District News

  • Congratulations! Big Emmy win for Team Bethel

    We can now say that Bethel High School is home to Emmy Award winning filmmakers! Six BHS students who made a documentary about the need for a school construction bond were awarded a Northwest Regional Emmy Award this past weekend.

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  • Bethel families watch Graduation here!

    Bethel School District Graduation will be live streamed here. Don't miss it!

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  • Superintendent's Star Teacher Award

    Congratulations to Evergreen Elementary School teacher Lynn Taylor for earning the Superintendent's Star Teacher Award. Lynn has been teaching for 26 years and is one of the amazing educators who helped Evergreen become a National Blue Ribbon School.

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  • Get to know a principal: Mystery edition

    Spanaway Elementary School Principal Kim Kosa knows first hand what a great teacher can mean for a struggling student. Kosa gets to watch her own amazing staff at work every day, but her history with inspirational teachers goes much deeper than that.

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  • Students honor veterans and Spanaway history

    Students and their families from three of our local LDS congregations (Elk Plain, Graham and Firgrove) helped the Parkland-Spanaway Kiwanis and members of the Spanaway Historical Society clean up Spanaway Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

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  • Congratulations, retirees of Bethel School District

    As of today, 48 of our amazing staff members have announced they will be retiring at the end of this school year! Of the retiring employees, 19 have served 20 years or more in Bethel, 16 have served 30 years or more, and three of our retirees have 40 or more years of service! Join us in thanking them all for their tireless dedication to educating our students throughout the years!

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  • Volunteer for Special Olympics, TEALS

    Do you know anyone in the fields of computer software or software engineering who would be willing volunteer their time to help build a computer science program at Bethel High? TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) is a program that recruits, mentors, and places passionate high tech professionals into high school classes as volunteer instructors and teaching assistants.

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  • Bond Construction Update: May 2019

    The dust has settled on our historic February bond election and the hard work of designing and building schools is now underway. Things are progressing nicely with the architectural design of our newest elementary school, and it's looking like the School Board will begin reviewing the plans next month

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  • Get to know a principal: Naches Trail Elementary's Sean McKenzie

    When Naches Trail Elementary School principal Sean McKenzie talks to his students and staff about overcoming adversity, he speaks from a position of authority.

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  • Get to know a principal: Nelson's Tami Nelson

    Sharing a name with the school you run is bound to draw a few curious looks from students and parents, and when Tami Nelson became principal at Nelson Elementary last year, she spent a fair amount of time clearing up any confusion about the name.

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  • Some students have more than a backpack weighing them down

    Some students arrive at school with more than just a backpack. Some are carrying deep emotional trauma alongside the normal worries of the school day. That’s why our district has just adopted a new curriculum that will help teachers support the social-emotional learning of all their students.

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  • How Frontier Middle School decreased suspensions

    During the 2017/18 school year, Frontier Middle School was still "old school." Like many other schools around the country, they were still using punitive punishments like suspensions and detentions when students' behavior crossed the proverbial line.

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  • Changes coming to high school science curriculum

    Our teachers, school administrators, and central office staff are always working to make our science curriculum as rigorous, engaging and equitable as possible, so when Washington lawmakers announced new statewide graduation requirements, we saw it as an opportunity to bolster our already strong science program.

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  • Letting students FLEX their time in the classroom

    Last year, our high schools began piloting flexible schedules for some students. The idea behind the program is to work with students who have circumstances that get in the way of regular attendance so they can still find success in the classroom.

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  • Bethel welcomes new School Resource Officer Deputy Shin

    One aspect of our school safety initiative is the use of School Resource Officers. Five Pierce County Sheriff's deputies currently work as School Resource Officers inside the district, with each deputy responsible for a geographical area that includes several schools.

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  • Superintendent Tom Seigel talks Leading the way in school safety

    Superintendent Tom Seigel sat down with Seattle's Q13 Fox News this week to talk about school safety and how we, as a district, are always working to create the safest possible environment for our students, teachers, and school visitors.

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  • Bethel School District: Protecting Taxpayer Investments

    To help protect taxpayer investments in our school buildings, all schools built new or new-in-lieu since 1994 are required to be inspected as part of the Asset Preservation Program.

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  • Bethel Truancy Boards keep students on track and out of court

    It’s an obvious but fundamental truth that children cannot learn and grow if they aren’t in the classroom.

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  • Pierce Transit helps Bethel students find freedom with 500 Orca cards

    Thanks to Pierce Transit and a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation, 500 of our high school students will receive their own Orca Youth Card preloaded with $10.

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  • Shelley Ramirez: First Washington St. Elem. Asst. Principal of the Year!

    Thompson Elementary’s own Shelley Ramirez has been named the first ever Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year. Ramirez was selected by the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) from more than 2,000 schools in the state to receive the honor.

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