When money is tight, does it pay to think only of yourself?

Opinion by Marianne Lincoln At the kitchen table and over the backyard fence, we all have opinions about what schools should be doing, not doing, spending, not spending, who should be disciplined and who should get a chance to excel. Public school districts have an enormous number of laws and regulations to follow. State Auditors…

Katherine G. Johnson Elementary Opens

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics and trajectories as a NASA employee were critical to the success of early U.S. crewed spaceflights. Highlights of Ms. Johnson’s career:In 2015, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.In 2016, presented with the Silver Snoopy Award and a NASA Group Achievement Award.In 2016,…

To be a Brave or not?

By Marianne Lincoln BETHEL, SPANAWAY, WA — Due to a legislative bill passed this year in Washington State, the Bethel School District has been forced to review its mascot for Bethel High School due to its Indian connotations. Last Spring, the School Board chose members for a committee to review the mascot and come up…

Renaming Bethel High School’s Mascot

By Marianne Lincoln BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — On June 8, 2021, the Bethel School Board unanimously voted to appoint a Bethel High School Mascot Committee. The purpose of the committee was to follow a new State of Washington law that passed the State House 90-8 and the Senate 40-9 and was signed by the Governor…

Graduation in 2021

School has been unusual for more than an year, starting with online attendance to transitioning to part time in person classes. Last year, graduations were drive through outdoor events. . This year, large indoor venues are still not permissible, but large outdoor events are opening up. The Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup has become the…

Firgrove School on South Hill may soon disappear into history

By Marianne Lincoln It wasn’t called South Hill years ago, the community was referred to as Firgrove. The pond near 144th Street and Meridian is no longer visible or flooding the roadway in rainy Spring weather. The area is now dotted with strip malls, not tall firs. The Puyallup School District has planned expansions for…

Bethel Board Position 4 open

Cindy Henry-Young, Director from District 4, the Bethel School Board has resigned. The Board will be appointing a new Board member to fill the vacancy. District 4 covers the following schools: Frederickson Elementary Frontier Middle School Graham Elementary Graham-Kapowsin High School Kapowsin Elementary Liberty Middle School Nelson Elementary North Star Elementary Pioneer Valley Elementary Anyone…

2020 Graduations were a successful change of pace

By Marianne Lincoln COVID-19 has changed everything in the way people interact and celebrate in 2020. School closings didn’t stop our very determined class of 2020 from celebrating graduation from high school. With cars, boats, limousines and trucks, the Class of 2020 spruced up, painted, embellished and honked their way through a graduation ceremony that…

2020 Graduations on the road in June

2020 graduation at Bethel area high schools may affect traffic in some areas. Although schools have gone to great lengths to direct traffic into parking lots, it still may be best to avoid the areas if you are not participating in the graduation. Graduation at Challenger High is Monday June 15, 2020. The graduation is…

FREE MEALS AVAILABLE AT 10 BETHEL SCHOOLS

Este mensaje en espaƱol From BETHEL SCHOOLS — Starting Tuesday, March 17, free meals will be available to ANYONE ages 1-18 through the end of the statewide school closure. These “grab and go” meals will include both lunch and breakfast for the following morning. We’ll be utilizing “curbside pick-up” to maintain social distancing, so you…