Prairie Mountain School
350 students, five Bethel schools, and a continuing tradition in the district.
The Bethel Band Festival is an annual event bringing together all of Bethel’s middle and high school musicians under the direction of a guest conductor.
Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Director of Bands at the University of Oregon, was the guest clinician. He worked with each school band individually before bringing all the schools together for a massive performance.
The Willamette High School students showed off their skills, while the younger musicians heard for themselves what they could sound like with more experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.