In September, students will study the world in a whole new way.
The Long Range Facilities Task Force met to discuss issues facing our district.
Bethel’s print shop doesn’t slow down just because the school year is over.
Carol Garwood has been teaching fifth grade for a long time, but her love for the job hasn’t faded.
A new partnership is giving residents access to higher education without the hassle of a long commute.
It's time to celebrate our hard-working staff at the end of another great school year!
We are proud to announce the 2017 Summer Food Service Program for children.
The Endeavour students at Naches Trail Elementary got down and dirty Friday morning.
Seventeen of the school district’s graduating seniors took a trip down memory lane.
Seniors from Spanaway Lake High School visited middle schools to talk with 8th graders about what to expect from high school.
Bethel’s three-year rollout of roughly 17,000 iPads is nearly complete .
Cedarcrest Middle School recently hosted a unique orientation night for incoming 6th graders.
The tiny rocket scientists at Naches Trail Elementary put their skills to the test Monday.
The district introduced a new Native American Education Program this year.
Frederickson Elementary students learned about the many careers they could pursue if they work hard and stay in school
Friday was a messy day for four Roy Elementary staff members who became human ice cream sundaes.
The District and PSE - Bethel Chapter have reached tentative agreements on a majority of non-financial interests. We have begun focusing on financial interests. Additional communication will become available as we proceed through negotiations.
Last month four Bethel students were presented awards for their essays.
Two women are building a strong Special Olympics program at Bethel High
Two Bethel teachers were recently awarded grants to bring their popular Lego robotics program to even more students.
The life of an emergency substitute teacher can be frantic, but fun.
Students at Cedarcrest Middle School recently took part in Project Citizen.
Frederickson Elementary’s annual Reading Night offered more activities this year than ever before!
Adam Scroggins has already been named the state’s top advisor, and next month he’ll head to Kentucky to compete for the national award.
Teacher Lauren Bergstrom’s key to success: Stay true to the kind of teacher you wanted to be when you started
This year we're shining the spotlight on 16 of our seniors from across the district!
The young men and women of Bethel High School’s Air Force JROTC unit have earned the prestigious Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award.
This month, our community-led Long Range Facilities Task Force discussed problems with building capacity and current building conditions.
Six Bethel school bus drivers were invited to compete in this weekend’s Road-E-O in Kent
Bethel high’s new video production and photography teacher is hoping to inspire the next Steven Spielberg or Ansel Adams.
When they woke up on Friday morning, the students at Pioneer Valley elementary probably didn’t realize they would become time travelers by the end of the day.
Frederickson Elementary’s recent fun run ended with students quadrupling their fundraising goal.
The culinary whiz kids from Bethel High have been teaching younger students how to cook healthy and delicious meals.
A Bethel High School teacher has tapped into her students’ creativity to tackle an important and timely issue
A teacher’s first year on the job is full of excitement and challenges
Two Bethel teachers have been hitting the road teaching an exciting new math curriculum
Bethel is full of inspiring teachers, and there’s an entire team of specialists who work behind the scenes to ensure their success
Thank you to Senior Master Sergeants Don Barney and Denise Avery, the Bethel School District's Volunteers of the Year!
The team from Naches Trail elementary took home the top prize at this year's Battle of the Books.
Second grade teacher John Spafford has coached his chess club to incredible success
The District and PSE - Bethel Chapter have reached tentative agreements on a majority of non-financial interests. We will begin focusing on financial interests over the next few weeks.
Whether they’re sick, hurt, or simply in need of a friendly face, students can always turn to their school nurse for help.
They don't normally wear capes, but nutrition staff members are truly the unsung heroes at any school.
Six students from the Bethel School District competed in the State Chess Championships!
Nelson Elementary’s spring food drive brought in 1,425 items that were donated to Harvest House Food Pantry.
For the first time, all three of our comprehensive high schools had students place in the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest!
Congratulations to our own Michael Sandner, winner of one of KCTS 9's 2017 Golden Apple Moments!
The District and PSE - Bethel Chapter exchanged interests on March 27th and started bargaining on April 11th.
The buzz phrase when it comes to K-12 math is “productive struggle.”
For Earth Day, field biology students at Elk Plain got their hands dirty by digging up the trash they had buried exactly a year ago.
Bethel High School's John Stumpf was selected as the WITEA Teacher of the Year for his dedication to teaching industrial technology and STEM education.
Thanks to Frederickson’s Toray Composite Materials America, middle school students in the Bethel School District got to see history come alive in the classroom.
Several classes in our district are getting their hands on a new, 3-D technology.
