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** Please note that the FWPS website is undergoing major revisions. These revisions are affecting the Sacajawea website, as many of the images and pages that we link to have been moved. In addition, school websites are moving to a new content management system this spring. We appreciate your understanding through this transition!

Don’t Forget to Vote!

Ballots for the February 9th election have arrived! Please mail in your ballot TODAY! Want more information about this replacement levy? Visit the FWPS levy information page.

Future Warrior Family Night

On February 18th current fifth graders and their families are invited to attend an informational meeting to hear more about the opportunities Sacajawea provides. Learn about elective choices and academic programs including Cambridge, AVID, the music department, athletic programs and more.  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Sacajawea Library.

First Early Release Day is February 24

Please remember that Wednesday, February 24, is an early release day. Students will be released 90 minutes earlier than normal on this date. Sacajawea will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.  If there is a hardship, please contact us at 253-945-4900. There will be no after school clubs or athletics on this day.

The change to an early release schedule came as a result of feedback from a majority of our families who indicated that an early release would be significantly less of an impact than late start. We would like to thank our families for their support of collaborative time for teachers to meet in Professional Learning Communities, participating in data driven dialogue around student work, which can significantly impact achievement.

Additional new early release dates are:

March 16, 2015
March 30, 2015
April 13, 2015
April 27, 2015
May 11, 2015
May 25, 2015
June 1, 2015

A printable copy of the revised calendar can be found here.

Please see the district website at www.fwps.org for more information.

Community Forums

One of the most important components of the FWPS strategic planning initiative is student, parent and community involvement. Sacajawea hosted the first forum on January 14th, but additional sessions are being held around the district if you missed ours!

Please visit the district website for additional dates, or download this informational flyer.

Revised Calendar

Essential to the district’s work is providing job-embedded professional development for our teachers.  This year we implemented Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with a focus on collaboration, professional development and student achievement during student release time using a late start model.  After the first scheduled late start in September, we heard from a number of families who were adversely impacted by the change in school start time.

An Early Release Design Team was appointed to provide recommendations on a model with less impact to families, while providing student release time for teacher collaboration. We are shifting from a late start schedule to early release for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. The new early release schedule provides more frequent time for teacher collaboration, and is more closely aligned with best practice for PLCs.

Strategic Planning Initiative

Creating a vision for our children’s future.

Federal Way Public Schools has embarked on a Strategic Planning Initiative to develop the vision and direction for enhancing student achievement and success in the coming years.

The strategic plan will be our road map toward a future vision and provides unity, clarity and direction to the important work of the district.

In developing our plan, the District will use an approach that is inclusive and intentional and values all voices, and will continuously engage all stakeholders within the Federal Way Public Schools community.

This work must be collectively developed by members of our greater school community. There will be many opportunities to provide input on the Strategic Plan over the course of the year. The online survey is the initial effort to gather input, a series of forums for students, families and communities is another opportunity for participation.

We hope you’ll join in shaping what our school system should do and be for our community’s children.

http://www.fwps.org/strategic-plan/

Weather Emergency Alerts

As winter approaches and inclement weather arrives, the Federal Way School District provides a number of ways to receive school closure/schedule change announcements.

The primary means of communicating school delays or closures is through the district automated messaging system. Parents can choose to receive calls, emails and/or text alerts when completing their student’s yellow card at the beginning of the year.

You can also visit FlashAlert Newswire and register for email or text notifications for FWPS and many other organizations, including state government agencies, universities and some businesses.

The district website and Facebook page are an excellent source of information, as is the FWPS mobile app.

ELO/Activity Buses 

Activity/ELO buses run Monday through Thursday and are intended for students who are staying after school for extra help from teachers, Homework Club or for official club meetings (not for sports practice or games). Students MUST have an activity bus pass from the staff member supervising them. There are only two bus routes (north/south), and students need to know the location of their regular stop for their bus pass. If you have questions, please call the office at 253-945-4900.

Notice of Directory Information Rights

Parents and guardians have a say in who can see their child’s directory information. Federal law requires schools to inform parents that some of their child’s information, called “Directory Information,” might be used for certain school-related purposes. Parents and guardians may tell schools not to release this information. This is part of a law called The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

If you wish to restrict how the district shares this information, please contact the school office and request the form. More information is available on the district website.

District HIV/AIDS Curriculum Preview Nights 

The Federal Way School District would like the opportunity to share with you the HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum, which will be presented to students in grades 5 through 12.

The Curriculum Preview Nights will be at Educational Service Center/33330 8th Ave. S on the following nights:

Wednesday October 28th, 2015 : 6:30-7:30 Room 104

Wednesday February 17th, 2016, 6:30-7:30 Room 104

For More Information please check out the invitation from our district office below:

HIV/AIDS KNOW Prevention Curriculum Preview Night Invitation

Presentacion Previa del curriculo KNOW apara prevencion de VIH/SIDA

Warrior Uniform Shirts Available

Hey Warriors – Sac polos are here!  You can get yours from Mrs. Veit for only $8 each – a good price and a great way to show your Warrior pride! You can see a picture on our Facebook page!

Polos are available in Youth Medium or Large, as well as Adult Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large.

Sac sweatshirts are also available. Cost is $14 for crew-neck and $22 for quarter-zip style.