Willamette High School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Thank You Mrs. Le Roux!

Principal Le Roux has dedicated twenty years and countless hours to Bethel students. As she moves on to a district-level position in Springfield School District, we want to take a moment to reflect and thank Mindy for her service in Bethel.

Mindy was hired in 1999 as a speech language pathologist at Danebo Elementary. In that role, Mindy worked directly with students on speech-related intervention. While at Willamette, she would often see students in the halls and as they crossed the graduation stage and fondly recount memories of working with them as elementary students.

In 2006, Mindy took a position in Bethel’s district office as the assistant special services director. In that capacity, she helped coordinate special services to all students in Bethel. During this time her passion for education and serving students shone through when she returned to the University of Oregon to earn her doctorate in education while still working full time!

In the fall of 2012 Mindy returned to a school position as an assistant principal at Willamette and, one year later, Mindy became Willamette’s principal. Mindy brought stability to Willamette by keeping her administrative team and the bulk of the staff together for five years. She recognized a need to better serve first generation college-going students and brought the AVID program to Willamette. She also identified a need to better serve students transitioning to high school and started the Willamette Prep Academy to serve 100 incoming freshmen.

Mindy is known for her openness to ideas. She started the Student Advisory Group and Parent Advisory Group in order to better hear thoughts, questions, and concerns from Bethel families. She worked with her staff on restorative practices with the idea of better meeting student needs, especially those experiencing trauma. Mindy cared deeply for all students.

On a personal level, Mindy maintained professionalism balanced with kindness, humor, and a calm steadiness in helping staff and students alike. Her warm smile and caring presence will be missed.

Thank you, Mindy, for the energy and time you dedicated to Bethel families. Good luck on your next adventure. We will miss you!

Willamette Graduation Ceremony Update

We will have our graduation ceremony outdoors, in Wolverine Stadium. Here are a couple details to remember:

  • Gates will open at 5:15 with the ceremony starting at 6:30.
  • Umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium. They shouldn’t be needed as the forecast is for the rain to cease by 5pm.
  • Live Stream Viewing Parties: Many families are wisely considering hosting viewing parties so all family and friends can enjoy the ceremony. Here is the link to the Willamette 2019 Commencement Ceremony live stream.

We are looking forward to Friday evening as we honor our Class of 2019. 

WHS Graduation Ceremony Update

Here is the latest on the Willamette Graduation location.

The weather forecast for Friday is not good. I have pushed back the final decision until Thursday morning on whether to keep the ceremony outdoors at Wolverine Stadium or move it indoors into the Main Gym, which seats fewer people. 

The goal is to ensure our graduates have a memorable commencement experience, and that is where we need your understanding and cooperation. Please do not call to ask for exceptions to the details listed below. 

IF the ceremony is moved indoors, here are the details:

  • Doors to the Main Gym will open at 5:30 with the ceremony staring at 6:30. 
  • Limited Space: Due to the limited number of seats, only black tickets will provide admission to the graduation ceremony in the Main Gym. Each graduating student has been provided 6 black tickets. Please understand that unfortunately there can be no exceptions.
  • All attendees must have a black ticket to enter either Main Gym and a white ticket to enter the live stream viewing in Powers Auditorium.
  • Strollers, car seats and balloons will not be allowed into the Main Gym or Powers Auditorium. 
  • Live Stream Viewing Parties: Many families are wisely considering viewing parties from the comfort of their homes or in satellite locations. The link for the live stream is:

Willamette 2019 Commencement Ceremony 

  • Willamette Live Stream Viewing: The ceremony will be broadcast via a live stream in Powers Auditorium. Only white tickets will gain admission to this venue. You must have a white ticket to enter Powers Auditorium. Space is limited in these locations and as such, seats will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Saving seats is not permitted in any of our venues.

Again, the final decision won’t be determined until Thursday morning. I will give you an update as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience and understanding because try as we might, Mother Nature is difficult to influence, even in circumstances like this!

2019 Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Graduation is nearly upon us! We always hope for an outdoor ceremony as it accommodates more guests, but the weather forecast for Friday has not been looking favorable.

The decision on whether to hold graduation outdoors or indoors must be made on Wednesday to allow all the set-up to take place. The reason for moving the ceremony inside is several fold, including our equipment that must stay dry and the metal chairs for graduates and guests would be a safety hazard. 

If the forecast moves the ceremony into the Main Gym, the number of guests allowed in the gym will be limited to 6 guests (per graduate). I will share the details in a future post, if we need to move inside. In the meantime, let’s hope for a shift to good weather on Friday!

For now, an outdoor ceremony is our plan. Here are a couple details to remember:

  • Gates will open at 5:15 with the ceremony starting at 6:30.
  • Live Stream Viewing Parties: Many families are wisely considering hosting viewing parties so all family and friends can enjoy the ceremony. We will post the link to the live stream on the blog (here) and on our school Facebook page.

We are looking forward to Friday evening as we honor our Class of 2019.

Willamette High School Career and College Night: May 15th

Willamette High School will host a Career and College Knowledge Night open to all students and families in Lane County. 

When: Wednesday, May 15th, 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Willamette High School (1801 Echo Hollow Road, Eugene), Main Gym and West Gym, park in the south lot.

What: Over 22 colleges and universities will be in attendance, 30 businesses and 7 military organizations will be represented.

Why: Learn about different colleges, meet potential employers and learn about summer job opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you there! We will have translators on site to assist, as needed.

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