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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: November 13, 2018Posted by Ashley Rickard on 11/14/2018 8:30:00 AM
Church of Nazarene hosted the back to school BBQ at Lake Grove Elementary Open House
We would like to thank Church of the Nazarene for hosting the back to school BBQ at the Lake Grove open house where attendees received food and supplies.
An estimated 230 families attended the event, which Church of the Nazarene has been assisting with for the last seven years.
Would Pastor Chuck Judd and any other church members come forward to be recognized?
The church also provides supplies, food and clothing throughout the year to our Lake Grove scholars.
Thank you, Church of Nazarene, for your support of our strategic plan Goal 2 The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals.
Federal Way Public Schools students participated in WE Scare Hunger and collected over 3,360 pounds of food
For the seventh consecutive year, Federal Way Public Schools students participated in the WE Scare Hunger event to stamp out hunger, and held a thank you event at Town Square Park on Oct. 31. This year, scholars from our four comprehensive high schools held a contest to see who could gather the most food to donate to the Multi Service Center in Federal Way. Decatur High School won with a collection of 777 pounds of food. A total of over 3,360 pounds of food was collected from all schools.
Would the scholar leaders who helped organize these efforts please come forward to be recognized:
- Olivia DeLeon
- Joshua Collier
- Kobe Taylor
- Navjyot Kaur
- Starleen Ngo
- Danya Vargas
- Azaan Brown
- Ainsley Yoshizumi
Extracurricular activities are in direct support of strategic plan Goal 3, Active Learners: Engaged, Empowered, Critical Thinkers.
Scholars, we are proud of your leadership!
South King Fire and Rescue distributed 130 coats for every first grader and kindergartener at Lake Grove Elementary
South King Fire & Rescue has been a pivotal partner in keeping our Lake Grove Elementary students warm. As part of Operation Warm, they distributed 130 coats for every single first grader and kindergartener. On coat distribution day, the firefighters brought Sparky the dog to greet the students.
Would Captain Jeff Bellinghausen from South King Fire & Rescue and any other staff here tonight please come forward to be recognized? Lake Grove Principal Heidelberg you are welcome to come forward as well.
Thank you, South King Fire & Rescue for your generosity and support of our strategic plan Goal Two, the Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals efforts, and helping keep our scholars warm and ready to learn at school!
163 Lake Grove students had perfect attendance for the month of September
Lake Grove Elementary school recently celebrated an exciting achievement. In the month of September, 163 Lake Grove Leopards had perfect attendance. In celebration of this feat, each scholar was awarded a perfect attendance t-shirt.
Would the scholars who are here tonight to represent all 163 students please come forward to be recognized? We invite our Lake Grove Elementary school staff to come forward, too.
Perfect attendance is in support of the district-wide emphasis on Goal Two, Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals.
Thank you to Lake Grove for making attendance and student success a priority! Keep up the great work.
Decatur High School Jazz Band recently performed in the 2018 Taichung City Jazz Festival in Taiwan
Decatur High School Jazz Band recently performed in the 2018 Taichung City Jazz Festival in Taiwan. The band also did a collaboration performance with The Riot Jazz Orchestra from the National Taiwan University.
Decatur Jazz Band, please come forward to be recognized.
Jazz Band Director Jeff Chang, Amy Adams and school administrators are welcome to come forward at this time too.
This accomplishment is in direct support of strategic plan Goal 4: Content Area Competence. Please join me in congratulating these scholar-musicians!
Good News: October 23, 2018Posted by Ashley Rickard on 10/24/2018 11:00:00 AM
The Federal Way High School swim team won the first All-City Girls Swim Meet
Congratulations to Federal Way High School who won the first All-City Girls Swim Meet with a total of 143 points! The meet was against the three other comprehensive high schools in Federal Way Public Schools.
Head coach Naomi Forward and other administrators are welcome to come forward too.
Participation in extracurricular activities is in direct support of strategic plan goal three, active learners — engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
Way to go scholar-athletes, we are proud of you!
TAF@Saghalie Students placed in the annual statewide Korean Language Scholarship Essay Contest
Two TAF@Saghalie students have placed in the annual statewide Korean Language Student Scholarship Essay Contest! This contest is put on by the Korean Consulate.
Lena was awarded second place, and received a scholarship of $200 and funding for an educational trip to Korea this past summer.
Malina was awarded third place, and received a scholarship of $100.
This effort is in direct support of strategic plan goal 3 — active learners, engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
Thomas Jefferson High School scholar has been selected to receive a $100,000 scholarship
We are proud to share Thomas Jefferson High School scholar Khairi Perry [pronounce Kai-ree] has been selected to receive a $100,000 scholarship towards his college education!
