Meadow View School
Eric Wright has the magic touch.
The Meadow View 8th grade teacher has been awarded yet another grant, this one from Toshiba America for $4,200. It will provide a class set of LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robotics kits for his STEM class.
Students will be able to use the toys to experience hands-on lessons in computer science and engineering, and robotics. Each kit includes a powerful programmable computer to control various motors, high tech sensors and a large number of pieces. Students will build a variety of working robots that can be programmed to complete numerous tasks.
Wright got started with two of the LEGO kits through a grant from the Bethel Education Foundation, but the Toshiba grant will allow him to expand the robotics to his entire class.
In the last few years he’s been awarded other grants to purchase a drone, a 3D printer, an iPad Pro, calculators, and a field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
A team of 6th graders from Meadow View has earned a spot in the state OBOB tournament.
Five Meadow View girls competed against teams from 30 other middle schools from throughout Lane County at the Oregon Battle of the Books regional tournament held at Willamette High School.
Meadow View rolled out of the first four round robin matches as the #1 seed by racking up more points than all the other teams, many of which featured 7th and 8th graders.
Coached by Marilyn Bounds and Nicole Radke, the team advanced through the knockout bracket and reached the championship match against Fern Ridge. Meadow View finished second in the finals, but both schools earn a trip to the state OBOB tourney in Salem next month.
The team of Sarah Vance, Katana Radke, Leah Measho, Emma Martins, and Abby Smith now has a few more weeks to study and prepare for questions about the 16 OBOB books.
Results for two Bethel schools have been received after the testing for lead in drinking water throughout Bethel School District. The testing was in response to concerns raised around the country about the possibility of lead in school drinking water.
Meadow View had no elevated levels of lead from any of the 119 water sources tested.
Of the 58 sources tested at Shasta Middle School, elevated lead levels have been indicated in three locations: a sink in Studio West, a sink room 37, and a “bubbler” (water fountain) in the cafeteria.
These three water sources will be retested to confirm that the lead source is in the fixture rather than the interior plumbing. In accordance with EPA guidelines, follow-up tests (again conducted by an independent professional environmental service, PBS Engineering + Environmental) will consist of water samples taken immediately after a five minute flush of the pipes which feed the sites in question.
The most likely source of lead in drinking water is from the fittings in old fixtures, which will be replaced immediately. To address the cause and ensure safe drinking water for students and staff, the District will:
- Prevent immediate access to the water sources in question
- Eliminate the source of the lead by replacing the fixtures
- Notify families, students and staff of further results and any updates
The health and safety of our students and staff remain our #1 priority. Although there are currently no federal or state requirements that schools test their water, and although the state has not offered to provide financial assistance to school districts conducting the water tests, Bethel School District has proactively conducted these tests to determine the safety of its drinking water.
Results from water tests at other Bethel schools and facilities will be shared as soon as the information becomes available.
To encourage positive behavior and attitude among their students, Meadow View’s dedicated staff created a Happy video. The kids love it, the staff gets a kick out of it, and now they have bashfully agreed to let everyone see it.