Bethel B-mail: April 2019
Supporting Our Supporters
We’re only a school district, but we are able to do something about the issue of affordable housing.
It began with an idea from Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz seven years ago. Today, the Veterans Housing Project has 10 houses in the area that are managed by St. Vincent de Paul and serve as affordable rental homes for returning Vets.
Bethel School District owns three of the 10 houses in the Project. They’re across the street from Willamette High School are were purchased over the years with the idea of possible future expansion at Wil-Hi.
Rather than get into the rental business, the district agreed to let the Veterans Housing Project renovate the homes and make them available for Vets transitioning back into civilian life.
It’s a win for the district as it plans for its students long-term. It’s a win for the neighborhood as the homes are renovated. It’s a win for the greater community as more affordable housing is being made available. And, it’s a win for the Vets who are being supported after supporting their country.
Advocating From The Heart
Jarod Doerner was on death’s door. He went from being a normal 7th grader at Shasta Middle School to spending months at a Stanford hospital waiting for a life-saving heart transplant.
Five years later, Jarod’s a senior at Willamette and going strong after receiving the transplant that was necessary because of a previously undiagnosed genetic heart condition.
Now he’s become an advocate. Jarod was the driving force behind House Bill 4019, which recognizes the second week of April as Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor Appreciation Week.
Today, with Representative Julie Fahey, Jarod is pushing for legislation to improve donor registration and the teaching of organ donation to Oregon 9th graders.
His work in the state capitol makes Jarod think about becoming an Oregon lawmaker, maybe even Governor. It’s a long way from those frightening times five years ago.
Considering The Senses
Break spaces, refocus rooms, and calming areas all serve the same purpose: to provide an environment for students to be able to calm themselves, collect their emotions, and relieve their anxiety before returning to class.
Prairie Mountain School now has a more intensive space: the Sensory Room. It’s designed for students who may have Behavior Support Plans or specific needs addressing behavior. The room has just been opened after months of research and consultation with experts, and will be part of students’ daily schedule.
The Sensory Room has screened fluorescent lights and a new calming paint color. The room is filled with items, including a roller squeeze machine, crash pad, mini trampoline, therapy sling swing, therapy balls, punching bag, balance beam, a fiber optic room, and tactile items such as water beads, sand, beans, and play doh.
Data is being collected on which sensory items stimulate or calm students. The staff is excited to have this room as a resource to help students help themselves self-regulate.
To Germany and Back
They are back on home soil. Willamette seniors Isaiah Cornutt and Addy Fulks had been attending school in Germany.
Addy spent her entire junior year near Munich. She was awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, a prestigious opportunity funded by the U.S. and German governments.
Returning to Willamette was an adjustment, but she’s maintaining the international flavor at home with her family hosting an exchange student from Spain.
Isaiah spent the first semester of this school year at Willamette’s partner school, the Gabelsberger Gymnasium in Mainburg. He was originally in Mainburg as part of a Willamette student group summer visit.
Another WHS student trip is set for this summer, continuing the Wil-Hi German Language program’s enriching experiences for Bethel students.
Many Cultures, One Community
You know it’s an event when the Chinese Lion Dancers perform.
The troupe made an appearance at the 6th annual Bethel Multicultural Fair, held this year at Malabon Elementary School.
The Fair featured a colorful representation of our Bethel families, including performances and artwork by Bethel students.
Local flavors were offered with food from Yi Shen, Burrito Amigos, Sushi Island, Sweet Life, Chapalas, Falling Sky, and Empire Buffet.
Booths were set up for a wide range of local organizations, and students had passports stamped while visiting the tables.
The Multicultural Fair continued its wonderful celebration of cultures, customs, experiences and community.
Design And Dash
This much is clear: knowledge gained in the classroom is directly related to results on the racecourse.
The annual EWEB Kilowatt Classic featured student-built electric “Electrathon” go-carts, racing through a parking lot at Lane Community College.
Willamette students design, engineer, weld, wire and…yes…duct tape their own cars and race them against cars from other schools.
The WHS students are in the Industry and Engineering class, where they pick up all the skills necessary to be able to build and race a car.
Willamette has long been a leader on the Electrathon racing circuit, known for insisting that students – not teachers or advisors – do the hands-on work.
Fewer schools are supporting this type of program, but WHS is determined to spread the word about its career benefits, and the downright fun involved.
Staff vs Students (and Ducks)
They filled the gym, not knowing that some Ducks would be on hand.
Shasta’s annual Staff-Student basketball game raised money for 8th grade end of the year activities.
Beyond the action on the court, the surprise attraction was the group acting as coaches for the Shasta students; University of Oregon athletes from the football and track programs.
The star attraction was Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert, who just a couple of years ago was competing against Bethel students.
He was among the nine representatives of O Heroes, the volunteer organization for UO athletes.
They coached the kids, gathered donations, signed autographs and happily posed for a lot of pictures.
Big thanks to the big men and women on campus, theirs and Shasta’s.
Solutions Are Not A Problem
Try this: Given that the vertex of the parabola y = x2 – 20x + c lies on the line y = ½x + 1, find c.
That’s the kind of question the Willamette Math Team tackled while claiming second place at the Lane County Regional competition.
Team members Hailey Boyd, Noah Clayton, Carson Grossmiller, Ella Carlson, Jeremy Bond, Andrew Patrick, Paige Willis, and Dakota Mason competed in three events; Solve That Problem, Quiz, and Relay.
Freshman Jeremy Bond and sophomore Andrew Patrick won the Algebra 2 Level Quiz and have an opportunity to challenge themselves in the state competition at Portland State University.
The students were nominated for the team by their math teachers, and went to the competition not sure what to expect.
Finally, the answer to the problem posed above? 106. Of course.
By Invitation Only
It’s been a staple at Shasta Middle School for decades. The Shasta Invitational Concert Band Festival remains the largest invitational event in Oregon for middle school concert bands.
18 bands bused in to perform and then learn. The musicians received feedback from respected clinicians who worked one-on-one with each band to improve small details that result in big improvements.
Hearing suggestions from a respected professional is sometimes accepted more clearly than when similar coaching comes from a band teacher. That’s one reason why the Shasta Invitational is always on the calendar of so many strong band programs.