FPHS Parent and Student Memo

June 14, 2021

FPS District Equity Statement

We are committed to supporting students, families, and staff by dismantling racism and other systems of oppression and inequity by empowering each individual to be successful by valuing race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and environment.


  1. Equity and Social Justice
  2. Improved Instruction
  3. Family and Community Engagement

Our Equity Team would like to partner with our parents and students to fulfill our mission to support our students, staff, and families by identifying and dismantling systems that perpetuate, exacerbate, or produce inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. If you would like to collaborate with us, please let us know HERE. If you want to learn more about our commitment to EQUITY and ANTI-RACISM, feel free to contact any of our FPHS Equity Team members: Hartley, Marzano, Wright, Laban, Hackney, Apelu, Brist, Call, Chapman, Detweiler, Fineman, Goodrum, Inman, Kaunda, B. Lee, Martin, Plaskett, Quill, Roscoe, Scroger, Shoopman, Washam, C. Lee, McNeil, Lovell, Wacker, Tracy, and T. Johnson.

Dear Parents and Students,

  • Summer School: Summer School Registration is here! We will be offering four different summer school classes in-person and we will have openings for online APEX courses as well. The four in-person courses are Biology, Algebra 1/2 , Geometry and English 9. Please be sure to register HERE right away. You will be contacted in the next three weeks to let you know about your summer school placement.

  • Yearbooks: Yearbooks are set to be delivered to the school Monday! Yearbook Pickup/Distribution will be at the front of the school on Monday, June 14th from 1:45PM to 2:45PM and Tuesday, June 15th from 1:45PM to 2:45 PM. Seniors will be able to get their yearbooks at this time OR at Grad Rehearsal at the fairgrounds on Tuesday. Books are NO LONGER FOR SALE ONLINE. They now must be purchased through the bookkeeper. *PLEASE BE AWARE: These times are POSSIBLY subject to change if the shipment is delayed on Monday. We are hoping this will not happen, but will keep you updated if this is the case.​​​*

  • Band Students: Make sure you've turned in all band instruments, uniforms, materials, etc. to Mr. Pelandini by Friday, June 18!

  • Seniors and parents of Seniors: Read the updated Senior section regarding Graduation.

  • The end of the year is rapidly approaching. The last day of school for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders is June 22nd.

  • Finals Week is June 14 - 18. Make sure you are READY!

  • June 21: Cohort A, periods 1, 2, and 3.

  • June 22: Cohort B, periods 4, 5, and 6 (half day).

  • Make sure you're following us on Social Media: FPHS Facebook page; FPHS Twitter page; FPHS Instagram page.
  • Visit HERE to view previous Parent and Student Memos.

Please, make sure you have all the info below. We miss you and wish you all the very best. Stay safe and be well!

Final Bi-Weekly Announcement!

Another great video! Thank you ASB Team! We'll miss you, Seniors!

Student Vaccination Clinic:

Parents and Students,

FPHS will be hosting a 2nd Vaccination Clinic for Students sponsored by Pierce County Emergency Management. This will be for students needing their 2nd dose or students wanting a first dose. The vaccination dates are June 14 and June 15 from 11:30am to 2pm. If you are fully remote or Running Start, you can come on either day between the hours of 2pm and 3pm. This opportunity is ONLY for FPHS students and is completely voluntary. Parent permission is REQUIRED for both 1st and 2nd doses. You may pick up your Parent Permission form and vaccination information packet from the Main Office. If you are getting your 1st dose, it will be your responsibility to find a location for the 2nd dose since school will be out by the time you're eligible. This is not a FPHS event. We are simply a host site for Pierce County Emergency Management.

Registration and Parent Consent HERE.

Laptop Collection!

All students need to turn in their laptops, chargers, and hot spots (if you checked one out).

You have several options below:

  • Saturday, 6/12, at WHS or FPHS from 9am to 1pm. This is mostly for Seniors who have finished all of their coursework.
  • Monday through Thursday, 6/14 - 6/17, in the FPHS Library. This is mostly for Seniors who have finished all of their coursework.
  • Friday, 6/18, for Cohort B during Advisory class.
  • Monday, 6/21, for Cohort A during Advisory class.
  • Monday and Tuesday, 6/21 - 6/22, in the FPHS Library.
  • Saturday, 6/26, at WHS or FPHS from 9am to 2pm. This is for any student who was not able to turn in laptops on the dates above.

Hey, Seniors!

