Welcome to our news blog! There are great things happening throughout our district on a daily basis. Check this page to read some of the highlights and celebrations of the great work our students and staff are producing.


Public Preview | K-5 ELA Materials

posted Apr 25, 2018, 11:46 AM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 11:47 AM ]

Our Elementary ELA Instructional Materials Committee has chosen Reach for Reading by Cengage Learning/ National Geographic as our core English Language Arts curriculum for grades K-5. The materials are available for public review in the lobby of our district office for the next two weeks. Please feel free to stop by and take a look!

Questions regarding the selection process or the materials can be sent to:

Teresa Sinay
tsinay@fifeschools.com
(253) 517-1000

FHS FBLA Teaches Financial Literacy to Elementary Students

posted Apr 17, 2018, 1:19 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 1:20 PM ]

The American Enterprise Project team of Kearah Kraus, Alyssa Kreg, and Christina Masnyy from Fife High School spent three days working with first, third, and fifth graders at Discovery and Hedden. 

They held an activity day with each grade designed to teach students about financial literacy. Students were given $20 in fake currency to spend on purchasing items. They could chose from small cookies, large cookies, a variety of sprinkles, frostings, and candy. The pricing of the items was adjusted based on demand, as well as to meet the common core standards for each grade level. Students were encouraged and rewarded if they saved their money. 

Each grade level came away knowing about a budget, how to stick to it, and how it can benefit them in the future!

FBLA students at Hedden Elementary

FHS FLBA students with Hedden students


Public Preview | Grades 6-8 Math Materials

posted Mar 13, 2018, 12:34 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 12:34 PM ]

Our Secondary Math Instructional Materials Committee has chosen Core Focus as the new math curriculum for Grades 6-8. The materials are available for public review in the lobby of our district office for the next two weeks. Please feel free to stop by and take a look!

Questions regarding the selection process or the materials can be sent to:

Jennifer Burrus, Mathematics Instructional Facilitator
jburrus@fifeschools.com
(253) 517-1000

School Board Member Director District No. 2 Vacancy

posted Oct 2, 2017, 5:37 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 10:36 AM ]

October 3, 2017

The Board of Directors of Fife School District No. 417 announces the opening of the
position of School Board Member for Director District No. 2.

Applications may be obtained at the Administrative Offices of Fife School District No. 417
located at 5802 20 Street East, Fife, via the link at the bottom of this page, or by calling 253-517-1000, extension 25139. 
Applications will be accepted from now until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Applicants for this position must reside within Director District No. 2 boundaries. The
boundaries are:

Director District 2
Starting at the intersection of Valley Ave E and 62nd Ave E.
North on 62nd Ave E to 20th St E.
West on 20th St E to 58th Ave E.
North on 58th Ave E to the end.
Northeast on the extension of 58th Ave E to I – 5.
Easterly and northerly on I – 5 to Porter Way.
East and southeast on Porter Way to Kent St.
Easterly on Kent St to 10th Ave.
North on 10th Ave to Emerald St.
East on Emerald St to 23rd Ave.
South on 23rd Ave to Milton Way.
West and southwest on Milton Way to the extension of 17th Ave.
South on 17th Ave to Taylor St.
West on 17th Ave to 16th Ave.
South on 16th Ave and extension to 20th St E.
East on 20th St E to the school district boundary.
Clockwise on the school district boundary to Valley Ave E.
Northwest on Valley Ave E to the point of the beginning.

To check whether or not you reside in Director District No. 2, please go to the district website
at:www.fifeschools.com.
  • Select “District Information” tab
  • Select “School Board” from drop-down menu
  • Select “click here to view district map showing director boundaries”
  • Select “find address” – if using Google, this will appear on the top bar; if using Internet
  • Explorer, click on the menu bars at the top right and then select “find address”

A map is available upon request.

Upcoming ELL Parent Information Opportunities

posted Sep 27, 2017, 3:49 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 5:15 PM ]




To Parents of our English Language Learners -

Come learn about your child’s English Language Program and meet the English teachers!

Learn about how English is taught to English Language Learners, see the books and other learning tools used, and learn about the English test called the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) and what it means for your child.

2 options (1 day or 1 evening), so we hope to see you there!

- Mrs. Ramirez, Mrs. Ton, Mrs. Reece, and Ms. Adams

Important Information Regarding Current Air Quality in Our Region

posted Sep 6, 2017, 2:13 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 2:14 PM ]

The Air Quality Index in the Tacoma area was recently reported a 127, deeming it “unhealthy for sensitive groups” or USG.  The unsafe for sensitive groups is defined by the following:


“People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.”


