Phillips Preparatory Newsletter

November 2021 Edition

Message from Principal Dennis

Greetings Parents!

We are well into second quarter and holiday season approaches. As the temperatures fall, make sure that students bundle up with their PPS fleece jackets or their navy business blazers. We are planning several activities for our students including Pirate Fest, a winter play, and a winter dance. It is paramount that we remain vigilant about our safety and wellness by maintaining good health practices. Our focus is on nurturing well-rounded, balanced students who thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Thank you for being active partners in this endeavor. #StayStrong


Click the tab above to view the district's plan.

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Message from Supt. Threadgill

October 22, 2021


We successfully made it through the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. I challenged everyone to #StartStrong this year. That was proven to be an understatement in describing the performance of students, employees, and parents throughout the first quarter, as you all went above and beyond everyone’s expectations. Even while continuing to deal with a lot of uncertainty, #TeamMCPSS prevailed and will continue to #StayStrong as we proceed with the remainder of the school year.

When the mask mandate was put into place, we indicated that once COVID-19 numbers decreased, we would reassess our policy. To date, our numbers have decreased, and Mobile County is no longer in the “high threat” category, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The current status justifies the removal of the mask mandate. Beginning November 1, 2021, masks will be optional, but still strongly recommended, for students and employees on all MCPSS campuses and offices.

While masks will be optional, we will still implement safety practices such as social distancing as much as possible, the frequent cleaning of our facilities, and the use of sanitizers. Our priority will remain the health and safety of everyone. We will continue monitoring positive cases as we approach the winter months and will adjust as necessary. Note that students who wear masks are less likely to be quarantined, in accordance with the CDC and ADPH guidance we sent to all our families. Also, students and employees who are fully vaccinated won’t need to quarantine if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

MCPSS Magnet Application Window

SPREAD THE NEWS! The fall magnet application window for new students will be open from October 25 - November 15, 2021. Tell your friends and relatives about the amazing things offered at our school and let them know why Phillips is the ONLY choice!

STEM Night for Prospective Students - October 26, 2021

Check out the video below highlighting our 2021 Prospective Student and Parent STEM Night.

Click the tab above for the Phillips PTSA MemberHub Site.

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Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. From playground equipment to technology to library books, your school can use this money to help teachers and students get the supplies they need.
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  • Monday, November 1st - Signature Academy Presentations for Eighth Graders
  • Wednesday, November 3rd - Council Traditional Students Visit Phillips
  • Friday, November 5th - PTSA Pirate Fest
  • Wednesday, November 10th - Virtual Veterans Day Program
  • Thursday, November 11th - Veterans' Day Holiday (No School)
  • Tuesday, November 16th - Spelling Bee
  • Wednesday, November 17th - Make Up Pictures for Yearbook (Jim Owen Studios)
  • November 22nd - November 26th - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Click the tab above to access "Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen", from

U.S. Department of Education - Character Education: RESPECT

"Respect for Others

Respect for others is based on self-respect and is summed up in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It is the value that makes the world a more decent and civilized place.

People show respect in many ways. They speak and act civilly—avoiding insults, cruel remarks and rude or crude language. They are courteous and considerate of others, including family members and friends, and care about their rights, beliefs and well-being. They treat others fairly and as individuals, regardless of race, sex, age or ethnic group. They display tolerance for people who do not share their personal beliefs and likes—so long as those people do not harm others.

Research indicates that children learn to respect others when they are treated with respect themselves. Constant criticism of a child, negative comments about him and failure to praise his achievements can lead the child to be disrespectful to others. Treating children with respect pays large dividends both to families and to societies as a whole.

What You Can Do

  • Practice respectful ways of communicating. Show your child how to talk to others with respect.

  • Help your child to resolve conflicts nonviolently. When facing a conflict, encourage your child to do the following: (1) Find out what the conflict is. For example, if your child is angry because his little brother barges into his room without knocking, help him to explain the conflict by using an "I" statement, such as "I feel angry when you come into my room without knocking." (2) Next, suggest different ways he might resolve the conflict. He could say to his brother, "I know I can't always hear when I'm listening to music, so you knock really loud five times—if I don't answer, then open the door." Or, "If I don't answer your knock, slide a note under the door." Or, "Let's use our walkie talkies." (3) Then have your child agree on one of the choices. (4) Finally, have him make a plan to check whether the solution is working.

  • Teach your child to respect the valued traditions of your heritage. Talk about family customs for showing respect, for honoring elders and for helping the community. Encourage her to do these things."


