KP Connection

April 10, 2015

Enjoy Spring Break

Things to KNOW

  • Report Cards were distributed today
  • There are no late buses or Homework Club on April 10.
  • There is no Saturday Academy April 11 or 18.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments start on April 20th


Smarter Balanced testing will begin April 20th. KP students will participate in this testing for 72 minutes on each Monday and Tuesday for four weeks. Classes on those days will be longer blocks, 70 minutes, and students will go to each of their assigned classes once over the two days. Please see the schedule for more detailed information.

We look forward to the more detailed feedback we will receive this year. That information will help us adjust our curriculum and better meet the learning needs of KP’s scholars.

Attention parents/guardians of 8th graders – Check your mail!

The long awaited 8th grade end-of-year events packet is in the mail! For your convenience we have included; important dates, permission slips for the High Meadow field trip with due dates and tickets for the Promotion Ceremony. Remember to keep the Promotion Ceremony tickets in a safe place as these are your tickets to this event.

If you need language assistance for the information in the end-of-year packet, please call the main office.

Atención padres / tutores de estudiantes en octavo grado - ¡Chequeen el correo!

Enviamos un paquete de las actividades del fin del octavo grado que ustedes esperan con mucha anticipación. Para su conveniencia, hemos incluido:

  • fechas importantes

  • las formas de permiso escrito para asistir al viaje escolar a High Meadow con las fechas de entregar las formas

  • boletos para la Ceremonia de Promoción.

Recuerden de guardar los boletos para la Ceremonia de Promoción en un lugar seguro porque son los únicos boletos para este evento.

Si usted necesita asistencia con la traducción de la información en el paquete de actividades, favor de llamar a la oficina de KP.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey (click here) about our Character Counts and Postcards. Your feedback will help us plan as we go into next year.

Some Really Good News!

Wow! King Philip donated 150% more food items to the food drive this year than last year. An increase that large is a true testament to everyone's efforts. Thank you to the KP community for all of your kindness and service.


Please be aware that before the first day of your child's 7th grade school year, the following information needs to be brought to the school nurse.

1. Physical exam completed after 7/1/2013

2. Updated immunizations to include Menactra, Tdap and 2 Varicella

Thank you and if you have any questions call us.

Melissa Hawkins RN and Kathy Condon RN

office # 860-929-5260

fax # 860-929-5283

School Counselors help 7th Graders Explore Careers!

This week, the school counselors visited seventh grade Social Studies classes to deliver a lesson on Career Exploration. Students were at first assigned a career to see what it would feel like to not have a choice. Then they took a career interest inventory called Matchmaker on the Career Cruising program available on our school website. Please ask them about this lesson. They should be able to show you a purple handout on which they wrote three careers that interested them and they should also be able to log in to Career Cruising through the KP website (in the FOR STUDENTS section) in order to show you their test results or engage in even more in depth career exploration if they so choose. As they show you their profile, you should also be able to see the results of their Learning Styles Inventory, which they took earlier this year. If your child is having difficulty remembering how to log in to the Career Cruising program, please have him/her email or touch base with one of the school counselors for assistance.

Legally Blonde Jr

Is your child participating in KP's upcoming spring musical, Legally Blonde Jr.?

Do you have any questions regarding the rehearsal schedule? Or just a concern?

Lori Conley, Director, will be happy to answer all of your questions. You can email her at Ms. Conley will be checking emails on a daily basis and will get back to you.

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International Night - Volunteers and Donations Needed!

On Friday, May 29, King Philip Middle School will be hosting this year's International Night to celebrate KP's cultural diversity! Last year, we had approximately 160 people attend this event and this year, we hope it will be more. If any parent or guardian would like to volunteer their time to help organize this event, please e-mail Marisa Tamayo ( or Johanna Kosienski ( If you are not able to volunteer your time, but would still like to help, we would be happy to accept the following donations: paper plates, plastic silverware, plastic cups, napkins, serving utensils, streamers, balloons, plastic tablecloths. Please deliver any donations to either Marisa Tamayo or Johannah Kosienski. Thank you in advance for everyone's support!

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Great things happening for kids next week in West Hartford.

Checkout resources below and online through West Hartford Leisure Services.

Maya Moore Academy

For the first time as a Pro, UConn Legend, 2x WNBA Champion and 2014 WNBA MVP, Maya Moore returns to the NY/CT region to host the Maya Moore Academy, a very special basketball experience with a focus on leadership, service and character.

Life Time Fitness in Westchester, NY on Saturday, April 18 between 10AM-4PM and is open to all girls ages 10-17.

Each camper will receive an exclusive gift pack from Jordan Brand and a signed photo of Maya. Registration deadline is Friday, April 10 and camp is limited to 60 players, so sign up here now.

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Great by Eight --Conversation on April 20th (see flyer below)

Lead By Example: Opening Lines - Substance Abuse Prevention Workshop

Conard High School students in the student-run Lead by Example campaign are hosting an event for parents of middle school students. "Opening Lines: A Student-Led Workshop for Parents on Talking with your Teen About Substance Use" will take place on Friday, April 24th from 6:30-8:00pm in the multi-purpose room at Sedgwick Middle School. The event will include results of student research about communication between teens and parents, communication tips for parents, and a panel discussion featuring high school students and parents about their perspectives on communication about substance use. Refreshments will be provided. You can learn more about the Lead by Example campaign at and Email for more information.

West Hartford Special Education PTO

Wednesday, April 29th

Meeting at 7pm

Join us at Sedgwick Middle School for an informative meeting for all parents. "Planning for the future - transition services, estate planning, financial planning." Please join Suzanne Neville, Esg., Stuart Hawkins Financial Advisor and Lisa Paragone DDS Transition Advisor

Questions? Please contact us at

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