FPHS Parent and Student Memo

October 25, 2021

FPS District Equity Statement

We are committed to supporting students, families, and staff by dismantling racism and other systems of oppression and inequity by empowering each individual to be successful by valuing race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and environment.


  1. Equity and Social Justice
  2. Improved Instruction
  3. Family and Community Partnership

Our Equity Team would like to partner with our parents to fulfill our mission to support our students, staff, and families by identifying and dismantling systems that perpetuate, exacerbate, or produce inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. If you would like to collaborate with us, please let us know HERE. If you want to learn more about our commitment to EQUITY and ANTI-RACISM, feel free to contact any of our FPHS Equity Team members: Hartley, Marzano, Wright, Laban, Apelu, Brist, Call, Chapman, Detweiler, Fineman, Goodrum, Inman, Kaunda, B. Lee, Martin, Plaskett, Quill, Roscoe, Scroger, Shoopman, McNeil, Wacker, Tracy, T. Johnson, Henley, Hill, and Gilbert.

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Dear Parents and Students,

  • Pictures have arrived! If you ordered school pictures this year, your picture packets are here and may be picked up at the bookkeeper’s office during lunches or before or after school. If you missed picture day, Picture Retake/Makeup Day will be Thursday, November 4th.

  • Parents, please make sure your child is bringing a fully charged laptop and charger to school every day.
  • If you ever need to see our Daily Bulletin announcements, use this LINK. Running Start and Pierce County Skills Center students, please use this link to keep up to date with FPHS announcements.
  • Homework Center: Need extra help in any of your classes? The HW Center is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 4pm. Hours are extended on early release Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 4pm. You can attend in person in room 202 (next to the Library) or you can attend virtually at the same times using this LINK.
  • Schedule this week: BABAB. Link HERE to see the A Day / B Day calendar for the year.
  • FPS COVID Dashboard HERE.

  • Visit HERE to view previous Parent and Student Memos.

Please, make sure you have all the info below. We miss you and wish you all the very best. Stay safe and be well!

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Lofa Apelu

My Role at FPHS: Behavior Interventionist

Favorite Book: The Stranger/Great Gatsby

Favorite Quote: “You must tell yourself, ‘No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it’” – Les Brown

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Bob Swardz

My Role: Math Teacher

Favorite Hobbies: Soccer, wood working, house projects

Favorite Book: Flatland by A Square

Favorite Quote: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried something new.” - Albert Einstein

Behavior Reminders:


  • On the school grounds or within reasonable proximity to school grounds during and immediately before or after school hours.
  • On school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group.
  • Off the school grounds while on school buses, at a school activity, function or event.
  • Off the school grounds when the prohibited behavior is a consequence of, or directly related to, causes or events which occurred or originated on school grounds.
  • Whenever the misconduct has a real and substantial relationship to the lawful maintenance and operation of the school district, including the health and safety of students and employees, and what is conducive to the process of learning

OCTOBER Culture Calendar

Students and Families, take some time this month to learn something new about a different culture and share it with others.

OCTOBER is ...

  • National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Filipino-American History Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Italian American Heritage Month. Learn more HERE.
  • LGBT History Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Dwarfism Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Disability Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.


  • 10/3 – 10/9: SUKKOT

The Cardinal Character Trait for OCTOBER is COMPASSION. Learn more HERE.

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Family and Community Partnerships:

The Franklin Pierce High School Food & Hygiene Pantry is available for all students and their families.

Use this LINK to view our current food & hygiene pantry options. Please mark the items you need and staff will put together a bag or box. We will contact you when your items are ready for pick up or delivery. Items can be requested twice a month. Additional ways to request items: You can request a paper copy of this form by contacting Bonita Lee at blee@fpschools.org or call 253-298-3837 to request items via phone.

In community with families and partnerships, we are here to help point you in the right direction to local resources. If you have a specific need, contact Bonita Lee at blee@fpschools.org or call 253-298-3837.

Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. A simple greeting is all it takes to change lives. "Hello" is a short film by Richard Galapate that won the Students' Category at the Nikon Cinema Z Film Festival that took place on November 2019.

The first step in ALLYSHIP is LISTENING.

The second step is BELIEVING.

