Student Led Conferences April 16 & 17

Student Led Conferences will be taking place later this week.  Families will meet with their student’s teacher and hear their student explain their current level of proficiency and how he or she is progressing to meet or exceed standard.

Meetings are by appointment and scheduled with the student and their teacher.


  • Wednesday – Regular school day followed by evening conferences*
  • Thursday – Conferences only. NO SCHOOL*
  • Friday – NO SCHOOL

*If you are unable to meet during these times, please contact your student’s 4th period teacher to schedule a conference. If you need assistance, please call the school office at 253.945.5801 or 253. 945. 5802.

We are excited to share your student’s growth with you!

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SAT School Day is Tomorrow!

All Juniors will be taking this important college entrance exam FREE during the school day on Wednesday, April 16.  The District has pre-registered all Juniors, so no registration is necessary.

Wednesday will be a regular school day for all other students.

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It’s testing week. All students should be here at 8AM.

Testing week has begun!

All students should arrive before 8AM.  Students that are testing will report to the testing room. Students that have already met their HSPE requirements will attend all of their regular classes at the regular times.

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Spring Testing Season is Nearly Here

Rock the testSpring semester is in full swing and Washington State’s 2014 spring testing season is just around the corner.

The testing schedule is as follows:

  • 3/18/14    Writing HSPE Day 1    Grade 10 & as needed
  • 3/19/14    Writing HSPE Day 2    Grade 10 & as needed

*must test both of days of Writing HSPE to receive a score*

  • 3/20/14    Reading HSPE    Grade 10 & as needed
  • 4/16/14    SAT (Free)   Grade 11
  • 6/10/14    EOC Biology  Grade 10 & as needed
  • 6/11/14    EOC Algebra  Grade 9-12 as needed
  • 6/12/14   EOC Geometry  Grade 9-12 as  needed

Each student needing to test will receive a letter home and in school notifying them of the test required.  Letters are going out the week of March 10th.

Thanks for your support!

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Senior Gradution Meeting Coming Up!

Attention graduating Seniors and families! On Thursday Feb. 13, the Career Academy will hold a meeting for graduating Seniors.  Information about ordering the cap & gown and graduation supplies will be distributed. If you attend PSSC or Running Start and can’t attend the meeting, you can pick up the information and forms you need in the office starting Thursday afternoon.


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Congratulations to Coach Carroll & The Seattle Seahawks!

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Superbowl XLVIII by a score of 43-8.  A phenomenal team on the field, their off the field pursuits are equally inspiring, creating platforms to embrace community and service through giving back to the community of the Northwest.  #GOHAWKSCarrol Seahwaks

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Career Academy marches @ annual MLK day celebration

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Renewal Levy on February 11 Ballot

Federal Way Public Schools is asking voters to approve the renewal of a local educational programs and operations (EP&O) levy for the next four years. This levy will not increase taxes.  This is the same amount approved by voters in the last levy election, but the district actually collected $17 million less than voters authorized for the two-year period.

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The EP&O levy provides over one-fifth or 20% of our total budget. It is vital to providing the services and programs our students need, and our community expects.

This levy pays for educational programs and school operations and allows the district to hire staff beyond what state funding formulas pay for, including:

  • 8 of every 100 classroom teachers (without these teachers, class sizes would increase by about 2 students per class).


  • 16 of every 100 classified staff, including secretaries, custodians, maintenance, grounds, security and technology staff.

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It allows the district to continue offering important programs for our students’ success.

It allows us to offer athletics, music, clubs and other programs that the state does not include in its funding formulas.

It also lets us leverage local dollars to receive state and federal dollars for programs like:

  • AmeriCorps – Federal program that puts 50 trained tutors in our schools.
  • Air Force Junior ROTC – an aeronautics-oriented junior ROTC program that teaches students skills that will qualify them for high-demand career fields.
  • International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, and College Board examinations – allowing all qualified students to take these important tests no matter their families’ ability to pay.

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How much is the levy?

The district is asking voters to approve a $53 million levy per year for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Approval of this levy will protect the district from potentially destructive cuts from the state legislature for the coming four years. If the state leaves levy equalization dollars in place, the district will collect less than the $53 million, as it has done for two years. (Read more about levy rollbacks).  If the state cuts levy equalization dollars, this levy will offset resulting losses to the district.

How much will it cost the average homeowner?

The average single-family home in Federal Way was valued at $159,014 in 2013, according to the King County Assessor’s office.

The average EP&O tax on the average home equals $713 a year. That’s  $59.42 a month, $13.71 a week, or $1.95 a day. And that’s less than the cost of a latte at most coffee shops.

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Events and Important Dates in January


January 15th, 5:00-7:00PM - FAFSA Night with Career & College Specialist Debbie Washington

January 20th – No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21st, 9:00AM – Geometry EOC

January 22nd, 8:00AM – Algebra EOC

January 29th, 8:00AM – Biology EOC

January 29th – Last Day of 1st Semester

January 30th – No School – Data Day

January 31st – No School – Semester Break

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JAG students support winter wishes

On December 14th, six Career Academy JAG students made the Holiday Season brighter for children from local elementary schools by participating in the Federal Way Rotary  Holiday Shopping Spree.  Each year the Federal Way Rotary asks local elementary schools to nominate needy students for the Holiday Shopping Spree.  On a selected date, the children meet their personal shopper at the local Walmart and the shopping begins. This year the children were able to spend $150.00 on clothing and toys.  JAG students who participated were Terry A., Amy J., Liz S., Jessica L., Pedro H., and Sidney G.20131214_095148

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