Decatur Weekly Newsletter

March 26, 2021

One More Week!

Hey Gators. Happy Friday. Today we wrapped up Spring SLCs. I am hearing from teachers that they really enjoyed talking with scholars and their families. If you did not do your SLC with your SEL/CCR teacher, please make sure connect with your teacher on Monday to get rescheduled.


Quarter 3 ends right after Spring Break so next week is the time to make a plan with your teachers to be able to get caught up if you need to. Please check your grades in all of your classes in StudentVue to make sure you do not have any IE's. The last day for all teachers to collect work for Quarter 3 is April 12th.


We know you have been working hard and dealing with a lot this year. It is hard to believe that we are almost 3/4 of the way through the school year already. One more week until you get a break and can rest a little bit. We can do this.


Have a wonderful weekend and remember the words of a former Gator, Dom Cooks-

"It is, and always is, a great day to be a Gator! Yitadee!!!"

Timely Updates from Superintendent Dr. Campbell

Please be sure to reference Dr. Campbell’s Friday e-Newsletter for the most up-to-date information related to our planning for in-person learning.

Parent Survey for In-Person-UPDATES!

We've created a new survey link with the latest information about the secondary hybrid model. Respond by Tuesday, March 30, 12:00 p.m. to let us know if you are choosing to stay 100% remote or choosing hybrid/in-person instruction for your child for the remainder of the school year. If a response is not submitted, the scholar will not have access to the hybrid model.

  • If you haven’t already taken the survey, please complete the survey by Tuesday, March 30, 12:00 p.m. p.m. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MXJX2TS
  • If you have already taken the previous survey and want to change your choice, you may do so by the survey deadline of Tuesday, March 30, 12:00 p.m. using the same survey link listed above.

Details on the In-Person Model:

With the secondary hybrid model, students in 100% remote and students in hybrid will be on the same schedule with their existing teachers.

  • Students in 100% remote: looks the same in that students join their classes via Zoom.
  • Students in hybrid: there will be some classes in-person and some classes remote. Students in hybrid learning will receive:
  • Two classes in-person and two classes remote (Zoom classes) 4 days a week delivered by their existing teachers.
  • While we’re still finalizing the schedule, classes will rotate which means each of the courses will be in-person two days and remote (Zoom class) two days. Below is an example.

There is a sample hybrid high school schedule below

In-person classes will run at the same time as students participating in remote.

Safety is a Top Priority

As we prepare to return for in person options, we want to emphasize we have a detailed and specific plan to support a safe and healthy learning environment for all students that return to in-person learning:

  • All staff and scholars are required to wear masks at ALL times at our school campus and on the bus. If a scholar doesn't comply with wearing a mask, the school principal will call the parent/guardian to come and pick up the child.
  • Social distancing will be enforced in all areas and there will be regular handwashing throughout the day.
  • Visitors will not be allowed on campus in order to minimize the number of people on campus.
  • You can find more details around our safety protocols in our Hybrid Model Family Guide at: https://www.fwps.org/hybridmodelfamilyguide or the Hybrid Model Staff Guide at: https://www.fwps.org/hybridmodelstaffguide
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"I" Contracts and Gatoraid Support

Scholars with I contracts should be making progress towards completion. Scholars with an I contract are strongly encouraged to attend Gatoraid. You don't have to have an I contract to attend Gatoriad, it is open to all Decatur students.


Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:10-2:00 PM with an extended session on Wednesdays from 8 AM - 12 PM.


Here is the Gatoraid link: https://fwps.zoom.us/j/97301154983


If you have an I contract (an incomplete grade contract), please make sure that the work is completed and submitted to your teacher so your grade can be updated.

Gator Sports Update

Next week we will begin allowing two spectators per rostered athlete at home events only. If one of the two spectators is a minor, the other must be an adult. Prior to a contest, each rostered athlete will be issued two spectator attestation forms which must be completed and turned in upon entry to the event. All spectators will be checked in at the event and must adhere to all guidelines which will be listed on the attestation form provided to the athlete.


For all contests held at Federal Way Memorial Stadium, please note that the home and visitors sides have switched. For home events, Decatur spectators will need to park in the East/upper lot and enter/check-in through the East ticket booth gate.


Call or email Terry Jenks for all ADA accommodations: 253-945-5216 tjenks@fwps.org


If you cannot not attend the game in person, you can still stream the contest. Here's how:


1. Go to justagamelive.com,

2. Click on "Find Your Team",

3. Type in "Decatur",

4. Click on "Decatur HS – WA",

5. Click on the red "LIVE" button.


Season 2 sports will begin April 12th. Athletes and parents, please begin the clearance process now in Rank One: https://rankonesport.com/content/ Click on the tab that says, "Parents Click Here" in the upper right corner to begin the clearance process. Contact Terry Jenks with any questions: 253-945-5216 tjenks@fwps.org


Please keep checking this newsletter for updates!

REGISTER NOW for the 4th Annual STEM Expo!


The 4th annual STEM Exploration Night is happening next week on Wednesday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.!

Did you know that the Seattle metropolitan area ranks #4 in STEM job growth? We want our students to have opportunities to prepare for life after high school, and events like these offer our students the opportunity to learn more about STEM careers. It’s never too early to think about life after high school and this ONLINE event has something for everyone!

· Be one of the first 500 scholars to register, and you’ll receive a STEM Exploration Night t-shirt!

· Schools with the highest attendance (percentage by enrollment) will receive a STEM-related prize!

· Talk with local companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Ignite Worldwide, Alaska Airlines, Green River College, and others to learn about how you can prepare now for an exciting STEM career.

· Scholars can participate in live workshops, like the Microsoft Coding and Minecraft Experience Rooms.

· Experience the “arts” in STEAM by watching scholar-produced films at the STEM Film Festival!

Be sure to register now at www.fwps.org/STEMExpo and attend on March 31!

School Buildings Closed to the Public

Due to the high number of COVID cases in our community, all district buildings including Decatur High School will remain closed to the public. If you have a need that can only be resolved in-person, please call 253-945-5212 to schedule an appointment.


Thank you for your understanding.