Phillips Preparatory Newsletter

March 2022 Edition

Message from Principal Dennis

Greetings Parents!

I'd like to express my gratitude to our students, parents, school personnel, and community members for pulling together to forge a strong support network for one another. The picture to the left illustrates my advocacy work on Capitol Hill over Mardi Gras break when I met with Alabama's legislators to discuss the needs of our schools. Our IB Learner profile calls for our students to be BALANCED. To cultivate balance, we must all ADVOCATE for the high academic achievement, social-emotional fitness, and mental and physical wellness of our students. As we approach 4th quarter, I ask that you continue to stay connected to one another, fortify relationships, and communicate needs to ensure that our students are successful, healthy, and happy. Stay safe and #StayStrong!

MCPSS BACK TO SCHOOL PARENT GUIDE 8/2/21

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

PARENT TIPS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD

We will continue to share resources to help you support the social-emotional needs of our students. We will also help facilitate parent workshops on topics including Anxiety, Friends and Socializing, Screen Time and Technology, and Trauma and Grief. Improving the health and well-being of our children during the pandemic and beyond is crucial. Collaboration and communication are key.


Click the following link for more resources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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ALABAMA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (ACAP)

Click the tab above to learn more about the ACAP.

The Alabama State Department of Education is implementing the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Summative Assessment for students in grades 2-8. All grade levels will take assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Additionally, 6th and 8th graders will take an assessment in Science. The US Department of Education (USDOE) requires that each school have at least a 95% participation rate for each subject and grade level tested.


Results from the ACAP Alternate and Summative assessments will be used for accountability purposes. All students will be tested, and results will be used for the school's report card calculations. All grade levels will take the English Language Arts Assessment on Tuesday, March 29th. Sixth and eighth graders will take the Science Assessment on Thursday, March 31st. All grade levels will take the Mathematics Assessment on Tuesday, April 5th. Let's all encourage our students to perform their best on these state assessments. Click the link above for more information about the tests.

PTSA: PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Click the tab above for the Phillips PTSA MemberHub Site.

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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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR PARENTS TO NOTE

  • Monday, February 28th - Wednesday, March 2nd - Presidents' Day and Mardi Gras Holidays (No School for Students)

  • Tuesday, March 15th - Friday, March 18th - Band Music Performance Assessment

  • Thursday, March 17th - Third Quarter Ends

  • Friday, March 18th - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)

  • Monday, March 21st - Fourth Quarter Begins

  • Thursday, March 24th - Friday, March 25th - District Honor Band

  • Tuesday, March 29th - ACAP Testing for English Language Arts

  • Thursday, March 31st - ACAP Testing for Science

  • Tuesday, April 5th - ACAP Testing for Mathematics


The Mardi Gras Dance that was postponed will be held in April. Dates for end-of-year 8th grade events will be shared soon.

Class of 2022 t-shirts are now on sale! The names of all 8th graders will be listed on the back of each shirt. Students will be allowed to wear the t-shirts on certain days throughout April and May as well as on Spirit Fridays. The deadline to purchase the shirts is Monday, March 14, 2022. Visit https://phillipsco22.itemorder.com/shop/sale/ to preview and order your t-shirt today! Students' t-shirts will be delivered to the school and distributed to students during homeroom.
CHARACTER MATTERS

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

U.S. Department of Education - Character Education: Dealing with Media Pressure

"Dealing with Media Pressure


Without doubt, media messages influence the values that make up our character. The media—TV, radio, newspapers, movies, songs, video games, advertising—use powerful techniques to get our attention and to get their messages across in the most effective way. Taking charge of our use of the media requires learning to say “no” to media images and messages. It takes practice for children to learn to do this.


To help your child deal with media pressures, you should:

★ Talk with your child about media pressures. Explain that the media can use subtle or clever messages about who she should be, how she should look, how she should act, what should be the focus of her life, what she should do with her time, what kind of people she should value, what she should think of adults, and so on.

★ Help your child identify the different kinds of pressure he faces everyday from TV, magazines, billboards, music, movies, videos games, and more.

★ Discuss the consequences of accepting or not accepting media messages (e.g., being a bone-thin female, being a muscular male, buying designer clothes).

★ Teach your child the two-step refusal process:

1. Check out the message and apply the “self-esteem rule”: Does it make you feel bad about yourself? Do you see people treating each other the way you would want to be treated?

2. If the answer is yes, act quickly to avoid being influenced by doing one of the following:

—Change the channel or station, turn the page, stop playing the game.

—Turn off the TV, song, game, or radio, or throw away the magazine or newspaper or leave the place where the message is being presented.

—Talk back to the message with a positive counter-message.

—Make a joke about the message."

MCPSS 1:1 TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE

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.

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The yearbook deadline has been moved up to March 11th. No late orders will be accepted. Don’t delay. Our students have worked hard on this book, and it's going to be fabulous!

Go to yearbookordercenter.com (school code is 2122) to order!


If you are curious whether or not you’ve already ordered, please click the link below. If you paid a deposit during registration, the remainder is due by 3/9/22. That must be paid in person. For all other orders, go to the site above.


~Kim Wakefield: Yearbook Advisor


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YlEaNc2vzxiuVAzLC0Dx8XBt5EUsn3XFUL_TIUc8zDs/edit?usp=sharing

PHILLIPS IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME

Click the tab above to learn more about IB MYP.

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WHOLE FOODS GRANT WINNER

Congratulations to 6th grade science teacher, Mrs. Prewitt, for receiving a $3,000 grant from Whole Foods. The grant gives her the opportunity to plant a garden with her students. This STEM Garden will be used to apply principles of the engineering design process and apply knowledge that students have gained across multiple disciplines. Way to go, Mrs. Prewitt!

VISUAL ARTS ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM COMPETITION

Congratulations to PPS Pirate Farrah Hujier (8th Grade) who is a winner in the Visual Arts Achievement Program Competition. Farrah's artwork will now advance to the state competition. A reception was held on Sunday, February 20th to showcase the exhibit. This year’s awards were made possible by sponsorship from the Mobile Art Association. Great job, Farrah!
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3RD PLACE IN DISTRICT SPELLING BEE

Sariah Hossain, our Phillips Preparatory Spelling Bee Champion, competed in the 95th Annual Mobile County Spelling Bee and came in 3rd place! Sariah received a plaque, a cash prize, LendingTree Bowl tickets, and promotional materials. We are very proud of you, Sariah!
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VEX ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Let's have a round of applause for our RoboPirates who competed in the VEX IQ Robotics Competition. Excellent teamwork and application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Special thanks to their sponsor, Ms. Sharma. Great job!
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CLUB DAY - EVERY STUDENT IS INCLUDED!

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CLUB DAY - STUDENT VOICE AND STUDENT CHOICE

Based on the feedback that we received from students and parents in our December survey, we adjusted the Lab Day schedule to carve out time for students to meet in clubs during school hours. EVERY student gets to choose their club and is connected with a group of people with similar interests. Club Day is designed for students to have fun, explore, and collaborate.
ATHLETICS - PPS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Click the tab above to access information about PPS athletics.

Admission tickets for all MCPSS events must be purchased online at www.gofan.co. 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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SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR

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

ALABAMA PTA 2022 DIVERSITY WRITING CONTEST

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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 - March Menus

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