District Headlines & Features
PRINCIPAL’S PAGE – January20, 2017
Todd Beamer Families,
I am excited to be able to update you on our Student Leadership Team’s initiative for this, our last week of 1st semester: Positivity Week at Beamer. Please watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_14FE4klS7M&feature=youtu.be to see our student Leadership Team in action!
As we head into the last week of the semester let our Student Leadership Team guide you!! Send your student a motivational message, encourage your scholar to talk to someone they might not usually reach out to, help your scholar keep working hard on Wednesday to make it all the way to the finish line, and tell someone who has impacted them in a positive way “Thank You” on Thankful Thursday. The staff and administration will be here all week helping your scholar cross the finish line to a positive 1st Semester.
Biology End of Course Assessment MAKE UP: 10th 11th and 12th graders who have not passed the Biology EOC or an alternative will have the opportunity to take the make-up assessment on Thursday, January 26, 2017. If you scholar needs to pass this assessment for graduation, please ensure they are at school and in attendance for this assessment. Testing begins at 7:30 am on January 26, 2017.
**This assessment is currently a graduation requirement for the graduation cohort of 2017 and beyond. At this time, every student graduating in 2017 or beyond must pass this assessment, or an alternative, to receive a diploma.
Revised Tardy and Truancy Policy
Because attendance is important for your academic success and for being on track for graduation, beginning Monday, January 30, 2017 new tardy and truancy consequences will begin. Please see Tardy and Truancy Consequences policy right here on our home page.
Staff and administration will be vigilant in monitoring tardies and truancies. Attendance is directly correlated with success in classes: your scholar needs to be in class to be successful in pursuit of on time graduation.
Reminder: Todd Beamer is a Closed Campus. All scholars leaving campus must have appropriate documentation. If your scholar is leaving campus for any reason, they must have an off campus pass. PSSC and Running Start students should be prepared to show appropriate ID for their program. All other students MUST have an off campus pass if leaving campus for any reason.
We now have SRO Heavener and Safety Officer La Coeur supporting our student and staff. With this additional staff, we will be adding security to our parking lots and building perimeter. Scholars who are off campus without permission will be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions.
******SAVE THE DATE : Feb 6, 2016 Parent Partnership Forum: We are looking forward to our next Parent Partnership Forum. Our focus will be scholar Graduation Credit Requirements and ensuring your scholar is on track to graduate. Our counseling team, assessment coordinator, college and career coordinator and admin staff will clarify the state requirements your scholar must meet to ensure on time graduation. Look for more info coming in the next Principal Page.
Below is a list of all things Beamer. Thank you for reading and please contact our main office if you have any questions about any of the contents in this week’s Principal’s Page.
Joni Hall, Principal
Congrats to some of our student athletes that have had some recent accomplishments. Our basketball teams had 2 Federal Way Mirror Athlete of the Week winners. Darion Brown was the girl athlete of the week with her outstanding performances and Ste’fun Singleton was elected as the boys athlete of the week scoring 43 points against Decatur and breaking his own school record of 40 points. Our girls bowling team is sending 2 bowlers to Districts. Alexis Haven and Taylor Korrell qualified at this week’s league tourney. Way to go Girls Bowling! We have had a great year in boys swimming with Carl Burleigh qualifying for districts in the 50 Freestyle and Nick Beck qualifying for districts in the 100 Butterfly. We also had our relay team Nick Beck, Ty Philbrick, Chris Beck and Carl Burleigh qualify for Districts. Keep on swimming, swimming, swimming!
Boys and Girls Varsity Double Header Basketball Tuesday 1/24:
Girls Varsity 5:15 to 7pm
Boys Varsity 7 to 8:45 pm
Need help accessing your ParentVue account? Contact Julie Mock at 253.945.2577. ParentVUE gives you access to attendance records, grades, missing assignments, teacher emails and more.
January 26th is the Biology EOC. It will be for 10th – 12th grade scholars who have NOT yet passed this assessment. Please ensure your child attends these make-up if they have not met the assessment standard. Not sure if your child has passed?? You can check with their counselor or our assessment coordinator Mollee Holt at 945-2597.
Future Testing: March 1st will be the SAT’s for all 11th graders.
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER
FAFSA & WASFA help is available by contacting Mrs.Mongrain at 253-945-2581.
Seniors this is a reminder that you need to make sure you finish filling out the FAFSA/WASFA application ASAP. This helps with funding your education after high school and is part of your High School and Beyond Plan. The High School and Beyond Plan for seniors will be due to their advisor by Friday, March 31st. This is a high school graduation requirement. Please contact Mrs. Mongrain if you have questions at email@example.com
Scholarship of the month for SENIORS:
FEDERAL WAY ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP: Varying number of scholarships and amounts (range is $1,000 to $3,000) for high school seniors residing in Federal Way School District. Selection is based on financial need, completion of the Federal Way Rotary Club Scholarship Application, official transcript, and four short answer essays. For application instructions and application go to: http://federalwayrotary.org/ Application opens November 13 Deadline: February 17, 2017 @ 2:30pm
Scholarship of the month for JUNIORS:
MASONIC OUTSTANDING STUDENTS OF THE JUNIOR CLASS: Five boys and five girls will be honored as outstanding students of the junior class. Judging will be based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular involvement, community service, citizenship, and evaluation of written responses as well as a letter of recommendation. The top girl and boy each receive a $500 scholarship. http://www.fwps.org/cms/lib010/WA01919399/Centricity/Domain/882/Scholarship_app 2016- 2017_A_1.pdf
The counseling team at Todd Beamer continues to work to support college bound seniors with college and scholarship applications, letters of recommendation and FAFSA/WASFA completion. Further, they are checking-in with each senior individually to discuss post-secondary opportunities, whether it be internships, trade or technical schools, 2 or 4 year colleges, joining the military, or entering the workforce right away. We want to make sure all seniors have a clear post-secondary plan as they approach the end of their high school careers. If your senior has yet to meet with their counselor, please encourage them to schedule an appointment before/after school, during passing periods, or at lunch as soon as possible.
Running Start students! Please schedule an appointment by February 14th with your counselor to complete your enrollment verification form for Spring quarter. You can call Ms. Richardson at 253-945-2671 to schedule your appointment. Counselors will only be accepting drop-ins before or after school from 7:00-7:30 or 2:00-2:30.
MENTOR AND ME PROGRAM
We are the only high school in the "Mentor and Me" program. One of two schools in the district that launched this pilot program. We consider this a great privilege. Every week is a new adventure. Something knew to learn. Getting the student scholars to be responsible for remembering their chosen time slot is one of the obstacles we face, and yet that is one
of the strong points of the program -To bring out leadership qualities in each of these student scholars. If you are the parent of one of our 26 mentees please be sure to reinforce the importance of being responsible and the privilege they have of being part of this innovative program.
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