Shasta Middle School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Whooping Cough Update

Whooping Cough Update

Currently there are active cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the community, though we have not had a confirmed case in Bethel School District. We would like to take this time to provide some information about pertussis, signs and symptoms to look for, and treatment and prevention recommendations.

Lane County Health Department recommends the following:

  1. If your child has symptoms of pertussis – as described below – please keep them homefrom school and consult with their health care provider.
  2. Ensure your child is up to date on his or her immunizations. Contact your health care provider or school to review vaccine records.
  3. If you are pregnant and have had contact with someone diagnosed with pertussis, call your health care provider to discuss prevention options during pregnancy.

What is Pertussis?

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract, caused by bacteria found in the mouth, nose, and throat of an infected person.

  • Pertussis is spread through direct contact with nose and throat mucus and airborne droplets.
  • Pertussis can occur at any age, but infants and young children are at the highest risk of life-threatening consequences.
  • Immunization is the most effective way to prevent the spread of this illness.

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Upcoming Events

PTO Meeting – Wednesday, December 12th’s PTO Meeting – cancelled.  Our next meeting is January 9th, in the Media Center at 6:30 p.m.


Shasta Shines Winter Service Project – December 21st, students will head out to local Walmart’s to purchase items for local families and Womenspace, with donations that have been collected through various fundraisers.  Donations are still being accepted and are tax deductible. Our goal is $3,000!

SnowmanAcademic Award Presentation – December 17th, during 4th, 5th, and 6th periods.

Winter Break – December 24th – January 4thNo School

School Resumes – January 7thWelcome Back

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.