OBOB Battles Begin

A pair of Shasta OBOB teams huddle to come up with answers during a practice battle.

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.

Bethel Education Foundation Funds New Grants

Sifting through more than 50 requests, the BEF Board agreed to distribute nearly $11,000 in grant awards.

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.


Band Makes Another Starring Performance

The Willamette Jazz Band plays its part in the annual Eugene Mayor's State of the City Address.

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.

Workshops Kick Off New Year

Bethel Writing Coordinator Debbie Kriegh leads a workshop on how to score students' writing work samples.

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.


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