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.

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:


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: 

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


posted May 26, 2016, 9:20 AM by Elaine Smith

There currently is no mandate for school districts to conduct testing for the presence of lead in drinking water at school facilities. In response to recent findings and concerns in other school districts in our area, Fife School District tested water for lead in all our buildings. Samples were taken from a cross section of sources of drinking and cooking water at all Fife School District locations on May 12 & 13, 2016. Results of testing of those samples was received from the certified and accredited testing laboratory on May 20, 2016.

The Washington State Department of Health recommended "take action" level for lead in drinking water is 20 parts per billion. EPA recommends “take action” at 15 ppb for public water suppliers. In light of recent concerns, some school districts have adopted the lower limit out of an abundance of caution.

Of the samples drawn from district faucets, drinking fountains, sinks, and classroom “bubblers”, none of those samples showed test results at or close to either of the "take action" levels.The summary report is available for viewing via the link below.

While Fife School District is pleased with these initial results, a plan is being developed for additional future routine testing to continue to ensure that our drinking water is safe for all. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Lea, Manager of Maintenance and Operations at (253) 517-1000.

Preview Secondary ELA Curriculum Materials

posted May 17, 2016, 5:51 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated May 17, 2016, 5:53 PM ]

Our Secondary ELA Adoption Committee is making the following materials available for community review, Please click this link or stop by the district office to see the materials displayed in our lobby.

Active Shooter Training

posted May 2, 2016, 8:29 AM by Elaine Smith   [ updated May 2, 2016, 8:29 AM ]

Dear Community -

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Fife High School will be participating in a training exercise to better prepare the school and community in the unlikely situation involving an active shooter. This training will occur between 7:40 AM and 11:30 AM.

There may be various noises & vehicles associated with this drill. We don’t want you to be alarmed but to be aware that this is only an emergency drill.

This drill is being conducted in partnership with the Fife and Milton Police Departments and various regional agencies.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ben Ramirez at 253 517-1000.  

7th Annual Science & Technology Showcase

posted Jan 5, 2016, 1:06 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 1:08 PM ]

January 28 | 6-8 PM | CJH

This longstanding tradition is finally here!  The 2015-2016 Science and Technology Showcase will take place on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, and 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 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!

New School Zone Cameras

posted Aug 27, 2015, 8:27 PM by Elaine Smith   [ updated Aug 27, 2015, 8:28 PM ]

Please view the video below for information regarding City of Fife's new School Zone Cameras. 

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