School Calendar Changes: We are working hard to make remote learning at the start of the school year more robust, engaging and rewarding for students. All Bethel schools will continue with remote learning through at least October 23. Meanwhile, in order to properly train all staff on the new and improved version of remote learning, the first official day of school in Bethel will be September 14.
Important Parent Survey: When the time comes that we are able to transition to in-school instruction, you will be given a choice of whether to continue with 100% online learning. We are trying to determine how many students might choose to stay with online learning or in-person instruction. Please take this very brief survey. Your input will help Bethel schools determine staffing for both programs.
Student Registration: Now is the time to register your student for the coming school year. Please click here to register. All students will take part in remote learning to start the school year, but first all students must be registered. If you need help with the process, call our school office at 541-607-9849
Chromebooks For Students: The District is once again planning to distribute Chromebooks to those students without adequate access to a device for remote learning. When you take the Parent Survey it will also help us determine the technology need, so our school can begin making plans for distributing the Chromebooks.
School Supplies: Great news! Bethel will be providing nearly all school supplies for its students. All your child needs is a backpack, and we can help with that, too. These supplies will mostly be used when our schools reopen, but some items might be needed during remote learning. Watch for further details on how to access Bethel’s school supplies.
District Support: Bethel has gathered a supply of essential supplies and is eager to get them into the hands of families. These include dry and canned food, household cleaning products, and personal hygiene products, toilet paper and diapers. Call the District Office for more information: 541-689-3280.
Project Hope: This annual community service event will take place Sunday, August 30, in the Willamette High School courtyard with social distancing protocols in place. Free shoes, backpacks and some school supplies will be provided. Watch for information on the sign-up in our principal’s blog.
Thank you for your patience.
It is a pleasure to announce to you that Jaime Noack has been selected as Prairie Mountain’s new assistant principal. Jaime comes to us with 15 years of experience in education at several different roles: tutor, elementary teacher, elementary assistant principal, and middle school assistant principal. Jaime is from Corvallis, but has spent the last 15 years serving students and families in several different places. She was a private tutor in Saudi Arabia, an elementary teacher in Guatemala, and a teacher and administrator in North Carolina. Jaime is thrilled to be with us and can’t wait to start next year on the Mountain.
Here’s a message from Jaime:
Hello Prairie Mountain Families,
I hope this message finds you all well. I am beyond excited to join the Mountain as your new assistant principal! I wanted to take the opportunity to share a little information about myself, and I look forward to learning about each of you in the days and months to come.
I grew up in Corvallis, but after high school the opportunity to play soccer and attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro came and I haven’t lived at “home” since. I earned my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and taught for eight years as a third and fifth grade teacher in both North Carolina and Guatemala (with a one year stint as a tutor for a Royal Family in Saudi Arabia in-between). I was awarded a North Carolina Principal Fellowship that allowed me to go back to school and complete a full-time administrative internship. Since earning my Master’s in School Administration, I have spent the last four years as an assistant principal at the elementary and most recently middle school levels. The thought of being at a K-8 school, where my love for elementary and middle school can meet, is amazing!
Outside of school, I love spending time outdoors with my family. My husband, Guillermo, and I have two girls – Jessie (6) and Mia (2). We also have a German Shepherd (Max) who has traveled with us since living in Guatemala. We are all thrilled to be coming “home” and starting our new adventure in Oregon.
I have loved learning about all the wonderful things that make Prairie Mountain School such a wonderful community, and I look forward to partnering with all of you to make this a fantastic school year!
Please join with me in sending a big Prairie Mountain welcome to Jaime Noack.
Hi Prairie Mountain Families,
We have an important development to share about the start of the coming school year.
– Tuesday afternoon the State issued new rules for opening Oregon schools to in-person instruction, requiring a consistently low rate of new COVID cases. Neither Lane County nor the state of Oregon are currently meeting those low rates of new infection.
– Bethel schools are continuing to plan for a return to in-person instruction at some point during the 2020-21 school year.
– The #1 priority remains the health and safety for our students, families, and staff.
Opening Online: It has become clear that we must start the school year with 100% online instruction for all students. We will welcome all students back into our schools as soon as public health conditions allow.
This decision is a disappointment to many students and families who have been anticipating a return to school. It is also a relief to those who have been hesitant about a return to in-person instruction in the midst of a pandemic.
Here are the new required COVID-19 baseline numbers we need to meet in order for us to open schools for in-person instruction. We were at these rates in May and June, and they are our new community-wide goal:
Lane County metrics– must be met three weeks in a row:
– 10 or fewer positive cases per 100,000 population in the preceding 7 days
– 5% or fewer positive tests in Lane County in the preceding 7 days
– AND –
State metric must be met three weeks in a row:
– Test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding 7 days
K-3 Students: The state is more lenient on the baseline COVID numbers for opening doors for K-3 students. Research shared by Oregon Health Authority has shown that children under 10 get the virus at lower rates, get less sick, and spread the virus less than older students and adults.
So, while there is a possibility we will bring back K-3 students earlier than grades 4-12, all students will start with Bethel Online learning. We will share updates with you as soon as possible.
Bethel Online Learning: While starting this school year remotely is not ideal for many students and families, we have learned from the feedback our Bethel families provided after our emergency distance learning experience this spring. Bethel is committed to offering every child a rigorous online curriculum, five days a week, with daily contact from our dedicated Bethel teachers. We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to have access to the wide variety of classes and experiences available with in-person learning. To learn more about Bethel Online learning, click here.
Our goal remains to bring Bethel students and staff back to school as soon as is safely possible. The lower COVID-19 rates required by the state will become a community-wide goal that we can achieve by being diligent in our own health and safety behaviors.
So, while watching the COVID-19 numbers each day, our work is continuing, in order to provide the best possible education for all Bethel children.
Hola, Familias de Prairie Mountain,
Tenemos una actualización importante que compartir sobre el comienzo del próximo año escolar.
What happens if a student or teacher is diagnosed with COVID-19? Can you explain the rules about face coverings? Could Bethel’s proposed instruction models change?
The answers are subject to change due to the seemingly ever-changing nature of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Health Authority, and Governor Brown have released updated guidance for schools.
It includes new requirements about face coverings, sanitizing, health screening, transportation, and much more.
¿Qué sucede si un estudiante o maestro es diagnosticado con COVID-19? ¿Puedes explicar las reglas sobre el uso de mascarillas? Continue reading