KP Connection

October 10, 2014

Upcoming Events/Activities

Friday, October 10th

  • The mosquitos are coming! The mosquitos are coming! Should you care? Come to Science Club this afternoon to find out. Come see what all the buzz is about in Room 122 right after school today.

  • On-the-Spot! Improv Workshop is on again today from 3-4pm in the large cafe.

Monday, Oct. 13th - Columbus Day - No School

Thursday, October 16th

  • Rachel's Challenge assembly and kick off to KP's Chose Kind movement.

  • Odyssey of the Mind will have its informational meeting next Thursday, October 16 in room 200. Students from all grade levels are welcome to attend in order to learn more about this program that focuses on group problem solving and creativity. Please see Mr. Bannon in room 200 for more details.

Tuesday, October 21st

  • If you love to read, and love to talk about what you read, join the KP Book Club. We’ll be meeting once a month to discuss some great books, and sometimes even talk with the authors. If you’re interested, see either Mrs. Wallace (room M209) or Mrs. DeMello (Library) to get a copy of our first book. First Meeting will be Tuesday, October 21 in the Library after school. See you there.


KP School Wide Spirit Days - How much spirit do you have? Show us on KP Spirit Days!

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Unified Sports-Soccer Tournament

Congratulations to the King Philip Unified Soccer team who won the gold medal in Wednesday's Unified Soccer Tournament. We are very proud of our athletes who have been working very hard all season long!

Student Recognition

Character Counts at KP
An astounding one hundred thirty students were awarded Character Counts at KP certificates to begin the 2014-15 school year! These students were honored for deeds which warrant recognition by the staff and demonstrate that King Philip Middle School students continue to exhibit our positive character traits: Respectfulness, Responsibility and Good Citizenship. Each month students honored with a certificate will be showcased on the wall next to the main office. Please join us in congratulating: Esteban D, Maxwell P, Isaiah L, Jaime G, Lauren T, Isabelle D, Gabriella L, Joshua L, Santiago V, Dianny L, Noah C, Julian H, Jacob B, Katelyn A, George T, Grace M, Carlos P, Aidan O, Gavin B, Emily D, Faith L, Dylan R, Joonbeom H, Jordan S, Ashley G, Quillian T, Joseph F, Miranda M, Ashay R, Luke A, Benjamin Z, Bridgette K, Leo M, Jordan F, Cole G, Israel H, Cathy H, John M, Zachary M, Joshua P, Oscar S, Connor F, Macyna H, Samantha B, Liat B, Gideon B, Jacob D, Lauren D, Shayneshka D, Dan C, Veronyka F, Julia H, Adam L, Michael L, Hayden M, Courtney S, Saika R, Anastazia C, Ellery D, Ryan A, Rebecca D, Trey C, Tomas P, Nathin B, Owen B, Olivia D, Maia G, Abigail G, Arden H, Spencer M, Seamus O, Samuel P, Mark R, Jonathan S, Hayden S, Amandah S, Daniel S, Lauren T, Sylvia W, Liam W, Jenna Z, Garrett E, Imani L, Mia Picciolo, Gared B, Jacob T, Greg K, Carina A, Zion H, Madison Z, Ethan A, Jayden B, Rylie D, Abe D, Joy L, Princess N, Lily O, Janine P, Sam W, Lily Z, Bianca C, Sabrina B, Alex M, Abby F, Lauren C, Joshua P, Matthew G, Katey G, Apofe K, Luke A, Camille L, Juliet L, Bryan R, Onyx E, Colleen K, Patrick K, Delaney C, Sarah P, Zoe F, Brianna B, Michael P, Angela Z, Jonathan R, Sinead M, Megan P, Mitchell F, Desiree C, Margaret G, Ethan P and Rachel S.

Students of the Month

Ashley G, Carter O, Drew S, Liv D, Zoe C, Alex M, Madison Z, Matthew K, Emily C, Matthew G, Luke U, Layla M, Rebecca D, Samuel K, Grace D, Henry H and Chase M.

