The choirs from seven Bethel schools came together to make beautiful music at the annual Bethel Choral Festival.
In the spotlights at Willamette High School, elementary choirs experienced the thrill of performing on the big stage. Middle school singers got a taste of what it will be like when they reach high school.
Willamette’s Topnotchers choir wrapped up the show with a combined performance with all the Bethel choirs. The event was intended for kids to sing for fellow Bethel choir students, although some parents were able to stop in during the performances.
Willamette’s athletic director, Barry Bokn, has been selected as Oregon’s 5A Athletic Director of the Year.
The honor from the Oregon Athletic Directors Association also puts Bokn in the running for Oregon’s Large Schools A.D. of the year.
Bokn, a Willamette grad, is in his 27th year on the staff at his alma mater. He continues to teach and coach at Willamette along with balancing his AD duties.
He has also served as the Executive Director of the OADA and is the dean of Athletic Directors in the Midwestern League.
34 Bethel educators and volunteers will be honored at the 6th annual ACE Awards.
Sponsored by the local business community, the ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards recognizes exemplary work by teachers, classified staff, volunteers and administrators.
The winners in the four categories will be announced at the ACE Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 26th at the Valley River Inn.
Each Champion will receive $1,000 for the school or program of their choice.
Here is the list of Bethel nominees:
Classified Staff: Leslie Brown, Nancy Case, Scott Gese, Terrance Gray Janice Matti, Michelle Mullins, Annette Munger, Ana Padilla, Patty Pilaczynski, Peggy Remm, Barb Roberts, Maria Studebaker, and Karen Wiant.
Teachers (Licensed Staff): Gabe Combs, Bridget Drobac, Rod Gingery, Terry Harrison, Joe Ingram, Erin Muessle, Greg Newton, Bonnie Nussbaum, Sheila Otto, Bob Saunders, Jennifer Smyly, Athena Sullivan, and Regan Weaver.
Volunteers: Marilyn Cevallos, Cecil Dammen, Janet Drake, Hiedi Fristoe, and Shawn Lambert.
Administrators: Peter Burrows, Colt Gill, and Lori Smith.
Drivers passing in front of four Bethel schools will be seeing a reminder that they are in a school zone.
Two portable monitors are now displaying the speed limit and drivers’ actual speeds as they pass the schools.
The speed monitors are designed to make the area safer for students who walk and bike to school.
Two monitors have been purchased through a Safe Routes to School Grant, and will be shared between the four Bethel schools that chose to be involved in the grant: Meadow View, Prairie Mountain, Malabon and Irving.
The electronic devices will be rolled out in the morning and stored in the schools and recharged overnight. Each school will have the monitor for about a month at a time on a rotating basis.