Cedarcrest Middle School and Evergreen Elementary earned Washington Achievement Awards for the 2016 academic school year.
Students from Bethel High School’s 9th grade Cambridge Thinking Skills class got hands-on with the legislative process.
Tickets are now on sale for this year's Bethel School District Night at the Tacoma Rainiers.
Congratulations to Brenda Ainslie, Bethel School District’s 2017 Classified Employee of the Year!
Washington state's new art standards were formally adopted at Elk Plain School of Choice!
This is the third year of the Springboard ELA curriculum for our middle and high school students, and the second year of the ReadyGEN ELA curriculum for our elementary students.
Students from all three of our comprehensive high schools will be representing our district at the state level.
Superintendent Tom Seigel had the privilege of testifying on behalf of our district about two bills that are being looked at by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee.
The Bethel School District Foundation is looking for people to serve on its Board of Directors.
Find out which of our student athletes are heading to the state championships!
Author and former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt paid a visit to students at Naches Trail Elementary this month!
Superintendent Tom Seigel was in Olympia yesterday to testify on two bills focused on funding public education.
To ensure equity across our system, elementary school start times change every three years.
District seeks members for Long Range Facility Task Force
At this year's Technology Fair, student programmers competed in a "Hackathon."
This is your chance to preview and review the HIV/AIDS curriculum that will be taught to your son/daughter during the 2016-2017 school year.
This week Superintendent Tom Seigel testified to the House Appropriations Committee about the looming “levy cliff” issue.
Learn more about the "Levy Cliff" issue here.
The SLHS Robotics Team is getting some help from Umpqua Bank’s "Adopt a High School Robotics Team" program!
Bethel SD students can receive automatic acceptance to UW Tacoma if they meet certain requirements.
Washington currently has an outbreak of mumps disease. Learn more here.
The cold weather, ice and snow can be dangerous to children and adults. Here are some tips to protect adults and children.
Bethel Middle School has been Bronze Level Certified by Washington Green Schools!
Spanaway Lake High School senior Kyle Muna has been accepted to Cornell University!
You don’t have to look far to see the signs of growth throughout our community.
The Graham Business Association presented an $11,000 check for the B.E.S.T. Scholarship Fund!
With winter weather in the forecast, our maintenance crew is taking extra steps this year to make sure our school parking lots stay safe for staff, students and the community.
Congratulations to the following award winners from this past weekend's LEGO Robotics competition!
The Bethel School District recently held its first Young Athletes bowling event.
The Bethel school board recently held a joint meeting with the board of directors from the Franklin Pierce School District.
Congratulations to all the students from our district who took part in this year's Western International Band Clinic!
As winter approaches, remember that in the event of inclement weather, the district may choose to operate on a normal schedule, start late, or close entirely.
Carmen Gadison-Lopez, Evergreen Elementary's visual arts specialist, is hosting a one-woman art show in Tacoma.
Anyone (parents, teachers, community, etc.) can refer a student to be tested for potential qualification in next year’s Highly Capable programs.
For the second time, students in Jennifer Buckle’s jewelry and design class are having their work showcased on the Governor’s Christmas Tree in Olympia.
Students at Bethel and Spanaway middle schools, along with Thompson Elementary, celebrated their holiday food drives with a visit from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue!
The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control are both great resources for providing information regarding flu basics, misconceptions, symptoms, influenza prevention, and treatment.
The National Society of High School Scholars has selected Kathryn Trinidad, a senior at Challenger High School, as a member of its organization.
This is your chance to preview and review the HIV/AIDS curriculum that will be taught to your son/daughter during the 2016-2017 school year.
In Bethel, 16 elementary schools and several middle and high schools have weekend backpack programs.
The Bethel School District Athletic Hall of Fame recognized its first batch of inductees recently during a banquet at Spanaway Middle School.
Did you know that Graham Elementary is a nationally accredited elementary school?
Students at Cougar Mountain Middle School welcomed veterans and families to a ceremony they won’t soon forget.
Students around our district took time to cast their ballots in Washington state's Mock Election.
Elementary Grade Level Leaders and their administrators recently attended half-day trainings on customizing lessons for our Eureka Math and ReadyGen curriculums.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Luncheon scheduled for 11/5 has changed locations due to popular demand!
This year, 26 students from the Bethel School District received the Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award.
Brooke Weeks, a senior at Bethel High School, is one of nine students representing Washington state in the 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir.
Bethel School District and Graham Fire and Rescue have partnered with the Nick of Time Foundation to provide cardiac screening at Graham Kapowsin High School on Wednesday, December 7th.
