KP Connection

October 13, 2017

KP After School Clubs, Activities & School Groups

Listing of after-school clubs, activities and school groups with meeting days and times.

Need to Know Dates

  • Monday - 10/16 - PTO Mtg - 7PM

  • Saturday - 10/21 - KP Color Run - 10 - 11:30AM

  • Friday - 10/27 - High School Options Fair for 8th graders - 8 to 11:00am

Daily Bulletin

Click here for KP's daily announcements about upcoming activities and opportunities.

School News

Lead Learner Highlights

Dear KP Families,

Students are steadily increasing their involvement in multiple ways to be a part of our school community. KP Cares is launching a bracelet sale to support Breast Cancer Awareness as they prepare to participate in the Making Strides in Hartford walk later on this month. I wanted to let you know that 8th-grade students Julia, Grace, Maya, and Jenna raised $692 to send to the Red Cross to support those affected by the recent hurricanes. We are excited to see students being empathetic toward others and are recognizing their efforts with Be the One Bracelets. In addition to our after-school activities, each of the administrators is supporting student leadership groups to increase student voice in an area of interest. Mr. Gusy is running the KP Diversity group, Mr. Kotler is taking applications for the KP Random Acts of Kindness Club, and I am accepting applications for the Principal's Advisory Council. This week's parent/caregiver resources focus on building empathy in students.

Social-Emotional Learning Focus

During our 30 minute advisory, this morning 6th-grade students worked on completing their charter. Feel free to ask them about how they said they wanted to feel in school every day (Respected, Safe, Fearless, Happy, Energized, and Focused) and the actions they identified to support these feelings.

In 7th grade, students reviewed the RULER anchors and confirmed the revisions they made to their charter. Please feel free to speak with them about the ways they are striving to live out their charter every day.

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Student & Family Opportunities

KP Principal Principal Student Advisory Council

Is your child passionate about giving feedback? Does your have a desire to see KP succeed? Is your child the type of student to advocate for the benefit of others? If you answered yes to these questions, please encourage your child to apply!

Middle School Squash Club Information

Are you still deciding about Squash-- There is one more free Discover Squash clinic on Monday, October 16 at 7pm at the Wyvern Squash Courts (18 Highland St, Hartford, CT 06105).

The Squash Club starts on October 23rd and will meet Monday nights at 7:30 P.M. at the Wyvern Squash Courts. Bring a water bottle and non-marking sneakers or tennis shoes and be ready to get active and have fun! P

Click Here for the West Hartford Middle School Squash Club Sign Up

Click Here for the Membership Application & Waiver form -- reduced price (see above) for participation.

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In an effort to support lifelong readers and in collaboration with the West Hartford Public Library, we are happy to announce on 10/25 staff from WH Public Library will be at King Philip to register and distribute library cards to interested 8th graders. Student's will need to complete a brief form with their name, address, phone and home email and then they will get their library card that day .

A WH Public Library card will allow them access to all the services and programs that the public library has to offer - including print / ebooks, databases, and the WH Library Minecraft server.

Opportunities to Serve the KP Community

Volunteer Support Needed - KP Cares 7th and 8th Dance

We will need volunteers to bring/bake snacks (chips, cookies, cupcakes, box of candy bars/candy and plastic water and or bottles of Gatorade. Please Email if you are interested in helping to make this dance a success.

Parent Information

Please Click Below for Information on our School Goals and Focus Areas

Get Involved at KP -- Start with the PTO

There are several events/activities throughout the year. Please choose at least one to get involved.

Buy Your Groceries and Support KP -- Click Below for our Big Y Fundraiser

Parent/Caregiver Resources

Empathy Book Resources

Community Events

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West Hartford Special Education PTO September & October 2016 Events


Membership Drive

West Hartford SEPTO (Special Education Parent/Teacher Organization) invites you to join our dynamic group, serving the needs of our community. We are a district wide PTO that focuses on special education issues for all the children in our town from Pre-K – High School, at all of our schools. Our website,, contains our calendar of events and special education resource links as well as other helpful information. We encourage parents & guardians of students with IEPs and 504 Plans to join WHSEPTO in addition to their local school’s PTO/PTA. To join West Hartford SEPTO please register online at

Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm

Becoming Your Child’s Best School Advocate: Tips and Tools for Supporting Your Child with an Educational Disability

Carrie Berman, Special Education Advocate and one of the founding members of the West Hartford Special Education PTO, will share her top strategies to help parents effectively communicate with their child’s school and advocate for an appropriate education. Participants will learn tips on preparing for PPT meetings, how to foster positive relationships with teachers and how to work collaboratively as a team even when they disagree.

NEW LOCATION: King Philip Middle School Media Center, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford

Follow us on Facebook at

Follow us on Instagram at @whsepto

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West Hartford Public Schools Mentor Program

Help us spread the word - Mentoring matters!

We are calling on all mentors to spread the word about the value of mentoring. Please take a moment to think about your own mentoring experience. Share this experience with others - your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Help us tap potential recruits by encouraging others to complete an application (attached) for the Fall New Mentor Workshop to learn more about mentoring.

Fall New Mentor Workshop

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Conard High School – Rm. 169

110 Beechwood Drive, West Hartford

6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (Refreshments will be served)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Weinberger, President, Mentor Consulting Group

Those who are interested may sign up for the October 24 New Mentor Workshop by contacting Carol Wilkas, West Hartford Public Schools, District Mentor Coordinator, at 860-231-6009.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of the Mentor Program.

"Public Act 16-189

We believe that it is vital for all students in West Hartford Public Schools to be able to efficiently and effectively use digital tools that empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication, and collaboration. We also believe that we must be committed at all times to protecting students' privacy and providing them with a powerful and safe educational experience. To that end, the West Hartford Public Schools follow the legal requirements of Public Act 16-189 to promote the safety and security of all students and staff.

In compliance with Connecticut State Law, we update online programs used within the district that house student data. The programs may be used district-wide, in a very small number of classrooms, or with individual students. The list will be updated each time the district enters into a new contract where student data is housed. For more information on the specifics of Public Act 16-189 and updates of vendor agreements, visit"