No School: Presidents Day and Mid-Winter Break

There is no school Monday, February 15th and Tuesday, February 16th due to Presidents day and Mid-Winter Break.

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Late Arrivals are now Early Dismissal Days

Please read the letter from Superintendent, Dr. Tammy Campbell, below on this change and why it is happening. Calendars have been updated to reflect the changes as well.

A Note to Families from Dr. Tammy Campbell

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Strategic Planning Initiative

Creating a vision for our children’s future.

Federal Way Public Schools has embarked on a Strategic Planning Initiative to develop the vision and direction for enhancing student achievement and success in the coming years.

The strategic plan will be our roadmap toward a future vision and provides unity, clarity and direction to the important work of the district.

In developing our plan, the District will use an approach that is inclusive and intentional and values all voices, and will continuously engage all stakeholders within the Federal Way Public Schools community.

This work must be collectively developed by members of our greater school community. There will be many opportunities to provide input on the Strategic Plan over the course of the year. The online survey is the initial effort to gather input, a series of forums for students, families and communities is another opportunity for participation.

We hope you’ll join in shaping what our school system should do and be for our community’s children.

http://www.fwps.org/strategic-plan/

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Emergencies / School Closures

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.

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Notice of Directory Information

You have a say in who can see your child’s directory information

Federal law requires schools 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.

 

What is directory information?

  • Your child’s name.
  • Photographs, video and other images of your child.
  • Recognition, diplomas and awards received by your child.
  • Date and place of birth.
  • Most recent and previous schools attended.
  • Dates of enrollment and enrollment status.
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight/height of student, if related to athletic participation.
  • Electronic (e-mail) address and telephone number, including cell phone, student ID number.
  • Student ID number (only if it cannot be used to gain access to education records).

 

We ask parents to think carefully before restricting this information.

Unfortunately, by restricting your child’s directory information for school publications, your student’s name and photo cannot be included in student annuals and yearbooks. He or she will not be able to be part of classroom, team or club photos which are intended to be published in yearbooks.

And, if you say “no” to providing contact information to outside organizations, your child’s name, address and phone number/s will not be provided to non-district organizations, including: graduation supplies companies; colleges; or military recruiters; and, after graduation, school reunion committees.

What if you change your mind?
If you ask us to restrict your student information, but later change your mind, just ask to update this form at your child’s school office.

 

To print the form from home to fill out, the link below will redirect you to the main FWPS page on this matter.

Notice of Directory Information Rights

 

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HIV/AIDS KNOW Prevention 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

And

Wednesday February 17th, 2015

6:30-7:30 Room 104

 

For More Information please check out the invitation from our district office below:

HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum Preview Invitation – English

HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum Preview Invitation – Spanish

 

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Bus Routes for the 2015 / 2016 School Year

Welcome to the new school year at Totem!

With the new year comes new bus routes. In the link below, please read through the descriptions and match up the bus route with your current residence. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office. 253-945-5100.

Bus Routes for 2015/2016

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Summer Schedule for Totem Office

OFFICE HOURS THROUGH JUNE 30: Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

THE TOTEM OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ALL OF JULY!

OFFICE HOURS BEGINNING AUGUST 1: Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

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New Flyer Distribution Service

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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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ASB Financial Data

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

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