Hello Lakota Families,
On behalf of the staff at Lakota Middle School, I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! As your Principal, I am energized and deeply committed to ensuring that together we maximize the educational possibilities to improve the lives of all of our scholars. As a school community, we will maintain a laser-like focus on two goals this year grounded in the Federal Way School District’s Strategic Plan.
We recognize that a strong partnership with families makes a great difference in our scholars’ education. Here are a couple of ways that we can work together this year to build a strong culture of belonging, rooted in rigorous academic and social emotional learning both at school and at home.
Goal 2 -The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals
Goal 4 -Content Area Competency: Mastery of All Subjects.
Every student scholar will be empowered and prepared to develop personal responsibility in order to be positive, productive members of society
Every student scholar will receive equitable opportunity for success, and will meet or exceed standards of performance in all subjects by the end of each grade
Talk to your scholar about their school day. It is typical for adolescent students to say things are just “fine” and provide little detail. Continue asking them how things are going. Ask them to give you a “peak” and “valley” every day.
Ask your student to lead the family through a Community Circle, a common practice at Lakota Middle School. They will be excited to teach the family.
Consider being present in the classroom, visiting during lunches, chaperoning a field trip, joining PTA, attending evening functions and/or being a W.A.T.C.H Dog. Students benefit when families are visible and engaged in the school house.
Have your scholar read at least 20 minutes a day at home. English Language Arts (ELA) classes are 60 minutes plus an additional 30 minutes of reading high interest books at their own Independent Reading Level. Research shows that when students read every day they significantly build a robust vocabulary and critical thinking skills.
Register with ParentVUE so that you can see live updated information on your scholar’s grades. When parents are informed, our partnership strengthens as we can proactively address concerns together.
I am looking forward to a great school year!
Angela Williamson, Principal