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  • Ms. Veling As the new principal of Nautilus, I am excited to continue the traditions of Project Based Learning in a STEAM environment.  I am proud of the community involvement, the scholar engagement during remote learning, and the recent recognition from the State of Washington for closing the gap in scholar achievement.

    As a former performing arts teacher, I am thrilled to be joining the Nautilus community and coming to a STEAM school where the arts is emphasized!  I earned a bachelors in history from the University of Puget Sound, a master's in teaching from Seattle University, and a master's in education leadership and administration from Columbia University.  I most recently was the Assistant Principal at Mark Twain Elementary. I bring a relentless commitment to serving scholars, staff, and families. Together, we will pave the way for equitable outcomes in alignment with the FWPS aspirational goals and strategic plan.

    Nautilus was a leader in scholar engagement during remote learning and I am confident this will continue next year.  Some things to think about over the summer:

    Summer Learning:  This year, FWPS is providing essential summer learning for all scholars. Engaging in learning throughout the summer months will support your scholar in being prepared for when we return to school. We ask that you set aside 90 minutes a day if your child is in grade K-5 and 110 minutes a day for grade 6-12. A daily schedule and free online resources have been posted to the FWPS website at We will also be mailing home learning packets to all scholars who were in K-11th grade last year.  Packets should be arriving in your mailbox the week of July 6.  We are also really excited to share a new experience geared toward our youngest of learners.  Tune into FW Channel 21 Monday-Friday from July 6-August 7 each day between 9-5  to see amazing 20-minute reading and math lessons. There will even be math lessons taught in Spanish each hour.  These lessons will give the opportunity for your child to learn and grow throughout the month and will be posted to our FWPS youtube channel as well.

    Fall Re-Opening: Using guidance from the State and the DOH, we are planning for a safe return that prioritizes learning. What we know is that we will begin the year with a hybrid model (some face to face instruction and some remote instruction).  At this time, FWPS is exploring several hybrid models that provides a combination of face to face instruction and remote learning. We have received input from parents and guardians, scholar and staff. The early results reveal the Pre-K-12 two day face-to-face and 3 day remote model is the most desired option.  Please stay tuned for more information to come in the coming weeks.

    Health and Safety and Re-Opening: Health and safety are a priority.  As we prepare for our Fall Re-opening, we are using the guidance from the Department of Health and OSPI.  Our district is hard at work developing health and safety protocols with social distancing guidelines, arranging schedules that minimize contact, considering bus transportation and engaging in deep cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of germs.  As part of ensuring a safe learning environment, students will be required to wear face masks.  Please take the time this summer to both reinforce and practice the wearing of face masks. We will continue to place health and safety as a priority as we look toward the Fall.

    I look forward to getting to know the Nautilus community that I continue to hear wonderful things about!

    Proud to be a Navigator!

    Ms. Emily Veling, Principal

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