It wasn’t the real thing, but training for a possible earthquake went smoothly in our schools today during the Great Oregon Shakeout.
The Shakeout is a world-wide event to promote the preparation for a real earthquake, in which people drop, cover and hold.
A number of Bethel schools calmly took part in the drill today, while others have scheduled earthquake drills as part of their greater safety training that includes fire drills and school lockdowns.
Even the youngest students reacted well in the earthquake exercise, hiding under desks and hanging on until the drill was over.
They’re the ones who grew it, and they’re the ones who dished it out.
Local farmers, ranchers and distributors served lunch to students at Meadow View School as part of Oregon Harvest Day. All Bethel’s school lunches consisted solely of products from Oregon farms, dairies, growers, flour mills and companies.
The lunches included Bartels beef (Eugene), Tillamook cheese (Tillamook, of course), Franz Bakery bread (Glenwood), Lochmead Dairy milk (Junction City), Truitt Brothers beans (Salem), Satterstrom Farms grapes (Cottage Grove), Camas Country Mill flour in the cookies (Eugene), Montecucco Farms squash (Canby), Creative Growers carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and parsley (Noti), Cascade Pacific Farms radishes (Troutdale), and Yamhill County mushrooms (Yamhill).
The kids loved it, the farmers were deservedly proud, and the food was outstanding, pretty much what Bethel’s Nutrition Services Department provides every day.
It’s further evidence why Bethel is the recognized leader in the use of fresh, locally grown food in school lunches.
Professional trainers will again be leading Bethel elementary students in engaging and active PE classes.
Bethel School District has been awarded a Physical Education Expansion grant in partnership with Healthy Moves, a local non-profit organization that brings trainer-in-residence programs to elementary schools.
Healthy Moves draws on the expertise of professional trainers in the community who lead PE classes for six weeks.
Classroom teachers learn the movement activities taught by the Healthy Moves trainers that can be applied to Continue reading
A new way of teaching, learning and grading was on display for Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent of Education, Rob Saxton.
The state’s #2 education official spent the morning at Cascade Middle School, which is making great strides in implementing the Proficiency instruction model.
Simply stated, in Proficiency-based instruction students start a course knowing exactly what they need to master to demonstrate that they know the appropriate material. Teachers assess the progress at every step of the way to measure learning and to gauge and adjust instruction.
When students master the required proficiencies, they are assessed and graded on that basis only.
Cascade is following Willamette High School’s lead in implementing Proficiency-based instruction.