News & Updates
Our first two graduation ceremonies are this week! Challenger High School and the Bethel Virtual Academy will graduate their seniors at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center on Thursday, June 16. On Monday, June 20, our three comprehensive high schools will hold their ceremonies at the Washington State Fairgrounds. We will live stream all the ceremonies here: https://www.bethelsd.org/
Esports making a splash at Bethel schools
Esports has become one of the fastest growing – and most lucrative – sports in the country. More than 170 colleges in the United States now offer Esports programs that have given out more than $16 million in gaming scholarships and financial aid. Spanaway Lake High School has a popular Esports club, and last week they hosted a tournament during lunch. Learn more about Esports and all of our other CTE programs here: Bethelsd.org/cte
FREE Summer Meals
Summer lunch service will be available for free to all children ages 1 thru 18 years, from June 28th through July 29th. There will be no service on Tuesday, July 4th.
The Summer Lunch Program will run Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at the following locations:
Bethel High School (22001 38th Ave E, Spanaway, WA 98387)
Spanaway Lake High School (1305 168th St E, Spanaway, WA 98387)
Thompson Elementary School (303 159th St E, Tacoma, WA 98387)
And from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at
Shining Mountain Elementary School (21615 38th Ave E Spanaway 98387)
Children must eat their meal on-site, in the cafeteria. There will be no “grab ‘n go,” curbside pick-up, or taking food home. Learn more at bethelsd.org/meals
Superintendent's Art Awards
We have so many amazing student artists in our district! Each year, Superintendent Tom Siegel hands out Superintendent's Art Awards to a handful of talented students and their work is displayed at the Educational Service Center. Great job! https://www.facebook.com/
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Is your child behind on immunizations? Pierce County has free immunization clinics all month long. Learn more at: https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-
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One of the gems of our district is getting bigger and better. The Pierce County Skills Center will soon have a new addition, thanks to a $9.8 million award from the Washington State Legislature.
The Evergreen building, which is currently in the planning stages, will house the Fire Sciences and Construction Trades programs. The building is scheduled to be ready for students in 2024, and when it opens it will include a brand new Pre-Electrical program, which was selected as a result of a survey of student interest and industry demand.
School Board Recap
School Board Meeting Recap 6-14-22
PSE Classified Employee of the Year
Public School Employees Bethel Chapter Vice President Daniel Miller recognized Brooke McDonald (GKHS) as the PSE Classified Employee of the Year.
The Board accepted the following policies for first reading and further study:
2125 Sexual Health Education
2140 Comprehensive School Counseling Program
4121 Parent-Community Involvement In Schools
4200 Parent Access And Safe And Orderly Environment
ESSER Funds Update
Bryan Verley, Chief Financial Officer, provided an update on Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds.
Administrative Appointments (Effective July 1, 2022)
Scott Martin is the new Director for the Pierce County Skills Center
Brian Lowney is the new Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education
Renae Beatty is the new Principal for Rocky Ridge Elementary
You can see the full agenda by clicking here.
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