Native American Education Program

Bethel School District June 2021

In this Issue...

  • Acknowledgement of our 5th, 8th, and Seniors
  • Snap-Shot of our events for 2020-2021
  • Indian Parent Committee
  • NAYLA for 2021-2022
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Spanaway Lake High School

Manuel Garcia-Marrietta

Shaelyn Greer

Griffyn Meshriy

Latanya Mustin

Michael Rogers

MacKenzie Sunde

Bethel Virtual Academy

Justin Christenson

Landyn Gese

Emma Needham

Bethel High School

James Bell

Heidi Chambers

Zachory John

Malakai Satiacum

Challenger High School

Dakota Zuchowski

Emma Lohman

Bethel Accelerated Academy

Makayla Rogers

Native American Education 8th Grade Students

We want to wish you the BEST as you move on to 9th Grade

Frontier Middle School

Serenity Bennett

Harmony Dillon

Travis Hohn

Nevitt Miller

Spanaway Middle School

Lois Brumett-Schwerzler

Launarose Dominguez

Antonia Manning

Tehaya Witherspoon

Cedarcrest Middle School

Kaycie Kallander

Ayden Rogers

Joel Ruffin

Raja Sanehi

Elk Plain School of Choice

Mason Barnett

Abigail Riley

Phoebe Wade

Bethel Middle School

Jackie Abbott

Owen Lago

Destiny O'Fallon

Jai Rivera

Chazmine O'Fallon

Natalie Young

Ava Richotte

Jaden Bell

Cougar Mt. Middle School

Kevin George

Lillian Bristow

Christopher Wyatt

Liberty Middle School

Brendan Harder

Mackenzie Krautler

Joshua Milne

Kimora Smith

Brendan Wilbur

Native American Education 5th Grade Students

We wish you the BEST as you move on to Middle School

Clover Creek Elementary

Naveah Eleazor

Camas Prairie Elementary

Skylnne Shields

Graham Elementary

Ava Slater

Naches Trail Elementary

Josiah Mclean

Nicholas Melendez

Arailya Napoleon

Esteban Navarijo-Fackrell

Thomas Pease

Nelson Elementary

Phoenix Hedland

Aubrey Holt

North Star Elementary

Nichole Taylor

Brian Young

Roy Elementary

Stachen Stephan

Rocky Ridge Elementary

Hunter Kenyon

Kapowsin Elementary

Cooper Miller

Fredrickson Elementary

Jaylene Laorosa

Rhoda Smith

Roman Milne

Elk Plain School of Choice

Maya Bennett

Micah Bong

Kendall Wall

Teaghan Sebastian

Tyler-James Hoskins

Nathan Byrd

Centennial Elementary

Rilynne Dawson

Chloee Allison

Snap-Shot of our events for the school year 2020-21

For the 2020 school year, we were up against many challenges as educators but we made it through. We wish to give thanks to all our amazing volunteers!

Here is a snap-shot of events we hosted this school year.

OCT: "Meet-n- Beep" Drive-Thru, Pick-up a pie, and activity

NOV: Mailed Home Canoe Activity and Book

MARCH: Spring Event-Birdhouse, Photo Booth, and Egg Hunt

APRIL: Senior Cedar Graduation Cap Weaving

MAY: End of Year Celebration

MAY: Boeing Virtual Field Trip


RACHAEL OR HEATHER Their information is listed below.

Fall Event

This school year we started off our community connection with a Meet-N-Beep. Families were able to join us by driving through to pick up an activity kit and book to learn more about the Keeper of the Corn.

Mailed Home Activity

Joseph McGaffie

Thompson Elementary

1st Grade

Canoe activities that were mailed home this school year to our elementary students.

Spring Event

This school year we hosted a Spring Event. Our families and students joined us to create a bird feeder, participated in a photo booth, as well as an egg hunt. We enjoyed sharing with students a fun way to recycle materials and connect with nature.

End of Year Celebration

This school year we wanted to honor our students who were transitioning from 5th grade to 6th grade, our 8th grade to 9th grade as well as our Seniors.

Our Native American Program and Indian Parent Committee gifted our 5th and 8th grade students with a keychain that was made by Natasha Lowe our Indian Parent Committee Chair.

Our seniors were gifted with traditional blanket as well as a hat box to keep their Cedar Grad Caps that we wove together.

We are ever so proud of our students for working diligently this school year to overcome many new ways of learning. This school year required determination, focus, and resiliency. We applaud ALL of our students and families for pushing through.

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Mackenzie Sunde

Senior at Spanaway Lake High School

We are so excited for you to attend UW Tacoma next year Mackenzie. And hope you will be able to come back and share your experiences with our community.

Cedar Graduation Caps

Our students have been gifted the opportunity to weave Cedar graduation caps through our partnership with Twin Star Credit Union. Our Seniors were invited to join us along with Master Weaver Darlene Sam from the Upper Skagit and Muckleshoot Tribe. Ms. Sam personally harvested and cared for the cedar used from start to finish. While we were making the Cedar Hats, Ms. Sam was taking the time to tell cultural stories and share more teachings with us.

