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.
Because of COVID, the demand for summer learning was so great this year that the district introduced two new summer school programs to complement the high school credit retrieval classes typically offered at the Pierce County Skills Center.
This year we unveiled the Bethel Boost and…
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.
According to a 2018 Washington Post analysis, at least 4 million students went through at least one school lockdown during the school year. That breaks down to 16 school lockdowns on an average day in America.
Bethel has always had plans in place for disasters of many kinds, but there has never been a comprehensive guide…
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.
In April 2021, the father of two took on a brand new challenge when he was appointed to the Bethel School Board. It’s a challenge he feels up to, and in many ways it’s one he’s been preparing for his entire life.
Mayers was born in Oakland, California, and later moved with his mom and two brothers to Washington State. His early passions were…
Since the 1970s our district has communicated with parents by mailing a publication home. From the late 70s to 1981, the modest newspaper was named “On Track” to signify the year-round track calendar the district was forced to use due to overcrowding.
After a bond was passed and new schools were built, the district was able to return to a normal school calendar. In the Back to School issue of On Track there was an advertisement to the community asking for help renaming the paper.
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.
This fall, as we prepare to return to school in as “normal” a fashion as possible, students and families should be aware that following this pandemic year of online and hybrid classes, attending school each and every day may feel like a bit of a challenge. But being in class is critical to avoiding chronic absenteeism.
According to Attendance Works, a “chronic absence” means missing 10% or more of school days due to absence for any reason. Ten percent is just two days of school missed per month, and the learning loss associated with that can add up quickly.
As we get closer and closer to the completion of Katherine G. Johnson Elementary, we continue to reach new milestones. The school’s most recent milestone is the unveiling of a brand new logo, which was designed by our very own in-house graphic designer, Timra Knox!
The design incorporates a depiction of the moon with a rocket leaving lunar orbit on its return to Earth. Katherine G. Johnson was an extraordinary American mathematician who calculated and analyzed the flight paths of spacecraft during her more than three decades with the U.S. space program.
From the school colors to their mascot, “the…
The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and we’re getting closer and closer to finishing construction on our 18th elementary school, Katherine G. Johnson Elementary.
In April, our construction team installed roofing on the school’s administrative area. They also installed windows and casework in the A-Wing and worked on framing, plumbing and electrical in the G-Wing, among a host of other projects. The crew will soon finish installing acoustical ceiling panels throughout the school.
Click here to watch a brief drone video showing the latest work on the school.
When Roy Elementary School P.E. teacher Matthew Brooke asked his students to take part in the Kids Heart Challenge, he didn’t know what to expect.
Brooke has been teaching for six years, but this is his first year at Roy, and he wasn’t sure how motivated students would be to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Before starting the challenge, Brooke added an interesting incentive: He said any student who raised at least $150 could pour a bucket of slime on his head. …
In 2019, our district partnered with Joint Base Lewis-McChord on a program aimed at giving students the most rigorous and innovative math and science education possible.
NMSI, a college readiness program that is being offered at all three of Bethel’s comprehensive high schools, has components for both teachers and students. The original $727,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense has been supplemented this year with an additional $100,000.
Before the pandemic, some of the grant paid for a number of our middle and high school teachers to travel to Texas to learn how to improve student achievement through programs…
Helping kids learn is the driving force behind all we do in the Bethel School District.