Native American Education Program
The Bethel School District Native American Education Program is mandated by Title VI, of the Elementary and Secondry Education Act. The intent of this law is to provide financial assistance to school districts for the development and implementation for programs specifically designed to meet the culturally related academic needs of Native American/Alaskan Native students. The program’s main goals are designed to:
- Increase the knowledge and awareness of cultural values, traditions and contemporary issues
- Encourage and support post-secondary education by providing information on pre-college and career workshops for juniors and senior high school students
- Provide scholarship and financial aid information for high school students.
- Instill student pride in their Native American heritage
- Encourage parent involvement in program and school activities
Your child may be entitled to participate in the Bethel School District Native American Education Program. For each child who is registered on a 506 Eligibility Certification Form, the district receives Federal Title VI funds to pay for academic assistance for Native American children. In order to be counted as part of this program, a 506 form must be filled out by a parent/guardian of the Native American child. When filling out the form, all parts must be completed. It is not required that a student be enrolled in a tribe if the parents or grandparents are registered.
This 506 Form needs to be filled out only one time as long as your child attends Bethel schools. We will keep all informtion confidential. Forms are available here on the website or by calling Kellie Towers at 253-683-6559 or Carla Louck at 253-683-6571.
The program is completely voluntary. Students can come as often as they want (once per week or once a month) or as little as they want (once or twice a year to none). We understand the importance of class time and when we work with students we make sure the teacher is okay with them missing their class that day.
Native American Parent Committee
The Native American Parent Commitee participates with the Bethel School District in setting the direction of the program and monitoring it's activities in cooperation with the program coordinators. These activities include:
- Assessing the needs of Native American students
- Developing program goals
- Assisting in the implememntation of the program
The Bethel Native American Parent Advisory Committee meets for 30 minutes (5:15-5:45 p.m.) prior to every Family Night. If you are interested in joining the Parent Advisory Committee please contact Carla Louck or Kellie Towers.
The Native American Education Program operates under two federal Office of Indian Education grants.
- Title VI - This program focuses on improving the literacy and math skills of Native American students in grades K-12. Coordinators work with students on a weekly basis, using culturally appropriate learning tools.
- Local tribal grants - From time to time our Indian Education program receives funding from local tribes (Puyallup, Nisqually, and Muckleshoot) that help us financially assist students and families with school-related items. These grant funds are used for the flowing fees: ASB card, sports pay-to-plays, band and choir, camp, refit retrieval, AP testing, class lab costs, to name just a few. If you have a financial need related to school we can help when funds are available. Please contact your school Native American coordinator to make a request.
Our first parent night took place on Nov. 2nd. We will update the website when we have a schedule of the year's meetings. Evening programming starts at 5:45 p.m. with a dinner (a main course and drinks) as well as a Native guest speaker and an arts and craft project. Our next parent night will take place on Tuesday, January 24th.
For upcoming information and updates please check out our Facebook page.
Kellie Towers | Elementary Schools | email@example.com | 253.683.6559
Kellie is in her 1st year as a Native American coordinator and in her 15th year in the Bethel School District. Prior to coming to Bethel, she taught in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. She works in 15 of 17 elementary schools.
Schools serviced: Camas Prairie Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Clover Creek Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice, Frederickson Elementary, Graham Elementary, Naches Trail Elementary, Nelson Elementary, North Star Elementary, Pioneer Valley Elementary, Rocky Ridge Elementary, Roy Elementary, Shining Mountain Elementary, Spanaway Elementary, Thompson Elementary
Ranelle Loftis | Secondary Schools | firstname.lastname@example.org | 253.683.6571
Ranelle is in her first year with the Native American program and in her 1st year with the Bethel School District. Prior to coming to Bethel, she taught for 28 years in the Eatonville School District.
Schools serviced: Bethel MS, Cougar Mountain MS, Cedarcrest MS, Frontier MS, Liberty MS, Spanaway MS, Bethel High School, Challenger High School, Graham-Kapowsin High School, Spanaway Lake High School
Sally Keeley| Director of Support Services | email@example.com | 253.683.6923