Fife High News

updates for our school community

September 1, 2019

About The Fife High Newsletter

This year in an effort to improve our communication with families and students we will be sending out a brief newsletter every two weeks outlining coming events, as well as communicating relevant or helpful information. The newsletter is meant to be brief so it fits into your busy day and will be sent via your email. It also my evolve a bit as we work through our formatting these first few editions. You will see a quick outlines of the weeks to come, brief descriptions of coming events near the top of the newsletter, and if your time allows resources and more extensive helpful information near the bottom. Hopefully this is helpful! Thank you for reading Fife High News!

Fife At A Glance


September is a busy month! Headlining the month is the first day of school on September 4th, Fall sports begin, Cabbage Patch, and Friday Night Lights. Its all about relationships at Fife, and these events are all designed to help our students and families connect.

Get 'em Trojans!

Two Week Preview

Note: only home athletic events listed

8/20- 1-5PM Sophomore Trojan Day

8/20- 5:00PM Sophomore Summer Breeze BBQ and Parent Orientation

8/21- 8-12PM Senior Trojan Days

8/21- 12:30-3:30PM Junior Trojan Days

9/4- First Day of School (see below for special schedule details)

9/6- Football Home vs. Foster 7pm

9/7- Mattress Sale Football Fundraiser in the gym (All Day)

9/9- Boys Tennis Home vs. Puyallup 3:30pm

9/9- Girls Soccer Home vs. Thomas Jefferson 7pm

9/9- 7PM Booster Club Meeting

9/10- College in High School/AP Night 6-7:30PM in Cafeteria (see below for more details)

9/11- Boys Tennis Home vs. Cascade Christian 3:30pm

9/12- Girls Soccer Home vs. River Ridge 7pm

9/16- Cabbage Patch Begins

9/16- Boys Tennis Home vs. Highline 3:30pm

9/16- Volleyball Home vs. River Ridge 7:15pm

9/18- Boys Tennis Home vs. Foss 3:30pm

9/19- Girls Soccer Home vs. Steilacoom 7pm

9/20- Cabbage Patch Olympics

9/20- 5PM Friday Night Lights Back to School Tailgate (see below for more details)

9/20- Football Home vs. Franklin Pierce 7pm

Coming Events

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.

Trojan Days!

Tuesday, Aug. 20th, 1pm to Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 3:30pm

Fife High School Cafeteria

What: Trojan Days

Who: Only for currently enrolled students

When: August 20 - Sophomores 1-5PM

August 21 - Seniors 8-12PM & Juniors 12:30-3:30PM

Where: FHS Cafeteria

Be sure to bring the following forms with you to Trojan Days:

· Free / Reduced Food Program Application {The English & Spanish version of the Food Program form can also be found @, Departments, Food Service}

· Parking Pass Application {valid Driver License required}

· Yearbook Order Form

· Picture Order Form (enclosed & turned into the photographer with check}

· Medical/Immunization Change Form

· Print your schedule from home through your SKYWARD account!

· Download the Skyward APP to your cell phone and have your schedule at your finger tips!

· All students should become familiar with their school email. ASB will communicate with students this way.

10th Grade Summer Breeze BBQ and Parent Orientation

Tuesday, Aug. 20th, 5-6pm

Fife High School Courtyard and Small Gym

Sophomore Summer Breeze BBQ

Sophomore students, please consider joining us for a free BBQ social in the courtyard at Fife High School! This fun event will take place on Tuesday, August 20th from 5:00 to 6:15PM just following your Trojan Day time slot. This is a great chance for students to connect and become more comfortable with their new school community. Many student leaders will also be present to connect with Sophomores and help answer any questions they may have. Come get a head start on building relationships and embrace the new reality of becoming a Trojan!

Sophomore Parent Orientation

While the Sophomores are at their Summer Breeze BBQ on August 20th, parents will be invited to attend a 1 hour presentation for parents in the gym. This is from 5:15-6:15PM. During this time students will continue socializing and meeting Fife high school’s Blue Crew student leaders.

1st Day of School!

Wednesday, Sep. 4th, 7:30am

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Fife High School has a unique first day of school for incoming sophomores and new to Fife School District students, designed primarily as a school orientation and welcome to the Trojan Family to help them feel more comfortable transitioning to high school.

