Mrs. Tuggle Moves On

Congratulations to Mrs. Tuggle, who will be moving forward to the Federal Way Public Schools’ district office next year as the Director of Instruction and Intervention.  We thank her for eleven wonderful years as the Principal of Lakota Middle School. During her tenure, she oversaw the construction of a new Lakota Middle School and all the complex logistical challenges that entails. She is an advocate for students while setting high standards to aspire to. She always encourages teachers to try new ideas in an effort to reach ALL students, which is why she promotes Capturing Kids Hearts, AVID, Project-Based Learning, and academies. Mrs. Tuggle also endorses inclusion of students with special needs into core classes with support as needed. To prepare students for a future that doesn’t exist yet, she had the foresight to incorporate Common Core standards before they were required and purchase significant numbers of technology devices so all students and staff could work and learn anytime, anywhere. She will be missed, but she will not be far away as she brings her vision, leadership, and drive to her new position. We would like to close with one of her favorite lines: Mrs. Tuggle, thank you for the gift of your heart, in working with our students, staff, and families.
Please read her farewell letter.

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Final Farewell to Lakota 8th Graders

Congratulations and best wishes to Lakota Falcon 8th Grade class of 2014.

Letter from Mrs. Tuggle

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Lost and Found

Students please check for missing clothing items in the Lost & Found in the Commons and the P.E. locker rooms.  If you have lost any valuables or technology items you may also check for those in the main office. All items not claimed will be donated to charity on June 23rd.

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Week at a Glance June 16 – 20

 Renaissance Learning Reading and Math Testing Link

Synergy Gradebook Link






June 16

Spring Fling 12:45 – 2:45


June 17

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Dismissal at 10:35

Wednesday June 18

Summer Office Hours Begin 7:00 am – 3:30pm

Until June 30th


June 19

Office closed during July, will reopen August 1st Starting August 1st, 7:00 – 3:30


June 20

Have a Great Summer!







Wednesday, September 4th, First Day of School

Link to Lakota Calendar


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Lakota Continues Project-Based Learning With Spring Exhibition #3

20140604_183640Lakota’s last exhibition of learning showcased the Integrate Environmental Sustainability, Technology, and Cambridge Academies on the evening of June 4th. Students in the 6th Grade Integrated Environmental Sustainability Academy shared their websites they created where they calculated their carbon footprint. They embedded Excel graphs, wrote summaries, and organized their websites for easy navigation. Students also shared literary analysis products related to the book Hoot, about conservation. As part of their project called “What The Ancients Did For Us”, the 6th Grade Tech Academy students researched ancient inventions that have influenced modern society, created working models, and finally used CAD software called SketchUp to create computer models of future uses for the invention. Mrs. Williamson’s 6th Grade Cambridge Academy students researched rainforests, created models, and explained the impact of their disappearance will have on our lives. The 7/8th grade Integrated Environmental Sustainability Academy presented their “Foam Free Federal Way” project. This initiative strives to eliminate the use of Styrofoam in Federal Way schools.  Students researched costs, environmental impacts, and made recommendations for alternatives. They will make their final presentation to the School Board on June 10th. All in all, it was an eventful evening with lots of learning going on.

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Lakota Band Rocks!

Over the weekend of May 31 – June 2, the Lakota 8th grade band traveled to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho to attend Music in the Parks, along with over 35 other high school and middle school bands from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  Lakota’s band was the highest scoring band in their division, scoring a first place.

This band has really represented Lakota well this year and they deserve your applause.  Go Falcons!

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Lions Foundation Mobile Health Screening Unit Coming to Federal Way Events

The Federal Way Lions Foundation was fortunate to schedule the Northwest Lions Foundation Medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) at the Federal Way Farmers Market on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. **FREE** health screenings to check for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss. The Federal Way Lions needs your help in staffing the van with nurses to give blood sugar tests.

The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) travels throughout Washington and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems.

This year, the Lions Health Screening Unit will provide free screening for an estimated 30,000 patients, the vast majority of whom will be children. The Foundation’s annual cost to operate the Lions Health Screening Unit is more than $170,000.

More Information

 Flyer English

Flyer Spanish

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Lakota Achieves Level Two Green School Certification

Level-Two-School_logoLast year Lakota achieved Level One Green School certification, focusing on waste reduction, and this year, we continued our quest by becoming one of ten King county schools who completed Green School Level Two certification by engaging in energy conservation practices, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, setting thermostats at 68-70 degrees, and educating the public about energy conservation, among other rigorous criterion. We still had to maintain the progress in waste reduction with our Level One all the while.

Press Release

Green School Information


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Lakota Students Study at Mt. Rainier Institute

WP_20140529_003During the week of May 27 – 30th, the 7th Grade Integrated Environmental Sustainability Academy had the opportunity to participate in the Mount Rainier Institute at Pack Forest in a 4 day, 3 night experience blending forestry models used by the U.S Forest Service and management practices within  Mount Rainier National Park. Students compared animal habitat in young and old forest as well as fire dangers by comparing sounds and plant growth, density and available fuel sources. Student also were able to bring classroom knowledge of plate tectonics and volcanology , “fire and ice”, through first hand “on the mountain” lessons taught by park rangers.


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Lakota Hosts Valley Region Music Educators Band Contest

Judges record remarks as bands play selected compositions.

Judges record remarks as bands play selected compositions.

Middle school bands from around the region brought their “A” games to Lakota Wednesday May 21st for the Valley Region Educators Middle School Band Contest. Bands from Lakota, Kilo, Totem, Sacajawea, Sequoyah, and Illahee  from Federal Way were joined by Mountain View and Sumner Middle Schools from Sumner. Judging the contest were three esteemed music educators: Holly Moses from Meridian Middle School in Kent, Leo Altamiranda from Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, and Dr. Ed Powell from Pacific Lutheran University. To make the day extra special, Lakota earned a superior rating from the judges.

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