District Headlines & Features
Hello Staff, Families, and Community,
It is an honor to continue to serve our scholars, families, and our richly diverse community in my new role as Superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools. Over the last six years, I have been inspired every day by our 23,000 brilliant scholars, and they are a constant reminder of why I became an educator. As I begin this new role, I want to affirm our commitment to each and every one of these scholars and their success, both academically and social emotionally.
As the summer has now kicked off, so have our summer learning programs and activities for scholars! We have targeted opportunities available for some scholars, as well as several learning activities for all scholars. All rising 1st through 12th grade scholars were mailed learning packets with resources to help prepare for the new school year, including English Language Arts (ELA) and math content focused on next year’s learning, physical activity ideas, and mindfulness activities to support social emotional well-being. Starting July 5, video lessons for all scholars in grades K-5 will be available on Federal Way local channel 21 and on our website.
We’ve experienced an abundance of success and growth over the past six years thanks to the leadership of former Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell. With the support of the FWPS Board of Education, she brought a strategic plan with five bold goals and measures of progress that resulted in numerous accomplishments.
As the deputy superintendent during that time, it was an honor to be part of these accomplishments. I’m excited to continue to build upon our numerous successes as well as work on our areas of growth. I remain committed as ever to our families, staff, and community to do the most important work of reaching each and every scholar in Federal Way Public Schools.
We’re starting the 2021-22 school year with full in-person learning and will fully re-open with health and safety in mind. We learned so much as a result of the pandemic:
• We learned new, innovative ways of thinking and approaches to teaching and learning.
• It highlighted the daily commitment of our staff to connect with students and deliver instruction remotely.
• It affirmed our belief in the incredible value of our partnerships with families.
As a core value in FWPS, equity will remain a top focus. I wholly believe in the unlimited potential of every scholar and that it is our collective responsibility to create conditions that provide the highest quality education in a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment. It is imperative that each scholar is seen, valued, heard, has a strong sense of belonging at school, and realizes their limitless potential.
The pandemic has taken a toll on so many, including some scholars and families, so we’re expanding supports in key areas in the coming school year including academic tutoring, mental health services, discounted childcare, technology access, and more. We are committed to the Whole Child, which is critical to helping our scholars rise to greater success in their academics and realizing their dreams. We know this has been a challenging time, and I want to thank our families and staff for their partnership towards the success of our scholars.
While this year will be another new year like no other, we have an incredible team in Federal Way Public Schools from school to support staff and beyond who remain committed to serving our scholars and families. I’m invigorated and optimistic that we will continue to rise together to do what’s best for each and every scholar in Federal Way Public Schools.
Sincerely, Dr. Dani Pfeiffer, Superintendent