Good News Announcements

  • Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments and awards earned by our students and staff.

    We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.

Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements

  • Good News: February 23, 2021

    Posted by Nicole Soto on 2/24/2021

    Congrats to our scholars who placed at the Thomas Jefferson Invitational Speech and Debate tournament against 200 students from 14 schools across 2 states! For the first time, this year’s event went live in a virtual way. Federal Way Public Schools was represented by students from Decatur, Thomas Jefferson, and Federal Way high schools. 

    These engaged, empowered, critical thinkers placed in the following categories.

    From Thomas Jefferson High School:

    • Allen Benjamin Tugade, 1st in dramatic interpretation, 1st in humorous interpretation
    • Zoe Wall, 1st in public forum debate
    • Margaret Steward, 1st in public forum debate
    • Lisette Octaviano, 2nd in humorous interpretation, 3rd in dramatic interpretation

    From Federal Way High School:

    • Nick Oberst, 3rd in congressional debate
    • Graciela Knudsen, 3rd in oratory

    We would also like to commend Thomas Jefferson Head Speech and Debate Coach Isaiah Parker and Federal Way Head Speech and Debate Coach Paul Sealey.

    Congratulations speech-scholars and coaches — we are proud of you!

    TJ Invitational Speech and debate



    Congratulations to Decatur High School’s Maddy Rue who was awarded the Pacific Lutheran University President’s Scholarship! This is one of the top academic and leadership scholarships offered by PLU.

    Over 400 qualified applicants applied for this scholarship, and the standards were high. This year, the 123 President’s Scholarship recipients have a 3.99 average GPA. The prestigious President’s Scholarship is worth $30,000 per school year.

    Maddy was selected based on academic achievement, co-curricular involvement, service and leadership, as well as potential to affect positive change and leadership in both the academic and co-curricular life of PLU. She has the opportunity to interview with PLU faculty and staff to receive one of five full-tuition Regents’ Scholarships. 

    Maddy, we’re so proud of you for persisting to graduation and beyond!

    Maddy Rue

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  • Good News: January 26, 2020

    Posted by Nicole Soto on 1/27/2021

    FWPS Schools Recognized For King County Green Schools Program

    Two schools have been recognized by the King County Green Schools Program for participation during the 2019-20 school year!

    Camelot Elementary School is a Sustaining Green School, and TAF@Saghalie is a Level One Green School. These schools have reduced waste, increased recycling, conserved natural resources, and engaged both students and staff in learning about and practicing resource conservation. This supports our scholars to become thriving, confident, responsible individuals — Goal 2 of our strategic plan.

    We’re proud of the following representatives who helped lead this effort:

    • Andre Koch, Camelot principal
    • Gina Cory, Camelot green school lead
    • Darcy Borg, Camelot green school lead
    • Danielle Harrington, Camelot green school lead
    • Christina Spencer, TAF@Saghalie principal
    • Tenea Jones, TAF@Saghalie assistant principal
    • Margarita Jacobson, TAF@Saghalie green school lead
    • Kimberly Foster, TAF@Saghalie green school lead

    Keep up the great work!

    Green Schools Slide

    Jerry Peterson, Director of Equity and Athletics Achieves Two Distinguished Recognitions

    Congratulations to Jerry Peterson, Federal Way Public Schools’ Director of Equity and Athletics, for achieving two distinguished recognitions!

    Jerry was chosen as the 2020-21 North Puget Sound League Athletic Director of the Year for demonstrating leadership such as West Central District Executive Board President, Commissioner for Girls Bowling, and Baseball Commissioner for the West Central District.

    Jerry has also been recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator — the highest level of certification an athletic director can receive. To earn this distinction, Jerry demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration.

    Jerry, your dedication to the athletic director profession supports our scholar-athletes to be active learners, engaged, empowered critical thinkers - Goal 3 of our strategic plan.

    Jerry Peterson Slide

    Sacajawea Middle School and Community Support Families Over the Holiday Season

    Thanks to Sacajawea Middle School and our community partners who supported families this holiday season!

    In November, Christ's Church Federal Way, Sacajawea Middle School staff and National Junior Honor Society students provided Thanksgiving holiday food for families! Almost 1,000 items were donated including turkey, pie, and all the fixings for Sacajawea families in need, with the remaining items donated to the
    Multi-Service Center to help our greater community.

    In December, the National Junior Honor Society students organized the annual Giving Tree Toy Drive, and the Sacajawea community donated 127 unwrapped toys, socks, hats, and gloves which were distributed by South King Fire and Rescue.

    We’re so proud of the following Sacajawea scholars who planned, organized, and advertised these events:

    •Lauren Marsh
    •Lillian Morlan 
    •Lizbeth Santana 
    •Ava Synder 
    •Alix Trujillo 
    •Mya Lynn Tran 
    •Alicia Acosta 

    These efforts support our students in being thriving, confident, responsible individuals!

    Sacajawea middle

    Annual Federal Way Cares For Kids Holiday Giving Event

    Thanks to the volunteers and community partners who put on the annual Federal Way Cares for Kids holiday giving event!

    Volunteers assisted over 200 families and over 700 children with toys and gift cards. This community support helps our students be thriving, confident, responsible individuals.

