Warrior Weekly

King Philip Middle School Newsletter

May 10, 2020

A Message from the Principal

Thank you to the parents, caregivers, and students who filled out the feedback surveys on Remote Learning at KPMS. 370 parents and 102 students responded. Overall, the feedback was very positive, with over 78.4% of respondents on the parent/guardian survey finding that the remote learning expectations are manageable for their children.


The survey results have been shared with the staff and we are already making some slight improvements as a result. As a staff, we have discussed ways to simplify instructions while providing enough detail and giving chances for extensions on assignments for students who may want to extend their learning. Most importantly, we have been actively working on increasing the number of opportunities for your children to connect with teachers and classmates through either Zoom or Google Hangouts Meets.


Regarding curriculum, our teachers have already collaborated and reviewed the standards that are the most important for students to understand in order to be successful next school year. As we complete the last six weeks of school, teachers will (1) make sure that students have a deep understanding of the most important standards and (2) cover new content that will be beneficial for students to understand for future study in their subject area.


Below, I have included some additional information about Remote Learning at KPMS:


  • We have been in contact with 100% of our students regarding computer and internet access.
  • 252 students (34%) report that they share technology with with a sibling and/or parent.
  • 34 Chromebooks have been loaned out to KPMS families (these students are not included in the shared technology statistic above)
  • Less than 1% of our families have reported issues with WiFi access. We have worked with these families on WiFi/Hotspot access and have provided alternate means for student to engage when necessary (e.g., paper packets).
  • 100% of our students have engaged in some school work during remote learning.
  • 84% of our students are regularly engaging in their learning activities without additional intervention. We are actively providing support to the remaining 16% in order to increase their engagement.


I would like to share with you how proud I am of our students. Overall, they are doing exceptionally well with remote learning during this challenging time. Thank you, parents and caregivers, for all of your support and understanding. Please make sure to reach out if you need any support. You can reach out to me (kreuzerm@kingphilip.org), our assistant principal Mr. Alves (alvesk@kingphilip.org), or one of our guidance counselors. Ms. Spinelli (spinellij@kingphilip.org) works with students with last names starting with A-K and Ms. Barry (barryl@kingphilip.org) works with student with last names start with L-Z.


Lastly, Happy Mother's Day to all. I hope that you had a chance to enjoy time with your loved ones.


Sincerely,

Michelle

High School Athletics - for Current 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

Is your child interested in playing a Fall sport at KP High School? Registration will open in July and the season starts in August. The High School will offer Cheerleading, Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Football, Field Hockey, Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball and Unified Basketball. Football will start on August 21 and all other sports will start on August 24. Parents will receive an email once registration is open. Please contact Athletic Director Gary Brown at browng@kingphilip.org if you have any questions.

Reminder: Course Selection for Current 7th Graders

Each 7th grader must (1) choose whether or not they will participate in band or chorus and (2) choose whether they will study Spanish or French in 8th grade. This is a reminder that all student course selection forms should be completed by Friday, May 15. Please refer to the recent email about course selection from Ms. Kreuzer for directions and a link to the form.


If you have any questions about course selection, please contact Ms. Barry, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor for 2020-2021 at barryl@kingphilip.org.

From the Guidance Department

Please follow this link and take a moment to explore this week's Mindful Minute. Each week, the KPMS Guidance Department is reaching out to our students to help them understand that there are things they can do with their mind to support their well-being. The newsletter provides specific strategies that they can use.

Virtual Webinar Opportunities for Parents and Caregivers

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Mindful Parenting: Supporting the Social Emotional Needs of Children - Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 PM

Join us for a virtual forum for parents/caregivers. Learn about how to parent mindfully during quarantine, tips and strategies for managing difficult situations, and mindfulness activities for a calmer household, with plenty of time for questions. This presentation will support parents and caregivers of elementary- to middle-level students.


Presented by Linda Price, M.Ed., CAGS. For the full flyer, please follow this link.

Questions? Please contact pearld@kingphilip.org.


To Register: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/12/n6wx1f3


Presented with support from Minding your Mind and KyleCares, The Kyle Johnson Foundation.

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Teens, Tweens & Quarantines - Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 PM

A Virtual Forum for Parents and Caregivers


Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health and what parents and caregivers can do to provide support. Discuss practical approaches to parenting, the signs of stress, anxiety, and depression, and how we can help our youth navigate home, family, friends, and school, with plenty time for questions. This presentation is intended to support parents and caregivers of upper elementary-, middle-, and high school-level students.


Presented by Jon Mattleman, MS. For the full flyer, please follow this link.

Questions? Please contact pearld@kingphilip.org.


To Register: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/11/vo21lsr


Presented with support from Minding your Mind and KyleCares, The Kyle Johnson Foundation.

Food Access

Families in need from King Philip, Plainville, Wrentham, and Norfolk Schools may access food distribution provided through the Plainville and Wrentham Schools while schools remain closed:

Mondays and Thursdays, 9-11 am and 5-6 pm

Anna Jackson Elementary School, 68 Messenger Street, Plainville (gym door)

Families should drive up and open their car trunk. Staff members will deliver food directly to your car.


Norfolk Schools will make grab and go lunches available for pickup by families indicating need while schools remain closed:

Parents can contact the Norfolk Superintendent's office directly at (508)528-1225 to request grab and go meals.

Tuesdays, 9-10 am

Freeman-Kennedy School, 70 Boardman Street, Norfolk

Families should drive up to Door #4 and open your car trunk. Staff will come out to place the food bags directly into your car.


Families impacted financially can contact KP Cares through rowec@kingphilip.org for consideration for grocery store gift cards.


Free Food for families in need through Hockomock YMCA

The Hockomock Area YMCA will provide food bags to families in need at all branches.

Wednesdays, 1-2 and 5-6 pm

Foxboro: 67 Mechanic Street

Franklin: 45 Forge Hill Road

North Attleboro: 300 Elmwood Road

Drive up to YMCA branch main entrance and a staff member will come out and place a food bag in your vehicle.


Families are encouraged to access local food pantries as necessary.

Local Pantries

Norfolk Food Pantry

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 63 Rockwood Road, Norfolk

Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 (Proof of residency required)


Plainville- Living Bread Food Pantry

16 East Bacon Street, Plainville

Wednesdays, beginning at 6:00 pm (Proof of residency required)


Wrentham Food Pantry

Original Congregational Church, 1 East Street, Wrentham

Saturdays, 10:00 am - noon (Proof of residency required)


Other Food Access Resources

Resources for Families -- Food Access and/or Loss of Wages

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