Click the tab above to learn more about the 1:1 Initiative.

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, Mobile County Public School System will provide every student in Grades K-12 with a computer to use for school, giving a ratio of one computer for each student in the district. Our entire district will be "1:1"!

But our implementation of this increased student access to technology involves much more than can be represented by a simple ratio - more computers for students is only a part of our 1:1 initiative. Students will have access to more and better digital resources for learning and collaboration. Teachers will be supported with timely professional development opportunities, rich curricular resources, and faster access to better data to help guide instruction. Administrators will be able to make informed decisions, based on student performance data. Parents will have easier access to their students' assignments, assessments, and communications.

Our learning management system - Schoology - will communicate with our new student information system - PowerSchool - to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with current, actionable information on student achievement.

Providing each student with a computer will allow us to take even more advantage of the vast and growing availability of web-based resources.

Please visit our Resources Page for more information and guidance.


Yearbooks are now on sale! The cost is $35. Parents may purchase yearbooks online by visiting and entering school code 2122. We encourage parents to order online. Make-up fall portraits for yearbook are scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th. Students will wear their business attire (blazers and ties). This year's yearbook sponsor is Mrs. Wakefield. You may reach her at
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8th Grade Advertisements for Yearbook

The yearbook will include a space for personalized advertisements for 8th grade students. If interested, complete the attached form and send the payment of $40 to your child's homeroom teacher. Once payment is made, you will submit pictures and information via the Google form.
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8th Graders' Baby Pictures Wanted!

Our school traditions include posting baby pictures of our 8th grade students in the annual yearbook. Click the following link to submit your picture:


The make-up date for Fall portraits is Wednesday, November 17th. Portraits will be taken by Jim Owen Studios. As this event falls on a Wednesday, students will wear business attire for their portraits. Flyers for ordering pictures will be sent home by students.
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Click the tab above to learn more about IB MYP.

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Mrs. Murphy Parkes wins a NOYCE Grant

Phillips Preparatory School science instructor Natalie Murphy Parkes was surprised with a grant award from the University of South Alabama. USA College of Education and Professional Studies professors delivered materials including a Thinkpad, document camera, digital scales, cell models, and much more. Deliveries of instructional materials were made to Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program alumni throughout the district. Great job!

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Bullying Prevention Week and Red Ribbon Week

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Stakeholder Partnerships


Click the tab above to access information about PPS athletics.

Admission tickets for all MCPSS events must be purchased online at Social distancing and safety protocols will be enforced at all events. Metal detectors will be used to check attendees of all MCPSS events. Thank you for complying with all safety protocols.
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Congratulations to our volleyball team who ended their season in 2nd place for the district championship! We are proud of your phenomenal season!




Click the tab above to view the complete Phillips school calendar.


AR is open for students to take tests. This year, goals are set for the semester, not the quarter. The prize for our top point earner will be a set of Apple AirPods. However, several other prizes such as gift cards, books, and book sets will be awarded. Students should get busy reading and taking tests. Happy Reading!

To participate in the AR competition:

1. Select the Renaissance app in Clever.

2. Choose Student.

3. Enter your user name (your 10 digit number) and password (abc123).

4. The highest point value with at least an 85% comprehension will win the Apple AirPods, but a ticket for various other prize drawings will be given to everyone who meets their grade level point goal and maintains at least 85% comprehension.

Second Quarter Novel - 8th Grade

Each eighth grade student should be securing a copy of the 2nd quarter novel, Surviving Hitler. Copies will be on sale at the school for $10. More information will be provided to students by their 8th grade ELA teachers.
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Extended Day

The Phillips Extended Day program (PED) is a service for our families who need care for their children after regular school hours. PED provides a safe and monitored environment for your child between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day. **Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks must be worn during Extended Day.** Review the document below for more details.

Cafeteria - November Menus

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2023 Trip to Costa Rica and Panama (Not a School-Sponsored Trip)

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is critical for our students to become more culturally aware, explore new ideas, and grow their potential.

Thank you for your interest about our upcoming Summer 2023 trip to Costa Rica and Panama. It's an incredible opportunity for our students to explore another place and culture, and I can't wait to see them discover more about themselves in the process. If you’ve already enrolled, welcome aboard!

Enroll here to secure your spot with our risk-free enrollment period: *Risk-free enrollment means you can cancel by February 1, 2022 and receive a 100% refund.

Have questions? The friendly folks at EF's Traveler Support team can help at 800-665-5364. And if your child has friends who haven't signed up yet, feel free to pass this message along to their families, too.