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This Week in Bethel

  • Fall 2020 Reopening Update 8-7-20

    Posted by Bethel School District on 8/7/2020 5:50:00 PM

    Because we will be starting the school year 100% online, with no return to face-to-face learning currently forecast, our calendar is more uncertain than in previous years. Here are the only key dates that parents and students need to be aware of right now. Please note, these dates are subject to change, with the exception of the Federal Holidays.

    First Days of School
    Grades 1-12, Sept. 3, 2020
    Kindergarten, Sept. 9, 2020
    Preschool, Sept. 9, 2020

    Holidays
    Labor Day: September 7, 2020
    Veterans Day: November 11, 2020
    Thanksgiving Break: November 25 - 27, 2020
    Winter Break: December 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 18, 2021
    Mid-Winter Break: February 12 -15, 2021
    Spring Break: April 5 - 9, 2021
    Memorial Day: May 31, 2021

    Last Day of School
    June 22, 2021 

    When will students go back to school in-person?
    A date to return to face-to-face learning is unknown at this time. We will continue to follow the recommendations and direction of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

    Special Services (Special Education, English Learners, Preschool, and Section 504)
    We recognize that distance learning may not fully meet the unique needs of some of our students, and we are evaluating the extent to which we can safely provide individualized educational and related services to students who require these services in an in-person setting. As more information is developed, our Special Services team is committed to providing timely updates and communication.

    Bethel Virtual Academy: Deadline Aug. 11
    The deadline for enrollment in the Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA) has been extended to August 11th. Students registered by August 11th will be given priority status. Enrollment after the 11th will be subject to space availability.

    All 27 Bethel schools will begin this fall online. When the health department recommends we return to in-person learning, schools will transition to a hybrid model. Students enrolled in BVA would have the option to remain online for the entire year.

    Please note: Students attending their resident school in the fall do not need to register for BVA.

    If you have questions about the Bethel Virtual Academy, we have created an FAQ to help you make your decision. You can find it at bethelsd.org/BVA.

    ParentVUE: Don’t forget to register your account
    ParentVUE is the main portal to enroll new students and to complete the required annual information updates. Parents will receive an email to the address we have on file that describes the process for activating your ParentVUE account. Please follow the instructions within that email to activate your account. More information can be found at https://www.bethelsd.org/Domain/4973

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  • Stories of the Week: Aug. 5, 2020

    Posted by Bethel School District on 8/5/2020

    Fall Planning
    Be sure to check bethelsd.org/news regularly for the latest information about the start of the school year.
     
    BVA Enrollment Deadline extended to Aug. 11
    The deadline for enrollment in the Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA) has been extended to August 11th. Enrollment after the 11th will be subject to space availability. Learn more at bethelsd.org/BVA.
     
    Elementary #18 named after “Hidden Figure” Katherine Johnson
    We are thrilled to announce that our newest school will be named after Katherine G. Johnson, an American mathematician whose groundbreaking work helped send astronauts to the moon! Her life and work were celebrated in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures.” Read more at: https://medium.com/@BethelSD/katherine-johnson-elementary-fde95337377f
     
    BHS hosts COVID-19 Testing
    Bethel High School will be hosting the Pierce County COVID-19 mobile testing trailer on August 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The test is free. Learn more at https://piercecountywa.gov/6758/Covid-19-Mobile-Testing
     
    Free Summer Meals available through Aug. 14
    Meals are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Graham-Kapowsin High School, Shining Mountain Elementary School, and Spanaway Lake High School. Summer meal service will run Monday to Friday through August 14th. Details at www.bethelsd.org/meals
     
    BHS Student on Q13
    Q13 recently spoke with Bethel High School senior Airon Alexander about how he’s coping with life during the pandemic. https://www.q13fox.com/news/a-generation-of-students-reinventing-how-they-learn-and-socialize

     
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  • New school named for “Hidden Figure” Katherine G. Johnson

    Posted by Bethel School District on 8/4/2020
    We are thrilled to announce that our newest school will honor a true American hero who represents the passion, knowledge, and bravery we strive to instill in all Bethel students. The Bethel School Board voted unanimously to christen our eighteenth elementary school Katherine G. Johnson Elementary.

    Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician who calculated and analyzed the flight paths of spacecraft during her more than three decades with the U.S. space program. Among many other accomplishments, her groundbreaking work helped send astronauts to the moon as part of 1969’s Apollo 11 mission.

    Her life and work were celebrated in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures.”

    “She was a trailblazer in her own right for so many people,” said Bethel School Board President Marcus Young. “What she was able to accomplish with her God given ability as well as everything she overcame, affected so many lives on so many different levels. It is our hope that as our students walk the halls of this new school they will be filled with the same drive to be the best at what they do, the same determination to overcome obstacles set before them and the same focus to make this world better, just like Katherine Johnson.”

    Johnson passed away earlier this year at the age of 101.

    The district’s official naming committee was made up of parents, community members, district administrators, and principals. They considered a number of local and national figures, but in the end decided that Katherine Johnson best represented the spirit of the new school. They presented the name to the School Board in March. District officials then worked with Johnson’s family to get permission to use her name.

    Katherine G. Johnson Elementary is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.

    We are posting regular video updates of the construction site at youtube.com/BethelSchools.
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  • Bethel Virtual Academy enrollment deadline extended to Aug. 11

    Posted by Bethel School District on 8/3/2020 5:50:00 PM

    The deadline for enrollment in the Bethel Virtual Academy (BVA) has been extended to August 11th.

