Fife High News
updates for our school community
Oct 1, 2019 Vol. 3
Fife At A Glance
Principal's Community Message: October
by Brandon Bakke
As most have heard, in the coming days Special Olympics and ESPN, along with a host of special guests and dignitaries, will be converging on Fife High School to celebrate us being recognized as a Top 5 National Banner Unified Champion School. We, essentially, are being recognized for being an inclusive school. I believe wholeheartedly that we are a great choice for this award. In my opinion, FHS can indeed be characterized as an inclusive school. It makes me so proud of our staff and students to see daily expressions of kindness, acceptance, respect, and empathy. The Fife community truly should be proud.
Make no mistake about it, however, we are not perfect. It's humbling to be recognized for inclusiveness because we know that some students are still struggling to feel included. In fact, as soon as this award was announced, I received a few emails saying just that. This was not a surprise to me, and I was glad some students reached out. Making friends can be hard, and it truly saddens me when I see people struggle to connect.
I’ve been stressing to our students these past weeks that we are not being recognized for being perfect, but as Special Olympics puts it, “for being on the right track.” What a great way of putting it! We HAVE to be on that mission to try and reach every student-- to never be satisfied. Simply put, we have to earn this “Top 5” award every day by our never-ceasing pursuit of inclusiveness. When we do that, we will continue to “earn it” every day. We will be able to look at the banner hanging on the wall and know it’s not something we did once.
The challenge being offered to our staff and students is don’t underestimate the impact you can have. I am a firm believer in the amazing law of influence; you might have heard me talk about it before: One life touches another, potentially both lives are changed. One life touches another, potentially the whole world can change. It starts with one hand shake, one time moving to a different table at lunch to sit with someone who is alone, one time going out of your way to start up a conversation, one time making yourself vulnerable… that one time can change a life.
Get ‘em Fife. Let’s earn this!
Wednesday October 2nd: Unified National Banner Assembly: Info for the Community
We are thrilled to be hosting Special Olympics folks from around the country; Hall of Famer and former Sonics Coach PJ Carlesimo from ESPN is co-hosting the event, Governor Inslee is scheduled to appear, and host of other special guests and media, all coming for our Unified National Banner Celebration It is going to be a fun day of celebration, but unfortunately the event is NOT open to our greater Fife community and families. We simply don't have the space.
However, you can watch it live! How? go to www.nfhsnetwork.com and search for "Fife"!
We are asking students who drive to consider a car pool that day to help us with space! Thank you!
Students who drive: Wednesday Oct 2 is Car Pool Wednesday! In an effort to make as much space for our visitors for our Unified National Banner Event, we encourage you to carpool with a friend!
Cabbage Patch! Congrats to the Class of 2020
ASB Update: Homecoming!
The football game is on Friday the 11th, at halftime of the game we will celebrate our royalty and reveal the King and Queen for 2019-2020, followed by the Alumni Walk.
The dance takes place here at the Fife High Gym on Saturday the 12th from 8:00pm - 11:00pm.
Tickets are $35 with ASB and $40 without an ASB. Tickets must be purchased in advance, NO TICKETS SOLD at the DOOR. Deadline to purchase is Thursday the 10th at 3PM (remember no school on the 11th the day of the game).
Students wanting to bring a guest from another school must get a permission form completed and turned in to the bookkeeper's office by October 4th at 3PM. These forms can be found on the school website and are also at the bookkeepers office.
Look Ahead Preview
Note: only home athletic events listed
9/30- Monday - Late Start Schedule A
CWU On The Spot Admission 1-3pm
10/1- Tuesday- Schedule B
Go to Family Class
10/2- Wednesday- Special ESPN Schedule
Unified ESPN Day! 12:30pm assembly start.
B & G Golf vs FP @2:30p
Unified ESPN Assembly 12:30 - 2:00
10/3- Thursday-Schedule B
Boys Tennis vs White River @3:30
Girls Soccer vs Foster @7pm
10/4- Friday-Schedule B
SeniorsJosten’s Grad Order turn in @flex & lunches
New Cert Staff Check-In 2:30-3:00 pm
10/7- Monday Late Start-Schedule A
Boys Tennis vs RiverRidge @3:30pm
Volleyball vs Foster @7:15pm
10/8- Tuesday-Schedule B
Homecoming Court Assembly 9:30 AM
Girls Swim vs CP/FP/Washington @3:00 pm
Girls Soccer vs Highline @7:00 pm
10/9- Wednesday-Schedule B
Staff Meeting @2:30pm
Volleyball vs Highline @7:15 pm
Boys & Girls Golf vs CP @2:30 pm
10/10- Thursday-Schedule C
Homecoming Pep Assembly @1:40pm
Boys Tennis vs CP @3:30 pm
10/11- Friday-No School!
Football vs RiverRidge @7:00 pm
Homecoming Dance gym @8pm
Bus time change!
Football Stadium Seating Procedure Change
Trojan Football Fans!
We have made some changes to our security and seating procedures to make the fan experience the best it can be at Fife High School. We have very limited seating capacity in our stadium, and these changes are being implemented to help us ensure equity in our fan's viewing experience.
Bleacher Blankets. Effective immediately we will no longer allow for students, fans and families to tape down blankets to reserve seats. This practice has created some frustration and potential conflicts in the stands. Starting with the 9/20 home game, there will be designated sections for students, coaches, etc., but all other seating will be first come first serve beginning at 5:30pm when the gates open. All blankets that have been put down in the stadium to "save" seats prior to the gates opening will be removed. In addition, the stadium will be cleared prior to tickets being sold.
With a heightened awareness on safety and security we are no longer allowing re-entry to Football home games for students, parents and friends. Once you enter the stadium you will not be allowed back in if you leave the gates.
Surprise Lake Middle School students' ASB's will no longer be accepted for free admission for Fife High School events. The cost for middle school students is $4. This policy is consistent with all the schools in our league.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
ASB President Zoie Breland is the featured guest on a national podcast debuting Monday!
Homecoming Football Game
Friday, Oct. 11th, 7pm
Fife, WA, USA
Saturday, Oct. 12th, 8-11pm
5616 20th Street East
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 7:45-11:30am
5616 20th Street East
This year the PSAT will be given at FHS on Saturday, October 19 at FHS from 7:45am to 11:30am in the 500 building. Check in the library. Cost is $25.
To register students need to pay the bookkeeper, their are limited spots for the test so registrations are on a first come first serve basis. Registered students will receive practice materials to study. Students who are unable to take the test on Saturday 10/19 could call other local high schools and see if they are giving the PSAT on the Wednesday date and then ask they if could take the PSAT at that school. This would be the student’s responsibility.
Students need to bring #2 pencils and a calculator to the test. The PSAT has a reading section, a writing and language section and a math section. There is NOT an essay on the PSAT.
Good To Know Info
New: Online Payment Option
ESPN Coming to FHS!
We are thrilled to be recognized by ESPN and Special Olympics as Top 5 National Banner Unified Champion School. This means we have met the 10 national standards for inclusion, and are "on the right track" to making this world a better place. We are so proud of our students for leading the way in this movement at Fife. Having students with disabilities participating in every aspect of our Fife community along side their non-disabled peers is what Fife is all about! We are excited to have ESPN coming to FHS on October 2nd, while this assembly is only open to our students, staff, and invited guests, we will be sure to pass along the time and date our presentation of this award will air on the different ESPN platforms.
Get 'em Trojans!