June 5, 2020
Lead Learner Letter
We hope you are all doing well. This has been an emotionally draining week, but I have been inspired by the following:
- Our community's response to social justice - Did you see or participate in the peaceful protest on Wed? I really am proud to live and work in the community. We had 40 students participate in our student forum on race and social justice. They shared their concerns, offered feedback to making our KP community more inclusive, and started the process to enacting change.
- Marnie Paulus, 6th Grade Science teacher and Diamond Team Leader, was a finalist for the West Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year award. While she was not selected for this district honor, she is KP's 2020 Teacher of the Year.
- Sweet notes (and even gifts) of congratulations have been such a boon to my soul this week. While I am honored by this award, I am proud to be an ambassador for all that is wonderful about King Philip Middle School and West Hartford Public Schools.
We only have 9 days remaining of this school year, I can't believe it. Please see below for opportunities to say goodbye to staff.
PLEASE GATHER & RETURN BOOKS: SPECIFIC DATES/TIMES FOR EACH GRADE
Please remind your student to gather and return books as follows:
8th Grade -- Wednesday - June 17th
9 am - 11 am & 1 - 4 pm
6th Grade Thursday - June 18th
9 am - 11 am
7th Grade Thursday - June 18th
1 pm - 3 pm
If a student is NOT returning to WHPS:
Please drop off & return everything: chromebook, all books and materials.
Click here for Grab & Go Meals and information on access to Internet &Technology
CLICK HERE TO VIEW- Congratulations to David C. Grade 6, Ben D. Grade 7, and David L. Grade 8 on having their pieces added to the permanent art collection in Town Hall.
Student and Staff Fundraisers to support the global community
Mrs. Moses’ wants to thank everyone who supported the Go Fund Me effort, which surpassed its goal. The villagers have purchased materials and are actively building a chicken house to support their efforts for a sustainable source of income.
Encourage Students to Listen to Announcements
Please encourage students to watch the morning announcements. Monday - Thursday, with KP students and Mr. St. Germain, and Fridays are hosted by KP Administrators.
The announcements are sent out between 8:00am - 8:30am. It is a fun and informative way to start the day! Please tune in. -- Today's Announcements
Timely Resources for Families to discuss Protests and Race
This is a great resource for discussing our roles in social change because we all have the opportunity to choose one.
Young Adult Books
June is Pride Month!
Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan and to recognize the impact that LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and other identities) people and allies have had in this world. Throughout the month, Pride-themed readings and lessons within the Social and Emotional Expression section of the elementary weekly learning plans, celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. At the secondary level, student-driven activities will promote respectful treatment of others that aim to foster acceptance of all identities and a sense of belonging.
Friday Morning Meditation for Parents/Caregivers - Last Date June 12th
It is clear in our conversations with parents/caregivers that there is a lot of stress and worries that everyone is dealing with. Some of us are better at handling these emotions and we turn to our coping strategies to bring our stress response back to a more normal, relaxed state to prevent toxic stress from building up in our bodies. Built-up toxic stress is harmful and can contribute to all kinds of physical and emotional symptoms. Mrs. Wilson, who has been managing our Heart and Mindful Center at school, is offering a 15-minute meditation on Friday mornings to parents beginning at 9:30 am. These meditations will be with her favorite monk, Andy Puddicombe, who brilliantly created 'Headspace'. Please feel free to join her on the google link provided below. I hope you will take advantage of these few minutes to yourself. Sincerely, King Philip Cares.
Join by phone
+1 971-770-1047 PIN: 773 935 200#
Resources and activities for children, teens, and adults ~ there is a little something in there for everyone to enjoy!
Resources from Dr. Ratchford
If you need to contact us, here's how to reach us during our special closing. Click this box.
Teacher Thank You Gift Program
The Foundation for WHPS Teacher Thank You Gift program is a great way to acknowledge your students’ wonderful and talented teachers.
Make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation:
$50 for a Middle School Team
$25 for up to three teachers
$10 for one teacher
Teachers will be emailed a special acknowledgement indicating a gift has been made in their honor from your student (or family). Your gifts support our annual Teacher Grant program investing funds back in our schools for many unique educational programs.
The Foundation for WHPS is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization which provides financial support for educational projects, programs, and initatives that will enhance and enliven the classroom experience and promote excellence in WHPS. For more information or to view the grants at your schools, visit our website at www.fwhps.org.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hartford Covid19 resources that is maintained by the West Hartford Public Library staff:
All Playgrounds and Fields Activities Prohibited
As we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, I want to remind you and your families that all group activities are prohibited on Town properties, and this includes our schools. The tracks and fields are being left open for individuals, but please maintain at least 6 feet of separation and do not share any equipment including sticks, balls, etc. Playgrounds have also been posted as closed to slow the spread of the virus through contact. Thank you all for your support and I know that together our community will stay strong.
Andrew R. Morrow, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent for Administration
West Hartford Public Schools
"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."