FPHS Parent and Student Memo

October 18, 2021

FPS District Equity Statement

We are committed to supporting students, families, and staff by dismantling racism and other systems of oppression and inequity by empowering each individual to be successful by valuing race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and environment.


DISTRICT AREAS OF FOCUS AND IMPROVEMENT:

  1. Equity and Social Justice
  2. Improved Instruction
  3. Family and Community Partnership


Our Equity Team would like to partner with our parents 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, Apelu, Brist, Call, Chapman, Detweiler, Fineman, Goodrum, Inman, Kaunda, B. Lee, Martin, Plaskett, Quill, Roscoe, Scroger, Shoopman, McNeil, Wacker, Tracy, T. Johnson, Henley, Hill, and Gilbert.

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Dear Parents and Students,

  • Parents, need a quick refresher or "how to" for Teacher Ease (our Gradebook) to see your child's current grades? Watch the short video below.
  • Parents, please make sure your child is bringing a fully charged laptop and charger to school every day.
  • Parents and Students, due to high enrollment numbers, you may still see some schedule changes to balance class sizes and assist with overcrowding. We have hired additional teachers and created new classes in order to help reduce larger class sizes.
  • If you ever need to see our Daily Bulletin announcements, use this LINK. Running Start and Pierce County Skills Center students, please use this link to keep up to date with FPHS announcements.
  • Homework Center: Need extra help in any of your classes? The HW Center is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 4pm. Hours are extended on early release Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 4pm. You can attend in person in room 202 (next to the Library) or you can attend virtually at the same times using this LINK.
  • Schedule this week: ABABA. Link HERE to see the A Day / B Day calendar for the year.
  • FPS COVID Dashboard HERE.

  • 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!

October Leadership Announcement 2021
Getting into TeacherEase

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Trinera Johnson

My Role: Administrator’s Assistant

Favorite Hobbies: Visiting record stores/collecting records

Favorite Book: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Favorite Quote: “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ― Oprah Winfrey

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: James Krick

My Role at FPHS: CTE Teacher, Digital Photography & Graphic Design

Favorite Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, Competitive Video Games, Watching Indie Films, Video Editing

Favorite Book: Any audiobook! Especially leadership & development books.

Favorite Quote: "Do or do not, there is no try" -Yoda

Behavior Reminders:

ALL SCHOOL RULES APPLY TO ALL STUDENTS WHILE ...

  • On the school grounds or within reasonable proximity to school grounds during and immediately before or after school hours.
  • On school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group.
  • Off the school grounds while on school buses, at a school activity, function or event.
  • Off the school grounds when the prohibited behavior is a consequence of, or directly related to, causes or events which occurred or originated on school grounds.
  • Whenever the misconduct has a real and substantial relationship to the lawful maintenance and operation of the school district, including the health and safety of students and employees, and what is conducive to the process of learning

OCTOBER Culture Calendar

Students and Families, take some time this month to learn something new about a different culture and share it with others.


OCTOBER is ...

  • National Bullying Prevention Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Filipino-American History Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Italian American Heritage Month. Learn more HERE.
  • LGBT History Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Dwarfism Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Disability Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.

  • 10/1: CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL

  • 10/2: INTL DAY OF NONVIOLENCE
  • 10/3 – 10/9: SUKKOT
  • 10/5: WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY
  • 10/10: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
  • 10/11: NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY
  • 10/12: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY
  • 10/24: UNITED NATIONS DAY
  • 10/31: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, HALLOWS EVE, HALLOWEEN


The Cardinal Character Trait for OCTOBER is COMPASSION. Learn more HERE.

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LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL:

Many universities offer a study abroad program. Here are some things to consider from UNC when contemplating a study abroad program. These considerations are applicable to study abroad programs from other schools as well.
Study Abroad 101: Things to Consider

Family and Community Partnerships:

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 items are ready for pick up or delivery. Items can be requested twice a month. Additional ways to request items: You can request a paper copy of this form by contacting Bonita Lee at blee@fpschools.org or call 253-298-3837 to request items via phone.


In community with families and partnerships, we are here to help point you in the right direction to local resources. If you have a specific need, contact Bonita Lee at blee@fpschools.org or call 253-298-3837.

Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. Italian American Heritage Month.

  2. Filipino American History Month.


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.

Why Italian American Heritage Month Is Important
Everything you didn't know about Filipino American History

FPHS Sports!

Athletes and families,

We are half way through September and our programs are continuing to grow. Below is some important information athletes and families should know moving forward through the fall season and into the winter season!

Games and Officials Shortages

A number of sports this fall are experiencing officials shortages. This is especially true when it comes to football. The association for football is about 40 officials short to be able to cover all of the games happening on Friday nights. Games are now being moved to Thursdays and Saturdays when possible in order to help with the officials shortage. Be sure to visit the athletics website fphscards.com for the most recent schedule updates.

ASB Cards

ASB cards are now for sale at the bookkeepers office. ASB cards cost 40$ and are a requirement as part of athletic participation at Franklin Pierce HS. Revenue from ASB card sales go to fund our athletic programs and ASB leadership activities for our student body.

Schedules and Results

Results and schedules for your favorite athletic programs at Franklin Pierce High School can be found at www.FPHSCards.com Visit this website to see varsity and sub-varsity schedules and know where your favorite cardinal sports team is playing! The website also includes maps and directions to the facility of the competition you will be attending. This can be really helpful for away competitions.

FPHS Athletics Event Calendar

https://fphscards.com/events

Winter Sports

Winter sports are coming fast. Below is a list of coaches for our winter sport programs. Please be sure to have had a physical within the last two years and to register in familyID. If you have questions about the season or practice times be sure to email the coaches below.

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Hey, Freshmen!

Our class competition for the month of October is to design the C/O 2025 T-Shirt. The design will be printed on a white t-shirt and must include Tuffy (cardinal logo), graduation year, and FP. One lucky winner will receive a gift basket, which includes a free t-shirt. Please submit your designs to Mrs. Tracy (ttracy@fpschools.org).

Pierce County Skills Center:

  • Greetings from PCSC: Welcome back! Our back to school newsletter can be found HERE as well as our Facebook page.

  • LINK for 2021-22 PCSC Student Handbook.
  • PCSC Main Office: 253-800-4800.
  • Application Questions contact Paulla Hockaday - phockaday@bethelsd.org - 253.800.4800

  • Application links, in English and Spanish, can be found on our website. https://www.bethelsd.org/domain/4387

  • First Day of School - Tuesday, September 7th. Session Times: AM Session - 7:55-10:25; PM Session - 11:15-1:45.

Resources

School Resources:


COVID- 19 Resources:


Community Resources:

FP Schools Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines:

Quarantine

A mandatory quarantine refers to those individuals who have been exposed via close contact to a student or staff member with a confirmed positive COVID test.

The CDC defines a close contact as under 3feet for more than 15 minutes.

  • Students who have been exposed on campus will be notified by the school nurse or administrator and via a district letter.
  • Students who are vaccinated and not feeling symptoms are not required to quarantine due to exposure.
  • Students who are not vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure.

Isolation

A mandatory isolation refers to those students or staff who are sick with symptoms (COVID positive or not).

  • Students who exhibit COVID symptoms during school will be required to isolate for 10 days OR provide a Negative PCR Covid test AND be symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Students who test positive will be required to isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or date of positive test, whichever comes first.
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