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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

Federal Way Public Schools App!

Did you know that there is an app to help you keep track of happenings in your school and around the district? That you can deposit lunch money in your student’s account, customize which schools and sources you want to receive information from? See the lunch menu? Check into employment opportunities with the district? Get FWHS construction updates? Click here for more information in English or Spanish (PDF)

Six Late-Start Half Days Added to 2015-16 Calendar

The FWPS Board of Directors voted at the regular May 26 board meeting to approve six late-start days during the 2015-16 school year at all district schools. The late-start days are designed to support student learning by providing teachers with time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

Download the 2015-16 School Year Calendar

Bell times for the 2015-16 school year for both regular school days and late-start half days are posted here. Bus transportation will be adjusted on those days to accommodate the late start, and lunch will be served. Late start bus schedules can be found here.

The following dates are scheduled as half-day late starts. All are on the last Wednesday of the month:

September 30, 2015
October 28, 2015
February 24, 2016
March 30, 2016
April 27, 2016
May 25, 2016

Attendance Counts!

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences (excused as well as unexcused) can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month—can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. Learn more about how attendance can affect your student’s success on the FWPS website:

Grades Online – ParentVUE and StudentVUE

The FWPS online grade portals (StudentVUE and ParentVUE) are available to all Sacajawea parents and students. Students who have not used the system before will receive log-in information from their science teachers the first week in October. Returning FWPS students continue to use the same account as last year. If you have forgotten your password or have other log-in issues, please email .

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.