Since 2005, the Bethel School District has partnered with local agencies to run a boys' home and a girls' home for students experiencing homelessness. Because of budget cuts by the county, both homes are scheduled to close on December 1.
Bethel Pride readers, please take a few moments to share your thoughts on our district newspaper.
During National Principals Month we wanted to tip our cap to the men and women who work hard to keep our schools running smoothly day in and day out.
It’s never too late to get your child started on the path to academic success.
Spanaway Elementary hosted an incredible event recently to honor the many different cultures that make up their school community.
Click here to learn which high school now has the highest graduation rate in the history of the Bethel School District.
Spanaway Lake High School cheerleaders are helping students at other schools in our district.
Superintendent Tom Seigel recently served as a moderator at the Mid-County Leadership Team's candidate forum.
ThoughtExchange is a way for our families, community, and staff to share priorities and ideas with us online.
Challenger High School's Culinary Arts program is returning to ABC Day this year with an enhanced menu of food.
Lindsey Strom's fourth grade class at Rocky Ridge loves the way she is enhancing her instruction with technology.
Congratulations to Centennial, Evergreen and Spanaway elementary schools – our 2016 Schools of Distinction!
Thank you to all the community members who helped beautify Clover Creek Elementary this month in honor of the National Day of Service!
The after-school theatre program The LENS Project kicks off its 5th year in the Bethel School District.
Students from secondary schools in our district showcased their artistic talents in the 29th annual Washington State Fair Junior/Senior High Art Show
This year, in honor of the National Day of Service, 300 volunteers from the Bethel community gave 1,000 hours of their time helping to beautify seven of our campuses.
Do you know that you can monitor your student’s education on any electronic device?
Congratulations to Spanaway Lake High School senior Nicco Gulie, who was recently selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars!
Elk Plain School of Choice (K-8) recently earned a Washington Green Schools Bronze Certification for their waste and recycling programs.
Superintendent Tom Seigel talks about teacher shortages on the latest episode of KBTC's Northwest Now.
Click here to see an amazing art project by LMS students honoring the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
The South County New Educators Breakfast recently welcomed over 200 new teachers and administrators to the Bethel and Franklin Pierce school districts.
Students will be able to submit a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.
As early as elementary school, students who miss just two school days each month are more likely to fall behind in reading, writing and math, even if the absences are excused.
The first day of school wasn't a hard day's night for Clover Creek's superstar paraeducators!
About 800 backpacks and hundreds of school supplies were received from Sound Life Church and other community partners this summer!
Experience the first day of the new school year with students, parents and staff from Spanaway Elementary, Spanaway Middle, and Spanaway Lake High School!
Click here to find your school's start and end times.
As the summer draws to a close, don't miss this recap of our summer school and summer lunch programs.
We have a new volunteer application system that will assist us in providing a safe environment for students, staff and community members. Click here for details.
New deal still requires union and school board approval
Click here for the latest bargaining update from Superintendent Tom Seigel.
Bethel's Transportation Department celebrates the new school year with a dance parody of Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
With almost 200 portable classrooms in use the Bethel School District, we receive our fair share of questions about the buildings. In this short video we hope to answer a few of the more frequent ones for our community.
With school starting soon, the Camas Prairie Wildcats wanted to remind all students the proper way to behave on a Bethel school bus.
The Free and Reduced Meal Application is now available!
Washington state law requires all students attending public schools to be immunized. Click here for specific information.
Representatives from Bethel School District and Bethel Education Association began meetings with a mediator on Aug. 9.
Because of the history associated with the building, Superintendent Tom Seigel wanted to make a limited number of bricks available for families who were interested in owning a piece of history.
Registration for Flag Football, Girls Cheerleading and Girls Volleyball will begin Monday, Aug. 15 and run through Sunday, Sept. 4.
Come September, students will be seeing some new and familiar faces at their local schools.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our school volunteers of the year!
Cliff Anderson was recently awarded the Superintendent's Superior Service Award.
The deadline to cast ballots in this year's primary election is Aug. 2. Click here for more information.
Five local school districts have filed suit against Pierce County to maintain their state mandated duty to provide all students with adequate and equal educational programs and services.
We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee! Click here to watch the ceremony.
This year marked the fourth successful flight for the USS Meline Weather Balloon, which is named for beloved teacher Rob Meline who died in 2012.
United Way of Pierce County awarded 15 of our high school students a Varsity Letter for volunteering in their community.
Liberty Middle School’s Concert Choir recently competed with 15 other middle school choirs at the University of Portland’s Best in the Northwest Choir Contest.
