Bethel School District

Eugene, Oregon USA

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Calling All Kindergarteners

Families can pre-register for the coming school year, learn all about Bethel’s kindergarten program, and take home a free book just for Kindergartners at this week’s orientation meetings.

The Class of 2030 is being introduced to Bethel schools this week with the annual district-wide Kindergarten Orientations.

Parents of next fall’s Kindergarteners are welcome to attend orientations at any Bethel elementary and K-8 school, where they can learn all about Bethel’s terrific Kindergarten program.

Click here for each school’s orientation schedule.

Families will also meet the teachers, principals, counselors and other staff, take home a free special book for incoming Kindergarteners, and pre-register for the coming school year.

Kindergarten teachers will also have an opportunity to explain Bethel’s Smart Start program for its youngest students, designed to support students and families in a smooth transition to Kindergarten.

Recycling Round-Up Saturday

Willamette students will help you recycling old electronics, household items, and a long list of items at this Saturday’s Recycling Round-Up.

The annual free Recycling Round-Up will accept the community’s electronics and household items dropped off at Willamette High School this Saturday, February 4th, from 8:00 – 2:00. 

NextStep Recycling and St. Vincent de Paul will give new life to your recyclables.

Check out this long list of items.  

This event is one reason why Willamette High School was named a national Green Ribbon School Award winner in 2014.

Refinancing Saves Bethel Taxpayers…Again

A 2015 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new Willamette Science and Office complex. Bethel bonds that funded the new building are being paid off sooner, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Just a few years after saving Bethel residents $1,500,000 in taxes, Bethel School District has saved another $780,000 for property owners.

The District has once again refinanced its bonded debt. As a result, Bethel will repay the debt more rapidly than originally anticipated, resulting in fewer tax dollars being spent on interest.

The bonds were used to build new Bethel schools and make dozens of other improvements.

The savings is similar to refinancing the mortgage on a home, with the goal of paying less over the long-term.

Bethel School District saved taxpayers $1.5 million in 2011 by shortening older bonds and securing lower interest rates.

Snow Day Make-Up Plans

Bethel has already been forced to implement six Snow Days and two Late Starts due to wintry weather.

Plans have been set to make up some of the lost classroom time due to the six Snow Days and two Delayed Starts we have already experienced.

The changes will allow students to recover meaningful instructional time without putting a big dent in families’ summer plans.

Here are the changes:

  • February 13 (high school Inservice Day) will become a school day for all district students
  • February 20 (Presidents Day) will become a school day for all students
  • March 3 (K-8 Inservice Day) will become a school day for all students
  • Monday June 19th, and Tuesday June 20th will be full school days for all K-11 students (seniors will have already graduated)
  • June 20th will now be the last day of school for K-11 students (it will be a full-day, not an early release)
  • WHS graduation day will remain on June 9th
  • If we have additional Snow Days this winter we will add them to the calendar after June 20th

Parents are asked to mark these changes on their calendars and plan to have their children in school on these days.

All Bethel students will now be in the classroom for more hours than is required by the state, and we want to provide as much meaningful instructional time as possible. The cancelled school days have shown that each day of instruction is important for our children.