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: February, 25 2020

    Posted by Nicole Soto on 2/26/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Federal Way High School recognized as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction for the fourth year in a row

    Congratulations Federal Way High School, an AVID National Demonstration School since 2006, who has recently been recognized as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction for the fourth year in a row! 

    AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a national college-prep program that helps increase the number of students who enter 4-year colleges and universities.
    We would like to recognize the following Federal Way High School staff:


    • Principal Dr. Matt Oberst
    • Karin Weberg
    • Sue Clark

    Thank you for setting our scholars up for success in college and career!

    Avid School of Distinction Honorees


    Totem 6th graders experience STEM event that is the first of its kind in the Northwest

    Recently, Totem Middle School 6th grade scholars experienced an incredible STEM opportunity thanks to our partnership with IGNITE, also known as Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution Worldwide! This is the first event of its kind in the Northwest. Students learned the importance of collaboration in technology and created a digital book. They learned best practices from mentors at Alaska Airlines and Red Hat, and applied the basics of circuitry, programming and open source principles by building on each other’s work.

    We would like to recognize the following students:

    • Liliy Celmar
    • Marianna Chhim
    • Eden Chisholm
    • Leyla Giles-Garrido
    • Alaiza Kemp
    • Adrianna Le
    • Trevi Madrid
    • Emmalyn Morgan
    • Maritza Ramirez-Avina
    • Julia Vo
    • India Wagner
    • Sharaya Williams

    Also, we’d like to acknowledge the work of these Federal Way Public Schools staff members who supported this event:

    • Executive Director of College, Career Readiness and CTE Sammy Anderson
    • College and Career Readiness Facilitator Charissa Eggleston 
    • Totem Middle School Counselor Gil Simmons

    This experience has inspired all students who participated to take more rigorous courses and continue exploring career opportunities in high-demand STEM fields, directly supporting Goal 5 Persistence to Graduation. Way to go!

    IGNITE Honorees


    Kiwanis Club of Federal Way present check for $15,020 towards school district activitites

    The co-presidents of the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way Gordon Goodsell and Bill Capestany, and other Kiwanis members presented a check for $15,020 to the district that goes towards support of school activities. We appreciate your steadfast service within our community, and all you do to support our scholars.

    As part of this partnership, Federal Way Public Schools commits to donating 25% of the amount received from the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way to the Bridging A Gap Program. The BAG Program was established in 2014 to provide food for students in Federal Way Public Schools who might not otherwise have a reliable source of nutrition over the weekends and school breaks. The program continues to grow and expand, thanks to a strong partnership with the school district and many community partners.

    Schools can’t do it alone and we appreciate your support of strategic plan Goal 2 whole child: thriving, confident, responsible individuals.

    Kiwanis Club presenting a check

    Check presented for Bridging a GAP


    Girls Bowling team at Federal Way High School receive award for a team GPA average of 3.968!

    Congratulations to the Federal Way High School girls bowling team who are back-to-back Washington Interscholastic Activities Association academic state 4A champions with a team GPA average of 3.968! The Scholastic Awards program recognizes the team with the highest-grade point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

    We would also like to recognize Coach Sami Isaacs and Coach Marcus James and other administrators.


    Scholar athletes, we are proud of your high achievement in sports and academics, demonstrating the importance of Goal 4 content area competence and mastery of all subjects. We’re so proud of you!

    FWHS Girls Bowling team

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  • Good News: February 11, 2020

    Posted by Nicole Soto on 2/12/2020 9:30:00 AM

     

    88% of last year's 8th graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship Program

    Federal Way Public Schools is pleased to report 1,026 — or 88 percent — of last year’s eligible eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship program by the June 30 deadline. 

    The Washington Student Achievement Council has recognized Federal Way Public Schools as one of the top school districts to exceed the statewide average sign-up rate of 72 percent. 

    We would like to acknowledge the work of our district leaders Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer and Executive Director of College, Career Readiness and CTE Sammy Anderson, and members of the College and Career Readiness team.

