Award Year: 2020

Beutler Middle School

626 N. Westside Highway
Dayton, ID, 83232-0140

(208) 747-3303

Mr. Spencer Barzee, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

West Side Joint District

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Be REAL: Respect, Excellence, Attitude, and Language; Beutler Middle School's behaviors for success.

Student Demographics
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Beutler Middle School Student Council hands out Spirit Week treats.

Beutler Middle School Student Council hands out Spirit Week treats.

In a beautiful, rural community surrounded by fields of hay and grain, the students of Beutler Middle School attend classes each day. Beutler Middle School is part of the West Side School District in the southeastern corner of Idaho. Many families of students are lifetime residents of the area. When people move to this area, they tend to want to stay. However, new families and students are also welcomed into the community as part of the Pirate family.

Technology is an integral part of instruction at Beutler Middle School. The school has been a 1:1 device school for the past 7 years. Students are expected to bring a fully charged device to classes. Teachers are adept at weaving technology into traditional teaching methods in order teach 21st Century Skills. Students are comfortable using the technology to showcase and augment their learning.

This middle school consists of one large family of REAL Pirates. From the teachers and administration to the parents and the surrounding community, all adults rally around to support the students. That encouragement may show up as parents ensuring that homework gets completed at night or it may be shown by the cheering fans at the football games. Teachers show that support by working together to add that extra something to the lesson that each student needs. The administration is out in the halls, mingling with the students and teachers. Together, the whole crew of the REAL Pirate ship exists to improve the future, one student at a time.