Student Silence Speaks Volumes

More than 200 Willamette students gather in front of the school to mark the end of their Day of Silence.

More than 200 Willamette students lined the sidewalk in front of the school Friday to take part in a quiet demonstration marking the Day of Silence.

The annual nationwide event was created to bring attention to the silencing effect brought about by anti-Gay bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.

Willamette students used the event to also campaign against bullying or harassment of any kind.

Students gathered at the end of the school day to break the silence they had kept throughout the day.

Another 300 Willamette students signed a statement of support.

Braun Named To State Core Team

Bethel's Director of Instruction Drew Braun will help Oregon school districts transition into the Common Core standards.

Bethel School District will have a voice at the table as Oregon prepares to implement changes around new Common Core academic standards.

Drew Braun, Bethel’s Director of Instruction, has been asked to join Oregon’s Common Core Standards Stewardship Team.

The select group will create a plan to help school districts transition from the Oregon academic standards to the Common Core standards in Math and English.

The Common Core is a nationwide effort to provide teachers and parents with a consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn so they can be successful in college or a career.

Oregon will fully implement and test on the Common Core Standards in the 2014-15 school year, but the work by Braun and others will begin immediately.

Topnotchers and Jazz Band Compete In Reno

Longtime School Board member and band trip chaperone Alan Laisure helps attach tire chains during Willamette's road trip to the Reno Jazz Festival.

The annual Jazz road trip for Willamette singers and musicians is a long one, especially if it includes traveling over snowy mountain roads.

The road to the Reno Jazz Festival leads over Willamette Pass, where spring snows required the use of tire chains today. Longtime Bethel School Board member and music supporter Alan Laisure lent a hand to help get the bus rolling again.

The Willamette Topnotchers choir and Jazz Band rotate among annual trips to the University of Idaho, San Francisco, and Reno.

This weekend’s festival at the University of Nevada will feature thousands of kids from six western states.

Leadership Promoted At Youth Conference

These Prairie Mountain students were among the 23 from Bethel attending the African American Youth Leadership Conference.

Leadership and image were two of the key messages to students at the 5th Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference at the University of Oregon.

23 Bethel students attended the conference, where they learned about the positive characteristics of leadership, including changing the message African American kids receive from society, and taking ownership of the image they present.

Middle and high school students took part in workshops that included raising awareness of how to achieve personal goals, increasing self-esteem, and emphasizing the value of education.

More than 400 students from 33 schools throughout the Willamette Valley attended the conference.

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