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2018 Replacement Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy

  • The existing EP&O levy is set to expire in 2018. The 4-year EP&O replacement levy would continue to fund essential educational programs and approximately 300 staff positions beyond what the state funds.

    The levy is not a new tax, and the community has continuously supported the district’s EP&O levy since 1980.

    The levy would reduce taxes starting in 2019. Local property owners will experience a significant tax decrease of 37 percent. The average homeowner will pay about $570 less per year, and the tax rate will decrease from an estimated $3.58 to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.

    Please remember to vote by February 13, 2018 to continue funding staff and educational programs needed for a safe and supportive learning environment for our scholars.

    For more information:

    ·         Call 253-945-2000

    ·         Email comments@fwps.org

    ·         Visit the district website: https://www.fwps.org/domain/1755

PBIS is alive and well at Star Lake!

  • We could use your donations to keep up with the Eagle Mart demand so please consider donating those items you may have around the house to assist with restocking as we have little funds to support Eagle Mart year round.  We are looking for items that are gently used (like stuffed animals, beanie babies) or those treat bags your kids get at parties, maybe there was a journal, book or small toy that they just didn’t end up using. Thanks for considering our request! Always remember to be SAFE, KIND and PRODUCTIVE!

    Classrooms are being caught following our school PBIS guidelines in all areas of the school and have been receiving Eagle Wings for attendance, following guidelines at recess, in the hallways and during specialists, and at lunch.  A total of 206 Eagle Wings have been presented to classrooms this year.  Mrs. Blair’s class has surpassed the school with 28 Eagle Wings!  Way to go Team Blair!

    A great BIG thank you all our teachers for their continued support our school wide PBIS program including giving out Star Lake Way tickets.  Our scholars have come ready to spend them and for the month of October have turned in over 8, 140 Star Lake Way tickets.  Our classrooms shopping with the most tickets have included Mrs. Stroud with 625, Mrs. Whitling with 675 and Miss Peggins with the highest number, 715 total tickets.  Some classes have been saving for classroom incentives like free dress day and class party.   Please note below those students whom have turned in an excess of 20 tickets or more.

    A whopping 174 students in September and 142 in October received a 10 ticket BONUS for having PERFECT ATTENDANCE all month long! Thank you for supporting our PBIS program here at Star Lake

     

    Katherine Hinkle

    PBIS Incentives Chair

2017-2018 School Year Updates

  • Star Lake has new start and end times this year : 8:35 am to 3:05 pm

    Please make sure that you activate your ParentVUE account! Through this tool you will be able to see who your child's teacher will be this upcoming school year. You can also update any contact or address information using this tool as well.

    Star Lake Office Hours for the 2017-2018 School Year:

            8:00 am - 3:30 pm -- after these times the building doors will be locked

            Attendance messages can be left ANYTIME at 253-945-4000

     

     

Electronic Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

  • Federal Way Public Schools is committed to engaging parents as partners in their child’s success and continually strengthening our systems and processes. In support of improving communication efficiency and empowering all families as partners, we are transitioning to an electronic registration process, effective at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

    To support this effort, you will need to have an activated ParentVUE account prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Many of you already have an account, and you regularly use this to review information on your child’s progress. This account will serve many purposes, including:

    • Attendance
    • Daily Grades
    • Report Cards
    • Student and teacher schedule(s)

    If you have an active ParentVUE account, the next step for you prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year is to update emergency contact information. If you do not use an active ParentVUE account, the next step for you is to activate the account and enter accurate emergency contact information for your child/children. You will need a valid email address in order to complete the activation. If you need assistance, you can use the district web link: www.fwps.org/kiosk. You may also visit your school’s office manager, data secretary, or family liaison for support in August.

     

    If you have questions, contact our Information Technology Services Department at 253-945-2000.

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Rennie

    Greeting Star Lake Families,

    I hope that you all had the opportunity to attend student-led conferences with your child. The students and staff were so excited to share with you all the work that has been occurring in the classroom. Our goal is to meet with 100% of our families! We accomplished this last spring and are excited to do this again this year! These fall and spring conferences are a crucial time for students to share their strengths and goals, for teachers to share assessment data, interventions and extensions and for you, our families, to share your hopes and dreams for your scholar and develop partnerships toward meeting those goals.

    If you were unable to attend conferences this past week, your child’s teacher will be contacting you to reschedule either an in-person or phone conference. We appreciate your willingness to reschedule and have this essential conversation!

    Each year our teachers and school leadership team analyze student academic and social-emotional data to determine our School Improvement Plan stretch targets and action plans.

    GOAL 2: whole child

    *Reduce chronic absences (that’s 18 days or more for the year) to less than 15% of our total population. This past year we had an average of 21% of our students fall into this chronic absence category and that’s too many!

    GOAL 4: content area competence

    *Increase the number of 3rd-5th grade students meeting standard in English Language Arts and math on the SBA by 15%. This chart lists our current level of proficiency on the SBA, and our stretch targets.

    ELA SBA Math SBA

    Grade 2017 % proficient 2018 target 2017 % proficient 2018 target

    3rd 35% 53.3% 36% 57.5%

    4th 41% 64.3% 33% 49.9%

    5th 51% 63.5% 26% 51.6%

    Our School Improvement Plan outlines the targeted action plans, interventions, and professional development we will be engaging in to meet these targets. I will be sharing highlights from this plan, and our progress throughout the year.

    Please join me at our next parent coffee house on Tuesday, November 21st at 2:30pm and we can discuss the plan, and any of your questions and feedback! I look forward to seeing you!

    I am so very thankful for your partnerships and for the privilege to work with the fabulous students and staff here at Star Lake!

    I wish your family health and happiness!

    Kris Rennie, Principal

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