Transportation: 10th Graders and new to Fife School District 11-12th graders will be picked up according to the regular Tuesday-Friday bus schedule. School starts at 7:40 am for 10th and new to Fife students.

Once you arrive on campus you’ll be directed to the courtyard to begin orientation.

All School Lunch: All students will have lunch from 11-11:40 am

Returning Students: Grades 11-12 should arrive at school in time for lunch at 11:00 am. First period will begin at 11:45 am.

College In the High School and AP Info Night: info for parents and students who are currently in these classes

Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 6-8pm

Fife High School Cafeteria

College Starts Here!

This is an information night for students currently in an AP or College in the HS eligible class. It is also for those students' parents to learn about how students can earn college credit through the College in the High School program and through taking the AP Test.

Students in the following classes have an opportunity to earn college credit from Central Washington University (CWU) through the College in the High School program:

  • Honors Biology
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • AP Language 11
  • AP Literature 12

Students in the following classes have an opportunity to earn college credit by taking the AP exam:

  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP US History
  • AP US Government & Politics
  • AP Language 11
  • AP Literature 12
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Friday Night Lights: Back to School Tailgate Party

Friday, Sep. 20th, 5-6:30pm

Fife High School Courtyard

Friday Night Lights is a meet the teacher event, where students have the chance to introduce their families to our staff in a fun tail-gate party atmosphere. In addition to meeting staff, we will have music, games, club sign ups, and free food for the first 300 people who attend. It runs from 5:15-6:45PM prior to our home football game which starts at 7PM.

Principal's Community Message

September 2019- Why do we keep score at Cabbage Patch?

By Brandon Bakke

The school year is about to begin and like many of our students, I too get a little nervous energy. I experience some anxiety, I get excited to see our returning students, and am thrilled to meet our new Trojans. I love being a Fife Trojan, I lose a little sleep hoping that every student will share in my love for our school.

If you are a Fife Trojan, the start of the school year means another rite of passage is upon us... Cabbage Patch. For our sophomore families and new students, Cabbage Patch is a two week inter-grade level competition which started in 1980. The different grade level teams can earn points by participating in various activities, culminating in the “Olympics” held this year on September 20th, where our three grade levels literally compete in a field-day competition to see which class can earn the title as Cabbage Patch Champions. The name “Cabbage Patch” is our way of honoring the farming influence in our community, and to show thanks for the land where the school now sits. After seeing it myself for the first time last year, it is an event unlike anything I've ever seen, and is truly a unique aspect of the Fife High experience.

Last year our seniors did not win cabbage patch, and in the midst of some emotional moments, I was asked a question by many different people, “why do you even keep score if it causes people to get upset?” Being new I had to pause and reflect on that question a bit, but I can tell you without hesitation, as long as I am principal, we will be keeping score.

Why? Our students have come from a generation where everyone gets a trophy. While the values behind protecting one’s self esteem are really important, our students are now on the cusp of entering a world that keeps score, and we need to ensure we provide opportunities to safely reap the benefits of falling short. Yes, you read that correctly. The benefits that come from losing. Now, I am not sitting here advocating that we should try to lose to gain some benefit. After all, I’m the kind of guy who would take joy in beating my mother at Uno.

As I reflect on my life, however, some of the greatest growth I’ve experienced as a person came from falling short; from having to deal with adversity. Last year I met with our seniors after their defeat, and challenged them to use their Cabbage Patch loss to forge their character, and to bring them together as a group. I was so proud of the class of 2019 because that is exactly what happened, and they left a lasting positive imprint at Fife High School.

I believe that as parents and educators, one major responsibility of ours is to teach our students to grow from adversity...teach them to climb the mountain, not remove the mountain.

Winning matters, and our students are going to go out and battle each other on the field because they want to win; I love that, but more importantly is the effort they show. Some students will win, and some will lose, and from both outcomes students will be given the opportunity to flex their character muscles. Neither outcome will define their character, but the effort shown, and the growth that will come from these experiences are lessons we have to keep giving. So this year when your student undoubtedly runs into a mountain, pause before you pounce to remove it… teach them to climb!

Good To Know Info

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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Past Principal's Messages

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

Check out Mr. Bakke talking up Fife High on a national podcast...

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