  • Graduation Info: Find Grad Info and the LIVE STREAMING link HERE.
  • Grad Tickets: Due to limited seating capacity at the Fairgrounds, each graduating Senior will receive 6 complimentary guest tickets. No additional tickets are available for sale. Infants who cannot sit on their own do not require a ticket. Family/guest groups of 6 will be seated together and socially distanced from the next group. Tickets are available for pick up in the Main Office starting Monday between 8am and 3pm. Only Seniors on the Graduation Walk List are eligible to pick up tickets.
  • Masks are required for all guests and graduates at the Grad Ceremony.
  • Large signs, balloons, noise makers, air horns, etc. are not permitted in the Fairgrounds.
  • At the end of the graduation ceremony, all graduates and guests will need to exit the fairgrounds immediately and meet up outside with families for photos, etc. Gatherings and photos after the graduation ceremony will not be permitted inside the Fairgrounds.
  • We're excited and grateful to be able to host a live graduation this year. We've been given permission to do so because we are agreeing to follow all of the Covid Safety Guidelines from the state, Health Department, and WA State Fairgrounds. Thank you for helping us stay safe and for following these guidelines.
  • Graduation will also be live streamed for those guests who are unable to attend in person. Live stream link HERE.
  • Graduation Eligibility Walk List Posted: In the foyer by the Main Office. Updated weekly. As Seniors are added to the Walk List, they are receiving their Graduation Signs and a "special" treat. Way to go!
  • Last day for on-track Seniors: June 11
  • Graduation Rehearsal (REQUIRED): June 15, 9am, WA State Fairgrounds. Students do not need their caps and gowns for the rehearsals. HOWEVER, please see the note below regarding the Graduation Parade, which takes place immediately after the Grad Rehearsal. Students should arrive no later than 8:45am.
  • Graduation Masks: We have 2021 FPHS Graduation masks for each graduating senior. Masks will be handed out at rehearsals to be worn at graduation.
  • Graduation Parade: June 15, 10:30am. Sign up HERE to attend. Depart from FPHS. Students will wear their caps and gowns for the grad parade.
  • Graduation: June 17, 6pm, WA State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5pm for families. Graduates should arrive at 5pm and no later than 5:45pm.
  • Senior Canvas Page HERE.


Can Seniors decorate their graduation caps?

Yes. Please, read the following guidelines carefully.


  • Not required.
  • Decorated caps SHOULD express gratitude toward loved ones, recognition for the university or career path you’re pursuing, inspirational quote, recognition of your culture, and other creative, positive messages or images that represent YOU.
  • Decorated caps MUST NOT contain any references to drugs, alcohol, weapons, sex, gangs, violence, hate groups, obscenities, profanities, vulgarities, or defamation of others.
  • Suggestion: Do not write, paint, or draw directly onto your cap. Instead, trace your cap onto scrapbooking paper or cardboard and decorate that.
  • Inappropriate or even “questionable” caps will not be allowed. We do not have replacement caps for you. No cap = No participation in the graduation ceremony.
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Biomedical Science Class of 2021!

Congratulations to the Biomedical Science Class of 2021: Hanna Bahbah, Aiden Armstrong, Elizabeth Nickel, and Gracie Higgins! During their 4 years at FPHS, these students have successfully completed Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovations. For their senior year, these students worked on a senior thesis where they determined a current medical problem and an innovation to solve it. These students then presented their innovation to a panel. For completing the Biomedical program at FPHS, these students were awarded their lab coats. Well done!

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Thanks, Seniors!

JUNE Culture Calendar

Students and Families, take some time this month to learn something new about a culture and share it with others.

JUNE is ...

  • PRIDE MONTH: Learn more HERE.


  • 6/11 KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY: Learn more HERE.

  • 6/14 FLAG DAY: Learn more HERE.

  • 6;/19 JUNETEENTH: Learn more HERE.

  • 6/20 FATHERS' DAY: Learn more HERE.

  • 6/20 WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Learn more HERE.

Cardinal Character Trait for JUNE: JOY! Learn more HERE.
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Job Interviews are a very important opportunity to make a good first impression. Please, watch the NON-EXAMPLE below. Don't do this!
A Millennial Job Interview

Boundary Review Open House!

Franklin Pierce Schools is in the process of assessing school boundaries in order to adjust for changing school populations. A team of local FPS families, community members and district staff have worked this Spring to analyze data, engage local community members and provide recommendations for school boundary adjustments.

The committee will be hosting a Zoom Open House this Thursday, June 10 from 6-7pm or 7-8pm for you all to learn more and to provide feedback. If you are unable to attend but would still like to provide feedback on the proposed changes, please:

  1. Watch the Boundary Review Overview Video
  2. View the current school boundary map option
  3. Provide Feedback on the online Boundary Review Feedback Form

For additional information about the boundary review process or the open house, please visit www.fpschools.org/openhouse.

