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Good News January 9, 2018

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Good News January 9, 2018

Thomas Jefferson scholars excel in Math Fall Classic

The Math Fall Classic is designed to reward excellence in mathematics. The classic was held on November 11, 2017, and Thomas Jefferson High School students placed very well in the team contests.

Thomas Jefferson teams placed first in the 11th/12th grade division and second in the 9th/10th grade division.

We'd like to recognize the following scholars: 

  • Zach Botz
  • Aidan Narayanan 
  • Piers Hanson
  • Amy Holden
  • Richard Chung
  • Nick Kim
  • Austin Kim
  • Angela You

This effort is in direct support of the district’s Strategic Plan Goal 4, Content Area Competence: Mastery of All Subjects.

Congratulations, math scholars, on your achievements in the competition! We are proud of you.

Thomas Jefferson High School scholar places first in Math is Cool event

We are so proud of Thomas Jefferson High School scholar  Nick Kim for placing first in the Math is Cool state finals, which occurred on November 18, 2017!

Math is Cool competitions include both individual and team events. Individual events include completion of open-ended and multiple choice problem sets focused on mental math and an individual test.

This effort is in direct support of the district’s Strategic Plan Goal 4, Content Area Competence: Mastery of All Subjects.

Congratulations, Nick, on your math accomplishments. We are so proud of you!

Wildwood Scholars earn awards in art competition

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their original work.

We are proud of our Wildwood Elementary scholars who won in the following categories:

  • primary visual arts
  • primary choreography
  • special artists visual arts
  • intermediate visual arts

These scholars won awards for the art submissions listed with their name below:

  • Liam Crawford, The Amaze of Imagination Land
  • Sarahn Dukuly, The Happy
  • Tevin Thach, Power Rangers
  • Zoey Egaas, Pick It Up
  • Emma Zerby-Porch, In Reach
  • Angeline Gonzalez-Magana , My Goals
  • An Tran, The Ballerina
  • Paulina Cordova Ibarra, Let It Go
  • Misheel Javkhlan, Learning How to Fly
  • Bella Barber, I Love Life

Scholars, we are proud of your dedication to the arts as you continue to become Active Learners; Engaged, Empowered, Critical Thinkers, goal three of our strategic plan. Keep up the good work!


Community unites to volunteer at Federal Way Cares for Kids event

On December 16, 2017, our community united as one and volunteered at the third annual Federal Way Cares for Kids Holiday Gift Giving Event! 

Federal Way Cares for Kids is a community coalition that coordinates the talents, resources and skills of local organizations and individuals to maximize support received by kids and families of Federal Way schools in direct support of Strategic plan Goal 2 Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals

We would like to recognize the following Federal Way Cares for Kids board members and committee leads: 

  • Chief Andy Hwang, Federal Way Police Department 
  • Tracy Oster, Communities in Schools of Federal Way 
  • Kevin Crossen, South King Fire and Rescue 
  • Susan Moss, Life and Health Chiropractic 
  • Wendy McIntosh, Community volunteer 
  • Lindsey Sperry, Federal Way Police Department 
  • Misty Lara, Grace Church 
  • Jennifer Youngblood, Communities in Schools of Federal Way 
  • Kassie Swenson, Federal Way Public Schools 
  • Amy Longenecker, Community volunteer 
  • Janice Siebenaler, Community volunteer 

This year, almost 275 families received support, totaling over 1,000 children! 

Volunteers partnered with parents to complete holiday shopping for their children, and others enjoyed holiday-themed arts and crafts. 

Thank you to our community partners for providing essential support to our scholars and families during the holidays!

Federal Way Open Doors Graduation

We would like to recognize two graduates from Federal Way Open Doors who have persisted to graduation — Goal 5 of our strategic Plan. We are so proud of them, and look forward to recognizing this great achievement now. 

Darius Borne came to Open Doors in September 2017. It was clear from the beginning that he was a leader when he stepped in to assist with advisories to other students. Darius decided to apply to Eastern Washington University for the spring quarter, and to major in accounting. He also navigated financial aid and housing with the help of Seattle Education Access. Darius is planning to walk on to the Eastern football team! Darius is going to do so many great things, and we are excited to see what he will accomplish!

Kevin Clay came to Open Doors in September 2017. He was motivated to graduate and move on to his next step. Kevin applied to Eastern Washington University as well as Green River College. Kevin wants to set a strong example for his younger sister, and always has a smile on his face. Kevin volunteered to go door-to-door to talk to the community about the school bond. We are all excited to see what Kevin will accomplish in the future!