March 9th 2022
Dear Warrior Families,
We are gearing up for all things Spring! Course selection, planning for graduation, and the start of the spring sports season is all upon us. I did want to share some thinking behind the reminder around propper PE attire. As some of you know, we have been dealing with various Tik Tok challenges. The most recent rumor was a challenge around PE classes. Thanks for being an amazing community. Our focus is always on the safety of our students.
2022-2023 Curricular Information
KPHS Course Selection Procedure
HS Teachers will make selections March 21-27
HS Students will make selections March 28-April 3 online on their own time
HS Counselors will review course selections and meet with students, if necessary, April 4-8
All teachers of required core academic courses must make a course recommendation:
- English and Math (9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students)
- Science and History (9th and 10th-grade students)
- World Language (9th-grade students)
Teachers of elective courses can also make recommendations (Music, Art, Business, etc.).
Grades 8 & 9 March 3rd Town Hall
Grades 8 & 9 March 7 Town Hall
Grades 10 & 11 Feb 28 Town Hall
KPMS Course Selection Timeline
Students and Parents can meet with:
HS Guidance Department Head email@example.com
HS Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Kudos to Model UN!
This weekend, KP Model UN attended BC High's 30th Annual Model United Nations Conference, our first in-person conference since the beginning of the pandemic. Participants included both long-time members and first-time attendees, and our team engaged in simulations of a wide variety of topics, ranging from illegal poaching to the impact of climate change on Boston. Our entire delegation's preparation, participation, and conduct were testaments to the exceptional instruction and support they receive across our school community.
A full list of attendees and their positions is attached; in particular, I'd like to acknowledge Gina Brown for winning a Best Position Paper award and Frank Merritt and Lakshya Jain for winning the People's Choice awards in their respective committees.
Arielle Feuer--Graduation with Distinction Program
Why 2 Plantify:
We have all heard about being vegetarian or vegan, but have you ever heard of a plant-based diet? This website contains valuable information about the many benefits of plant-based eating, as well as plant-based recipes and reviews of local plant-based restaurants and cafés! Check it out here!
Molly O'Brien--Graduation with Distinction Program
What exactly is the metaphorical cage women are placed in by sexist social norms, and how can women break free?
This website obtains interviews from empowered women from Massachusetts and information slides on some of this country's women empowerment movements. Our movements against these social norms do not only shake history but also write history. Don't wait for change to occur in your community. Be the change.
This website contains ways to break cages within your community!
From Dot Pearl--Director of Wellness
COVID-19 At- Home Antigen Test Program
As King Philip Regional Schools continues this program, test kits for those who opted in will be distributed during the lunch block at both the High School and Middle School. If you opted in, please remind your student to pick up their test on Tuesdays. The next distribution will be on March 15, 2022. We order test kits in advance based on your opt in participation and do not want to waste tests.
If you no longer want your child to participate, please email email@example.com.
If you did not opt your child in and would like to now, please complete the form embedded in the letter below for each school.
Internet Safety Presentations
Katie Greer, digital safety expert, will present to students in grades 7-10 during the day and to parents in the evening on Thursday, March 10. For students in grades 9 and 10 she will talk about online reputation, social media, privacy, digital health, digital risks and opportunities related to employment and college admissions, and sexting.
She will return in the evening for an in- person presentation for parents/caregivers at 6:30 pm at King Philip Middle School.
Katie Greer Parent Presentation, March 10th
Shifting Gears, HS Student and Parent Presentation
Parent/Student Presentation hosted by Healthy KP will be held on March 16 at 7 pm at King Philip Middle School. Student drivers and soon to be drivers, and their parents are encouraged to attend Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving.
Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving
Wellness Advisory Committee
We are seeking at least one high school and one middle school parent representative to participate as members of the King Philip Wellness Advisory Committee. The KPRPS Wellness Committee is established to ensure that the District has a system in place to deal effectively with school health issues and is responsible for making recommendations concerning school health/wellness policies, programs and practices. We meet approximately 4 times per year, currently on Tuesdays at 1 pm. If interested, please contact Dot Pearl, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interface Referral Services of William James College has resumed their regular intake of new requests for referrals from families seeking counseling support for their children. Through grant funding, the four districts of King Philip, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham have renewed their contract with William James College Referral Service for 2022. Matched referrals to a licensed mental health provider best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Please note this is a helpline, not an emergency hotline.
Interface Referral Service, 888-244-6843 (toll free); 617-332-3666 (local), Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm.
Resources for Caregivers on War
Resources for Educators and Caregivers Related to Ukraine to Support Students
How to Help Children Understand the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Mindwise Innovations/Riverside Trauma Center provides age-appropriate tips for talking to kids about recent events.
