Bethke Elementary School opened in fall of 2008. The school is named for long time Timnath educator Paul Bethke, who worked locally and at the state level to make public schools better. The school works closely with the parents and community to teach 21st century skills by integrating technology into instruction on a daily basis, providing enriching experiences through the arts, and consistently teaching about energy conservation. Bethke is the first in the nation to receive Three Green Globes and the LEED Gold for Schools for sustainable design.
The core values of our staff are Respect, Responsibility, Kindness and Integrity. Bethke uses the Positive Behavior Support system teaching character throughout the day. Students are taught expectations and are reminded of them in all areas of the school. They are rewarded for positive behavior through drawings and award assemblies.
Bethke fully implements the Core Knowledge curriculum in grades K–5. Focusing on 21st century higher level thinking skills, teachers integrate interactive technology into instruction on a daily basis. Multisensory phonics instruction, small-group guided reading instruction, and Core Knowledge novel studies complete the reading instruction
Everyday Math is used in all grades with grade acceleration in math in grades 3–5 for those who qualify. A reading specialist and gifted and talented teacher work with those requiring additional interventions.
Instructional & enrichment programs
Before- and after-school enrichment clubs include Lego Robotics, Odyssey of the Mind, Spanish, chorus, art clubs, science clubs, student council, energy club, intramurals, science clubs and more. Base Camp offers before- and after-school care from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opportunities for parents
Parents play an active role in the school’s success. All parents at Bethke are members of the PTO and raise funds to support instructional opportunities as well as coordinate volunteers throughout the building. They host family and community events throughout the year to build and sustain the positive climate. Parents run before- and after-school clubs and serve on the school improvement team.