News & Updates
Athletics are about so much more than the games being played. Through sports, our students learn valuable life lessons about teamwork, overcoming adversity, time management, and leadership. But did you know school athletics wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our voters? Many of our district’s extracurricular activities, including sports, are funded through the Educational Programs & Operations Levy. Next month we will have the chance to vote on two levies – an EP&O Levy and a Technology Levy. https://youtu.be/HUTPS9UzMpc
Free COVID tests
Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order four at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. https://www.covidtests.gov/
2022 Job Fair
Our annual Educator Job Fair is fast approaching – with one big upgrade for the new year! On February 26, 2022, not only will we be hiring teachers and certificated support staff for the 2022/23 school year, but we’ll also be hosting a classified job fair to hire paraeducators, bus drivers, child nutrition staff and more! Learn more at https://www.bethelsd.org/
School Board recognizes GKHS football
The School Board took time during last week's meeting to honor this year’s extraordinary Graham-Kapowsin High School football team. The Eagles followed up their undefeated, state championship season with a stunning victory in the GEICO State Champions Bowl game in Las Vegas.
New COVID-19 testing site
Pierce County is now operating a COVID-19 testing site at Spanaway Park. This temporary site will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for two weeks, through Jan. 21. This is a drive-thru site with results available in 3-5 days. Testing is free, and no appointment is needed. More information: PierceCountyWa.Gov/CovidTest
On February 8, our district will have two levies on the ballot for renewal. These levy dollars are separate from the 2019 School Construction Bond that is funding new schools and renovations in our district. Our Educational Programs and Operations Levy pays for approximately 19% of our district’s basic education programs. Our Technology Levy, which was first passed in 2014 and last renewed in 2018, funds our iPad program that helped our district transition quickly to online learning during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the levies here: https://www.bethelsd.org/
Our music educators are responsible for teaching their students to read sheet music and hit the correct notes, but their most important lessons transcend music altogether.
In our choir, band, and orchestra classes, students are learning skills and lessons that will be with them for the rest of their lives, whether they continue playing music or not.
The writer William Arthur Ward once said that a good teacher explains, while a great teacher inspires. Thankfully, we’ve got more than our fair share of great teachers in this district who constantly inspire their students to explore their creativity and stretch their potential.
“The last year and a half has shown us how delicate and unique it is to have real, face-to-face interactions with others,” said North Star Elementary’s Stephen Rushing. “There’s no substitute for relating to others in a personal way. That is why having students back at school has been a blessing.”
School Board Recap
School Board Meeting Recap 01-11-22
The School Board took time to recognize the accomplishments of a number of BSD high school students, including members of the Graham-Kapowsin High State Champion football team and the district’s three 2022 Daffodil Festival Princess Candidates: Sydney Brickey from Spanaway Lake High, Kaely Harding from Graham-Kapowsin High, and Zana Stewart from Bethel High.
As part of the D process with OSPI, the board is required to adopt a resolution certifying that the New Naches Trail Elementary in lieu of Modernization will be completed in accordance with the purpose for which state matching funds are being provided and that the existing facilities will not be used in the future for instructional purposes or be eligible for future state financial assistance. Read more here.
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