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Evening Events Canceled Thursday

With freezing temperatures forecast for Thursday night – and in an abundance of caution – all evening events in Bethel School District past 5:30 will be canceled tonight. That includes Kidsports practices.

As always, check the district and Cascade websites, the district Facebook page, or local media for morning weather-related developments.

If you hear nothing, then it means school will take place on a normal schedule.

Con temperaturas heladas pronosticadas para la noche del jueves – y con mucha precaución – todos los eventos nocturnos que pasen a las 5:30 se cancelarán esta noche.

Como siempre, mire los sitios web del distrito y la escuela, la página de Facebook del distrito y los medios locales para los desarrollos relacionados con el clima matutino.

Si no escucha nada, significa que la escuela se llevará a cabo según un horario normal.

Bethel Schools On 2-Hour Delay Thursday

All Bethel schools are on a 2-hour delay Thursday, February 22nd.

Buses will pick up students 2 hours later than the normal time.

A cold breakfast will be available and lunch will be served at all schools today.

Dismissal for all schools will be at their regular times.

Caution is urged on the morning commute. Parents are encouraged to use their best judgement about their child’s school attendance.

Todas las escuelas de Bethel tienen un retraso de 2 horas el jueves, 22 de febrero.

Los autobuses recogerán a los estudiantes por la maňana dos horas más tarde de lo normal.

Un desayuno frío estará disponible, también se servirá un almuerzo caliente durante el día.

Los despidos escolares estarán en sus horarios regulares.

Cascade News and Notes

8th Grade Families

Parents and guardians of 8th grade students, please check with your student about a letter that should have made its way home last week with important dates and activities that 8th graders enjoy as they wind down the middle school experience! Don’t panic just yet – we get to keep them for a while longer! However, it’s important to steer all school conversations toward high school at this time. 8th grade students will visit Willamette High School on Friday afternoon. They will tour facilities and find out about course offering and course forecasting. Students will have the opportunity to select desired courses the week of March 5 – 9 at Cascade during class. You will have an opportunity to take part in this process on February 27th, at either 5:30 or 7:00pm, at WHS. Please plan to attend with your student. If you have questions or concerns about Willamette, please reach out to me at natalie.oliver@bethel.k12.or.us and I can steer you to the right person to connect with. 

School-Wide Remind App

If you are not receiving text message updates via the Remind App, and would like to, please text @edh67e to the number 81010 to join. Students are welcome to join, as well. Winter weather updates will be sent out via Remind, as well as posted on our website, should news arise.

Cascade Expectation Reminders 

Please remind your student about the following Cascade policies that we’d like to refresh at this point in the year:

  • Cell phones are allowed on campus, but are to be off and away. Students with phones out will have the phone turned into the office. The first time, students may pick the phone up after school. Parents will be contacted thereafter. If your student calls or texts during school hours, please encourage them to utilize the school phones, and specifically if they are feeling ill, they must report to the health room for communication purposes. Thank you for your support as we do our best to support a professional and academic environment. 
  • School supervision begins at 8:00. Please do not have your student report to school prior to this time. Once students arrive on campus, they are not permitted to leave the grounds. Some students are leaving campus and heading to the local market for snacks. If this is a permitted activity for your student, please have them visit the store before reporting to Cascade. Thank you!
  • Social media that becomes a school-site issue will be handled with school discipline practices. Off-site social media issues should be dealt with by family, and if necessary, local authorities. Please check in with your student’s social media presence often and share with your student the boundaries you have set for its use. 
  • Students assigned to Homework Club must report to the library after school unless excused by phoning the front office. Thank you.

Debate Club Success!

Our Cascade Debate Team’s inaugural competition was a success! Our students earned several medals, and we are proud of their accomplishments! The team is recruiting new members, and is open to grades 6-8, and to all levels of experience.  

Medal winners:

Spontaneous Argumentation (SPAR)

  • Jackson C. – 2nd place open division
  • Mia T. – 1st place junior division
  • Chloe C. – 2nd place junior division  
  • Briawna W. – 4th place junior division

Tall Tales

  • Eli F. – 2nd place overall

School Safety Update

In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Florida, here is an update on safety preparations at Cascade. Back in 2014 Bethel was the first district in the area – and perhaps the first in Oregon – to have all staff trained in the ALICE procedures (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.) The updated protocols in ALICE are recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and more. This strategy empowers staff and students with more options during a life-threatening emergency, the kind we all hope never happens.

