FPHS Parent and Student Memo

November 8, 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 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, T. Johnson, Henley, Hill, and Gilbert.

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Dear Parents and Students,

  • Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day: No School.

  • Wednesday, November 10 is a regular school day -- Not an early release Wednesday.

  • TIME CHANGE: Sunday, November 7 -- Fall Back One Hour.

  • End of Quarter 1 was November 5th. Parents, please check the Teacher Ease gradebook for current grades. If you see "INC," that means your child is missing work and is NOT currently passing or earning credit in that class. Time to get to work!

  • VETERANS DAY! We would like to celebrate the upcoming Veterans Day by recognizing family members of our students and staff who have served or continue to serve in our Armed Forces. If you would like to recognize a veteran in your family and have his/her name displayed at FPHS, please complete this FORM.

  • If you ever need to see our Daily Bulletin announcements, use this LINK. Running Start and Pierce County Skills Center students, please use this link to keep up to date with FPHS announcements.
  • Homework Center: Need extra help in any of your classes? The HW Center is open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 4pm. Hours are extended on early release Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 4pm. You can attend in person in room 202 (next to the Library) or you can attend virtually at the same times using this LINK.
  • Schedule this week: BAB-A. Link HERE to see the A Day / B Day calendar for the year.
  • FPS COVID Dashboard HERE.

  • 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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Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: Michael McCormick

My Role at FPHS: Science Teacher

Favorite Hobbies: Cooking, watching Chelsea FC

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Quote: “Live simply so that others can simply live” – Gandhi

Meet Our Cardinal Staff:

Name: La-Keeshia Thomas

My Role at FPHS: Data Manager

Favorite Hobbies: coaching basketball

Favorite Book: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare’

Favorite Quote: “Life if what you make it.”

NOVEMBER Culture Calendar

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

November is ...

  • Native American Heritage Month. Learn more HERE.
  • National Adoption Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/1: Dia de los Muertos. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/11: Veterans Day. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/14: Diwali. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/16: Dutch American Heritage Day. Learn more HERE.
  • 11/26: Thanksgiving

  • Cardinal Character Trait for NOVEMBER: RESPONSIBILITY

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FPHS 22 Push-Up Challenge!

Did you know that on average 22 veterans a day take their own lives due to PTSD?

In honor of Veterans Day, FPHS is challenging our whole community to join the National November 22 Push Up Challenge and do 22 push-ups each day in November to honor our veterans.

Please, take a video or pictures of you, your class, your sports team, your club, your family, your coworkers, etc. doing 22 push-ups and email it to FPHS ASB Leadership at kpascal@fpschools.org.

Kudos to you, Mr. Call, for taking a few minutes out of your Spanish class and sending in our first video!

22 para los veteranos
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Did you know there are seven pathways in agriculture? Learn about a couple different careers in agriculture in this educational video!
Types of Agricultural Careers - Guide to Careers in Agriculture

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. Through live-action video and archival photos students will explore the history, culture, and legacy of the first People of the Northwest. Learn about the Native Peoples' food, weapons , clothing, and shelter. Learn about the importance of totem poles and what happened when the Europeans arrived.

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.

Native Peoples of the Northwest - Exploring Our Past on the Learning Videos Channel

Pierce County Skills Center:

Cardinal Sports:

Athletes and families,

The Fall sports season is wrapping up this week! The Cardinal Football team will close out the season with a week 10 game at Chief Sealth. Cardinal Cross Country is heading over the pass to Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, Washington for the state championships. Three athletes (Hattie Lindow, Jadon Shadlow, and Isaac Venable) qualified for the state cross country meet. Volleyball is currently waiting for the seeding committee to determine if they will make the District 3 tournament and if so, what seed they will be. Soccer won their first round playoff game 3-2 vs. Highline, but ended their season on Thursday evening in a loss to Lindbergh. Thank you Fall sport athletes!

Winter Sports

Winter sports are coming fast. Below is a list of coaches for our winter sport programs. Bowling has already begun, Flag football starts on November 22nd and all other winter sports will be starting on November 15th. Please be sure to have had a physical within the last two years and register in familyID. Register at this link.


If you have questions about the season or practice times be sure to email the coaches below.

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School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

FP Schools Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines:


A mandatory quarantine refers to those individuals who have been exposed via close contact to a student or staff member with a confirmed positive COVID test.

The CDC defines a close contact as under 3feet for more than 15 minutes.

  • Students who have been exposed on campus will be notified by the school nurse or administrator and via a district letter.
  • Students who are vaccinated and not feeling symptoms are not required to quarantine due to exposure.
  • Students who are not vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure.


A mandatory isolation refers to those students or staff who are sick with symptoms (COVID positive or not).

  • Students who exhibit COVID symptoms during school will be required to isolate for 10 days OR provide a Negative PCR Covid test AND be symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Students who test positive will be required to isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or date of positive test, whichever comes first.
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