Good News: February, 25 2020

Posted by Nicole Soto on 2/26/2020 10:30:00 AM

Federal Way High School recognized as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction for the fourth year in a row

Congratulations Federal Way High School, an AVID National Demonstration School since 2006, who has recently been recognized as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction for the fourth year in a row! 

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a national college-prep program that helps increase the number of students who enter 4-year colleges and universities.
We would like to recognize the following Federal Way High School staff:

  • Principal Dr. Matt Oberst
  • Karin Weberg
  • Sue Clark

Thank you for setting our scholars up for success in college and career!

Avid School of Distinction Honorees


Totem 6th graders experience STEM event that is the first of its kind in the Northwest

Recently, Totem Middle School 6th grade scholars experienced an incredible STEM opportunity thanks to our partnership with IGNITE, also known as Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution Worldwide! This is the first event of its kind in the Northwest. Students learned the importance of collaboration in technology and created a digital book. They learned best practices from mentors at Alaska Airlines and Red Hat, and applied the basics of circuitry, programming and open source principles by building on each other’s work.

We would like to recognize the following students:

  • Liliy Celmar
  • Marianna Chhim
  • Eden Chisholm
  • Leyla Giles-Garrido
  • Alaiza Kemp
  • Adrianna Le
  • Trevi Madrid
  • Emmalyn Morgan
  • Maritza Ramirez-Avina
  • Julia Vo
  • India Wagner
  • Sharaya Williams

Also, we’d like to acknowledge the work of these Federal Way Public Schools staff members who supported this event:

  • Executive Director of College, Career Readiness and CTE Sammy Anderson
  • College and Career Readiness Facilitator Charissa Eggleston 
  • Totem Middle School Counselor Gil Simmons

This experience has inspired all students who participated to take more rigorous courses and continue exploring career opportunities in high-demand STEM fields, directly supporting Goal 5 Persistence to Graduation. Way to go!

IGNITE Honorees


Kiwanis Club of Federal Way present check for $15,020 towards school district activitites

The co-presidents of the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way Gordon Goodsell and Bill Capestany, and other Kiwanis members presented a check for $15,020 to the district that goes towards support of school activities. We appreciate your steadfast service within our community, and all you do to support our scholars.

As part of this partnership, Federal Way Public Schools commits to donating 25% of the amount received from the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way to the Bridging A Gap Program. The BAG Program was established in 2014 to provide food for students in Federal Way Public Schools who might not otherwise have a reliable source of nutrition over the weekends and school breaks. The program continues to grow and expand, thanks to a strong partnership with the school district and many community partners.

Schools can’t do it alone and we appreciate your support of strategic plan Goal 2 whole child: thriving, confident, responsible individuals.

Kiwanis Club presenting a check

Check presented for Bridging a GAP


Girls Bowling team at Federal Way High School receive award for a team GPA average of 3.968!

Congratulations to the Federal Way High School girls bowling team who are back-to-back Washington Interscholastic Activities Association academic state 4A champions with a team GPA average of 3.968! The Scholastic Awards program recognizes the team with the highest-grade point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

We would also like to recognize Coach Sami Isaacs and Coach Marcus James and other administrators.


Scholar athletes, we are proud of your high achievement in sports and academics, demonstrating the importance of Goal 4 content area competence and mastery of all subjects. We’re so proud of you!

FWHS Girls Bowling team