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  • J. Hall - Principal, Todd Beamer High School

    PRINCIPAL’S PAGE – January 16, 2017

    Dear Titan Families,

    Congratulations to our Beamer Black Student Union for working in partnership with the City of Federal Way Diversity Commission to present an excellent Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration!  Our scholars have worked for months on this event and today’s celebration captured their effort and success!  They created a video with spoken word around Unity by Koby O, Jaccobi M. presented another Spoken Word performance, Damira F. sang beautifully, Bishop H.  played the drums, our Chinese Dance performed, we had Mariachi band performance and many other fantastic  presentations.  Kyaira and Cedric hosted and did a great job.  It was a wonderful celebration.  Thank you to all the teachers who took time out of their day to join our scholars!  I am so proud of our Beamer Scholars!

    Beamer GAME NIGHT is coming.  Friday, January 20th from 6-9pm.  6$ presale or 7$ at the door.  Come and enjoy all kinds of video and board games with the Titans.   Food provided. See Mr. Obungen or Leadership at lunch for more details.

    The next Parent Partnership Forum is Monday, February 6th at 6pm.  Please look for agenda for the evening in upcoming Principal Pages.

    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


    Focus on Climate

    This week our students had the opportunity to attend Waking Up Courage assemblies with facilitator Alejandro Vilchez from Community Matters.  Students were introduced to types of mistreatment that occur, impacts of mistreatment on individuals and our school, and specific strategies to effectively address mistreatment of peers.  Student feedback was very positive.  These assemblies build on our Safe School Ambassador program and the staff training that we engaged in Wednesday afternoon to create a comprehensive approach to improving the climate and safety at Todd Beamer.  There will be another Parent Information Night in the Spring.  Come and find out more about Community Matters.


    Our TBHS AFJROTC Drill Teams are participating in their second JROTC drill competition on Saturday, 14 Jan 2017, at Kentwood High School.  This varsity-level competition involves over 200 cadets from 6 high schools.  Our TBHS AFJROTC unit has 1 armed, 1 unarmed, 2 color guard, 1 strength, 1 armed and unarmed duel, and 1 armed single drill teams.  Each of these teams performs drill, rifle, and physical fitness routines that are unique to them.  Some of their routines are preselected 30 days before the competition.  Other routines are cadet-created and include very complex movements that may or may not involve spinning facsimile rifles. Immediately before our teams march onto the drill deck, they undergo an intense uniform inspection where military inspectors evaluate how well each cadet complies with dress and grooming standards while testing them on their knowledge of current events, military history, uniform requirements, and/or rifle parts. For instance, inspectors may ask cadets to recite their rifle's serial number, recite the number backwards, and, then, add the numbers up. During all of this, the rifle must be held and handled in a certain way. In the end, these competitions allow our cadets to demonstrate their pride, confidence, ingenuity, cohesion, discipline, and leadership - it is a time for them to shine - and they do. 


    Our Titan teams continue to roll as the seasons are heading into the last stretch.  Congrats, to our girls bowling team for clinching a 3rd place finish with a great win against Hazen on Senior Day.  January 18th will be the league tourney where our girls are hoping to roll into districts.  Congrats, to Ste’fun Singleton from our boys’ basketball team scoring 40 points against Federal Way and setting a school record.  Ste’fun received FW Mirror Player of the Week Honors.  Our girls’ basketball team continues to roll with a 12-2 record and is ranked #13th in the State with new RPI rankings.  Girls wrestling will be traveling to Othello for a tourney this weekend as they continue to build on their success.  Boys wrestling have provided some great entertainment with intense matches against Auburn HS and Auburn. Riverside.  Coach Lucas has his boy’s peaking at the right time of the year.  Gymnastics also continues to compete at a high level, as they get ready for districts.  Boys swim and dive will host Enumclaw and TJ next Tuesday and Thursday at King County Aquatic Center.  Come on out and support our swimmers as they hope to qualify for a district run as well.  Thanks to all of you that support Titan Athletics!  


    If you have not had an opportunity to set-up, your ParentVUE account please contact our Becca/Attendance Secretary: 253.945.2577. ParentVUE gives you access to attendance records, grades, missing assignments, teacher’s emails and more.


    EOC Math make up assessments will be offered on January 19, 2017 to all 11th and 12th grade students who have not passed this graduation requirement assessment. The Biology EOC make up will be offered January 26, 2017 for 10th -12th graders who have not passed the graduation requirement assessment. Assessments begin at 7:30 am. Please ensure your child attends this 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.


    Here are some things happening in our classrooms and around the school:

    • As a way to study for an upcoming test on the novel, The Outsiders, students competed against each other playing Jeopardy. It was a learning activity off the novel. They had fun learning and remembering. They got so much more out of it instead of just reviewing a worksheet or study guide.
    • Ware’s Senior English classes are studying Media News.  As part of that study, our 3B class has elected to forego using cell phones (other than for emergencies) for one week.   This includes social media.  We will analyze information from radio, TV, and print publications only.
    • Students are interested in ascertaining our opinions about current events and news when taken only from a direct broadcast or print source other than internet.
    • Nutrition and Wellness students are drinking their veggies! We are making "Green" Smoothies with blueberries, banana, spinach, and cucumber... and they actually like it!
    • Students are interested in ascertaining our opinions about current events and news when taken only from a direct broadcast or print source other than internet.


    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 31.  This is a high school graduation requirement. Please contact Mrs. Mongrain if you have questions at fmongrai@fwps.org

    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.


    Our weekly "One on One" sessions are happening with regularity.  The Community and District Mentors are sharing great tips with their mentees. Yesterday we had our monthly group meeting and practiced communication skills by role-playing.

     We reviewed areas of success criteria:

             -listing the positive skills we possess

             -pinpointing effective solutions vs. ineffective solutions

             -finding practical solutions to everyday challenges

    If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of our youth, you can contact

    David Stone  253 945-2015, or email dstone@fwps.org.


    Students, families, staff and community members can report school-related concerns, or alert a school or the district about a potential threat using the anonymous tip line.