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      News & Updates

      • Hazel Health

        Hazel Health is offering free mental and physical telehealth services at home for all students in the Bethel School District. There is no cost to families. To access services, parents will need to sign the online form here: my.hazel.co/bethelsd


        Bethel School District Podcast: Episode 8

        Plane crashes, million dollar video game deals, and an unrequested and ill-advised Foghorn Leghorn impersonation! All that and more on this week's podcast! https://www.bethelsd.org/podcast


        ABC Day is October 1!

        We’re incredibly excited that ABC Day is back! In addition to great food and entertainment, event goers will enjoy wagon rides from Country Wagon Ranch and military vehicles from the National Guard and JBLM will be on display. Join us on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bethel High School. Admission is free!


        GKHS Construction 

        Thank you, voters! Construction crews are making amazing progress on the new Graham-Kapowsin High School expansion project. The 33,000-square-foot expansion will add a new classroom wing, an auxiliary gym and weight room, along with a larger commons area and administrative spaces. The new wing will allow students and faculty members to move from portables back into the main building. The project is part of our successful 2019 school construction bond and will be ready for students in the fall of 2023. https://youtu.be/Dd5XAmWbxtA


        CHS Construction

        Thank you, voters! Students and staff at Challenger High School are so thrilled to finally be in their new, state-of-the art facilities! Phase II of the 31,000-square foot project recently wrapped up, adding more classroom space, as well as more parking and, soon, a practice field to the school. In order to make room for all these great spaces, our construction team had to tear down the old portables that Challenger had been using for decades.


      Feature Stories

      • Staff Feature: Spanaway Middle's Anna Wells

        Staff Feature: Spanaway Middle's Anna Wells

        There’s something exciting about letting your passions dictate your career.

        Instead of conforming to what others thought she should do with her life, Spanaway Middle School teacher Anna Wells decided to focus on what she loved, which happened to be a combination of education and Spanish language and culture.

        Wells, who recently started her first year in Bethel, is now teaching science in the district’s Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program. What makes her career choice all the more interesting is that Anna is the only person in her family who speaks Spanish. She discovered the language in high school and continued studying it as a student at Pacific Lutheran University.

        “I was really good at it and I really enjoyed it,” she said. “It made me excited to be able to learn about new cultures and expand my ability to communicate, especially in the Federal Way area. There’s a big Spanish speaking population, so that was really helpful, too.”

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      • Student art brightens wall at GKHS

        Student art brightens wall at GKHS

        When counselors at Graham-Kapowsin High learned this summer that a large plywood wall would be placed at their office entrance as part of the school’s ongoing renovation project, they decided to get creative.

        The office commissioned AP Art teacher Jessica Jidas and one of her students, Jenna Fournier, to create the first ever plywood mural in the school. The mural is now finished and available for all to see, and the counselors hope to preserve the art and make it part of the newly renovated GKHS.

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      • Pierce County Skills Center continues to shine

        Pierce County Skills Center continues to shine

        One of the gems of our district is getting bigger and better. The Pierce County Skills Center will soon have a new addition, thanks to a $9.8 million award from the Washington State Legislature.

        The Evergreen building, which is currently in the planning stages, will house the Fire Sciences and Construction Trades programs. The building is scheduled to be ready for students in 2024, and when it opens it will include a brand new Pre-Electrical program, which was selected as a result of a survey of student interest and industry demand.

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      • Teen mentors teach responsibility, empathy

        Teen mentors teach responsibility, empathy

        A well-rounded education goes beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. Our educators aim to empower students to become leaders in their communities, and one way to do that is through mentorship programs.

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      School Board Recap

      • Board Meeting Recap 9-27-22

        Policy Updates

        The Board adopted Policy 4218 (Language Access Program). The changes include updated language to align with the requirements of HB 1153 by providing increased language access to all students in Washington's public schools.


        Director Boundary Redistricting

        The School Board approved the redistricting of the Director Area Boundaries. RCW 29A.76.010 requires that any district with a governing body redistrict based on population information from the most recent federal decennial census. Sammamish Data systems developed maps and legal language in alignment with state requirements. A public hearing was held in conjunction with the approval.

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