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  • 2016-2017 Rights and Responsiblty Scholar and Family Office of Equity for Scholar and Family Success


    September 9, 2016


    The purpose of our 2016-2017 Rights and Responsiblty Scholar and Family Handbook is to ensure that all scholars, families, and staff members have critical school and scholars’ rights information.

    You can find versions of the handbook in English, Korean, Russian, and Spanish on our website at or contact your child’s school to request a hard copy.  Hard copy requests could take up to two weeks to receive. 


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  • Greetings Star Lake Families,

    Well it seems every time I start this monthly letter I am amazed at how quickly the year is flying by…but it is true, we only have about nine weeks of school left.  Our staff has lots of learning and fun planned!

    I am so proud to say that Star Lake had 100% of our families participate in Student-Led Conferences!  Most of you came to school for SLCs, which is wonderful because it gave your child the opportunity to share their growth and goals and truly lead the conference.  Our staff was able to connect through email and phone calls with those of you who couldn’t make it in to school. I sure enjoyed visiting classrooms and listening to students describing their learning and goals and seeing our teachers, students and families collaborating together to best meet our students’ needs!  As always, if you have any questions about your child’s progress please contact their classroom teacher or me.

    Our SBA state testing began this week for third grade.  Please be sure to check the testing dates in this newsletter, and the specific informational letter that came home with your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade child last week.

    Speaking of state testing, I am thrilled to announce that Star Lake is receiving a 2016 Washington Achievement Award for our work around closing the achievement gap for our students with disabilities.  The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction looks at our school’s state testing data, analyzes proficiency and growth data, and creates an achievement index.  280 schools in the state earned a Washington Achievement Award this year, and we are one of five Federal Way schools to earn an award.  This is quite an honor, and a testament to the rigorous instruction and differentiation our staff is engaging in each day with our scholars to help them gain proficiency with the standards and become college and career ready. We will soon have a plaque and banner on display in the foyer! I have included a graphic of our Achievement Index overview for this year, we rank 8th among our district’s 23 elementary schools. If you are interested in more information regarding the index and how it is formulated you can go to  and click on Washington Achievement Awards.  

    Best Regards and Happy Spring!

    Kris Rennie, Principal