It always gives us pleasure to recognize our students in positive ways.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Every year the federal government requires families who may need this service to reapply. Thursday was the last day of the new year extension where students who qualified last year did not have to pay for lunch. If you believe this is still a need, please complete an application and submit it as soon as possible. Thank you.

Please Welcome our new staff member

Vijay Bhatia

Vijay is originally from New York City. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a Masters in Education and student taught in New Britain and Rocky Hill High School as a secondary biology teacher. He is honored to assist the team here at King Philip Middle School in our special needs program.

Healthy Lunch and Snack Reminder

We believe that healthy bodies lead to healthy minds. We are asking for your support in helping us by making sure your child is packing healthy lunch. If your family decides to include a treat, we ask that students enjoy it themselves and refrain from bringing in treats (cookies, chips, and candy) to share with other students. Thank you so much.

Assessment Information

Reading Assessment Information

October, 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In the next month, your middle school student will take the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test (GMRT) along with all Grade 6-8 students. The GMRT is a research-based, nationally normed reading assessment.

The Gates-MacGinitie will be administered in one 20-minute and one 35-minute session during English-Language Arts classes. This multiple choice test provides vocabulary and comprehension scores and a Lexile reading level. Lexile level information will support classroom instruction and reading intervention as well as student and teacher selection of reading materials. Results of this assessment will be shared with you at parent/guardian-teacher conferences in November.

For further information on the Lexile Framework, please see If you have any questions regarding the Gates MacGinitie assessment, please contact your child’s English teacher or your school’s English Department Supervisor.

Our sincere best wishes,

Catherine Buchholz, English Department Supervisor, King Philip

Tom Paleologopoulous, English Department Supervisor, Bristow/Sedgwick

CMT Information

Dear Parents and Guardians:

During the month of September, our school mailed home individual score reports for all students who participated in the Science CMT last year as eighth graders. Science is the only subject area test that includes an individual score report. By way of reminder, last year, all students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in a field test of the Smarter Balanced assessment of reading, writing, and mathematics.

While the 2013-14 Field Test provided students and our school system with important information regarding the expectations for these new state assessments, we will not be provided individual score reports from the state. The Smarter Balanced assessments have officially replaced the CMT for grades 3-8 and the CAPT in high school as our mandatory state assessments for these content areas. They are scheduled to be given in the Spring and will include individual reports of student performance beginning this (2014-15) school year. If you have any questions about these assessments, do not hesitate to contact Joy K. Wright , Principal/Lead Learner

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Families

Rachel’s Challenge Comes to KP

In just 6 days Rachel’s Challenge will be at KP. This program is our kick-off event for KP’s “Choose Kind” movement and will be seen by 7th and 8th grade students on Thursday, Oct. 16. In preparation, please review the information below and talk with your children about the program as we prepare to accept Rachel’s Challenge to spread kindness and compassion in our community and our world.

Parent Letter

We Want our Students Involved After School!

  • All activity participation requires the $25 activity fee. Please call our office if you have questions or need assistance.


News from the KP PTO

Still looking for a KP car magnet, please email us at ~The magnets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

Family Resources--Internet Awareness

CyberCompass website

The CyberCompass initiative is a townwide response to the unprecedented advancements in technology that have a significant impact on the lives of West Hartford’s children and their families. The mission of the CyberCompass committee, comprised of parents and educators, is to maintain ongoing programs and resources dedicated to keeping kids safe in a wired world. This website serves as a clearinghouse of resources for parents, educators and children to turn to in their efforts to educate themselves, to raise awareness of the advantages and dangers associated with the use of diverse technologies, and to provide age and educationally appropriate guidelines to maximize instruction and prevent children from being harmed in a 24/7 connected world.


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Student Contests

  • CPSC has just announced a new carbon monoxide poster contest for middle school students. The contest started on Monday, July 14 and goes through February 2015. Finalists get $500 each and the grand prize winner gets an additional $1,000.