A Note From the Superintendent
Dear Federal Way Public Schools Parents, Families and Community,
As the 2016–17 school year comes to a close, we have much to celebrate and work to still accomplish if we are to achieve the goals within our strategic plan. This year we launched our focused improvement efforts at each of our 39 school sites that align with the five goals within the strategic plan. If you were to spend time at any school in the district, you would see each school focused on Goal 2 Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals and one of the other five academic goals.
Due to our shared vision and focused efforts, we are beginning to see incremental improvements in some of our measures of progress like parent participation in student led-conferences, student sign-up for the College Bound Scholarship and FAFSA, and growth in reading due to the use of our newly adopted English Language Arts curriculum.
We know it is still early in the process, but this illustrates what can happen when we behave as a system and pursue big, bold goals. As the class of 2017 walks across the stage and receives their diplomas, we are reminded of what is at stake — ensuring we are truly equipping our scholars for life after high school. We want to be certain our scholars will be ready to embrace opportunities at two or four-year colleges, apprenticeships in the trades, the military, or other career options. Accomplishing this goal will require us to have a highly effective school system and we cannot do this work alone. We need each of you to lean into our schools and partner with us as we continue to close opportunity gaps and boost achievement for EVERY scholar.
Parents and guardians, we also encourage learning to continue over the summer. Read a book with your children, bring them to a local museum or library, visit the FRED bus, or any other activity that encourages lifelong learning.
Tammy Campbell, Ed.D.