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  • Principal Robin Furlan

     Greetings Sacajawea Families and Community- 

    We look forward to seeing 100% of our families during Spring Conferences on March 8 and 9. Last week, your scholars took home appointment letters for families to set a time to come in for conferences this week, if you have not already done so please complete the form and return it to your scholar’s advisory teacher.  Your scholar will guide their conference and share with you what they have been working on in class. Teachers will be available to help answers questions. Your scholar has learned how to reflect on work in each class in preparation for your visit during conferences.  Student Led Conferences are an important part of building scholar ownership in learning. Teachers and scholars practice setting goals for learning, assessing progress, and making changes based on the data to meet those goals. It is important to do all we can to keep scholars engaged and motivated during the last part of the year. 

    In February, all staff participated in Data Day 1 & 2.  During Data Day 1 staff looked at current student data to better understand where we are now.  We then analyzed the data using the 4-Lens protocol, which places focus on cohort growth, consistency, equity, and standards.  There were as many celebrations in our data this year as there remain challenges.  During Data Day 2 department groups took a deeper look into their area specific data and then analyzed the results for “root-cause”, which we defined as an initial cause in a chain of events which leads to an outcome.  Once the root-cause analysis was completed, staff looked back at the School Improvement Plan with a critical eye. As a follow up, staff met with their departments to make any necessary changes to their Action Items in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) to ensure that we have our revised plan to meet the goals published in the SIP at the beginning of the year. 

    Throughout this year, staff have concentrated on making sure each lesson is anchored with grade level standards’ based Learning Targets and Success Criteria. We have emphasized the importance of students understanding what they are learning, why they are learning it, and how they know when they have learned the skill. We have emphasized the need for staff and students to work togetheras learning partners. Staff have worked diligently to help ensure students are successful in each of their classes.  

    The beginning of the second semester also means beginning our preparations for next year.  All 8th grade scholars have started the transition process with a visit to Federal Way High School and discussing information about requesting courses for next year.  John Harpel, Counselor, has made the rounds to our feeder elementary schools to meet the fifth grade scholars who will attend Sacajawea next year.  This process can bring up many questions for both parents and scholars.  If you have questions about any part of the scheduling process or the transition to a new grade next year, please contact John Harpel, Counselor at 253-945-4907 or 

    It has really been a wonderful school year so far, and I look forward to a continued great second semester.  I want to invite you to join me for root beer floats on Thursday, March 23 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm in the main office.  I would love to hear what is on your mind and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. As always, you can reach me anytime via phone (253-945-4900) or e-mail (  Please let us know how we can support your scholar, and we will work together to make sure your scholar is successful.  Thank you for all that you do to support your scholar and our work at Sacajawea: working together for the success of all students. 


    Robin Furlan, Principal