Meadow View School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Meadow View’s Sample Schedules For Comprehensive Distance Learning

 

MV Schedules are HERE!

Hi Amazing Meadow View families,

We are now less than three weeks before the start of the new school year on September 14th. We have a bit more information to share today about Comprehensive Distance Learning. Woo hoo! The schedule overviews below provide additional key details regarding the K-5 and 6-8 plan for CDL. With significant input from parents and teachers – and detailed guidance from the state – we have developed schedules for Meadow View students. Actual schedules can and will vary, and could also change as the school year progresses.

Our hope is that this will ease some of your wonderings about what to expect from your child’s learning day. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions by calling the office at 541-607-9700.

We miss you, MV!

Erika and Carmen

 

K-5 Schedules:

Meadow View K-5 Sample Schedules      

One of our top priorities was to create a schedule that reduced class size for K-5. In order to do this, Bethel plans to split homeroom classes into two cohorts (AM/PM) for distance learning. The  configuration will look different when we transition to a hybrid model, but we will be able to continue with two cohorts and small class sizes. 

Students scheduled in the AM would receive “live” teacher instruction for 1.5-2.0 hours in the morning and their afternoon would be flexible to include non-live on/offline activities and opportunities to apply their learning. Students in the PM cohort would start their day with the inverse and access their live instruction in the afternoon. At Meadow View, this means that “live” daily sessions will have between 12-15 students per cohort.

Families will receive a phone call from the school next week to share more grade-level details, answer questions, and confirm morning or afternoon live learning sessions.

Comprehensive Distance Learning will include:

  • A consistent daily schedule for “live” instruction
  • Small class sizes (for CDL and hybrid models)
  • Attendance taken by the teacher every day
  • Daily “live” teacher instruction for 1.5-2 hours (K-3 = 1.5hrs, 4-5 = 2hrs)
  • Turned in work with teacher feedback 
  • Frequent opportunities for peer to peer interactions, differentiation and small group instruction
  • Interventions and support via push-in and pull-out models
  • Instruction in a variety of forms: explicit instruction, guided instruction and independent practice
  • Access to music and PE instruction weekly
  • Daily care and connection
  • A Wednesday schedule that looks a little bit different. Students will Zoom with their teacher in the morning for a shortened time and have applied learning activities for the remainder of the school day.

 

6-8 Schedules: 

Meadow View 6-8 Sample Schedules   

As a K-8 school, Meadow View’s 6-8 schedule also includes a predictable routine and much needed structure. Students will continue to access core content classes on a daily basis at their scheduled time. The first half of the day will include core classes that begin with daily “live” instruction and peer-to-peer collaboration. Their afternoon will be flexible and designed for students to apply their knowledge and skills from the teacher-facilitated learning. Students will also have access to either a music or PE elective in an online format. 

Families will receive a phone call from the school next week to share more scheduling details and answer questions.

Comprehensive Distance Learning will include:

  • A consistent and structured daily schedule 
  • Attendance taken for every class period
  • Daily “live” instruction with their core teachers at the beginning of each class
  • Work completion and teacher feedback loop
  • Grades and attendance recorded in ESchool and accessible via Home Access Center 
  • Interventions and support via push in and pull out models
  • Instruction in a variety of forms: explicit instruction, guided instruction and independent practice
  • Access to online elective (PE or Music) on a daily basis
  • A Wednesday schedule that looks a little bit different. Students will Zoom with their advisory teacher in the morning for a shortened time and have applied learning activities for the remainder of the school day.

 

Chromebook Distribution

Bethel School District will check out Chromebooks to any K-12 students to use during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Below is the schedule for pick-up at Willamette High School next Monday-Thursday.

