Bethel School District

Eugene, Oregon USA

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Surprise Recognition On Teacher Appreciation Week

Award being presented.

Willamette teacher Joe Mancuso receives the Franz Bakery Teacher Appreciation Award. At right is co-worker Edane Chism, who nominated Mancuso for the award.

He wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when a handful of strangers, administrators and students barged into his classroom.

Imagine the surprise when Willamette’s Joe Mancuso was honored with the Franz Bakery Teacher Appreciation Award. He is one of 40 educators in an eight state region to receive the award.

Representatives from Franz Bakery presented Mancuso with a $500 check and certificates for a year’s supply of bread. Fellow WHS teacher Edane Chism submitted the nomination to recognize Mancuso, without his knowledge. She also received a year’s supply of bread.

Finally, Franz delivered more than 100 reusable shopping bags full of bread products for all the staff at Willamette as part of Teacher Appreciation Week, and they prepared hot grilled cheese sandwiches for all the students in Mancuso’s class.

Budget Committee Meets Monday

A public meeting of the Bethel School District Budget Committee will be held Monday, May 13, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. the meeting will be held in the Board Room of the Bethel School District Administrative Office, 4640 Barger Drive. 

The meeting will take place on the Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget.  A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 13 at the Bethel School District Administration Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place.  Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

Reminder: No School Wednesday

There will be no school in Bethel this Wednesday, May 8th. Eugene Education Association leadership in Bethel has indicated that the majority of licensed school staff have pledged to a “walkout” in order to rally for increased state funding for K-12 education.  Because of the walkout, we will close all Bethel schools for the day.

The District has arranged for free breakfast and lunch to be served on Wednesday at Cascade Middle School. The meals will be free to any Bethel children ages 1-18. No registration is required, but we cannot provide food for parents or guardians and all food must be eaten on site.

  • Breakfast is from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m., and lunch is 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Child supervision will not be provided.

In addition, the Bethel Health Center will be open Wednesday. The Health Center is located on the north side of Cascade Middle School and it serves all Bethel students and Bethel staff and their families. Call the Health Center at 541-607-1430.

Changes Coming To Willamette

WHS administrators

Dan Hedberg will take over as Willamette’s principal next school year, joined by new Assistant Principals Dain Nelson and Alyssa Dodds. Mindy LeRoux, Dawn Delorefice and Zach Lauritzen will say their goodbyes to Bethel.

Next school year will see some important changes at Willamette High School. Assistant Principals Zach Lauritzen and Dawn Delorefice are moving out of state. Two new Assistant Principals have been selected.

In addition, Dan Hedberg will be Willamette’s next Principal because Mindy LeRoux has accepted a district-level position with Springfield Public Schools.

First, we are happy to welcome the new Assistant Principals:

  • Alyssa Dodds comes to Willamette with 10 years of experience as an instructional coach and a high school Language Arts teacher in Springfield. Alyssa also brings with her a strong focus on school culture, incorporating student voice, and equity.
  • Dain Nelson is a well-known at Willamette as a Social Studies and IB teacher. A WHS grad (class of ’99), Dain has also taught English, middle school Language Arts, and credit recovery classes at Kalapuya. Dain has a deep commitment to improving instructional practices and cultivating an even stronger Willamette community.

After 20 years in Bethel, Mindy LeRoux is leaving for a great opportunity in Springfield as Director of Secondary Education. Her entire 20 year career in Bethel has led her to this point and she is ready for the next step.

Dan Hedberg is equally prepared to take over as Willamette’s principal. Dan has served as Wil-Hi’s Assistant Principal for 6 years, following 7 years as a teacher and coach. Given his extensive knowledge of WHS, his already strong work with staff, and his positive relationships with students, it’s anticipated that Dan’s transition to Principal will be seamless.

Our thanks go out to Dawn, Zach and Mindy for their tireless efforts on behalf of Willamette students and staff.

The District is in the process of filling one more Assistant Principal position at WHS. That announcement is still to come.