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Nearly 800 attend two State of Education events

Between two recent State of Education events nearly 800 parents, students, staff, business leaders and community members gathered to learn about the work of Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS).

At both events, Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell shared the same address focused on the district’s successes as measured by its strategic goals. Campbell also laid out the challenges and opportunities for improvement and enlisted every member of the community to be an advocate for the success of every scholar.

The first event, held on October 22, 2019, was the inaugural Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) community-focused State of Education. Nearly 600 students, parents, staff and community members attended this event.

Parents and community members explored nearly 50 booths featuring students from each school, college and career readiness information, school construction updates and more. This was followed by Campbell’s address to the community.

Campbell shared, “The schooling and education of our children, our young people, is not a simple endeavor that can be solved with simplistic solutions and remedies from our past. We’re not creating merchandise or widgets. Our products are students, human beings who learn at different rates, in different ways, and have different needs. Our solutions are complex.” 

The second event, held on November 6, 2019, was the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Campbell spoke to over 180 attendees including business and community leaders, public officials, and FWPS school administrators.

Campbell shared some exciting news: FWPS graduation rates have increased for the seventh consecutive year with the class of 2019 reaching an all-time high of 87%!

Campbell highlighted ways FWPS continues to prepare students for life beyond high school including:

  • Field trip and internships opportunities to Microsoft, Boeing and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) companies.
  • 81% of scholars who attended a four-year postsecondary institution were continuously enrolled.
  • 63% of scholars enrolled in a two or four-year college program are outperforming the state average.
  • 62% of all seniors who graduated in 2018 completed a CTE program. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at all high schools including courses offered in computer science, engineering and robotics, health sciences and more.

FWPS scholar Gunnar Appleton opened both events as the emcee. Todd Beamer High School scholars Charina, Teshina and Denise Grant sang the national anthem at the community-focused event. At both events, Thomas Jefferson High School scholar Amy Ojeaburu shared an inspirational poem she wrote. Also at both events, members of the Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent, Gunnar Appleton and Jonathan Dubreuil, took to the stage and shared a few words about Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell before inviting her to the podium.