This scholarship is provided by performer Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD initiative and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Khairi was chosen for this scholarship because of his seven-year involvement in the Boys & Girls Club, volunteer efforts and maintaining a 3.5 GPA.
Khairi shared even though he faced homelessness, he put in the time and effort to persevere and said, “if you have a dream follow it, don’t quit.” With this scholarship, he plans to pursue a degree in computer science.
This effort is in support of goal 5, persistence to graduation.
We are so proud of you, Khairi!
Scholars placed in the arts show at the Washington State Fair
Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the arts show at the Washington State Fair. These scholars demonstrate strengths in academics and the arts, which is in direct support of strategic plan goal 3 — active learners, engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
For the category of graphic arts:
- 1st place: Fata Mohammed, Eden Beyene and Daniel Pinedo-Lopez
- 2nd place: Susanna Cho
- 3rd place: Monica Roman and Minchang Kim
For the category of visual communications:
- 1st place: Lindsey Miller
- 2nd place: Hailey Shamblin and Payton Shilley
- 3rd place: Joshua DelaCruz
For the category of photography:
- 1st place: Rebecca Rennick and Madalyn Rice
- 2nd place: Dani Cruz and Will Steinmetz
- 3rd place: Florina Joe
Congratulations scholars, we are proud of you!
Scholars won awards in the Washington State Fair Goat Show
Congratulations to our Future Farmers of America scholars for participating in the Washington State Fair goat show and winning awards. This is in direct support of strategic plan goal 3, active learners: engaged empowered, critical thinkers.
- Dawson Candiliere: Best of breed Oberhasli goat, Best of Breed Alpine goat
- Hallie Cromwell: Best of Breed Nubian goat, Grand champion Junior Doeling
- Ashton Rush: Reserve Champion meat goat
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 FFA scholars, we are proud of you!
Lake Grove teacher and Lake Grove Elementary are recognized by SHAPE Washington
We would like to acknowledge a teacher who won the 2018 Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, presented by Washington’s Society of Health and Physical Educators.
This teacher is Dana Henry from Lake Grove Elementary. Dana, please come up to be recognized.
Dana continuously exceeds state and national standards with a focus on rhythm, motor and social emotional skills. She strives to incorporate technology, such as pedometers, into her curriculum, and offers before and after school opportunities for scholars.
Lake Grove Elementary also received a recognition from SHAPE Washington called the Physical Activity Leadership award.
Would the team representing Lake Grove please come forward now to be recognized?
Lake Grove earned this award for its exceptional focus on incorporating health and physical activity into a wide variety of programs that get students and staff moving throughout the school day and beyond.
Thank you, for your commitment to keeping our scholars healthy and ensuring all students are thriving, confident, responsible individuals — goal two of our strategic plan.
Good News: September 25, 2018Posted by Ashley Rickard on 9/26/2018 10:00:00 AM
Christ’s Church hosted a back-to-school BBQ for scholars at Sacajawea Middle School
We would like to thank Christ’s Church for hosting a back to school BBQ for scholars at Sacajawea Middle School! Scholars received a BBQ lunch, school supplies, uniforms, and haircuts. This is in support of strategic plan Goal 2 The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals.
An estimated 55 families attended the event and were supported with over 150 bags of supplies.
Would the following individuals please come forward to be recognized:
- Dory Bronger, Outreach Director
- Deborah Hong, Volunteer Youth Outreach Leader
A huge thanks to all who collaborated to make this event a very fun and positive experience for students as they kicked off a new school year!
The Multi-Service Center of Federal Way’s hosted a Back2School Resource Fair
We are grateful for the Multi-Service Center of Federal Way’s support of our scholars with the Back2School Resource Fair! The Federal Way Public Schools Office of Equity for Scholar and Family Success partnered with the Service Center to support this event through the School House Washington Grant. Our kindergarten through twelfth grade students who attended the event received school supplies, clothing and other helpful resources to start the year ready to learn.
Over 175 families attended the event and over 450 scholars were provided with backpacks and school supplies.
Will the following individuals please come forward to be recognized?
- Linsay Foster, Scholar Support Navigator
- Maju Qureshi, Employment & Education Supervisor
We appreciate the Multi-Service Center’s commitment to our scholars. Efforts like these support our strategic plan Goal 2 The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals.
