FPHS Parent and Student Memo

August 9, 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, Washam, McNeil, Wacker, Tracy, and T. Johnson.

Dear Parents and Students,

  • Are you a Pierce County Skills Center student? Would you like to be? They still have some spots open in various programs. Apply HERE and make sure to communicate with your FPHS Counselor about your desire to attend PCSC.
  • Also, if you're a Pierce County Skills Center student, you'll notice that FPHS starts about a week before they do. During that week, if you have your own transportation, feel free to come to FPHS for only your FPHS classes (periods 3, 4, 7, and 8). If you don't have your own transportation and you take the bus and have to arrive at 8:15am, you'll just spend your first two periods in the Library waiting for your FPHS classes to start.
  • See below for info on Freshman Orientation Night. If you're not able to attend, you'll also see that the first half of the first day of school is dedicated to Freshman Orientation as well.
  • What we know right now about returning to school: We're still planning for all students and staff returning to school for in-person instruction five days per week (no cohorts) and full school days (8:15am to 2:45pm). Current Health Department guidelines for schools dictate that we will still be required to wear masks and socially distance ourselves despite vaccination status.
  • Find more info on Tacoma Pierce County Health Department School Guidelines HERE.
  • We are still finalizing student schedules for 2021-22. Once they're complete, they'll be available on Skyward Family Access. Students will also receive copies on their first day of school.
  • 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!

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First Day of School: Tuesday, August 31.

  • 8:15am to 11am: Freshman Orientation. This is for FRESHMEN ONLY! Teachers and student leaders will help our newest Cardinals acclimate to our school campus and school-wide expectations. Freshmen will be served lunch during this time.
  • 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will not arrive to FPHS until 11:05am. The buses will be running a morning route for Freshmen only and a second route for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Lunches will not be served for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders on the first day of school, so please eat before you arrive.
  • After Freshmen Orientation and after 10th, 11th, and 12th graders arrive, all students will attend their classes briefly to meet their teachers based on the following schedule:
  • Cardinal Connections (Advisory): 11:20 – 12:05
  • Period 1: 12:10 – 12:25
  • Period 2: 12:30 – 12:45
  • Period 3: 12:50 – 1:05
  • Period 4: 1:10 – 1:25
  • Period 5: 1:30 – 1:45
  • Period 6: 1:50 – 2:05
  • Period 7: 2:10 – 2:25
  • Period 8: 2:30 – 2:45

Students, if you ride the bus, please make sure you write down your bus number so that you can find it again at the end of the day. Also, at the end of the day, our buses load in two different locations (near the gym and in the student parking lot). In the morning, please, make sure you ask your bus driver where you will find him/her at the end of the day.

Calendar Items:

  • Jun 29 - Aug 6: Summer School -- T, W, Th from 8:35am to 12:35pm.
  • Aug 23 - 26: Staff Training Days
  • Aug 25: Freshman Parent Orientation Night
  • Aug 31: First day of School
  • Sep 3: No school
  • Sep 6: Labor Day -- no school
  • Sep 8: Back to School Night, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Sep 15, 22, and 29: Early release Wednesdays

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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Immunizations for 2021-22: (Does not pertain to Covid Vaccinations)

Washington State law (RCW 28A.210.080) requires that all children enrolled at a public or private school must have documentation of the required immunizations (DTap, Polio, MMR, Varicella, Hep B, Bib, PCV) or an exemption in order to attend school, preschool, or child care, including those attending an alternative school program such as Running Start, vocational technical school or virtual school. The immunization records must be on file at the school, preschool or child care on or before the first day of attendance.

What do vaccines cost?

In Washington, all children under age 19 can get free vaccines from their health care provider. Providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee. If you cannot pay the administration fee, you can ask your health care provider to waive the cost.

Where do I get more information? Where do I get forms?

For more information about immunization requirements, including links to the forms mentioned above, visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/SCCI.

Please, make sure you're in compliance before the first day of school!

AUGUST Culture Calendar

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

AUGUST is ...

  • 8/19: WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY. Learn more HERE.
  • 8/22: OBON. Learn more HERE.
  • 8/26: WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY. Learn more HERE.

The Cardinal Character Trait for AUGUST is DIGNITY. Learn more HERE.

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Watch the video below or HERE: How To Become a Social Worker, social workers help families access social services, support children dealing with bullies at school, and advocate for patients with health problems. Becoming a social worker requires several years of education and training.
How To Become a Social Worker

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.

Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. In the video below and HERE, Pharrell Williams reacts to some emotional discoveries behind his family history in this clip from PBS' Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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.

Pharrell Reacts to Family History in Finding Your Roots | Ancestry

FPHS Sports!

FPHS Athletes and Families,

Fall sports is right around the corner! 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 Parent/Student 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



School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

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