    We’d also like to acknowledge our middle schools for their effort which has earned them the Gold Star Award. 

    • Dean of Students Steve Anderson, Federal Way Public Academy 
    • Principal Brianna Ward, Illahee 
    • Assistant Principal Crystal Emerson, Kilo 
    • Principal Angela Williamson, Lakota 
    • Principal Stacy Lucas, Nautilus K–8 
    • Principal Dominique Dennis, Sacajawea 
    • Principal Joseph Rush, Sequoyah 
    • Principal Christina Spencer, TAF@Saghalie 
    • Principal Shana Watkins, Totem 
    • Principal Jordanne Nevin, Woodmont K–8 

    The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school by June 30 and fulfill the College Bound pledge. Thanks for all you do to support scholars persisting to graduation and beyond! 

    College Bound Scholarship group


     Fourth grade scholars excel in Federal Way Math Contest

    The annual Federal Way Math Contest is designed to reward excellence in mathematics. Our fourth through eighth grade students placed very well against 200 students from schools around the region. 

    We'd like to recognize the following scholars: 

    • Crosby Snow, 4th grade, 2nd place Ciphering and 1st place Individual 
    • Leo Von Ruden, 4th grade, 3rd place in Individual 
    • Solomon Kim, 6th grade, 1st place Ciphering and 1st place Individual 
    • Justin Lee, 7th grade, 2nd place Ciphering and 2nd place Individual 
    • Nash Heo, 8th grade, 1st place Ciphering and 1st place Individual 

    Congratulations, math-scholars for striving towards content area competence and subject mastery — Goal 4 of our strategic plan. We are proud of you! 

    Math Contest winners


     

    Federal Way scholars place well in Thomas Jefferson Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

    Our scholars placed well at the Thomas Jefferson Invitational Speech and Debate tournament against 120 students from 16 schools across the region. Federal Way Public Schools was represented by students from TAF@Saghalie and Decatur, Todd Beamer, Thomas Jefferson and Federal Way high schools. 

    These engaged, empowered, critical thinkers placed in the following categories: 

    • Kobe Taylor, Oratory, 2nd Place and Informative, 3rd Place 
    • Ankita Sharma, Oratory, 3rd Place 
    • Cindy Kibue and Joshua Navos, Duo, 2nd Place 
    • Lisette Octaviano, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place 

     

    We would also like to recognize the speech coaches who helped put on the tournament: Isaiah Parker and Meykia Smith from Thomas Jefferson High School and Paul Sealey from Federal Way High School. Congratulations speech-scholars and coaches — we are proud of you!

    Speech and Debate winners


    Two scholars selected for prestigious Air Force scholarship

    Two Federal Way Public Schools students are among 200 cadets from around the world selected for the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Flight Academy Scholarship! 

    Todd Beamer High School Junior Alexis Lewis and Federal Way High School Senior Patricia Kimball. 

    The program is an Air Force level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry. The scholarship, valued at $22,500, covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. 

    Patricia is currently participating in an afterschool aeronautical science pathway program held at the Museum of Flight and offered through the Puget Sound Skills Center. She is earning college credit in this program. 

    Congratulations to our scholars for persisting towards graduation, Goal 5 of the strategic plan! 

    Air Force ROTC Scholarship Recipients

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  • Good News: January 28, 2020

    Posted by Anthony Carrillo on 1/29/2020 8:00:00 AM

    10 Federal Way teachers earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in 2019

    Congratulations to the 10 Federal Way teachers who earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.

    This certification is considered the “gold standard” in teacher certification. It advances the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards. Most importantly, students in the classrooms with a board-certified teacher have accelerated growth and higher levels of academic proficiency.

