KP Connection

April 21, 2018

Lead Learner Highlights

If you are short on time, please note the following:

  • Report Cards were distributed yesterday. Be sure to check in with your child about their progress.
  • Our spring musical, School House Rock, Jr LIVE debuts this week. Buy your tickets today (see below for more information).
  • Sign up for our Spring into Wellness Family night sponsored by our PE and Health department. Support our efforts of community engagement by playing and learning together. Click here to sign up and see flyer below for more details.
  • Our school climate survey went out on Monday. Thank you to the 179 families who completed it. We are 17% of our 30% completion rate goal. Please click here to complete it.

Need to Know Dates

    • Friday, 4/20 - Report Cards Distributed

    • Wednesday, 4/25 - Spring Musical - 9:30am

    • Thursday, 4/26 - Spring Musical - 7pm

    • Friday, 4/27 - 30 Minute Advisory

    • Friday, 4/27 - Spring Musical - 7pm

    • Saturday, 4/28 - Spring Musical - 2:00pm

    • Thursday, 5/3 - Rethinking School Start Times Family Information Night at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Town Hall, 50 South Main Street.

    • Monday, June 18th - Grade 8 Promotion Night

Daily Bulletin

Click here for KP's daily announcements about upcoming activities and opportunities.


K.P. Spring Musical 2018 - Don't miss it!

  • Thursday, April 26 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 27 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Location: the King Philip Middle School Auditorium in West Hartford.

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June 18th, 2018

State Assessments

Dear King Philip Families,

During May, the West Hartford Public Schools will be administering annual state assessments in English/Language Arts and Math to all students in grades 6-8. The district will also administer the state Science assessment to students in grade 8. The state assessment results are one of many indicators of student performance and growth. The results of these assessments inform our continuous work to enhance the West Hartford curriculum and improve instruction.

If you have any questions about state assessments administered at King Philip, please contact school testing coordinator, assistant principal, Justin Gusy at 860-929-5252.

Thank you for your continued partnership

Student Opportunities!

Attention All Middle School Families

Save the Date!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

At King Philip Middle School

6:00-8:10pm. (Registration 6pm).

Join the KP Health and Physical Education Department for a fun and informative evening. This opportunity will allow King Philip families to be active, learn, and spend time together.

Come to explore:

1) Yoga/Mindfulness Practice

2) Sport of Pickleball

3) What students and caregivers should know about current trends and concerns about vaping.

In order to help us plan, please complete the RSVP form below by Friday, May 4th.

Click here to RSVP

Parent Information

2018-2019 Student Placement Input

Dear 6th and 7th Grade King Philip Families,

As we embrace spring and its announcement of summer, it signals our time to start the scheduling process for next year. As we begin these steps, we want to make sure that you are informed about our process.

At King Philip, student placement has always been a collaborative effort between our teachers, school counselors, clinical staff, and administration. We consider a multitude of factors as we balance our teams to create the most supportive environment for each student's growth and success. We would be remiss if we did not provide you with an opportunity to give us any information you feel is important to your child's continued success. If you choose to share such information, please use the form here, the fillable form below, or a letter submitted by May 18, 2018, to the main office (in a sealed envelope) or you can email your request to your child’s counselor or me at . Please know that we cannot honor requests for specific teams or teachers. Follow us on Facebook at - Follow us on Instagram at @whsepto

West Hartford Special Education PTO


2018 Events

Wednesday, April 25th @ 7pm

Raising Human Beings Book Talk

Join us for an informational session about Dr. Ross Greene's CPS Approach (Collaborative & Proactive Solutions) to working with kids with difficult behaviors followed by a discussion of his parent-oriented book Raising Human Beings with Dr. Chrissy Civetelli.

Dr. Civetelli is a certified School Psychologist in her 8th year working in CT. She has received advanced training from Dr. Ross Greene and uses the CPS Approach with students of all ages and ability levels.

LOCATION: King Philip Middle School, Media Center

Friday, May 4 @ 9:30am

Coffee & Conversation

Come join some members of SEPTO for a casual get together to meet other people in town. Sit down, grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat and mingle with other parents, caregivers or family members of children receiving special education services in West Hartford.

LOCATION: Panera, Bishops Corner

Saturday, May 19 @ 7-9:30pm

“Silent” Spring Fling Dance

Join us at The Underground on Saturday, May 19th from 7 to 9:30 for an all-inclusive dance party experience designed specifically for individuals with sensory sensitivities. The DJ will spin dance favorites through wireless Bluetooth headphones allowing attendees to control their own volume levels.

All students (typical and non-typical) 10 years of age and older are invited to attend.

Tickets are $5 each for students. Tickets available online now at

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend for free and a parent lounge is provided for families to relax and connect with other members of their community during the event.

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Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

There are several events/activities throughout the year. Please choose at least one to get involved.

Community Events

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Still Looking for Summer Camp Options?

CAMP KO - DISCOUNT for New Registrants

As community partners with Camp KO, they are offering any student attending the 3 middle schools and Charter Oak, a discount on any week of Camp KO. Parents can enter the code: KOFAM to receive $50 off of any camp week. Our website is Please note that this is for new registrants ONLY.

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Rethinking School Start Time Committee

Rethinking School Start Time Committee


New Dates: Stakeholder Surveys/Family Information Night

The Rethinking School Start Time (RSST) Committee which consists of a group of volunteer parents, students, teachers and administrators, is studying the issue of changing school start times. At the request of the Board of Education, the committee is examining the impact a change will have on all aspects of the educational program.

One important aspect of the committee’s work is to gather information from stakeholders. To that end, the committee will issue a survey for parents, teachers, and secondary school students. Originally, the committee planned to administer the surveys in February and March. The committee has secured the services of the Hanover Research Group to support the creation of a survey personalized to West Hartford’s needs. Hanover will administer the survey and work with the RSST Committee to analyze the results. The new survey window is May 1-May 15. A Family Information Night will held at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 in the auditorium at Town Hall, 50 South Main Street.

The survey and family information night are two ways for stakeholders to communicate their questions, comments and concerns about this important issue. If you prefer to use email, please direct any comments to . You are always welcome to attend a Board of Education meeting and address the Board of Education members in person during the public comment portion of the meeting.

"Public Act 16-189

We believe that it is vital for all students in West Hartford Public Schools to be able to efficiently and effectively use digital tools that empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication, and collaboration. We also believe that we must be committed at all times to protecting students' privacy and providing them with a powerful and safe educational experience. To that end, the West Hartford Public Schools follow the legal requirements of Public Act 16-189 to promote the safety and security of all students and staff.

In compliance with Connecticut State Law, we update online programs used within the district that house student data. The programs may be used district-wide, in a very small number of classrooms, or with individual students. The list will be updated each time the district enters into a new contract where student data is housed. For more information on the specifics of Public Act 16-189 and updates of vendor agreements, visit"