Bethel School District Eugene OR


Message From District Leaders

There have been many times when communities across our nation have taken to the streets in protest of the death of a Black person. As a nation, we find ourselves here again. We have been deeply, deeply troubled by the events of the last week. The recent deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia are appalling. The grief, anger, frustration and fear expressed by members of the Black community – both nationwide and in the greater Eugene area – is very real and terribly painful.

As a school district, Bethel has been and remains dedicated to standing with the students and families of our Black and Brown communities. Even while our school buildings are closed, we seek to continue providing support and resources to our families.

But, we know we must do more. As part of the greater community that cares deeply about our students and families, it is our responsibility to speak up against bigotry, and to teach compassion and make changes when we see inequities within our system. We will continue to learn together and commit to improving the lives and experiences of the students we serve. These are values on which we can all agree, and on which we can all improve.

We are personally committing to being a part of the solution rather than ignoring and perpetuating the problem. We can grow and learn together and work to create a better community for everyone.

Paul Jorgensen                                                             Chris Parra         
Chair, Bethel School Board                                           Superintendent, Bethel School District

Mensaje de los líderes del distrito

Ha habido muchas ocasiones en que las comunidades de nuestra nación han salido a las calles en protesta por la muerte de una persona negra. Como nación, nos encontramos aquí nuevamente. Hemos estado profundamente preocupados por los acontecimientos de la última semana. Las muertes recientes de George Floyd en Minneapolis y Ahmad Arbery en Georgia son espantosas. El dolor, la ira, la frustración y el miedo expresados ​​por los miembros de la comunidad negra, tanto a nivel nacional como en el área metropolitana de Eugene, son muy reales y terriblemente dolorosos.

Cómo distrito escolar, Bethel ha estado y sigue dedicado a apoyar a los estudiantes y las familias de nuestras comunidades negras y marrones. Incluso mientras nuestros edificios escolares están cerrados, buscamos continuar brindando apoyo y recursos a nuestras familias.

Pero sabemos que debemos hacer más. Como parte de la gran comunidad que se preocupa profundamente por nuestros estudiantes y familias, es nuestra responsabilidad hablar en contra de la intolerancia y enseñar compasión y hacer cambios cuando vemos desigualdades dentro de nuestro sistema. Continuaremos aprendiendo juntos y comprometiéndonos a mejorar las vidas y las experiencias de los estudiantes a los que servimos. Estos son valores en los que todos podemos estar de acuerdo, y en los que todos podemos mejorar.

Nos comprometemos personalmente a ser parte de la solución en lugar de ignorar y perpetuar el problema. Podemos crecer y aprender juntos y trabajar para crear una mejor comunidad para todos.

Paul Jorgensen                                                 Chris Parra         
Presidente, de la Junta Directiva                Superintendente Bethel, Distrito Escolar de Bethel


District Plans Furlough Days / El distrito planea días de licencia

Due to the statewide economic impact of the COVID-19 closures in Oregon, school districts across the state have been asked to prepare for significant budget shortfalls. The Governor has ordered what amounts to a 17% funding reduction to state agencies, meaning Bethel School District faces the possibility of a $6.5 million dollar budget cut.  

In response, starting this week all Bethel staff will be furloughed one day each week through June. This could save close to $1 million that will be used next school year, helping to protect instructional days and staff positions.

Students should not notice significant changes in their Distance Learning routine due to the furlough days, which for most staff are on Fridays. Teachers have been using multiple Zoom meetings, Google Classroom, and individual phone calls to students. They will now condense their schedules and reduce the amount and length of staff meetings because of the four-day work week.

The furlough amounts to a 20% reduction in the work week and, through Oregon’s Work Share program, make Bethel staff eligible for unemployment and federal CARES Act funds. 


El distrito planea días de licencia

Debido al impacto económico a nivel estatal de los cierres de COVID-19 en Oregon, se ha pedido a los distritos escolares de todo el estado que se preparen para un déficit presupuestario significativo. El Gobernador ordenó lo que equivale a una reducción de fondos del 17% para las agencias estatales, lo que significa que el Distrito Escolar de Bethel enfrenta la posibilidad de un recorte presupuestario de $ 6.5 millones de dólares.

En respuesta, a partir de esta semana, todo el personal de Bethel será despedido un día cada semana hasta junio. Esto podría ahorrar cerca de $ 1 millón que se utilizará el próximo año escolar, lo que ayudará a proteger los días de instrucción y los puestos del personal.

Los estudiantes no deben notar cambios significativos en su rutina de aprendizaje a distancia debido a los días de licencia, que para la mayoría del personal son los viernes. Los maestros han estado utilizando múltiples reuniones de Zoom, Google Classroom y llamadas telefónicas individuales a los estudiantes. Ahora condensarán sus horarios y reducirán la cantidad y la duración de las reuniones del personal debido a la semana laboral de cuatro días.

El permiso equivale a una reducción del 20% en la semana laboral y, a través del programa Work Share de Oregon, hace que el personal de Bethel sea elegible para el desempleo y los fondos federales de la Ley CARES.

Thank you Bethel Community!

Through sheets of rain and long lines of cars, the sale distributed 600 plants every hour. As cars drove up, plants were handed over and very generous contributions were dropped off. 

