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Kalapuya Grant Funds New GIS And Outdoor Education

Kalapuya students will work from the shore and will use the school’s fleet of canoes to map plants around Fern Ridge Reservoir this spring.

A $20,000 grant will soon send Kalapuya High School students out in the field for a mapping project with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund will provide handheld Geographic Information System (GIS) computers via a partnership with the National Science Foundation. It will be administered through the Bethel Education Foundation.

Kalapuya students will assist with a comprehensive mapping of invasive species and culturally important plants around Fern Ridge Reservoir. They will also monitor the ecological restoration projects that KHS students have completed in recent years.

Students will stream the GIS data back to the Army Corp, getting literal hands-on training with emerging GIS technology, which could be a new career path.

Kalapuya’s is one of only 14 projects in five American cities awarded by the latest Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund.

Champions! WHS Takes State Culinary Title

The Willamette Culinary Team, with the leadership of teacher Martha Humphreys (front), has won the state Culinary championship.

The Willamette High School Culinary team has won the Oregon State ProStart Culinary Championship, the school’s first state Culinary title since 2007.

They will be traveling to Providence, Rhode Island next month to compete against all the other state champions in the country.

Congratulations to team members Cole Barnhardt, Tyler Livingston, Shane Wilder, Taylor Woolett, Jessica Barnhardt, teacher Martha Humphreys and coaches Jesus Diaz, Bruce Cameron and Erin Emmert.

Cole Barnhardt also won the Oregon ProStart student of the year award and a $1,000 scholarship to an Oregon culinary school of his choice.

Here’s a look at one of their last practices before they won the state championship.

25 Years Of Helping Children

Contestants in the annual Wolverine Pageant have been fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network.

10 contestants will take the stage at Willamette High School Saturday night for the 25th annual Wolverine Pageant. 

The contestants and 19 coordinators have worked tirelessly for the last 4½ months raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

CMN helps support children’s hospital care that is not fully covered by Medicaid or health insurance.

Tickets are available now at the Willamette office; $10 for General Admission and $15 for Reserved, and they will also be available at the door. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for a silent auction, with the pageant starting at 6:30.

Bethel Accepting Open Enrollment Applications

Kids of all ages may seek a transfer into Bethel School District through Open Enrollment. The deadline for applications is March 31.

Applications for Open Enrollment in Bethel School District are now being accepted and will continue through March 31.

Go to the Bethel Open Enrollment website

Open Enrollment allows current transfers to become permanent members of their schools, rather than having to seek a transfer each year.

It also allows of out-of-district students to enroll in Bethel on a space-available basis.

The Bethel School Board confirmed that for the coming school year the District could accept 239 out-of-district students at the K-5 level, 116 students at the middle school level, and 70 freshman, sophomore and junior students at Willamette High School.

Each Bethel school has some grade levels that are full and closed to additional students for the 2018-19 school year.

Families will be notified in early April about whether their Open Enrollment transfer requests have been approved.

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