Fife High News

updates for our school community

Nov 16, 2019 Vol. 6

Fife At A Glance

Fife Celebrates Veterans Day

Fife celebrated Veterans Day on Tuesday November 12th, in a moving assembly featuring some musical performances, guest speakers, special guests, and video tributes. Daphnie Anaya sang the National Anthem which was signed by Mrs. Elder's ASL students (pictured below)
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Junior Brynna Nixon Makes History

Junior Brynna Nixon recently made history becoming the first female varsity quarterback in Washington State history to throw a TD pass, helping the Trojans defeat Clover Park in the playoffs two weeks ago. Her story went viral (see King 5's great story about her below), she even was recognized by the Seahawks at their practice!

2019-20 Daffodil Princess Named

Congrats to Joy Mwangi! 2019-20 Daffodil Princess! Thank you to our outgoing princess, Grace Matteson, for serving Fife and Pierce County with so much dignity!

The Daffodil Royal Court is made up of 23 senior ladies from participating Pierce County High Schools, in a tradition that has spanned decades. Throughout their year with the Festival, each Princess represents their school and community at events, festivals, and in public service. "It was one of the greatest experiences of my life."- 2019 Princess, Grace Matteson

Food Drive Continues through Nov 22!

One more week! Get your donations to your 2nd period class!

Take on the Dare! We all deserve respect...

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Parents and community, we need your help! See Below...

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College and Career Visit Calendar

See which college recruiters, institutions, and career opportunities are coming to Fife!

Attendance Matters!

Fife boasts one of the best attendance rates in the State of Washington, did you know Fife had...

  • 268/875 students with perfect attendance for September 2019.
  • 184/875 students with perfect attendance for October 2019.
  • 99 students with perfect attendance for all of 1st Qtr 2019.
  • 6 of them had perfect attendance all last year.

FFA Holiday Fundraiser Wreath Sale!

Fife FFA is partnering with Sterino Farms to sell decorated Holiday Wreaths to raise money for barn supplies!

For more information or fill out an order form, go to:

$20 For a plain wreath with pinecones

$25 For a wreath with a decorative bow, pine cones, and holiday decor!

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Look Ahead Preview

Note: only home athletic events listed

11/18 - Monday-Schedule A

  • First day of winter sports

11/19 - Tuesday-Schedule B

  • Family

11/20 - Wednesday-Schedule B

11/21 - Thursday-Schedule B

  • Club Pictures @Flex

11/22 - Friday-Schedule B

  • Renaissance Breakfast @8:30 am

  • Club Pictures @ Flex

  • ASB Food Drive-In @5:30 pm

  • Fall Play / Odd Couple @ CJH 7 pm

11/23 - Saturday

  • Fall Play / Odd Couple @ CJH 7 pm

11/25 - Monday-Schedule A

  • Flex Grade Pull

11/26 - Tuesday-Schedule B

11/27 - Wednesday-Schedule Special

  • Recognition Assembly

1st per - 7:40 - 8:01

2nd per - 8:06 - 8:27

3rd per - 8:32 - 8:53

4th per - 8:58 - 9:19

5th per - 9:24 - 9:45

6th per - 9:50 - 10:11

Assembly 10:16 - 11:00

11/28- No School Thanksgiving Break

11/29- No School Thanksgiving Break

Coming Events

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Thanksgiving Break!

Thanksgiving break is right around the corner! Wednesday 11/27 we have a special schedule (see below), and remember no school on 11/28 and 11/29.

11/27 Schedule

1st per - 7:40 - 8:01

2nd per - 8:06 - 8:27

3rd per - 8:32 - 8:53

4th per - 8:58 - 9:19

5th per - 9:24 - 9:45

6th per - 9:50 - 10:11

Assembly 10:16 - 11:00

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Good To Know Info

Principal's Community Message: November

Embrace Your Journey!

By Brandon Bakke

“Four years ago I never would have believed I’d be going to college.” Senior Francis Bernarte was glowing as he shared his story a few weeks ago with a room full of architects, engineers, and designers who are working on the Fife STEAM Center (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) which will begin construction this coming summer. Francis is a student representative on a committee currently designing this building. Francis is truly a remarkable person. Four years ago, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life; he is now an honor student who is well on his way to being one of the first in his family to attend college next year.

Pende Kambale (pictured) came to Washington State on April 17th 2014 at 11:00PM. She knows the exact day and time because it was a long and challenging journey she will never forget. Pende was forced to leave her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo which was torn apart by war and violence. People in her family lost their lives, including her father, and as a refugee she had many stops along the way before finally getting to Washington. Despite not knowing English when she arrived, Pende will also be graduating this spring and plans to attend college next year to become a social worker. Why social work? So she can help other refugees during such a hard time in their lives!

