The honor of playing at the mayor’s annual State of the City address brought out the best in the Willamette Jazz Band.
With hundreds of guests filling the lobby of the Hult Center, the Jazz Band opened the event and later played another number that brought roaring applause.
The invitation from Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is just the latest honor for the band, directed by Bart Ellis. In November the group was the featured musical guest at the Oregon School Boards Association’s state conference, again earning a standing ovation.
2011 began with a bang for Bethel’s K-8 teachers and specialists. They took part in Bethel’s own professional seminar, arguably as valuable as any statewide conference for educators.
240 teachers, specialists and administrators gathered at Meadow View School for this inservice day, choosing from among 38 workshops on dozens of subjects.
Nearly all of the sessions were taught by Bethel’s own experts in reading, math, writing, behavior management, technology, and more.
There was no cost for presenters, travel expenses, or the registration fees found at a typical professional seminar.
The shared knowledge and saved money was a wise way to begin the new year.