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Whether you’re in town for a short stay, recently moved here, or are a long-time resident, Federal Way offers the best of Puget Sound: a family-friendly community on the shores of Puget Sound, with a rich menu of recreational and cultural activities, and easy access to regional destinations. You’ll find plenty of fun things to do in town, starting with our first downtown park, the Town Square Park, which opens mid-July. The park will feature a picnic area and gathering place, basketball courts, two full-sized Jim Ferrell is mayor of chess sets, a kids maze and lots of other fun Federal Way. activities. Federal Way offers a full variety of recreContact: jim.ferrell@ ational options throughout the city, ranging cityoffederalway.com from more than 1,000 acres of developed parks, trails and open space to Washington’s only theme park, Wild Waves. Our community proudly hosts natural and botanical attractions without par: the world-famous Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection and the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden on the verdant Weyerhaeuser Company campus; stunning PowellsWood Garden; Dash Point State Park, featuring both forested trails and saltwater beaches; the West Hylebos Wetlands Park, offering a walk through the oldgrowth wilderness right in the heart of the city. Federal Way’s landscape features stunning views of Puget Sound and other iconic natural features, including snowtopped mountain ranges to the west and east. Mount Rainier, the fifth-highest mountain in the lower 48 states, dominates the skyline, rising to 14,411 feet above sea level. Mount Rain-
ier is close enough for a day trip, finishing up with dinner at one of Federal Way’s fine restaurants. The city’s many natural attractions are complemented by superb cultural organizations and venues. With the Federal Way Symphony Orchestra, CenterStage Theatre, Federal Way Chorale, Harmony Kings, Federal Way Youth Symphony, Jet Cities Chorus, and many other performance groups, residents and visitors alike enjoy first-class cultural offerings almost every week of the year. Residents and visitors enjoy festivals reflecting the community’s diversity and cultural activities. Our annual Fourth of July Red, White and Blues Festival is the centerpiece of community activities, which also includes such events as the “Desna Cup” Slavic Cultural Festival, Summer Sounds at the Beach, the Saturday Farmers Market, the Wednesday Farmers Market at Town Square Park beginning in July, and many more. The city is a regional hub for amateur sports, boasting the acclaimed soccer and softball complex at Celebration Park and the city’s crown jewel - the Weyerhaeuser-King County Aquatic Center, home to regional, national and international aquatics competitions since its opening for the 1990 Goodwill Games. You’ll find a wealth of shopping options, from the centrally-located Commons mall, to shops of every size offering a range of goods and services located throughout the city. Restaurant fare is available in just about every cuisine imaginable, reflecting Federal Way’s diverse community and our taste in good food! With a full range of attractions, activities, dining, shopping and beautiful neighborhoods, when you’re in Federal Way, it’s all within reach!
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The city of Federal Way recently acquired the five-acre Brook Lake Community Center property, which Mayor Jim Ferrell has referred to as one of the most important remaining historical sites in Federal Way. The property, which sits on the southeast corner of the West Hylebos Wetlands Park, was donated to the city. The historical building on the site was built in the 1920s
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Federal Way has a myriad of interesting places to explore, activities to do and things to see. But don’t take our word for it: Just ask the residents! The Mirror asked our Facebook followers to tell us what they love about Federal Way. Here are some of their responses: • “I love the live sand dollars at Dash Point State Park, hearing the birds in the Hylebos and Wild Waves!” Jeanette Brizendine-Jurgensen
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Federal Way Public Schools has established a track record of innovation to ensure that each student graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed. The district recently made strides toward creating a “college-going culture” in its secondary schools, automatically enrolling students who pass the state’s standardized
tests in advanced academic programs. The district also pays for all students to take the PSAT, SAT and advanced program tests. Some schools and programs within the district also serve as state models that draw students from across the district and beyond.
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Way is all about. “Everything in this class is cross-referenced with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards,” Siegel said. “I’m hoping that these courses will be used as the state models for cross-course equivalency, so students can get math and science credit. This [classroom] is one that really stands out. The Career and Technical Education director here, Nancy Hawkins, does a tremendous job.” According to information provided by the district, Decatur’s program started in 2008, with two sections taught by Smith. Student demand quickly resulted in three more sections in 2009. According to Smith, the popularity of the program has continued to increase, and Decatur will be adding another class to accommodate the 140-plus students expected to enroll. To learn more about Project Lead the Way, visit pltw.org.
