Bethel B-Mail: April 2013
Saving You Millions
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.
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.
It’s About The Shoes
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.
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
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
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 Crowning Achievement
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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:
- Donate at any Umpqua Bank Branch – Deposit to account #970625448
- Mail donation to:
3557 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214
- PayPal donation:
Click on: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online