Good News Announcements
Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments and awards earned by our students and staff.
We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.
Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements
Good News: October 10, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang at 10/11/2017
Scholars selected for summer internships at Boeing and Microsoft
This summer, Boeing and Microsoft offered internships to select students from local school districts. Opportunities such as these help us meet Goal Five of our strategic plan: Persistence to Graduation — High School Graduation through Successful Transitions.
Elizabeth Min, the Decatur High School scholar who received the competitive Microsoft internship has been selected multiple times before. This internship involved efforts such as:
- Serving as artificial intelligence and research intern on the Bing Maps Geocoding team;
- Integrating systems to create a platform for address query analysis and performance testing; and
- Building and implementing features to support this integration.
We'd also like to recognize the following students selected in 2017 for the Boeing Fabrication High School Internship:
- Milad Heydari — Todd Beamer High School
- Elian Raspa — Federal Way High School
- Marintia Banuelos — Todd Beamer High School
These scholars worked at Boeing during the summer and received hands-on training and factory experience, as well as pay. Students are selected and evaluated primarily on communication, personal discipline, productivity, teamwork, personal ethics, punctuality, interest, and enthusiasm. Once selected, they are assigned mentors in fields such as Chemical Engineering, Business Operations, or Finance. In addition, students that go on to a university are encouraged to apply for college internships at Boeing. Congratulations, scholars. We are so proud of you!
FWPS Scholars excelled in the recent Washington State Fair arts show
Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the arts show and winning awards at the recent Washington State Fair. These scholars demonstrate strengths in academics and the arts, which is in direct support of strategic plan Goal 5: Persistence to Graduation.
For the category of photography:
- First place: Madalyn Rice and Daniel Rodriguez
- Second place: Eveline Pavlyuk and Jazmine Pop
For the category of visual communications:
- Best In Show Digital Art: Hyun Rho
- Patriotic Award: Jamir Jackson
- People’s Choice Digital Art: Harnoop Kaur
- First place Digital Art: Lauren Fernandez, Payton Shilley, Jane Slagle, Alexandra Tangonan, Eden Beyene and Robyn Daniels
- Second Place Illustration: Khady Carvalho
- Second Place Digital Art: Antonio Mattos, Joshua Moreno, and Madilyn Pawlowski
- Third Place Digital Art: Leslie Coronilla, Itzel Hernandez, and Rachel Kimura
For the category of digital photography:
- People's Choice Overall Digital Portrait: Cecilia Parrilla
Congratulations scholars, we are proud of you!
Decatur scholars win awards at the recent Washington State Fair goat show
Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the goat show and winning awards at the recent Washington State Fair. Both of these Decatur High School scholars are part of the Future Farmers of America. These scholars demonstrate strengths in academics and this extracurricular activity, which is in direct support of strategic plan Goal 3: Active Learners: Engaged Empowered, Critical Thinkers.
We would like to recognize Cierra Zak for winning goat exhibitor of the year.
We would also like to recognize Chandra Hurst for receiving the following recognitions:
- Grand Champion fitting and showing for meat goats
- Reserve Grand Champion fitting and showing for dairy goats
- Best of breed for her Toggenburg
Scholars had to clean, groom and prepare the animals for the fair. They had to answer questions about the species they were working with to demonstrate their knowledge, and they had to demonstrate proper handling of their animals.
Congratulations, we are proud of you!
Good News: September 26, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang at 9/27/2017
Community partners support scholars at Park 16 Apartments with Back to School Breakfast
We would like to thank several community partners for hosting a back to school breakfast for student-scholars at Park 16 Apartments on the first day of school! A team of community organizations, businesses, local churches and others partnered with Park 16 to make this event happen. This is in support of strategic plan Goal 2 The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals.