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“Dot, dot, dot does not mean sarcasm,” said Federal Way Public Academy English teacher Mark Klumpsenhower, as he taught a classroom of seventh graders about the use of an ellipsis on a recent afternoon. “It does not translate well into drama - if you want that, you can go online and find an emoticon. It means you left words out intentionally or you got interrupted.” Students laughed as they took turns reading phrases on the whiteboard, including, “I am so cool” and “No … I am.” In the hallway, a group of students in a drama class recited lines from the play “No One Calls Me Mutt Anymore,” while history students in another classroom learn about the beginnings of capitalism during a Socratic seminar. Green leafy plants and wooden benches in an outdoor-like setting align the hallway to the main office. see SCHOOLS, PAGE 16
Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn was at Decatur High School on June 5 to visit the school’s Project Lead the Way program, a successful and increasingly popular “pre-engineering program.” The program is led by instructor Sean Smith, who spent most of his career in the aerospace industry, in which he helped develop the Boeing 757. Smith described the program’s rigor and the challenges it presents students. “We have a four-year program. Introduction to Engineering and Design, Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and then we have a fourth year capstone project, kind of like what you’d see in college, called Engineering Design and Development,” Smith said in an interview
during Dorn’s visit. Smith described each of the years, saying the first year is spent on teaching students “how an engineer thinks” and all of its related processes. “We give them a project, they have to come up with a brainstorming session, which is where they struggle the most,” Smith said. “At the start of the year, I might say, ‘I want you to come up with three ideas,’ and they have a hard time getting it done. By the end of the year, they’ll have 15, 16, 17 ideas. So it really helps them think about the creative process and problem solving on their own.” Students spend part of the first year learning a 12-step design process, Smith added. “They learn to get their ideas on paper, they learn how to document their ideas through sketching,” he said. “They learn about how to create blueprints and how to read them … They really get to see an idea from paper to software to real life, to see if it really does work. So they print it, and if it doesn’t work, they realize there’s … a problem.” The printing Smith referred to is 3D printing, the innovative and disruptive technology that’s been proliferating in recent years. Smith noted that in the second-year course, one of the projects they often do is creating C02-powered race cars printed from the 3D printer. “Second year is a lot more physics. They build bridges, they take them to failure … They also build mousetrap cars. We even do C02 cars, where they build them in Inventor and then print them off,” he said. The third year, Smith said, is heavily focused on aerospace engineering, where students learn the physics of flight and how to create and design various components. Decatur’s program is outfitted with a wind tunnel, so once again, students are able to get that taste of real-life engineering success or failure. Students also spend part of the third year learning about rocketry as well, where students take their knowledge of flight and try to apply it to rocketry, Smith added. He said students are currently working on “intelligent vehicles” similar to the smart cars Google is in the process of designing, manufacturing and putting on the market. “They’re programming robots. They give [the robots] a basic foundation and it does its own thing based on the code you wrote,” he said. Shepherd Siegel, Director of School Engagement for Alaska and Washington for Project Lead the Way, said Decatur’s program is a model of what Project Lead the
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“People often learn about our school because they go online and see the scores,” said Kurt Lauer, who has been the school’s principal for 10 years. Last year, for example, the school scored a first in the district: 100 percent of Federal Way Public Academy’s 10thgrade students met standard in four of five subjects; in the fifth, biology, 93.8 percent of the school’s 10th graders met standard. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education also recognized FWPA in 2013 for overall excellence. This award goes to schools whose overall two-year test score average puts them in the top 5 percent of schools statewide. Compared to districtwide scores across all subjects over the past fourplus years, academy students in grades six through 10 far outscored their peers. The school provides students a rigorous, challenging academic program. The school’s mission is to provide a college preparatory curriculum for students in grades six through 10. About 300 students attend the small school each year and are placed through the Choice Enrollment program via a lottery. But Lauer said he “rarely speaks about scores that much. I’m not a big banner waver on test scores. I want students to do well, but we want students to learn the curriculum at a deeper level.” He said the biggest results of student success show in what students do after they graduate. About 50 percent of students go into the International Baccalaureate program at Thomas Jefferson and 30 percent go into Running Start. Some students go on to Ivy League schools, including Harvard and Yale universities. One reason why academy students are so successful is because the school’s curriculum is focused, Lauer said, noting teachers and students “dive deeply” into subjects. “At Federal Way Public Academy, they don’t just meet the standards - they understand the standards,” said Tina Williamson, whose children Ryan and Kelly McCandless attend the school. Ryan, a 9th grader, struggles in math and did not pass the End of Course exam in algebra last year. But his teachers have met with him after school and during lunch to “dive deep” into algebra to ensure that he grasps the concepts. “They just tried different approaches until A truly amazing place for all your healthcare needs! he began to understand it,” Williamson said. “This year, all of a sudden, you start seeing a light going on and he’s grasping it.” Lila Walther, M.A. LMHC NHC Acupuncture Many students also succeed because of Michaele Flynn Carver, L.Ac., EAMP Psychotherapist the strong partnerships between home and Sydney Bale, L.Ac., EAMP 253-661-2757 - 253-942-3312 school, teachers’ high expectations and the 253-942-3304 small school environment, Lauer added. Spencer Natural Medicine “It’s a small school and it’s able to reach Drake Chiropractic Dr. Nathan Spencer, ND more people,” said Marquis Waright, a 10th Kathleen M. Drake DC 206-954-2533 253-942-3300 grader at the school. “We’re not bound by any age or grade barrier.” Wellspring Physical Therapy Healthy-Aging Skin, Inc., Williamson noted the students who succeed Merianne Jordan, DPT • Stacie Warren, DPT Deborah Radcliff, ME at the academy are those who want to be 253-942-3313 253-942-3308 there. Federal Way Muscular Therapy “It’s not just for brainiacs,” she said. “It’s the Mauri Fromm LMP and Associates culture of this school that makes it what it is. 253-942-3303 It is a different social atmosphere, it’s a small community, it’s a family. It takes a community 33650 6th Ave. S., #100, FEDERAL WAY to raise a child and that’s the community that’s helping me to raise my children.” She said the academy is a “hidden gem” in Federal Way.
