going on at Willamette High School and in the Bethel School District.

  • I reposted the information about Curtis Haley on Facebook and deposited a check today. Thanks for putting this in B-Mail.

  • Those videos do tug on one’s heart.

  • I am so impressed with the Willamette video. It is great to see so many smart Willamette kids getting
    full IBs and college scholarships! Go Bethel!

  • Thank You Pat Hart and 99 Productions and Bethel Boosters, a moving video and great job. Curtis Haley: I plan on going to Pappy’s on Barger and will bring a flyer. I will also bring it up to my church Emmaus Lutheran Church especially since I am head of our Team Emmaus Lutheran Church Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society. We will be sending you good positive thoughts in your recovery.

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