    Getting an accurate count of interested families is essential for us to determine the number of staff needed to support BVA this fall.

    Students registered by August 11th will be given priority status. Enrollment after the 11th will be subject to space availability.

    All 27 Bethel schools will begin this fall online. When the health department recommends we return to in-person learning, schools will transition to a hybrid model. Students enrolled in BVA would have the option to remain online for the entire year.

    Please note: Students attending their home school in the fall do not need to register for BVA.

    If you have questions about the Bethel Virtual Academy, we have created an FAQ to help you make your decision. You can find it at bethelsd.org/BVA.

    You can also contact:

    Elementary Students

    Chris Brauer, Elementary BVA administrator

    Middle and High School Students

    Sara Nollette, Secondary BVA administrator



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  • BHS hosts COVID-19 Mobile Test Trailer on 8/22

    Posted by Bethel School District on 8/3/2020

    Bethel High School will be hosting the Pierce County COVID-19 mobile testing trailer on August 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The test is free. Learn more at https://piercecountywa.gov/6758/Covid-19-Mobile-Testing

    COVID-19 Testing at BHS August 22

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  • Fall 2020 Reopening Update 7-31-20

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/31/2020 5:50:00 PM

    As we announced last week, our district, along with all other school districts in Pierce County, will be returning to school via 100% online learning to begin the 2020/21 school year. This decision was made following the recommendation of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to help ensure the health and safety of students, staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Goodbye, Family Access ... Hello, ParentVUE!

    Family Access, where you’ve always gone to view class schedules, test scores, and health records, has been discontinued. Our replacement system is called ParentVUE.

    Using ParentVUE, you’ll be able to enroll new students, submit attendance, check grades, update information and review information about your student(s). 

    Students who are already enrolled in our schools will not be required to complete new enrollment applications, however there is a process to activate your new ParentVUE account. This week, an email was sent to you with instructions.

    Click here for more information about ParentVUE.

    Online curriculum chosen for secondary students and Bethel Virtual Academy

    At this week’s School Board meeting, the Board adopted Edgenuity as the online platform for the Bethel Virtual Academy and all secondary students. Teachers, administrators, parents and students provided input into the selection.

    We have used Edgenuity for credit retrieval in the past, but that didn’t give it a free pass. Six major online curriculums were vetted by before the decision was made. The curriculum was discussed at length during the Board meeting. You can hear the full presentation by clicking here.

    The deadline to apply for the Bethel Virtual Academy is this Monday, August 3.

    Students enrolled in BVA will need to complete the entire quarter (elementary) or trimester (secondary) of learning. If at the end of a quarter/trimester a parent wants to return their student to their home school, space availability will determine when they may transition back. As soon as space is available, a student would be allowed to return to their home school. 

    If you have questions about the Bethel Virtual Academy, we have created an FAQ to help you make your decision. You can find it at bethelsd.org/BVA.

    How will the Bethel Virtual Academy work for elementary students?

    The Bethel Elementary Virtual Academy is designed for any family seeking a self-paced and highly independent learning experience. BVA students access learning through recorded lessons, learning support materials, and an instructional schedule set by the teacher.The BVA uses our adopted elementary curricula to guide the independent learning progression for each student.

    Parents play a critical role and must commit through a formal agreement to provide continuous support as their student’s BVA learning coach. Students are asked to maintain enrollment; however, there will be pre-established transition dates for families that wish to re-enroll at their home school.

    The BVA schedule follows Washington State’s Alternative Learning Experience guidelines, including a requirement for 333 minutes of daily student engagement. Students will have an assigned certified teacher to manage and monitor their independent learning plan.

    If the Bethel Virtual Academy’s unique and highly independent design is not a fit for your student or family, your home school will be offering a remote program with more teacher guidance. Please reach out to Chris Brauer, Elementary BVA administrator at cbrauer@bethelsd.org, for more information.

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  • School Board Meeting Recap 7-28-20

    Posted by Bethel School District on 7/28/2020

    This week the School Board voted unanimously to name Elementary #18 after Katherine Johnson. Johnson was an American mathematician who worked on high-level NASA programs, including the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that sent the first three men to the moon. Elementary #18 is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.

    Budget

    Billy Wessell, Chief Financial Officer, presented a budget update with a list of proposed reductions for the 2020/21 school year due to the negative impacts COVID-19 has had on the budget. 

    Curriculum Adoptions

    At the meeting the Board adopted four new curriculums, including Edgenuity, the online platform for the Bethel Virtual Academy and all secondary students this fall. Teachers, administrators, parents and students provided input into the selection.

    The other curriculums adopted at the meeting were:

    Advanced Placement Human Geography

    High School Criminal Law Course

    9th Grade Seminar

    In August teachers will get professional learning opportunities to prepare them for the new curriculums and the online learning platform. Ongoing learning for teachers will be provided throughout the 2020/21 school year. 

    Policies

    The Board accepted seven policies for second reading.

    http://go.boarddocs.com/wa/bethel/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BR5Q9L6730E1

    Construction

    The Board authorized the bidding process for the Bethel Early Learning Center project. They also awarded the pre-construction phase of the Graham-Kapowsin High School expansion and renovation project to Korsmo Construction.

    The next School Board meeting will be held on August 11 at 7 p.m.

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Bethel Pride

  • Bethel Pride June July 2020

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