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Council when they purchased the land with 2005 funds set aside for the revitalization of downtown, but it was underutilized and inactive until now. "It's something that I campaigned on in 2010 and this last [election]," he said. "This is a central component of my agenda — to activate our downtown." see
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Upon taking exit 143 from Interstate 5, drivers need only head west to find themselves smack dab in the middle of a busy commercial district with plenty of restaurants, retail outlets and shops to choose from. But as of July 12, residents and visitors alike will be able to escape the bustle in busy downtown Federal Way with a trip to Town Square Park. For those who've been to New York, think a Federal Way-sized version of Bryant Park. "Bryant Park is really sort of a, what I've been referring to as, an urban public oasis," said Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, adding that Town Square Park will compare. While much smaller than Central Park, Bryant Park is a refuge from the tall buildings of New York City. It's home to a large carousel, a film festival, gardens, a chess area, ping pong and a grill and cafe. Town Square Park — the first downtown park in the history of Federal Way — will include a large grass area for picnicking, playing and gathering for concerts and other events. Picnic benches and tables will be scattered throughout as two large humansized chess sets, accompanied by a maze and colorful labyrinth for children. One full and two half-sized basketball courts will sit to the east and west of the large labyrinth, while an open area for a potential Farmers Market encompasses a large 15-to-20-foot tall Fraser tree for the holidays. "I envision families and residents playing, walking and picnicking in our downtown park," Ferrell said. "When we do a Christmas tree lighting, get together for concerts or special events, this is the meeting place. This is going to be a place where people drive to instead of through." The four-acre parcel will also include a parking lot, plenty of pedestrian access and several types of plants - Snap Dragons, Diamond Frost, and Purple Wood Sage, to name a few. A community garden, deemed a "cabbage and/or pea patch," will also be on the park grounds. According to Ken Miller, the interim parks director with the city of Federal Way, the city has owned the park property since 2006-07. "The idea was to get some development downtown and get some proposals," Miller said. "But in the last seven or eight years, nothing's happened. There were a few odds and ends but nothing's gone far enough
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“What I find extraordinary and very appealing about Federal Way is the diversity of this community. This is reflected in our schools: Walk into Federal Way High School and look at the flags on the cafeteria walls, representing all the nationalities of the school’s students. These children already know about communicating and collaborating across language and cultural barriers; this enriches their lives today and will be an advantage that will serve them well for their entire lives. You have to love that.” Interim Superintendent Sally McLean
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• Libraries: Federal Way Regional (253) 838-3668
• Federal Way police (non-emergency): (253) 835-6700
• Libraries: Federal Way 320th (253) 839-0257
• South King Fire and Rescue (non-emergency): (253) 946-7248
• Bus service: King County Metro, (800) 542-7876
• Puget Sound Energy (power, utilities, gas): (888) 225-5773
Pierce Transit, (800) 562-8109. Sound Transit, (888) 889-6368.
