The Sound Of Joy

Students from Irving, Cascade, Shasta and Willamette gather on stage for a group performance at the annual Bethel Choir Festival.

250 students joined in one combined voice at the annual Bethel Choir Festival.

Under the direction of Dr. Melissa Brunkan from the University of Oregon, choirs from Irving, Shasta, Cascade, and Willamette had the opportunity to learn from a different perspective.

Brunkan has sung and conducted professionally with choirs, opera and theater companies all around the country, and she’s taught children from kindergarten through high school so her credibility earned some respect from students.

They worked on expression, harmonics, diction and simply communicating the joy of what they are singing.

One of the highlights of the Festival was the mass choir performance, which allowed all the students to express their joy together.

Shasta Band Shines For County Audience

Teacher Mike Reetz leads the Shasta Jazz Band as the audience settles in for the State of the County address.

There are reasons why the Shasta Jazz Band was invited to perform at Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr’s State of the County Address.

Farr is a big fan of Shasta’s band – and Bethel School District in general. But, he also knew the students would wow the audience of elected officials and other power brokers attending the address.

The Shasta students did not disappoint.

Performing before and after Farr’s address, the band provided the perfect atmosphere and left the crowd in awe that middle school students could play so well.

Thanks to Commissioner Farr for the invitation, and thanks to teacher Mike Reetz and his students for sharing their talents and representing Bethel School District with distinction.

Homelessness In Bethel – You Can Help

There are a number of students in Bethel School District who are trying to remain in school but find themselves on the streets.

You – and the Host Home Program – can help right now.

  • The Host Home Program allows community members to take in youth who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Families will be provided training and support in order to welcome a student for one night, several days, or even longer.
  • A Family For Every Child, in collaboration with The 15th Night, is ready to help you help others.

There is an immediate need. Call 541-343-2856 or email .

Thank you for your consideration.

Healthy And Safe Schools Plan

All Oregon school districts must annually provide a statement regarding the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan. The four areas covered by the plan are Radon, Lead in Drinking Water, Lead Paint, and Integrated Pest Management. To see Bethel School District’s plan, click here.

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