Week at a Glance April 14 – 18







April 14

Cheer Practice
Commons 3-5 pm


April 15

Cheer Practice Commons 3-5 pm


April 16

Cheer Practice  Commons 3-5pm


April 17

Student Led Conferences – NO SCHOOL
PTA Book Fair Commons


April 18

Student Led Conferences – NO SCHOOL
PTA Book Fair Commons



HW Club Kester
Math Team McFadden Rm 1303


 HW Club B. Young
Honor Society Williamson Rm 1102
Yearbook Walter Rm 1204
Artist Mentoring Program Rm 2011
Study Hall Hoffman/Howard Rm 2302


HW Club  O’Flaherty Rm 2304




4/23  Spring Exhibitions #2: Zooscapes (6th grade science)

4-29 – 5/15  MSP Testing

May 2  Data Day-NO SCHOOL

Activity Bus Hours:

Monday through Thursday at 3:45 – Students must have a bus pass signed by a supervising teacher

Link to Lakota Calendar


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Students Tackle Environmental and Immigration Issues


Community members explore the freshwater biome.

student hellping adult

A community member plays a student designed video game that explored the saltwater biome.

On Wednesday, April 2nd, Lakota families got to explore the intricacies surrounding pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as well as learn about our impact on biomes. Students in Cheryl Williamson’s science classes developed models of biomes, documents such as brochures and resource notebooks, and games to help visitors experience the biomes and our impacts on them. Students contacted environmental groups and corresponded with scientists to gain background knowledge. One group received a book about saving the ocean as well as stickers and fliers.


Students presented their arguments on pathways to citizenship to an attentive audience.

Students in Mr. Williams’ humanities classes presented their ideas to help undocumented immigrants earn citizenship. They learned about historical aspects of immigration as well as analyzing current issues surrounding immigration. They presented their arguments and supporting evidence to the community which led to some lively discussions.

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Parent School Involvement Survey Available Online

Parents and guardians, here’s your chance to tell us about what your child’s school does to include you in his or her education. Please complete the brief Family Partnership survey that is available on our website at www.fwps.org/yourvoice. The survey begins April 10 and closes April 28.

 You will receive an email invitation to participate, and the survey will be available in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian. If you have more than one child in the school district, you may complete this survey for each child. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Parents can also access the survey through the district YourVoice button on the district website. Also, computers and paper copies of the survey will be available at student-led conferences to give parents another option for completing the survey.

 All answers will be treated in a confidential manner.  Reports will not identify individuals. Data will be reviewed for participants as a group, not by individual responses. After the survey closes, we will report the findings publicly, sharing what we have learned from your feedback.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Engaging in an ongoing two-way dialogue is critical as we work together to provide our students with the best possible education.

Korean Version

Spanish Version

Russian Version

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Spring Exhibition #1: Biomes and Immigration

Wednesday April 2nd is the night of our first of three spring exhibitions featuring 6th grade Cambridge Academy and 7th Grade Tech Academy students showcasing very different formats.


biome prepThe 6th Grade Cambridge Academy will be creating immersion experiences to help the public understand the importance of biomes and our impact on them. Visitors will get to explore models of biomes, take mini tours, take virtual tours using student created video games, partake in scavenger hunts, and hopefully learn about and develop an emotional connection with the different biomes. As part of the project, students contacted conservation groups for background, and two conservation organizations posted student posters: Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, based in Iceland, posted a picture of a student poster on their Facebook page. See the website here.  Another group based in Washington D. C., Blue Frontier Campaign, tweeted student posters also. See their message here. Poster #1. Poster #2.


Immigration forum prep7th Grade Tech Academy students have been learning about the history and current issues surrounding immigration in Washington state. They have been addressing questions such as,”Should we offer pathways to citizenship to undocumented immigrants?”  Teams will present their arguments informally in a galley walk format, while selected students will be making formal presentations on their chosen positions to a community forum.

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Lakota students design zoo habitats

Students record observation data.

Student scientists record observation data.

On Thursday March 20th, Lakota 6th grade students took a field trip to Woodland Park Zoo. This wasn’t an ordinary field trip, however, because students had to collect data on animal behavior and habitat design. Taking on the role of field scientists, students completed an ethnogram detailing animal behavior data. They also took pictures of the existing enclosures so they would have baseline data. This trip coincided with the launch of a new project called Zooscapes, where students must study a particular animal, research current best practices in habitat design, taking into consideration management, such as feeding, cleaning, and veterinary care.  The project will culminate in a public exhibition of their prototypes Wednesday April 23rd.

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Integrated Environmental Sustainability Academy helps Lakota go green!

The Integrated Environmental Sustainability Academy is working on several “green” projects  throughout this school year and beyond:

Lakota Community Garden:
community garden mapA design has been developed by Mike Stanley from the Federal Way Community Garden Foundation. Copies have been created and it will soon be displayed. Estimation of soil, compost, lumber, gravel, wood chips is being completed by staff and students.

