Peace Health Medical Center at RiverBend hosted a group of Kalapuya seniors interested in pursuing careers in the medical field. Students were first addressed by Mary Kingston, the PeaceHealth CEO, and a panel of experts including a pediatric surgeon, who shared her own educational pathway from a local community college through medical school, the manager for medical social work for the hospital, the director of nutrition services, a physical therapist, and the educator for sterile processing. Students then went on a behind-the-scenes tour where they visited other experts in the hospital and were introduced to state-of-the-art imaging machines. PeaceHeath catered a lunch and held a final Q & A for students. The array of potential careers was evident in the tour and several students will be pursuing medical-field internships at the medical center. Kamren Garrett was especially excited for the opportunity: “I really enjoyed the radiology part of the tour because it’s what I want to do once I get out of high school. I got to meet and shake hands with actual radiologists and ask them for advice in getting into the field which was very valuable and nerve calming or me. Getting to see the types of machinery and technology they have to use was great insight for me and really confirmed for me that this is a position that I think I would like working in.” PeaceHealth is already working with Kalapuya students this year on internships and individual career pathway planning. Many thanks to PeaceHealth for putting together such a rich and wonderful career exploration day for our students and supporting individual students on their career paths!
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has been in the middle of the Washington, D.C. discussions about a Green New Deal, the government shutdown and immigration, the Russia investigation, and actions by the Saudi Arabian government – but made time in his busy schedule to visit Kalapuya High School to learn about new ways to approach secondary education.
Education funding and graduation rates are what brought him to Kalapuya High School – where students impressed him with their unique educational programming. Students described their environmental science class partnerships with the Army Corps of Engineers and Lane County where students use GIS technology to complete field data collection and mapping as they work to restore wetlands in an effort to protect endangered species. Another student spoke of their social studies class that explored local issues of homelessness in our area, and their own engagement in building affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity construction projects and holding clothing drives that supported the downtown Mission.
The pinnacle of students’ experience at Kalapuya are individualized internships in high-skill, high wage careers. Billy Phillips, the president of Reynolds Electric shared his perspectives with Senator Wyden on the benefits of providing students, like Delaney Aguirre, internship opportunities in the career fields of choice. Thanks to a successful internship at Reynolds Electric, Delaney is now registering for a college class at Lane Community College, paid for by Kalapuya, and will be applying to the full electricians apprenticeship program in Tangent, Oregon.
Wyden talked with a small group of students before taking questions from the entire student body. KHS was grateful for his visit, but more appreciative that he listened.
David v Goliath: It is rare for a state powerhouse 5A high school to agree to compete against a tiny 1A school – but Willamette and Kalapuya High Schools did indeed meet for a second annual table tennis tournament, and for the second year in a row Kalapuya vanquished their nearby neighbor. It was a remarkable show of sportsmanship on both sides of the net, with amazing points and sets won by both schools – but the Coyotes will bring the trophy back to the den again.
“We thought this might be a rebuilding year,” defensive coach Wil Larson commented, “but the team set ambitious goals and held each other accountable.”
Offensive coordinator Naz Zydycryn added, “We went through some turmoil early in the season, but adversity made us stronger and our guys came together as a family.”
“Our team never stopped believing in each other, even when the critics said we could never pull it off,” added first year Coach Quincy Gill. Congrats to Alex, Corbin, Kavin, Brayden, Kam, Josh, Mesziah, Sean, Nate, Galen, and Carlos!
Electives Week @ Kalapuya
Students this last week worked on creating tile mosaics, built a trellis for fruiting vines on the farm, made their own holiday gifts, mountain-biked world-famous trails, learned how to boulder, and even completed a multi-day field study to the California Redwoods. These were just some of the interesting projects and activities happening at Kalapuya during our annual ‘Electives Week.’
Less interesting (but state required posts) below!
Testing Opt Out
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.
Click here 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 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 January 8th, 2019.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Enfoques de prueba 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 8 de enero de 2019.
Si tiene preguntas, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo.
Kalapuya Report Card
The state collects data for every school in the state – but unfortunately has not developed measures that compare similar (alt ed) schools to one another, and instead compare them to mainstream schools. This report card is a snapshot in time and does not reflect the success that many of our students who stay with us achieve. Click here to see Kalapuya’s 2017 report card.
Together they arranged for three KHS students to get free refurbished laptops from NextStep.
Seniors Nathan Tena, Delaney Aguirre and Orion Trent were selected as winners of a Kalapuya essay competition in which students described their future career ambitions and explained how owning a computer would help them on their path.
Senator Manning remembers growing up without many of the resources that other kids enjoyed, and he knows there are students who only need a small boost in order to really take off.
That’s why plans are now underway to ensure that all 12 KHS students who submitted an essay will be getting their own free refurbished computer from NextStep.