PTSA Volunteers and Officers Needed!

PTSA is seeking volunteers for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Including committee chairs for Fundraising and other positions.  Come and support your children’s school. Without PTSA support, funding of over $4000 this school year, will go unsupported.  Contact Principal Christine Baker or Asst Principal Jacob Dibley for details.  Prin: 253-945-5112 AP: 253-945-5107.

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Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences this fall are November 6th (Thursday) and 7th (Friday). These conferences are required attendance and your child’s advisory teacher will be contacting you for a time for you and your child to come up to school. Students need to be dressed in regular Totem uniform.


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Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day will be Monday, October 27th. Please be sure your child has their picture packet with payment that day. Call the Totem Office if you have any questions.


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New Flyer Distribution Service


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.

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To download the list as a PDF file click HERE.

Year-long supplies

  • (1) 3” three-ring binder
  • (1) zippered pencil pouch with three holes so it can be placed in the binder
  • dividers 8 tabs
  • number two pencils *
  • erasers *
  • liquid paper/White Out
  • pencil sharpener
  • colored pencils (12 pack is sufficient) *
  • pens (black and blue)
  • (4) 70-page/ 1 subject college or wide rule spiral notebooks (language arts/social studies , mathematics, science, and one for a non-core subject)
  • (2) glue sticks *
  • 1 ruler (US customary and metric measurement)
  • 1 highlighter (two colors) *
  • crayons (please no larger than a 24-pack) *
  • calculator (Texas Instrument 30Xa is a suggestion) Please do not spend more than $20.00 on a calculator.
  • 1 flash drive

*Supplies will need to be replenished throughout the year.

Supply list AHW-1

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ASB Financial Data

Associated Student Body (ASB) financial data is available HERE.

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AVID Demonstration School & MYPIB Certification!

AVIDIB World School Logo

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.

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Application for Advanced Middle Years Program International Baccalaureate

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

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