FPHS Parent and Student Memo

September 13, 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.


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

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, Apelu, Brist, Call, Chapman, Detweiler, Fineman, Goodrum, Inman, Kaunda, B. Lee, Martin, Plaskett, Quill, Roscoe, Scroger, Shoopman, McNeil, Wacker, Tracy, and T. Johnson.

Dear Parents and Students,

  • 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.
  • Need to purchase an ASB Card online? You can do that HERE. You can also purchase on in person at the Bookkeeper's Office.
  • Every Monday is COLLEGE and CAREER Monday! Wear your favorite college or career-related gear (UW, WSU, Pierce College, Army, Boeing, ILWU Local 19, etc.) College includes all post-high school education (trades, vocational, apprenticeships, universities, etc.). Ask your teachers about college, careers, goals, etc.
  • Every Friday is SPIRIT Friday! Wear your favorite FP gear to show your school spirit! During the season, you can also show your community spirit and pride by wearing gear to celebrate the Seahawks, the Sounders, the Kraken, the Mariners, the Storm, etc.
  • Homework Center: Need extra help in any of your classes? The HW Center is open starting Monday. You can attend in person from 3pm to 4pm Monday through Friday in room 202 (next to the Library) or you can attend virtually at the same times using this LINK.
  • State Testing: Every spring, 8th and 10th grade students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in ELA and Math. This assessment is a graduation requirement for Washington state. Last spring, due to the pandemic, the state postponed the SBA until fall. Students will take the Math and ELA assessments this October in their Math and English classes. The assessment will take approximately one hour. Students in the 9th grade will be taking the 8th grade SBA. Students in the 11th grade will be taking the 10th grade SBA. Please reach out to Ms. Marzano for any questions regarding state testing this year.
  • Schedule this week: ABABA. Link HERE to see the A Day / B Day calendar for the year.
  • Please, support FPHS VOLLEYBALL by purchasing some really cool gear right HERE!
  • Please, support FPHS SOCCER by purchasing some really cool gear right HERE!
  • Find more info on Tacoma Pierce County Health Department School Guidelines HERE.
  • Make sure you're following us on Social Media: FPHS Facebook page; FPHS Twitter page; FPHS Instagram page.
  • 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!

FPHS School Wide Expectations ACDC

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Celena Gilbert

Subject I teach: 9th and 11th Grade English

Favorite Hobbies: Kickboxing, reading, and watching TV/movies

Favorite Book: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (I even have a tattoo of a quote from the book).

Favorite Quote: "[...] every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future" - Oscar Wilde

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Canae Machelle Gray

Subject I Teach: Video Editing & Tech exploration

Favorite Hobbies: Watching anime, movies, TV, reading, listening to music, and eating great food!

Favorite Book: The Broken Earth Series by N.K. Jemisin

(sci-fi, fantasy)

Favorite Quote: “But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail!”- Lady MacBeth, Shakespeare’s MacBeth.

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Behavior Reminders:

FPHS Classroom Cell Phone Policy

Parents, please have a conversation with your student regarding the cell phone policy at FPHS

The cell phone policy is No Cell Phone Use in the Classroom. All students should have a laptop for use when an electronic devise is needed.

Violations to cell phone policy:

  1. Teachers will use classroom interventions prior to calling for support.
  2. If student is non-compliant, teacher will complete a behavior referral and call for support.
  3. If non-compliance to the cell phone policy persists, an administrator will set up a parent conference.

Attendance Reminders:

Our goal is to have all students arrive to all classes on time every time!

Tardy Policy:

Tardy Definition: Arrival to class after the period has begun (after the bell).

All tardies will be monitored by the attendance office, and consequences for tardies will be immediate. Progressive discipline will apply. Tardies are cumulative. Students may have four (4) tardies in a quarter without consequence; however, interventions will occur with the fifth tardy.

Tardy Intervention Response Plan:

  • Tardy 5: Meeting with Admin Intern w/phone call home.
  • Tardies 6-7: Required Homework Center; failure to attend results in automatic parent conference with Assistant Principal.
  • Tardy 8: Parent conference with Attendance Administrator.

