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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Totem Summer Success Camp for New 6th Graders

If you already signed your child up for the Totem Summer Success Camp, you should have received a letter along with a bus schedule. The Camp starts Tuesday, August 19th at 9:00 am. Click HERE to see a copy of the letter about the SSC.

Click here HERE to download a PDF application (English and Spanish) for Totem Middle School Summer Success Camp for students moving from 5th to 6th grade. The purpose of SSC is to help students gain the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for success in middle school. Bus transportation and lunch is provided.

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Totem will be open:
August 4th – September 2nd 7:30am – 3pm M-F

On September 3rd, regular office hours will begin as posted on the right side of the home page.

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Start of the 2014/2015 School Year

Schedule Pick Up Days:


August 19th – 8th Grade – 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
August 20th – 6th Grade – 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
August 21st – 7th Grade – 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

First Day of School is Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Open House is Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm


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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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