FPHS Parent and Student Memo

September 6, 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 Partnership

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, Apelu, Brist, Call, Chapman, Detweiler, Fineman, Goodrum, Inman, Kaunda, B. Lee, Martin, Plaskett, Quill, Roscoe, Scroger, Shoopman, McNeil, Wacker, Tracy, and T. Johnson.

Dear Parents and Students,

  • It was wonderful to see our students and staff back on campus this week! Students, please remember to continue to bring your schedule (or a picture on your phone) this week until you have your classes memorized! Have a great weekend and get some sleep!
  • Schedule this week: Monday: no school; Tuesday: A Day; Wednesday: B Day; Thursday: A Day; Friday: B Day.
  • Link HERE to see the A Day / B Day calendar.
  • Schedule Changes: Counselors will be adjusting student schedules and balancing class sizes for the first two weeks of school. Changes will be made based on seat availability and graduation requirements.
  • Please, support FPHS VOLLEYBALL by purchasing some really cool gear right HERE!
  • Please, support FPHS SOCCER by purchasing some really cool gear right HERE!
  • Find more info on Tacoma Pierce County Health Department School Guidelines HERE.
  • See HERE for information about student bus routes.
  • 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!

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Dale Bamford

Subject: CTE - Intro to Engineering Design; Aerospace Manufacturing

Hobbies: Horses, Music, coaching, scuba, being a father / husband.

Favorite Book: No Favorite book, I read for knowledge.

Favorite Quote: "Make it a great day. It's your choice!" (I don't know who said it first, but I try to live by it.)

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Alanna Bates-Carector (Ms. BC)

Subject: Resource, Special Education

Hobbies: Volleyball, Painting, Roller Skating

Favorite Book: All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

Favorite Quote: "Sometimes we have to do the work even though we don't yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it's actually going to be possible." - Angela Davis

COVID Safety Guidelines and FAQs:


  • Will students be checking in at the beginning of school in the commons and completing daily health attestations like we did in Spring? No, but for everyone's safety, please stay home if you are sick or have any Covid symptoms.
  • Will there be social distancing? Yes. Current guidelines require 3 feet of social distancing between students while in the classroom and recommend 6 feet between students during lunches and in common areas as much as possible (ex: hallways during passing periods). Guidelines require 6 feet of social distancing between staff and students at all times.
  • Will we be wearing masks? Yes, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
  • Do students get a mask "break?" Yes. During passing periods, when students are outside moving from one class to the next and they can socially distance, they can take off their masks. However, while outside for long periods of time near others or when larger groups of students are present (ex: lunch), it is unsafe for students to remove their masks.
  • What other precautions are being taken? Our Maintenance team has adjusted our HVAC systems campus-wide to maximize outside air flow and increase filtration. Our Custodial team will continue to focus on cleaning high-touch areas throughout the day. Desks will be cleaned between periods with soap and water.
  • What if there's a positive Covid case? Staff or students with Covid symptoms should self-isolate immediately. If staff or students are already on campus, they will be isolated immediately and sent home as soon as possible. Staff or students displaying symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. If staff or students test positive, they should notify school administrators immediately and not come to school. Contact tracing will be conducted by school administrators and the TPC Health Department. Students or staff in close contact according to TPCHD guidelines will be notified and required to self-isolate.
  • Will breakfasts be served? Like last Spring, breakfasts will be "grab and go" only and available when students pick up their lunches. We will not be serving breakfasts in the mornings.
  • Will lunches be served? Yes, students will be divided into three lunch groups (1st lunch, 2nd lunch, 3rd lunch). Lunches will be picked up in the cafeteria and can be eaten in the Cafeteria, Commons, or Corrigan Room (as overflow only). Like last year, students must eat lunch in an assigned seat for contact tracing. "Grab and go" breakfasts will be available at the lunch pick-up stations.
  • Is fully remote or hybrid learning an option? We do not have a hybrid option available this year. Our students and staff are back in school full-time. The fully remote option is a Choice Transfer option, which means the student would withdraw from FPHS and enroll in an online academy. The student would not be attending classes with FPHS, but the student could still participate in athletics with FPHS as a home school if desired.

Behavior Expectations:

FPHS Classroom Cell Phone Policy

Parents, please have a conversation with your student regarding the cell phone policy at FPHS

The cell phone policy is No Cell Phone Use in the Classroom. All students should have a laptop for use when an electronic devise is needed.