Our school – and our entire society – has had to adjust in ways we never anticipated this year. As the COVID-19 reality started to become clear, we increased our greenhouse production of vegetable starts for local families. And, as we know there has been disproportionate effects on members of our community, we decided to donate over 3,000 vegetable starts. However, this is a note not of our giving – but a sincere thanks to the Bethel community and all who showed up. For we not only set a record for the number of plants that we gave away to families that were struggling – but we also set a record for funds raised for our agriculture program. Those who could donated generously. There were so many stories, like the gentleman who kept prodding his wife to add multiple twenty-dollar bills to their order of five vegetable starts, to the family who drove in and waited in line just to hand us a donation. Our parking lot was jammed full folks who wanted to help us help our community. Your commitment to community and trust in our school will allow us to grow even more food on our farm and in our greenhouses, this season and next. Families will get fed – and this Bethel generosity will never be forgotten. Thank you.

Thanks you students, for all of your work raising the vegetable starts – your work has been honored by the community.

Click here for the KVAL story on the plant sale


Annual Kalapuya (Drive-Thru) Plant Sale! (Saturday, May 2nd)

Hanging baskets, organic vegetable starts, perennial flowers, and more are available at the annual Kalapuya Plant Sale, Saturday, May 2nd. We will be providing plant starts to Kalapuya families from 10 am – 12 pm, and open to the general public from 12 pm to 3 pm at Kalapuya High School (1200 N Terry St.). In an effort to keep everyone healthy, this will be a drive-through only plant sale. Kalapuya staff will bring plants directly to your car. You can preview everything students have propagated by CLICKING HERE (though availability will diminish as we move through the day).

Even in normal times Kalapuya students work to be part of the solution to pressing challenges of our time. When the COVID-19 situation began to come into focus we immediately ramped up food production in our greenhouse – and this year we will be donating all vegetable starts to local families. We understand that many families are facing unprecedented challenges, and we want to assist our community in whatever ways we can. (Families who want vegetable starts who have not been financially impacted by the virus are invited to make a donation to the Kalapuya Horticulture and Bethel Farm programs to support our ongoing work. DONATE HERE.)

Bethel Farm Update: When we got our first indication that this ‘new normal’ could last months, we immediately changed our propagation plans and seeded as many quick-growing, nutritious starts as possible. We are transplanting these to the farm as quickly as possible. We will provide these vegetables to families through the Produce Plus Food Pantry, held Tuesdays and Fridays (11 am – 3 pm) adjacent to the farm (behind Prairie Mt).


¡Venta anual de la planta Kalapuya (Drive-Thru)! (Sábado 2 de mayo)

Cestas colgantes, comienzos de vegetales orgánicos, flores perennes y más están disponibles en la venta anual de plantas de Kalapuya, el sábado 2 de mayo. Proporcionaremos el inicio de la planta a las familias de Kalapuya de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m., y estaremos abiertos al público general de 12 p.m. a 3 p.m. En un esfuerzo por mantener a todos saludables, esta será una venta de plantas de acceso directo. Los empleados de Kalapuya traerán plantas directamente a su carro. Puede obtener una vista previa de todo lo que los estudiantes han propagado HACIENDO CLIC AQUÍ (aunque la disponibilidad disminuirá a medida que avancemos durante el día).

Incluso en tiempos normales, los estudiantes de Kalapuya trabajan para ser parte de la solución a los desafíos apremiantes de nuestro tiempo. Cuando la situación de COVID-19 empezo, inmediatamente aumentamos la producción de alimentos en nuestro invernadero, y este año donaremos todos los inicios de vegetales a las familias locales. Entendemos que muchas familias que están enferntando con desafíos sin precedentes, y queremos ayudar a nuestra comunidad con todo lo que podamos. (Se invita a las familias que desean comer verduras que no hayan sido afectadas financieramente por el virus a hacer una donación a los programas Kalapuya Horticulture y la Finca de Bethel para apoyar nuestro trabajo continuo. DONE AQUÍ).

Actualización de Bethel Farm: cuando recibimos nuestra primera indicación de que esta “nueva normalidad” podría durar meses, cambiamos de inmediato nuestros planes de propagación y sembramos tantos inicios nutritivos y de crecimiento rápido como sea posible. Los estamos trasplantando a la granja lo más rápido posible. Proporcionaremos estos vegetales a las familias a través de la despensa de alimentos Produce Plus, que se realiza los martes y viernes (11 am – 3 pm) adyacente a la granja (detrás de Prairie Mt).

Northwest Community Credit Union Offers Assistance to Kalapuya Families


Ryan Young, Johnathan Boggs, and Jan Griffin, while keeping their social distancing, presented a check this week to Kalapuya High School.

The local Northwest Community Credit Union has long been a champion of Kalapuya High School students, providing time, resources, scholarships, and mini-grants for educators through its Project Community program. NCCU staff are regular volunteers in our building, helping conduct mock interviews and providing feedback for our seniors as they prepare to embark on their professional careers. These unprecedented times are creating additional strain for some students and families – and with students’ unmet needs in mind, NCCU donated $1,000 to Kalapuya High School and will be donating another $2,000 to the Bethel School District.