L akota Middle Scho
Lakota Middle School
1415 SW 314th St
Federal Way, WA 98023 Pam Tuggle, Principal
(253) 945-4800 Obadiah Dunham, Assistant Principal
Highlights From The Principal—Pam Tuggle
As we head into Winter Break, which begins on Monday, December 20 th, I December
reflect on this past year and the extraordinary accomplishments we cele-
20-Jan. 2 ….Winter Break, No School
brate here at Lakota. We celebrate our students and how they have success-
fully transitioned into our new school. Everything has been different and
we all have had to learn new routines. Simple procedures such as a fire
3 …………...………..… Back to School
drill, the lunch line, moving from class to class, the locker rooms and many
17 …………. MLK Jr. Day, No School
other daily/weekly routines were all new and we had to “rethink” our proc-
ess. Lakota students as well as staff have 28 …….... Semester Break, No School
adjusted quite well. We celebrate the learning
that is happening in our school everyday and February
get excited about both small and great suc- 21-22 .. Mid-Winter Break, No School
cesses. We celebrate our parent/family in-
volvement and appreciate all you do to sup- March
port your child and our school. Working to- 18 …. Teacher In-Service, No School
gether as a team for our students’ success is a 24-25 ……. Student Led Conferences
win/win for all. Our Open House and back to
school BBQ hosted approximately 1,000 visi-
tors. What an accomplishment! Huge kudos
4-8……….. .. Spring Break, No School
and thanks to our outstanding Lakota PTA.
Our recent winter concert for Band had a packed gym with family and
friends to hear the wonderful sounds of the music produced by Lakota stu-
6 ……………….. Data Day, No School
dents. Our Band Booster auction was successful and we celebrate! Sincere
appreciation goes to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered 30 ……...…. Memorial Day, No School
their time. The partnership of our school and families make these events 31 ………….……. Snow Make-Up Day
possible and make a difference for our students. We have well over 100
members in our PTA and our PTA meetings have had great attendance this June
year. We celebrate our staff who works collaboratively together to ensure 17……………….. .. Last Day of School
our students have the best learning experiences possible, every single day.
Our staff is outstanding and I know each one genuinely cares about “our” School Hours
children. We laugh together and we cry together, because we are a very car- 8:00—2:45
ing school community. That sincere caring is demonstrated throughout our
school among our students, staff, families and even our community mem-
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Highlights From The Principal—Continued
bers. There are so many reasons for us to be thankful and to celebrate who we are at Lakota Middle School.
Thank you students, thank you parents and family members, thank you staff and thanks to our community
for making Lakota a great place for all.
In closing and as we approach the Holiday season, I wish you all peace, joy and hope you can be surrounded
by family and friends. It is simply amazing that we are headed into the year 2011. 2010 flew by so quickly.
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This presentation is for parents only.
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. This curriculum focuses on the transmission and prevention of the disease, emphasizing
abstinence. The district has adopted The Great Body Shop and KNOW for this area of study.
The AIDS Omnibus Bill (2SSB 6221) of the State of Washington which was passed in 1988 indicates the following:
Sec. 402: “Students shall receive such (AIDS) education at least once each school year beginning no later than fifth grade,”
Sec. 402: “No student may be required to participate in AIDS prevention education if the student’s parents or guardian, having at-
tended one of the district presentations, objects in writing to the participation.”
Curriculum used at each grade level will be presented from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. in different rooms according to grade level so that you
have the opportunity to preview the materials that will be used in your child’s classroom.
I look forward to seeing you at the preview. If you need further information, please call me at (253) 945-3676 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott A. Haines
HIV/AIDS Curriculum Coordinator
Federal Way Public Schools
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Assistant Principal’s Corner—Obadiah Dunham
Establishing a Climate of Learning
When working in a school five major variables control the shaping of student behavior. First, is the structure of
the school and the individual classrooms. At Lakota we have a new building that is designed to promote learn-
ing, and teachers have taken great care in setting up their classes to enhance learning. Second, is teaching the
expected behaviors. As we moved into the new school we faced a number of changes that helped us rethink how
we teach behavior expectations to our students. We have spent a great deal of
time explicitly teaching students how they are expected to behave at school.
