Feature Stories

  • 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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  • Day 1 of Katherine G. Johnson Elementary

    Day 1 of Katherine G. Johnson Elementary

    There was no shortage of smiles on Monday when approximately 500 excited students got their first look at the brand new Katherine G. Johnson Elementary.

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  • GKHS Eagles take Vegas by storm!

    GKHS Eagles take Vegas by storm!

    When the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles football team was invited to Las Vegas last month to compete in the GEICO State Champions Bowl, the team understood they were the underdogs.

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  • The power of music

    The power of music

    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.

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  • Creativity blooms from seeds planted in classroom

    Creativity blooms from seeds planted in classroom

    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.

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  • The kid in the candy store

    The kid in the candy store

    “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.”

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  • Nonverbal students thrive in veteran teacher's class

    Nonverbal students thrive in veteran teacher's class

    “I like this game!”
    That phrase wasn’t spoken by a student in class, but instead came from an iPad that a student in Kelly Wedum’s Structured Classroom was using as the students played Go Fish together.
    Helping nonverbal students learn to express themselves is a passion for Wedum — her 39 years of teaching can attest to that. But along with her longevity, there is a personal connection she has with the students — her daughter.

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  •  From left to right: Todd King (Assistant Director Behavioral Health/Elementary), Jodi GreyEyes (Ass

    “Like adjusting the timing on an engine”

    New team to support social, emotional well-being of students

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  • Dual language program expands to middle school

    Dual language program expands to middle school

    The expansion allows the incoming sixth graders who have been a part of the program since its inception to continue their journey into middle school.

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  • District saves half a million dollars during 2020/21 school year

    District saves half a million dollars during 2020/21 school year

    Energy conservation in Bethel helps with big savings

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  •  photo of challenger high school during new construction

    Bond Project Update: July 2021

    Work begins on Challenger High School Phase II. Demolition began this month to make way for the second phase of the new Challenger High School

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    Summer School programs giving students a chance to ‘level up’

    Summer school can be a tough sell for students. After all, most kids would rather be outside enjoying the sun than in school. But after more than a year of remote and hybrid learning, many students were ready to get back into the classroom, even if that meant sacrificing some of their vacation time.

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  • School is out, but construction continues!

    School is out, but construction continues!

    Summer is officially upon us, and the weather’s not the only thing heating up in the district. Our planning and construction teams continue to make amazing progress on a host of ongoing bond projects. Click the image to read more.

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  • Planning for a safe school year

    Planning for a safe school year

    Severe weather, earthquakes, and an active volcano are all cause for concern here in Pierce County. And when you include man-made threats that can trigger a lockdown, school leaders have a lot to think about as they are planning for a safe school year. Click the image to read more.

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  • School Board Profile: Terrance M. Mayers Sr.

    School Board Profile: Terrance M. Mayers Sr.

    Terrance Mayers has packed a lot of living into his 38 years. His journey has taken him from the football fields of Western Washington to international culinary school to bustling restaurant kitchens all over the world. Click the image to read more.

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