Bethel B-mail: November 2017
The Promise of Oregon
What does graduation mean to students? How does it feel to reach that milestone?
Learn from two Bethel students from the Class of 2017 in this Oregon School Boards Association video. It is now being promoted statewide through their Promise of Oregon campaign.
See for yourself that Willamette’s Jesse Gerlach and Kalapuya’s Alyssa Smalling are outstanding representatives of Bethel School District students.
And then consider graduation day for your own children.
A $37,000 Parade
This never gets old.
More than $37,000 in Bethel Education Foundation grants has been delivered to surprised teachers throughout the District.
The 38 grants will fund a wide range of proposals, from Chromebook computers to field trips to cooking utensils and music equipment.
The BEF works year-round to raise funds for projects that enhance educational opportunities for Bethel students.
You can help. Click here to donate to the BEF.
So, This Is The Bethel Farm
You will be amazed at this incredible resource in the heart of Bethel School District.
Learn all about the Bethel Farm by watching this video.
Support For Bethel Bikers
Another 120 Bethel students have taken Bicycle Safety classes this fall.
The Bethel Safe Routes to School program got Danebo and Irving students rolling again with training on how to commute safely on a bike.
The program has also picked up more community support with Sanipac donating $1,000 to help continue the good work. The company is also wrapping some of its garbage trucks with a Safe Routes message.
Sanipac joins Jerry’s Home Improvement, Chambers Construction, The Duck Store, Image King Signs and Stuff2Color as local businesses providing support for Bethel’s program.
Meanwhile, Pedestrian Safety classes will continue in January with Bicycle Safety resuming in the spring.
A Fish Story
Just as the salmon return each year, Bethel sixth graders return to the Coast Range for their annual Salmon Watch field trips.
They study the life cycle of a salmon, the parts of a salmon, and dangers to fish in their native habitat.
Kids wade into Whittaker Creek to capture and identify bugs. They test the water’s temperature, clarity, oxygen, and PH levels. They also witness salmon spawning.
Volunteers with Oregon Trout’s Salmon Watch explain the importance of protecting our waters, and how salmon are an indicator of watershed health.
It is a learning experience all Bethel sixth graders continue to enjoy every fall.
Straight From The Source
There’s nothing like diving right into a project.
6th grade students at Prairie Mountain didn’t exactly dive, but they were thigh-high in water while studying the water quality of the Amazon Canal as it flows toward Fern Ridge Reservoir.
The Stream Teams conducted 11 tests to better understand the health of the water. One of them included students straining the water with giant nets, during which some kids decided to walk right into the canal.
Students conducted the same tests during their Salmon Watch field trips in order to compare the water quality of the Amazon Canal to that of Whittaker Creek.
The equipment and transportation was funded by a generous EWEB grant. And the data collected can be part of longitudinal data that has been collected by other 6th grade classes over many years.
Expression Through Poetry
He has a way of connecting with students. That’s why Myrlin Hepworth was welcomed back to Bethel to conduct poetry writing workshops for high school students at Willamette and Kalapuya.
Hepworth is an educator, writer, and hip hop performer, and he has worked with Bethel students for the past five years.
He shared his poetry and challenged students to find their own voice and express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through poetry.
Through his engaging presentation, students wrote their own poems, were able to present their poems in front of a whole-school audience, and were invited to a poetry workshop at the end of the week.
Accepting The Challenge
There’s been a 45% increase in the number of students eating school breakfast at Meadow View School.
35% more kids are having breakfast at Prairie Mountain School.
Breakfast is free for all students throughout Bethel School District, and to encourage more kids to take advantage of the free, healthy and nutritious food, Meadow View and Prairie Mountain are part of the November School Breakfast Challenge.
Throughout the month Bethel’s Nutrition Services department is offering random prizes, hot chocolate days, new menu items and competitions to encourage participation.
A number of scientific studies conclude that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If the studies are correct, more participation at breakfast is a good thing for kids’ minds and bodies.
Let’s Be Buddies
Each year Prairie Mountain K-8 students are introduced to one another through a school-wide community-building event called Buddy Day.
Older students are partnered with the younger kids to work on a special life skill.
The school’s life skill focus this year is empathy, aligning with the Social Skills curriculum in the middle school grades.
Buddy groups work together to define empathy and talk about a time when they showed empathy to others or someone showed empathy to them.
Some students took part in a joint craft project to facilitate the discussion.
Buddy Day happens year-round and is always a popular event for kids in all grades.
BCTN On The Big Screen
The local Sprout Film Festival (celebrating the diverse lives and creativity of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) recently included a film created by a UO Practicum student, Rachel Juth. It features students in the Bethel Community Transition Network (BCTN) program.
Watch the following short film to get a better understanding of the important training and loving support students receive through BCTN.