- Pastor Dan Larson, Family Life Community Church
- Cheryl Hurst, Volunteer
- Chaplain Judy Zurilgen
- Yvonne Pack, Comcast
- Lea Dimalanta, Comcast
- Bailey Edwards, Comcast
- Marcus Thomas, and accompanying staff, from Park 16 Apartments
- Shelley Pauls, We Love Our City
- Pastor Joe Bowman, Integrity Life Church
- Misty Little, Costco
While waiting for the bus our young scholars were greeted and provided breakfast, smiles and high fives. They could also take a first day of school photo with their grade numbers. A huge thanks to all who collaborated to make the Back to School-Breakfast on the GO a very fun and positive morning for students as they kicked off a new school year!
Decatur scholar-athlete youngest member to make USA Inline Speed Skating Team
We would like to recognize a Decatur scholar-athlete who was the youngest person to make the USA inline speed skating team and recently competed in the world championships in Nanjing, China, Sept. 3-10.
At the world compeition, Adrion Workman Adrion skated the 1,000-meter race on the track, running the sixteenth fastest time in the heats. He placed twenty-ninth for junior men in the marathon out of the 83 junior men that skated.
We are proud of Adrion for not only his athletic pursuits, but also his focus on academics. This is in alignment with the district strategic plan Goal 3 for all scholars to be engaged, empowered critical thinkers.
Mirror Lake Elementary Back to School Bash a huge success
The Mirror Lake Elementary Back to School Bash led by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church was a big success! St. Luke’s provided backpacks, food, school supplies and haircuts. This is in alignment with the district strategic plan Goal 2 The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident Responsible Individuals.
We would like to recognize the following individuals from St. Luke’s and Mirror Lake Elementary for their support:
- Pastor Dan Weber, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
- Principal Stephanie McPhail, Mirror Lake Elementary
- All volunteers who participated
An estimated 250 families attended the event and were supported with over 300 bags of supplies. This could not have been done without the work of community volunteers and Mirror Lake staff.
This is a great example of what can happen when schools and community groups work together to make good things happen for kids.
Good News: September 12, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang at 9/13/2017
FWPS scholar wins Junior Golden Gloves national boxing championship
We'd like to acknowledge a scholar who won the Junior Golden Gloves national boxing championship belt in his third trip to the big ring.
Nathan Kim began boxing at age eight and has had about 20 amateur fights.
Not only is Nathan a great athlete, he also excels in the classroom as a standout eighth grade student in the International Baccalaureate program at Totem Middle School. This is in alignment wiht the district strategic plan Goal 3 for all scholars to be engaged, empowered critical thinkers.
Keep up the great work, Nathan!
Integrity Life Church hleps FWPS scholars prepare for success at school
We would like to thank our community partner, Integrity Life Church, for its generosity in helping collect school supplies. Integrity Life Church passed out backpacks and fed many people at this year’s free backpack giveaway event.
This is the sixth year the church has undergone this effort to help our scholars get ready for school.
We'd like to recognize the following individuals for their support:
- Pastor Joseph Bowman and family
- Taylonya Gabriel and family
Providing essential school supplies to our families in greatest need results in our scholars being prepared to learn when thy arrive to school every day. This is in support of strategic plan Goal 3 to help each scholar be an engaged, empowered, critical thinker and Goal 4, which strives for each scholar to have equitable opportunity for academic success.
Thank you, Integrity Life Church, for all you do to hlep prepare our scholars for success at school!
Community partners provide over 5,000lbs of school supplies
We would like to thank other community partners for their generosity in helping collect over 5,178 pounds of donated school supplies including backpacks. That’s 578 more pounds than last year and the largest donation amount that’s happened for the Fill the Canoe school supply effort in Federal Way!
This is in support of strategic plan Goal 3 to help each scholar be an engaged, empowered, critical thinker and Goal 4 which strives for each scholar to have equitable opportunity for academic success.
We'd like to recognize the following partners for their support:
- Bridget O’Connor, Red Canoe Credit Union
- Tracy Oster, Communities in Schools of Federal Way
- Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen on behalf of Chief Kevin Crossen, South King Fire & Rescue
- Misty Lara, Grace Church
- David Wilson, Federal Way Public Schools
A big thank you to Federal Way Public School staffer David Wilson for helping with this effort for the last 18 years. David donates his own time to the sorting and distribution of the project, and also has donated many supplies over the years.