How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
Talking to Your Kids About War: VeryWell Family explores ways families can speak with young people about war, including tips on sharing information and restricting media coverage.
PBS - How to Talk to Kids About the Ukraine
Helping Children Cope With Traumatic Events:
The Child Mind Institute has prepared free, multilingual resources to help parents, educators and communities support children during and after potentially traumatic events.
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News,
Child Mind Institute, Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, shares what parents can do to aid scared kids in processing grief and fear in a healthy way.
Resources for Educators and Families to Discuss the Events in Ukraine with Students, San Diego County Office of Education
Students are on TikTok Talking About Ukraine: How Teachers Can Answer Their Questions, We Are Teachers
How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War, Commonsense Media
Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
Talking About Ukraine with Our Children, Dr. Aliza Pressman, Raising Good Humans
How to Talk to Kids About the Ukraine Invasion, PBS SoCal
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Crisis Unfolding in Ukraine, Verywell Mind
For Military Families
Coping With War-Related Stress: Information For Military Families And Communities
Food Service Director--Mary Ann Reynolds
COME CELEBRATE NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK
MARCH 7TH - MARCH 11TH
BREAKFAST IS FREE DAILY FROM 7:10 - 7:30 THROUGH JUNE 2022
Seal of Biliteracy--STAMP exam Notification
At the MS but for HS Parents Too!
Norfolk Public Library Events
During the month of March, the Norfolk Public Library will have programming and events based around Just Mercy for all ages. Please consider attending one or more of the events listed below. For detailed information about each event, please click here.
Just Mercy Book Discussion Groups
Copies of the book are available at the library (regular print, large print, audiobooks, ebooks, kindle, and the young adult version).
- NPL/COA Book Group – Tuesday 3/15 @ 2pm, Location: Council on Aging. Register here.
- Community Reads Book Discussion: Thursday 3/24 @ 7pm. Register here.
Parent Circle: Discussing Tough Topics
Saturday, 3/12 @ 1pm (Virtual meeting); Register here.
Leaning Into Conversations About Race and Racism
Monday, 3/14 @7pm; Register here.
(Led by Jessica Pepple, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham & King Philip Schools.)
What Are Jails For: The Story of Mass Incarceration
Saturday, 3/19 @ 1pm (Virtual meeting). Ages 7+; Register here.
Let’s Discuss: Race & Incarceration
Tuesday, 3/22 @ 5pm; Register here.
Just Mercy Movie Screening
Saturday, 3/26 @ 1pm; Register here.
Equal Justice Initiative
Tuesday, 3/29 @ 7pm (Virtual Meeting); Register here.
Seniors and Juniors and parents/guardians please attend the in-person information and pizza session about the Photonics Certificate Program, Wednesday, March 9th, 5:30 - 6:30 PM (flier attached). They need to sign up using the URL .
KP Cares News
NEED A PROM DRESS?
We at KP Cares understand that the cost of attending prom can add up quickly. We feel that all students should have the opportunity to attend without the stress of associated costs.
To help in this matter KP Cares has been busy collecting prom dresses.
Students can come and choose a FREE dress from a wide selection of donated dresses. We have lots of different styles, sizes and colors to choose from.
Dresses are on display in the library and If you like to try on a dress from our collection please email or see Mrs. Rowe in the library. email@example.com
NEW LIFE FURNITURE SPRING CLEANING COLLECTION DRIVE
KP Cares has signed up to support New Life Furniture Bank in Walpole. New Life Furniture provides household furniture and items for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness into permanent housing.
Members of our group will be volunteering our services at the end of March.
We are also doing a collection drive for new or gently used household items to bring with us.
We will be hosting a Spring Cleaning Collection drive
Saturday March 19th from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the KPHS Bus Loop, 201 Franklin St., Wrentham MA
If you are doing a spring cleaning or have any of the following items you could donate please stop by on March 19th -- Students will be here to help unload your donations.
We will be collecting any of the following items
- Microwavable plates, bowls, mugs & serveware (NO Metal, plastic, fine china or logos)
- Glass Drinking Cups (no logos)
- Silverware & Knives
- Pots & Pans
- Cooking & Baking utensils
- Mixing bowls (no plastic)
- Small Kitchen Organization (drawer organizers, canisters, glass food storage)
- Countertop paper towel holders
- Twin, Twin XL, Full or Queen size sheets, pillow cases, blankets and comforters (no stains or tears)
- Throw blankets
- Bath, hand & face towels
- Kitchen & dish Towels
- NEW shower curtains & liners
- Placemats & potholders
- Laundry baskets & hampers
- Ironing boards
- fabric/plastic storage bins
- Small trash bins