Prairie Mountain School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Update On School Reopening Plans

Although it’s only early July and there are still two whole months before the new school year begins, families are understandably anxious and interested in our plans for reopening Bethel schools.

COVID-19 continues to change the most fundamental aspects of how we live, including how we hold school. As a result, our school cannot operate in a normal fashion to begin the 2020-21 school year. From top to bottom, here is some important information you should know:

The Plan: Bethel administrators and department leaders are now outlining details of two learning models: a Hybrid model, combining in-classroom instruction with distance learning, and a Comprehensive Distance Learning option for students who are unable to attend in person. There are many reasons why the Hybrid model has been selected, but most center on following the Oregon Health Authority’s strict health and safety requirements now in place for schools:

– Social Distancing: The State requires that each student in school be provided a social distancing area of 7’ x 5’ (35 sq. ft.). Depending on the size of the room, that limits classrooms to about 14 students at one time. So, about half the school enrollment will be able to attend school at one time.

– Instruction: A core value in Bethel is to maximize in-person instruction to provide continuity of learning, care, and connection. A Hybrid model brings students to school for some days each week, while offering distance learning for the days when students are not in the building, while Comprehensive Distance Learning is for students who cannot attend in-person at all.

– Health & Safety: No in-person plan will work without the ability to protect the health of all children and adults in the school. We are more able to limit your child’s contact with others throughout the day by reducing the number of students in school at one time, while keeping students in consistent groups, as required, 

– Transportation: Social distancing requirements apply on school buses, too. This will cut the capacity of most of our buses by more than half. If all students attended each day, we simply would not have enough buses to provide transportation for all the students who need it. We will ask parents to transport their children, if they are able.

– Cleaning: In a Hybrid model, schools will be able to clean between student group rotations to disinfect all high-touch surfaces throughout the school.

– Childcare: Part-time in-school instruction is a significant burden on many families. With the Hybrid model, students will be in school some days and on a regular schedule. It also aligns with what private daycare centers typically offer (2 or 3 days per week options).

Your Choices: It is critical that we hear from you while the plan is still in the development phase.  Watch for a survey coming in the Principal’s Blog. We’ll be asking about transportation, distance learning, meals, and more. Your input is incredibly important in helping the District refine its reopening plans.

Family Feedback: You will have opportunities July 13, 14 and 15 to learn more and provide feedback about the draft reopening plan. Your input is critical to the successful development and implementation of the plan. Details about the upcoming family feedback Zoom sessions will be shared in the Principal’s Blog.

The Timeline: After the survey and your feedback, the final Operational Blueprint has to receive approval from Lane County Public Health and be submitted to the state by August 15th.

Communication: We will continue to share updates as relevant information is available. Watch for emailed information coming via the Principal’s Blog.

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Registration for School Year 20-21

Dear Prairie Mountain Families,

It is that time of year again, when we remind all PM families to complete the online registration process for their student(s) as soon as possible. 
Please follow the following steps to locate the online registration page.


2. Select the Parent Tab

3. Select “Returning Student” or “New Student”

4. Sign in with your student snap code credentials. Student snap codes were emailed to the primary guardian earlier this month, and will be mailed home with report cards this week.

5. Complete all registration forms.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 541-607-9849. Our office will be open Monday-Thursday from 8-noon through June 25th. 

If you have already completed online registration for your student(s), thank you and enjoy your summer! In addition, we ask that you please periodically review this webpage for information for the upcoming school year. We will let you know more as soon as we have information to share.

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Goodbye 2019-2020 school year! Fond farewell to five Eagles / ¡Adiós año escolar 2019-2020! Adiós a cinco águilas

As many of you know, we have five fantastic educators moving on to their next journey in life.  Sonja Maul, Robin Hanson, Cindy Adkisson, and Carol Harris are retiring after several decades in the field of education.  We are also saying farewell to Athena Imholt.  Athena is not retiring, but moving on to work as a Pre-School teacher at Bethesda Lutheran Church. 

Our hearts are full of joy but our pockets are full of tears.  These five amazing women have touched our lives in so many ways.  All of us on the Mountain, in our community, and in Bethel are so lucky to have had them in our lives.  We wish them all the best that life has to offer and will treasure the moments that we had with them.  We thank them for helping us all soar every day like eagles. 

If you would like to send Sonja, Robin, Cindy, Carol, and/or Athena a private message, please click here on our Fond Farewell Google Form.

