What was lost has been restored.
A second Bethel Head Start program is about to open, two years after a Head Start location at Willamette was closed due to federal budget cuts.
The new Head Start classes will be held at Clear Lake Elementary for 36 pre-schoolers – 18 in the morning and another 18 in the afternoon.
Head Start is a federally-funded early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement program for low-income families.
The new Clear Lake location complements the Head Start site next to Fairfield school, which also serves Bethel-area 3 and 4 year olds.
Wide-eyed five year olds and self-assured returning students are filling Bethel schools to begin the 2014-15 school year.
They will take part in a longer school year, one that will introduce new curriculum for math and English language arts.
Teachers are also ready with new technology, and many classrooms are brightened with new paint and carpet.
Kids at Fairfield and Malabon can watch their new schools being built, and Willamette students will mark the progress on a new science wing under construction.
The clock is ticking before the start of the 2014-15 school year, and Bethel’s teachers are wasting no time getting ready.
Along with getting to know new staff members and preparing their classrooms for the arrival of students, Bethel teachers are preparing to introduce brand new curriculum for English language arts and math.
They will also be using new technology, getting ready for new state standards of what students must learn, and using new evaluation and goal-setting procedures. This is in addition to reviewing school safety procedures, improving classroom management practices, and honing the many other skills expected of teachers.
The first day of school for Bethel students is Tuesday, September 2nd, with Willamette’s first day for all students September 4th.
Parents of Bethel students are encouraged to register their students now for the coming school year.
Even those who pre-registered in the spring need to complete the registration process so all students are fully prepared for the start of school.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 2nd, the day after Labor Day.