Tied closely to the teaching of behaviors is observing and supervising students
and their interactions. Teachers are always out in the hallways during the pass-
ing periods monitoring student interactions. Administrators and school security
can be seen constantly roaming the hallways. I recently wore a pedometer to
see how far I travel in a day. Much to my surprise I walk an average of 3.5
miles a day just in the halls at Lakota. Not unexpectedly, how people treat each
other also goes a long way in shaping a learning environment. All staff and stu-
dents at Lakota strive to interact positively with each other. When students are
seen behaving responsibly it is important to receive recognition and attention
for their positive behaviors. One of the tools we use to do this is our GOT-
CHA! program. Students receive GOTCHA! slips when they are seen exhibiting good behavior. They can en-
ter their GOTCHA! slips in a drawing on Monday to win prizes. Finally, when a student is having trouble exhib-
iting good behavior it is vital that staff correct the student in a calm and fluent manner. If the behavior becomes
chronic, staff will work together to identify the function of the behavior and create a plan to address the reason
for the misbehavior. These five variables can be easily remembered by the acronym STOIC. It is through this
intentional focus, we all work together to ensure that Lakota continues to be a great place to learn and work.
"Obstacles are those
frightful things you
see when you take
your eyes off your
goal.” - Henry Ford
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Fees and Sports
Fees may be paid by students before school, after school, or during their lunch. This
year we accept credit cards as well as checks and cash.
The new sports season starts January 31st. This season includes
gymnastics and boy’s basketball.
PE News — Mrs. Vlahovich, Mr. Tutt, Mrs. Barstow, Mr. Johnson
We are very excited as PE classes are settling into using our newly remodeled gyms. Stu-
dents are active in our PE activities and becoming accustomed to their fitness routines.
Daily physical exercise is an important part of our lives at Lakota and everyone under-
stands how activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits. Healthy
Lakota students perform better academically, have better attendance, and behave better in
class. Students are working hard on fitness run times, stretching and identifying muscles,
group warm-up activities such as walk-out push-ups, sit-ups and the 4-arm press (plank).
If you hear your student talking about sore muscles you know they are working hard and
understanding the importance of daily exercise.
If you purchased a PE uniform (shirt, shorts, or sweats) and have not received it, please
have your student contact their PE teacher and we will make sure they receive it. PE uni-
forms are available for purchase throughout the year: shirt—$7.00, shorts—$8.00, and
Physical Education creates a healthy school environment and results in greater aca-
demic achievement, healthier students and staff, and creates lifelong habits of fit-
ness and fun.
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Lakota Library—Ms. Baker
Please remember that the library charges $.10 per day for late books.
Any library fines can be viewed on you student’s Grades
Online account. If you have fines from lost or late library
or text books, you will need to clear them in the library.
Please remember that outstanding fines can affect sports
eligibility and other school activities.
Extended Learning Opportunities
The Boeing after school program will once again be coming to Lakota. Volunteers
from Boeing will lead workshops in math and science. This program is for 6th,
7th, & 8th graders. The program this year will focus around The Shape of Change.
The workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 2:45 - 3:40. Watch for more infor-
mation about this great opportunity to learn about math and science and have fun,
PTA Lakota Wear order forms will be available in the forms shelf
(next to the reception desk) in the main foyer at school and online
at www.lakotapta.com. Please turn in form and payment in an
envelope to the reception desk and we will deliver the items to
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pennie Taylor
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Escuela Nocturna Para Latinos
21 septiembre, 2010 – 12 mayo 2011
martes y jueves
CLASES PARA APRENDER EL IDIOMA INGLÉS y OBTENER EL GED
La sequencia de estas clases empieza con el nivel mas b ásico, progresa al obtenimiento del GED, y finaliza con la edu-
cación avanzada en un colegio de la comunidad. Las clases son ofrecidas en la Escuela Nocturna Para Latinos por
maestros del Distrito Escolar de Federal Way, el Colegio Highline, y el Centro de Multi Servicios de la ciudad de Federal
CLASE PARA APRENDER EL IDIOMA INGLÉS ENFATIZANDO TEMAS
Madres y Padres de recién nacidos hasta 3 aňos de edad recibirán ensenanza en temas que son importantes durante la tem-
prana edad de sus hijos. Las actividades en esta clase se enfocan en el desarrollo de la niňez y otros temas importantes.
Mientras que los padres asisten a sus clases en la Escuela Nocturna Para Latinos, sus hijos de
edades de 6 a 12 aňos pueden recibir apoyo con la tarea y también participar en actividades
educativas y de enriquecimiento.