Community Garden Fundraiser:

PTA began a fundraiser Monday, March 24 and ASB will continue to allow the Environmental Club raise funds for the garden through Dollar Denim Days.
This has been a nearly two year project in preparation for a successful community garden

Green School Level 1
Lakota accomplished this goal at the end of last year but, we will continue to work towards reducing waste. IESA is currently working on a campaign to make Federal Way “Foam Free”. This would suggest eliminating the Styrofoam at our school and the
larger goal is to eliminate Styrofoam at a district level. Students are working on “larger-than-life” puppets and a castle. Construction is already occurring in the 8th grade academy. IESA is on the calendar to present a video/Powerpoint to the school
board, May 13th. This presentation will not only address the pros/cons but will provide other alternatives available. They will also attend Islandwood’s “Make a Difference” Summit on May 20th and at the June 4th Living Museum Exhibition at Lakota.
You will also be seeing more recycling containers around the building. Pacific Lutheran University Sustainability Department has gladly donated these to our school. Networking is wonderful!

Green Level 2
IESA is currently working towards our level 2, energy conservation. This will be accomplished by the end of our school year.

Federal Way Green School Coalition
Lakota has partnered with Camelot (National Green School)  to host these meetings and promote opportunities to network and attend professional development workshops. The next meeting will be May 15th at Camelot.

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Parent Survey About Student Travel

The Washington State Departments of Health and Transportation are conducting a short telephone survey of parents from our school. The survey asks how students travel to and from school. The information will be used to improve student transportation. The survey is voluntary, but if you do not want to be called, contact the Department of Health toll free at 1-844-220-7787 before March 25, 2014. Please leave the name of your child’s school and phone number so they can remove your phone number from the contact list. Please note that the Department of Health does not have your name so they cannot remove you from the contact list unless you leave your phone number and school.

Link to document with additional information.

Spanish Version

Los Departamentos de Salud y de Transporte del estado de Washington están llevando a cabo una breve encuesta telefónica con los padres de nuestra escuela. La encuesta pregunta cómo viajan los alumnos hacia y desde la escuela. La información se utilizará para mejorar el transporte de los alumnos. La encuesta es voluntaria, pero si usted no desea que se le llame, póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Salud en el 1-844-220-7787 antes del 25 de marzo de 2014. Sírvase dejar el nombre de la escuela de su niño y su número de teléfono de modo que puedan retirar dicho número de la lista de contactos. Por favor tenga en cuenta que el Departamento de Salud no tiene su nombre, y por lo tanto no podrán retirarle de la lista de contactos a menos que usted deje su número de teléfono y su escuela.

Link to Spanish version of document with additional information.

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African American History celebrated with song, dance, and spoken word

Tomeka Williams, recording artist, sings moving renditions of the National Anthem and the Negro National Anthem

Tomeka Williams, recording artist, sings moving renditions of the National Anthem and the Negro National Anthem

On Thursday, February 27, Lakota Middle School re instituted its African American History Assembly. There were recording artists, contemporary dance, poetry, skits, and choral voices likened to angels.

Under the direction of 7th grade LA/SS teacher Jason Russell, this assembly kept Lakota’s scholars engaged for over ninety minutes with a myriad of artistry. The theme for the assembly was “Conquering Your Giants”. Through the historical examples of prominent African Americans, scholars were encouraged to overcome any obstacles that may befall them. Derrick Wheeler-Smith, a two time state champion coach in 3A girls basketball and the National Youth Director of World Vision programs in the U.S., delivered a powerful motivational message.

Derrick Wheeler-Smith delivers a powerful keynote speech

Derrick Wheeler-Smith delivers a powerful keynote speech

Lakota’s Choir sang Bounse’ Aba and Africa. The skit, If Anybody Asks You Who I Am, was researched and written by the following students: Cameron Bledsaw, Deija Tupua, Aschlei Banyai, Chalise Dildine, Wendy Herrera, and Zaleya Mulu. Other artists were Navele Davis (local recording artist), Tomeka Williams (Regional Recording Artist under Sir Mix-a-lot’s record label), DASH Center of the Arts dance company (Tacoma), and Thomas Jefferson High School’s Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Laird Thornton. Teachers and students alike were moved to tears via this cathartic celebration as Lakota heads into their future and conquer their giants!

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Lakota Creates Change

Our Lakota 8th grade Leadership students are currently partnering with Free The Children to raise money for building a school in Ecuador. There are several upcoming events in the next 6 weeks that students may be involved with towards this effort.

Feb 27th- Triple Split Movie- 3 movies will be shown directly after school from 3-5:15. Students choose the one they want to attend. The cost is $2 with water and popcorn available at extra cost.

March 2-14- Coin Drive- students bring spare change in to support our fund. Winning class gets donuts.

March 12th- 4-9 Lakota Trampoline Nation Night. Discount admission ($7 per hour) at Trampoline Nation for Lakota students.  One dollar for every student who attends gets donated back to the school.

March 21st- Friday Movie Night- come watch the Blindside with us from 5:00-8:00. Enjoy pizza, water, and a movie for the cost of only $5

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Lakota Student Earns Gold Medal

Richard Chung, a student at Lakota Middle School, earned Gold at the 2014 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championship in Las Vegas last week. He will be representing the U.S. at the World Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in the summer of 2014

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