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The Bethel School District Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the Shasta Middle School Cafeteria.
The only agenda item is to hear public comment. Under Board policy, the public comment period is limited to three minutes per person. All those at the meeting who sign a card requesting to speak will be heard. The School Board will make no decisions at Thursday’s meeting, but will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts.
As background, some Bethel residents are concerned the district is removing holiday celebrations from schools. While public schools are not required to hold parties or celebrations around holidays, the district believes that providing students opportunities to celebrate and have fun with their classmates and teachers is vital. And, as a public school system, we must ensure that our celebrations, activities and events during the school day allow all students to participate. We cannot intentionally plan events that we know will exclude children.
Some people are unaware that historically many of the celebrations or parties that have been held at school result in some children not coming to school or not being able to take part for a variety of reasons. Our schools are trying to think creatively about how we celebrate with children, and have fun and meaningful activities at school in ways everyone gets to be involved.
For clarification, while we are not asking families to provide Valentine’s cards, students who wish to bring cards are allowed to do so and time will be provided for children to distribute them. As always, we encourage those with concerns to reach out to their school principal.
Five Willamette senior student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue competing in college.
Ashley Guldager signed to play soccer at Linfield, while Katlyn Martinez agreed to play for George Fox. The two longtime friends and soccer teammates will be opponents next season.
Griffin Jeskey’s senior season is still to come in track and field, but he’s signed to run at Oregon Tech.
And football players Bryce Goggin and Bradley Mondo have signed to play at perennial national contender Southern Oregon.
A large crowd of supporters gathered in the WHS gym to witness to signings and wish the athletes well at the next level.
Orientation for this fall’s incoming kindergartners will take place at every Bethel school this week.
Children and their families will be introduced to the Bethel kindergarten program, our teachers, principals, counselors and other key staff.
Each family will take home a free special book for incoming kindergarten students.
Parents will also pre-register their child for the upcoming school year.
The annual free Willamette Recycling Round-up will again accept the community’s electronics and household items.
Just drop them off at Willamette High School on Saturday, February 10th, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
NextStep Recycling and St. Vincent de Paul will give new life to your old recyclables.
This event is one reason why Willamette was named a national Green Ribbon School Award winner in 2014.