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  • Principal Robin Furlan

    Sacajawea School Community: 

    Federal Way Public Schools safely transports a large percentage of 23, 000 students every day.  Moving this many people is no small task; it is an entire system with many working parts.  A Bell Schedule committee formed to solve the problems of overcrowded busses and bus driver shortage.  The decision to move back to a Four-Bell Schedule transportation plan will alleviate many of the bussing issues.  In the end, the committee made its recommendations and the District made a decision that best meets the needs of our Federal Way Schools community.   

    Starting in the 2017–18 school year most of our schools will have adjusted start and end times. This change is in support of the district strategic plan Goal 2 to ensure our scholars arrive and depart school on time, and are in class at least 95 percent of the time.   

    We have had an unusually large number of delayed buses this year. This is due to increased traffic and a bus driver shortage, which affects our ability to serve scholars and families of those who ride the bus. By adding an additional bell time and shifting school schedules, it will reduce delayed buses and in turn help our students arrive and leave school on time. This is a return from a three to four-bell schedule. 

    This change will also allow us to reduce the number of students on overcrowded buses, which will result in increased ridership safety. In addition, it will open up more bus transportation options for field trips and before and after school activities and athletics.  

    The Bell Schedule for Sacajawea has changed to 8:45am-3:15pm for next year. The reason that Sacajawea begins later than other middle schools is two-fold.    One, the tightest bus scheduling was during the middle school routes.  Remember, high schools and middle schools have far more bus routes than elementary schools as they transport more students from a longer distance. Two, unlike our other middle school partners; we have students at Nautilus and Woodmont (K-8) that participate in our extracurricular and athletic afterschool programs.   

    We have less than 25 days of school left. We are busy planning for next year, and we have a lot of activities between now and the end of the year. 

    Schedule of Activities  

    • June 19- 8th Grade Breakfast  & Yearbook Signing (8:15-10:00am)   

                    Carnival (12:45 – 2:45 pm)  

    • June 20- Recognition Assembly (8:15 -9:45 am)  
    • June 21- Farewell Celebration (1:00 – 2:30 pm)  

    As you would expect in order to participate in these activities, there are some behavioral requirements that our students must meet.  The fourth quarter of the school year is an exciting time for students and teachers.  Our students may feel that they have completed this school year.  However, this is not the case.  We still have several weeks to navigate together.  We need your continued support both academically and behaviorally.  I would urge you to talk with your scholar and explain how important this last month of school is.  I do look forward to celebrating your scholar’s success in these last few weeks of school.  

    Parents/guardians thank you for your support.  Please join us in celebrating the end of the year. 

    Thank you, 

    Robin Furlan, Principal