November 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Next week is a short week with early dismissal at 12:10 pm on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break. On Wednesday the 26th, we will have only three class periods and two lunches. During 1st period, we will hold our annual required Emergency Evacuation Drill. The drill is sponsored by Thomas Jefferson High School’s Student Emergency Response Club and will simulate the scene that would occur after a shallow 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

All students and staff will evacuate the building and meetoutside at designated areas on the football field. The drill is expected to last approximately an hour and a half. We encourage students to dress appropriately for the weather that day; however, students may not bring sleeping bags, tents, etc.

More information on this drill is available here.

Thank you,

Adrienne Chacón, Principal

Questions about School? There’s an App for That!


Parents and students today are busier than ever. Now, Federal Way Public Schools has an app to help you stay up-to-date and involved with school no matter where you are. All you need is a smart phone. Search for “Federal Way Public Schools” on the Apple App Store, and in Google Play. What can you do on the FWPS app? Just for starters, you can check:

  • Calendars
  • Grades, thanks to direct links to ParentVUE, StudentVUE and TeacherVUE
  • Lunch menus
  • Lunch balances (and pay!)
  • Game scores
  • Facebook and Twitter

You’ll get the latest news right in the feed — and flyers too, if you choose to. That’s right, you can customize it to get the information you want most, for just the schools your children attend. Select the calendars you want, and see them combined on your device.

Another way to get emergency notifications: Our new app gives you another way to get notifications you typically get through automated phone calls and email. Once you download the app, these will show up like a text message on your phone, as long as the app is open. You’ll be able to click through to read more. Keep your eyes open for more capabilities on the app in the near future!

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Scheduling Changes

Sept. 19, 2014

Dear Parents,

As you may know, we have been struggling with significantly large class sizes in our 9th and 10th grade classes this fall. The quality of education in a class of 35-40 greatly impacts your child’s experience. As a result, the district has allowed us some additional staffing.

In an endeavor to provide your child with a better learning experience, we have created additional classes. Although having to change some of the schedules is not ideal, please know that we have given a lot of thought to this process. Our goal is that your child will experience as few changes as possible to their present schedule. We project the changes to occur by middle of next week. We will do everything in our power to make these changes as smooth as possible for your child.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 253-945-5614, or Assistant Principal Laurie Bender at 253-945-5612.

Thank you,
Adrienne Chacón


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TJHS Mission Statement:

Thomas Jefferson High School aims to provide a safe, secure, and diverse environment that encourages students to be active, life-long learners.  We will do this by providing challenging curricular programs that foster inquiring, knowledgeable, internationally-minded, and caring young people who actively strive to create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.