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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PTSA Meeting – Volunteers and Officers Needed!

PTSA Meeting Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 pm in the Totem Library. WE NEED YOU! All officer positions are currently vacant. 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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Holiday Winter Break

The FWPS Winter Break for all schools is from Monday, December 22 through Friday, January 2. School will be released at the normal time on Friday, December 19 and resume at the normal time on Monday, January 5.

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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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AVID Demonstration School & MYPIB Certification!

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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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