The First Days

Woodmont K8

Welcome Back Woodmont Families!

Welcome back to the 2020 school year! We know during this pandemic our lives are different, but our teachers and staff are ready to welcome our scholars and families in the remote classroom. This year we will be listening to both parent and scholar voice to enhance or adapt our work as we ensure equity among all families. In time of increased and widespread awareness of racial injustice we want to ensure all voices are heard. Thank you for your continued partnership as we wade these waters together. We will do everything in our power to serve you and ensure that your child has a voice, a dream, and a bright future.



Welcome to our family. Bienvenido a nuestra familia. Добро пожаловать в нашу семью.


Below, you will find information on:


  • Parent Zooms: An opportunity to elevate and include the voices of our parents in the work Woodmont does to serve our community
  • Scholar Advisory: Thunderbird Voices: An opportunity for leadership for your scholar, regardless of age, to give voice to school leadership about issues directly impacting their learning experience
  • Updated School Calendar
  • Technology Access: Classroom zoom & Canvas Links & directions for computer and lauchpad login
  • Direct contact information for school leadership, including Principal Shawn Kocher and Assistant Principal Barry Fisk
  • Title I Notification for Woodmont, which receives Title I Funds




Final note:


  • Please ensure you are signed up for ParentVue communication. This allows us to call, text, and email you regular updates on your scholar progress. Need help? Call our office between 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Mondays - Fridays for support. Office: 253-945-4500
  • Additionally, please follow our Facebook and twitter page for regular updates for both our site and our district as a whole.
  • https://www.facebook.com/WoodmontK8
  • Twitter: @WoodmontK8



Thank you, again, for being part of our family. We are eager to learn beside you and learn with your amazing scholar(s) for whom you are entrusting us to educate!


Always in Partnership,

Shawn Kocher Interim Principal, and Barry Fisk, Assistant Principal

skocher@fwps.org/cell: 253-391-2990/ bfisk@fwps.org/cell: 253-397-7320

Elevating the voices of our families



This year, we are hoping to begin the intentional process of elevating the voices of our families. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to our work! We are educating your children.


Below you will find the agenda with zoom links. Please note, the first time in September is subject to change due to back-to-school night.


General Agenda will include:


  • Current Data for Engagement and Achievement
  • School Goals
  • What's Working Input Request from Families
  • What's Not Working Input Request from Families
  • Open Forum
  • Follow Up & Next Steps
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Thunderbird Voices: scholar advisory application


The voices of our scholars are critical in our work.


We are now accepting applications for our Principal Scholar Advisory. As we move into a new reality for the fall, scholars will meet with Principal Kocher and Assistant Principal Fisk twice per month over Zoom to discuss current data, provide their insights, and will additionally have the opportunity to lead school-wide virtual assemblies. Once we are no longer remote, these duties will continue in the traditional modality as appropriate.

FWPS School Calendar

The current calendar for 2020-2021 is located here.


https://www.fwps.org/domain/811

Technology Access

To start each school day, scholars will access their learning by taking the following steps


Sit at their learning space and turn on their computer.

Log in to the computer with the following:

*student ID: (same as lunch number)

*password: K-5 grades Learn!

6-8 grades WoodmontMS!

Open Google Chrome.

Type learn.fwps.org into the address line and hit "enter" to access Launchpad to Learning.

Log in to Launchpad to Learning, using your student ID and password.

Click on the Canvas button to open Canvas to your teacher’s schedule and zoom link.


Classroom Zoom Links & Canvas Pages


WDM Master Zoom & Canvas links (3).docx


Open House

We are planning our (virtual) open house event and more information will be coming soon! If you have ideas for what sessions may be helpful to our community, please reach out to Belin Solis, Family Liaison, Spanish-Speaking, or Barry Fisk, Assistant Principal.

Contact Information

Principal Kocher and Assistant Principal Fisk truly value your input.


Please connect with us via email, phone, or text.


Principal Kocher : 253-391-2990 (text or call) | skocher@fwps.org

Asst. Principal Fisk: 253-397-7320 (text or call) | bfisk@fwps.org


Belin Solis, our Family Liaison is fluently bilingual in Spanish and available to support conversations. Please contact her via email (bsolis@fpws.org) or by voicemail (253-945-4505) if you need an interpreter.


Our main office is available to support M-F from 8:00-3:30, 253-945-4500.

Office Manager: Sharon Kiyohara

Data/Attendance Secretary: Cindy McCleery

Title I Notification

Did you know Woodmont receives Title I Funding from our federal government?

This funding is designed to provide equity of opportunity for all scholars and helps us to customize our instruction to help all our scholars meet academic standards. You will hear more about Title I during our parent and family engagement opportunities throughout the year.


It is the goal of Woodmont to establish and build upon quality collaborative relationships with each family. We recognize that parent involvement has been proven to be one of the top indicators of scholar academic success. Woodmont's School – Scholar – Family Compact outlines our commitments to each other in a joint partnership for all scholars’ success. We review this plan annually through our Site Leadership Team and Parent Input.


At any time, you may contact me at skocher@fwps.org, to ask questions about our program and how we are supporting all of our scholars or to request more information regarding the qualifications of your scholar’s teacher and/or paraeducators. We welcome this proactive communication. However, if you have a complaint about our program after speaking with me, please contact our main office which will forward you information on OSPI’s Federal Program complaint procedures.


This year, in addition to our Open House, other Parent events, volunteer opportunities, connecting with families through our counselor and family liaison, and our Kindergarten readiness program, we are committing to the following activities:

• Initiating a Parent Voice Elevation Program which meets with the Principal on a bi-monthly basis to learn about what is happening within the school and provide community wisdom

• Providing effective and timely communication through multiple modalities, including Facebook and Phone Calls, regarding events and other opportunities for engagement


Thank you for entrusting us with the care and education of your scholar and for partnering with us for their success.