FPHS Parent and Student Memo
March 15, 2021
FPS District Equity Statement
AREAS OF FOCUS AND IMPROVEMENT:
- Equity and Social Justice
- Improved Instruction
- Family and Community Engagement
Our Equity Team would like to partner with our parents and students 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, Hackney, Apelu, Brist, Call, Chapman, Detweiler, Fineman, Goodrum, Inman, Kaunda, B. Lee, Martin, Plaskett, Quill, Roscoe, Scroger, Shoopman, Washam, and C. Lee.
Dear Parents and Students,
Only one more week until we return to in-person learning. Please, read this memo carefully as there is a lot of critical info you'll need to know for a successful return.
In-Person Learning begins on March 22! Students, you know who your teachers are and what they teach, but do you know where their classrooms are? Make sure you write down all of your room numbers for next week so that you know where to go!
Parents, we received survey feedback from about 70% of our families regarding whether or not they're choosing to return in-person or stay remote. Of the responses we did receive, about 75% of families are choosing to return. Any student/family that did not respond, is being placed in the in-person group so that we can be over-planned for March 22. For the first two weeks, our cohorts will be based strictly on last names. Cohort A = Last names A through L. Cohort B = Last names M through Z. For the first two weeks, we will take strict attendance to see who is actually showing up and if we have balanced cohorts. After two weeks, we will send a link for families who would like to choose to change their cohort. We will honor requests as long as we can maintain balanced cohorts. This is critical for maintaining social distancing in our classrooms.
March 26: No school! (This was a snow make-up day.)
Lots of info about FPHS and coming back to school in THIS SWAY including a tour, "meeting" our teachers and counselors, and our back to school Advisory presentations. Note: some of these items were created and shared in the Fall. The information is still relevant and helpful, so don't let references to "the fall" throw you off.
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!
Spring Student Conferences!
For those attending in-person, please limit guests to ONE adult per student to help us maintain social distancing. All in-person attendees are required to complete an online health screening. This can be done on a cell phone on campus once you arrive.
The schedule for conference week is below:
Return to In-Person Learning Video!
Please, watch this video before we return to in-person learning. In the video, our students and staff walk you through everything you'll need to know to make sure we all have a SAFE and SUCCESSFUL return to school.
The Green Check! Very Important!
At the start of each in-person school day, you MUST pass through the health screening check point in the Commons and show us your "Green Check" on your phone or laptop. You receive this Green Check by completing your daily health screening to declare that you do not currently have any of the Covid symptoms listed in the health screening survey. If you have any of the conditions described in the survey, you are required to stay home for the day. Do not check a symptom if you know it is related to a non-Covid condition (ex: asthma). We will need to have approximately 450 students pass through the check-in station within a 15 minute period, so please take the time to figure out the system that will be the fastest and easiest for you. There are several ways to complete the screening and get your Green Check. Here are the ways to complete the screening and get your Green Check:
- You can use the button in DORA called "FPHS Student Daily Symptom Checker." Click HERE for a video tutorial.
- You can use the QR code below. This QR code will be posted all over school, on your bus, and sent home with students to keep on your refrigerator, in your room, etc. Make sure your phone has a QR code reader. Click HERE for a video tutorial.
- Parents, you will receive a daily email with a link to the health screening survey. Please, do NOT complete the survey unless you intend to email or text the Green Check to your student for them to show us at the check-in station. The STUDENT must have the Green Check at the check-in station.
- Parents, in your daily email with the survey link, you will have the option of designating a cell phone number to receive the survey link via text. You CAN designate your student to receive that daily text to complete his/her own health screening survey. Students, the Green Check telling you you're cleared to go to school will expire after a time, so you must take a screen shot of the Green Check to show us at the check-in station. Parents, even if you designate your child to receive the daily text, you will still continue to receive the email and a confirmation that the survey was complete. Click HERE for a video tutorial.
All of these options can be completed via cell phone or student laptop. If a student requires a paper copy of the attestation, we do have those available as well. Paper attestations will take a little longer to complete, so please plan accordingly.
Return to In-Person Learning:
Return to In-Person Learning: Frequently Asked Questions ... (newest on top)
- If I drive myself to school, do I need a parking permit? Yes, and you'll need to register your vehicle with our ASB Bookkeeper, Ms. Angermeir, within the first two weeks of our return. There will be no charge for parking passes this year.
