Bethel School District

Eugene, Oregon USA

Strengthening The Sources Of Strength

Bethel counselors and administrators take part in a refresher training on how to implement Sources of Strength at their schools.

In a continuing effort to prevent suicide, particularly among young people, another round of training has been provided on Sources of Strength.

Bethel administrators and counselors were among the adult advisors getting a refresher on SoS, an evidence-based program that utilizes friends and peers in the prevention of suicide.

The District adopted the program last year, bringing in national instructors to train middle and high school staff and high school students on the program.

Sources has since been introduced in all Bethel middle school grades. A curriculum is now being developed for the elementary level.

By increasing awareness, building skills, and openly addressing the issue of suicide, the district’s goal is to provide hope and strength for those who are facing personal challenges.

Willamette Dominates All-State Band Selections

Willamette’s All-State Band selections are (l-r, front) Sam Prentice, Jay Veach, Luke Turner, (back) Caleb Davis, Christian Ruiz Martinez, Eric Deaton and Jacob Stevenson.

Seven Willamette students have been selected to the All State Honor Bands.

They will perform at the 2020 Oregon Music Education Association conference in January. 

Sophomores Caleb Davis and Jay Veach, juniors Christian Ruiz Martinez and Luke Turner, and seniors
Eric Deaton and Sam Prentice make up one third of the All-State jazz band.
Junior Jacob Stevenson was named to the Symphonic Band and was also selected to play in the Western Invitational Band Clinic (WIBC) honor band in Seattle next month.

In a separate audition process, the Willamette and Meadow View jazz bands were also chosen to perform at the state conference, and the Meadow View band was selected to play at next month’s Oregon School Boards Association conference in Portland.

Back To School

Bethel middle and high school teachers gathered for a series of workshops at Willamette High School. State Inservice Day was an opportunity for Bethel licensed and classified staff to receive training.

In an effort to be even better educators, all Bethel staff went back to the classroom on State Inservice Day.

Elementary teachers learned how to improve their math instruction and engagement with students.

Middle and high school teachers studied how to better meet the academic needs of students who are learning English.

Resource Room teachers learned techniques from leaders from the University of Oregon.

Music teachers had a chance to collaborate, while Educational Assistant got tips on providing better small group instruction, active supervision and de-escalation strategies.

And more than 70 staff took part in the ALICE safety training.

Budget Committee Openings

The Bethel School Board is seeking community members interested in serving on the District’s Budget Committee. 

There are three openings.  Positions 3 and 6 are open for 3-year terms and Position 7 is open for 1-year term. 

The Budget Committee provides budget advice and direction, examines the District’s entire budget, and recommends a budget to the School Board.  The School Board will select applicants to fill positions.  Members with expired terms may reapply.  The 3-year terms run through June 30, 2022 and the 1-year term runs through June 30, 2020. 

Applicants must be a registered voter and must live within the boundaries of the Bethel School District.  To learn more about the budget committee call 541-689-3280 or  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on November 1, 2019.