Seventh grade students at Elk Plain School of Choice ended the year with a project that integrated their English and history classes.
We are very proud of our staff who recently volunteered at the Special Olympics!
Spanaway Middle School recently honored 8th grader Angelo Alfonso.
Students are required to read at least one book related to the grade level theme and will complete during and after reading assignments related to it.
Q13 recently surprised Graham Elementary's Traci Cordell, crowning her as their Teacher of the Week!
Thank you to everyone in our district who has worked hard to make this school year a big success. To celebrate, we're sharing the Top 10 things we're proud of this year.
Alex Porter is a Running Start student at Graham-Kapowsin High School who plans to continue her studies at Pierce College and receive her Associate’s Degree in Business.
After graduating from Challenger High School, Jaycie Grisso plans to enlist in the United States Navy.
Click here to find the livestream feeds for this year's graduation ceremonies!
John Bautista is a senior at BHS and is one of this year’s salutatorians. He will attend the University of Washington this fall and plans to graduate with a degree in computer science.
Nathan Navarrette-Smith is a senior at the Pierce County Skills Center. After graduation he plans to attend Central Washington University and major as a paramedic.
Congratulations to the graduates of the Bethel School District's Transition Program!
Click here to find all 11 songs from the 2016 District Band Festival, including 900+ band students playing Star Wars!
Anne Antanavage is a senior at the Pierce County Skills Center where she is enrolled in the Medical Careers class.
Michael Higgins is a senior at Graham-Kapowsin High School who was awarded a scholarship to the University of Washington.
Lauren Palmer is a senior at Spanaway Lake High School who is heading to Washington State University next year.
Thompson Elementary recently hosted a Dual Language Family Night headlined with student performances.
Michaela Wonacott is a senior at Bethel High School and is a valedictorian this year.
Wyatt Kujawa is a senior at Challenger High School who is headed for a career in law enforcement.
All 14 performances are now available to watch online. Click here to see them!
Congratulations to Sandy McDaniel, the Bethel School District Volunteer of the Year!
Juliana is a senior at the Pierce County Skills Center, where she studies Pre-Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.
Vakeaemanuolevaveao Edda Hunkin is a senior at Spanaway Lake High School who will be attending Pacific Lutheran University on a full ride scholarship this fall.
With graduation rapidly approaching, we are shining the spotlight on some of our seniors who will be off to new adventures this fall.
The Vivace! Choral Program’s Treble Choir recently joined the Tacoma City Ballet, Symphony Chorale and Symphony in multiple performances of “Carmina Burana.”
With graduation rapidly approaching, we are shining the spotlight on some of our seniors who will be off to new adventures this fall.
With graduation rapidly approaching, we are shining the spotlight on some of our seniors who will be off to new adventures this fall.
Join the GKHS Wind Ensemble and Japan's Tamana Girls High School Band for an afternoon of music!
Michelle Hamilton is Bethel School District’s CTE Teacher of the Year! She teaches Family Consumer Sciences at Bethel High School.
Multiple police and fire agencies will be using the OLD Spanaway Elementary building as a training ground in the coming weeks.
Eight students from Spanaway Lake High School’s Heritage Club recently performed for employees at Boeing’s Frederickson Plant to showcase their heritage and culture through dance and song.
Congratulations to Spanaway Lake High School's Dyriece Milholland-Fears, who signed with West Hills College in California to play football next year!
The Pierce County Skills Center – the 13th skills center in Washington state – is now officially three buildings strong.
We are incredibly proud of Bethel's own Ed Ammons and Doris Hominda who were recognized today by the White House as "Champions of Change for School Support."
The Bethel School District works with a variety of water providers in the area. Each of these providers tests their supply and, as of today, there have been no issues with the water supplied to our buildings.
Congratulations to Graham-Kapowsin High School seniors Keegan Lonyo, Trevin Lawson and Kodi Moore who all received baseball scholarships and are off to college in the fall!
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Bethel High School’s greenhouse will be open on May 7th for the school’s annual plant sale.
Over 260 volunteers recently participated in a community service project at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting.
Bethel High School students Jenna Shields and Miya Thomas will represent Washington state at the National History Day competition in June.
To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week we asked our staff to send in their favorite photos of their favorite teachers.
Join us for a "How It's Made" style look inside the Bethel School District's Central Kitchen, and meet the staff who makes sure our students are getting great food, everyday.
Bethel board member Brenda Rogers presented framed student artwork to four of our district's congressional leaders, including Congressman Denny Heck.
