About the EWEB Grant
Bethel School District is fortunate to be supported by an EWEB School District Education Grant. EWEB has supplied funds that support teaching and learning in the areas of energy and water for many years. This includes the development of educational resources, the delivery of instruction and the involvement of students in real world energy issues and activities.
There are twelve program areas covered in the grant. The connecting pages will expand upon each of these areas and allow staff to request funding, information, or other support. Please contact Cathy Bechen, the EWEB grant administrator if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”
Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
(see more at: www.ready.gov)
Although many projects could not be completed during the 2020-21 school year due to safety protocols, Bethel first graders were lucky enough to get to raise butterflies in their classroom. Caterpillars were ordered by teachers in the spring, and students were able to witness the entire life cycle from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly! This is such an incredible process for young students to witness first hand. Luckily, the pandemic could not squelch this opportunity for students!!
Meadow View 6th graders recently picked up a kit that contained materials to make their own water filter. There were items like cotton, charcoal, sand and 2 cups to make a filter. Students were given enough material to try layering items in a different order to see which one worked the best. Some even added food coloring to see how clear they could get the water. What a fun way for kids to be involved in science at home. Thank you EWEB!
Each year Oregon participates in the Great Oregon ShakeOut that happens on the third Thursday of October, which falls on October 15th this year. Direct your students to the website where they can access games to play, help their family make an emergency plan, and put together an emergency kit!
Quite a few first graders in the Bethel School District are getting to witness the life cycle of a butterfly at their own home, through pictures, zoom lessons and videos. Thirteen kits were delivered a few weeks back to interested teachers, with caterpillars arriving last week. Teachers are housing them in their homes so they can share the experience with their students. Currently most of the caterpillars are in the chrysalis stage and will soon be emerging as butterflies. Hopefully students will be able to see the Painted Lady’s fly away before school is out!
Due to Covid-19 and the closing of school for the remainder of the year, this will be the first time in over 25 years that the Solar Challenge will not be held. Bethel 8th graders did not get the chance to build solar cars and this unit is not one that can be taught via distance learning. It is unfortunate for these students, however they will still be able to learn about renewable and non-renewable energy during their distance learning.
Several schools in the Bethel district were able to participate in the wind turbine unit and designed and tested their blades until they came up with what they considered to be the best design. Classroom challenges were held at Cascade, Shasta, and Prairie Mountain. Unfortunately, school closed for the year before Meadowview got a chance to begin the unit. Sadly, the challenge that was to be held on Earth Day, April 23rd, had to be cancelled. This is just one of many missed events and gatherings that have had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. We look forward to continuing the annual event next school year.
8th grade teachers in the Bethel District had the opportunity to attend a teacher training on a wind turbine building unit on December 17th. Teachers received hands-on training in how to work the equipment as well as building and testing their own blades, in hopes of improving them over the course of the morning. Teachers will then take this unit into their classroom and instruct their students on renewable energy, what to consider when building blades and culminating with the anuual wind-turbine challenge each year!
6th grade students is Bethel look so forward to this day–salmon delivery! Often times students will clap and cheer when they see the little cooler filled with salmon eggs brought into their classroom. Each year, students learn about the salmon life cycle and they get to witness it first hand in their classroom as they carefully care for these eggs until they hatch. Each classroom receives 100 eggs to monitor. They calculate the temperature units each day, check pH and amonmia levels until they hatch, at which time they are released into the Willamette River at Alton Baker Park. It is an experience they will not soon forget.
The 6th annual Bethel KidWind Challenge took place at Meadow View on April 24th. The top two winning teams from 7th (and a few 8th) grades came together with their winning turbine design to compete against their peers. The turbine was tested for 60 seconds in a wind tunnel to determine the amount of joules it could produce. That score was then combined with a team interview score. Volunteers from EWEB led the interviews and remarked at how prepared students were. They were impressed that the teams took these interviews very seriously. At the day’s end, the 1st place team was from Mrs. Greydanus’ class at Shasta, 2nd was Mrs. Baumann’s class from Meadow View, and in third there was a tie from Mr. Field’s Prairie Mountain students with another of Mrs. Greydanus’ class. Students enjoyed the morning off from their regular classes to compete, as well as play games and design a weight-lifting turbine.