CAMSS Shelters donated $5,000 to Lake Grove Elementary to help support enrichment opportunities
We would like to thank CAMSS Shelters for their generosity in donating $5,000 to Lake Grove Elementary to help support enrichment opportunities for our scholars! These funds will help our scholars attend field trips and purchase materials for their classrooms.
Would Kayla Euker, Program Manager for CAMSS Shelters, please come forward to be recognized for this effort?
Schools can’t do it alone and we appreciate your support of strategic plan Goal 3 Active Learners: Engage, Empowered, Critical Thinkers. Thank you for your support of our scholars!
Mirror Lake Elementary Back-to-School Bash led by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
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.
An estimated 300 families attended the event and were supported with over 220 backpacks and 100 bags of supplies.
We would like to recognize St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Pastor Dan Weber for this support.
This is a great example of what can happen when schools and community groups work together to make great things happen for kids.
Federal Way Open Doors Graduation
Tonight we would like to recognize our Federal Way Open Doors graduates who have persisted to graduation — Goal 5 of our strategic plan. We are so proud of them and are excited to recognize this great achievement now. I will first read bios of all graduates. After I have read the bios, graduates will then come up individually to receive their diplomas in the order their bios were read.
Tiger has an amazing story of resilience and strength. He has overcome many obstacles and risen to the top with tenacity that is inspiring. Tiger is an amazing artist whose dream job is to be a self-employed tattoo artist. He plans to attend college next year, and currently is working two jobs to set himself up for success financially so he is ready to take on college.
Good News: September 11, 2018Posted by Ashley Rickard on 9/12/2018 9:30:00 AM
Federal Way High School boys' baseball team has placed third at the spring 2018 state tournament
The Federal Way High School boys’ baseball team has placed third at the spring 2018 state tournament! This effort is in direct support of Goal 3 of our Strategic Plan, active learners: engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.
We would like to recognize the following scholars:
- Carter Berry
- Garret Morris
- Jack Arsenian
- Alex Bradshaw
- Noah Pawloski
- Abiel Gonzalez
- Jaylon Proctor
- Cole Bakker
- Brandham Ponce
- Julian Martinez
- Joshua Mears
- Adam Taylor
- Mark Wright
- Tyler Hoeft
- Kaden Kirschenbaum
- Jacob Rice
Other administrators including coaches Arlo Evasick, Ron Sherwin and Maika’i Derouin are welcome to come forward at this time.
Congratulations for this great accomplishment!!
Thomas Jefferson High School math team placed seventh in the nation at the 48th Annual Mu Alpha Theta National Math Contest
This summer, Thomas Jefferson High School scholars represented Federal Way in Buffalo, New York at the 48th 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 50 top teams that competed from across the nation, Thomas Jefferson finished seventh in the nation for the Overall
Sweepstakes Award. This year marks the 24th consecutive year that Thomas Jefferson has placed among the top 10 schools in the nation. Scholar Nick Kim was the national champion in Trigonometry.
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:
- Zach Botz
- Richard Chung
- Gaurav Gowda
- Piers Hanson
- Amy Holden
- Michelle Kim
- Andrew Monk
- Henry Ojeaburu
- Julia Sheats
- Gillian Soo
- Sam Spillers
- Hakeem Shibly
- Andrew Tang
- Kelly Dillard
- Abby Hyde
- Jared Hoover
- Austin Kim
- Keila Kimura
- Nick Kim
- Simon Lee
- Ryan Le
- Jared Tran
- Angela You
- Zoie Aquino
- Anthea Brown
- Sarah Guest
- Salvador Hernandez
- Cade Homfledt
- Joshua Jung
- Aidan Narayanan
- Jacob Norris
- Jillian Norris
- Luqman Shibly
- Mantak Singh
- Dylan Skutt
- Brandon Truong
- Bailey Wolf
- Shuah Yu
Math coach Tom Norris and administrators are welcome to comeforward at this time.
Congratulations, we are so proud of you!
Community partners collect over 4,049 pounds of donated school supplies
We would like to thank other community partners for their generosity in helping collect over 4,049 pounds of donated school supplies including backpacks for the Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive.
This is in support of strategic plan goal 3 to help each scholar be an engaged, empowered, critical thinker.
We'd like to recognize the following partners for helping to organize the effort, and their support:
- Bridget O’Connor, Red Canoe Credit Union
- Tracy Oster, Communities in Schools of Federal Way
- Shelley Pauls, We Love Our City
- Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen, South King Fire & Rescue
- Linda Monaghan, Grace Church
- Stephanie Jacobs, Grace Church
Thanks to these partners, and individuals who donated their time, money, and/or supplies to make this year’s school supply drive a big success!
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