FPHS Parent and Student Memo

February 8, 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 Engagement

Dear Parents and Students,

  • Please, visit our district website HERE to stay up-to-date on our Hybrid/In-Person Learning Updates.

  • Second semester classes start Monday, February 8th. Your class schedule will be available in Skyward, under Family Access, beginning February 4th.
  • What if my schedule is wrong? Counselors are available February 8th to address concerns with your schedule. Click this LINK.
  • What if I need a schedule change due to another reason? Counselors are available February 9th to address schedule changes. Click this LINK.
  • Report Cards are coming out soon! If you receive an "I" (for Incomplete) or "NC" (for No Credit) on your report card, it means that you have NOT earned credit for the course and are officially off-track for graduation. You will need to consult with your teacher and/or counselor to initiate a plan to get back on track. That plan may include extended semester, Summer School, Online classes, Alternative School, or repeating the course.
  • FPHS has become a proud host for the Pierce County Emergency Management team as a Covid vaccination site. This will occur every Wednesday from 9am to 5pm with the exception of Feb 10 for the foreseeable future. Last week, 1000 community members received their vaccination. NOTE: Any and all questions about getting vaccinations should be directed to the Pierce County Emergency Management team via their WEBSITE HERE. FPHS is only a host site. We are not organizing or staffing the event.
  • Reminder: no school Feb 15 or 16 for Mid-Winter Break!

Please, make sure you have all the info below. We miss you and wish you all the very best. Stay safe and be well!

February Culture Calendar

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

February is ...


  • 2/2: GROUNDHOG DAY: Learn more HERE.

  • 2/14: VALENTINE’S DAY: Learn more HERE.
  • 2/15: PRESIDENTS DAY: Learn more HERE.
  • 2/15: PARINIRVANA: Learn more HERE.
  • 2/16: MARDI GRAS: Learn more HERE.
  • 2/17: ASH WEDNESDAY: Learn more HERE.

    Cardinal Character Trait for February: COURAGE!

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Black Excellist: 10 Great African Americans - Ali Edition (Part 1 of 4)

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Freshman ASB Announcements

Assessment Updates:

State Testing

Washington State is currently working with the Biden administration to seek a waiver to "skip" state testing this year. If this does not get approved at the federal level, we will conduct the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in Math and ELA as well as the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). If this is the case, state assessments will be administered this Spring. We've also learned that assessments will have fewer questions and prompts than previous non-Covid years. More information to come.

College Board Testing

These exams include PSAT, SAT, and AP exams. In Fall, FPS decided not to offer PSAT or SAT due to Covid restrictions and College Board requirements. Recently, our region has moved to the moderate Covid phase which allows us to bring more students back in a variety of settings. We are reviewing our current safety protocols and testing guidelines to see how we can provide opportunities for students to access these assessments this Spring.

At this time, you can expect that students enrolled in AP courses will be taking the AP exam in Spring. Testing may take place remotely or in person. We are currently in the planning stage and will notify families as soon as our plan is set.

For all College Board exams, preparation materials and resources can be found on their website. https://www.collegeboard.org


Black Excellist: Top Ranked Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)

Family and Community Engagement

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 bag is ready for pick up or delivery.

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.

Creators, imagineers, dreamers, designers, poets, storytellers, journalists, photographers, historians, activists, illustrators, and readers.

FPHS Library and Summit PCL invite you to participate on/and before Wednesday, February 17, 2021 by creating artwork, asking questions, and sharing the event for others to attend.

FPHS students will receive volunteering hours in exchange for contributing to the AARIN. Submit posters, art, poems, and/or questions for authors to Mrs. Goodrum, agoodrum@fpschools.org and Lucie LFerguson@PierceCountyLibrary.org, Lucie Ferguson/ Teen Services- PCL Summit. We'll track your volunteer work.

5th Annual African American Read- IN at the Summit Library, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 4:30- 6 pm, virtual room 1.

Join us for the 5th Annual African American Read-In! All-ages event celebrates African American literature through special guests and activities. This year, we'll be hosting a Q&A panel of authors on Zoom to learn about their inspiration, background and creative processes. Stick around afterward for a raffle of book giveaways and time to "read in" virtually.

Meet our panelists:

Charlotte Watson Sherman has loved words ever since Pippi Longstocking hijacked her imagination in third grade. She grew up, the only girl, with too many brothers, in the Pacific Northwest's Emerald City—Seattle. A lifelong daydreamer, she last published a chapter book—Eli and the Swamp Man—decades ago, but never stopped writing. Her debut picture book, BROWN SUGAR BABE, was published by Boyds Mills & Kane Press, February 4, 2020. She currently lives in southern California.

D'Mario Carter is the author of ALL IN, a collection of poetry. His words are meant to aid people in their past, present, and future lives while encouraging them to be who they truly are. D’Mario is passionate about community empowerment. From providing aid to the homeless and hungry, to educating our future generations. D’Mario’s goal is to implement positivity throughout the world, whether it be with his words or through his actions. D’Mario has inhaled the air and exhaled his heart and soul so people of all ages, genders, and colors can “breathe easy”.

