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Category: Bethel School District


School district alerts parents to ‘sexting’ incident

Parents of students at Spanaway Middle School were alerted Wednesday by the Bethel School District to a so-called “sexting” incident involving students.

District spokeswoman Krista Carlson told the News Tribune that school staff became aware of the inappropriate message being passed among students and officials decided to alert parents.

She said the district message told parents that if their student had received the “sexting” message, they should delete it. It also asked parents to talk with their children about phone safety and the dangers of sending inappropriate messages.

“Whatever you send, it can stay with you for a very long time,” she

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Bethel surveys families on new possibilities for schools

The Bethel School District is seeking public feedback on possible new instructional programs for students.

The district is asking families to complete a survey to determine interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math), a School of Visual and Performing Arts, Cambridge or International Baccalaureate college prep programs, a school for students in kindergarten through grade 8, and other options.

Results of this survey will be used to help identify possible future district programs. To take the survey, go to http://bit.ly/UIF769


Stuff the bus with Bethel drivers

Bethel School District bus drivers will collect holiday gifts and food for families in need during a “Stuff the Bus” event Saturday Dec. 15. Suggested donations include toys, books, childrens clothing, gift cards and non-perishable food items.

Donation locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at:

• Spanaway Wal-mart, 203rd St. E. and Mountain Highway
• South Hill Wal-mart, 156th St. E. and Meridian
• South Hill Fred Meyer, 176th St. E. and Meridian
• Spanaway Safeway, 158th St. E. and Pacific Ave.


Bethel schools boundary re-draw discussion tonight, Thursday

Tonight is the first of two opportunities for residents of the Bethel School District to hear about proposed adjustments to attendance boundaries for the district’s middle and high schools. If approved, the changes would take effect at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

The district plans to adjust the boundaries to alleviate overcrowding and to accommodate the shift to middle schools for students in grades six through eight, which the school board approved Oct. 9 . This year, middle schools served only students in grade seven and eight, while ninth graders moved from the former junior highs to the

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Hearings board stays its ruling blocking Orton Junction

A state hearings board today stayed its ruling that Pierce County acted out of step with state law when it approved comprehensive plan amendments for the proposed Orton Junction development south of Sumner.

The Growth Management Hearings Board ruled last month the county was out of compliance because of the land-use changes. The county requested the stay because its ability to compete for up to $31 million in potential state grant and loan awards could be imperiled by the ruling.

Orton Farms and the City of Sumner also requested the stay. They also have appealed the ruling in Thurston

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Bethel School Board names newest member

Michael Audas is the newest member of the Bethel School Board. He was appointed Tuesday by board members to fill a vacancy in Director District 4, which occurred following the resignation of Joy Cook. She resigned to move out of state.

Audas will represent the Graham area on the board. He has lived in the Bethel area for 12 years. He is married with three children, two of whom attend Bethel schools. He is a family and child therapist with Comprehensive Life Resources.

Audas is the second recent appointee to the board. Stanley Chapin was recently appointed to fill a

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