Good News: October, 22 2019

Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 10/23/2019 8:00:00 AM

Scholars participate in the Washington State Fair arts show

Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the arts show at the Washington State Fair. These scholars demonstrate strengths in academics and the arts, which supports strategic plan goal 3 — active learners, engaged, empowered, critical thinkers.

For the category of graphic design:

  • 1st place: David Cox and Nathan Warren. Nathan also received best in show for the digital art titled “Spiderman”
  • 2nd place: Ashlynn Jones, Rachel Kimura, Maxim Knot, Rosa Basler and Henry Youngjohn
  • 3rd place: Emma McCann, Hyun Rho, Jamal Afshar

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For the category of visual communications:

  • 1st place: Astrid Anderson, Catalina Ramos DeLa Flor, Alexia Mattos, Ella Wagner and Veronica Black. Veronica also won best in show for digital art titled “Shattered Reality"
  • 2nd place: Mohammed Mahmoud, Marisa Dawson, Hyun Rho, Damaris Unat, Zoe Von-Minden, Grace Tangonan and Elizabeth Ouk
  • 3rd place: Erik Sanchez-Contreras, Sasha McGraw and Mareana Den

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For the category of photography:

  • 1st place: Alishan Gognadze. Alishan also received Best in Show for his photo "Marina"
  • 2nd place: Mohammed Mahmoud and Brenda Mora
  • 3rd place: Jasmin Flores-Montoya, Chris Kibari, Alondra Pino de la O and Ashlynn Sterling

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Congratulations scholars, we are proud of you!


230 Sunnycrest Elementary scholars had perfect attendance in the month of September

Sunnycrest Elementary School recently celebrated an exciting achievement. In September, 230 scholars had perfect attendance! This means these scholars were in class, on time, every day, ready to learn. They all received a perfect attendance ribbon, and a chance to win pizza with the principal! There is a different colored ribbon for perfect attendance each month.

We would like to recognize the scholars who are representing the group who had perfect attendance in September.

Thank you to Sunnycrest for supporting our strategic plan goal 2 whole child efforts and making strong attendance a priority at your school.

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Lake Grove teacher receives award from SHAPE WA

Lake Grove Elementary teacher Dana Henry has been selected by the Washington’s Society of Health and Physical Educators for the 2019 Bob Melson Honor Award! This recognizes a physical education teacher who is a true leader and role model in the health and physical education profession.

Dana is the PE lead for Federal Way Public Schools and provides professional development and support for 23 elementary schools in the district. In addition, she regularly presents on best PE practices at conferences around the state.

Dana has worked to secure multiple grants for her school and the district to promote healthy habits. She implemented the “Let’s Move Active Schools” program at Lake Grove.

Thank you, for your commitment to keeping our scholars healthy and ensuring all students are thriving, confident, responsible individualsgoal two of our strategic plan.

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181 Lake Grove Elementary students had perfect attendance in the month of September

In the month of September, 181 Lake Grove Elementary Leopards had perfect attendance!

We would like to recognize the scholars who are representing all 181 students. 

Thank you, Lake Grove, for supporting strategic plan goal 2 whole child efforts by encouraging students to be in school, on time, ready to learn each day. Way to go, Leopards!

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Do The Right Thing's Paving the Way Program provides support to Running Start students

We are grateful for Do the Right Thing’s Paving the Way Program which supports our scholars’ college and career readiness.

We would like to recognize Cheryl Hurst, founder of Do the Right Thing.

During the 2018-19 school year Paving the Way provided $225 per month to six Federal Way Public Schools Running Start students to assist with expenses such as transportation, lunch, text books and supplies. Paving the Way is providing support again this school year.

Schools can’t do it alone, and we appreciate Do the Right Thing’s support of our strategic plan goal 5 persistence to graduation.

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