Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent
Beginning in the 2016–17 school year, Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell established the inaugural Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent to provide student perspective on how things are going in Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS). The scholar advisory convened for the first time on October 17, 2016. The advisory includes a president, vice president and secretary.
“Student voice is central to achieving our vision of reaching and teaching our scholars’ academic and social emotional needs in Federal Way Public Schools,” said Dr. Campbell. “I am proud of our scholars’ involvement to support their bright future.”
The advisory is made up of over 30 diverse scholars that represent all secondary schools in FWPS. The advisory meets throughout the school year. Dr. Campbell uses advisory discussions to help inform her work on behalf of all scholars attending Federal Way Public Schools. Each school year a new cohort of student scholars are invited to be part of the Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent.
During the 2015–16 school year, Dr. Campbell incorporated scholar voice in numerous ways including the district strategic plan Core Planning Team and scholar voice focus group, the United in Greatness scholar rally, and the first annual Heroes Banquet. Student voice is also inherent in the district’s strategic plan, which was launched at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.
In 2016-17, the Scholar Advisory drafted a recommendation to the Federal Way Public Schools’ Board of Directors to include scholar representation at board meetings. Two scholar representatives from the advisory serve at board meetings to provide valuable input on behalf of all of the scholars in Federal Way Public Schools. For the first semester of the 2017-18 school year, the scholar representatives were Cedrick Dennard II and Mikayla Reedy. For the second semester, Koby Okezie and Olivia Chong served as scholar representatives. For the 2018-19 school year Logan Fraser and Jamie Appleton will serve as scholar representatives to the board.
In the 2017-18 school year, the Advisory created a monthly award, “Because of You” to honor staff that have had a positive impact on a scholar, school and/or the community. The Advisory learns about careers in the local community through site visits such as Amazon, Federal Way City Hall and Lakehaven Water and Sewer District.