2016-2017 Rights and Responsiblty Scholar and Family Office of Equity for Scholar and Family Success
September 9, 2016
The purpose of our 2016-2017 Rights and Responsiblty Scholar and Family Handbook is to ensure that all scholars, families, and staff members have critical school and scholars’ rights information.
You can find versions of the handbook in English, Korean, Russian, and Spanish on our website at http://www.fwps.org/Page/2123 or contact your child’s school to request a hard copy. Hard copy requests could take up to two weeks to receive.
Greetings Star Lake Families,
Our first semester is behind us now and we are continuing the daily instruction, practice, skill and concept building necessary to increase academic growth and move all of our students toward meeting standard. Last month, our classroom teachers reviewed assignments, conducted assessments and created report cards which you received on February 5th. The report card shows the standards on which your child is working and their current progress. I was so pleased to see the growth so many of our students have made in reading and math since September!
Federal Way Public Schools is hosting our first annual STEM Exploration Night on February 23rd from 5:00pm – 7:30pm at Federal Way High School. Please come join the fun with friends and family to experience the life of STEM careers, training programs, and student projects.
Our two February early dismissals have been dedicated to data. Star Lake staff has been analyzing academic, attendance, discipline and survey data to determine our areas of growth, assess our SIP goal progress, and develop our action plan for the next six to twelve weeks. This consistent review and analysis of data, aligned with action planning, keeps our School Improvement Plan alive and aligned with our District Strategic Plan.
I would like to invite all of our parents to the first annual “State of Star Lake” address on Thursday, March 2nd at 6:00pm. I will share our SIP progress, the data we analyzed as a staff, our goals and actions plans, and ask parents for feedback and input. We will have activities for students to engage in while parents meet with me in the gym. Please watch for a flyer with more details coming home soon. I hope to see you on March 2nd!
Over the next few weeks, our 3rd -5th grade students will be taking practice “Interim Block” assessments in preparation for the upcoming State Smarter Balanced Assessment. These practice assessments are about 30-60 minute chunks of sample assessments that mirror what students might see on the SBA and provide the opportunity for students to practice the on-line tools and keyboarding skills they will use on the actual assessment later this spring.
We will be sending our Smarter Balanced Assessment schedule home to you mid-March and students will begin taking the assessment in April and May…more details to come!
Spring is just around the corner and I love the growth and blossoming that it brings; both in my garden and in our school with our children!