In the interest of student safety Bethel School District will be closed again Wednesday, December 11.
All afternoon and evening activities are cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Most neighborhood streets are still packed with snow and ice. Bethel drivers took buses on the streets Tuesday and confirmed that buses could not operate safely on neighborhood roads, even at very slow speeds.
A little bit of melting has occurred, but refreezing overnight is likely to make the roads even slicker. Overall road conditions are not expected to improve much, if at all, by Wednesday morning and student safety remains the #1 concern, so school has been cancelled.
We will continue to monitor road conditions closely in the hope that we can resume school soon.
Many parents and students have asked if the snow days this week mean that we will need to add school days later in the year. Bethel has more than two days built into its school year schedule for this type of situation.
However, having not yet even reached the first day of winter we will need to wait to determine how many snow days are used before make-up days are scheduled. All families and students will be notified well in advance should days be added back to the calendar.
Thank you for your patience as we seek to make the best decisions for Bethel students.
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Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. That’s when actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland will present a special evening performance for the community at Willamette High School as part of the Festival’s annual School Visit Program.
The performers will be staging excerpts from Shakespeare and other classical and contemporary pieces of literature.
Tickets are available at the door for $2, and admission is free for children ages 5 and under.
The Festival’s School Visit Program provides four days of student workshops and live theater at the high school and brings Willamette students to stage performances in Ashland.
The OSF program has been brought to Willamette for three consecutive years through a grant from the Bethel Education Foundation.
The annual Oregon School Boards Association conference in Portland has become a venue to show off Bethel’s new school projects.
Soderstrom Architects is featuring a display board of the Willamette Science addition and the new Fairfield and Malabon schools.
Progress is being made on the plans for all three projects with the expectation that ground will be broken at Willamette around spring break.
For more information on Bethel’s bond-related projects, check out the Bethel Bond webpage.
Meanwhile, school board attendees from around the state learned from a Bethel presentation at the OSBA conference. Superintendent Colt Gill, Bethel’s Director of Student Achievement Lori Smith, and Prairie Mountain Principal Jennifer Haliski shared details about the District’s On-Track Report, a research-based measurement tool used to gauge each child’s progress toward high school graduation.