Because of the time, it takes to make a hat, we spent 3 days together weaving caps for our seniors. This is a great motivator for our Native Students to graduate because of the time, hand-eye coordination, skill, dedication, endurance, patience, and determination to make their caps. This is a new tradition we hope to continue for years to come.

NOTE: To the Coastal Tribes of the Northwest, Grandmother Cedar Tree, is associated with prayer, healing, dream, and protection against disease. The Salish tribes consider the tree a symbol of generosity and providence and have ceremonial rituals using cedar.

Virtual Field Trip

This May our 6th-8th grade students were invited to attend our Boeing Eco-Action Virtual Field Trip. Boeing Native American Network joined us for 1hr presenting to our students ways that Boeing works on sustainability and what types of careers are offered. Also during the 1hr of time Boeing employees shared a little about themselves as well as a summary of what they do as a Boeing employee.

Our students truly impressed the Boeing team with their engagement, questions, and discussion. We were proud of the way our students represented Bethel and our Native American Program.

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Are you interested in getting involved in our program? Check out the Indian Parent Committee for more information.

Indian Parent Committee 2021-2022

Who: Caregiver of eligible Title VI Native American Students

What: Indian Parent Committee- A group of parents who meet with the Native American TOSA's (Rachael & Heather) to discuss the Native Ed. program, plan events, discuss program goals, and create culturally related opportunities for our students.

When: 4 times a year for 1-2 hour meetings

Why: It is crucial to our program development to have parent voices in all areas. All of our best ideas and planning come from the brilliant minds of our parents! Our Native Youth need you to be the voice for them!

How: Zoom or In-Person based on current Health and Safety Guidance.


More Information:

The purpose of the BSD Title VI Parent Advisory Committee is:

  1. To comply with the rules and regulations governing Indian Education Act—Title VI.

  2. To enhance and encourage the academic experience of Title VI eligible students in the district.

  3. To provide direction and build on Indian culture in meeting the academic and cultural needs of Title VI eligible students.

  4. To participate in the design, operation, and evaluation of the program.

  5. To advise the school district on the development of policies and procedures relating to the program.

  6. To serve as a liaison between Title VI eligible students, parents, guardians, and the school district.

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Students who are participants in the Title VI program


NAYLA-Native American Youth Leadership Academy


Meets once a month with other secondary Native American students in Washington State to discuss current issues, topics, and/or trends.


  • Learn valuable leadership skills.
  • Meet with Native American Students across Washington with similar interests, issues, goals!
  • Connect with traditional Native values and other elements of Native culture\
  • Be the voice you want to hear! Be the change in Indian Country!


TBD (Per Covid-Guidelines)

If you are interested in participating in our NAYLA group please reach to one of the Native Ed. TOSA's, (Mrs. Barger or Mrs. Wippert) to get more information.

We encourage all our Native American students entering grades 8th-12th grades to apply.

Thank you

We wish to acknowledge the Muckleshoot, Nisqually, and Puyallup Tribes for their support of our program. We have been utilizing our grants received from them to enhance our program.

We Need Your Help...

If you know of someone with a student in the Bethel School District who would qualify for the Title VI program we would appreciate it if you could pass on the form to them.

The form can be accessed by clicking the PINK box below titled

"Title VI ED506 Indian Student Eligibility Form"

South End Native Ed. Teacher

Mrs. Barger (Eastern Band Cherokee)

She has been with the Bethel School District for 18 years and is a BSD Graduate. She has been a part of the Native American Education program for 3 years and prior to that she was a classroom teacher. Mrs. Barger is passionate about helping our Native American students succeed and goes above and beyond her realm of duties to ensure they do. In her free time, she likes to watch her children play football and spending time with her family.

Schools Served: Bethel HS, Challenger HS, Bethel Accelerated Academy, Cougar Mt. MS, Bethel MS, EPSOC, Liberty MS, Roy Elem, Centennial Elem, Rocky Ridge Elm, Shining Mt. Elem, North Star Elem, Kapowsin Elem, and Frederickson Elem

North End- Native Education Teacher

Mrs. Wippert (Blackfeet Nation)

Mrs. Wippert is new to the Bethel School District this year. She is coming to the district with over 12 years of experience working with Native American students. Prior to coming to Bethel has been a classroom teacher and an instructional coach. It has always been Mrs. Wippert dream to work with kids and she enjoys watching students blossom. In her free time, she enjoys beading, reading books, and spending time with her family.

Schools Served: Spanaway Lake HS, Graham-Kapowsin HS, Bethel Virtual Academy, Spanaway MS, Cedarcrest MS, Frontier MS, Spanaway Elem, Thompson Elem, Evergreen Elem, Naches Trail Elem, Camas Prairie Elem, Clover Creek Elem, Nelson Elem, Pioneer Valley Elem, and Graham Elem.

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