TAF Academy Students Go International

Over the past two years, TAF Academy Japanese teacher, Emily Orillon, has been planning a unique project that would expose our students to different cultures through international travel. Emily’s hard work and diligent planning has paid off! 


Emily, High School Humanities instructor Denise McLean, STEM Program Manager David Harris and eight TAF Academy students are currently in Japan to partner with Kyoto International School for the first ever Youth Exchange STEM Leadership Program! 


During the week long program, students have been designing and implementing innovative ideas to help solve environmental issues, such as the continued scarcity of our world’s water supply. Did you know by 2030 we’ll need 30% more water for our increasing world population? 


Throughout the week they’ll empathize with the millions of people currently without clean water, ideate on solutions, and build a water filtration device out of items they find around Kyoto International School. 

Students will also have plenty of opportunities to advance their Japanese language skills.


Not only are the students using science projects they created, they also raised the funds for the entire trip!


TAF Academy helps students position themselves to create the world they envision, personally, communally, nationally, and globally.


We’re so proud of our students and the dedicated teachers who made the trip possible! 


Domo Arigato!

Updates from the Science Deptartment

High School biology teacher, Claudia Lemus, participated in a presentation at the National Science Teacher Association conference in Boston, on April 4th, 2014. The presentation, titled Exploring Next Generation Curriculum Models Implementing the Vision in the NRC Framework and NGSS,  was led by Katie Van Horne and Nancy Vye, and their team from the University of Washington, as well as by Angie DiLoreto and her team from the Bellevue School District. The UW, Bellevue, and TAF Academy team collaborated on this session that focused on four models of PBL, how they align with NGSS, and how they have been successfully implemented in the classroom.

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Congratulations 6th Grade Essay Writers

The following 6th graders have been selected to have their essays published in the Creative Communication: A Celebration of Writers Spring 2014 anthology. This makes the fourth edition of TAF Academy students being recognized for their literary work.

Please join me in congratulating the following 6th grade students:

Bullying by Arshdeep Kaur

The Effect of Pollution by Xaimen Lopez Magana

Bullies by Hope McNeal

Global Warming by Karina Solero

3rd Quarter Exhibitions – UPDATED

3rd Quarter Exhibitions have been scheduled.  Here are the dates and times for each grade. .   If you have any questions, please call the office @253-945-5190.

6th Grade:
Wednesday, March 26th
6:00 – 8:00
Location:  Rooms 12 & 13

7th Grade:
Tuesday, March 25th
Wednesday, March 26th
6:00 – 8:00
Location:  Cafeteria

8th Grade:
Tuesday, March 25th
6:00 – 8:00
Location:  Rooms 14, 15, 17 & 18

9th & 10th Grade:
Tuesday, March 25th
6:00 – 8:00
Location:  Cafeteria

Tuesday, April 1st
6:00 – 8:00
Location:  Starplex Theatres
320th – Federal Way

11th & 12th Grade:
Wednesday, March 26th
6:00 – 8:00
Location:  Rooms 21 & 22