Junior Faualo admittedly didn’t have it figured out in middle school. “I really didn’t apply myself, I honestly didn’t care about my academics, but this all changed during my junior year in high school. I am 100% headed to college next year. This is the bar that I have set for my life, and I am thankful for the Fife community keeping me focused. I know the odds are stacked against me. I am the youngest of seven children, and nobody in my family has ever gone to college, but I’ve reached a place in my life where that fuels me to achieve.”

All three of these students are a part of Fife’s first class that has gone through the AVID program. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college-readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college as well as assist them in navigating the steps it takes to get there.

I hear stories like these weekly. Fife is blessed with students who have overcome much adversity while out-performing what the “odds” say they should be able to accomplish. These are students who demonstrate the daily commitment inside and outside the classroom. They do this in spite of challenges that most of us couldn’t fathom when growing up.

The real gift for Francis, Pende, and Junior, however, is their journey, the road they have traveled to this point that really makes them who they are and has allowed them to become laser-focused on their goals. Their respective journeys have also allowed them to develop a keen sense of humility and appreciation for people who have helped them along the way, people who have shown them that there are not many challenges in life that they can’t overcome.

On the wall in my office is a saying: Embrace Your Journey. It is there to remind me that I, too, am the result of the many pit stops, peaks, and potholes along life's pathway-a reminder that the person I am is, in large part, a result of many different people who have taught me, encouraged me, and challenged me to become the best version of myself. It is a reminder that while I might not have understood the importance of the journey at the time, I need to be thankful for it!

So, Fife, I encourage you to embrace your journey! Don’t get so caught up in your destination that you forget to embrace the road you are traveling, especially when that road feels like it's going uphill. That is when the real and future you is being formed. The amazing, beautiful, and uniquely-special you!

Construction Update

Many of you are aware that Fife High School is preparing for construction of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Math) facility. Design work has been going since last year, and we are scheduled to begin construction this summer.

As a part of the bond that voters passed, Fife high school is also getting building upgrades and repairs. Added security features will be going in, as well as needed repairs to the exterior walls for buildings that have "stucco." This work began on Monday 10/21 on the gym facility, and will continue throughout the school year. Other then some occasional noise from construction, and some displaced parking spots, we don't anticipate any major disruption to the school year this year.

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Raising of the ESPN Unified Champion School Banner

Past Principal's Messages

Want to catch up on some past Principal's Messages from Mr. Bakke? Follow this Link...

Parking Info

Unfortunately Fife HS has a limited amount of parking passes available for students. They go on sale during Trojan Days, and once they sell out we can no longer offer parking. This is not a unique problem to Fife, but one that is frustrating for sure. This year we will be able to create some additional spots in February. In an effort to provide students with equal opportunity to get a parking spots, we will be implementing a raffle drawing for anyone who submits their request for a spot. Eligible students must have a drivers licence or have obtained a drivers licence before May. We will begin taking names of interested students in January with the drawing to be held soon after... so be listening for updates on this as the new year approaches.
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New: Online Payment Option

Finally our online Webstore is available! You can make purchases and pay fees/fines for your student at your convenience. Click the link below to access the Webstore.

Get Involved with the Fife High School Booster Club!

Click here to learn more about how you can get involved with the Fife High School Booster Club!

Weighted GPA begining with the class of 2022? What is that all about?

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Congrats to Fall Athletes and Coaches

Fife enjoyed another fantastic Fall sports season.

  • Despite an injured plagued season, Fife showed a ton of heart and our never quit attitude making it to the second round of playoffs, falling just 3 points short at North Kitsap.
  • The Volleyball team finished 2nd in the district and clinched a spot in the State Tournament this weekend.
  • The Soccer team finished 2nd in the district, and hosted round 1 of the state tournament, xxx
  • Swim and Dive had a strong district meet finishing fourth qualifying multiple swimmers for State! The Medley relay took 4th, Lindsay Campbell took 2nd in the 200 IM and 2nd and 100 free, Maddy Rohrer was 1st in the 50 free and 100 free (setting school record times in both events), Mazie Paul got 8th in the 100 fly, and the 200 free relay and 400 free relays got 3rd with a state qualifying time. Last but not least, Taylor Bloedorn repeated as district champion in diving.
  • Cross Country sent two athletes to state, Joevanny Davis got 56th and Chisomo Mwansa got 52nd out of a field of 166, both finishing with two of the fastest times in school history.
  • Golf and Tennis both