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      • Drive Safely!
        This is a dark and dangerous time of year for driving. The lack of streetlights and sidewalks in our area increases the risk for our students who walk to and from school. We want to encourage students who walk or bike to school to wear reflective vests and helmets. And we want to remind drivers to give the road their full attention at all times. As we move into the winter weather season, we also want to remind you of what to expect when road conditions impact our normal school day. Please visit: https://www.bethelsd.org/Domain/264 to learn more.

        Music Matters!
        At a recent School Board meeting, the Spanaway Lake High School band and Spanaway Lake High School choir were awarded grants from the Music Matters License Plate project. A portion of the license fees are set aside to augment school music program funds to enable the purchase of equipment, supplies, and repairs beyond their normal budgeted expenses. To celebrate the grants, Spanaway Lake High School’s Music Company performed at the School Board meeting and were on hand to receive the checks. https://youtu.be/ThLJhjJUiKQ

        Podcast Episode 18: It's a POD-knock life!
        Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Conor and Doug finally unite their lockets and take on the hundred year history of Annie! We also take a peek inside the halls of the Pierce County Skills Center and talk with one of our Teacher Librarians about their work with students. New episodes drop every Thursday. Listen and subscribe at www.bethelsd.org/podcast. 

        Bond Project Update
        Winter is just around the corner, but that isn’t stopping our amazing construction teams from making progress on a number of exciting bond projects! https://medium.com/@bethelsd/bond-update-november-2022-ff72b9878d03

        Student Transfer Requests for 2023-24
        Student transfer requests for the 2023-24 school year may be completed and submitted online from the district’s website beginning on January 4, 2023. All transfer requests will be done electronically. First consideration deadline for accepting student transfer requests for the 2023-24 school year will be March 10, 2023. Approval or denial of transfer requests will be based on established criteria outlined in School Board policies and procedures 3131 and 3141. Parents will provide transportation for students who voluntarily attend a school outside their attendance area. For more information, call Mary Ann Mulloy-White at 253-800-2012 for secondary or Rayna Messer at 253-800-2014 for elementary.

        Students who are currently approved for in-district student transfers do not have to complete a new form unless they are changing from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school.

      Feature Stories

      • Teacher librarians instill love of reading

        Teacher librarians instill love of reading

        The teacher-librarian position is a unique one in Bethel. While many school districts have librarians who split time between buildings, Lisa Steudel, teacher-librarian at Katherine G. Johnson Elementary said our district knows the importance of the position.

        “Of all the districts around us, we’re the only district that has an elementary librarian full time in each of our elementary schools,” she said.

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      • From the courtroom to the classroom

        From the courtroom to the classroom

        Prior to joining Spanaway Lake High School as a Family Resource Coordinator earlier this year, Trina Hall spent nearly two decades working in the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office as a crime victim advocate. 

        She described that role as being a tour guide through the criminal justice process, which she said can be confusing and time consuming for victims of crimes and witnesses. 

        “The prosecuting attorneys represent the State of Washington. The defense attorneys represent the defendant. So a lot of times, the victims and witnesses didn’t really know what was going on, so I kept them informed throughout the entire process,” she said.
        She was proud of the work she did over those years, but was ready for a challenge and decided to take on a new role at SLHS. Much like her position with Pierce County, Hall’s new job as a Family Resource Coordinator is all about helping people in need. 
         

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      • Help us celebrate National Principals Month

        Help us celebrate National Principals Month

        October is National Principals Month, and we’re taking some time to celebrate the amazing men and women who lead our schools -- women like Spanaway Lake High School’s Dr. Susie Askew.

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      • Behavior Task Force: 'It takes a village'

        Behavior Task Force: 'It takes a village'

        With 28 different schools covering a wide geographic area, student discipline can look different from building to building. That’s why administrators and teachers work together at the district level to discuss discipline and behavior issues and how they can support the schools, teachers, and staff as they deal with those throughout the year.

        “We have a great group of teachers that we work with, and administrators, who sit on that Behavior Task Force,” said Chad Honig, Executive Director of Secondary Schools. 
        “The reality is there’s some universal concepts that are important for every building,” said Kelly Boynton, Executive Director of Elementary Schools. He said one example is expectations for the common areas in each school, like hallways and lunchrooms.

        “When they’re clear on expected behaviors, both students and teachers, it’s easier to be preventive or proactive in pre-teaching behaviors and redirecting the students,” said Honig. “So it’s really important for teachers to have input.”

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      School Board Recap

      • School Board Meeting Recap 11-22-22

         

        Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan

        Todd Mitchell, Executive Director of Human Resources, presented a report on the Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Plan. http://go.boarddocs.com/wa/bethel/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CJGT8M72092A

         

        Proposed Pierce County Village

        Duke Paulson, Tacoma Rescue Mission Executive Director, and Heather Moss, Director of Pierce County Human Services, presented information on the proposed Pierce County Village project. http://go.boarddocs.com/wa/bethel/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CJURX76FF3D3

         

        Curriculum Adoption: Educurious Social Studies and Science Project-Based Learning

        Challenger Middle School is the new alternative middle school program (grades 7 and 8) that opened on November 14, 2022. A key component of this new program is the use of a project-based learning approach in science and social studies, as well as CTE electives. Curricula developed by Educurious will be utilized in Science and Social Studies classes and will be used in conjunction with adopted curriculum resources. http://go.boarddocs.com/wa/bethel/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CKTS4A6FEC0C

         

        Power Outage and Generator Update

        Within the Bethel School District, there are three different power providers. Due to the size of our district, the number of providers, and the varying topography, power outages are an expected occurrence. While many of our schools/sites have generators, some do not. Generators provide power for essential basic functions of the school during a power outage. http://go.boarddocs.com/wa/bethel/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CJGT7C71DF68

         

        Construction Budget Update

        Paul Marquardt, Executive Director of Operations, gave an update on the construction schedule and budget. http://go.boarddocs.com/wa/bethel/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CJWKWG538224

         

        Certificated Substitute Pay Rate

        The Board approved a temporary increase to the daily substitute rates in the agreement with the Bethel Education Association, Article 50, Item C, to $200 for regular substitutes and $230 for Bethel School District retirees and existing staff with continuing or non-continuing contracts, effective November 23, 2022 for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year. http://go.boarddocs.com/wa/bethel/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CL7QXC69C557



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