November 10, 2017
Need to Know Dates
Monday, 11/13 - Report Cards Distributed
Monday, 11/13 - PTO Meeting - Focus on Supporting Middle School Students
Tuesday, 11/14 - Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal
Wednesday, 11/15 - Conferences - 1:30pm dismissal
Thursday, 11/16 - Conferences - 12:45pm dismissal
Friday, 11/17 - Unified Theater Production @ 7pm
Listing of after-school clubs, activities and school groups with meeting days and times.
Lead Learner Highlights
Dear KP Families,
Well, the cold weather has hit outside, but we are feeling warm and fuzzy at King Philip following this week's activities. We appreciate our staff and students who baked and wrapped cookies on Thursday to mail to current service people. Today we held a breakfast and ceremony to honor our KP Family Veterans. We want to thank all of the families who contributed to our breakfast to honor the veterans that are dear to our students and staff. We will continue to support those who serve our country in the military over the course of the year through Project 436 (see below) and hope that you will support our 8th-grade students as they lead in this area.
If you are looking to honor our veterans as a family, venture to Town Hall tomorrow at 11:00 AM and meet at the Veterans Memorial, corner of North Main Street and Farmington for a Veterans Day Ceremony sponsored by the American Legion Post 96 and featuring the Sedgwick Middle School Principal, Andrew Clapsaddle.
Please join us for the next PTO Meeting!
When: Monday, November 13 at 7 pm
Where: The Commons at King Philip Middle School
We will have a special guest speaker – Marnie Paulus – who will present “Middle School Tips to Help Your Child Succeed and Reduce Your Stress.”
After the presentation, we will discuss upcoming PTO events and the kickoff for the Trex Recycling Challenge.
CONGRATS TO OUR TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING TEACHERS
WHPS Middle School Technology & Engineering program won the PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD for the 2017-18 school year.
The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. The CTEEA and ITEEA judges were very impressed with our detailed application which highlighted our mission, goals, curriculum and classroom technology.
Our T&E teachers will be honored at Tuesday's annual State conference. Congrats Carey, Derek and Cathy.
6th Grade Parents/Caregivers:
We would like to host you for a parent evening program to discuss the transition to middle school. It is important to us that we share information on topics that are relevant to your experience. On the day of your conference, you will find chrome books set up in the 6th-grade hallway. Before or after your conference please take a 2-minute survey sharing what topics you would be interested in learning more about during that evening program. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.
6th Grade School Counselor
Please look to see what is coming up for before and after school intramural activities.
Opportunities to Serve the KP Community
This year as a school we will be adopting a Battalion of 54 men and women who will be serving in the Middle East throughout this year. We will have a drive to collect goods and money (for shipping costs) to send to the battalion 11/13-17.
We are also collecting any extra Halloween candy to send to the battalion while they are training at Ft. Hood this month. Please bring any extra candy in a bag to the office by Wednesday.
Please click on the following link for a complete list of items to donate: https://docs.google.com/a/whps.org/document/d/1rKS_ur-96mbLEJAHjZse9LTtTwt6IBR9WNaMMGWE6uc/edit?usp=sharing
6th Grade Spanish teacher Mrs. Gieczewskiwould like to offer a sewing component to our Maker Space options. To make this happen, we are looking for two or three basic sewing machines and a supply of cotton fabrics. So if you have a basic sewing machine or cotton fabrics that you would like to donate to KP, please drop them off at the office or contact Mrs. Gieczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
West Hartford Special Education PTO News
Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm
Join us for a discussion with Special Guest, Dan Weiner, MA LPC
Dan Weiner, MA LPC has provided psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, parents, families, and adults for the last 20 years. Dan’s practice serves clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues, while also specializing in the treatment of neuro-developmental disorders which effect clients, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Dan co-founded and is a partner in the Family Resource and Development Center, LLC (FRDC, LLC), also located in West Hartford, CT. FRDC is a group psychotherapy practice offering a variety of mental health services to children, adolescents, and families throughout the state of Connecticut.
NEW LOCATION: King Philip Middle School Media Center, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford
Membership Drive & Book Club
Your 2017-2018 membership dues earn you a great deal this year: a paperback copy of Ross Greene's Raising Human Beings.
For just $15, you can support Special Education projects, receive information about SEPTO events, and earn a best-selling author's book, a great, down-to-earth read, whether your children have challenging behaviors or not! The book can be claimed by new or renewing members for 2017-2018 at any SEPTO meeting beginning October 25. Please see www.WHSepto.org for program details and www.whsepto.org/membership.html to join or to renew your membership.
The book will be discussed at our April meeting, as West Hartford Schools personnel share their training in Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model. The model focuses on identifying the skills a person is lacking and the expectations they’re having difficulty meeting. Then the goal is to help them solve those problems, rather than trying to modify their behavior through application of rewards and punishments.] Greene proposes that kids will do well when they are able. And they will learn to better communicate, take another's perspective, and resolve disagreements without conflict when they are made collaborative, proactive partners in finding solutions.
Friday, December 1 from 9:30am to 10:30am
Coffee & Conversation" at Panera in Bishops Corner
The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special education services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting. We generally meet in the back of the restaurant.
You helped us raise $500 during our Harry’s BC Fundraiser on October 11th!
Funds raised will go directly back into supporting our students receiving special education services in West Haertford.
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"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 www.whps.org/pa189."