Calendar Items:

  • Aug 31: First day of School
  • Sep 1, 2: Laptop distribution
  • Sep 3: No school
  • Sep 6: Labor Day -- no school
  • Sep 14: Picture Day
  • Sep 15, 22, and 29: Early release Wednesdays
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SEPTEMBER Culture Calendar

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


  • ROSH HASHANAH. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/7: LABOR DAY. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/11: 9/11 REMEMBRANCE DAY. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/17: CONSTITUTION DAY. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/30: ORANGE SHIRT DAY. Learn more HERE.

The Cardinal Character Trait for SEPTEMBER is INCLUSION. Learn more HERE.

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FPHS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


TOP Careers For Bilingual People! (NO DEGREE REQUIRED)

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.

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Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. On Orange Shirt Day, schools honor Indigenous survivors of the residential school system by encouraging students to wear orange.

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.

What Orange Shirt Day means

FPHS Sports!

FPHS athletes and families,

Fall sports has officially kicked off and tonight our football program will play their home opener vs. RA Long at 7PM. Many of our programs have had their first competitions for this season or will be having their first competitions this weekend! To keep updated I hope all of you have viewed the orientation video that was released in the most recent memo. The video highlighted our new athletics website FPHSCards.com. At this website families will have access to schedules, rosters, and results for all of the FPHS athletic programs.

Below is the contact information for all of your fall and winter coaches. Winter sports will be launching in November and it is never too early to get registered and to get into contact with the coach for your winter program.

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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.

Daily Bell Schedules

Students will rotate through 4 classes daily with 8 classes total.

Advisory classes will meet on M, T, Th, and F.

Most Wednesdays will be early dismissal.

See bell schedules below.

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COVID Safety Guidelines and FAQs:


  • Will students be checking in at the beginning of school in the commons and completing daily health attestations like we did in Spring? No, but for everyone's safety, please stay home if you are sick or have any Covid symptoms.
  • Will there be social distancing? Yes. Current guidelines require 3 feet of social distancing between students while in the classroom and recommend 6 feet between students during lunches and in common areas as much as possible (ex: hallways during passing periods). Guidelines require 6 feet of social distancing between staff and students at all times.
  • Will we be wearing masks? Yes, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
  • Do students get a mask "break?" Yes. During passing periods, when students are outside moving from one class to the next and they can socially distance, they can take off their masks. However, while outside for long periods of time near others or when larger groups of students are present (ex: lunch), it is unsafe for students to remove their masks.
  • What other precautions are being taken? Our Maintenance team has adjusted our HVAC systems campus-wide to maximize outside air flow and increase filtration. Our Custodial team will continue to focus on cleaning high-touch areas throughout the day. Desks will be cleaned between periods with soap and water.
  • What if there's a positive Covid case? Staff or students with Covid symptoms should self-isolate immediately. If staff or students are already on campus, they will be isolated immediately and sent home as soon as possible. Staff or students displaying symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. If staff or students test positive, they should notify school administrators immediately and not come to school. Contact tracing will be conducted by school administrators and the TPC Health Department. Students or staff in close contact according to TPCHD guidelines will be notified and required to self-isolate.
  • Will breakfasts be served? Like last Spring, breakfasts will be "grab and go" only and available when students pick up their lunches. We will not be serving breakfasts in the mornings.
  • Will lunches be served? Yes, students will be divided into three lunch groups (1st lunch, 2nd lunch, 3rd lunch). Lunches will be picked up in the cafeteria and can be eaten in the Cafeteria, Commons, or Corrigan Room (as overflow only). Like last year, students must eat lunch in an assigned seat for contact tracing. "Grab and go" breakfasts will be available at the lunch pick-up stations.
  • Is fully remote or hybrid learning an option? We do not have a hybrid option available this year. Our students and staff are back in school full-time. The fully remote option is a Choice Transfer option, which means the student would withdraw from FPHS and enroll in an online academy. The student would not be attending classes with FPHS, but the student could still participate in athletics with FPHS as a home school if desired.


School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

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