KP Connect

November 6, 2019

Important Dates

November 6 - End of Quarter


November 7 - Parent Dialogue Group 2:00pm with Laura Wilson (KP Heart & Mindful Center)

  • Chess Club 6:30pm - 7:30pm


November 11 - Veterans Day Ceremony at KP

  • Family Welcome Center Meeting with Parents (Scott Ratchford) 3:15-4:15pm (Conference Room)


November 12 - Staff Meeting - No late buses

  • PTO MEETING - In the Library- 7pm


November 13 - Reports Cards Distributed

  • Cookies for Veterans Baking 6pm-8pm --- Family Opportunity

    KP Small Cafe


November 14 -

  • Turkey Trot - 3:30 - Family Opportunity


November 19 thru November 21 -

  • Student-Led Conferences/ Early Dismissal
  • Tue & Thur - 12:45pm/ Wed - 1:30pm


November 19

  • Parent/Caregiver Feedback Forum - 7:00pm-8:00pm


November 21

  • Parent/Caregiver Feedback Forum - 8:30am-9:30am


November 19 - 25 - Book Fair-Library

Lead Learner Letter

KP Families,


We are now officially in the second quarter of the year, and report cards will be given to students next Wednesday. Our staff is looking forward to discussing student progress and goals for the year in a couple of weeks during our student-led conferences. This opportunity allows you to reflect with your child about their growth/achievements and collaborating on an action plan for the rest of the year that will support them academically and socially and emotionally. This is also an excellent opportunity to focus on helping students reinforce a growth mindset.

I think fall is finally starting to settle in. As chillier weather approaches, please be sure to send students in with a sweatshirt or sweater. It is always a good idea for students to have layers, and a sweater or sweatshirt can be beneficial throughout the day since we require that outside coats stay in their lockers. Labeling items always helps in case it is separated from their owner.

Finally, we will be honoring our KP Veterans this coming Monday. I want to provide an advance thanks to Mr. Kotler for his coordination, the parents who have signed up to offer food items for our breakfast, and the veterans for attending our ceremony. Your partnership continues to make this morning event so special for our KP Community.

Please take some time to review current school news and community news below for some fun family engagement opportunities. Have a wonderful week.

Parent/Caregiver Engagement Opportunities

KP Family Welcome Center - Planning Meeting November 11- Please Join Us!

To Our KP Families,

To make King Philip ever more welcoming to all families we will be opening a dedicated space for families to comfortably relax when visiting the school which offers greater privacy, warmth and resources for all guests.

Our planning committee is seeking parents to join us on November 11 from 3:15-4:15 to plan for best use of the space. Please join us. Should you have questions contact Dr. Ratchford at Scott_ratchford@whps.org.

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King Philip’s 4th Annual Cookies for Veterans

King Philip’s

4th Annual Cookies for Veterans

When: Wednesday, November 13th

Time: 6:00-8:00

Where: King Philip Middle School (small cafeteria)

What you need: You bring the batter, the mixer, and the spirit.

We will bake, laugh and package cookies as we perform an act of kindness.


Please contact Assistant Principal, Marc Kotler at marc_kotler@whps.org or Katherine_edlund@whps.org with any questions.

KP's First Parent/Caregiver Feedback Forum


As a result of our family engagement work last year, it was clear that our parents and caregivers desired more of a voice contributing to school improvement, by asking questions, sharing concerns, or providing suggestions with the KP administration and staff. We want to host the first of four Parent/Caregiver Feedback Forums this month. There will be two opportunities for participation. The first will be on Tuesday, November 19th, from 7:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, November 21st, from 8:30 am-9:30 am. This forum's focus will focus on communication. Please RSVP here.

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School News

TEACHER AWARDS - TSA STATE AWARDS CONGRATULATIONS TO CATHY LUKAS!!!

We have amazing news coming from the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department.


Please join me in congratulating both Cathy Lukas (6th grade T&E at KPMS) and Anthony Truss (T&E at Conard) for their TSA (Technology Student Association) contributions. TSA is a national organization for middle and high school students who are engaged in STEM.


  • Cathy Lukas was selected to receive the 2019 Abbott White TSA Award from CTEEA. This award is the highest Connecticut TSA Award and is reserved for individuals that have years of dedication to both their students and the association.
  • Anthony Truss was selected as the Connecticut TSA Advisor of the Year for his commitment to his students and the Technology & Engineering discipline.

Both of these teachers continue to bring passion and insight to WHPS. The entire CTE Department is very proud of their efforts!

Brian Cohen

Extracurricular Happenings

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November & December 2019 Intramurals

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KP Middle School After School Clubs & Activities

Please click for our full list of clubs for the 19-20 school year.

Parent/Caregiver Resources

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude, Happiness, and Mini Vans!

Community Events/Resources

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"Public Act 16-189

We believe that it is vital for all students in West Hartford Public Schools to be able to efficiently and effectively use digital tools that empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication, and collaboration. We also believe that we must be committed at all times to protecting students' privacy and providing them with a powerful and safe educational experience. To that end, the West Hartford Public Schools follow the legal requirements of Public Act 16-189 to promote the safety and security of all students and staff.

In compliance with Connecticut State Law, we update online programs used within the district that house student data. The programs may be used district-wide, in a very small number of classrooms, or with individual students. The list will be updated each time the district enters into a new contract where student data is housed. For more information on the specifics of Public Act 16-189 and updates of vendor agreements, visit www.whps.org/pa189."