Randall Owyang, a music teacher at Graham Elementary School was awarded a $500 Classroom Grant from the Northwest Professional Educators association.
Congratulations to these GKHS student athletes who recently signed on with colleges for next year!
Lauren Austin-Morscher, the health clerk at Elk Plain School of Choice, was recently recognized for her life-saving efforts during a medical emergency at the school.
The U.S. Secretary of Education named the Bethel School District a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee!
Liberty Middle School students welcomed their new assistant principal, Kianee Lee, in grand fashion!
Congratulations to Centennial and Evergreen elementary schools!
Representatives from OSPI recently awarded Spanaway Middle School with their $20,000 Lighthouse Grant.
A team of seventh grade girls from Frontier Middle School took home the Battle of the Books trophy after a surprising double-overtime.
Join our Child Nutrition staff for their annual "Fill the Cupboard" Food Drive! Donations can be dropped off at any of our school kitchens.
Congratulations to Jerilyn Gerhardstein, who was recently chosen as STAR 101.5's Elementary Teacher of the Week!
Congratulations to Bethel High School's Avyion Fisher and Ian Davidson who recently signed for college!
All 21 songs from this year's District Choral Festival are now available on our YouTube Channel!
Bethel's director of athletics and security talks about the benefits turfed fields would have for our student athletes and community.
In this video you'll hear from members of our high school swim teams as they talk about the struggles of being a swimmer in a district without a pool.
Bethel's maintenance night lead, Shawn Sandvig, talks about the need behind some of the big projects on Bethel's April Bond.
Emily Oliver, the SLHS Daffodil Princess, was crowned Daffodil Queen!
2nd Lt. Cherie Thompson returned a few days early from her seven months of training in Texas to surprise her daughter, Nevaeh, in class.
Click here to watch superintendent Tom Seigel answer questions from the community about the April bond.
Kapowsin Elementary students demonstrated their ability to, "Inquire, Investigate and Innovate" at the South Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Tina Jacobs is the latest recipient of superintendent Tom Seigel’s Star Teacher Award of Excellence.
Renowned children’s author Nina Laden visited five Bethel elementary schools in March to share her passion about writing and drawing with our students.
This small area in BHS is the convergence of two hallways, a set of stairs, and the only doors to the school's 17 portable classrooms.
Bethel High School junior Brooke Martin plays hockey with the Washington Wild 19u elite Rep team.
25 Japanese students visited Spanaway Lake High School in March for a two-week American high school experience.
Congratulations to Bethel's Classified Employee of the Year, Jana Angelos!
Students at Frederickson Elementary wore their craziest socks in honor of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day.
Students in Bethel High School's Cambridge program traveled to Olympia to meet with lawmakers.
You have to see the field conditions at GKHS to believe them.
Starting in school year 2016-2017, all students in 9th through 12th grade are required by law to get two doses of chickenpox (or varicella) vaccine.
More than 40 seniors from BHS, GKHS and SLHS were accepted to the University of Washington Tacoma!
Thank you to all the amazing classified staff around our district who work so hard for our kids!
SLHS student Sabrina Do was named one of the Emergency Food Network’s volunteers of the month!
Hear how the Vivace! Choral Program is changing the lives of students and teachers in Bethel, and beyond!
Roy Elementary recently hosted a taste test event where students were encouraged to challenge their taste buds.
Spanaway Middle School has been selected to serve as a STEM mentor to other schools.
Mike Thaler, the award-winning author of the Black Lagoon series, visited Naches Trail Elementary!
The Bethel School District was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for our leadership in transitioning to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources for our schools.
Doug Peterson, Chris McGinnis and Erich Jaber have been volunteering under the WATCH D.O.G. program all year at Frederickson.
Our district is growing. That means more students, and more jobs! Find your dream job, at jobs.bethelsd.org
Two more Bethel teachers have reached the ‘gold standard’ for instructional practices.
Roy Elementary's annual coin drive raised $1,340.33 to help support foster children!
This year, Kapowsin Elementary's after-school Science Club gave students the opportunity to put their engineering skills to the test!
Project Homeless Connect is a quarterly event that invites people experiencing homelessness to a location that is filled with free services, resources and giveaways.
Sandy Seigel was recognized for her ongoing efforts in our community during a recent assembly at Camas Prairie Elementary.
Hear from CTE teachers as they talk about their transition from the business world to the classroom.
Governor Jay Inslee visited the Pierce County Skills Center and spent time in the classroom with students in the aerospace program.
The Wear It Out Clothing Bank provides a weekly shopping experience that is completely free to those in need in our area.
