KP Connection

December 11, 2015

Things to KNOW

  • 14th - Grade 7 Concert - 7pm
  • 15th - Topaz Team to Hartford Stage - 9:15am to 1:30pm
  • 15th - Chess Program Intro Mtg - KP Library - 6:00pm
  • 17th - Unified Theater Production - 7:00-8:30pm
  • 18th - Unified Theater Production - 4:00-5:30pm

This Week's Lead Learner Highlights

Today we ended on a great note as we held our first Pajama Day to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer. Students and staff donated $2 to a good cause and wore some AWESOME pajamas.

Next week, please be sure to support our student musicians at the 7th Grade Concert on Monday and our student actors and actresses during our Unified Theater Production on Thursday night (7pm) and/or Friday afternoon (4pm).


KP Families, the KP administration and staff thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity in supporting our 12 Days Before Winter Vacation surprises for our staff! The breakfast was a perfect compliment to our PJ Day Fundraiser.

For 8th Grade Families

Please look out for a letter about Hall High School Transition this week in the mail. We decided to send the letter a little early so that you can plan accordingly for the upcoming January events.

Introducing: The King Philip Chess Program!

All students in grades 6 through 8 who are interested in learning to play chess are invited to participate in the introductory session, which will include a program orientation meeting for parents. The program will hold an introductory session on December 15 at 6:00pm to determine students’ interest for a permanent school year-long program for 2015-2016. This would be a fee-based offering.

Weather Precautions

As we are heading into the winter months, it's a good time to remember to take extra care in the mornings and afternoons dropping off/picking up kids from KP and neighborhoods. Snowbanks limit visibility and often constrict roads and walkways. Please remember to leave a little extra time to make sure that all of our students are safe.

In the event of an early closing, it is best for your child(ren) to have a safe and secure place to go. Review the plan you have put in place that identifies where your child needs to go if school closes early. Take the time to write this plan in your child's agenda for a quick and easy reference.

As it gets colder, our diesel buses will be idling more often in the bus loops. This is necessary to keep them running and is under strict guidelines with the transportation and busing company. If you are picking your child up from school during the winter months, we encourage you to limit vehicle idling on school property to help the environment.

Students in Action

Heifer's Disaster Rehabilitation Fund

Congratulations to 8th grade student Rose Kitz!

This past September, King Philip 8th grade student, Rose Kitz, was invited to participate in the Global Citizenship Festival in New York City. She represented Heifer International as their Youth Ambassador, chosen for her work on her Quest project last year which resulted in raising over $7,000 so far toward disaster relief in Nepal, including sending an ark full of 16 types of animals! She stood on stage alongside Queen Rania of Jordan and Salma Hayek-Pinault. What an amazing experience this has been for her.

Click here for a short video clip of the Youth Ambassadors.

Rose is continuing her fundraising efforts to reach her goal of $10,000 to help the people of Nepal through Heifer's Disaster Rehabilitation Fund. You will find Rose with a table set up at our upcoming school concerts for grades 6 & 7. Please consider a donation to this wonderful cause. For more information, please visit her fundraising page at

You can also visit Rosie's Ark Facebook page for further information and photos of her amazing day:

Water for Sudan Project

Dear family, friends, and community members,
We recently read A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, in which she writes about the life of one of Sudan’s lost boys, Salva Dut. After reading the non-fiction novel, we have developed a great concern for the water crisis affecting so many on the continent of Africa. The response to this book was overwhelmingly one of concern as well as questioning how we can help.
After several days of research, we uncovered startling statistics regarding the lack of access to clean water that so many people in developing countries face. In addition to researching statistical data to support that there is most definitely a water crisis, we also researched ways in which we, a middle school in West Hartford, Connecticut, could help those most affected. We have found that “1 in 9 people around the world don't have access to clean, safe drinking water”, and we would like to do something about it.
We would like to raise $3000 to co-sponsor the purchase of a drilling rig and the actual drilling of a well in a village in South Sudan.
Please consider helping us reach our goal by going to and donating or by sending in cash/check (made out to KPMS- Water Challenge).
Thank you for your support!
Turquoise Team Students

Click below for information about the Social Studies Program at King Philip Middle School

Parent/Guardian PTO NEWS

West Hartford Special Education PTO November & December 2015 Event Calendar

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Foundation for the West Hartford Public Schools

It's that time of year again. Thank a teacher in a special way!
"Teacher Thank You Gift Notice" from the Foundation for the West Hartford Public Schools. Please click on the link:

In the Community!

Talcott Mountain Science Center News

Are you interested in robots, animals and chemistry? Then Talcott Mountain Science Center's "Vacation Science 2015" is for you! Please click on the link for more information and registration form:

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