Two Prairie Mountain students play chess at Prairie Mountain.

What’s popular in middle school? Chess

Bethel has recently seen an explosion of middle school chess clubs. There are clubs at three of the four middle schools – Cascade, Prairie Mountain and Meadow View. There’s so much interest, in fact, that many students are on a waitlist to join their school’s chess club. At Prairie Mountain, a group 43 students who...
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Willamette introduces first Black Studies course

Willamette High School has a new history class this semester – Black Studies. It’s the first of its kind in Bethel, focusing exclusively on the history and origin of African cultures, communities, and leaders across the globe. Not only is the class focused on the historical foundation of such communities, but it’s also engaged in...
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Kindergarten Orientation is March 6 – Join us!

The Bethel School District is thrilled to welcome kindergarten students for the 2024-25 school year! Kindergarten orientations will be held at every elementary school on March 6.  Two sessions will be held for each school. Included below is a list of orientation sessions dates and times for each school. Please call the school of your...
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2023-24 transfer applications accepted beginning March 1

Fall transfer applications accepted beginning March 1 Bethel students who want to attend a school other than their neighborhood school, as well as out-of-district students who want to attend a Bethel school next fall (2023-2024 school year) can apply for in-district or interdistrict transfers beginning March 1 through March 31. This initial transfer window allows the district to...
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Graduation Rates Remain High in 2021-2022 School Year

Bethel has reason to celebrate! Graduation rate data released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education showed that the Bethel School District saw high rates of on-time graduation in the 2021-22 school year, with 81.7 percent of high school seniors graduating district-wide. The rate topped overall district graduation rates of neighboring Eugene 4J and Springfield...
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Bethel Strategic Planning Process

We’re getting close! Our strategic planning process is still underway, but our plan is beginning to take shape. Over the past few months, we have received valuable feedback from hundreds of families, students and staff members. This information will help us to craft a plan that will guide our work for the next 2-3 years....
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