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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.
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.
For more than a dozen years ducks have laid eggs in the interior courtyard at Prairie Mountain School. Each spring kindergartners watch the show as the ducklings are led through the school hallway and outside to a nearby wetland.
On Earth Day it worked perfectly for the first duck family, but the second hen with 20 chicks in tow had other ideas. In the end, all the ducks completed the move safely.
I want to bring your attention to action planned by the Eugene Education Association that will impact our schools in Bethel on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. You may have already heard about this in the media.
This is what we know. In an effort to rally support for increased funding for K-12 education, Eugene Education Association leadership in Bethel has indicated that the majority of licensed school staff have pledged to a “walkout” and therefore will not show up for work on Wednesday, May 8th. They will instead be attending rallies in Eugene and at the state capitol. It will not be possible to find enough substitute teachers to cover all classrooms and safely operate schools, so we will have no choice but to close all Bethel schools for the day. The district will approach this event like a snow day, with only essential staff reporting to work, such as building front office staff, administrators, custodians and maintenance staff.
The district fully understands the intent of the actions planned for May 8th, but we also have the important daily responsibility of educating, guiding, feeding, and transporting 5,400 students. The walkout will create a hardship for families and the district cannot sponsor or support this action. We also know our educators are caring individuals who are completely dedicated to their students, and they want increased funding to better support all students. Eugene Education Association has been transparent in their intentions for May 8th, giving time for parents/guardians to make arrangements for their child’s care on this day.
- The District will work with preschool programs and school-based child care providers who will communicate directly with families regarding operating on this day
- IB testing at WHS will take place as scheduled
- After school youth sports schedules will not be interrupted
- Principals will send out information regarding other events and programs specific to their schools that are scheduled for May 8th
This missed school day will not be made up at the end of the school year in June. The make-up snow days from February have extended the school year beyond what is normally scheduled and Continue reading