KHS-GraduationThe Kalapuya High School class of 2016 has been celebrated in a commencement ceremony that featured personal recognition of all 32 graduates.

The bar keeps getting set higher by each successive year of Kalapuya seniors. This year’s graduating class established school records for the number of combined college credits earned and the amount of college scholarship money awarded.

Senior speeches were delivered by Cambria Jarrett, Jose Mora, Hanna Rodriguez and Mariah Sanchez. Many of the grads showed an impressive amount of determination after arriving at KHS with few high school credits.

Some persisted through a long climb toward graduation that included attending school as well as night school, while working at jobs and caring for family members.

Congratulations to the KHS class of 2016!

Bethel School District has proactively chosen to test the water in our schools, including Kalapuya, responding to concerns raised throughout the country about the possibility of lead in school drinking water.

The samples from all drinking water sources in all Bethel schools will be tested as soon as school is out for summer. This will allow an independent professional environmental service to access the water sources without interruption in order to ensure the most accurate testing.

The samples may take at least 10 business days to process but the results will be immediately shared with families and staff. While there are no federal or state requirements that schools test their water, the safety of the students in our care is our highest priority.

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Premium Hanging Baskets

Kalapuya students will be selling organic veggie starts (starting at $2), hanging baskets ($15-$25), and bags of compost ($5) this Saturday, May 7th, from 9-2 at the (student-built) Kalapuya greenhouse.  Students are excited to raise money for education programs and field trips at Kalapuya as they show off their school garden, apiary (beekeeping) program, and the plans for the district farm that recently broke ground.


Organic Veggie Starts

The best hanging baskets sell out early.  To pre-order your premium hanging basket ($25) and support the Kalapuya students, please e-mail by Tuesday, May 3rd and we will set one aside for you.veggies.1


Lenet Galloway recently chaperoned four Kalapuya High School students (Bradley Bowhan, Michael Bowhan, Lacey Barrong, and William Ross), who identify as Native American, to the annual American Indian Youth Conference held in Salem, OR.  Lenet wrote of the conference:

Approximately five hundred N.A. students from all parts of Oregon attended the one-day conference. Our keynote speaker was Howard Rainer, a Taos Pueblo/Creek elder, who advocates for and empowers N.A. students throughout the country.  Mr. Rainer’s vision for “Indian America” is for future generations of Native Americans to thrive, free from self-destruction, abuse, and alcoholism.  His belief is that Native America needs a spiritual rebirth created through support systems within and outside of the reservation. He also believes higher education will help native youth towards self-confidence and self-determination. His mantra this year is, “I will bring honor to my heritage”.

Jillene Joseph ran the other workshop on behalf of her company, Native Wellness Institute.  The NWI teaches emotional coping skills for Native Americans.  We went through social and psychological exercises designed to inspire self-empowerment.

A third workshop was held by the U.S. Forest Service. Tribal business partners of The Confederated Tribes at Grand Ronde and Chemeketa College representatives were on hand to present career and education options as well.

Alyssa Smalling and Heather Harvey stand in front of their award winning wind turbine design.

Alyssa Smalling and Heather Harvey stand in front of their award winning wind turbine design.

Bruce Weinberg’s STEM class has been gearing up for a wind turbine competition this trimester, and Alyssa Smalling and Heather Harvey blew by all other competitors.  As a result, they will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete nationally in New Orleans next month after winning the Bethel School District KidWind Challenge, presented by EWEB.

Smalling and Harvey teamed up to design and develop the most efficient wind turbine and outpointed all other competitors. They also scored well in the interview portion of the competition which culminated in the overall winner earning an all-expenses paid trip to the national challenge in New Orleans.  Kalapuya’s Sarah Lander, Tyas Scott and Peter Rann took third place

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