KP Connection

April 1, 2016

Things to KNOW


  • 4/2 - Connecticut History Day - Torrington High School - 7:30am - 2:30pm
  • 4/2 - West Hartford What's Cookin 2016 - 5:30pm
  • 4/4 - Author visit - Garnet Team
  • 4/4 - PTO Mtg - 7 to 8pm
  • 4/6 - Report Cards Distributed by Advisor
  • 4/6 - Midfest Performance at Bushnell - 7:30pm
  • 4/7 - 8th grade author skype during LL

Lead Learner Highlights

It's APRIL!! This week has been abuzz with Midfest preparations, a Hat Day to support Water for Sudan, a Paint Nite to support our Cairn Garden in honor of Paul Duquette, and end of the quarter wrap up. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you on Saturday night at West Hartford What's Cookin' as we support the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools. Please come to our PTO meeting on Monday, April 4 at 7PM. If you want to know more about the Board of Education budget, we will have a board member present. Next week is the Midfest Performance at the Bushnell and I'm looking forward to a night of amazing music.

Enjoy the weekend.

Monday, April 4 at 7:00PM -- Join Us

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April Intramural Menu

Welcome new staff to the KP community. Click on the photo for more information.

Students in Action

Character Counts & Students of the Month

The following students were awarded “Character Counts at KP” certificates. These students are honored for exhibiting one of our positive character traits: Respectful, Responsible, or Citizenship. Please join us in congratulating: Jordan F, Kevin T, Peyton J, Isabelle A, Abigail T, Jason B, Allison T, Jemiah C, Ruixi C, Sidney F, Paige D, Tyler B, Hannah F, Nicole D, Zoe P, McKenzie M, Colin R, Landon T, William H, Logan M, Caroline T, Xavier R, Wilejah C, Stephanie R, Evan P, Aiden S, Avery W, Ezekiel S, Helena S, Charles W, Joniel L, Ukase R, Olivia B, Ava T, Amrita S, Paolo Q, Aislinn M, Adam H, Lorenzo G, Jimena D, Delnaz A, Samuel G, Katelyn R, Abigail G, Autumn R, Ian T, Justin A, Gregory K, Shaun M, Seth M, Emma D, Owen B, Samah M, Abdullah S, Aarik G, Eva R, Bridget D, Riley G, Amelia T, Michelle H, Ori Q, Julia C, Alexandra B, Jackson M, Lily P, Crystal T, Madison A, David M, Heitor C, Sean C, Ixael A, Kristina B, Wade B, Evangeline C, James D, Luke D, Tessa H, Ashley H, Emily M, Moises C, Michael S, Kimberly M, Dianny L, Branden K, Lily O, John B, Noah C, Dylan R, Arielle F, Madeline A, Seth E, Joseph S, Etni T, Lily Z, Maeve S, Ashley G, Calista C, Maya E, Chris D, Madeline A, Meredith S, Gabriella R, Jules R, Luna C, Elizabeth Y, Cecilia E, Joonbeom H, Chloe O, Macyn H, Caleb W, Theodore Z, Laila M, Isabel B, David G, Nicholas P, Aaron L, Joshua B, Tyler B, Jamie R, William S, Brian M, Sean K, Samantha A, Jackson B, Lana G, Gavin R, Daniel S, Christopher M, Ethan C, Joy L, Ella R, Brody M, Sabria R, Rylie D, Princess N, Allison D, Sabrina B, Isaiah L, Beau A, Tommy H, Jayden V, Sadie M, Yaw K, Enely D, Carlos P, Ryan G, Hunter K, Patrick S, Liam W, Eva A, Noah H, Brody T, Benjamin R, Edward M, Jack G, Brandon W, Victor M, Bridget K, Ashley G, Olivia L, Emma F, Zackary S, Jayce H and Daniel S.

Students of the Month

Sophia G, Caleb B, Nikita V, Ella B, Zoe P, Elizabeth H, Jeffrey W, Sean M, Grace D, Noel F, Emily C, Moises C, Stephanie P, Charlotte M, Ethan A, Connor S and Disha H.

A Student Example of Citizenship That Will Move You

YK citizenship award ruby
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WEB - Calling all 7th graders - Applications due April 6!

It's that time of year when we have to start saying good-bye to our current 8th grade WEB leaders and recruit new ones for next year. Our first year has been absolutely amazing, and it's no wonder. We have an incredible group of WEB leaders.

Now we are looking for the next generation of WEB leaders. Last Wednesday, 7th grade students attended an assembly where they learned about WEB (“Where Everybody Belongs”). If this is the first time you are learning about it, WEB is a transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Members of the 8th grade class are trained to act as positive role models, motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful in middle school. 6th grade students will experience an exciting orientation prior to the start of school, and will meet with their assigned WEB leader(s) throughout the year.

