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Stuff the Bus: December 2!
Our annual Stuff the Bus event is being held on Saturday, December 2 at the Spanaway Wal-Mart! Join our amazing bus drivers and give back to our community by assisting local families in need. Donations accepted include toys, gift cards, canned and packaged food, children's books, and children's clothing.

Expedition Elementary
After months of meetings and community surveys, the naming committee for Elementary #19 offered two finalists to the School Board for consideration. The Board selected Expedition Elementary as the name of the new school. The naming committee was composed of parents, community members, district office administrators, and principals who worked to propose names that would stand the test of time. They said the name Expedition conveys a sense of exploration and adventure, suggesting that the elementary school is a place where students embark on a journey of discovery and learning that captivates their natural curiosity and creativity. Construction crews are already hard at work on the 66,000-square-foot building, which will be located in the Lipoma Firs Community. Read more at:

Facility Advisory Committee
Our new Facility Advisory Committee met for the first time in November to begin the process of examining the current state of our district facilities and planning for future improvements, expansions and new schools. The team is made up of parents, community members, business owners, school and district staff, as well as School Board members. Students will also be part of future meetings to ensure they have a voice in the future of our district. The team will continue to meet monthly starting in January, and plans to bring their recommendations to the School Board in the summer. Read more at

Superintendent’s Student Leadership Council
One way student voice is coming to the forefront in our district is with the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Council. The group is made up of student representatives from all of our high schools: Bethel High, Challenger, Graham-Kapowsin, Spanaway Lake, and the Bethel Virtual Academy. Students will have the opportunity to provide first-hand perspectives, experiences, feedback, ideas, and thoughts about their educational experience. In partnering with students, district leaders will use their input to help influence district/school culture, engagement, policies, procedures, and practices.

Podcast Episode 61: Bethel Radio, where the mountain dances!
This week Conor and Doug compare radio voices before talking with staff and students from the Transition Lab, a program for special education students between the ages of 18 and 21. The Lab assists students toward independence in independent living, community participation and future employment. Listen at

Black and Brown Male Summit
Twenty of our students made the trip to Highline College to attend the Black and Brown Male Summit. The Students participated in various breakout sessions on campus and were able to hear from presenters and keynote speakers who shared their educational and professional journeys. We’d like to give a big shout out to our Community Connections and Equity and Achievement Departments for sponsoring the trip!