KP Monday Memo

November 23 - Week 14

Upcoming Events


  • 24 - School Improvement Committee Meeting (7:10AM room 224)
  • 25 - TL Meeting (7:10AM room 224)
  • 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving Break - no school
  • 30 - PTO Meeting - 7PM

  • 2nd - Cookie Swap and CSI- Emotional Intelligence
  • Barnes & Noble AND Moe's Night Fundraiser - 2 to 9PM
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From the Spirit Committee

On Wednesday, November 25th, let's honor the theme of thanksgiving and homecoming by wearing your 'ol college attire! Let's show our students where we are "from".


As you know, KP is engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are a part. As we reflect on the fall conference process we would like your feedback in a follow up survey regarding this year's Student Led Conferences. Additionally, we will be doing a general debrief at out Team Leader Meeting this Wednesday. Please click here for the survey.

Your Partners in Education,

Joy K. Wright, Lead Learner, Justin Gusy, Assistant Principal and Marc Kotler, Assistant Principal

School Improvement Committee

Second Meeting Tuesday (Nov. 24th @ 7:10am). The description of this committee is as follows: Team made of a diverse representation of staff (each team and along with non-certified) to support the school improvement efforts of KP by: participating in the development and monitoring of the SDP; identifying staff development needs; assisting in the planing of school-level staff development activities; Advising the principal on issues related to school climate, safety, programs, and philosophy.

If you have items you would like the committee to discuss, please email any of the following members today Danielle Drozd, Jeffrey Kaplowitz, Maryann Salvatore, Jessica Kerelejza

Nancy Moses, Monique Heavren, Jennifer Slifer, Marc Kotler

Justin Gusy , or Joy Wright . Of course it is never too late to join the committee if you are interested.

Technology Committee News

Open to all faculty - a discuss on ideas for our " tech Refresh money " for next year . More Chromebooks more iPads other tools, come with ideas . Room 224 - 3:00pm

KP Cares

Cheer Fund News

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Cheer Fund this year! As of today we are at about 30% participation. With the holiday season upon us we would like to show our appreciation for all of the great work and daily help the office staff, custodial staff, cafeteria staff and security guards offer us each day. We would also like to continue to acknowledge good news and offer condolences to those suffering losses. Please consider contributing to the cheer fund ($30 full time staff and $20 part time staff) You can put cash or a check in Gina Pudlo's mailbox. Thank you!


When: Monday

Where: Teacher Lounge

Time: 2nd period

How much: .50 cents

Wellness News

CALLING ALL BAKERS! It's a Cookie Swap!

For the building CSI being held on Dec. 2nd, we ask that anyone who would like to contribute their favorite cookies/recipe please do so!

What: 1-2 dozen of your favorite baked treats (with recipe) to share.

Where: Bring to the CSI

When: Dec 2

Why: Great snack for the staff and new ideas for all, just in time for the holidays!

Hot Chocolate will be served!

Passing of the Rocks

Jeanne Pascon is passing the Staff Wellness Rock to Shana LaPointe. Shana supports staff wellness by looking out for her colleagues through her work as a union representative and member of the negotiations committee. She patiently explains the differences between the PPO and HSA options, over and over again. She has our backs - You rock, Shana!

Johannah Kosienski is passing the Student Success rock to Cindy Rodriguez, who advocates daily for our shared students. She adheres to the principals of SRBI and tiered intervention. Cindy holds her students to her high standards and expectations as they work to improve their reading skills. King Philip is lucky to have her.

Alma Callazo is passing the Community Engagement Rock to Marnie Paulus. She and the Staff Wellness Committee continue to go above and beyond with ways to engage the entire KP staff community as well as the student body. She is an important member of the KP Community. Marnie, you ROCK!

Things noticed. . .

  • Students apprehension lessened and confidence grew as they facilitated Student-Led conferences.
  • Spanish class using prepositions as they played "Where is Senor Kotler?"
  • Staff, students, and the KP community donating funds to send veterans on the Honor Flight.
  • 8th Grade students attended a performance of "Warriors Don't Cry,"the memoir of Melba Pattillo Beals.
  • MA groups working collaboratively to complete team banners.
  • Teachers asking students not only for responses for justification for their responses.
  • Classes that are centered around themes that tie subjects together.
  • The use of graphic organizers to assist in visualizing problem solving.
  • Teachers coaching students with kindness and thoughtfulness through conferences.
  • World language teachers providing students with authentic opportunities to practice their newest learning.

You're a GEM

  • Joy Wright, from colleague Justin Gusy, for putting on her AP hat and taking care of business when her assistants were out.
  • Pete Gustafson and Susan Rodney from colleague Gina Pudlo for helping me out with bus duty this week. I really appreciate it!

  • Marisa Tamayo from colleague Maryann Salvatore for taking time out of her busy schedule to translate for a parent during the student-led conferences.

  • Francine Hechenbleikner from colleague Eric Fisher helping me by preparing a few character count awards for our Team meeting next week. I appreciate your efforts and flexibility.

  • Deanna Johnson from colleague Abby Condon for providing assistance with navigating the (new) ropes. Thanks for answering all my questions and helping us plan all of our meetings!

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