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The Willamette Jazz Band 2 brought home a first place trophy from the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival.

The 42nd annual Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival became a Bethel highlight show.

With 39 schools represented, Willamette’s Jazz Bands brought home first and second place trophies.

The Shasta Jazz Band took second in the middle school division, and the Shasta Sessions choir wound up third.

And Willamette’s Topnotchers choir was also a second place finisher.

With tradition and reputation, Pleasant Hill is a high quality festival, attracting schools from Washington and California.

Meadow View teacher Eric Wright holds two LEGO kits he purchased through a BEF grant. A new $4,200 grant will allow him to provide an entire classroom set of kits for his STEM class.

Eric Wright has the magic touch.

The Meadow View 8th grade teacher has been awarded yet another grant, this one from Toshiba America for $4,200. It will provide a class set of LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robotics kits for his STEM class.

Students will be able to use the toys to experience hands-on lessons in computer science and engineering, and robotics. Each kit includes a powerful programmable computer to control various motors, high tech sensors and a large number of pieces. Students will build a variety of working robots that can be programmed to complete numerous tasks.

Wright got started with two of the LEGO kits through a grant from the Bethel Education Foundation, but the Toshiba grant will allow him to expand the robotics to his entire class.

In the last few years he’s been awarded other grants to purchase a drone, a 3D printer, an iPad Pro, calculators, and a field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The 12th annual ACE Awards will recognize the best and brightest in Bethel School District.

30 Bethel educators and volunteers have been nominated for ACE Awards, which recognize the best and brightest in Bethel, Eugene 4j and Springfield school districts.

The 12th annual ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards will be presented to Bethel’s outstanding contributors in four categories: teachers, administrators, support staff, and volunteers. Winners will be awarded a handsome trophy at a Hult Center Celebration on April 25th and will be given $1,000 to be used for the school program of their choice.

The 2017 Bethel nominees are:
Teachers: Lauren Boettger, Fairfield; Gina Clark, Fairfield; Deanna Courogen, Irving; Alison Dodd, Prairie Mountain; Joe Freuen, Willamette; Darren Hatefi, Willamette; Isabel Kelly, Fairfield; Joe Mancuso, Willamette; Sonja Maul, Prairie Mountain; Kristy McElravy, Shasta; Kristi Oster, Cascade; Ben Wade, Willamette; Shannon Whitty, Cascade.

Classified staff: Anne Johnstone-Diaz, Bethel Family Resource Center; Krista Larson, Prairie Mountain; Anthony Mancuso, Willamette; Christie McBride, Shasta; Curtis Mitchell, Willamette; Mary Spearman, Irving; Bob Wilson, Willamette.

Volunteers: Shanna Bitikofer, Prairie Mountain; Bess Jones, Fairfield; Anje Postma, Irving; Michelle Thompson, Meadow View; Michelle Toney, Willamette.

Administrators: Lisa Bateman, Assistant Special Education Director; Mari Ford, Principal, Danebo; Tina Guiterez-Schmich, Equity Coordinator; Mindy LeRoux, Principal, Willamette; Maureen Spence, Principal, Malabon.

Some limbs that were brought down by the morning high winds were quickly cleared by Bethel’s Maintenance crews.

Early morning winds, gusting up to 40 miles an hour, sent Bethel’s Maintenance staff to all district schools for a safety check.

While power was lost in some parts of Eugene, Bethel schools escaped with just some downed limbs and plenty of debris from trees.

Many of the larger trees around our schools received some of Mother Nature’s thinning via the winter ice storms. Tree trimming services also were hired to cut back a few other potentially dangerous limbs during the winter, so this morning’s wind did not result in a significant amount of limbs or downed trees.

Thanks go out to our reliable Maintenance staff for their quick work to check on our schools before students arrived.

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