Join 8th grader Dylan Horak as he straps a video camera to his head and takes you through a typical day at Spanaway Middle School.
Congratulations to Bethel High School wrestler Phillip Springsteen, who signed with the University of Mary!
Aidan Kees will be heading to West Point after graduation, following four years of JROTC at GKHS.
Students at Liberty Middle School donated over 1,000 items during their recent pet food drive!
SLHS senior Leroy Lawrence signed with Central Washington University to play football next year!
The finest high school music students from across Washington have received top honors by being selected to participate in one of the WMEA All-State Honor Groups.
Made up entirely of portables, Bethel's alternative school is slated for a brand new building if the 2016 bond is approved by voters.
Today we celebrated National Signing Day with 9 of our seniors signing with colleges and universities!
Step into the choir room at Graham-Kapowsin High School and hear from some of our wonderful student musicians as they rehearse and talk about why music is such an important part of their education.
Staff and students got behind Challenger High School's blood drive in a big way.
Cedarcrest is one of the schools that is scheduled for major renovations if voters approve the 2016 bond.
Take a look inside Bethel High School, one of the major projects under the 2016 bond.
The Bethel School District is proudly named for Ruth Wilkinson Bethel, the first female superintendent in Pierce County.
Bethel's annual Art Festival once again showcased some of the talented student artists from around our district!
Congratulations to the winners of this year's Technology Challenge, held at the 2016 Technology and Art Fair!
Students in GKHS’s JROTC program recently competed in their second drill meet of the year.
A donation of slow cookers from the United Way will soon be warming the hearts and homes of families in need in the Bethel community.
The Naches Trail Elementary Lego Elites FLL robotics team is moving forward to the state championships on January 30!
Students at Elk Plain School of Choice are teaming up with local businesses Toray Composites America and LeMay Pierce County Refuse to recycle their way into the future.
Naches Trail and Evergreen elementary schools are two of the schools that would be impacted in a big way under the 2016 bond.
Challenger High School began as an experimental program during the spring of 1974 ...
Four students from the GKHS Wind Ensemble are in Japan, and will perform with the Tamana Girls High School Band.
Seven district libraries are recent recipients of a STEM grant from the Washington State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services!
Congratulations to BHS senior KatieLynn Pyles, who signed with Pierce College to play volleyball next year!
Ballots for the February bond election will be arriving in mailboxes soon. One of the items included in Bethel's 2016 bond is a new aquatic center.
Heather Walter, a second grade teacher at Camas Prairie Elementary, is the most recent recipient of Superintendent Tom Seigel's Star Teacher Award.
Erica Levens' 5th grade class at Thompson Elementary is being featured this month in Live Happy magazine!
Step inside the Pierce County Skills Center in our latest video!
More than 50 members of the Bethel community recently had the chance to tour three of the schools that would see major renovations if the Bond proposal passes in February.
The BHS Cambridge Program is looking for academically motivated 8th grade students!
Nicholas Gorne, choral director at BHS, had the opportunity to sing for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House!
For the last four years, Doris Wright's 3rd grade class at Kapowsin Elementary has been collecting pajamas for kids in need.
Members of the Bethel community found some holiday cheer at the annual Mom and Pop Shop, which provides gifts and more to families in need.
When Darth Vader tried to steal the holiday spirit from Nelson Elementary School, principal Kris Hillius was called upon to use the Force during her school's winter break celebration.
Centennial Elementary School has been named a School of Distinction for the third year in a row!
In 1888, a steam locomotive named “Old Betsy” began to bring many visitors to Spanaway.
Join Owlbert Einstein and his animated friends as they learn more about the Bethel School District's upcoming 2016 bond proposal.
The Spanaway Lutheran Quilters were honored at the December School Board meeting for their many donations of hand-made quilts to students and others in our community.
Click here for the list of concerts that were rescheduled from Dec. 9
The end of the semester will be here soon! If you are struggling in a class, NOW is the time to talk with your teacher about bringing up your grade.
Today's Throwback Thursday photo is the dedication of Bethel High School in 1952, through the lens of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Monday, December 14, will be a half day for our elementary and middle school students, and a report card planning day for our teachers.
Thanks to our Transportation Department for another incredible Stuff the Bus event!
The generosity of students and staff at Spanaway Middle School has gone a long way this holiday season.
Students at Thompson Elementary donated 2,773 items during their recent food drive!
Bethel High's Kyla Morgan signed a Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Central Washington University!
Meet Chester H. Thompson, the man Thompson Elementary School is named for!
