Bethel School District Eugene OR

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State Testing Approaches

Here is some important information about this school year’s state tests.

Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write out their answers. The new assessments measure more complex skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that schools and parents can assess whether children are on-track to graduate high school ready for college or a career.

Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests cannot tell us everything about your child’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help Bethel School District get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Bethel students are performing, as we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources, and continue to improve our educational system.

Bethel has always had a high participation rate on state assessments as both parents and staff have found value in this “point-in-time” check on the progress of our students and our educational system. However, parents in Oregon have the option to opt their children out of the state assessments. Here is the ELA and Math form and further information (PDF) that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. Here is the Science, and English Language Proficiency Assessment form and further information (PDF). Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully then print, complete, and return the form to our school’s main office by January 6th, 2020.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Jill RW, Principal

jill.rw@bethel.k12.or.us

 

Enfoques de prueba del estado

 

Aquí se presenta información importante sobre las pruebas escolares estatales de este año.

Cada primavera, los estudiantes de Oregón en los grados 3 a 8 y 11 participan en evaluaciones estatales en Artes de la lengua inglesa, Matemáticas, y Ciencias. En lugar de preguntas de opción múltiple, la prueba de hoy les pide a los estudiantes que expliquen su razonamiento y, a menudo, que escriban sus respuestas. Las nuevas evaluaciones miden habilidades más complejas como el pensamiento crítico, la escritura y la resolución de problemas, de manera que las escuelas y los padres puedan evaluar si sus niños están en buen camino para graduarse de la secundaria, están listos para la universidad o una carrera profesional.

Los estudiantes tomarán las pruebas estatales nuevamente la próxima primavera. A pesar de que las pruebas no nos dicen todo sobre el progreso académico de su hijo, los resultados funcionan como una instantánea de las fortalezas y áreas de mejora de su hijo en esas materias. Las pruebas ayudan al Distrito Escolar de Bethel a tener una imagen más completa y precisa de cuán bien se desempeñan los estudiantes de Bethel, ya que evaluamos el plan de estudios, revisamos las estrategias institucionales, distribuimos recursos y seguimos mejorando nuestro sistema educativo.

Bethel siempre ha tenido una alta tasa de participación en las evaluaciones estatales, ya que tanto los padres como el personal han encontrado valor en esta verificación del “punto en el tiempo” del progreso de nuestros estudiantes y nuestro sistema educativo. Sin embargo, los padres en Oregón tiene la opción de elegir que sus hijos no participen en las evaluaciones del estado. Aquí hay un formulario y más información (PDF) que le explica cómo puede elegir que su(s) hijo(s) no tome las evaluaciones estatales esta primavera. Aquí está el formulario de Ciencia y Evaluación del dominio del idioma ingles e información adicional (PDF). Si desea elegir que su hijo no participe, lea cuidadosamente la información y luego imprima, complete y envíe el formulario a la oficina principal de nuestra escuela antes del 6 de enero de 2020.

Our Doors Will be Open to Welcome You

This is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year because this is conference week! I love connecting with families, and I hope to see each and every one of you here for conferences this year. We believe that we do our best work when we do it together.

If you have not yet scheduled your conference, there is still time.  Please contact your student’s homeroom teacher to reserve your spot right away.

Conference times are:

Wednesday December 4th: 3:00-8:00

Thursday, December 5th: 12:00-7:30

 

When you are here for conferences, please stop by our Book Fair in the elementary library. This year’s theme is Arctic Adventure: Snow Much to Read!  Catchy isn’t it? This is a wonderful opportunity for you to support our school library as well as encourage your students to read, read, read. Did you know that the total minutes a student reads each week has a powerful impact on their overall success in school? It’s a fact! If your student is not yet a reader, read to them at every opportunity to instill in them a love of reading. Time spent with books and reading is always time very well spent.

 

Know What’s Going On(line)

Bethel School District is teaming with Eugene 4J and the Eugene Police Department to offer training for parents and the public about how to prevent sexual exploitation of children, as well as cyber-bullying and sexting. A nationally-recognized child crimes specialist will lead the training. Click here for the details (PDF).

It’s Book Fair Time Again

We are excited to announce this year’s Scholastic Book Fair, ARCTIC ADVENTURE – Snow Much to Read!

Our Book Fair will be open in the elementary library beginning Tuesday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 5th

Click on the link below to learn more about Prairie Mountain’s Scholastic Book Fair.  On the web page, you will also see a link for instructions for creating an eWallet account. It’s a great way for extended family to share their love of books with a child or grandchild.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/prairiemountainschool2

If you are interested in volunteering at our Arctic Adventure Book Fair,  you will receive $5.00 to spend there.  Please email Beth.clarke@bethel.k12.or.us or Maureen.clark@bethel.k12.or.us if you are interested in volunteering.

Dates/times for Prairie Mountain’s Scholastic Book Fair:

Tuesday, December 3rd

7:40-8:00am

2:10-2:40pm

Wednesday, December 4th

7:40-8:00am
2:10-6pm

Thursday, December 5th

7:40-8:00am
11:10am-6pm

 

We’ve Got Spirit!

Hey Mountaineers!

More exciting news from our amazing PTO.  Our dream for the last couple years has been to get kids and families excited about Prairie Mountain Spirit Gear.  Last year we adopted a new logo that we are using on all of our Spirit Gear. With the help of our amazing Project Leader Emily, we now are able to offer students and families Spirit Packs that includes hoodies, zip-up sweaters, T-shirts and draw-string bags with this new logo. Fliers have been printed and will go out in Tuesday folders next week. I am so lucky to work for the best PTO in the world.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

RW

Spirit Gear

Equipo de Espírito