    We would like to recognize:

    • Sarah Almlie, Early Childhood, Generalist
    • Joshua Drewry, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Social Studies - History
    • David Holzmeyer, Young Adulthood, English as a New Language
    • Jennifer Jolley, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Science
    • Angie Karabaich, Young Adulthood, Physical Education
    • Randi Nelsen, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Exceptional Needs Specialist
    • Alla Prokhor, Early and Middle Childhood, Literacy: Reading – Language Arts
    • Katie Smith, Early Childhood, Generalist
    • Namita Smith, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, Exceptional Needs Specialist
    • Isabelle Tetu, Early and Middle Childhood, Literacy: Reading – Language Arts

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    7 scholars place within the top three for their grade in the annual Math Fall Classic

    The annual Math Fall Classic is designed to reward excellence in mathematics. Thomas Jefferson High School and Federal Way Public Academy students placed very well against the 9 other schools and 100 students from across the region.

    We'd like to recognize the following scholars:

    • Jasmine Heo, 2nd place in 9th grade Individual
    • 7th grader Nash Heo, took 3rd place in both 9th grade Individual and Ciphering
    • Ryan Kim, 3rd place in 10th grade Ciphering
    • Jacob Norris, 1st place in 11th grade Ciphering
    • Dylan Skutt, 2nd place in 11th grade Individual
    • Zoie Noelle Aquino, 3rd place in 11th grade Individual
    • Zach Botz, 2nd place in 12th grade Ciphering and 12th grade Individual

    Congratulations, math-scholars for striving towards content area competence and subject mastery — Goal 4 of our strategic plan. We are proud of you!

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    Volunteers assist over 230 families and 850 children during the fifth annual Federal Way Cares for Kids Holiday Giving Event

    Thanks to the volunteers and community partners who put on the fifth annual Federal Way Cares for Kids Holiday Giving Event! Volunteers assisted over 230 families and 850 children with holiday shopping, arts-and-crafts, food, and photo fun. This community support helps our students be thriving, confident, responsible individuals.

    We would like to recognize the following Federal Way Cares for Kids organizations:

    • Tracy Oster, Communities in Schools
    • Jennifer Youngblood, Communities in Schools
    • Gina Duckett, Qualstar Credit Union
    • Deputy Chief Kyle Sumpter, Federal Way Police Department
    • Shelley Pauls, We Love Our City
    • Soroptimist International of Federal Way
    • South King Fire & Rescue
    • Grace Church

    We appreciate your support!

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    119 Star Lake Elementary scholars had perfect attendance in November

    Star Lake Elementary School recently celebrated an exciting achievement. In November, 119 scholars had perfect attendance!

    These scholars were in class, on time, every day, ready to learn. They all received Star Lake Way tickets to spend at the school’s “Eagle Mart”, and a certificate to take home.

    We would like to recognize the scholars who are representing the group who had perfect attendance in November.

    Thank you to Star Lake for supporting our strategic plan Goal 2 whole child efforts and making strong attendance a priority at your school.

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    160 elementary mathematicians participate in Battle of the Math Brains

    We’re proud of the 160 elementary mathematicians who participated in the Battle of the Math Brains! Third through fifth graders from 11 schools across our district took an individual test and participated in group math contests including a scavenger hunt.

    These activities help scholars develop into engaged, empowered, critical thinkers, Goal 3 of our Strategic Plan!

    We’d like to recognize scholars who placed first through third for their grade level.

    Grade 3:

    • Adelaide Clark, Green Gables, first place
    • Chandler Woodard-Bennett, Lakeland, second place
    • Jaylen Song, Meredith Hill, third place

    Grade 4:

    • Jacob Verbeurgt, Green Gables, first place
    • Li Wang, Lake Dolloff, Adelaide, second place
    • Crosby Snow, Meredith Hill, third place

    Grade 5:

    • T.J. Uballas, Woodmont, first place
    • Jalivia Jones, Green Gables, second place
    • Nathaniel Kelley, Woodmont, third place

    We’d also like to recognize the highest-scoring teams.

    Grade 3:

    • Green Gables GG3, first place
    • The Math You’s of Meredith Hill, second place
    • Brigadoon Magic Math, third place

    Grade 4:

    • Green Gables Double Digit Ducks, first place
    • Brigadoon Bananas, second place
    • Green Gables Team Name, third place

    Grade 5:

    • Green Gables Salty Pretzelz, first place
    • Twin Lakes Trouble Makers, second place
    • Woodmont K-8 Mathenstien, third place

    Congratulations, mathematicians!

