Shasta Middle School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Important Information Regarding State Testing

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 and Math. 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 in English Language Arts and Math 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.

Here is a fact sheet if you have general questions or want more information about the Oregon State Assessments.

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 form and further information that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. 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 8th, 2019.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Brady Cottle, Principal


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 y Matemática. 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 de Artes de la lengua inglesa y Matemáticas 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.

Aquí hay una hoja de datos si tiene preguntas generales o si desea obtener más información sobre las Evaluaciones del Estado de Oregón.

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 que le explica cómo puede elegir que su(s) hijo(s) no tome las evaluaciones estatales esta primavera. 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 8 de enero de 2019.

Si tiene preguntas, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo.

Brady Cottle, Director

Shasta Shines – Winter Service Project

Starting December 3rd thru December 21st, Shasta will be collecting cash/check donations to support our annual Shasta Shines Winter Service Project.   All donations are tax deductible and will be used to buy items for children in our community and for the women currently seeking shelter at Womenspace.

Our goal this year is to raise $3000 and provide needed items to 100 women and children.

Students are collecting coins in their classroom as part of a friendly competition to see who’s homeroom can raise the most money.

If you would like to donate, or know a business that might like to help, please consider giving us the name of the business and we will do the rest.   Please make checks payable to Shasta Middle School or drop off your cash donation in the front office.  Our tax ID is 93-6000591

On Friday, December 21st Shasta students will be going on a field trip to a local Walmart to purchase items for families and relief agencies using the money from the fundraisers.  If your students has not yet filled out a permission slip for the field trip, please click here to print one off.  Upon returning from the shopping trip, students will attend an assembly and afternoon activities.

Thank you in advances for helping with our fundraiser and those in our community.




Annual Winter Hult Concert & Student-Led Conferences

It’s not to late to get your tickets to our Annual Winter Concert.  Shasta’s bands and choirs will be performing at the Hult Center, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.  This has been a tradition for twenty-eight years now!  The Hult Center is the only facility that can accommodate our choir and band performing together.  You can pickup an order form in the front office or print one off by clicking here.  We hope you can join us on the 3rd for a wonderful evening at the Hult Center.



Student-Led Conferences will be held  next Wednesday, December 5th and Thursday, December 6th.  If you have not yet submitted a Conference Request Form, please do so as soon as possible or contact your students homeroom teacher to schedule a time.  Click here to print off a Conference Request Form.


November 30th – Grading Day – No School
December 3rd – Annual Winter Hult Concert – 7:00 pm
December 3rd – 6th ~
Scholastic Book Fair – Media Center
December 3th – 20th ~Shasta Shines Winter Service Project – click here
for more information
December 5th
Student Led Conferences 4:00 – 8:30 pm
December 6th – Student Led Conferences 1:00 – 8:30 pm – Student Dismissal 12:30
December 7th –
Inservice Day – No School

PTO Makes Big Purchase

We would like to say “THANK YOU” to our amazing PTO for the purchase of 11 Chromebooks!

PTO was able to purchase these Chromebooks through various fundraisers that were held last year.  Our PTO is committed to supporting our technology needs and will be continuing to purchase additional Chromebooks as funds become available.  Our goal is to have a complete classroom set of (40) Chromebooks that are mobile and can be used in every classroom.

We would also like to thank you in advance for supporting our PTO fundraisers and with your help we can reach our goal.

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