District Headlines and Features

  • Academic tutoring available for all scholars in grades 4-12

    Posted by Kylin Oliphant on 10/13/2021

    Federal Way Public Schools is proud to announce the launch of Tutor.com, an online tutoring support for all scholars in grades 4-12. Tutor.com provides one-on-one tutoring in over 200 subject areas and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Scholars can access this supportive resource through Launchpad to Learning to receive math and reading support, SAT/PSAT prep, stress support, and much more from their tutor.

    Scholars can use text or voice-to-text to work with their tutors. We encourage students and families to use this resource for one-on-one homework support to stay on track academically.

    To get started, scholars can access Tutor.com through Launchpad to Learning.

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  • FWPS scholars will explore college and career opportunities during annual DiscoverU week

    Posted by Kylin Oliphant on 10/8/2021

    Federal Way, Wash. ­– Federal Way Public Schools scholars in grades PreK through 12 will participate in an annual week of college and career exploration activities, called DiscoverU Week, from Oct. 11-15.

    Scholars will engage in activities that help them explore their career pathways with the help of local industry professionals and their teachers. They will also learn about the education and skills needed to reach their career goals.

    This year’s themes are:

    • Discover Local Jobs (Monday)
    • Lead your Community (Tuesday)
    • Classroom to Career (Wednesday)
    • College Gear Day (Thursday)
    • Flash Forward Friday (Friday)

    School and community partners will lead career and college exploration activities, from educators sharing their own education or career paths to representatives from colleges, trade schools, and other organizations discussing career opportunities in our region.

    This week of college and career exploration is in direct support of district strategic plan Goal 5, Persistence to Graduation: High School Graduation through Successful Transitions. FWPS is committed to ensuring every scholar will successfully navigate the critical transitions in their schooling, and graduate from high school ready for college, career, and postsecondary experiences.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 pm, the district will also hold its annual Life After High School Virtual College and Career Fair where middle and high school scholars can continue learning about postsecondary college and career options. The fair will provide opportunities to explore life after high school options including college, apprenticeship programs, military academies, technical schools, and careers. There will also be financial aid information and support available for students and families to encourage FAFSA and WASFA application completion.

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  • Virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebration marks completion of Mirror Lake Elementary School

    Posted by Kylin Oliphant on 10/8/2021


    Federal Way, Wash. We’re excited to celebrate the completion of the brand-new Mirror Lake Elementary School, which welcomed scholars this fall! This school is the third of eight schools to be rebuilt thanks to voter approval of the phase 2 school construction bond in November 2017, and we’re so grateful for the new opportunities the building will bring to our scholars.

    Yesterday, on October 7, 2021, at 3 p.m., we premiered the virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Mirror Lake Elementary to debut the incredible building to Federal Way Public Schools scholars, families, voters, and community members. The video is available at www.fwps.org/RibbonCutting.

    One of the bond’s aims was to relieve overcrowding at the elementary level, and these new schools allow for more room for scholars to learn, as well as a more modern learning environment. Highlights of the new schools include:

    • Learning Resource Center and Discovery Lab
      This space provides scholars access to resources, including books and computers, as well as creating a space for small groups and hands-on learning outside the classroom.

    • School Identity
      The school has its unique identity incorporated into the design, with artwork on the walls highlighting facts about the school’s mascot.

    • Secure Entry Vestibule
      The new school includes enhanced security features, including a secure and welcoming entry, which connects to the main office, cameras, and fencing.

    The school has been serving scholars since the district-wide return to in-person learning on September 1st, 2021. One scholar shared about their new school, “What I love about our new school is how nice it looks. It feels fresh and clean and makes you feel calm.” Another scholar said, “I like that’s nice and big with lots of room.”

    For more information about school construction projects in Federal Way Public Schools, please visit www.fwps.org/bond or call 253-945-2663.




    Contact: Whitney Chiang, Chief of Communications and Strategy, w: 253-945-2262; c: 253-442-4009; e: wchiang@fwps.org

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