Kalapuya High School
Grades: 10 through 12
Phone number: 541-607-9853
Fax number: 607-9857
Address: 1200 N. Terry,
Eugene, OR 97402
Driving instructions: Beltline to Barger Drive. West on Barger one mile. Left on Terry.
Kalapuya and the Bethel School District GreenEnergy project is one of six finalists in the running for two grants of up to $50,000 each. EWEB Greenpower customers vote to determine which nonprofit organization’s renewable energy projects will receive a grant. Sign up for Greenpower by March 27 to be eligible to vote!
The Bethel Green Energy Demonstration Site (BGEDS) will consist of an operational solar and wind energy production, demonstration, and hands-on education site in the Bethel School District. The University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory (UO SRML) and Kalapuya High School will design, build, and install a dual solar and wind power generation station. The BGEDS will consist of two solar photovoltaic electric arrays mounted on manually adjustable frames and a wind turbine mounted on a retractable ten-meter tower.
Students will work with industry professionals to assemble the systems and monitoring equipment. The retractable wind tower will enable students to study the wind turbine close up and evaluate the wind vanes that transfer the energy from the wind to the turbine. The solar electric arrays will be adjustable so that the tilt and orientation can be changed and experiments and comparisons can be made between arrays at different configurations.
The UO SRML will work with Bethel staff to develop curriculum relevant to solar technologies and principles of scientific investigations. The educational impact and benefits of the BGEDS will be extended to students throughout the school district. The creation of a Solar/Wind demonstration site next to the greenhouse and wetland will facilitate environmental science ‘outdoor school’ days for elementary students. Led by Kalapuya students, elementary students will rotate through sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture, and wetland ecology stations to complete their field day inquiry.
As an added benefit, the green power generated by the facility will be fed back to the utility grid to offset the power used to operate the district greenhouse, bringing the net carbon footprint of the greenhouse closer to zero and adding to the EWEB green power portfolio. Carbon offsets from solar and wind energy produced will be calculated and shared publicly on an annual basis.
Feb 25th was “Career and Technical Education Day” at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. Hannah Rodriguez and Zach Crosson represented Kalapuya High School, the Bethel School District, and Lane County as they shared their experience and perspectives with state legislators. The Senate Workforce Committee on the CTE revitalization grants considered their feedback as they met that day to discuss how to implement revitalization grants in Oregon.
Both Hannah and Zach are nearing completion of the Youth Trades Academy – a partnership between Lane County high schools, the Lane Education Service District, and three local unions: the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 280; the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290; and the Sheet Metal Institute under Local Union #16. Kalapuya students work with veteran union instructors two afternoons per week after school. The students learn basic history about the occupational field of their choice and also learn basic skills and safety. Every week the students are introduced to an aspect of the field and are given introductory hands-on exercises to practice what they are learning. For example, in the electric union Academy, students learn the basics of wiring household 120 volt circuits, how to diagram multiple circuitry problems on paper, and finally assemble the circuits in a model household wall; the instructor inspects the finished circuit and plugs it in to test that it is functioning correctly.
Kalapuya Community – Got any outstanding staff members or volunteers that deserve recognition? Now in its 7th year, the ACE Awards honor local teachers, administrators, support staff members and volunteers. Sponsored by the local business community, a $1,000 cash award will be presented to the Bethel winners in each of the four categories to be used for the school projects of their choice.
There are at least four nomination criteria for each of the ACE Award categories, and past winners have all come from high-quality nomination submissions.
Submissions are being accepted through March 8th. The nominees will be celebrated and the “Champions” will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, at the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater.
In an effort to give back to the community, eleven members of EWEB’s Human Resources department visited Kalapuya on a Monday morning to share valuable insights and opportunities with students. During an entire-school assembly, EWEB members shared general workplace readiness skillsets students should consider bringing into any job, and identified specific EWEB career pathways possible for students.
After meeting with the entire student body, the EWEB team worked specifically with graduating seniors to conduct mock interviews, providing coaching and feedback to students who had earlier in the week prepared for their visit.
The building was abuzz after students learned of apprenticeship programs and journeyman wages, and several students began angling immediately for an opportunity to get experience at and work toward a career with EWEB. After experiencing success last year with a pilot internship program, we are excited to continue to introduce more students to multiple career paths through internship experiences in the various departments at EWEB.
The Kalapuya culture of excellence would not be sustainable without committed community partners willing to envision brighter futures for our students. EWEB’s significant investment of time and energy spent with our student body was greatly appreciated and had an immediate impact on students.
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