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All In The Name Of Science

It may be the world’s most effective way to learn about the Archimedes Principle: “The buoyant force on a body placed in a fluid is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.”

Shasta Middle School 8th graders discovered that the best part of science is experimenting to gain a better understanding, even if that takes you to the deep end of Echo Hollow Pool for the annual Shasta Cardboard Boat races.

Musicians Return From Trophy Run

The Willamette Jazz Band 2 brought home a first place trophy from the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival.

The 42nd annual Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival became a Bethel highlight show.

With 39 schools represented, Willamette’s Jazz Bands brought home first and second place trophies.

The Shasta Jazz Band took second in the middle school division, and the Shasta Sessions choir wound up third.

And Willamette’s Topnotchers choir was also a second place finisher.

With tradition and reputation, Pleasant Hill is a high quality festival, attracting schools from Washington and California.

All Together Now

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.

Initial Results From Water Testing

waterResults 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.

Click here for more information from the EPA about lead in drinking water.

Results from water tests at other Bethel schools and facilities will be shared as soon as the information becomes available.

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