The third step is ACTION. Get involved and create the positive change you want to see in the world.

HELLO - a short film about tolerance & diversity (1ST PLACE in the Nikon Cinema Z Film Fest 2019)
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FPHS Sports!

Athletes and families,

We are nearing the end of October and our fall sports seasons are wrapping up! If you are planning on doing a winter sport please register in FamilyID as soon as possible. Also, please see important information at the bottom of this athletics memo in regard to contact information for the boys swim coach.


This coming Thursday we will football will end the regular season with the annual Helmet Bowl against the Washington High School Patriots. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday but due to the officials shortage the game had to be moved to Thursday evening.

Boys Tennis

In the 2ASPSL Tennis tournament Logan Parejo and Dallas Boler were the doubles team tournament champions and will take the number 1 seed heading into the district tournament next week. Edward Park and Justin Mann claimed the 5th seed in doubles and will also be advancing to the West Central District Tournament.

Also in tennis… Logan Parejo was honored as a WIAA Athlete of the Week for his academic accomplishments and great performances on the tennis courts.

Boys and Girls Golf

Congratulations to our golfers on their post season success. Jalen Roque placed 11th in the league tournament for the boys and is moving on! For the girls Grace Scothorne qualified for state, Jeannie Yoon finished 8th, Emma Swenson finished 15th. Rachel Zagar shot a personal best and is an alternate to the post season.

Cross Country

The cross country team has had an amazing infusion of youth. Currently the team has 4 freshman boys in the top 10 of the team and whom are all in the 19 minutes for their 5k. Senior Isaac Venable and Jr. Hattie Lindow lead the boys and girls team and are looking to begin their push to the state meet starting with the league championships this Saturday, October 23rd at Fort Steilacoom Park.

ASB Cards

ASB cards are now for sale at the bookkeepers office. ASB cards cost 40$ and are a requirement as part of athletic participation at Franklin Pierce HS. Revenue from ASB card sales go to fund our athletic programs and ASB leadership activities for our student body.

Schedules and Results

Results and schedules for your favorite athletic programs at Franklin Pierce High School can be found at www.FPHSCards.com Visit this website to see varsity and sub-varsity schedules and know where your favorite cardinal sports team is playing! The website also includes maps and directions to the facility of the competition you will be attending. This can be really helpful for away competitions.

FPHS Athletics Event Calendar


Winter Sports

Winter sports are coming fast. Below is a list of coaches for our winter sport programs. Please be sure to have had a physical within the last two years and to register in familyID. Register at this link.


If you have questions about the season or practice times be sure to email the coaches below.

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Hey, Freshmen!

Our class competition for the month of October is to design the C/O 2025 T-Shirt. The design will be printed on a white t-shirt and must include Tuffy (cardinal logo), graduation year, and FP. One lucky winner will receive a gift basket, which includes a free t-shirt. Please submit your designs to Mrs. Tracy (ttracy@fpschools.org).

Pierce County Skills Center:

  • Greetings from PCSC: Welcome back! Our back to school newsletter can be found HERE as well as our Facebook page.

  • LINK for 2021-22 PCSC Student Handbook.
  • PCSC Main Office: 253-800-4800.
  • Application Questions contact Paulla Hockaday - phockaday@bethelsd.org - 253.800.4800

  • Application links, in English and Spanish, can be found on our website. https://www.bethelsd.org/domain/4387

  • First Day of School - Tuesday, September 7th. Session Times: AM Session - 7:55-10:25; PM Session - 11:15-1:45.


School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

FP Schools Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines:


A mandatory quarantine refers to those individuals who have been exposed via close contact to a student or staff member with a confirmed positive COVID test.

The CDC defines a close contact as under 3feet for more than 15 minutes.

  • Students who have been exposed on campus will be notified by the school nurse or administrator and via a district letter.
  • Students who are vaccinated and not feeling symptoms are not required to quarantine due to exposure.
  • Students who are not vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure.


A mandatory isolation refers to those students or staff who are sick with symptoms (COVID positive or not).

  • Students who exhibit COVID symptoms during school will be required to isolate for 10 days OR provide a Negative PCR Covid test AND be symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Students who test positive will be required to isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or date of positive test, whichever comes first.
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