KP Connection

February 17, 2017

Need to Know Dates

  • 22/20 & 2/21 - Winter Recess - no school
  • 2/24 - Holocaust Speaker for Emerald & Amethyst Team
  • 2/26 - Character Counts Hall of Fame Bowling at Silver Lanes in East Hartford from 2 to 3:30pm
  • 3/1 - Parent Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal
  • 3/5 - Character Counts Hall of Fame Bowling at Silver Lanes in East Hartford from 2 to 3:30pm
  • 3/8 - Parent Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal
  • 3/9 - Parent Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal
  • 3/10 - KP Family Skating Night @ Veterans Memorial Skating Rink - 7pm
KP Daily Bulletin - Stay Up To Date

This Bulletin provides students, parents/caregivers, and staff members with important happenings. There is information about a number of school activities.

School News

King Phillip is the Middle School CT State Scholastic Chess Championship

The team of six players that represented King Philip on Sunday at the 2017 CT State Scholastic Chess Championships won first place in the middle school section, making KP the 2017 State Champion!

The six players participating on the team were:

Samuel L, 6

Ethan S-C, 6

Caitlin S-C, 6

Pranav B, 7

Steven T, 7

Gavin B, 8

All six players scored wins for the team. Five scored multiple wins. KP had a clinching four point lead over the second place middle school going into the final fifth round, finishing with a five-point lead.

Sam L. finished in fifth place, receiving individual placement in the difficult middle school section, and becoming the 2017 CT Middle School Grade 6 Champion.

Congratulations to the players and the school!

KP Chess Program meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the library. see more on the CT Scholastic Chess Association Website.

Lost Boys Of Sudan

Dear ​families, friends, and community members,

After reading the non-fiction novel, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park in which she writes about the life of one of Sudan’s lost boys, Salva Dut, we have developed a great concern for the water crisis affecting so many on the continent of Africa. The response to this book was overwhelmingly one of concern as well as questioning how we can help.

After several days of research, we uncovered startling statistics regarding the lack of access to clean water that so many people in developing countries face. In addition to researching statistical data to support that there is most definitely a water crisis, we also researched ways in which we, a middle school in West Hartford, Connecticut, could help those most affected. We have found that “1 in 9 people around the world don't have access to clean, safe drinking water”, and we would like to ​do something about it. Together with Mr. Kay's team at ​Sedgwick Middle School, we would like to raise money to help ​with ​the purchase of a drilling rig and the actual drilling of a well in a village in South Sudan. Please consider helping us reach our initial goal ​of​ $1000 by March 31st. You may support us by following this link: or by sending in a donation to school (cash or check made out to King Philip Middle School in the memo: Water Challenge).

You can read more about the Lost Boys of Sudan and our efforts in the Hartford Courant by clicking on the following link:

Thank you for your support!


Turquoise Team Students

King Philip Middle School
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Join the KP Team to Cycle Against Cancer - March 18- Please contact Justin Gusy (justin_gusy@whps,org) if you would like to join the KP team.

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Student Contest Opportunities

For Students 13 and Older

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

After School Activities

KP's After School Activiities Calendar

Stay in the know about our clubs and activities happening during the week.

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Progressive Conversations - Bridge Newsletter

Parents, you have a challenging job these days. You may also be uncomfortable talking about mature topics, or not know where to start. Don’t worry. You can rise to your challenge by developing a mindset for progressive conversations.

Community Events

Calling all Artists - open to 6th-12th Graders - Feb 25th at the JCC - Click Below for More

Talcott Mountain Science Center Opportunities

February Vacation Programs, an Open House, and our "Spectacular Saturday" programs. They are all for grades K-8, and are great for hands-on activity outside of school. For more information please click on the links below:

West Hartford Unified Sports Basketball 2017

Practices will be held from 5:30-7:00pm in the Sedgwick Gym on the following Sundays: February 12, February 26, March 5 and, March 12

Basketball Tournament


Smith Middle School Glastonbury, CT

3:00 – 6:00pm

Free Community Breakfast

The Fern Street Community Kitchen has free community breakfasts for neighbors in need at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, WestHartford. The Community Breakfast is held every other Monday. Foodshare Mobile Truck distributes food from the back parking lot from9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.

BREAKFAST DATES: (9:00-10:00 AM)

February 27, March 13, March 27

PANTRY DATES:(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)

February 18, March 18

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, call 860-233-3669 or email,, or

"Public Act 16-189

We believe that it is vital for all students in West Hartford Public Schools to be able to efficiently and effectively use digital tools that empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication, and collaboration. We also believe that we must be committed at all times to protecting students' privacy and providing them with a powerful and safe educational experience. To that end, the West Hartford Public Schools follow the legal requirements of Public Act 16-189 to promote the safety and security of all students and staff.

In compliance with Connecticut State Law, we update online programs used within the district that house student data. The programs may be used district-wide, in a very small number of classrooms, or with individual students. The list will be updated each time the district enters into a new contract where student data is housed. For more information on the specifics of Public Act 16-189 and updates of vendor agreements, visit"