Monday, 8/31

  • 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.        WHS students with last name A-F
  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.      WHS students with last name G-L
  • 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.      WHS students with last name M-R
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.        WHS students with last name S-Z

Tuesday, 9/1

  • 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.         Mid students with last name A-F
  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.       Mid students with last name G-L
  • 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.       Mid students with last name M-R
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.         Mid students with last name S-Z

Wednesday, 9/2

  • 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.         Elem students with last name A-E
  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.      Elem students with last name F-L
  • 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.      Elem students with last name M-R
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.        Elem students with last name S-Z

Thursday, 9/3

  • Noon-7:00pm                   Remaining student pick-up K-12

 

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Anticipating the Start of the School Year

Hi Amazing Meadow View Families,

We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and well. We are looking forward to connecting with all of you and partnering for a strong start to the school year. I want you to know that your Bethel team is working really hard to finalize plans for Comprehensive Distance Learning. We are focused on developing strong instructional practices, effective educator-student contact time, meaningful peer-to-peer interactions, predictable schedules and equitable learning opportunities. 

I know many of you are eagerly anticipating the first day of school and are wondering what Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) will look like for your child. 

Here are a few things you can expect during CDL:

  • Use of Bethel’s familiar classroom curriculum
  • Predictable daily routines and schedules
  • Parent info sessions to support their understanding of online learning platforms/use of Seesaw, Google Classroom and Zoom
  • Regular student feedback and standards-based grading
  • Daily attendance for K-5, attendance taken every class period for 6-8
  • K-8 learning activities may include full group instruction, peer interaction, two-way communication, small group breakouts, and/or individual office hours
  • Bethel’s draft schedules for K-8 students include daily routines with regularly scheduled instruction and learning activities for all core subjects, “live” daily instruction along with applied learning that can be accessed at flexible times throughout the day

Hopefully the information above provides an idea of what Comprehensive Distance Learning will look like in the fall. A specific hour-by-hour learning schedule on a typical day is still being refined and will be shared as soon as possible. We will eventually get past this pandemic and return to more “normal” schooling. For the moment, we will do our very best for your child and their classmates. 

Our fabulous teaching team returns to work the week of August 31st and we will begin reaching out to individual families. Meadow View will plan an opportunity for kids and families to connect with their teachers prior to the start of the school year and begin building relationships. We will also plan for Chromebook distribution. 

Stay tuned for more information later this week. We are excited to “see” our Meadow View Wolves and can’t wait for school to begin.

Take care,

Erika and Carmen

Bethel To Vote On No-Tax-Increase School Bond

Meadow View families will vote on the Bethel School Bond in November. Just like the 2012 bond, it will not increase the current tax rate.

The Bethel School Board has unanimously approved a bond measure for the November ballot, one that will not increase the current tax rate.

The bond was recommended by a large District committee of community members, staff, and architects that spent months studying the facilities and programs in Bethel.

The bond would further improve student safety at Meadow View. It would provide a covered play area for rainy day recess, update our textbooks and student computers for in-person and remote learning, and make basic repairs to our beautiful school.

It would build a Vocational Ed Center at Willamette High School to create a modern learning space for hands-on programs like Computer Programming, Construction Design, Healthcare, and Robotics.

And, Cascade Middle School would also be replaced. The oldest school in the District, Cascade was built in 1955 and has numerous structural, mechanical and design issues that were identified in official reports submitted to the state.

In addition, if the $99 million bond passes, Bethel will be granted another $6 million in matching grants from the state.

Bethel’s last bond also did not increase anyone’s tax rate, and was passed by voters in 2012 with a 73% Yes vote.

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School Calendar Changes; Register Now

 

Meadow View Update

Hey Amazing Meadow View Families! We hope you are having a wonderful, safe summer. We sure miss you! We are working like crazy over here to get things up and running and ready for Comprehensive Distance Learning while also prepping the building for the eventual return of students. Below are some updates that we know you’ve been waiting for. Please take a moment to read through the information and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions by calling the front office at 541-607-9700. We’re here and happy to help in any way we can.

Have a great night, Meadow View!

