Bethel School District

Eugene, Oregon USA

All Together Now

Prairie Mountain band teacher Casey Crane conducts his students during the school’s individual performance at the Bethel Band Festival. The annual event brought together 350 Bethel musicians, culminating in a combined band performance.

350 Bethel middle and high school musicians gathered at Shasta Middle School for the annual Bethel Band Festival.

It’s always a chance for students to hear how their Bethel peers are progressing, make new friends, and listen to how they could be playing at the high school level.

In addition, students are taught by guest conductor Scott McKee, the Managing Director of the Western International Band Clinic.

The festival allows each school band to play individually before all 350 students play in a powerful combined band performance.

Bethel School District provides music instruction at every level, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

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.