Los ninos de edades de tres a cinco años pueden participar en actividades que tienen como
meta aumentar el vocabulario y promover destrezars pre-academicas.
Los estudiantes de preparatoria que necesitan recuperar créditos para graduarse de high school pueden hacerlo en las are-
as de lenguaje y matemáticas. También se puede obtener credito en el área de Inglés Como Segundo Idioma (ESL).
Para mas información sobre la escuela Nocturna para Latinos llame (253) 945 – 2226 o al (253)
945-2094. La escuela esta situada en la secundaria Thomas Jefferson (4248 South 288th
Street, Auburn, WA).
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Latino Night School
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 – MAY 12, 2011
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
Offering Classes to Learn How to Speak English & Obtain a GED
From beginning to intermediate to advance levels of English, followed by an opportunity to earn
a GED and ending with the possibility of attending community college to further your educa-
tion. The classes are offered at Latino Night School by a community partnership between
Federal Way Public Schools, Highline Community College, and the Multi-Service Center of Fed-
Parents and Young Children (age birth-3)
Parents of infants and young children have the opportunity to learn English while addressing
important topics in early childhood education. The focus of the class is on how to support
early childhood development and other important themes about the development of infants and
While parents are attending classes at Latino Night School, children are able to participate in
homework help and educational activities focused on enriching vocabulary and language devel-
opment in English.
High School Students can participate in credit retrieval, as well as, tutorial support for classes
they are taking during the school day. Classes offered are limited to English, Mathematics
(Basic Math, Geometry, Algebra 1 & 2 determined by majority of student need), and History
For more information regarding LATINO NIGHT SCHOOL call (253) 945-2226 or (253) 945
-2094. LATINO NIGHT SCHOOL is located at THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
(4248 South 288th Street, Auburn, WA).
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Math Team—Mr. Choe
Lakota Math Students attended Thomas Jefferson's 4th Annual Math Competition.
Thanks to the ASB’s financial support, 20 students participated in competitions. After the competitions, we
have this result to share with all of with you.
From Individual Ciphering Test,
Eugene S. (7th): 2nd place
Benson C. (7th): 4th place
Kiegan R. (7th): 6th place
Ellie K. (6th): 7th place
Grant H. (7th): 8th place
From Individual Test,
Eugene S.(7th): 2nd place
Benson C. (7th): 4th place
Kiegan R. (7th): 6th place
Sierra P. (8th): 8th
Ellie K. (6th): 9th
Zachary L. (7th): 9th
Kylie S. (6th): 10th place
From Team Test,
Team 3 (7th: Benson C., Yun L., Tori H., Andrea D.): 5th place
Thank you very much for your help and support.
Thank you for your stopping by to encourage students, Mrs. Juli Arns.
Eugene Sim's family will donate Eugene's 2 trophies to Lakota school on Monday.
Yellow Emergency Cards and Updates
For the safety of your children we absolutely need the yellow emer-
gency cards completed. Don’t forget to update any emergency phone
numbers where you can be reached.
We absolutely need your information up-to-date so
we can reach you if there is any emergency.
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Take Charge of Education
Every time you use your Target Visa or Target Guest Card at a Target store or target.com,
Target will donate 1% of purchases to Lakota. Target will donate 1/2% if you use your
card to make purchases elsewhere. The Target Fundraising Program is a simple way to
support students at Lakota. If you are interested in participating in this program, go
online to target.com/tcoe, and enroll. You will then need to designate a school. Using your
Target Visa or Target Guest Card and is a great way to support Lakota without really try-
TI-84 Plus Calculators
Algebra and Geometry teachers are hoping to have a class set of graphing calculators for
their students to make those connections between numbers and real life application. As
students see expressions, formulas, and graphs on screen, they can explore concepts and
make connections that lead to a deeper understanding of data. This year, students will be
able to use graphing calculators on state End-Of-Course Assessments.
We have a portion funded toward the purchase of 30 calculators, but
need your help to complete our classroom set. If you have a TI-84 graph-
ing calculator to donate or would like to make a donation toward pur-
chasing a classroom set, over 250 students would greatly appreciate your
generosity. Donations and calculators can be brought to the main office
and left with Mrs. Howard or Mrs. Marsh. These donations are tax de-
After School Tutoring
After School Tutoring is available Monday through Thursday at Lakota. If your student
needs extra help in a class or is absent and just needs to catch up, Lakota teachers are
ready and willing to help. Math and Science assistance is in Ms.
