From the Desk of Pat Larson -
Happy New Year!
The start of 2016 was especially exciting for the staff and students at Foster, with the article on the front page of the Seattle Times. If you have not seen the article, here is the link http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/the-revival-of-foster-high-a-school-filled-with-refugees-makes-a-comeback/. Needless to say, we are so proud of our students and the staff who teach them. Governor Inslee was so inspired by the article, he visited Foster on Monday, January 4. We had an opportunity to talk about the exceptional work at Foster and then he had a chance to visit classrooms and talk with students. It was nice to have someone with influence at the state level visit, perhaps he will be able to use our work to enhance the entire educational system in our state. I want to thank everyone who has send congratulatory messages to me, we love to know we have support from our community.
January is the last month of the first semester and students are working hard to ensure they receive credit for their work by getting passing grades. Every teacher has “office hours” to extend the learning day and provide additional assistance to students who need extra help. The library also has extended learning hours until 5 PM Monday through Thursday. Please encourage your students to take advantage of all these extended opportunities.
Seniors have already begun applying for college scholarships. January 19th is FAFSA night at Foster. Families are invited to come early and have dinner at 5:30 PM in the Commons. FAFSA applications will begin following dinner. The participation in our FAFSA night has increased each year with over 100 families attending last year. If you are interested in volunteering to help families navigate through this complex process, please contact Jenni Standard, College and Career Counselor.
Second semester begins February 2 and this will be the start of our state testing season. Each of the state tests is a graduation requirement. All students in grades 10-12, who have not yet met their graduation requirements need to take each of these tests. Any questions about state tests and graduation requirements can be directed to our counseling department.
Again, Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support of our staff and students, we appreciate you.