District News

  • Meet Clover Creek Elementary's Sara Olson

    When you were a student, did you ever imagine you might one day return to your school as a teacher? Sara Olson certainly didn't. Yet roughly a decade after leaving Frontier Middle School as a student, Olson found herself working at the school as a teacher.

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  • School Board studies new High-Quality Emergency Operations Plan

    Some students and staff can see the snow capped peak of Mount Rainier right outside their classroom windows. It’s a beautiful sight on a sunny day, but one that Bethel Risk Manager Lauren Lasater sees a bit differently.

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  • What parents need to know about school lockdowns

    t’s an unfortunate fact that lockdowns have become more and more commonplace in American schools. According to a Washington Post analysis, at least 4 million students went through at least one school lockdown during the 2017–2018 school year.

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  • BSD Task Force: Final Recommendations

    At the March 12 School Board meeting, Jay McIsaac from the community-led Long Range Task Force presented the group’s final recommendations to the Board after months and months of hard work.

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  • Boundary changes are coming … but NOT for the 19/20 school year

    Now that voters have approved a bond to build new schools, there is a light at the end of the overcrowded tunnel, and boundaries will not need to be shifted simply to spread out the crowds in 2019/20.

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  • Get to know Bethel Middle School's Julie Schultz-Bartlett

    It was a long and winding road that took Julie Shultz-Bartlett from her childhood home in rural Pierce County to her current role as principal at Bethel Middle School.

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  • Teams tasked with ensuring educational equity for all students

    When our 100-member Strategic Planning team met last year to map out the district’s next five years, they gave special attention to the issue of student equity.

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  • Get to know Frederickson's Ellen Eddy

    If you were to guess which of our district’s 27 principals is a motorcycle enthusiast who has traversed the country on the back of a Harley-Davidson, Frederickson Elementary’s Ellen Eddy probably wouldn’t be your first choice.

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  • 2019 Bond Approved Construction Calendar

    The School Board has unanimously approved the calendar of construction projects that will be funded by the voter-approved 2019 School Construction Bond.

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  • Get to know Challenger High School’s Jeff Johnson

    When Jeff Johnson signed on to become Challenger High School’s principal in 2013, he knew he had a monumental job in front of him. Not only was it his first time leading a school, but it was his first foray into the complicated world of alternative education. On top of that, Challenger was facing a multitude of problems in seemingly every aspect of the school, from slipping academic standards to poor facilities.

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  • Not that long ago, in a meeting room not so far away…

    The Long Range Task Force met for the final time this week and, as you would expect, the meeting began with a conversation about Bethel’s recently passed School Construction Bond — an event that will solve many of the issues the Task Force was looking for alternatives to in case of the bond’s failure. But just because bond passed doesn’t mean the work of the Task Force is moot.

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