Rosa Nicole Booker has a passion for the arts and a special love for theatre and dance. Her latest love is the desire to tell a story. Her first novel is entitled THE MONSTER IN MY ROOM and soon after will be her first children’s book entitled TOT’S BIG HOUSE. Rosa is excited to share written story and live discussion around mental health awareness, which is the theme of both books. She is Arizona born, but a Seattle Southend kid for life. Her parents brought her up in the Rainier Valley area where she continues to work and volunteer after completing her collegiate career in California.

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Homework Center: Free Tutoring Daily

Our FPHS Homework Center is open 5 days per week. You can receive help and support for any class from Mr. Rhue and Mr. Bofa.


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am to 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
  • Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

HW Center LINK.

Assessment Center!

The Assessment Center is fully functional via Teams for any student who needs to make-up or retake an assessment. A link to the assessment center scheduling page is available on all teachers' Canvas pages and HERE. The link will direct students to the Bookings calendar so that they can schedule a time to take the assessment that works best for them. Students can also select the notification option in the scheduler to receive a reminder via email. We strongly suggest that you do this. Once the student schedules their assessment, they should notify their teacher, so the assessment and test codes are sent to Assessment Center staff.

FPHS Sports

Parents and Athletes,

Franklin Pierce HS is a member of the SPSL 2A. The league has currently adopted the following dates and schedule for (Fall, Winter, and Spring) sports. There has been a change to season 2 to make sure that all three seasons are 6 weeks in length. The new dates for season 2… as seen belw are now March 29th – May 8th.

Season 1 – Football Starts February 10th. Remaining fall sports (February 15th – March 27th)

Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, and Cheer/Dance

Season 2 (March 29th – May 8th)

Baseball, Fastpitch, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, and Track & Field

Season 3 (May 3rd – June 12th)

Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Wrestling, Boys Tennis, Boys Swim, Girls Bowling

Please continue to check the weekly memo and contact the coach of your child’s program. As soon as possible, register your son or daughter in FamilyID and ensure they have a current physical. This will help expedite the clearance process once sports begin.

Link to athletics registration


Fall Sports Coach Contacts

Football – Trevor Hanson - Thanson@fpschools.org

Cross Country (Boys and Girls) – Jesse McNeil jmcneil@fpschools.org

Golf (Boys) – Colin Horak - Chorak@fpschools.org

Golf (Girls) – Jeff Melvard - jmelvard@fpschools.org

Soccer (Girls) – Kyle Wynkoop - kwynkoop@fpschools.org

Volleyball (Girls) – Tiffany Disney – Tdisney@fpschools.org

Coaches will still be required to administer the following protocols for student athletes as they return to conditionings and practices

FPSD Daily Screening Protocols

· All coaches, student-athletes and approved school personnel are required to complete an in-person COVID-19 Screening PRIOR to entrance to the training session.

· Temperature will be taken of each person attending the training session.

· Screening questions will be asked of each person attending the training session. This allows coaches to interact directly with the student-athlete.

· Any coach or student-athlete answering yes will not be allowed to enter the facility or practice. Contact parent/guardian immediately about next steps and pick-up from practice.

· No parents or spectators will be allowed at Fall Training in-person practices. Only coaches, student-athletes cleared for practice, athletic trainers, and approved school personnel will be permitted. Others are welcome to wait in their vehicle or return after practice for student pick-up.

· Coaches will receive training/instruction on all screening protocol prior to conducting any training session.

Other Requirements

· Cloth masks will be properly worn by student-athletes any time they are not participating in drills. Entering and exiting the facility, moving around the facility, occupying the sideline, etc. To the extent possible masks should be worn during training.

· Students will bring their own clothing, towels, and other personal equipment. Sharing of any equipment is NOT allowed.

· Everyone will bring their own container of water to drink. Sharing is NOT allowed. Water faucets will not be available to use.

· Gathering size meets TPCHD and State DOH guidelines. This number will depend on multiple criteria such as TPCHD metric status, State DOH Guidelines, WIAA guidelines for each sport, indoor or outdoor training, and capacity of the facility.

· Maintain distancing protocols per State DOH, WIAA and TPCHD guidelines.

· Practicing physical distancing of more than 6 feet is always required of all participants

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SENIOR Yearbook Photos and SENIOR Grad Ads!

Hello Seniors!

This is a reminder from your FPHS Yearbook Crew that senior portraits are due by 1/6/21 (due date was extended). The deadline for Senior Grad Ads is 3/12/21. Below are instructions on how to upload them online (do not send photos via email). Please, remember this is for seniors only. Underclassmen who want to submit photos will have the opportunity to do so at a later date. Thanks!


School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

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DAILY/WEEKLY SCHEDULE: (Note: 2pm to 3pm is asynchronous/homework time for students)

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Need help with time management or organization?

Students and Parents,

If you're noticing that managing asynchronous time has become a challenge, please use the Weekly Planner attachment below to organize your day. If you're organized and managing your time wisely, you should be finished with all of your schoolwork by 3pm each day. If you're using this planner and still not able to finish by 3pm, please contact your teachers or the HW Center for additional help.

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