Prairie Mountain School

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Prairie Mountain staff wave goodbye to their students on the last day of school. They’ll be reunited on the first day of the new school year, September 5th.

On the last day of school, the staff lined up along the sidewalk at Prairie Mountain School.

With hugs and cheers, waves and tears, they bid a group-goodbye to the 700+ students that were nurtured for the last ten months.

See KVAL-TV’s coverage of this event.

With music blaring and kids dancing, similar scenes took place throughout Bethel School District.

School will resume Tuesday, September 5th.

And, here’s a list of sites for free summer meals throughout Bethel.

Middle school teams from Prairie Mountain huddle before answering questions in the school’s final battle for the right to go to the state OBOB regional tournament. Bethel will host the OBOB middle level regional for the 6th year in a row.

Final school-level battles are taking place as Bethel students square off in the Oregon Battle of the Books.

OBOB – the quick-recall competition featuring teams of four – quizzes students on questions pulled from 16 designated books.

Each school sends its top team to the state regional competition, and those school battles are wrapping up now.

Bethel will host the middle level regional tournament for the 6th consecutive year. 33 middle school teams from throughout Lane County will gather at Willamette High School on March 11th.

North Eugene High School hosts the elementary tournament. The top three elementary teams and top two middle school teams at regionals advance to the state finals in Salem in April.

Prairie Mountain band teacher Casey Crane conducts his students during the school’s individual performance at the Bethel Band Festival. The annual event brought together 350 Bethel musicians, culminating in a combined band performance.

350 Bethel middle and high school musicians gathered at Shasta Middle School for the annual Bethel Band Festival.

It’s always a chance for students to hear how their Bethel peers are progressing, make new friends, and listen to how they could be playing at the high school level.

In addition, students are taught by guest conductor Scott McKee, the Managing Director of the Western International Band Clinic.

The festival allows each school band to play individually before all 350 students play in a powerful combined band performance.

Bethel School District provides music instruction at every level, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach celebrates after being surprised with a Bethel Education Foundation grant.

Prairie Mountain teacher Jenifer Gerlach celebrates after being surprised with a Bethel Education Foundation grant.

Cheers and tears greeted Bethel Education Foundation representatives as they handed out more than $36,000 in grants to dozens of Bethel educators.

The BEF will be funding a variety of exciting and innovative projects to benefit Bethel students at all grade levels, everything from technology to trips and rockets to robots.

The educators didn’t know that the BEF was coming, but they heard the small group of 6th grade Shasta band students marching down the hall leading the grant parade into their classrooms.

The BEF has been raising funds to support teachers’ special projects for seven years.

If you would like to contribute in order to help the Foundation continue to provide this support, click here.

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