FPHS Parent and Student Memo

November 29, 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 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,

  • Do you know someone who might be interested in working for Franklin Pierce Schools? We have current openings for para-educator positions, custodial positions, and bus driving positions. We offer a great working environment, competitive pay, and great benefits. Please, visit our Careers page HERE to see what's available.

  • Wednesday this week is NOT an early release day for high schools. We will be on a normal Advisory day schedule.

  • 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.

  • Schedule this week: BABAB. 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!

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Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Garlyn Wacker

My Role at FPHS: English Teacher

Favorite Hobbies: Collecting Sports Cards

Favorite Book: The Sorrows of Young Werther - Goethe

Favorite Quote: "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us." - Franz Kafka

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Jackie Haynes

My Role at FPHS: FP Nurse

Favorite Hobbies: Playing with my German shorthaired pointer puppy.

Favorite Book: I could no more have a favorite book than have a favorite student, but what I’m about to start reading is “I Keep Trying to Catch his Eye”. This book was written by a friend in my high school class that lost his son.

Favorite Quote: "This TOO shall pass!”

DECEMBER Culture Calendar

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

December is ...

  • Universal Human Rights Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Hanukkah. Learn more HERE.

  • 12/3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Learn more HERE.

  • 12/10: Human Rights Day. Learn more HERE.

  • 12/12: Fiesta de Guadalupe. Learn more HERE.

  • 12/25: Christmas. Learn more HERE.

  • 12/26: Kwanzaa. Learn more HERE.

  • 12/31: New Years Eve. Learn more HERE.

  • Cardinal Character Trait for December: GRATITUDE!

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Want to get started in construction but you don't have any experience? Here's a few different ways you can get started and have a successful career.

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. Take some time to read the following article and learn more about adoption from the unique perspective of an adoptee. In the article, "I'm Adopted, But I Won't Be Celebrating National Adoption Month" learn from an adoptee about how "National Adoption Awareness Month minimizes individual experiences of adoptees and masks the deeper systemic problems that keep the practice in existence."

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.

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Winter Wishes is BACK!

In an effort to build community and promote selflessness, FPHS staff and students will be teaming up to spread some winter cheer for students at Central Ave Elementary School by giving each student a giftbag of goodies. We are looking for donations of new books, candy canes, individually wrapped cocoa, gift bags, elementary age toys like playdough, pop its, fidget spinners, or anything else that can be given to a whole class of elementary aged students. Please contact mshoopman@fpschools.org if you would like to help!

See what Winter Wishes looked like in the past when we visited Midland Elementary School HERE.

Pierce County Skills Center:

  • End of Trimester 1 - Tuesday, December 7 (Early Dismissal, No PM Session)

Calendar of Events

  • December 7th - Early Dismissal - No PM Session - End of 1st Trimester
  • December 8th - Staff PD - No School for Students
  • December 15th - Late Start - No AM Session
  • December 20-31 - Winter Break

Pierce County Skills Center Overview

Cardinal Sports:

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School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

Covid Safety:

The guidance around how schools respond to COVID-19 is always changing. We continue to work with state and local health and education officials to incorporate convenient strategies to keep students, staff and families healthy and safe. This email provides important updates about new quarantine guidelines, the Test to Stay program, vaccinations and the FPS COVID-19 Hotline. To learn more, visit www.fpschools.org/COVID19.

Quarantine Guidelines

Exposure | No Symptoms | Vaccinated:

Students who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine unless symptoms develop. Testing is still recommended for these individuals at day 5-7 following exposure.

Exposure | No Symptoms | Testing | Not Vaccinated:

Students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but have not experienced symptoms and have a negative test between days 5-7 can end quarantine and return to school after 7 days following exposure.

Exposure | No Symptoms | No Testing | Not Vaccinated:

Students can return to school after 10 days without testing if they have not experienced symptoms.

Exposure | Test Positive:

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will still need to isolate at home for 10 days. Students who present to school with symptoms of COVID-19 will need to isolate at home for 10 days, or can return sooner with a negative COVID PCR test and improvement of symptoms.

Test-to-Stay Program

If the exposure occurred at school, students can be enrolled in Test-to-Stay and complete a modified quarantine, while continuing to attend school. There is an option to access testing at school. Families must sign up to enroll in the program and schedule a testing appointment.


Students who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine unless symptoms develop. Testing is still recommended for these individuals at day 5-7 following exposure. To learn more about child vaccines, please click here or log on to the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Pediatric Vaccine Webinar tonight from 6-7pm.

Franklin Pierce Schools will be hosting vaccine clinics at 315 129th St. South Tacoma, WA 98444 for children ages 5-11 for interested families on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 1-5pm (Pfizer Child Dose 2; Pfizer Adult Booster)
  • Friday, December 17th from 1-5pm (Pfizer Child Dose 1; Pfizer Adult Booster)
  • Friday, January 7th from 1-5pm (Pfizer Child Dose 2; Pfizer Adult Booster)

COVID-19 Hotline

Franklin Pierce Schools now has a COVID-19 hotline in English, Spanish and Tagalog at (253)298-3099 for FPS families with questions about COVID-19 information with Franklin Peirce Schools.

Stay safe and healthy!

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