The love of reading has paid off for five Prairie Mountain students. They have earned a trip to the Oregon Battle of the Books state tournament.
The Bookworms represented Prairie Mountain against 51 other schools at the regional OBOB tournament and finished a close second by correctly answering detailed questions about the 16 OBOB books.
Fairfield and Malabon teams also reached the Sweet 16 of the regional OBOB tournament.
The Prairie Mountain Bookworms – made up of three 5th graders and two 4th graders – now get a few more weeks to re-read the OBOB books and prepare to face the other top teams in the state next month in Salem.
Applications for Open Enrollment in the Bethel School District will continue through April 1.
The Bethel School Board determined that the District could accept 174 out-of-district students at the K-5 level, 54 students at the middle school level, and 35 students at Willamette High School.
Each Bethel school has some grade levels that are full and closed to additional students for the 2015-16 school year.
Families will be notified in early April about whether their Open Enrollment transfer requests have been approved. Bethel granted the requests of 117 out-of-district students last year.
The 23rd annual Wolverine Pageant will stage its big show this Saturday at Willamette High School.
The Wolverine Pageant will feature 11 Willamette seniors singing, dancing, staging skits and creating crazy memories on behalf of a good cause, the Children’s Miracle Network.
Contestants have been rehearsing and fundraising for months for what has traditionally been the most popular community event of the spring.
The doors open at 5:30 Saturday and the show starts at 6:00 in Powers Auditorium. $10 General Admission tickets are available now in the school office or at the door Saturday.
All Bethel schools will add one more day to the end of this school year. It’s part of a continuing effort to restore school days that were cut due to budget reductions.
The last day of school will be Thursday, June 11th. It means the day before Thanksgiving was the only budget reduction day this school year.
The District has been able to maintain a healthy reserve fund to use on another school day. The Bethel School Board also plans to hire more staff next fall to further reduce class size, fulfilling part of an agreement the District and teachers signed when all employees collectively made sacrifices during the heart of the recession.
All eyes now turn to the state legislature where funding for the coming school year is still being determined. Along with restoring school days and adding back staff, Bethel plans to begin full-day Kindergarten in September which makes adequate funding from the state all the more important.