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Principal's Message

  • jrush Hello Phoenix Families,

    I am thrilled to lead Sequoyah’s mission of serving your scholars! In the few days since Dr. Campbell announced my appointment, I have been learning all I can about the Sequoyah community. In looking at the efforts for improvement around Goal 2-Serving the Whole Child-the Phoenix family has made strides in ensuring a safer learning environment. It is my belief that the highest learning only takes place when emotional, intellectual, and physical safety are secure. I am dedicated to serving that end. The Phoenix family has also made gains in Goal 4-Mastery of All Subjects. I have built my career on the foundation of eliminating the opportunity gap.

    After serving in the US Army, I began teaching English and Social Studies in the Enumclaw School District. I taught at both the middle, and high school level. I moved to Auburn Mountainview High School to pursue my administrative certificate. During that time, I served as the School Improvement Plan lead, aided in Title programs, and helped draft Auburn School District’s Racial Equity Policy. I joined the Federal Way Public Schools team as an Assistant Principal at Decatur High School following these twelve years in the classroom. Over the past 3 years, I have led Decatur to improved safety data, participation in afterschool athletics and activities, steady SLC attendance improvement, and a graduation rate which exceeded 90% this year.

    In moving forward this summer into the start of the new school year, it is my goal to connect with stakeholders of Sequoyah scholars. To that end, please take the opportunity to email me at  in response to the following 4 prompts:

    • 2 facets of Sequoyah you see as a strength.
    • 1 you see as a concern.
    • A specific suggestion you have for improvement.

    I cannot wait to meet your scholars and advocate for them in the upcoming year!

    Thank You,
    Joe Rush
    Sequoyah Middle School

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