Prairie Mountain School

Bethel School District Eugene OR

Student Schedules and Chromebook Distribution

We are now less than three weeks before the start of the new school year on September 14th. Many of you and your children have questions about what Comprehensive Distance Learning will look like this fall, especially compared to the emergency distance learning in the spring. Thank you so much for your patience.

With significant input from parents and teachers – and detailed guidance from the state – we have developed schedules for Prairie Mountain students. Actual schedules can and will vary, and could also change as the school year progresses.

To create smaller class sizes, each grade level has been split into smaller groups or cohorts (AM/PM). Students scheduled in the AM would receive “live” teacher instruction 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 flip that schedule, accessing their live instruction in the afternoon.

Sample K-8 Student Schedules

Students will have access to music and PE instruction weekly

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.

Chromebook Distribution: Bethel School District will check out Chromebooks to K-12 students who need a device to take part in 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-7:00 p.m.              Remaining student pick-up K-12

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Bethel To Vote On No-Tax-Increase School Bond

Prairie Mountain families will be voting 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 Prairie Mountain. 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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Project Hope Back-to-School Giveaway

Backpacks, school supplies and more, for free at Project Hope.

We are thrilled to announce that Project Hope will be taking place again this year.

Mark your calendar for Willamette High School, Sunday, August 30 from 1-6 pm.

Each student will receive a backpack filled with school supplies, a pair of shoes and socks.

Please call Prairie Mountain (541-607-9849) to sign up for a time to attend. If you have students in more than one school, you can sign up all of your children by calling one school.

You will have a time assigned, so please arrive at that time, not before. We have carefully assigned times to honor state safety guidelines.

Help us keep Project Hope safe (COVID-19 Procedures): Please come with face coverings and be prepared to keep 6ft distance from others. Please do not attend if you are ill, or have been around someone who is ill. 

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School Calendar Changes; Register Now

graphic : Back to School nightSchool 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 541-607-9849

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.

Thank you for your patience. 

RW

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Prairie Mountain’s New Assistant Principal- Jaime Noack

Dear Prairie Mountain students, families, and community,

It is a pleasure to announce to you that Jaime Noack has been selected as Prairie Mountain’s new assistant principal.  Jaime comes to us with 15 years of experience in education at several different roles: tutor, elementary teacher, elementary assistant principal, and middle school assistant principal.  Jaime is from Corvallis, but has spent the last 15 years serving students and families in several different places.  She was a private tutor in Saudi Arabia, an elementary teacher in Guatemala, and a teacher and administrator in North Carolina. Jaime is thrilled to be with us and can’t wait to start next year on the Mountain.

Here’s a message from Jaime:

Hello Prairie Mountain Families, 

I hope this message finds you all well.  I am beyond excited to join the Mountain as your new assistant principal! I wanted to take the opportunity to share a little information about myself, and I look forward to learning about each of you in the days and months to come. 

I grew up in Corvallis, but after high school the opportunity to play soccer and attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro came and I haven’t lived at “home” since. I earned my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and taught for eight years as a third and fifth grade teacher in both North Carolina and Guatemala (with a one year stint as a tutor for a Royal Family in Saudi Arabia in-between). I was awarded a North Carolina Principal Fellowship that allowed me to go back to school and complete a full-time administrative internship.  Since earning my Master’s in School Administration, I have spent the last four years as an assistant principal at the elementary and most recently middle school levels. The thought of being at a K-8 school, where my love for elementary and middle school can meet, is amazing!

Outside of school, I love spending time outdoors with my family. My husband, Guillermo, and I have two girls – Jessie (6) and Mia (2). We also have a German Shepherd (Max) who has traveled with us since living in Guatemala.  We are all thrilled to be coming “home” and starting our new adventure in Oregon. 

I have loved learning about all the wonderful things that make Prairie Mountain School such a wonderful community, and I look forward to partnering with all of you to make this a fantastic school year!

My best, 

Jaime Noack

Please join with me in sending a big Prairie Mountain welcome to Jaime Noack. 

Thanks again,

RW

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