Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements

  • Good News: August 27, 2019

    Posted by Ashley Ranan on 8/28/2019 8:00:00 AM

    ITS scholar-interns earn Hewlett Packard certification

    Congratulations to our Information Technology Services Department scholar-interns who have received industry standard Hewlett Packard (HP) Certification. This indicates they have a high-level knowledge in computer hardware and Windows-based operating systems. This is a valuable skillset our scholars can use in school and future jobs.

    We would like to recognize the following students:

    • Tyler Ing-Pich
    • Brandon Lewis
    • Shivanah Prasad
    • Emily Edgell
    • Ryan Anderson
    • Amy Ojeaburu
    • Devin Hanson

    We would also like to recognize Chief Technology Officer Paul Ross and other administrators.

    This effort is in support of strategic plan goal 4 — content area competence

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    Decatur High School Agriculture Program Selected Top in Region.

    Decatur High School was selected as the 2018-19 Washington Association of Agricultural Educators agricultural program of the year for our region! 

    We would like to recognize Agricultural teacher Jordan Lybeck and other administrators.

    Agriculture teachers throughout the region nominated Decatur’s program because of its growth over the last year, the strong curriculum and hands-on learning, and increased participation at the county and state fair.

    The agricultural program develops skills for scholars to be successful in the real world. It offers a way to explore scientific concepts and pair them with real world application such as learning the science behind photosynthesis then observing it in the greenhouse.

    We are proud of your dedication to agriculture which supports strategic plan goal 3 — active learners, engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.

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    Todd Beamer Scholars Selected for Boeing Internships

    Congratulations to 2019 Todd Beamer High School graduates Brendan Farrow and Korrey Narvaez who were selected for Boeing Summer Internships. 

    This internship focused on mechanical, electrical and composite work among other things. This included project-based learning like fabricating composite materials, maintenance on machinery and buildings and working alongside professional engineer mentors.

    We’re also proud to announce due to his experience and CORE Plus training embedded in the Composites and Introduction to Engineer Design courses at Todd Beamer High School, Korrey has been hired full time as a Boeing electrical apprentice!

    These achievements are in support of goal 5 of our strategic plan: persistence to graduation — high school graduation through successful transitions.

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  • Good News: August 13, 2019

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 8/14/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Thomas Jefferson High School alumni selected for Microsoft internship

    Congratulations to 2019 Thomas Jefferson High School alumni Praises Orji who for the second year was selected for a paid summer internship at Microsoft. 

    During this internship Praises served on the App Center Azure team which helps organizations with cloud services. Internships like these are available and directly align with goal 5 of our strategic plan: persistence to graduation — high school graduation through successful transitions.

    Praises is a Class of 2019 graduate and will be attending University of Washington to pursue a degree in computer science of informatics. Her family accepted the award on her behalf.

    Congratulations, we are so proud of you!

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    Scholars participate in Youth Safety Academy

    This summer some of our scholars attended the Youth Safety Academy offered by the Federal Way Police Department and South King Fire and Rescue.

    We would like to recognize the scholars that participated in the academy and our local fire and law enforcement partners who helped put on the academy. 

    • Commander Tracy Grossnickle, Federal Way Police Department
    • Captain Jeff Bellinghausen, South King Fire & Rescue

    Scholars learned what a career in law enforcement looks like from the Federal Way Police Department. They learned how to spray water from a fire hose, use the jaws of life and operate a 105-foot ladder from South King Fire & Rescue.

    Thank you to our community partners who extended this valuable career learning opportunity for our scholars which supports goal 5 of our strategic plan, persistence to graduation.

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    Thomas Jefferson Scholar competes at national speech and debate competition

    The Thomas Jefferson High School speech and debate team recently competed at the national speech and debate competition in Dallas, Texas. There are approximately 150,000 national speech and debate members in the nation and abroad.

    Scholar Allen Benjamin Tugade was one of the top 60 in the nation to place in oral interpretation. Allen became the second individual event competitor ever from Thomas Jefferson to place in a main event.

    We'd like to recognize Allen Benjamin Tugade, speech and debate coach Andrew Buchan and assistant coaches Meykia Smith and Isaiah Parker.

    These achievements are in direct support of district strategic plan goal 3 — engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.

    We are proud of you!

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     Thomas Jefferson High School graduate speaks at Microsoft Global Inspire Conference

    Congratulations to 2019 Thomas Jefferson High School graduate Marcella Huang for being selected from a group of over 30,000 global Digigirlz alumni to speak at the 2019 Microsoft Global Inspire Conference.

    Marcella spoke to over 1,500 global Microsoft teams from 150 countries about supporting programs like Digigirlz that provide opportunities for diverse girls to gain confidence and skills to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. She shared taking a computer science class at Thomas Jefferson High School and participating in Digigirlz supported her being where she’s at today.

    This is in support of goal 5 of our strategic plan: persistence to graduation — high school graduation through successful transitions.

    Marcella is a Class of 2019 graduate and will attend the University of Washington to earn her bachelor’s in computer science.

    Congratulations, we’re proud of you!

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