The End of 16-17 At Clear Lake

CL Spelling Bee Is C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E
The annual CL Spelling Bee was held June 13 in the gym. Classes and families were in attendance to watch the contestants say, spell, then say the words until a final winner emerged at each grade. This year’s winners; Lila Gouldner G2, Aaliyah Johnson G3, Lochlan Shutes G4, and Braydon Long G5. Each winner takes home their Bee trophy as a keepsake for their hard work and top notch spelling.


CL Welcomes Four New Licensed Staff Members
We have been very busy at the end of the year reviewing applications, interviewing, and finding new staff members who will join our CL family. We will have two Kindergarten classes next year, so we had to find a new K teacher. Jerry Sagala has 15 years of experience teaching Pre-K through grade 2 – mostly at K- in California. He and Mrs. Ciaverelli will be our K teachers. Mrs. Ewing and Ms. Wold will each teach a 1st grade class next year. Mrs. Oxenford will not be returning as a 2/3 teacher, we have Mr. Evan Gosa joining the staff. Evan has been teaching 6th grade in Wisconsin for 3 years (all subjects), taught in the Czech Republic for a year, and 4th grade. He is a current member & consultant of his district’s Autism Committee. Mrs. Ferry and Mr. Gingery will continue as the other 2/3 teachers. Mrs. Alsup will be moving to South Lane School district, and we have Sasha Mattingly joining us as our new Life Skills teacher. Sasha had been teaching Special Education in Albany and had previously been an Educational Assistant in a Life Skills room in Springfield before becoming a licensed teacher. Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Forester, and Miss Cotter will all return as out 4/5 teachers next year. Our counselor, Mrs. Best is moving to Pennsylvania, and we welcome Sallie Lees as our new Counselor. Mrs. Lees has a good deal of experience working with children and families through her years as a Social Worker in Washington, and Oregon. All of our staff are excited at having new, talented teachers in the building to help us keep CL a great place to educate your children and helping them grow into Bethel’s finest!

CL Alumni Visit In Grad Walk
Several former CL students recently participated in the district’s “Grad Walk” where seniors visited each school in Bethel to walk through and high-five students and staff as part of the celebration of their success in Bethel. Most of the seniors attended Bethel schools in their earlier years and had a chance to go back and see their old schools. This group gathered after their walk through Clear Lake and reminisced briefly about their time here. Congratulations to the CL Alumni and all of the Bethel seniors who have graduated this year.




Eclipse Express & August Registration
We will hold summer registration on Tuesday, Aug. 15 7am-4pm and Wednesday, Aug. 16 10am-7pm. All new and returning families are asked to come in and register for the 17-18 school year. Every student will receive a free pair of “Eclipse Glasses” courtesy of the PTO. These are special glasses that allow you to safely look directly at the sun. If you are adventuresome, come join us on August 21st for a bus trip north to the hills above Albany where the eclipse will be TOTAL at 10:17am for 2 minutes. You may join us on the bus for a $1 fee per person- which will also get you a pair of eclipse glasses as well as the ride to and from the eclipse. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult on the “Eclipse Express” bus ride. We will have information at registration about the event. The bus will leave CL at 7am on the 21st and return by 1pm.


LOTS OF Exterior Work Going On At CL
When you come to Clear Lake later this summer, be prepared for a BIG change in the look of the school. Contractors are busy power washing and peeling off old siding, new siding will go back up and Clear Lake will become a new color after all the work is done. The new color will be “Wood Shadow” which is a stone shade of gray. It will compliment the blue doors and numerous trees we have around the campus. Everyone is excited to see the new CL look as the school celebrates it’s 40th birthday!!

Summer Office Hours
The CL office will be closed for the summer after June 27 and reopen on Monday, August 7 from 8-4 each day. If you have an urgent need to contact the school, email me- Principal John Luhman- at and I will get back to you.

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