Willamette High School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Message From District Leaders

Dear Willamette families,

Please take a moment to read this message from Bethel School Board Chair Paul Jorgensen and Superintendent Chris Parra regarding the events in our community and around the country.

Sincerely,

Dan Hedberg

Principal, Willamette High School

 

Message From District Leaders

There have been many times when communities across our nation have taken to the streets in protest of the death of a Black person. As a nation, we find ourselves here again. We have been deeply, deeply troubled by the events of the last week. The recent deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia are appalling. The grief, anger, frustration and fear expressed by members of the Black community – both nationwide and in the greater Eugene area – is very real and terribly painful.

As a school district, Bethel has been and remains dedicated to standing with the students and families of our Black and Brown communities. Even while our school buildings are closed, we seek to continue providing support and resources to our families.

But, we know we must do more. As part of the greater community that cares deeply about our students and families, it is our responsibility to speak up against bigotry, and to teach compassion and make changes when we see inequities within our system. We will continue to learn together and commit to improving the lives and experiences of the students we serve. These are values on which we can all agree, and on which we can all improve.

We are personally committing to being a part of the solution rather than ignoring and perpetuating the problem. We can grow and learn together and work to create a better community for everyone.

Paul Jorgensen                                                             Chris Parra         
Chair, Bethel School Board                                           Superintendent, Bethel School District

 

Mensaje de los líderes del distrito

Ha habido muchas ocasiones en que las comunidades de nuestra nación han salido a las calles en protesta por la muerte de una persona negra. Como nación, nos encontramos aquí nuevamente. Hemos estado profundamente preocupados por los acontecimientos de la última semana. Las muertes recientes de George Floyd en Minneapolis y Ahmaud Arbery en Georgia son espantosas. El dolor, la ira, la frustración y el miedo expresados ​​por los miembros de la comunidad negra, tanto a nivel nacional como en el área metropolitana de Eugene, son muy reales y terriblemente dolorosos.

Cómo distrito escolar, Bethel ha estado y sigue dedicado a apoyar a los estudiantes y las familias de nuestras comunidades negras y marrones. Incluso mientras nuestros edificios escolares están cerrados, buscamos continuar brindando apoyo y recursos a nuestras familias.

Pero sabemos que debemos hacer más. Como parte de la gran comunidad que se preocupa profundamente por nuestros estudiantes y familias, es nuestra responsabilidad hablar en contra de la intolerancia y enseñar compasión y hacer cambios cuando vemos desigualdades dentro de nuestro sistema. Continuaremos aprendiendo juntos y comprometiéndonos a mejorar las vidas y las experiencias de los estudiantes a los que servimos. Estos son valores en los que todos podemos estar de acuerdo, y en los que todos podemos mejorar.

Nos comprometemos personalmente a ser parte de la solución en lugar de ignorar y perpetuar el problema. Podemos crecer y aprender juntos y trabajar para crear una mejor comunidad para todos.

Paul Jorgensen                                              Chris Parra         
Presidente, de la Junta Directiva                  Superintendente Bethel, Distrito Escolar de Bethel

Students, your voice matters!

Dear Students,

We want to hear from you! The Oregon Department of Education and Willamette High School have provided two opportunities to provide feedback for both this past year in distance learning as well as moving forward in the 2020-2021 school year.

Here is a link to provide feedback regarding Willamette High School Distance Learning.

Here is a link to provide feedback to the Oregon Department of Education as they are planning for the 2020/2021 school year.

We miss you all and can’t wait to see you again in the future!

Thank you, 

Team Willamette!

District Plans Furlough Days / El distrito planea días de licencia

Due to the statewide economic impact of the COVID-19 closures in Oregon, school districts across the state have been asked to prepare for significant budget shortfalls. The Governor has ordered what amounts to a 17% funding reduction to state agencies, meaning Bethel School District faces the possibility of a $6.5 million dollar budget cut.  

In response, starting this week all Bethel staff will be furloughed one day each week through June. This could save close to $1 million that will be used next school year, helping to protect instructional days and staff positions.

Students should not notice significant changes in their Distance Learning routine due to the furlough days, which for most staff are on Fridays. Teachers have been using multiple Zoom meetings, Google Classroom, and individual phone calls to students. They will now condense their schedules and reduce the amount and length of staff meetings because of the four-day work week.

The furlough amounts to a 20% reduction in the work week and, through Oregon’s Work Share program, make Bethel staff eligible for unemployment and federal CARES Act funds. 

 

El distrito planea días de licencia

Debido al impacto económico a nivel estatal de los cierres de COVID-19 en Oregon, se ha pedido a los distritos escolares de todo el estado que se preparen para un déficit presupuestario significativo. El Gobernador ordenó lo que equivale a una reducción de fondos del 17% para las agencias estatales, lo que significa que el Distrito Escolar de Bethel enfrenta la posibilidad de un recorte presupuestario de $ 6.5 millones de dólares.

En respuesta, a partir de esta semana, todo el personal de Bethel será despedido un día cada semana hasta junio. Esto podría ahorrar cerca de $ 1 millón que se utilizará el próximo año escolar, lo que ayudará a proteger los días de instrucción y los puestos del personal.

Los estudiantes no deben notar cambios significativos en su rutina de aprendizaje a distancia debido a los días de licencia, que para la mayoría del personal son los viernes. Los maestros han estado utilizando múltiples reuniones de Zoom, Google Classroom y llamadas telefónicas individuales a los estudiantes. Ahora condensarán sus horarios y reducirán la cantidad y la duración de las reuniones del personal debido a la semana laboral de cuatro días.

El permiso equivale a una reducción del 20% en la semana laboral y, a través del programa Work Share de Oregon, hace que el personal de Bethel sea elegible para el desempleo y los fondos federales de la Ley CARES.

Yearbook Update

While we are not likely to forget this year anytime soon, Yearbooks will be a fantastic way to recall the names and faces of everyone who navigated this world event with you at the ten-year reunion in 2030! 

Distribution of yearbooks will be delayed until summer or fall of 2020, due to the temporary closure of both school and printing facilities.  When the distribution date approaches, we will send out more information. 

Extra yearbooks were ordered and books may be purchased at $65 each during distribution, as supplies last. 

If anyone has any questions they can contact our Yearbook Managing Editor at wilhi2020@gmail.com or Mr. Bishoff (Yearbook Advisor) at erik.bishoff@bethel.k12.or.us.

Go Wolverines!