FPHS Parent and Student Memo

Jan. 11, 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

Happy New Year!

  • As you may be aware, the Department of Health has changed the return to school guidelines and FPS is in the process of bringing students to the building for in-person instruction. The district is working on a phased approach to increase the number of days that support center students are in buildings, followed by the return of K-5 students. We are in the process of planning for the return of middle and high school students in late February/early March and will make additional details and timelines available next week. Families will have an option to participate in hybrid learning or remote learning.

  • Finals Week is coming up quickly:

  • Feb 1: Day 1 of Finals. 75 minute finals for periods 1, 2, and 3 in our normal/current schedule.

  • Feb 2: Day 2 of Finals. 75 minute finals for periods 4, 5, and 6 in our normal/current schedule.

  • Feb 3: Asynch Weds.

  • Feb 4 and 5: Half days (shortened classes).

  • Feb 8: First day of Semester 2.

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

BiWeekly Jan 2021

January Culture Calendar

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

January is ...

  • Poverty in America Awareness Month: Learn more HERE.
  • 1/1: NEW YEARS DAY: Learn more HERE.
  • 1/18: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY: Learn more HERE.

    Cardinal Character Trait for January: DETERMINATION!

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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. Cyberbullying can have serious emotional consequences for our kids and teens. It is not always easy to know how and when to step in as a parent or teacher. Sometimes cyberbullying can be easy to spot — for example, if your child shows you a text, tweet, or response on Facebook or snapchat that is harsh, mean, or cruel. Other acts are less obvious, like impersonating a victim online or posting personal information, photos, or videos to hurt or embarrass another person. Some kids report that a fake account, webpage, or online persona has been created with the sole intention to harass and bully.

Signs and effects of cyberbullying

As long as kids have access to a phone, computer, or other device, they are at risk. Many kids and teens who are cyberbullied are reluctant to report being bullied, even to their parents. Often it is because they feel ashamed of the social stigma or fear that their computer or digital device privileges will be taken away at home. Signs of cyberbullying vary, but may include:

  • being emotionally upset during or after using the Internet or the phone
  • being very secretive or protective of one's digital life
  • withdrawal from family members, friends, and activities
  • avoiding school or group gatherings
  • slipping grades and "acting out" in anger at home
  • changes in mood, behavior, sleep, or appetite
  • wanting to stop using the computer or device
  • being nervous or jumpy when getting an instant message, text, or email
  • avoiding discussions about computer or phone activities

Severe, long-term, or frequent cyberbullying can leave both victims and bullies at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. In some rare but highly publicized cases, some kids have turned to suicide. Experts say that kids who are bullied and the bullies themselves are at a higher risk for suicidal thoughts, attempts, and completed suicides.

Cyberbullying is not a joke

At FPHS, we take cyberbullying very seriously. The punishment for cyberbullies can include being suspended from school or removed from sports teams or other extra-curricular activities. Some types of cyberbullying are considered a crime and the Pierce County Sheriff's Department will be contacted. So, what can you do as a parent? Staying involved in your child’s cyber world, just as in their real world, helps parents protect them from its dangers. If you believe that your child is being Cyberbullied, please contact our administrative team, your child’s school counselor, or the local police department immediately. If the cyberbullying involves threats of violence, please contact the police immediately.


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Family and Community Engagement

The Franklin Pierce High School Food & Hygiene Pantry is available for all students and their families and will begin after we return from Winter Break on January 4.

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.

Homework Center: Free Tutoring Daily

Our FPHS Homework Center is open 5 days per week. You can receive help and support for any class from Mr. Rhue and Mr. Bofa.


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am to 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
  • Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

HW Center LINK.

Assessment Center!

The Assessment Center is fully functional via Teams for any student who needs to make-up or retake an assessment. A link to the assessment center scheduling page is available on all teachers' Canvas pages and HERE. The link will direct students to the Bookings calendar so that they can schedule a time to take the assessment that works best for them. Students can also select the notification option in the scheduler to receive a reminder via email. We strongly suggest that you do this. Once the student schedules their assessment, they should notify their teacher, so the assessment and test codes are sent to Assessment Center staff.


Parents and Athletes,

Franklin Pierce HS is a member of the SPSL 2A. The league is currently evaluating the recent release of the WIAA’s return to sports season calendar and is developing a proposal that will work for Franklin Pierce HS and other member schools in the SPSL 2A. Please continue to check the weekly memo as a finalized plan will be implemented and communicated to families likely within the week. In the meantime please register your son or daughter in FamilyID and ensure they have a current physical. This will help expedite the clearance process once sports begin.

In preparation for the upcoming fall season the football program is participating in a conditioning program and wants to communicate to athletes and families the following:

  • Monday – 7PM Zoom Meeting
  • Tuesday – On Field Workouts - Time (TBD)
  • Wednesday – 7PM Zoom Meeting
  • Thursday – On Field Workouts – Time (TBD)

Please contact head coach Trevor Hanson at Thanson@fpschools.org if you would like more information.

The following protocols below will be in place at all activities at Franklin Pierce HS. Please read and come prepared complete the screening process shown below.

FPSD Daily Screening Protocols

· All coaches, student-athletes and approved school personnel are required to complete an in-person COVID-19 Screening PRIOR to entrance to the training session.

· Temperature will be taken of each person attending the training session.

· Screening questions will be asked of each person attending the training session. This allows coaches to interact directly with the student-athlete.

· Any coach or student-athlete answering yes will not be allowed to enter the facility or practice. Contact parent/guardian immediately about next steps and pick-up from practice.

· No parents or spectators will be allowed at Fall Training in-person practices. Only coaches, student-athletes cleared for practice, athletic trainers, and approved school personnel will be permitted. Others are welcome to wait in their vehicle or return after practice for student pick-up.

· Coaches will receive training/instruction on all screening protocol prior to conducting any training session.

Other Requirements

· Cloth masks will be properly worn by student-athletes any time they are not participating in drills. Entering and exiting the facility, moving around the facility, occupying the sideline, etc. To the extent possible masks should be worn during training.

· Students will bring their own clothing, towels, and other personal equipment. Sharing of any equipment is NOT allowed.

· Everyone will bring their own container of water to drink. Sharing is NOT allowed. Water faucets will not be available to use.

· Gathering size meets TPCHD and State DOH guidelines. This number will depend on multiple criteria such as TPCHD metric status, State DOH Guidelines, WIAA guidelines for each sport, indoor or outdoor training, and capacity of the facility.

· Maintain distancing protocols per State DOH, WIAA and TPCHD guidelines.

· Practicing physical distancing of more than 6 feet is always required of all participants

Athletic Update - Friday, October 30th

SENIOR Yearbook Photos and SENIOR Grad Ads!

Hello Seniors!

This is a reminder from your FPHS Yearbook Crew that senior portraits are due by 1/6/21 (due date was extended). The deadline for Senior Grad Ads is 3/12/21. Below are instructions on how to upload them online (do not send photos via email). Please, remember this is for seniors only. Underclassmen who want to submit photos will have the opportunity to do so at a later date. Thanks!


School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

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DAILY/WEEKLY SCHEDULE: (Note: 2pm to 3pm is asynchronous/homework time for students)

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Need help with time management or organization?

Students and Parents,

If you're noticing that managing asynchronous time has become a challenge, please use the Weekly Planner attachment below to organize your day. If you're organized and managing your time wisely, you should be finished with all of your schoolwork by 3pm each day. If you're using this planner and still not able to finish by 3pm, please contact your teachers or the HW Center for additional help.

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