Does your child want to try on the word LEADERSHIP and become a WEB leader? The WEB application can be found here: Applications are due on Wednesday, April 6!

WEB Coach Troy Jones tells students what WEB is all about

WEB Leader Recruitment 2016


News from our school nurses

Dear Parents/Guardians of 6th grade students,

We have mailed letters to parents/guardians of students that need updated health information before entering 7th grade. Your child may need a physical and/or immunizations. If you do not receive a letter, your child is up to date. If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 860-929-5260. Thank you.

Kathy Condon
Tami Renfro

International Night - Donations Needed!

On Friday, May 6, King Philip Middle School will be hosting this year's International Night to celebrate KP's cultural diversity! Last year, we had over 200 people attend this event, and this year, we hope it will be more. Students will be receiving permission slips for this incredible event in their morning advisories this coming Tuesday. Please be on the lookout for it, and please make sure to get those permission slips signed and turned in.

We have an amazing committee of teachers helping to organize this event, but we are always more than happy to accept donations such as: paper plates, plastic silverware, plastic cups, napkins, serving utensils, streamers, balloons, and water. Please deliver any donations to Marisa Tamayo. Any questions, you can contact her at Thank you in advance for everyone's support!

We Want to Get in Touch with the Best Teacher You Know

During Teacher Appreciation Week on May 2-6, the U.S. Department of Education wants to say thank you to some great teachers. Recommend a friend, a colleague, your child’s teacher, or a teacher who inspired you! Tell us about a teacher you want to highlight along with a few details about why and how we can reach them. We hope to directly contact each nominee but cannot guarantee that we will be in touch during that week. We may also use this information for additional teacher highlighting purposes throughout the year.

Events to Attend

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Sedgwick Drama Club News - click on the link for more information

West Hartford Special Education PTO (SEPTO)

Wednesday, April 20th at 7pm

Assistive Technology with Nicole Feeney

At Sedgwick Middle School

What is assistive technology? How do we incorporate it? We will showcase the latest technology and applications in use today. Get some tips and tricks to enhance communication skills.

Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:30 – 8pm

Celebrity Scoop Night at Rita’s to benefit West Hartford Special Education PTO

Local celebrities including teachers, principals, fire fighters, police officers and more special guests will be scooping ice cream at Rita’s to raise money for our organization! Tons of fun and prizes for everyone. Click on the link for more information:

Friday, May 6th at 9:30am

Coffee & Conversation at Panera - Bishops Corner

The first Friday of the month, parents of children receiving special educations services meet for coffee and a chance to talk & make new friends in a casual setting.

For More Information and to become a Member of West Hartford Special Education PTO visit:

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In the Community

Skate for the Kids, Saturday, April 2, 12:00-4:30 PM

Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink is hosting an afternoon skate benefiting Connecticut Children's Medical Center on Saturday, April 2, 2016. $5 per session. Session times: 12:00-1:00 PM; 1:10-2:10 PM; 2:20-3:20 PM; and 3:30-4:30 PM. All skill levels are welcome! This is a great opportunity to meet up with friends for a wonderful cause. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment!

  • DJ music and lights
  • Face painting
  • Concession stand
  • Arcade room

Veterans Memorial Skating Rink is located at 56 Buena Vista Road.

Discounted $3.00 skate rentals.

For more information, please contact Kurt Knotts at 860-837-7650 or

Vacation Week Opportunity for Students

Step up to the Plate 7th and 8th Graders!!!

Baseball Game Announcers Wanted! Join Little League’s “The Press Boxers”!

Who: 7th and 8th grade baseball fans who have aged out of Little League but would like to volunteer and be involved.

What: Commit to 1 or 2 games a week.

Where: Games at the West Hartford Little League UConn Fields

When: Various week night and Sunday games

Why: Why not? Join the Press Boxers to learn how to be an announcer, possibly

keep stats and help make the Little League experience exceptional for all players!

Informational meeting to be scheduled! Contact WHLL Press Boxers if you are

interested in learning more. Email:

Invite a friend!

Check out all of the great West Hartford Events (click below)

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12th from 12:00 to 8:00pm!

ALL children and families are invited to Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12th from 12:00 to 8:00pm! Since 1979, Ben & Jerry’s has been saying “thank you” to fans around the world by sponsoring Free Cone Day. This year, Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford Center has selected Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as their charity of choice for their Free Cone Day Celebration! On this special day, the register doesn’t open. One hundred percent of event proceeds benefit the kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Free Ice Cream Cones, Live Music & Much More! Enjoy the Sounds of The Rivermud Band from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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