Hi Clear Lake Families,
We are thinking about all of you!
We know that many of you are anxious as Bethel prepares to slowly roll out our Distance Learning opportunities for your children. This is new for all of us! We will learn from each other as we go, working side by side to provide learning for all of our children. Your feedback is very important as we do this work, so please continue communicating with us.
What is Distance Learning? Distance learning means that your children and Bethel teachers are not together in the school or classroom. How we do Distance Learning can look many different ways including paper packets sent home, phone calls with your teacher, a ZOOM meeting with teachers, a Dojo communication with your teacher, or an electronic classroom that we call Google Classroom.
Beginning next Friday, April 17th, I will share via my blog a 5-day plan for the following week. This coming week you and your child can continue with the materials sent home or posted on Bethel’s Supplemental Resources page.
Core Values for our Distance Learning for All:
— The safety and wellness of all students.
— The cultivation of connections and relationships throughout our community.
— Students and equity are at the center of all decisions.
You and your child should participate in Distance Learning in a way that meets your family’s needs. Here are some ideas Continue reading
Today we learned our students will not return to school campuses this school year, while plans around graduation requirements for seniors have also been announced.
An executive order from Gov. Kate Brown extended the closure of school buildings through June 12th in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy. While campuses are closed, education continues. Bethel schools will continue on the same pathway of Distance Learning for All that our staff has been preparing to deliver to all students.
This year has also significantly changed for our seniors. Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, has announced a plan around graduation requirements. Click here for the full ODE plan. We are still digging into the new guidance, and will be reaching out to each of our high school seniors and their families soon with more information. Look for communication soon from Willamette and Kalapuya principals.
The school closure also means that proms, field trips, graduations, award ceremonies, and simple classroom activities will be missed or experienced differently. We plan to include our high school student leaders in collaborative planning efforts to address these experiences, and will share details as plans are developed.
During these unprecedented times, I want to say thank you for the kindness and patience you show to one another. We will need continued patience, resilience, kindness and strength as we move through these next few months.
Please remember that we care deeply about the well-being of each and every Bethel student. There is no road map for the trip we are on, but we will take this ride together.
Hoy aprendimos que nuestros estudiantes no regresarán a los campus escolares este año escolar, mientras que también se han anunciado planes en torno a los requisitos de graduación para personas mayores. Continue reading
Hello Clear Lake Families!
Bethel teachers and administrators have worked hard (without being able to meet in person) to create meaningful supplemental learning materials for all Bethel students.
The supplemental material is now being mailed to the homes of all elementary and middle grade students, providing 5 days of instruction. This week, teachers will pivot to planning distance learning as directed by the Oregon Department of Education. More details on Distance Learning will be coming later this week.
Meanwhile, teachers will also be calling families again, confirming who is in need of the limited number of district-provided Chromebooks as well as your current access to internet and WiFi.
We hope to you all well and are able to access Bethel’s Supplemental Resources page.
Hola las familias de Clear Lake,
Los maestros y administradores de Bethel han trabajado duro (sin poder reunirse en persona) para crear materiales de aprendizaje complementarios significativos para todos los estudiantes de Bethel.
Tel material suplementario ahora se enviará por correo a los hogares de todos los estudiantes de primaria y secundaria he, proporcionará 5 días de instrucción. Esta semana, los maestros se centrarán en la planificación del aprendizaje a distancia como fue indicado por el Departamento de Educación de Oregon. Más detalles sobre el Aprendizaje a Distancia llegara más adelante durante esta semana.
Mientras tanto, los maestros también volverán a llamar a las familias para confinar quien necesita la cantidad limitada de computadoras (Chromebooks) proporcionados por el distrito.
Esperamos que todos estén bien y puedan acceder a la página de Recursos de Suplementaria de Bethel.
Hi Clear Lake Families,
There is a very real potential that our students, like those in many other states, may not return to school this academic year. According to Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, we are in the midst of a “historic transformation of our education system.”
ODE is asking all districts to shift to Distance Learning, potentially through the rest of the school year, rather than providing weekly supplemental education for students.
This is a huge shift for most school districts, including Bethel. In the next two weeks, we will:
– Connect with each family to determine their access to the internet, digital devices and the most practical way for families and students to receive learning materials
– Assess our district’s technological capacity to provide Distance Learning online
– Develop lessons that can be shared online and on paper that meet the needs of all students at all levels
– Accelerate the training for our teachers to provide students lessons in different formats
– Communicate regularly with parents/guardians, who will play an important role in the effectiveness of Distance Learning
Specific information about high school students Continue reading