- Where are my classes? Although you've been in online classes with your teachers, you might not know where your actual classes are for in-person learning. Make sure you write down your schedule and room numbers or save it on your phone. There's a campus map below, and there will be plenty of folks helping to get you to the right classroom on those first few days. We will have paper maps available and posted.
- Will school clubs be able to meet in person? Yes! Clubs can meet in person after school. All COVID safety guidelines still apply: social distancing, masks, maximum room capacity, etc. Students will need to head directly to their club meeting location after school to be supervised by their Advisor.
- How many students will be on campus each day? We have about 75% of our students choosing to return to in-person learning. As a result, we anticipate between 400 and 450 students on campus each day. As a reminder, we have to check all of those students in each day in about a 15 minute window in order to get everyone to class on time. This is why the "Green Check" info above is so important!
- If I choose to remain fully remote, can I change my mind later (or vice versa)? Yes.
- Will we have any lessons on what to expect? Yes, on March 11 and 12, teachers delivered mini-lessons in all classes about what to expect for in-person learning. That presentation is also below. We also have a video on what to expect below.
- What about PE classes?
- All PE students need to come to school in athletic shoes/clothes that they can work out in.
- Students will NOT have access to the locker rooms and therefore will NOT be changing into PE clothes this Spring. It is important to note that students will still be working out, or/walking, jogging during class, and need to be prepared for activity.
- PE classes will go outside as much as possible weather permitting, so students should have a jacket or cold weather clothing. (Certain classes ie: Walking Fitness should plan for outdoor everyday.)
- Students will be required to keep their masks on inside or outside. Masks are required for all PE activities.
- Students should bring a water bottle to class as drinking fountains will not be used.
- Do I need to bring my laptop to school? Yes, all in-person students must bring their fully-charged laptop and charger to school every day.
- What if I'm feeling sick? If you're feeling sick at home, stay home, and contact your health care provider for next steps. If you're feeling sick at school, let your teacher know right away. You'll be removed from your classes and isolated from others until your parent can come pick you up to take you home.
- What time can I come to school? Students cannot arrive on campus or be dropped off until 7:55am. Classes start at 8:15am. If you arrive before 7:55am, please remain in your vehicle until 7:55am.
- What will the end of the day look like? All students must leave campus immediately at the end of the day. Students waiting for a ride, must wait at the front of the school near the flagpole. Students with sports or clubs must go directly to their meeting location to be supervised by their coach or club advisor. If your sport does not meet right after school, students must leave campus and come back when your practice begins.
- What if I'm a Pierce County Skills Center student? Your PCSC schedule was shared with you by Ms. Ledbetter. You will attend the Skills Center for a full day on Wednesdays only. You will attend your FPHS classes on Thursday or Friday based on your cohort.
- When do we start? March 22nd!
- What will it look like? To maintain social distancing, we can only have half the students on campus at a time. Cohort A (last names A - L) will attend in-person classes on Monday (periods 1, 2, 3) and Thursday (periods 4, 5, 6). Cohort B (last names M - Z) will attend in-person classes on Tuesday (periods 1, 2, 3) and Friday (periods 4, 5, 6). Wednesdays will remain asynchronous (independent work time).
- What's the schedule? See the schedule below.
- What do I do on my remote days? You will Zoom into your class like you're doing now. The difference will be that while you're half of the class is Zooming in, the other half of the class will be in-person on campus receiving the same instruction at the same time. You still have class 4 days per week (2 in person, 2 remote).
- Will I have the same teachers and classes? Yes.
- Can I choose to remain fully remote? Yes. You will just continue to Zoom into classes like you are now while your classmates are receiving the same instruction in-person at the same time.
- Will breakfasts be served on campus? No, to help maintain social distancing, breakfasts will not be served or eaten on campus. Free breakfast grab bags will be available for all students to take home. Breakfasts should be eaten at home before coming to school. Breakfast should not be eaten on the bus.
- Will lunch be served on campus? Yes, we will have 3 lunches of about 150 students each in order to help maintain social distancing. See the schedule below. Lunch is free for all students. Lunches will be in prepackaged grab bags (not buffet/cafeteria style). Students must remain seated in the cafeteria or commons while eating. All seats are positioned to maintain social distancing. Students must sit in their assigned seat with an opportunity to change seats about every 5 weeks. Of course, masks may be removed while eating but must be worn again as soon as students are finished eating. The courtyard is available for students who want some fresh air and a chance to walk and stretch. Masks must still be worn while outside in the courtyard and social distancing must be maintained. Students may listen to headphones during lunch. Important: lunches are based on your Period 3 class for Monday and Tuesday and on your Period 6 class on Thursday or Friday, which means you may have a different lunch on each of those days.