Petzoldt's room, Language Arts and Social Studies is in Mrs.
Smith's room, and the Homework Club is in the 7th grade great
room. In addition, many Lakota teachers offer after school tutor-
ing in their classrooms on specified days. Spending a little time
after school can help a student understand a concept they may
otherwise struggle with. Please contact your child's teacher for
more information. Tutoring begins right after school from 2:45
pm - 3:40 pm. For those students who normally ride the bus,
transportation is provided.
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College Bound Scholarships. Think you can’t afford college? Think again.
If you are in the 7th or 8th grade you may be eligible for a four-year College Bound Scholarship. Now, thanks to a state-
sponsored scholarship there is hope and incentive for students who otherwise might not consider college as an option be-
cause of their family’s income. Students in 7th or 8th grade whose families are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, and
all foster youth may apply. Students also need to graduate from a Washington high school or home school with a 2.0
GPA, and follow through on a pledge to demonstrate good citizenship. The deadline for applications is June 30 of your 8 th
Lakota counselors will be available to provide assistance with the online application process and answer any questions.
Families may also get more information and apply online by going to www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound. Applications are
available in several languages.
Don’t delay! Apply today!
Calendar Update: Make-Up Days Scheduled
Thanks to the weather just before Thanksgiving, the district’s students and staff
had a longer break than originally scheduled. The lost instructional days will be
made up on:
May 31 (following Memorial Day weekend, this day was a previously established
potential snow make-up day)
June 17 (this is now the last day of school in the district, instead of June 16)
Since we are officially just entering the winter season, it’s always possible that the
district will lose additional days because of weather. Stay tuned.
Cambridge Spanish—Mrs. Mattson
Atencion familias. Tenemos algo nuevo en Lakota este año--- un club de Español. Necesitamos padres o otros
familiares que quieren ayudar en nuestro club. Buscamos personas que nos pueden enseñar más de la idioma y
cultura hispana. Si tiene interés, por favor llame La Señora Mattson,
(253) 945 -4864
Attention families of 7th and 8th grade Cambridge students. The second semester of Spanish is rapidly ap-
proaching. All 7th and 8th graders entering Spanish next semester should have a study packet. Please make sure
they are studying it so we don't have to spend a lot of time on review and can progress quickly into new material.
If your child doesn't have a study packet please email me at email@example.com or call (253) 945- 4864 and I will
make sure he or she gets one. ¡Gracias! Mrs. Mattson
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How and Why We Close (or Delay) School Because of Weather
In spite of Doppler radar and other advances in weather prediction, it is difficult to be sure about the weather
and the road conditions we may encounter in the thirty-five square miles the District encompasses.
Our number one priority is always the safety of our students and staff, anytime we consider whether school
should be delayed or cancelled. Long before the start of the school day, we take a series of steps to assess the
weather and road conditions during inclement weather.
This literally starts the night before: As the district’s night security officer makes his rounds, he checks road con-
ditions and monitors the weather. Our Transportation staff is on the road by 3:30 a.m. to do further spot checks
within the district. The decision to alter our school schedule is based on facts found during this time. We must
make the decision to delay or cancel school by 5 a.m. in order to have sufficient time to notify the media, our
drivers and our students’ parents.
When the decision has been made to cancel or delay school, we make information available in as many ways as
You’ll get a call in the morning from the district’s automated call-out system. Calls are scheduled to go out
around 6 a.m. so that early start students and parents get the information before leaving for the day. If we are
in an extreme stretch of weather, such as just prior to Thanksgiving this year, you may receive a call the night
The district now can send email or text messages through the Blackboard Connect system, too. If you wish to
get emergency and/or routine messages by text or e-mail, in addition to telephone calls, please let your
school’s office know.
Go to the front page of the district website, at www.fwps.org.
Monitor the major television and news radio stations. If you do not see Federal Way School District listed,
or if the station says “no report”, it means we are operating on a normal schedule.
You can get e-mail notification at the same time the TV and radio stations do, by signing up for emergency
notification at www.schoolreport.org.
You may also call your school or 253-945-2000 to receive current emergency information.
Remember, if you feel it’s not safe to make the trip to school, you are well within
your rights to keep your child home. You are in the best position to decide about
your local conditions and your child’s judgment and driving capabilities. While we
go to extensive measures to determine if roads district-wide are safe for travel, it’s
physically impossible for us to be on every street corner and side-street at all times. Capt
We rely on you to be the final judge when it comes to the safety of your child.
