FPHS Parent and Student Memo

November 15, 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,

  • ASB Spirit Week starting 11/15! Monday = Twin Day; Tuesday = Dress to Impress; Wednesday = Wear Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month; Thursday = Dress like your favorite teacher; Friday = Dress like a movie character.

  • Nov. 15: Winter Sports begin!

  • 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.

  • Homework Center: Need extra help in any of your classes? The HW Center is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 4pm. Hours are extended on early release Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 4pm. You can attend in person in room 202 (next to the Library) or you can attend virtually at the same times using this LINK.
  • 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: Liz Zepeda

My Role: Spanish Teacher

Favorite Hobbies: Reading and hiking.

Favorite Book: Open veins of Latin America

Favorite Quote: "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" Frida Kahlo

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Morgan Stewart

My Role at FPHS: ELL paraeducator

Favorite Hobbies: cooking, reading, bartending, travel, nerding out over Linguistics/languages

Favorite Book: this week it's "Nevernight"... but it changes often

Favorite Quote: "The simple things in life are embedded in the riddle"- Babbletron

NOVEMBER Culture Calendar

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

November is ...

  • Native American Heritage Month. Learn more HERE.
  • National Adoption Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/1: Dia de los Muertos. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/11: Veterans Day. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/14: Diwali. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/16: Dutch American Heritage Day. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/26: Thanksgiving

  • Cardinal Character Trait for NOVEMBER: RESPONSIBILITY

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FPHS 22 Push-Up Challenge!

Did you know that on average 22 veterans a day take their own lives due to PTSD?

In honor of Veterans Day, FPHS is challenging our whole community to join the National November 22 Push Up Challenge and do 22 push-ups each day in November to honor our veterans.

Please, take a video or pictures of you, your class, your sports team, your club, your family, your coworkers, etc. doing 22 push-ups and email it to FPHS ASB Leadership at kpascal@fpschools.org.

Kudos to you, Mr. Call, for taking a few minutes out of your Spanish class and sending in our first video!

22 para los veteranos
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FPHS Daffodil Princess!

Kudos and thanks to Tressa Cherrington, Clair Ensunsa, Hannah Fritze, Victoria Plom, and Paige Tinder for qualifying and participating in this year's Daffodil Selection Night. You were all amazing!

Congratulations to our 2021-22 Daffodil Princess: Victoria Plom!

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Did you know there are seven pathways in agriculture? Learn about a couple different careers in agriculture in this educational video!
What Major and Classes do I need to become a Veterinarian?

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.

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After School Intervention:

After School Intervention (ASI) begins promptly at 3:00 pm and runs until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday with the exclusion of early release Wednesday. Students will report to room 202 and work with the Intervention team to reflect on inappropriate behaviors as well as any school assignments as needed. Students are expected to sign in to ASI no later than 3:05. If they are late or do not show, they will be assigned a progressive follow up intervention. Parents may pick students up after ASI or the activity bus is available and runs at 4:45pm. Campus closes sharply at 3pm for students not involved in a supervised after school activity. Students are expected to remain in the front of the school while waiting for the activity bus.

Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. Throughout the month of November, Indigenous people have been celebrating Native American Heritage Month. These 4 young Native content creators spoke to BBC My World about what the month means to them, and how they have been using their platforms to celebrate their culture and raise awareness about issues impacting their communities.

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.

CELEBRATING Native American Heritage Month - BBC My World

Winter Wishes!

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!

Pierce County Skills Center:

Cardinal Sports:

Athletes and families,

The Fall sports season is wrapping up this week! The Cardinal Football team will close out the season with a week 10 game at Chief Sealth. Cardinal Cross Country is heading over the pass to Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, Washington for the state championships. Three athletes (Hattie Lindow, Jadon Shadlow, and Isaac Venable) qualified for the state cross country meet. Volleyball is currently waiting for the seeding committee to determine if they will make the District 3 tournament and if so, what seed they will be. Soccer won their first round playoff game 3-2 vs. Highline, but ended their season on Thursday evening in a loss to Lindbergh. Thank you Fall sport athletes!

Winter Sports

Winter sports are coming fast. Below is a list of coaches for our winter sport programs. Bowling has already begun, Flag football starts on November 22nd and all other winter sports will be starting on November 15th. Please be sure to have had a physical within the last two years and register in familyID. Register at this link.


If you have questions about the season or practice times be sure to email the coaches below.

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Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes


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, November 17, 2021 from 1-5pm (Pfizer Child Dose 1; Pfizer Adult Booster)
  • 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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