Clear Lake Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

State Testing Approaches


Here is some important information about this school year’s state tests.

Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write out their answers. The new assessments measure more complex skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that schools and parents can assess whether children are on-track to graduate high school ready for college or a career.

Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests cannot tell us everything about your child’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help Bethel School District get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Bethel students are performing, as we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources, and continue to improve our educational system.

Bethel has always had a high participation rate on state assessments as both parents and staff have found value in this “point-in-time” check on the progress of our students and our educational system. However, parents in Oregon have the option to opt their children out of the state assessments. Here is the ELA and Math form and further information (PDF) that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. Here is the Science, and English Language Proficiency Assessment form and further information (PDF). Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully then print, complete, and return the form to our school’s main office by January 6th, 2020.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Karyn Bayer

Snow Days and Late Starts

Snow Day informationReminder About Snow Days & Late Starts

There are multiple sources to determine whether Bethel School District is on a Late Start or is having a Snow Day.

First and foremost, check our school web page or on the District home page.

If you see no news, it means all Bethel schools are on their regular schedules.

In addition, you can be the first to get news on weather-related school closures or delays by following Superintentent Chris Parra on Twitter at @Bethel_Supt and the District Twitter account at @Bethel_Schools.

Families are also encouraged to use the free FlashAlert system which provides notifications via email or a push notification with a free FlashAlert phone app. FlashAlert is the same system the school district uses to notify local media when there is a weather or emergency-related closure of a school.

Download the FlashAlert app or click here:

PTO Meeting and Days Off Reminders

Don’t forget about our PTO meeting tonight! It’s happening tonight, Thursday, November 21st at 6:30. As always, childcare is available.

There is no school on Friday this week (November 22nd) and no school on Thursday and Friday next week (November 28th and 29th.)

Hope to see you there tonight!

Parent/Teacher Conference Time

Hello Clear Lake Families,

Conference time is upon us. Please check Tuesday Folders for your sign-up sheet to schedule your upcoming parent/teacher conference. Conference dates are Wednesday, December 4th: 3:30pm – 8:00pm and Thursday, December 5th from 12:30pm-8:00pm.

Please return the form to your classroom teacher with your time preferences for scheduling. Our office will also be open during these times if you need to pay outstanding supply fees.

Please be aware there are special schedules on Thursday and Friday. Thursday, December 5th is an early release day for students. School ends at 11:55. A sack lunch will be provided for students to take home. Friday, December 6th is a no school day.

We are also happy to host the Scholastic Book Fair during this week. We are looking for volunteers to help with the book fair. If you’re interested please call to talk to our Media Coordinator, Leslie Brown. 541-689-0512 extension 2120. We could use people on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3rd and 4th during the school day. .

We’re looking forward to meeting with you.

Karyn Bayer

Opportunity for Free Medical and Dental Services

Free Medical and Dental Services

The Life and Health Free Clinic will come to the Lane County Fairgrounds November 23-24. This free services include full service optometry; illness diagnosis and minor treatments; dental fillings, cleanings and extractions; massages and kids activities.

The free clinic starts at 9:00 on both days and is first come, first served. Click here for more information (PDF).


Servicios médicos y dentales gratuitos

La Clínica Gratuita de Vida y Salud llegará al recinto ferial del condado de Lane del 23 al 24 de noviembre. Estos servicios gratuitos incluyen servicio completo de optometría; diagnóstico de enfermedades y tratamientos menores; empastes dentales, limpiezas y extracciones; masajes y actividades infantiles.

La clínica gratuita comienza a las 9:00 los dos días y se recibe por orden de llegada. Haga clic aquí para más información (PDF).

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