Violations to cell phone policy:

  1. Teachers will use classroom interventions prior to calling for support.
  2. If student is non-compliant, teacher will complete a behavior referral and call for support.
  3. If non-compliance to the cell phone policy persists, an administrator will set up a parent conference.

Attendance Reminders:

  • There is no longer a "Present Online" option for students. All students must be physically in their classroom to be marked Present. Students out on a mandatory quarantine will have a separate excusal code for days missed.
  • If a student has missed seven (7) days of school during a school year, our district requires third-party documentation to excuse all future absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals. Qualified third-party documentation includes a note from a doctor, dentist, therapist, psychologist, etc. which lists the specific dates of absence to be excused. If you cannot take your student to the doctor, they may go to the school health room. If the school nurse determines that the student is too ill to stay at school, the absence will be excused.
  • Automated Attendance Calls : Unexcused absence calls are made each morning (after periods 2/6) and each evening to families of students who have missed all periods for that day without excuse.

Calendar Items:

  • Aug 31: First day of School
  • Sep 1, 2: Laptop distribution
  • Sep 3: No school
  • Sep 6: Labor Day -- no school
  • Sep 14: Picture Day
  • Sep 15, 22, and 29: Early release Wednesdays

SEPTEMBER Culture Calendar

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


  • ROSH HASHANAH. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/7: LABOR DAY. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/11: 9/11 REMEMBRANCE DAY. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/17: CONSTITUTION DAY. Learn more HERE.
  • 9/30: ORANGE SHIRT DAY. Learn more HERE.

The Cardinal Character Trait for SEPTEMBER is INCLUSION. Learn more HERE.

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Careers Using Sign Language ┃ ASL Stew

Family and Community Partnerships:

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 items are ready for pick up or delivery. Items can be requested twice a month. 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.

In community with families and partnerships, we are here to help point you in the right direction to local resources. If you have a specific need, contact Bonita Lee at blee@fpschools.org or call 253-298-3837.

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Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. Deafness is not a disability – it's a community and culture with its own language. Here are some answers to the questions you might have about what it means to be Deaf.

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 It's Like To Be Deaf | AJ+

FPHS Sports!

FPHS Athletes and Families,

Fall sports is right around the corner! Football has already started and the remaining fall sports start Monday! FPHS would like to ensure that as many athletes as possible are at turnout for the first day of practices. For those athletes interested in swim, we are currently in the same circumstance as last year. We are working on a partnership with a pool facility in order for our program to practice and compete. Any updates on that will be communicated through this Memo.

Please also be aware that the safety protocols and practices surrounding Covid and our athletic programs is constantly changing. Communication with families on what that may look like will come through the memo and our coaches for each of the fall sports.

For more details or information on what you will need on the first day of practice, please use the contact information provided below for the coach of your program.

Here are the official start dates for the fall season.

  • August 18th – Football
  • August 23rd – Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Swim, Volleyball, and Cheer

Prospective athletes and their families need to:

  • Ensure you have a current physical within the last 2 years and that it is on file at the high school



Trevor Hanson


Cross Country (B&G)

Jesse McNeil


Golf (Boys)

Colin Horak


Golf (Girls)

Jeff Melvard


Soccer (Girls)

Kyle Wynkoop


Swim & Dive (Girls)



Tennis (Boys)

Tyler Parsons


Volleyball (Girls)

Tiffany Disney



Trisha Tracy


Pierce County Skills Center:

  • Greetings from PCSC: Welcome back! Our back to school newsletter can be found HERE as well as our Facebook page.

  • LINK for 2021-22 PCSC Student Handbook.
  • PCSC Main Office: 253-800-4800.
  • Application Questions contact Paulla Hockaday - phockaday@bethelsd.org - 253.800.4800

  • Application links, in English and Spanish, can be found on our website. https://www.bethelsd.org/domain/4387

  • First Day of School - Tuesday, September 7th. Session Times: AM Session - 7:55-10:25; PM Session - 11:15-1:45.

Daily Bell Schedules

Students will rotate through 4 classes daily with 8 classes total.

Advisory classes will meet on M, T, Th, and F.

Most Wednesdays will be early dismissal.

See bell schedules below.

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School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

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