Thank you for your interest in this matter and we look forward to hearing your feedback as we consider these revisions.


Franklin Pierce Schools

Public Information Office



Family and Community Engagement

The Franklin Pierce High School Food & Hygiene Pantry is available for all students and their families.

Use this LINK to view our current food & hygiene pantry options. Please mark the items you need and staff will put together a bag or box. We will contact you when your bag is ready for pick up or delivery.

Additional ways to request items: You can request a paper copy of this form by contacting Bonita Lee at blee@fpschools.org or call 253-298-3837 to request items via phone.

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Ultimate Frisbee!

Upward Bound Summer Program!

The Upward Bound Summer Program deadline has been extended to June 14th, if you are interested in participating, please complete the Summer Program application and Upward Bound application. The links for these applications will be attached below. This is a great and beneficial opportunity to receive transferable college credits and earn a $900 stipend upon completion. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email.

Ayanna Arceneaux

Youth Education Advisor

Phone: 253-344-6996

Email: aarceneaux@mdc-hope.org

Summer Program Application: https://bit.ly/3aJOX9o

Upward Bound Application: https://forms.office.com/r/TkFpm0hjQ7


Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. Juneteenth is a celebration to commemorate the end of slavery. See video below to learn more.

The first step in ALLYSHIP is LISTENING.

The second step is BELIEVING.

The third step is ACTION. Get involved and create the positive change you want to see in the world.

What is Juneteenth? History behind holiday celebrating the end of slavery

FPHS Club Info:

  • Black Student Union: The BSU Meets every other Wednesday from 2:00pm-3:00pm. We are currently meeting on Zoom. If students are interested in joining a meeting, please email Blee@fpschools.org

  • Latin@s Unid@s: Culture, resources, support, friends; Cultura, recursos, apoyo, amistad. We meet on Mondays at 1:55pm in room 404 or on Zoom. For more info, contact Mr. Call at dcall@fpschools.org.
  • KPOP Club: FP Korean Club was formed so students at the high school can gather and have the opportunity to take part in learning the Korean language, Korean culture and KPOP dances. We will start meeting in person every Thursday starting April 1 in room 902 at 2:15pm.
  • Pacific Islander Club (PIC): Welcome back! We will be meeting on Mondays from 2 - 4 pm in the Cafeteria. All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there.
  • Mural Club: Advisor, Ms. Kaunda. Meeting on Thursdays at 1:50pm in room 1606 and via Zoom.
  • Asian Student Association (ASA): meets Mondays in room 1601 and on Zoom. General member meetings are usually 1 and 3 week of the month. Officer meetings are 2 and 4 week of the month.
  • Native Indigenous Culture Club (NICC): meets Tuesdays right after school (1:55pm) on ZOOM for 1 hour. If students are interested in joining they can contact Breanne Chapman bchapman@fpschools.org.

Cardinal Sports!

FPHS Athletes and Families,

Today and tonight mark the end of the 2020-21 athletics calendar.

In a four month period Franklin Pierce HS was able to fit 17 programs into 3 seasons. Amongst all that was going on we also were excited to add girls flag football over the last 6 weeks. A program that added an opportunity for 15 more girls to participate in a new interscholastic sports at FPHS.

We now begin to look forward to returning for a full school year of sports starting with next fall. We want to encourage families and athletes to start connecting to program coaches and get involved in summer training for their respective sports. At the bottom of this sports memo will be the directory for all of our coaches in all three seasons. Please reach out and try a sport for the first time and/or stay connected with your programs over this summer.

Season 3

Boys Basketball

Today and tonight season three will culminate with our boys basketball team playing for the 2A SPSL Championship after they defeated Fife handily to advance to the championship game.

Girls Bowling

The girls bowling team will be playing in the SPSL League tournament today at Paradise Lanes starting at 1PM. On June 8th the girls bowling team bowled a school record for total pins. The girls knocked down 1966 pins as a team over the course of 3 games vs. Clover Park.

Boys Tennis

Yesterday in the SPSL Tennis Tournament the doubles team of Albert Lee and Elvis Le battled to a second place finish.

Girls Basketball

On Wednesday in a matchup to qualify for the league championship game the girls basketball team fought Enumclaw down to the wire in a game that ended with the Cardinals losing a tight one 51-50. It was the fourth time they faced Enumclaw this year and it was a great game down to the wire. The conclusion of the game wrapped up the season for the girls with the team placing 3rd overall in the SPSL 2A.

Boys Wrestling

The wrestling team wrapped up their season in the 2A SPSL Championships hosted at the fairgrounds. Hunter Berisford won his weight class and finished as an individual champion on the day. It was great to see the boys team begin to grow in numbers this year and the new coaching staff looks to build into next season.

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