Fife School District administrators will continue to respond to concerns on a case by case basis using recommendations for the health department.  Our coaches will also follow recommendations from Washington Department of Health.


  1. Recess - Keep students with asthma, respiratory infection, and lung or heart disease indoors.

  2. PE - Limit to light outdoor activities. Allow any student to stay indoors if they don’t want to go outside

  3. Outdoor Activities - Students with asthma, respiratory infection, lung and heart disease, or conditions like diabetes shouldn’t play outdoors.

  4. Students with Asthma should follow care plans.


More information regarding smoke and air quality can be found at the following site:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/SmokeFromFires


School Board Vacancy

posted Jul 6, 2017, 10:32 AM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 10:37 AM ]

The Board of Directors of Fife School District No. 417 announces the opening of the position of School Board Member for Director District No. 1. 

Applications may be obtained at this link, or at the Administrative Offices of Fife School District No. 417 located at 5802 20 Street East, Fife, or by calling 253-517-1000, extension 25139. Applications will be accepted from now until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Applicants for this position must reside within Director District No. 1 boundaries. The boundaries are: 

DIRECTOR DISTRICT 1 
Starting at the intersection of Valley Ave E and 62nd Ave E 
North on 62nd Ave E to 20th St E 
West on 20th St E to 58th Ave E 
North on 58th Ave E to the end 
Northeast on the extension of 58th Ave E to I – 5 
Westerly on I – 5 to the school district boundary 
Counter-clockwise on the school district boundary to the southern crossing of Valley Ave E 
Northwest on Valley Ave E to the point of the beginning 

To check whether or not you reside in Director District No. 1, please go to the district website:
Select “District Information” tab 
Select “School Board” from drop-down menu 
Select “click here to view district map showing director boundaries” 
Select “find address” – if using Google, this will appear on the top bar; if using Internet Explorer, click on the menu bars at the top right and then select “find address” 

A map is available upon request.

School facility planning: We want to hear from you!

posted May 1, 2017, 10:20 AM by Elaine Smith

discovery primary students in front of their school

Fife Public Schools is growing and wants your feedback as we consider future capital bond measures to ensure our students have room to learn in well-maintained buildings. We are seeking your thoughts on how to best prioritize our facility needs.

This online survey should take you 5-10 minutes to complete.  Your responses will be confidential. This survey will close on May 15. The survey can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/FifeSDSurvey


Fife Public Schools, like all school districts, relies on property taxes to fund maintenance and construction of school buildings. Since our last capital facility bond measure in 2000, student enrollment has grown by more than 35 percent.


If you are interested in helping the district prioritize our facility needs moving forward, please consider serving on our Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). We are taking volunteer submissions until May 15. To apply, send an email with your contact information to CFAC@fifeschools.com .


Our district is proud to maintain one of the lowest tax rates in our region. As we look at our facility needs, with the help of our citizen task force, we will work hard to keep our tax rate low. For more information on our facility work, please visit http://bit.ly/FifeBond2018

8th Annual Science and Technology Showcase

posted Jan 24, 2017, 11:04 AM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 11:05 AM ]

8th Annual Science and Technology Showcase


The Science and Technology Showcase will take place on Thursday, February 2nd from 6-8 PM at Columbia Junior High. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the outstanding work of students and staff from across the Fife School District. 

This exciting evening will showcase science projects, provide an wide array of the technology students use in classes and clubs, and demonstrate Fife School District’s commitment to innovation and learning. 

 Please join us for a fun evening for all! 

Message Regarding Clowns

posted Oct 7, 2016, 11:06 AM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 11:06 AM ]

October 7, 2016

Dear Fife Families,

By now, most of you are aware of the social media fueled anxiety regarding “creepy clowns” and, while there have been incidents that have disrupted school operations in surrounding districts, we have not experienced similar incidents.

As always, we take our paramount duty seriously, ensuring the safety of our staff and students.  Working with Fife and Milton law enforcement, we will continue monitoring this situation.

We appreciate the support and communication we have with our community and parents. Parents can assist us by reminding your child(ren) about internet safety and appropriate use of social media.

To repeat, the safety and security of our students and staff is our first priority.  We have had no incidents, nor reports of ‘creepy clowns’, and our communication with our local law enforcement agencies is ongoing.

Thank you,

Kevin Alfano, Superintendent Fife Public Schools


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