Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

WHAT IS CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM? Every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life. According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, A student who misses 10% or more of their school days, which amounts to 18 or more days in […]

TJHS Pacific Islander Club

Our AmeriCorps School Outreach Coordinator, Lanette Ava, at Thomas Jefferson High School, advises the school’s Pacific Islander Club. The Club recently performed at the school’s Multi-Cultural Night in-front of an audience of over 100 people.

Help Us Feed Hungry Students

We need your help, Federal Way! Our School Outreach Coordinators each stock their offices with food for students who are hungry throughout the school day. So far this year, our School Outreach Coordinators have given out over 7,000 snacks to students who are hungry for a variety of reasons. Thanks to a grant from Walmart, we […]

Students explore STEM careers at the Museum of Flight

Our School Outreach Coordinators from Illahee and Lakota Middle Schools took 45 students to attend the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program at the Museum of Flight. Federal Way students represented the largest group of participants for the day. The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program teaches students from under-served communities about science, engineering, flight dynamics […]

January 2017 Newsletter

Our January Newsletter is here! In This Issue: National Mentoring Month We’ve Expanded! Save the Date: CIS Breakfast Program Spotlight Call to Action

National Mentoring Month

On behalf of the Communities In Schools Board of Directors, staff and students we serve, we want to thank our mentors, past and present, for providing support through our students’ formative years, offering guidance and encouragement through life’s challenges, and providing stability when their home or school like may be in turmoil.

December 2016 Newsletter

Our December Newsletter is here! In This Issue: Holiday Support 2016 Year End Gift Program Spotlight: Improving School Attendance Funding Spotlight: Pride Foundation

School Outreach Coordinator Helps Improve Attendance

Our School Outreach Coordinator, Anthony Cryer, at Totem Middle School, is working to support Totem’s school-wide goal of 95% attendance.  Anthony helped put together an attendance team to assess and address the underlying issues to student attendance. The team implemented an incentive program to encourage students to have good attendance.  Any student at Totem who achieves […]

Holiday Support

FEDERAL WAY CARES FOR KIDS On Saturday, December 17th, 250 community volunteers came out to support the Federal Way Cares For Kids Holiday Gift Giving Event. This year, we were able to serve almost 200 families, totaling over 1,000 students from every school in the Federal Way School District! Throughout the day, parents shopped for […]