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  • Equity remains a top district priority

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    Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the district’s commitment to ensuring equity for all students has never wavered.

    Our Director of Equity and Achievement, Debbie Carlman, recently spoke to the School Board about her department’s progress and plans for the future.

    Carlman focused on the district’s equity teams and how they’ve grown and evolved in the two years since they were formed. The teams, which include 5–9 staff members from each school, meet monthly to analyze data, identify problems and look for ways to view every aspect of their jobs through an “equity lens.”

    “Each equity team is a reflection of each school, which is the beauty of this,” Carlman said. “What’s applicable for one school is not necessarily going to work for another school.”

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  • Exciting new high school courses

    When high schoolers return to class this fall -- both virtually and in person -- they’ll have a host of exciting new courses in front of them.
     
    After a months-long review and approval process, we’re happy to announce two completely new high school courses and two revamped courses with new materials.
     
    Learn more about the new courses and materials here.
     
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  • High school science and middle school math get a makeover

    New curricula coming this fall

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    Our goal as a district is always to give our students the most rigorous, engaging, and equitable education possible.

    With that in mind, our High School Science Material Review Team began meeting in December 2018 to study the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and pick the best science curriculum for our students.

    In 2013 Governor Jay Inslee officially adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, which aimed to “provide consistent science education through all grades, with an emphasis on engineering and technology.”

    Our Science Material Review Team had teacher and administrator representation from all of our high schools. Over the past two years the team has participated in professional development, training, and reviewed materials using nationally recognized rubrics and a rigorous, collaborative vetting process.

    Before making their final recommendation, the team reviewed eight publishers, looking for ones explicitly designed for the NGSS. They also wanted an iPad compatible digital/print platform that promoted student interaction and included virtual and hands-on labs.

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  • GKHS Band performs social distancing concert

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    When Graham-Kapowsin High School's wind ensemble concert was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, band teacher David Stewart got creative and started Bethel's first ever "social distancing band."

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