Willamette High School
After touring Willamette High School’s amazing Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, Governor Kate Brown signed legislation to further fund CTE programming and other efforts to increase high school graduation rates.
The Governor was led on the tour by students Linda Pham, Jakob Muller and Catherine Welch.
They stopped in on the Industry & Engineering, Graphic Design, Digital Manufacturing and Robotics, and Multimedia Arts classes.
Surrounded by dignitaries, the governor then signed senate Bill 5516 and House Bill 2246, which fund investments in CTE programs designed to reduce chronic absenteeism, provide college credit, and improve graduation rates.
Bethel teachers are back on the job preparing for the first day of school next week.
Training on new curriculum, setting goals, preparing classrooms, and lots of planning are on their schedules.
Beyond the in-school team meetings are district-wide trainings and planning for Proficiency Teaching and Learning, Title I, English Language Development, and Special Education.
Bethel’s new teachers got a jump-start, spending all last week in extra training.
Schools will also host Meet the Teacher events, giving parents and students a chance to be re-introduced to school before the first day, Tuesday, September 5th.
Bethel’s current Farm to School program will be expanded thanks to a $100,000 grant from the USDA.
As the only grant recipient in Oregon, Bethel will be able to bring science-based school garden education and nutrition education to each of its elementary schools.
The grant will also fund student field trips to the Bethel Farm and cooking classes for Kalapuya High School students.
Willamette’s Graphic Arts students will design and develop signage for cafeterias and school menus, and create promotional materials for the Farm to School program and the district’s Try It Thursday program.
Bethel’s Nutrition Services Department also recently received a $5,000 award for its use and promotion of mushrooms in school meals.
The second annual Bethel Grad Walk was another tremendous success. Willamette and Kalapuya seniors – dressed in their graduation gowns and mortar boards – visited all Bethel elementary and middle schools. It was a chance to thank the teachers who helped them over the years, and to motivate young students to aim for graduation and beyond.