It’s a chance not many people ever have; a meeting with a U.S. Senator to problem-solve a current national issue: the rise in vaping among young people.
Nate Tena from Kalapuya brought a personal perspective to the student round table meeting with Senator Ron Wyden. As a former smoker, Nate knows how easy it is to start and what it takes to quit.
Students gave Senator Wyden an idea of the scope of the problem in our area. They also offered proposals on how to address it, including an increased tax on vaping products, social media campaigns featuring youth voices, and banning flavored vaping products.
Nate also mentioned the support provided Bethel high school students who have access to drug and alcohol counselors.
Wyden says he wants to reconvene the group at some future date. Nate and the others will be ready.
Hi Kalapuya Families,
Here is some important news about the Student Success Act, which will bring more funding to our school district. Click the Continue Reading link to learn all the details.
Volunteers from the Northwest Farm Credit Services joined Kalapuya students to lend a hand for the fall harvest on the farm. Together they pulled more than 500 pounds of beets out of the ground and hauled in over 1,000 pounds of squash from the fields. Pressing apples into fresh cider was a bonus at the end of the day – as was the surprise presentation of a check for $6,400 (though their 100% Committed project) to support the Bethel Farm!
An incredible mural is now on permanent display at the Bethel Farm, courtesy of a young, local artist.
Esteban Camacho received funding from the Art Bridges Foundation to create “The Abundant Web.”
The mural shows people above ground and the workings below the surface, and the inter-connectedness of people with the earth.
Camacho had a hand with this piece. Kalapuya High School students and families from Huerto de la Familia, who have a community garden plot at the Farm, helped paint some of the base colors.
After being on display at the UO’s Schnitzer Museum of Art all summer, the mural is now a permanent feature of the Bethel Farm, making a wonderful place even more beautiful.
Long Term Planning Committee
The Bethel School District is convening a Long Term Planning Committee to look at demographic trends within the district to make sure we are well positioned to meet the future needs of our student population. This committee will likely meet five times over the course of the year to gather information and make recommendations. Parents and community members who might be interested can contact Stefan Aumack (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get more information.
Information About State Tests
Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Additionally, students in grades 5, 8 and 11 participate in science testing. 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. Click here for more information. (PDF)
Información sobre pruebas estatales
Cada primavera, los estudiantes de Oregon en los grados 3-8 y 11 participan en evaluaciones estatales en artes del lenguaje inglés y matemáticas. Además, los estudiantes en los grados 5, 8 y 11 participan en las pruebas de ciencias. 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 de “punto en el tiempo” sobre el progreso de nuestros estudiantes y nuestro sistema educativo. Sin embargo, los padres en Oregon tienen la opción de excluir a sus hijos de las evaluaciones estatales. Haga clic aquí para mas información. (PDF)