TAF@Saghalie Wolf Pack News

Scholar and Staff SHOUT OUT Edition


World Language Student Highlights!

Ms. Steinmentz - 7th Grade Chinese

I would like to recognize the following students: Grade 7 - An, Amanuel, Edward and Keliy. I enjoy teaching them very much. They are always engaging in Zoom sessions and have not missed any zoom sessions so far. They try their best to speak Chinese in class and are not afraid to make mistakes. They work hard for their assignments and turn in their work on time. I appreciate their hard work!

Ms. Yi - 7th and HS Korean

Meagan is never late or absent to zoom class and always shows her efforts and respectful manners. Her learning attitude and diligence are exemplary and high-achievable. Jadenn is learning Korean with high school students! His participation and achievement are excellent, even though he is an 8th-grader. He has a respectful manner and a positive learning attitude.

Well done students!

TAF@Saghalie HS Student - Channon Hopson

Channon has done amazing work representing our whole school at the Scholars Organized against Racism district team. This is her second year as a leader on this district wide panel. She brings the perspective of our whole campus as she has been a student with us since 6th grade. Further, she also has participated in submitting an art piece for the Federal Way’s MLK Jr. Celebration.

Thank you for making us proud and shining your light!

Big picture

TAF@SGH 8th Grade Scholar - Chase Roberts

Chase is a what any teacher would call the finest example of a model student. He is always on time, ready to learn, takes ownership of his work, and questions everything to fully understand the topic under discussion. In addition, he is a strong leader who is always trying to do right by his fellow Wolfpack and leads through example helping his classmates along the way. We in the eighth grade are ecstatic to have his howl amongst our pack!

Big picture


Rebecca Nilsen, Suzette Lewis and Vanessa Nelson

The amazing 6th grade math team have done a great job making math engaging, fun, and truly student centered. Students in class were playing Kahoot (a live trivia style game) while at the same time using digital tools like annotation, using the chat box, and explaining their answers verbally. I counted a total of four simultaneous ways that students were using technology through a variety of tools and platforms. Students were actively engaged and did not feel overwhelmed by the use of technology. At TAF@Saghalie, we measure our student work using the ISTE Standards. These teachers showed that our kids were Knowledge Constructor - Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. We believe they are a shining example of what it means to be a STEM School.


TSP Program Manager - Michelle Oliver

My name is Michelle Oliver and I am the Program Manager of our Teacher Scientist Partnership Program (TSP). This TAF program brings real-world application into our 6-12th grade classrooms. Industry leaders volunteer within the classrooms and partner with the teachers bringing a blended classroom approach to projects.

You may have heard the all too common question from your child, “When am I ever going to use this in real life?” TSP aims to answer this question! One great example of this application is coding. Students who take the Mobile App Development class utilize their knowledge of linear equations, calculus, mathematical induction, graph theory and probability and statistics. Since it is a real-world application project, students also learn about Project Management and UX/UI Design. The final product is an actual downloadable app that students can use.

Christian, a student who participated in this TSP opportunity said, “I have a much better understanding of coding now and I really enjoyed it. I would say that it brought new light for new possible career paths as I am now considering going into UX Design, and I know the knowledge of how-to code will help with this.”

This is the essence of the program, where students can create and succeed in the world that they envision! We have exciting TSP opportunities for students in all grades at TAF@SGH. If you are interested or have questions, feel free to contact me at michelleo@techaccess.org.

Big picture

December Parent Zoom Meetings

Join me for the December Parent Zoom meetings on December 2nd and 16th. Here are the meeting agendas:

December 2nd 6:00 - 7:00pm:

  • Student Led Conference Updates and Reminders
  • Exhibition 1 Updates and Reminders

December 16th 6:00 - 7:00pm:

  • Technology Access Foundation and Tech Updates
  • Information about the School Based Health Center that is slated to open in January

We are exciting to share this information with you and are looking forward to answering any questions you may have on these or any other important topics!

Big picture

Upcoming Important Dates

November 26-27:

  • Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL
December 2:

  • Family Zoom w/Principal Spencer 6:00 – 7:00
December 7:

  • Wellness 4 Wolves 3:30
December 9-11:

  • Student Led Conferences
December 15:

  • Exhibtion #1
December 16:

  • Family Zoom w/Principal Spencer 6:00 – 7:00
December 22-Jan 3:

  • Winter Break NO SCHOOL