• Lakehaven Utility District (water/sewer): (253) 941-1516 • Waste Management (garbage): (800) 592-9995
• Federal Way Municipal Court: 253-835-3000 • Reach Out Homeless Winter Shelters: 253-854-0077
• Recycling: (253) 835-2771
• Multi-Service Center (food bank, human services): 253-838-6810
• Comcast: (877) 824-2288
• Fusion (housing assistance): 253-874-1257
• St. Francis Hospital: (253) 838-9700
• Domestic Abuse Women’s Network Crisis Line: 425-622-1881
• Federal Way Public Schools: (253) 945-2000
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• Federal Way City Hall: (253) 835-7000 • Federal Way Chamber of Commerce: (253) 838-2605
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• Federal Way Mirror newspaper: (253) 925-5565
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• Federal Way Senior Center: (253) 838-3604
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Hands, logs, wildlife and melded guns are the inspiration behind some of the art sculptures around Federal Way. The famous giant clock above Sound Transit’s parking garage was designed in the shape of a cut log. The city’s Arts Commission selected the artwork, which symbolizes Federal Way’s logging history, said former Councilwoman Diana Noble-Gulliford. “Logging is the foundation of our history,” Noble-Gulliford said. According to the Historical Society of Federal Way, logging crews cut logs along the city’s shores as early as 1849 to supply the sawmills that began cropping up around the region. And that hand sculpture east of the Transit Center? “It’s the high-five off I-5,” noted NobleGulliford. The “high-five” structure was initially designed to light up at night. However, Department of Transportation officials worried the illuminated fingers might distract drivers, so the structure’s light capacity was reduced, locals say. Artists have also drawn inspiration from Federal Way’s wildlife, including a metal
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salmon sculpture and eagle sculpture at Dumas Bay. “That shoreline is home to bald eagles,” said Chris Carrel, city spokesperson. “Poverty Bay Park is a stone throw from there that has a nesting pair of eagles.” Artists have also transformed some of the city’s fears into hope. A plaque near the dock at Steel Lake Park reads: “This plaque, made from 650 melted guns, is a symbol of hope for our community.” The plaque notes in the spring of 1994, the city sponsored a gun buy back program. “Give and let live” was the theme of the program to help stop gun violence. Also engraved on the plaque are the words: “With this plaque, we also commemorate the efforts of friends, neighbors, youth and children who have spent their time bringing the community together to deal with this issue.”
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The Federal Way Symphony is a paid, professional orchestra and choral society. Each year, the Federal Way Symphony presents a season concert series, featuring music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods, as well as special concerts and events. The Federal Way Symphony is the only symphony in the area that offers free regular season concert admission to students ages 18 and under. For more information, visit www. federalwaysymphony.org.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Speakers, performances, youth essay contests, displays and community information. cityoffederalway.com MARCH
Best of Federal Way
Free event to celebrate winners of local votes for “best of” in 70-plus categories; refreshments, door prizes, vendor booths. federalwaymirror.com APRIL
RecyclePalooza Event & Family Green Fest Workshops, kids activities, contests and recycling fair. cityoffederalway.com
Blue Poppy Day
Garden tours, musical and artistic performances. Visual artists will have their works on display. rhodygarden.com
Mudder’s Day family Obstacle Run
Fun run with age appropriate obstacles for the entire family spread out over the two mile course; registration free for moms. cityoffederalway.com
Federal Way Farmers Market
The market opens with kick-off activities and a wide variety of vendors selling locally grown and made products; ongoing weekly special events, live entertainment. federalwayfarmersmarket.com JUNE
Federal Way Relay for Life
Fundraising event for cancer research; team booths, health fair, entertainment, concessions, walk the track during the day or overnight. facebook.com/federalwayrelay
Hooked on Fishing
Intro to fishing event for kids ages 2-12. All equipment is provided and the event is held rain or shine. itallhappenshere.com
Federal Way Kiwanis Salmon Bake
Outdoor fundraising event includes barbecued fresh salmon dinner, live entertainment and informational booths. federalwaykiwanis.org
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Haunted open swim features a coin dive, costume contest, pool, toys, canoe rides and the one meter spring board. kingcounty.gov Free admission and tours of garden and neighboring bonsai collection, speakers, demos, activities and plant sale. rhodygarden. com
Tricks and Treat Funfest
A spook-tacular event held at the Federal Way Community Center. Children will be delighted by age-appropriate games, activities and more. itallhappenshere.com NOVEMBER
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Music of the season performed by area groups, activities and refreshments all culminating in the lighting of the holiday tree. itallhappenshere.com Event list courtesy of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce
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Free outdoor concert series offers a variety of live performances at Steel Lake Park each Wednesday. itallhappenshere. com
Annual classic car show features dozens of classic cars, cash prizes and awards. Helps fund high school scholarships, too! federalwaylions.org
Professional storytelling from around the world. Workshops, activities, programs for day camps and daycares. powellswood. org/festival
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Farmers Market event includes timed 10k and 5k runs, entertainment, apple cider, apple pies, caramel apples and more. federalwayfarmersmarket.com
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Full day of Fourth of July fun: crafts, games, arts, food vendors and musical entertainment culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. itallhappenshere.com
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sporting activities, cultural performances, kids’ activities, “country exhibits” and ethnic foods. desnasoccer.org
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