Prior to adopting the ALICE protocol our lockdown procedures involved our staff locking classroom and office doors, moving all students to a part of the room where they could not be seen (as much as possible), where they quietly remained until an announcement was given that indicated the event had passed. The philosophy of ALICE is to use communication so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, including removing as many people as possible from the danger zone if necessary. And it encourages active responses like barricading doors to enhance safety in a major emergency.

Our district initially implemented ALICE training for all staff including practice lockdown drills (with staff only) to tighten our procedures before introducing it to students. The last two years we included students in the training, introducing them to the protocol with different discussions and videos appropriate for students at the elementary and secondary levels. Here’s a link to our Safety Training videos for the middle and high school levels. And here are our Safety Training videos for the elementary level.

Each time we train we learn what further improvements need to be made. We have also learned that increased communication during a lockdown is a positive change. Many teachers and parents report that this simple change in procedure greatly reduced the level of anxiety for both students and parents.

Cascade completed another training in the ALICE protocol in January with students and staff.  Following each drill our staff solicits questions from students to further understand what changes we must make to continue improving safety for all students. We also intend to continue sharing our plans with you as we work together to ensure a safe school environment.

Finally, we encourage students that if they see something, say something. Most of the school shooters have told someone or hinted at their intentions before the shooting started. We believe the time taken for these trainings is well worth it. The safety of your children remains our top priority.

As always, contact me if you have any questions.

Board Meeting to Hear Public Comment

The Bethel School District Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the Shasta Middle School Cafeteria.

The only agenda item is to hear public comment. Under Board policy, the public comment period is limited to three minutes per person. All those at the meeting who sign a card requesting to speak will be heard. The School Board will make no decisions at Thursday’s meeting, but will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts.

As background, some Bethel residents are concerned the district is removing holiday celebrations from schools. Public schools are not required to hold parties or celebrations around holidays, but the district believes that providing students opportunities to celebrate and have fun with their classmates and teachers is vital. And, as a public school system, we must ensure that our celebrations, activities and events during the school day allow all students to participate. We cannot intentionally plan events that we know will exclude children.

Some people are unaware that historically many of the celebrations or parties that have been held at school result in some children not coming to school or not being able to take part for a variety of reasons. Our schools are trying to think creatively about how we celebrate with children, and have fun activities at school in meaningful ways in which everyone gets to be involved.

For clarification, while we are not asking families to provide Valentine’s cards, students who wish to bring cards are allowed to do so and time will be provided for children to distribute them. As always, we encourage those with concerns to reach out to their school principal.

 

Reunión de la Junta para escuchar comentarios públicos

La Junta del Distrito Escolar de Bethel ha programado una reunión especial para el jueves, 15 de febrero a las 7:00 p.m. en la Cafetería de la Escuela Intermedia Shasta.

El único ítem de la agenda es escuchar comentarios públicos. Según la política de la Junta, el período de comentarios públicos se limita a tres minutos por persona. Todos aquellos en la reunión que firmen una tarjeta solicitando hablar serán escuchados. La Junta Escolar no tomará decisiones en la reunión del jueves, pero les dará a los residentes la oportunidad de compartir sus ideas.

Como antecedentes, algunos residentes de Bethel están preocupados de que el distrito elimine las celebraciones de dias festivos de las escuelas. Las escuelas públicas no están obligadas a celebrar fiestas o celebraciones relacionadas con los días festivos, pero el distrito cree que es vital proporcionar oportunidades a los estudiantes para celebrar y divertirse con sus compañeros y maestros. Y, como sistema escolar público, debemos asegurarnos de que nuestras celebraciones, actividades y eventos durante el día escolar permitan que todos los estudiantes participen. No podemos planear eventos intencionalmente que sabemos excluirán a los niños.

Algunas personas desconocen que históricamente muchas de las celebraciones o fiestas que se han celebrado en la escuela hacen que algunos niños no vayan a la escuela o no puedan participar por diversas razones. Nuestras escuelas están tratando de pensar creativamente sobre cómo celebramos con los niños, y tener actividades divertidas en la escuela de maneras significativas en las que todos puedan participar.

Para mayor claridad, aunque no estamos pidiendo a las familias que entreguen tarjetas de San Valentín, los estudiantes que deseen llevar tarjetas pueden hacerlo y se les dará tiempo para que los niños las distribuyan. Como siempre, alentamos a aquellos con inquietudes a comunicarse con el/la director/a de su escuela.

6th Grade Fun Today!

Today, our 6th Grade participated in No One Eats Alone Day. Trillium sponsored this event, and our 8th grade C-Crew members joined in to help. Our students learned about combating social isolation, and were so fun to eat lunch with! Check out KEZI and KVAL tonight – and the Register-Guard Saturday – to see our students in action with conversation cards.

 

 

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