Bethel's Dual Language Program kicked off this year with its first two classes of kindergarten students at Thompson Elementary!
Bethel High's Brittany Genuardi signed a Letter of Intent to play softball for Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho!
Students and staff at North Star Elementary donated more than 3,700 items for their holiday food drive!
Blitz paid a visit to Elk Plain School of Choice to meet students who went above and beyond during their fall fundraiser.
Challenger High School’s visual arts specialist, Shawn Foote, has several installations of his own artwork on display in Tacoma!
Bethel Middle School held a sock drive recently and collected 493 pairs of socks!
The 37th annual Western International Band Clinic was held this past weekend.
Thompson Elementary celebrated Veterans Day with a concert that was filmed by music specialist Dina Franz.
Liberty students donated more than 3300 items during this year’s food drive!
Third grade students at Rocky Ridge Elementary recently welcomed the Puyallup Tribe Giving Bus, which was filled with school supplies and gifts for the school.
As part of "Read Your Heart Out Day," Liberty Middle School principal Tom Mitchell spent time reading aloud to his students in the school library.
The Bethel School District is a leader in cost-effective construction.
The Bethel School Board is considering a bond proposal that would expand and modernize Cedarcrest, as well as other projects in the district.
Ellen Hair was a guest of honor at GKHS's Veterans Day assembly. She served in the Women's Army Corps from 1944 to 1946.
Students at Liberty Middle School honored our veterans this week at their Veterans Day assembly.
JROTC cadets from Graham-Kapowsin High School marched in the annual Veterans Day parade in Auburn.
The Bethel School District recently participated in the Symposium on Open Education hosted by the White House and U.S. Department of Education.
Schools across the district are celebrating Veterans Day this week in a variety of ways.
Students at Spanaway Lake High School are learning about business in a hands-on way by running the student store as part of their entrepreneurship class.
This week's photo from the past is this undated aerial shot of Spanaway Lake, found in the book, "Early Spanaway" by Dorothy E. Thompson Winston.
28 Bethel High School Link Crew Leaders joined other students from around the state at the Student Link Conference held at West Seattle High School.
The Bethel School Board is considering a bond proposal for 2016 that would modernize and rebuild BHS, as well as funding other construction projects throughout our district.
Students at Cedarcrest Middle School spent the month of October battling breast cancer by collecting money for the Susan G Komen Foundation.
Challenger High School students' pumpkin carving competition culminated in judging from staff and community members.
The Thrift School was built in 1915 and was used until 1949 when students moved to Kapowsin Elementary.
Sue Erb is the secretary at Roy Elementary where she’s worked for the past 30 years!
The Bethel School Board is considering a bond proposal for 2016 that would build a new wing onto Graham-Kapowsin High School as well as some other upgrades.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and schools around our district are bringing the topic to light in a variety of ways.
All of our eligible school buildings now meet the ENERGY STAR certification level of 75 or higher!
Challenger High School's annual pumpkin carving brought together art and culinary art students for a creative competition unique to Challenger!
Bethel High School's Biomedical program gives its students the opportunity to study science in a very unique and hands-on way.
Kelley Boynton was recognized this month as the Washington Library Media Association's Elementary School Principal of the Year.
Gina Epperson, a 1st grade teacher at Elk Plain School of Choice, was named STAR 101.5's Elementary Teacher of the Week!
The Bethel School Board is considering a bond proposal for 2016 that would build a new Challenger High School. Learn more by watching this video.
Click here and print your ticket for the GKHS fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Oct. 28.
Take a look inside Chef Roy Wieser's culinary arts class at the Pierce County Skills Center.
Former Bethel High School baseball star Mike Blowers (class of 1983) signs autographs at the Bethel Kids' Baseball Card Show in 1990.
Meet Bethel's answer to Rosie the Riveter in our latest Staff Spotlight.
Students at Cedarcrest and Cougar Mountain middle schools took their research of the Washington Territorial Wars all the way to the State Fair.
The Pierce County Skills Center recently dedicated its new art installation, "Hit or Miss."
Anthony Porto is a teacher of the visually impaired, and orientation and mobility specialist for the Bethel School District.
This week's Throwback Thursday photo comes to you from Bethel Junior High, 1961!
The Bethel PSE cleanup crew was out bright and early with trash bags in hand and smiles on their faces!
Thanks to everyone (including Iron Man!) who came out and made ABC Day a wonderful event for our students, staff, families and community!
Staff recently cut the ribbon on the district's newly dedicated Operations Support Center.
Jane Wertenberger has taught math at Spanaway Lake High School for 16 years.
