Last year's Bethel ACE Award winners were each given $1,000 for the school or program of their choice.

There are still a few days to nominate a deserving Bethel educator or volunteer for special recognition. The ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards nomination deadline is this Friday, March 4th.

Click here to reach the nomination website.

The ACE Awards is an inspiring event sponsored by the local business community to honor the exemplary efforts of local educators.

Bethel, Eugene 4j, and Springfield Public Schools will each receive ACE Awards in four categories: Teacher, Classified Staff, Volunteer and Administrator.

The Awards Ceremony will be at Valley River Inn on April 26, with all award recipients receiving a $1,000 cash prize toward the school project or program of their choice.

Anyone can nominate a deserving Bethel educator or volunteer today.

All Bethel schools are open and operating on their normal schedules today, Friday, February 25.

Cold weather remains but school buses have been able to transport students on their regular timetables.

There are some very slick spots on the roads, and as always parents are encouraged to use their best judgment on whether the conditions are safe enough to get their kids to school.

The forecast also calls for continued dry weather through Friday.

Prairie Mountain teacher Ann Burgess is one of only two Oregon teachers on the Governor's new Education Investment Team.

Prairie Mountain 5th grade teacher Ann Burgess has been chosen for Governor Kitzhaber’s Oregon Education Investment Team.

Burgess is one of only two teachers in Oregon selected by the Governor to the team. It is being asked to “develop strategies to create a seamless zero to 20 education system that is integrated, efficient and accountable.”

Click here for the Governor’s complete statement.

Nominated by Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill, Burgess brings a wealth of experience to the team. She is among the District’s most respected and preferred mentor teachers. She has also been a key member of the Bethel team that successfully designed a new evidenced-based district-wide teacher evaluation system, one that has since been replicated by districts throughout Oregon.

In addition, Burgess is very involved in the District’s Science Alignment Committee, has been a veteran member of the Eugene Education Association Bargaining Team, and is active in the Bethel chapter of Stand for Children.

Burgess has a well-deserved reputation for developing strong and lasting relationships with parents while simultaneously maintaining high academic expectations from her students. Her instruction background includes teaching in Iran, Dubai, and at a Native school in Juneau, Alaska.

UO offensive tackle Jamall Burrell signs autographs for Fairfield 5th graders.

Keeping a promise made two months ago, more than a dozen members of the University of Oregon football team paid a visit to Fairfield Elementary.

Stopping in the 5th grade classrooms, the Ducks spent time promoting the idea of planning for college now, answering questions, and signing autographs.

The players’ visit stems from a challenge made by UO Assistant Athletic Director James Harris in December. He promised that football players would visit their school if Fairfield 5th graders Airiell Woodcock, Felicia Harwood, Brandon Barrett, Ricky Church, Wanda Lake and Maximo Cisneros-Solano each read four books by February.

The kids kept their end of the bargain, and so did the Ducks.

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