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Principal's Message

  • Mike McCarthy, Principal

    Phoenix Families,
    We hope you have had a great start to 2018! At Sequoyah, we ended the first week with a celebration as scholars have been successful in resetting and returning from the long Winter Break.
    Last week, our teachers led students through an expectation review covering our procedures and policies for things big and small. From Hall Pass procedures and lunch expectations to classroom discussion norms and collaborative group work processes. We'll continue to teach and celebrate moving through the month of January.
    As your scholar may have shared, we begin Sequoyah Advisory on Monday between first and second block. Our first advisory session will be focused on the purpose for advisory--to build community. Scholars and teachers will collaborate to build understanding of the circle as foundational to our weekly advisory sessions. There are many resources linked to the right in the "Attachments" section of This Week if you would like to know more about this exciting new structure we're adding to support our scholars.
    As January continues, it is not too early to think of wrapping up the 1st Semester. Semester One ends on January 25th with a no school day on January 26th. Teachers will be grading and finalizing report cards for distribution during the first week of February. Check in with your scholar's teachers if you'd like to know how they can use the final weeks of the semester to get caught up, re-take an assessment or have extra tutoring before the semester ends. We do offer school-wide Homework Club on both Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:35-4:00 as well. An activity bus is available for this club as well as others.
    In addition to the semester wrapping up, we are busily signing up scholar-athletes for the 3rd sports season. Our goal is to have 100% of scholars involved in a club or activity and athletics is a great way for scholars to make friends, connect to their school and be held accountable for learning with the support of caring coaches and teachers. Season 3 hosts Boys Basketball and Girls Gymnastics. Scholars need to have a sports physical within 2 years, submit the online sports registration paperwork and purchase a $15 Associated Student Body (ASB) Card. If this is a hardship, we also offer scholarships--please talk with Mrs. Beverly Abad or our main office about this--we don't want $15 to stand in the way of your scholar participating in Phoenix Athletics!
    In It Together: Fostering Equity in Federal Way Public Schools program training began for our Parent Facilitators on Saturday. We are very excited to bring this FWPS program back to Sequoyah! Please mark your calendars to learn more about how to support your scholar within FWPS and on their path towards college and career. The program begins Monday, January 29th and is from 6:00-8:00pm each Monday until March. Here are our great facilitators preparing to collaborate with you.

    Together We Rise!
    Mike McCarthy