In a change of pace from his already packed schedule in our district, Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill will be part of the select Oregon contingent at this week’s Council of Chief State School Officers meeting in Chicago.
The meeting will involve key education leaders from across the country seeking ways to continue educational innovation during a time of diminishing resources.
Colt will be joining State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Susan Castillo, another Department of Education staffer, and a representative of The Chalkboard Project.
Bethel’s Superintendent is already serving as an elected member of the State Funding Coalition Consortium working on resolving Oregon’s school funding issues. Colt is also the Administrative representative to the Oregon Board of Education.
The trip for the meeting in Chicago is being paid for by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
The annual challenge has begun. Bethel students are competing in practice competitions for OBOB, the Oregon Battle of the Books.
OBOB is a quick recall competition based on students’ abilities to answer questions about 16 pre-selected novels. The battles feature two four-person teams answering questions in a game show style format.
Multiple teams from 10 Bethel schools are now testing their OBOB book knowledge. In-school battles will determine the teams advancing to Bethel’s district-wide competition, with the winners of Bethel’s Elementary, Middle and High School divisions moving on to the southern Oregon regional OBOB tournament.
The popularity of OBOB has continued to grow in Bethel. Shasta Middle School currently has 23 teams and 100 students taking part, nearly doubling the number of students from last year.
After many hours of grading, debating and deciding, the Bethel Education Foundation Board has agreed to fund 27 new grant requests for Bethel classrooms.
The BEF grant award team will soon be making surprise visits to Bethel schools to present the grant winners with nearly $11,000 for a wide variety of academic enhancements.
In its second year of existence, the BEF was pleased to be able to fund more grants with more money than it was able to last year.
Those interested in making a donation to the Bethel Education Foundation can arrange an automatic payroll deduction through United Way and designate BEF as the recipient, or click here to make a direct donation to the BEF.
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.