National Volunteer Week – April 21, 2018

TACOMA, WA – Join us for a day of service on April 21 from 8:00am-12:00pm at Keithley Middle School in Franklin Pierce. Community lunch follows from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Every year, Our Savior Lutheran Church leads a day of service at a local school in celebration of National Volunteer Week. This year, we are taking this community…

Poof! – What rural buffer Portland Ave.?

PIERCE COUNTY — Pierce County is considering commercial development and multi-family housing units along Portland Avenue. If you live it he “Rural Separator,” you should find out what is happening to your peaceful neighborhoods. Meeting information:  Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. Harvard Elementary in the gym 1709 – 85th St. E., Tacoma 98445 “The…

Revving a local economy

By Marianne Lincoln Have you thought much about what it takes to make your local community successful? People in the community who are employed, with money in their pockets, shop at local stores, gas stations and restaurants. That, in turn, raises tax money to go back into the community. Quite simple, actually. So to make…

Incident at Graham Kapowsin

BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — At approximately 2:30 p.m. today (December 5, 2017), 30 minutes after school was dismissed, there was a shooting near the Graham-Kapowsin High School campus.  The shooting stemmed from an altercation between a group of individuals outside of the school.  Two students who were injured in the shooting made their way onto…

December performing arts around Bethel

Bethel District Performing Arts Events for December December 1 Early Dismissal for Middle School Report Card Preparation 5:15 – 7:30pm Chocolate, Chimes, and Cheer hosted by EPSOC Friends of the Arts December 2 5:00 – 10:00pm Holiday Open House Mike & Sue Sandner’s Home 5:00pm Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Reception Downtown Puyallup December 5…

Down? Property Taxes for schools will go down even with new bond

Facilities Funding 11-6-17     <– PDF file data on the bond from the district BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — As school districts around the state gear up for bond and levy elections next year, the Bethel School District finds itself in a unique position. In February, Bethel will be running a new $443 million bond and two…

Sankta Lucia Celebration – Dec 3

A Swedish Sankta Lucia Celebration will be held December 3rd at PLU’s Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts. Sunday, December 3rd at 2:30 PM – 6 PM. (Also known as the Eastvold Auditorium) The event his hosted by the Scandinavian Cultural Center. The event consists of singing and dance. Young people rehearse for several weeks…

2017 Stuff the Bus – Dec 2

Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., transportation and other Bethel School District volunteers will be collecting toys and food for needy families it he district. This is the annual “Stuff the Bus” drive. Look for the Big yellow school bus in the the Spanaway Walmart parking lot on Saturday and give what…

Nov 4-5, 2017 Spanaway Lake High Holiday Craft Fair

Nov. 4-5 will be the annual Spanaway Lake High School Holiday Craft Fair. This is one of the best local events of the year for hand-made crafts and unique holiday gifts. The cost to enter is $3 for an adult and children under 6 are free. Inside, you will find wood carvers, jewelry, blankets and quilts, ornaments, food,…

High Tech mouth guards = safety

BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — The Spanaway Lake High School football team was given 95 brand new mouth guards. That might not sound like a big deal, but it was. The Vector mouth guards sent to SLHS are equipped with tiny computers that track every hit a player takes and funnels that information to coaches on…

Goodpaster named next Franklin Pierce Superintendent

Tacoma, WASHINGTON (28 August 2017) With the announcement that Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools since 2007, will retire at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year, the Franklin Pierce School Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Mr. Lance Goodpaster, current Assistant Superintendent of PK-12, as the next Superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools….

News from Bethel Schools

Evergreen Elementary named National Title I Distinguished School Evergreen Elementary was named a National Title I Distinguished School. This prestigious recognition is given to a small number of schools across the country that excel academically despite having a large percentage of low-income students. Only one other school in Washington was named a Distinguished School this…