    We would like to recognize the following Federal Way Cares for Kids community partners:

    •Tracy Oster, formerly with Communities in Schools
    •Jennifer Rojas Youngblood, Communities in Schools
    •Assistant Chief Kevin Crossen, South King Fire andRescue
    •Gina Duckett, Qualstar Credit Union
    •Chief Andy Hwang, Federal Way Police Department
    •Shelley Pauls, We Love Our City
    •Linda Persha, Soroptimist International of Federal Way
    •Misty Lara, Grace Church
    •Eric Black, Grace Church
    •Stephanie Jacobs, Grace Church
    •Sue Cross, Grace Church
    •Ron Steele, Grace Church
    •Phil Landes, Grace Church

    Schools can’t do it alone — we appreciate your support!

    cares for kids slide

    Illahee Middle School Scholar Kahea Sharpe Chosen for Mariners Hometown Nine

    Congratulations to Illahee Middle School scholar Kahea Sharpe for being chosen as part of the inaugural class of the Mariners Hometown Nine!

    Kahea is a multi-sport athlete who has excelled in wresting, rowing, and softball. Kahea volunteers with Challenger Little League, the adaptive baseball program for children of all abilities. She is also an anti-bullying advocate.

    The Hometown Nine is a 5-year fellowship that aims to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in youth baseball and softball. The program provides access to an elite-level of training and competition. Mentors from the Mariners organization prepare young people for academic success and a future as community leaders.

    Kahea, you are an engaged, empowered, critical thinker — we are so proud of you!

    Kahea sharpe photo

    Teachers earn National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification

    Congratulations to our teachers who have become National Board-Certified Teachers!

    We would like to recognize:

    •Cally Lindenmier, Enterprise Elementary, Early and Middle Childhood: Music
    •Cinda Rousseau, WildwoodElementary, Early and Middle Childhood: Literacy Reading –Language Arts

    This certification is considered the “gold standard” in teacher certification and advances the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards.

    Thank you for your dedication to continued professional development to positively impact our scholars’ bright futures!


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  • Good News: October 27, 2020

    Posted by Ashley Ranan on 10/28/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Operation Warm at Mark Twain and Mirror Lake Elementary

    South King Fire & Rescue has been a pivotal partner in ensuring our scholars have coats to keep warm during winter and this year they doubled their efforts by adding a second school.

    As part of Operation Warm’s drive-through style event, over 300 coats were purchased to be distributed to kindergarteners and first graders at Mark Twain Elementary School and Mirror Lake Elementary School. As an added bonus, 138 smoke alarms were provided to families at no cost.

    We would like to recognize Lieutenant Brad Chaney from South King Fire & Rescue.

    This effort was also made possible thanks to South King County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2024, The Aid Fund, and The South King Firefighters Foundation who paid for the coats and over 60 event volunteers including 38 South King Fire and Rescue personnel and 22 school staff members.

    We recognize that schools can’t do it alone and we appreciate your support to keep our scholars warm and ready to learn this school year. This helps them thrive and be confident, responsible individuals, part of our strategic plan goal 2 efforts.

    Thank you!


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  • Good News: October 13, 2020

    Posted by Alison Dempsey-Hall on 10/14/2020

    Good News Announcements (GNA) recognize the positive achievement and work of FWPS students, staff, schools and the community, and we’re excited to bring them back virtually this school year!  

    Western Washington Native American Education Consortium Merit Award Scholarship

    Congratulations to our 2020 graduates who received the Western Washington Native American Education Consortium Merit Award Scholarship! This award recognizes Native American high school seniors who meet the minimum GPA requirement and plan to attend an accredited two-or-four-year college, tribal college or university, including vocational or technical institutes.

    We would like to acknowledge the following graduates:

    • Deshante Hattori-Lindsey. His tribal affiliation is Creek.
    • Tyshon Hattori-Lindsey. His tribal affiliation is Creek.
    • Kimberly Melendrez. Her tribal affiliation is Tlingit/Haida. 
    • Reagan Neumann. Her tribal affiliation is White Earth Chippewa.

    Congratulations to these graduates for achieving high school graduation through successful transitions part of Goal 5 of the strategic plan!

    Native American

    97 graduates earned the Seal of Biliteracy

    The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency (reading, writing, and speaking) in one or more languages in addition to high levels of proficiency in English. The Seal of Biliteracy is important because it exemplifies the dedicated work and valuable skills they will bring into their career and college experiences. 

    On the next three slides, we will be honoring 97 graduates from our Class of 2020 graduates who earned the Seal of Biliteracy from the following schools:

    • Decatur High School
    • Federal Way High School
    • Internet Academy
    • TAF@Saghalie
    • Thomas Jefferson High School
    • Todd Beamer High School

     The number of students that are biliterate is a key measure of progress in Goal 4 of our strategic plan, which supports mastery of all subjects and supports our scholars working toward biliteracy.  Students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy also exemplify our commitment to thriving in our multi-cultural and diverse society. We are proud of you, scholars!

    Seal of Biliteracy


    Transportation Department receives outstanding results in annual inspection

    The Washington State Patrol has completed their annual inspection of the Federal Way Public Schools school buses, and for the second year in a row, our district has been recognized for outstanding results!

    This is a great accomplishment and we would like to recognize the following team members:

    • Zail DeBie 
    • Duane Jefferies
    • Roy Griggs
    • Todd Fitch
    • Eldon Riedt 
    • Joe Pagel 
    • Charles McLemore 
    • Barb Jefferies
    • Doug Shore

     At this time, we would also like to recognize the following administrators:

    • Michelle Turner, Executive Director of Transportation
    • Tom Nutt, Shop Manager

    This is in direct support of our district strategic plan that highlights the importance of a committed and talented staff who utilize professional practices that ultimately helps keep our scholars safe while riding the bus.

    Keep up the great work!


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