Willamette High School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Message From Superintendent on Teacher Walkout

I want to bring your attention to action planned by the Eugene Education Association that will impact our schools in Bethel on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. You may have already heard about this in the media.

This is what we know. In an effort to rally support for increased funding for K-12 education, Eugene Education Association leadership in Bethel has indicated that the majority of licensed school staff have pledged to a “walkout” and therefore will not show up for work on Wednesday, May 8th. They will instead be attending rallies in Eugene and at the state capitol. It will not be possible to find enough substitute teachers to cover all classrooms and safely operate schools, so we will have no choice but to close all Bethel schools for the day. The district will approach this event like a snow day, with only essential staff reporting to work, such as building front office staff, administrators, custodians and maintenance staff.

The district fully understands the intent of the actions planned for May 8th, but we also have the important daily responsibility of educating, guiding, feeding, and transporting 5,400 students. The walkout will create a hardship for families and the district cannot sponsor or support this action. We also know our educators are caring individuals who are completely dedicated to their students, and they want increased funding to better support all students. Eugene Education Association has been transparent in their intentions for May 8th, giving time for parents/guardians to make arrangements for their child’s care on this day.

Exceptions:

  • The District will work with preschool programs and school-based child care providers who will communicate directly with families regarding operating on this day
  • IB testing at WHS will take place as scheduled
  • After school youth sports schedules will not be interrupted
  • Principal Mindy LeRoux will send out information regarding other events and programs specific to Willamette that are scheduled for May 8th

This missed school day will not be made up at the end of the school year in June. The make-up snow days from February have extended the school year beyond what is normally scheduled and many families have already changed summer plans due to those added days. All Bethel schools will still surpass their required instructional hours.

Many of you may want to know more about the walkout. We cannot speak for the Association, but below are some news articles and web links related to May 8th.
Chris Parra
Bethel Superintendent

Mensaje del Superintendente sobre la salida de maestros

Quiero traer a su atención sobre las medidas tomadas por la Asociación de Educación de Eugene que impactarán a nuestras escuelas en Bethel el miércoles 8 de mayo, 2019. Es posible que ya haya escuchado sobre esto en el medio.

Esto es lo que sabemos. En el esfuerzo por apoyar la “salida” para aumentar fondos para la educación K-12, el liderazgo de la Asociación de Educación de Eugene en Bethel ha indicado que la mayoría del personal escolar con licencia se ha comprometido a una “salida” y por lo tanto no se presentaran al trabajo el miércoles, 8 de mayo. En lugar, asistirán a huelgas en Eugene y en la capital del estado. No será posible encontrar suficientes maestros sustitutos para cubrir todos los salones y operar con seguridad las escuelas, así que no tendremos más remedio que cerrar todas las escuelas de Bethel por el día. El distrito abordará este evento como un día de nieve, con solo el personal esencial que se reportara para trabajar, como el personal de la oficina, administradores, conserjes y el personal del mantenimiento.

El distrito entiende completamente la intención de las acciones planeadas para el 8 de mayo, pero también tenemos la importante responsabilidad diaria de educar, guiar, alimentar, y transportar 5,400 estudiantes. La salida creará una dificultad para las familias y el distrito no puede patrocinar o apoyar esta acción. También sabemos que nuestros educadores son individuos solidarios que están completamente dedicados a sus estudiantes, y quieren aumentar fondos para apoyar mejor a todos los estudiantes. La Asociación de Educación de Eugene ha sido transparente en sus intenciones para el 8 de mayo, dándole tiempo para los padres/guardianes para hacer arreglos para el cuidado de sus hijos en este día.

Excepciones:

  • El Distrito trabajará con programas preescolares y proveedores de cuidado infantil en las escuelas quienes se comunicarán directamente con las familias sobre el funcionamiento de este día
  • Los exámenes IB en WHS se tomarán acabo como están programados
  • Los horarios de deportes juveniles después de la escuela no serán interrumpidos.
  • El directora Mindy LeRoux enviará información sobre otros eventos y programas específicos de Willamette que están programados para el 8 de mayo

Este día escolar perdido no se recuperará al final del año escolar en junio. Los días de nieve de recuperación de febrero ya han extendido el año escolar más allá de lo que normalmente está programado y muchas familias ya han cambiado sus planes de verano debido a esos días agregados. El Distrito todavía superará sus horas de instrucción requeridas.

Puede que muchos de ustedes quieran saber más sobre la salida. No podemos hablar por la Asociación, pero a continuación hay algunos artículos y enlaces de web relacionados al 8 de mayo.
Chris Parra
Superintendente de Escuelas Bethel

Incoming Willamette Freshmen: Join us for Willamette Prep Academy!

Hello Future Wolverines! Are you an incoming freshmen in the Class of 2023? To ease the transition to high school, Willamette hosts a free, four-day summer school for incoming freshmen called the Willamette Prep Academy. Incoming 9th graders play games, tour the school, get to know staff leaders and senior students, learn about Willamette and all its opportunities, and practice decision making skills. We strive for our students to meet new friends and be more comfortable with starting high school.

The details:

When: There are two sessions from August 5th-8th OR August 19th-22nd from 9am-3pm.

Where: Willamette High School Science Building

Attendance: Just like normal high school, students are expected to have 100% attendance

Cost: Free!

Food: Snacks and lunch are provided for free

If you are interested, please call the front office at 541.689.0731 or fill out the form at this link. We have 90 spots available and are currently taking names. In May, we will draw names and let you know that you have been selected for the academy.

Congratulations Barry Bokn, Former Willamette Athletic Director

Willamette wants to congratulate and celebrate Barry Bokn, our former student, teacher, coach, and athletic director. This weekend he was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. He worked at Willamette for 32 years, teaching students, coaching players, and positively impacting the lives of thousands of students throughout his career. We are proud of Barry’s accomplishments and happy we can forever call Barry a Wolverine. Thank you, Barry, for your service and congratulations!

Bethel Multicultural Fair

The Bethel Multicultural Fair team invites you to our free family event, the Multicultural Fair on Thursday, April 11th 6-8pm at Malabon. We will have performances and artwork by Bethel students!

 

WHAM: Wilhi Attendance Matters!

Every day your child is in school matters. Did you know that missing one day a month can negatively impact a student’s progress toward graduation? 

Check out this tool that shows you the impact of attendance on academic progress in middle school and high school. Results are based on research conducted by Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes on behalf of Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center  in partnership with Get Schooled. Read the entire report now.

A few reminders about parent communication around attendance:

  1. Early release of students. Please call the day before the release, or prior to 8am on the day of the release. With notice we can have the student in the office ready for your pick up.
  2. Excusing absences. Ideally, absences are minimal and a parent/guardian will call the same day as the absence. As per our policy, absences need to be excused within three days after the absence. 

If you would like assistance and support in helping your child improve attendance, please call and request a meeting with your child’s counselor and/or an administrator. 

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