We will continue to do everything within our power to make the best decisions for
the safety of your children.
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Attendance Alerts—Mrs. Ancheta
Attendance Phone: 253-945-4812
“If you want to
make your dreams
Parents please remember school starts promptly at 8:00 am. Any student not in
come true, the
their classroom at that time will be considered tardy. Students must have a note
first thing you
from their parent to excuse their tardy when they arrive.
have to do is wake
up.” - J.M. Power
If you are planning on picking up your student early from school for an appoint-
ment, etc. please send your student with a note in the morning to the attendance
desk. We will provide them with a pass so that they can be waiting here when you
arrive to sign them out. Parents do need to come into the school to sign their stu-
We request that parents call into the attendance office daily (253-945-4812) when their student is going to be ab-
sent. If they are going to be on a prolonged absence (vacation, etc.) please send them with a note with the dates
they are going to be absent and we will provide them with a pre-arranged slip they can take around to their teach-
ers for homework while they are gone.
Nurse Notes—Mrs. Overton
If you marked on the health history you were interested in free or low cost health insurance for
your student or if you have unexpectedly lost that coverage, contact me. I will be able to discuss
some options and if appropriate get you an application for the State Provided Insurance (medical
coupons) and assist with filling it out or direct you to an outreach worker to fill it out. If you have
coupons but need assistance in finding a health care provider or are not sure what it covers, I can
help you sort that out as well.
Students in grades 6-12 can carry over the counter medications with them. All they need is a parent note indicat-
ing the name of the medication and directions for use. They cannot have more than 1 day’s dosage with them.
Usually 2 or 4 pills will get them through a full day. They are NOT allowed to share with any other students.
If your student may need to use an inhaler, they must have a Physicians order form filled out. You can get one
from the nurse’s office, or if you contact me I can give one to your student. Make sure the student’s name is on
the inhaler. If they are lost or forgotten at school without a name they will be destroyed as there are many of the
same kind and no way of determining whose it may be.
Winter break is a good time to review the contact persons you listed on the yellow emergency card. If you have
changed phone numbers, work numbers, address or want to add more people to call for emergencies, let the
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Mr. Anderson 253-945-4847 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Arns 253-945-4851 email@example.com
Ms. Baker 253-945-4810 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Barstow 253-945-4820 email@example.com
Mr. Beals 253-945-4831 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Biggerstaff 253-945-4842 email@example.com
Ms. Braun 253-945-4830 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Brown 253-945-4862 email@example.com
Ms. Carlson 253-945-4841 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Choe 253-945-4852 email@example.com
Ms. Conklin 253-945-4846 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Dooley 253-945-4822 email@example.com
Mr. Dunham 253-945-4815 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Durance 253-945-4840 email@example.com
Ms. Edwards 253-945-4834 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Foley 253-945-4853 email@example.com
Ms. Fortunato 253-945-4807 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Freelund 253-945-4825 email@example.com
Ms. Garrett 253-945-4835 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Howard 253-945-4832 email@example.com
Mr. Johnson 253-945-4821 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kester 253-945-4845 email@example.com
Ms. Kwon 253-945-4859 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Masibo 253-945-4899 email@example.com
Ms. Mattson 253-945-4864 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. McKenna 253-945-4839 email@example.com
Ms. Mohler 253-945-4849 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. O'Flaherty 253-945-4829 email@example.com
Ms. Overton 253-945-4809 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Petzoldt 253-945-4833 email@example.com
Mr. Roller 253-945-4823 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Rossi 253-945-4824 email@example.com
Ms. Schletzbaum 253-945-4856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Shireman 253-945-4837 email@example.com
Mr. Sladek 253-945-4838 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Smith 253-945-4836 email@example.com
Ms. Sorenson 253-945-4843 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Storms 253-945-4850 email@example.com
Ms. Sukola 253-945-4826 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Taylor 253-945-4868 email@example.com
Ms. Tuggle 253-945-4800 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Turley 253-945-4818 email@example.com
Mr. Tutt 253-945-4821 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Vlahovich 253-945-4820 email@example.com
Ms. Walls 253-945-4827 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Walworth 253-945-4867 email@example.com
Ms. Williamson 253-945-4844 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Wong 253-945-4828 email@example.com
Winter Break Officially Begins: December 20, 2010
Return to School After Break: January 3, 2011
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