Good News Announcements

  • Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments of our scholars, staff, and the community at school board meetings.

    We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.

Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements

  • Good News June 14, 2022

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 6/15/2022 9:50:00 AM

    Congratulations to 144 scholars who received the Seal of Biliteracy in 2022! 

    The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency (reading, writing, and speaking) in one or more languages in addition to high levels of proficiency in English. The Seal of Biliteracy is important because it exemplifies the dedicated work and valuable skills they will bring into their career and college experiences.

    144 scholars from the following schools earned the Seal of Biliteracy in 2022:

    • Decatur High School
    • Federal Way High School
    • TAF@Saghalie
    • Thomas Jefferson High School
    • Todd Beamer High School
    • Truman Campus

    Students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy exemplify our commitment to thriving in our multi-cultural and diverse society. We are proud of you, scholars! 

    Seal of Biliteracy

    Seal of Biliteracy

    Seal of Biliteracy

    Seal of Biliteracy

    Congratulations to Decatur High School Jazz Sextet who took home first place at the Bainbridge Jazz Festival!

    This festival is the only one in the state dedicated to jazz improvisation and small group playing, and we’re proud of our scholars’ strong performance at this event.

    Decatur High School Jazz Sextet

    Congratulations to the AFJROTC units at Federal Way High School and Todd Beamer High School for earning the designation of Distinguished Unit with Merit for the 2021-22 school year!

    This award is a high honor for both schools and recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community.

    Way to go, scholars and staff!


    Congratulations to scholars in grades 4-8 who placed in the 14th Math Bonanza, hosted at Thomas Jefferson High School!

    There were 90 scholars from across the district who participated in this event. 

    This legacy of excellence is in direct support of the district’s strategic plan Goal 4, Content Area Competence: Mastery of All Subjects.

    We are proud of you!

    Math Bonanza participants

    We’re proud of our third through fifth grade scholars who participated in the district-wide Battle of the Books!

    In this competition, scholars compete to answer questions about 12 books they collectively read as a team.

    We are proud of these scholars for striving towards Content-Area Competence: Mastery of All Subjects – goal 4 of our strategic plan!Battle of the Books Image

    We’re #FWPSProud of our Federal Way High School scholar-athletes who took home top awards at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) State Championship Track Meet.

    The FWHS Boys track team finished 2nd place in this state competition.

    Scholars, if you are here today, please come forward to be recognized.

    FWHS Athletes Names

    Thank you to the 2021-22 Scholar Representatives to the Board!

    In Federal Way Public Schools, incorporating student voice is central to informing the work of serving our scholars.

    Students from the Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent team presented a recommendation and outlined the application and selection process for the Scholar Representatives to the Board.

    The purpose of scholar representatives’ participation at board meetings is to provide valuable input on school district operations.

    At the beginning of the school year, an interview team selected Emma Patterson and Brandon Bao who served as Scholar Representatives to the Board for the 2021-22 school year.

    We would like to acknowledge and thank them for their service!

    This effort is in support of district strategic plan Goal 2: thriving, confident, responsible individuals.

    Thank you for your leadership!

    Scholar Representatives to the Board

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  • Good News May 24, 2022

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 5/26/2022 9:30:00 AM

    Congratulations to the Federal Way High School Band who earned an overall rating of “Excellent” in the Valley Region Large Group Contest.

    Members of the Federal Way High School Band recently participated in the Valley Region Solo/Ensemble and Large Group contests, competing against multiple schools in our region and bringing home top awards:

    Scholar Samuel Kim placed as 1st alternate in the Valley Region Solo/Ensemble Contest.

    Way to go, scholars!

    FWHS Band

    Congratulations to the Decatur High School Jazz Band, who competed against 7 other schools and took home 2nd place in the 3A/4A division at the Bellevue High School Jazz Festival.

    Decatur HS Jazz Band

    Congratulations to Decatur High School scholars who participated in recent band competitions and took home multiple awards!

    Scholars recently participated in the WIAA/WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest, which brings the finest of Washington’s high school music students together to hear each other in a competitive situation. We’re proud of our Decatur scholars who placed in multiple categories at this competitive event:

    The Decatur Trombone Trio won 1st place in the small brass ensemble category.

    Cassidy Stanhope won 1st place in the tuba category.

    Carter Mitchell won 2nd place in the euphonium category.

    Kayla Koo won 3rd place in the flute category.

    Kysen Ellis won 3rd place in the trombone category.

    Congratulations, scholars! These accomplishments highlight your dedication and skill.

    Decatur HS State Solo and Ensemble Contest


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  • Good News April 26, 2022

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 4/27/2022 8:30:00 AM

    Congratulations to Jene Mulanga who was selected at the Puget Sound Educational Service District Regional High School Art Show for the Central Washington University Scholarship Award! 

    The Annual High School Art Show Competition is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 in the PSESD region. Artwork is judged on creativity, composition, and technique.

    Faculty from the Department of Art and Design at Central selected Jene for a $2000 tuition waiver scholarship for her self-portrait "The beauty of texture".

    We are proud of your dedication to the arts, which supports Strategic Plan Goal 4: Content Area Competence: Mastery of All Subjects. 


    Congratulations to the Air Force JROTC instructors and cadets of Todd Beamer and Federal Way High School have earned overall unit assessment scores of “Exceeds Standards” – the highest rating attainable during their evaluation.

    The cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. These efforts support Goal 3 of the strategic plan: engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.

    Keep making a positive impact on your school and the community!

    Todd Beamer High School AFJROTC


    Congratulations to the Federal Way High School speech team for finishing 2nd at the state tournament! In addition, Liam Walter was the state champion and Chantal Boi placed 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, and Graciela Knudsen was the state champion in Informative Speaking.

    These efforts support Goal 3 of our Strategic Plan, Active Learners: Engaged, Empowered, Critical Thinkers. Congratulations everyone!

    FWHS Speech Team

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  • Good News: March 22, 2022

    Posted by Alison Dempsey-Hall on 3/23/2022

    Congrats to our scholars who placed 1st through 3rd at the Thomas Jefferson Invitational Speech and Debate tournament! 189 students competed from 20 schools across 4 states.

    Federal Way Public Schools was represented by students from Decatur, Federal Way, and Thomas Jefferson high schools. 

    These engaged, empowered, critical thinkers placed in multiple categories.

    Congratulations speech-scholars — we are proud of you!

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    Congratulations to Janet Hodson, Federal Way Public Schools Executive Director of Human Resources, for receiving the Washington School Personnel Association Presidential Award!

    Janet was chosen for her many contributions to WSPA including Regional Representative, Board Secretary, Advisory Board, presentations at leadership camp, and involvement in the Human Resources in Education Leadership Program.

    Janet, your dedication to the human resources profession supports our staff and ultimately our scholars to be active learners, engaged, and empowered critical thinkers - Goal 3 of our strategic plan. Thank you!

    Janet Hodson

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