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Band Festival Spans The Grades

UO Director of bands Dr. Rodney Dorsey works with the Willamette High School band during the annual Bethel Band Festival.

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.

See You In September

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.

The Duck Walk Returns

The tradition continues at Prairie Mountain School. A mother duck and her newly hatched ducklings are escorted from the school’s interior courtyard, through the hallways, and to a nearby wetland.

Kindergartners get a front row seat to this annual school event.

OBOB’s Back

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.

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