- Are drinking fountains available? No, drinking fountains are not available. All students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and not share water bottles. Water bottle refill stations are available in the commons and gym foyer.
- What are the Covid safety guidelines? The standard guidelines are 1) All students and staff must wear masks properly throughout the entire day; 2) All students and staff must maintain social distancing; 3) All students and staff must wash/sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day; 4) All students and staff must stay home if you're not feeling well or showing any Covid symptoms. There are many additional safeguards that we'll continue to share (ex: daily cleaning protocols), but those are the 4 major guidelines from the Health Department.
- What if a student refuses to follow the safety guidelines? If a student repeatedly refuses or fails to follow our Covid safety guidelines, the student will be assigned to fully remote learning and will attend all classes from home.
- Can I change my cohort? Yes, a PARENT can request a cohort change. However, our first cohort designations will be based strictly on last names alphabetically so that we can create balanced cohorts. We will honor cohort change requests after the first two weeks ONLY if we can maintain balanced cohorts. This is critical in order for us to maintain social distancing while in-person. Cohort A = Last names A - L. Cohort B = Last names M - Z.
- When will I know about my bus route and number? The Transportation Department will have that information ready for families by March 15. You can find your bus route and times using this LINK and the username "guest" and password "guest".
- Will I have to check-in at school on my in-person days? Yes, all students must complete an online health screening (attestation) on your phone or computer before arriving at school. When arriving, all students must report to the courtyard immediately and enter the Commons through the courtyard doors to show their health screening (green check) and receive a stamp before proceeding directly to your first class of the day.
- Where can I get more information? For district information on reopening schools, visit HERE . For state guidelines for reopening schools visit HERE. For the most current info regarding Pierce County Covid case numbers, visit HERE.
Here's a School Map with Teacher Names and Room Numbers:
Hybrid Schedule starting March 22!
The winner of the Sophomore Class Competitions is Mrs. Pascals’ Advisory. Prizes will be given to Mrs. Pascal for distribution!
- Graduation Info: Find Senior Info and Grad Info HERE. Our FPHS Graduation date is set for June 17 at 6pm at the WA State Fairgrounds. Note: All graduation event plans are tentative and will depend on the current state and county Covid restrictions or guidelines in place at that time.
- Senior Exit Interviews: Senior Exit Interviews are coming up! To complete this graduation requirement, all seniors will be interviewed about their journey through high school and their future plans. In order to schedule an interview with their Cardinal Connections Advisor, students need to complete the following six things: 1. Academic and personal goals for the year; 2. Activity Log; 3. High school and beyond plan essay; 4. Verify knowledge of financial aid; 5. Interest assessment; and 6. Senior credit check meeting with their counselor. On Thursday March 11th, students should receive an email containing the interview questions, the rubric, and a survey. Students need to respond to the survey via the email.
FPHS Virtual 5K!
Register now for the FPHS Virtual 5K, for March 26-28, 2021. Click HERE for all of the details and to sign up (sign up now to guarantee a shirt)! All are welcome!
March Culture Calendar
March is ...
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: Learn more HERE.
3/8: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: Learn more HERE.
- 3/17: ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Learn more HERE.
- 3/21: INTL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: Learn more HERE.
- 3/26: PRINCE KUHIO DAY: Learn more HERE.
- 3/28: PALM SUNDAY AND PASSOVER: Learn more HERE.
- 3/29: NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY: Learn more HERE.
- 3/31: CESAR CHAVEZ DAY: Learn more HERE.
Cardinal Character Trait for MARCH: RESILIENCY!
LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL:
Family and Community Engagement
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 bag is ready for pick up or delivery.
Additional ways to request items: You can request a paper copy of this form by contacting Bonita Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-298-3837 to request items via phone.
Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:
- In the video below, watch what happens when people learn they have much more in common with others than they thought. What would happen if we all knew how closely connected we really are?
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.