Erika and Carmen

School Calendar Changes:

We are working hard to make remote learning at the start of the school year more robust, engaging and rewarding for students. All Bethel schools will continue with remote learning through at least October 23.  Meanwhile, in order to properly train all staff on the new and improved version of remote learning, the first official day of school in Bethel will be September 14.

Important Parent Survey:

When the time comes that we are able to transition to in-school instruction, you will be given a choice of whether to continue with 100% online learning. We are trying to determine how many students might choose to stay with online learning or in-person instruction. Please take this very brief survey. Your input will help Bethel schools determine staffing for both programs.

Student Registration:

Now is the time to register your student for the coming school year. Please click here to register. All students will take part in remote learning to start the school year, but first all students must be registered. If you need help with the process, call our school office at 541-607-9700.

Chromebooks For Students:

The District is once again planning to distribute Chromebooks to those students without adequate access to a device for remote learning. When you take the Parent Survey it will also help us determine the technology need, so our school can begin making plans for distributing the Chromebooks.

School Supplies:

Great news! Bethel will be providing nearly all school supplies for its students. All your child needs is a backpack, and we can help with that, too. These supplies will mostly be used when our schools reopen, but some items might be needed during remote learning. Watch for further details on how to access Bethel’s school supplies.

District Support:

Bethel has gathered a supply of essential supplies and is eager to get them into the hands of families. These include dry and canned food, household cleaning products, and personal hygiene products, toilet paper and diapers. Call the District Office for more information: 541-689-3280.

Project Hope:

This annual community service event will take place Sunday, August 30, in the Willamette High School courtyard with social distancing protocols in place. Free shoes, backpacks and some school supplies will be provided. Watch for information on the sign-up in our principal’s blog.

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Bethel Schools To Start With Online Instruction

Hi Meadow View Families,

We have an important development to share about the start of the coming school year.

– Tuesday afternoon the State issued new rules for opening Oregon schools to in-person instruction, requiring a consistently low rate of new COVID cases. Neither Lane County nor the state of Oregon are currently meeting those low rates of new infection.

– Bethel schools are continuing to plan for a return to in-person instruction at some point during the 2020-21 school year.

– The #1 priority remains the health and safety for our students, families, and staff.

Opening Online: It has become clear that we must start the school year with 100% online instruction for all students. We will welcome all students back into our schools as soon as public health conditions allow.

This decision is a disappointment to many students and families who have been anticipating a return to school.  It is also a relief to those who have been hesitant about a return to in-person instruction in the midst of a pandemic.

Here are the new required COVID-19 baseline numbers we need to meet in order for us to open schools for in-person instruction. We were at these rates in May and June, and they are our new community-wide goal:

Lane County metrics– must be met three weeks in a row:

– 10 or fewer positive cases per 100,000 population in the preceding 7 days

– 5% or fewer positive tests in Lane County in the preceding 7 days

–  AND –

State metric must be met three weeks in a row:

– Test positivity rate of 5% or less in the preceding 7 days

K-3 Students: The state is more lenient on the baseline COVID numbers for opening doors for K-3 students. Research shared by Oregon Health Authority has shown that children under 10 get the virus at lower rates, get less sick, and spread the virus less than older students and adults.

So, while there is a possibility we will bring back K-3 students earlier than grades 4-12, all students will start with Bethel Online learning. We will share updates with you as soon as possible.

Bethel Online Learning: While starting this school year remotely is not ideal for many students and families, we have learned from the feedback our Bethel families provided after our emergency distance learning experience this spring. Bethel is committed to offering every child a rigorous online curriculum, five days a week, with daily contact from our dedicated Bethel teachers. We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to have access to the wide variety of classes and experiences available with in-person learning. To learn more about Bethel Online learning, click here.

Our goal remains to bring Bethel students and staff back to school as soon as is safely possible. The lower COVID-19 rates required by the state will become a community-wide goal that we can achieve by being diligent in our own health and safety behaviors.

So, while watching the COVID-19 numbers each day, our work is continuing, in order to provide the best possible education for all Bethel children.
Chris Parra
Bethel Superintendent

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