January 19, 2018
Need to Know Dates
Friday - 1/19 - KP Cares Family Skate Night @ Veterans Memorial Ice Rink - 7pm
Monday - 1/22 - Select Ensemble Concert
Wednesday - 1/24 - SEPTO Meeting - 7pm - KP Library
Thursday - 1/25 - End of Quarter 2
Monday - 1/29 - Hall Orchestra Pops at KP - 7PM
Tuesday - 1/30 - Band Pyramid Concert - 7PM
Wednesday - 1/31 - Report Cards (sent home with students)
King Philip Project 436: Adopting a Battalion
We are sending out our second care package for Battalion 436 next week. We are looking to collect more goods to send. Please encourage your students to bring things in. I have attached the list of items. Click on the following link for a complete list https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rKS_ur-96mbLEJAHjZse9LTtTwt6IBR9WNaMMGWE6uc/edit?usp=sharing. Please remind students not to bring in items that can melt or are in glass containers.
Anything on the list is great; we could use more of the following:
-Cliff Bars, other protein bars
Thank you for your help and support
This year we are opening this opportunity to all West Hartford Middle Schools. Take advantage of fun family time and let's bowl!
Celebrating National Girl and Women in Sport Day
Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford is hosting a FREE program on February 3rd
for girls age 8-14. Open this link to the flyer for more information.
West Hartford Special Education PTO
January 2018 Events
Wednesday, January 24 (snow date 1/31) 7 to 8:30pm
Transition Meeting: for students entering a new school
Meet with Pupil Service and leaders from each school as well as experienced parents to ease the transition for you and your student into a new school.
NEW LOCATION: King Philip Middle School Media Center, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford
Membership Drive & Book Club
Your 2017-2018 membership dues of $15 earn you a great deal this year: a paperback copy of Ross Greene's Raising Human Beings. The book will be discussed at our April meeting, as West Hartford Schools personnel share their training in Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model. Please visit www.whsepto.org/membership.html to join or to renew your membership.
Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/West-Hartford-SEPTO - Follow us on Instagram at @whsepto
"Parent Voice" Roundtable
Do you work at the intersection of families and learning?
Would you like to network and learn from others in the field?
Come to the Friday CAFE!
"Parent Voice" Roundtable
Why is parent voice important for student success? What do schools do to help or hinder?
Moderator: Doug Edwards, Director, Real Dads Forever
Guests: Parent Leaders
What: Friday CAFE is a morning discussion and networking series for people who work at the intersection of families and learning. Our monthly gatherings feature a short talk, fresh coffee and thought-provoking conversation.
Who: Our network members go by many different titles. Some work in schools, some in communities. Are you a parent liaison, partnership coordinator, home-school facilitator, family resource specialist, parent center director or parent leader? Then this network is for you!
Remember to set your alarm and we’ll see you in the morning.
Friday CAFE Dates for 2017-18
October 13, 2017; November 3, 2017; December 8, 2017;
February 2, 2018; March 9, 2018; April 6, 2018; and May 11, 2018
Rethinking School Start Time Committee
Last year, the West Hartford Board of Education directed West Hartford Public Schools to establish a research committee to investigate the challenges and benefits of adjusting school start times. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other health organizations support later school start times because of the positive role adequate sleep has on adolescent mental and physical health. The Board’s decision to research this issue is in response to these recommendations.
In the fall of 2017, the Rethinking School Start Time (RSST) Committee, a group of volunteer parents, students, teachers and administrators, began a one-year study of the issue. The committee is examining the impact a change will have on the educational program and is providing the West Hartford Board of Education updates on its work throughout this school year.
One important aspect of the committee’s work is to gather information from stakeholders regarding possible changes to the current school start and end times. To that end, the committee will issue a survey for parents, teachers, and secondary school students at the end of February. Remaining open through the end of March 2018, the survey will provide an opportunity to collect important information that will be presented to the Board of Education at the May 2018 meeting.
The survey is one way for stakeholders to communicate their questions, comments and concerns. If you prefer to use email, please direct any comments to RSST@whps.org Please be aware that every Board of Education meeting includes the opportunity for public comments. You are always welcome to attend and address the Board of Education members in person.
There are several events/activities throughout the year. Please choose at least one to get involved.
"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 www.whps.org/pa189."