Join us on Saturday Oct. 3 for the dedication of the Operations Support Center.
Students at BMS are now drinking “High-Quality H2O” thanks to the work of the 24seven Green Team.
Bethel High celebrated the newly refurbished Art Crate Field with a win over Rogers.
The Vivace! Choral Program is open to new members through early October.
The one-room Graham School (built circa 1912) housed students until 1949.
Bethel is now the proud home of three champion BMX racers!
Make a positive difference in the lives of children, while being part of a wonderful, supportive team. Apply today at jobs.bethelsd.org
The Seahawks may not have won this weekend, but the GKHS Eagles did, when they beat ER 56-0.
The Spanaway Lake High School Sentinels cut the ribbon on Art Crate Field before Thursday's game.
The Bethel School District wants you to meet our Elementary Grade Level TOSAs (Teachers on Special Assignment)!
The Washington State Fair Junior/Senior High School Art Show handed out 64 awards to our Bethel students, including one “Best in Show” award!
September 18 is a Waiver Day, which means no school for students!
Seaman Recruit Richard Cassube, a recent graduate of SLHS, has been awarded the Navy’s Honor Graduate Ribbon.
Eighth grade WEB leaders at CMS welcomed the 6th graders in grand fashion!
In cooperation with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Nelson Elementary, Frontier Middle School and Graham-Kapowsin High School went into lockdown on Sept. 14 after a student made a threat.
Kindergarten students in Katy Rondeau's class at Frederickson Elementary kicked off the school year on Sept. 14.
In this back to school video we visit three of our local schools and talk to teachers, staff and students about what makes the first day so special.
Parents, teachers, students and staff at Shining Mountain Elementary welcomed back students in a unique way.
Jason Saunders is the director of choirs at Graham-Kapowsin High School.
8th grade WEB leaders at Spanaway Middle School welcomed incoming 6th graders during WEB Day!
Have you thought of becoming a teacher? Do you have a college degree and experience working with children? Then we need you!
Students at Graham-Kapowsin High School received their iPads as part of the district's fall distribution.
This fall, parents and students will notice several new and familiar faces in our Bethel schools.
The Link Crew program connects incoming freshmen with juniors and seniors before the school year officially begins.
Graham-Kapowsin High School JROTC cadets attended Joint Leadership Training this summer.
Bethel’s Summer Institute is a training opportunity for educators that is unique to our district.
Thanks to the passing of the 2014 Technology Levy, this fall marks the first full wave of iPad rollouts to students in our district.
These are orientation days for 6th and 9th grade students.
New teachers and administrators recently attended the South County New Educators Breakfast at PLU.
We’re hiring for the 2015-16 school year. Check out job listings and the online application under "Popular Links" above.
High school can be tough, but even if you hit a bump in the academic road, with online credit retrieval and summer school, there are always options.
Liberty Middle School leadership students recently attended Camp Chinook to learn more about how to inspire their peers.
Since high school football practice started this week, we thought we'd #ThrowbackThursday to the 1934-35 Roy High School football team!
Bethel students and staff are off to a good start with new tests.
Bethel’s Summer Lunch program wrapped up after eight weeks of serving families throughout our district.
Can't find what you're looking for on our new site? This video can help!
In an effort to provide a better athletics program, several middle school sports schedules will be changing this year.
Challenger High School brought home the third place trophy this year for their traditional chili recipe!
Thanks to the Class of 2015, the Spanaway Lake High School gymnasium got some new artwork this summer!
Art Crate Field is now the “first lighted LED large athletic field in the Pacific Northwest."
"It feels like home. I literally wake up every day excited to come to work.”
Cascade Regional Blood Services annual summer blood drive at the Skills Center was a huge success.
This summer Art Crate Field is getting a makeover, including a brand new track and field!
For the past five years, the Bethel Educational Scholarship Team (BEST) has sponsored a Promise Scholar field trip to the Pierce County Skills Center
Click here for some great pics from this year's graduation ceremonies!
Click here for photos from Bethel High School's annual car show!
Naches Trail's annual Career Day was a huge success thanks to the many volunteers who made it happen.
Click here for some great photos from Elk Plain's annual field day!
Students from Mary Ann Smith’s kindergarten class launched their own rockets with some help from the Museum of Flight
Award-winning children's science writer Seymour Simon recently visited Naches Trail.
92 cadets, students, staff and community members attempted to earn their way into history.
Congratulations to Nelson Elementary for their big win at this year's Elementary Battle of the Books competition!
98 budding writers from our district got to meet and learn from some of the best author's in the business.