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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: November 9, 2021Posted by Alison Dempsey-Hall on 11/10/2021
Congratulations to this Green Gables scholar: Gold medal, green belt poomsae event, Washington State Governor's Cup – Taekwondo Championship
Congratulations to Green Gables Elementary scholar Oliwia Wojtowicz who received the gold medal in the green belt poomsae event for 6-7 years old at the Washington State Governor's Cup – Taekwondo Championship.
Efforts like these are in support of strategic plan Goal 3 active learners, engaged, empowered critical thinkers. Oliwia demonstrated her martial arts skills in a series of movements and patterns to show proficiency in taekwondo. She earned the highest total points in her division to earn the gold medal.
Thanks to South King Fire & Rescue for ensuring our Panther Lake scholars have coats to keep warm!
South King Fire & Rescue has been a pivotal partner in ensuring our scholars have coats to keep warm during the fall and winter.
As part of the Operation Warm event, over 225 coats were distributed to kindergartener through 5th grade scholars at Panther Lake Elementary School.
This effort was also made possible thanks to South King County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2024 and the South King Firefighters Foundation. The event was ran by 18 local Firefighters who respond to emergencies every day in our community.
We recognize schools can’t do it alone and we appreciate your support to keep our scholars warm and ready to learn this school year. This helps them thrive and be confident, responsible individuals, part of our strategic plan Goal 2 efforts.
Congratulations to our scholars who won the #IGNITEYourVoice video contest
We’re so proud of our scholars from TAF@Saghalie, Federal Way High School, and Decatur High School who won the Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution IGNITE Your Voice video contest!
Our scholars created the winning video based off the prompt: “Why do you think it is important for more women and non-binary people to be in STEM?”
The video also got a "world premier" during the IGNITE Worldwide Gala and was shared with hundreds of educators, company partners, and community members, including executives at T-Mobile, Microsoft, and Amazon!
This is a great example of strategic plan Goal 3, engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
Good News: October 26, 2021Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 10/27/2021
Congratulations to the Thomas Jefferson High School math team who competed virtually at the 53rd Mu Alpha Theta National Math Contest.
This event brought together math teams from 19 high schools across the nation to compete in a series of individual and group tests.
This year marks the 26th year Thomas Jefferson has competed in this contest.
These Thomas Jefferson students placed in the top 10 for their topics and division-wide tests.
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!
Good News: September 22, 2021Posted by Paul O'Brien on 9/22/2021 1:00:00 PM
Thank you to Federal Way Public Schools’ staff member Laveda Nichols who organized and ran the Coats for Kids Fundraiser for over 14 years!
Laveda initiated an annual “garage sale” where staff donate items, and all proceeds go towards buying coats to keep our scholars warm.
The sale usually brings in about $1,200 to $1,400 each year. However, this year was an all-time record of $2,000!
Laveda purchases the coats, then delivers them to schools for students in need.
Laveda, we appreciate your support to keep our scholars warm and ready to learn! This helps them thrive and be confident, responsible individuals, part of our strategic plan Goal 2 efforts.
Thank you to talented team of FWPS staff who keep our busses running safely and efficiently!
The Washington State Patrol completed their annual inspection of the Federal Way Public Schools’ buses, and our district has been recognized for outstanding results!
This is a great accomplishment and we want to recognize the following team members:
- Zail DeBie
- Duane Jeffries
- Roy Grigg
- Todd Fitch
- Eldon Reidt
- Joe Pagel
- Charles McLemore
- Doug Shore
- Barb Jeffries
We would also like to recognize the following administrators:
- Michelle Turner, Executive Director of Transportation
- Tom Nutt, Shop Manager
This supports our district strategic plan that highlights the importance of a committed and talented staff who use professional practices that helps keep our scholars safe while riding the bus.
Keep up the great work!
Good News: August 10, 2021Posted by Teresa Meyers on 8/11/2021 8:00:00 AM
Thank you to the Federal Way Lions Club for awarding $9,000 in scholarships to 10 Federal Way Public Schools graduates!
Since its inception over 50 years ago, the Federal Way Lions Club has awarded over $142,000 in scholarships to Federal Way students. The Lions Club presented 10 scholarships to our 2020-21 seniors totaling $9,000 to help fund college expenses including books and class fees.
We would like to recognize Lions Club president Bill Ellis
and other members from the Club.
We appreciate the Lion’s commitment to our scholars! Efforts like these support our strategic plan Goal 5: persistence to graduation.
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Federal Way for awarding $23,000 in scholarships to 23 Federal Way Public Schools graduates!
We are grateful for the Rotary Club of Federal Way’s continued support of our scholars’ post-secondary pursuits. Each year, Rotary provides scholarships for our Federal Way Public Schools scholars. This year, they donated $23,000 in scholarships to 23 students.
We would like to recognize the following members: Diane Lyons, Jodi Robinson-Cody, Dr. Robert McKenzie, Cindy Ducich and other members from the Rotary Club.
Schools can’t do it alone, and we appreciate the Rotary’s commitment to our scholars! Efforts like these support our strategic plan Goal 5: persistence to graduation.
115 graduates received the 2021Seal of Biliteracy!
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.
Below are the 115 graduates from our Class of 2021 who earned the Seal of Biliteracy from the following schools:
• Decatur High School
• Federal Way High School
• Internet Academy
• Thomas Jefferson High School
• Todd Beamer High School
The number of students that are biliterate is a key measure of progress in Goal 4 of our strategic plan, which supports mastery of all subjects and supports our scholars working toward biliteracy. Students who have earned the Seal of Biliteracy also exemplify our commitment to thriving in our multi-cultural and diverse society. We are proud of you, scholars!
3 additional scholars received the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship!
We have great news to share: 3 more of our students were awarded the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship! This brings the total to 16 Federal Way Public Schools students awarded this scholarship.
The scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to mentorship, professional development, and networking for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors at colleges and universities in Washington state. This scholarship can be used to cover tuition, fees, housing, transportation, food, and more.
• From TAF@Saghalie: Edward Park
• From Todd Beamer High School: Preet Dhillon and Roop Dhillon
These students have persisted to graduation, and beyond. We’re so proud of them!
Congratulations to FWPS for being named a National Board Accomplished District!
Federal Way Public Schools is one of 79 school districts from across the country named as a National Board Accomplished District! The district is recognized for having at least 20% of our teachers achieving National Board certification.
Known as the “gold standard,” this certification advances the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Most importantly, students in the classrooms with a Nation Board Certified Teacher have accelerated growth and higher levels of academic proficiency.
We are proud to support teachers becoming National Board certified and are committed to having the best possible teachers in front of our scholars!
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