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  • Good News: December 10, 2019

    Posted by Amanda Dassoff on 12/11/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Music Aid Northwest and the Washington Music Educators Association award Sacajawea Middle School with a $4,000 grant

    We would like to thank Music Aid Northwest and the Washington Music Educators Association for awarding Sacajawea Middle School with a $4,000 Music Matters Grant!

    Sacajawea’s band program has grown from 66 to 84 participants over the past year. This grant money supports the purchase of new brass instruments.

    We would like to recognize Robin Blumenthal, Valley Regional President of the Washington Music Educators Association who presented a check of $4,000 to support our scholar-musicians.

    As part of this grant, Sacajawea Middle School commits to contributing $400 which means a total of $4,400 toward the school’s band program!

    Their support will help our scholars become more proficient in our strategic plan Goal 4, content area competence. Thank you!

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    Thomas Jefferson High School students selected for the Museum of Flight's Washington Aerospace Scholars Program

    Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School’s Zoie Noelle Aquino and Ketterra Johnson who were selected for the Museum of Flight’s Washington Aerospace Scholars Program!

    This program will help them gain experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pathways through the exploration of space, and space travel. It includes online college level courses and working with STEM professionals, National Aeronautics and Space Administration otherwise known as “NASA” scientists, university students, and STEM educators to plan a realistic space mission.

    Opportunities like these help our scholars with our Goal 5 efforts, persistence to graduation through successful transitions. We are proud of you Zoie and Ketterra!

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    154 Twin Lakes Elementary scholars had perfect attendance in the month of October

    Twin Lakes Elementary School recently celebrated an exciting achievement. In October, 154 scholars had perfect attendance!

    These scholars were in class, on time, every day, ready to learn. They all received perfect attendance certificates, a t-shirt and were recognized during a monthly Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports assembly.

    We would like to recognize the scholars who are representing the group who had perfect attendance in October. Thank you to Twin Lakes for supporting our strategic plan Goal 2 whole child efforts and making strong attendance a priority at your school.

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    Federal Way High School's head football coach selected as the North Puget Sound League 4A Football Head Coach of the Year

    Congratulations to John Meagher, Federal Way High School’s head football coach for being selected by his fellow coaches as the North Puget Sound League 4A Football Head Coach of the Year!

    John has served 23 years as the Federal Way High School Head football coach. His leadership helped the team secure the North Puget Sound League Valley Division Championship this season. He finishes with a career record of 123-94.

    John, thanks for supporting over 100 scholar-athletes each season to be active learners, engaged, empowered critical thinkers — Goal 3 of our strategic plan. We are proud of you for gaining the respect of fellow coaches in the North Puget Sound League as a football coach. Way to go! 

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    FWPS scholars place in Federal Way Invitational Speech and Debate tournament

    Federal Way High School recently hosted the Federal Way Invitational Speech and Debate tournament — which has been around nearly 40 years. Our scholars competed against 70 students from 9 schools from across the region. Federal Way Public Schools was represented by students from TAF@Saghalie, Todd Beamer, Thomas Jefferson, and Federal Way high schools.

    These engaged, empowered, critical thinkers took first place in the following categories:

    • Amy Ojeaburu, oratory
    • Mary Wood, dramatic interpretation
    • Carlos Santana, humorous interpretation
    • Allen Benjamin Tugade, program oral interpretation
    • Cade Homfeldt, impromptu
    • Mantak Singh, extemporaneous speaking
    • Genevieve Tobin and Madalyn Crane, duo interpretation
    • Brooke Meadows, informative
    • Haley Storms, novice extemporaneous speaking
    • Shaaniya Mahabir, novice informative
    • Anika Sharma, novice oratory

    We would also like to recognize the speech coaches who helped put on the tournament: Isaiah Parker and Meykia Smith from Thomas Jefferson High School and Paul Sealey from Federal Way High School. Congratulations speech-scholars and coaches — we are proud of you! 

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