All parents of 8th grade Totem students who are planning on attending Thomas Jefferson HS next year are invited to the TJHS Parent Planning Meeting, February 4 @ 6:00 pm. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the different programs and courses that TJ offers and to meet teachers and administration.
There will be no school for students Thursday, January 29 (Data Day for Teachers) and Friday, January 30 (Semester Break). Wednesday, January 28 marks the end of the semester for students.
As we head into the winter season, storms can lead to school closures or late starting times. Automated phone calls from the district about school status will go out as soon as a decision has been made for late start times or school closure. You may want to check these links if you want to know the status of Totem being affected by the weather.
FWPS Webpage about Emergencies / School Closures
FlashAlert Webpage for School and Business Operating status
KING5 School Closings and Delays
On the district webpage about Emergencies / School Closures, there is information about how to prepare for at home for possible emergencies. A list of area radio and TV stations, definitions of “closed” and “2 hour late start”, and information as to what the procedure is for schools during an emergency can also be found there.
Beginning Fall 2014, fewer flyers will be going home in children’s backpacks. Peachjar, an eflyer service, will be used by Federal Way Public Schools. Please click HERE to read about Peachjar.
Associated Student Body (ASB) financial data is available HERE.
Totem received recertification as an AVID Demonstration School on May 1st!
Totem Middle School is proud to be the ONLY school in Washington State that is BOTH an AVID Demonstration School and also certified as a Middle Years Programme International Baccalaureate School! We have been an AVID Demonstration School for five years. This means that other schools that are exploring becoming an AVID school, or who want to observe best practices for AVID will come to Totem to see what we do in AVID throughout all our classrooms. To find out more about AVID or MYPIB, please click on the links on the homepage.
Totem is a candidate school for MYPIB (Middle Years Program International Baccalaureate) and will our certification visit in May.
The Middle Years Program International Baccalaureate (MYPIB) provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, to become critical and reflective thinkers. MYPIB prepares students to be successful in advanced course work at the high school level.
While all students at Totem experience MYPIB, we are offering an additional advanced route of MYPIB for a select group of our incoming 6th grade gifted students (2013-2014). The Advanced MYPIB is specifically designed to prepare students to enter, and successfully complete the requirements for our most advanced and gifted programs in high school, for example the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Program at Thomas Jefferson, or Cambridge at Federal Way.
If you are interested in applying to the sixth grade Advanced MYPIB for next year please click the links below to print out the application.
Advanced MYPIB Application – PDF