FPHS Athletes and Families,
Fall sports has been in full effect now for almost a full month and the turnout and support for our programs and athletes has been phenomenal. It is hard to imagine that this fall season will end in just two weeks and that our traditional spring sports seasons of
- Track and Field (Boys and Girls)
- Soccer (Boys)
- Tennis (Boys)
If you are planning on participating in any of the spring sports the process is the same as before. Be sure to have a registered in FamilyID and be certain to have physical which was completed within the last two years. Below is the link for registration for spring sports.
Boys (1-1) and Girls Golf (2-0)
The girls and boys golf team both defeated the Patriots in head to head competition this week at Spanaway Lake Golf Course and the girls improved to 2-0 in a great performance on Wednesday this week. In their victory the girls scored the highest point total the program has seen in over 6 years.
Cross Country (Boys and Girls)
The cross country team is loaded with youth this season. There is currently one senior girl (Savannah Sheridan) on the varsity girls team and there are no seniors on the varsity boys team. The boys are being lead this year by juniors and sophomores and continue to improve every week. A great surprise this year has been freshman Malachi Chang who has positioned himself as a top 3 varsity runner in only his first year with the team.
Last Saturday the boys football team opened up the season against a strong football team at Lakes HS. The boys showed some promising progress and looked really good on the defensive end of the ball. Tomorrow at 3:30PM the boys football team will be playing Clover Park HS at Franklin Pierce Stadium.
The girls soccer team had an amazing win on Thursday evening against Washington High School as well as celebrating their senior night. Next week on Tuesday evening the Lady Cards host the Steilacoom Sentinels at Franklin Pierce Stadium. JV @ 5PM and Varsity @7PM.
This year the girls swim program has been having all of their practices at the Lakewood YMCA. All swim meets have been virtual but we recently secured an agreement with Fife HS to have an in person swim meet at the Fife Aquatic Center on March 23rd.
New Athletics video below about fans at games and competitions:
Homework Center: Free Tutoring Daily
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am to 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
- Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.
HW Center LINK.
Washington State is currently working with the Biden administration to seek a waiver to "skip" state testing this year. If this does not get approved at the federal level, we will conduct the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in Math and ELA as well as the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). If this is the case, state assessments will be administered this Spring. We've also learned that assessments will have fewer questions and prompts than previous non-Covid years. More information to come.
College Board Testing
These exams include PSAT, SAT, and AP exams. In Fall, FPS decided not to offer PSAT or SAT due to Covid restrictions and College Board requirements. Recently, our region has moved to the moderate Covid phase which allows us to bring more students back in a variety of settings. We are reviewing our current safety protocols and testing guidelines to see how we can provide opportunities for students to access these assessments this Spring.
At this time, you can expect that students enrolled in AP courses will be taking the AP exam in Spring. Testing may take place remotely or in person. We are currently in the planning stage and will notify families as soon as our plan is set.
For all College Board exams, preparation materials and resources can be found on their website. https://www.collegeboard.org
On April 27, 2021 Junior and Senior students will have the opportunity to take the SAT exam on campus. While we usually offer this test for all Juniors, this year we are asking students to opt-in. Testing will take place during the school day, and Covid safety measures will be followed. Please follow this LINK to sign-up for testing.
If your student is a senior, they may consider taking the SAT if they have not yet met standard for the state test in English or Math. If you are unsure of your students’ graduation status, please contact their counselor.
- District Website: https://www.fpschools.org/
- Franklin Pierce HS Website
- FPS Remote Learning Website
- IT Help Desk for Students and Parents: 253-298-4647, 7:30AM to 4PM.
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
- FPS Breakfast and Lunch Program: www.fpschools.org/meals
- FPS Education Resources: https://www.fpschools.org/exended-closure-resources-and-information/closure-educational-resources
- Want to add Canvas to your phone? Android or iOS. Once you download the app, search "fpschools" to find our district.
- FPHS Facebook page.
- FPHS Twitter page.
- FPHS Instagram page.
- Information about GRADES and GRADING.
- Information about BUSES.
- District CALENDAR.
- Information about ATTENDANCE.
- How to access and use DORA.
- Zoom Tutorial HERE.
COVID- 19 Resources:
- District Website: https://www.fpschools.org/
- Gov. Inslee's COVID-19 updates web page: https://www.governor.wa.gov/tags/covid-19-coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- District resources and partners: https://www.fpschools.org/departments/family-engagement-office/community-resources
- Check with your phone and internet provider: many providers are offering free and/or unlimited data, internet etc. during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
- Financial Resources: https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus/financial-resources