Thank you,


Como muchos de ustedes saben, tenemos cinco educadoras fantásticas que avanzan en su próximo viaje en la vida. Sonja Maul, Robin Hanson, Cindy Adkisson y Carol Harris se jubilan después de varias décadas en la profesión educativa. También nos despedimos de Athena Imholt. Athena no se jubila, sino que pasa a trabajar como maestra de preescolar en la Iglesia Luterana Bethesda.

Nuestros corazones están llenos de alegría, pero nuestros bolsillos están llenos de lágrimas. Estas cinco mujeres increíbles han tocado nuestras vidas de muchas maneras. Todos nosotros en la Montaña, en nuestra comunidad y en Bethel somos muy afortunados de haberlos tenido en nuestras vidas. Les deseamos todo lo mejor que la vida tiene para ofrecer y atesoraremos los momentos que tuvimos con ellos. Les agradecemos por ayudarnos a volar todos los días como águilas.

Si desea enviar un mensaje privado a Sonja, Robin, Cindy, Carol y / o Athena, haga click aquí en nuestro Formulario de despedida de Google.



Deadline For Chromebook Return / Fecha límite de devolución de Chromebook

Deadline For Chromebook Return

Hello Prairie Mountain families,

This is a reminder message about Chromebooks. It is time to return all the Chromebooks that Bethel School District has loaned out.

If your child still has a Bethel Chromebook, please return it to Willamette High School, tomorrow, Thursday, between noon and 7:00 p.m.

That’s Thursday, June 18th, between noon and 7:00 p.m. at Willamette High School. 

Call our school office if you have any questions: 541-607-9849.


Fecha límite de devolución de Chromebook

Hola familias de Prairie Mountain,

Este es un mensaje recordatorio sobre las Chromebooks. Es hora de devolver todos los Chromebooks que Distrito Escolar de Bethel ha prestado.

Si su hijo todavía tiene un Chromebook Bethel, devuélvalo a escuela secundaria de Willamette por favor, mañana, jueves, entre el mediodía y las 7:00pm.

Eso es jueves, 18 de junio, entre el mediodía y las 7:00 pm a escuela secundaria de Willamette.

Llame a la oficina de la escuela si tiene alguna pregunta: 541-607-9849.

Summer Meals Continue In Bethel

A new plan for the meals program will ensure health and nutritious food will be available throughout the summer.

Tuesday June 16th will be the last day for the current meals sites in Bethel.

The District will provide a bridge meals program between now and the start of the summer food program on June 29th. The temporary meals sites will be at Prairie Mountain School (10:00-11:00 and Fairfield Elementary (11:30-12:30), weekdays from June 17-26.

Beginning June 30th, Bethel will offer multi-meal boxes on Tuesdays and Fridays at Willamette High School (Tu, Fri, 10:00-11:00) and Prairie Mountain School (Tu, Fri, 11:00-1:00). The multi-meal boxes will include breakfasts and lunches to cover the days the sites are not open.

Food for Lane County will operate daily summer meal programs, serving bagged breakfasts/lunches at:

  • Fairfield Elementary (11:00 – Noon)
  • Malabon Elementary (11:00 – Noon)
  • Danebo Elementary (11:00 – Noon)


Las comidas de verano continúan en Bethel

Un nuevo plan para el programa de comidas asegurará que haya alimentos saludables y nutritivos disponibles durante todo el verano.

El martes 16 de junio será el último día para los sitios de comidas actuales en Bethel.

El Distrito proporcionará un programa de comidas puente entre ahora y el comienzo del programa de alimentos de verano el 29 de junio. Los sitios de comidas temporales están en la escuela Prairie Mountain (10:00-11:00 y primaria Fairfield (11:30-12:30), los días laborables del 17 al 26 de junio.

A partir del 30 de junio, Bethel ofrecerá cajas de comidas múltiples los martes y viernes en escuela secundaria de Willamette (Tu, viernes, 10:00-11: 00) y escuela Prairie Mountain (Tu, viernes, 11:00-1: 00). Las cajas de comidas múltiples incluirán desayunos y almuerzos para cubrir los días en que los sitios no están abiertos.

Food for Lane County operará diariamente programas de comidas de verano, sirviendo desayunos / almuerzos en bolsas en:

  • Primaria Fairfield (11:00 – mediodía)
  • Primaria Malabon (11:00 – Mediodía)
  • Primaria Danebo (11:00 – Mediodía)
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