Clear Lake Elementary

Bethel School District Eugene OR

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All Bethel Schools On Regular Schedule Friday

All Bethel schools are open and operating on their normal schedules today, Friday, February 23rd.

Some neighborhood streets and sidewalks may be slick, and caution is urged on the morning commute. As always, parents are encouraged to use their best judgement about their child’s school attendance.

Todas las escuelas de Bethel están abiertas y funcionando en sus horarios normales hoy, viernes, 23 de febrero.

Algunas calles y aceras de los vecindarios pueden estar resbaladizas, y se recomienda precaución en el viaje diario a la mañana. Como siempre, se alienta a los padres a utilizar su mejor juicio sobre la asistencia escolar de sus hijos.

Evening Events Canceled Thursday

With freezing temperatures forecast for Thursday night – and in an abundance of caution – all evening events past 5:30 will be canceled tonight.

As always, check the district and Clear Lake 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.

The Latest, From Clear Lake…

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. While public schools are not required to hold parties or celebrations around holidays, 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 and meaningful activities at school in ways 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.

News From Clear Lake

Here is the latest…

Thanks For Helping Greenhill
Our coin drive earned a total of $435.00, that will be donated to Greenhill Humane Society. Student helpers collected containers from rooms, sorted and counted the many coins and paper currency. A representative from Greenhill was on hand at the assembly to receive the donation that will help support their work to care for many animals from the Lane County area. Way to go, Clear Lake, for such a great effort and successful coin drive.

NEW: Clear Lake Vision Statement
After input from Parents, Staff, and Students- we have created a new statement to capture what we all want Clear Lake to be as a school, as a school-community. It will help use all keep our priorities in our daily work and continual effort to improve. 

Clear Lake is committed to creating a safe, welcoming learning environment where students, staff, and families of all cultures feel valued and respected.

As a staff, we will emphasize learning where students are challenged, excited, and engaged in relevant experiences.

As a school-community, we will invite and encourage families to be involved in meeting their children’s needs as well as celebrating their successes.

Many thanks to those who contributed their ideas, gathered ideas from others, and worked to write and re-word the statement. 

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 and Math. 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 in English Language Arts and Math 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.

Here is a fact sheet if you have general questions or want more information about the Oregon State Assessments.

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 form and further information that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. 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 February 1st, 2018. In addition, here is the form for opting out of the state Science test, the English Language Proficiency Assessment, and the Extended Assessments for eligible students with disabilities.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

John Luhman
Principal
john.luhman@bethel.k12.or.us

 

Pruebas del estado
Aquí se presenta información importante sobre las pruebas escolares estatales de este año.

Cada primavera, los estudiantes de Oregón en los grados 3 a 8 y 11 participan en evaluaciones estatales en Artes de la lengua inglesa y Matemática. En lugar de preguntas de opción múltiple, la prueba de hoy les pide a los estudiantes que expliquen su razonamiento y, a menudo, que escriban sus respuestas. Las nuevas evaluaciones miden habilidades más complejas como el pensamiento crítico, la escritura y la resolución de problemas, de manera que las escuelas y los padres puedan evaluar si sus niños están en buen camino para graduarse de la secundaria, están listos para la universidad o una carrera profesional.

Los estudiantes tomarán las pruebas estatales nuevamente la próxima primavera. A pesar de que las pruebas de Artes de la lengua inglesa y Matemáticas no nos dicen todo sobre el progreso académico de su hijo, los resultados funcionan como una instantánea de las fortalezas y áreas de mejora de su hijo en esas materias. Las pruebas ayudan al Distrito Escolar de Bethel a tener una imagen más completa y precisa de cuán bien se desempeñan los estudiantes de Bethel, ya que evaluamos el plan de estudios, revisamos las estrategias institucionales, distribuimos recursos y seguimos mejorando nuestro sistema educativo.

Aquí hay una hoja de datos si tiene preguntas generales o si desea obtener más información sobre las Evaluaciones del Estado de Oregón.

Bethel siempre ha tenido una alta tasa de participación en las evaluaciones estatales, ya que tanto los padres como el personal han encontrado valor en esta verificación del “punto en el tiempo” del progreso de nuestros estudiantes y nuestro sistema educativo. Sin embargo, los padres en Oregón tiene la opción de elegir que sus hijos no participen en las evaluaciones del estado. Aquí hay un formulario y más información que le explica cómo puede elegir que su(s) hijo(s) no tome las evaluaciones estatales esta primavera. Si desea elegir que su hijo no participe, lea cuidadosamente la información y luego imprima, complete y envíe el formulario a la oficina principal de nuestra escuela antes del 1.º de febrero de 2018. Además, aquí está el formulario para optar por no participar en el examen estatal de Ciencias, la Evaluación del Dominio del Idioma Inglés y las Evaluaciones Extendidas para estudiantes elegibles con discapacidades.

Si tiene preguntas, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo.

John Luhman
Director 
john.luhman@bethel.k12.or.us

Thanks for reading- everyone have a relaxing and enjoyable Winter Break.

John Luhman

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