Kalapuya High School

Enrollment: 142
10 through 12
Phone number: 541-607-9853
Fax number: 607-9857
Address: 1200 N. Terry,
Eugene, OR 97402
(map link)

Driving instructions: Beltline to Barger Drive. West on Barger one mile. Left on Terry.

Kalapuya Mother’s Day Hanging Plant, Organic Veggie & Compost Sale, May 7th

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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 bonnie.nussbaum@bethel.k12.or.us by Tuesday, May 3rd and we will set one aside for you.veggies.1


Kalapuya students attend annual American Indian Youth Conference

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.

Kalapuya Students Earn Trip to New Orleans

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

Kalapuya wins Competitive Conservation Corps Grants

Kalapuya Conservation Corps Grants:  Thanks to the ongoing leadership of Calan Taylor (ecology teacher) and Trisha Alder (Crew Leader), the Kalapuya Conservation Corps (KCC) has continued to impress local, state, and federal land management agencies.

  • This year the KCC was awarded $7,000 (for the second year in a row) to work on ecological restoration projects with the US Army Corps of Engineers and has adopted a legacy site near Fern Ridge Reservoir.
  • We received $34,720 from the Northwest Oregon Resource Advisory Committee to continue our summer conservation corps work on Bureau of Land Management land. This will be our fourth summer partnering with the BLM to give youth real work experience as they steward our public lands.
  • Thanks to senior student David West for helping to write two grants, the Kalapuya Conservation Corps secured Oregon Youth Conservation Corps grants in the amounts of $17,000 for the academic year KCC program, and an additional $12,000 grant that will fund summer crew work on the Bethel Farm.

Bethel Demonstration Farm Update


Javier Rios-Mercado works on final details of the farm layout

Thanks to generous funding by the Oregon Community Foundation, the project is about to take off, and our farmer has been hired!  Kasey White, a local farmer specializing in rare and heirloom beans and grains, has taken the helm of the farm and has been busy working to put together a food safety and spring propagation plan.  Planning for the plowing, tilling, irrigation, well, greenhouse, and barn construction is keeping her quite busy….  This work has been made possible by incredibly generous local donors, wonderful community partners, and multiple grants, including:

  • Oregon Community Foundation: We have received generous support and guidance from OCF to bring this grant to fruition. Without their support, this project would never have taken root.
  • Seeds of Change Grant: The Bethel Farm project is applying for a Seeds of Change Grant.  The project that receives the most votes wins $20,000!  It literally takes two clicks to vote.  Vote early and vote often!  https://www.seedsofchangegrant.com/GalleryDetail.aspx?id=2178
  • Oregon Department of Education Farm to School Grant: Thanks to partnering with the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition and the School Garden Project on this grant (the local experts in bringing local food to schools and educating students about gardens), the Bethel Demonstration Farm will be hiring an Agriculture and Nutrition Educator this summer!
  • The Oregon Country Fair Grant: We have been spreading word of this grant far and wide, and the ‘other OCF’ heard of the project and invited us to apply.  We received $1,000 from the board to support the farm.

Look for big changes to the field in the coming months!

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