Thanks to these partners, and the numerous organizations and individuals who donated their time, money, and/or supplies to make this year’s school supply drive a big success!
Good News: August 29, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang at 8/30/2017
FWPS scholars attend Youth Safety Academy, supported by the Federal Way Police Department and South King Fire and Rescue
In July, scholars attended the second annual Youth Safety Academy put on by the Federal Way Police Department and South King Fire and Rescue centered on safety and police/youth relationships which supports goal two: scholars who are engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
We'd like to recognize the following students who participated in the academy:
- Harrison Baker
- Samantha Bartlett
- Rylee Clark
- Octavious Coverson
- Ruby Edwards
- Simon Edwards
- Eduardo Garcia
- Lincoln Jagger
- Casey Jr. Jones
- Diana Karplyuk
- Dianna Laguan
- Jaden Patterson
- Jose Rodriguez
- Juan Rodriguez
- Bradley Taylor
- Josaiah Tualaulelei
- Skye Tualaulelei
Students spent one day at the Federal Way Police Department where they:
- Learned how both texting and driving under the influence can be very dangerous and illegal;
- Discussed topics such as what a career in law enforcement looks like; and
- Met and played with K9 dog Kaiser, the bomb unit and SWAT team.
Students spent the second day at South King Fire and Rescue Station 67 where they:
- Sprayed a fire hose;
- Used the Jaws of Life to cut open a car;
- Tried on the fire department uniform, and talked about the equipment;
- Learned CPR and other lifesaving skills; and
- Learned HAZMAT procedures and try on equipment, etc.
We would also like to recognize community leaders who helped put on the academy.
- Lindsay Sperry, Federal Way Police Department
- Jeff Bellinghausen, South King Fire and Rescue
Thank you for the support of our community partners.
Scholars, we are so proud of your involvement in the academy!
Good News: August 15, 2017Posted by Whitney Chiang at 8/16/2017
TJHS scholars rank 6th in the Mu Alpha Theta National Math Contest
In July, Thomas Jefferson High School scholars represented Federal Way in Buffalo, New York at the 47th annual Mu Alpha Theta National Math Contest. This weeklong event brought together the nation’s top high school math teams to compete in a series of individual and group tests.
Out of the over 60 top teams from across the nation, Thomas Jefferson finished sixth in the nation for the Overall Sweepstakes Award. This year marks the 23rd consecutive year that Thomas Jefferson has placed among the top 10 schools in the nation. This legacy of excellence is in direct support of the district’s strategic plan Goal 4, Content Area Competence: Mastery of All Subjects.
The following scholars are recognized:
- Angela You
- Austin Seunghyun Kim
- Zachary Botz
- Richard Chung
- Jared Tran
- Kory Byquist
- Skyler Yesiltepe
- Hakeem Shibly
- Orgil Batzaya
- Andrew Monk
- Nickolas Kim
- Keila Kimura
- Shuah Yu
- Julia Sheats
- Nicole Park
- Michelle Kim
- Sam Spillers
- Brian Kim
- Andrew Tang
- Martin Jung Gyu Lim
- Abigail Hyde
Congratulations, scholars. We are so proud of you!
FWPS Transportation Team Exceeds Expectations for the second year in a row
The Washington State Patrol does an annual inspection of school buses and for the second year in a rwo, Federal Way Public Schools has once again completed the inspection with exceptional results.
This is a great accomplishment for our Transportation Department team:
- Doug Shore
- Duane Jeffries
- Todd Fitch
- Jim Parker
- Joe Pagel
- Zail DeBie
- James Knight
- Charles McLEmore
- Barb Jeffries
- Tom Nutt
- Mike Benzien, Executive Director of Operations
- Michelle Turner, Director of Transportation
This is in direct support of our district strategic plan that highlights the importance of a committed and talented staff who utilize professional practices. These efforts ensure our scholars arrive to and from school safely.
Transportation team, keep up the great work!