Bond Update: November 2021

Rendering of the New Naches Trail Elementary from the recent Value Engineering Report

Bethel School District Sells New Bonds, Saving Taxpayers Millions

The Bethel School District has taken advantage of low bond interest rates to save taxpayers money. …

Work continues on several exciting projects

The second phase of Challenger High School’s renovation and expansion is ongoing.

The weather is getting colder and the days shorter, but that hasn’t slowed the contruction crews working diligently on our many bond projects.

District retains strong Aa2 Bond Rating

Even though a methodology change caused many school districts’ bond ratings to drop recently, Bethel actually retained the strong Aa2 rating we’ve had for many years. …

Teachers’ instruction inspires student film

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.

Cedarcrest Middle School’s Traci Overstreet…

Stephen Rushing talks COVID, kids, and connecting with others

Principal Stephen Rushing — North Star Elementary

“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. …

Nonverbal students thrive in 39-year teaching veteran’s class

Kelly Wedum teaches a student how to use an app that helps nonverbal students communicate using symbols.

“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…

Social Emotional Learning is a key component in classrooms

When we caught up with teaching veteran Robin Burk, she was just kicking off her Second Step lesson with her first grade class. Second Step is the district’s Social Emotional Learning curriculum that was adopted back in 2019.

“Second Step begins the year with lessons on paying attention and how…

The latest news on our current and future bond projects!

Katherine G. Johnson Elementary School

Bonds are for building, levies are for learning

All the progress we report on each month is thanks to our voters, who approved the School Construction Bond back in February of 2019. …

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

From left to right: Todd King (Assistant Director Behavioral Health/Elementary), Jodi GreyEyes (Assistant Director, Behavioral Health/Secondary), Elissa Dornan (Director of Behavioral Health and MTSS), and Superintendent Tom Seigel

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Healthy Youth Survey indicated that some of our students were not getting the social and emotional help that they needed, in school or elsewhere. …

Bethel Schools

Helping kids learn is the driving force behind all we do in the Bethel School District.

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