KP Connect

May 3, 2019

Important Dates

May 3rd

  • Spring Musical Music Man- 7pm - 9pm

May 4th - Spring Matinee Musical 2pm - 3:30pm

May 6th - Math State Testing

  • Ramadan begins at sunset

  • PTO Meeting - Library 7pm – 9pm

May 7th - Math State Testing

  • National Teacher Appreciation Day

  • SEPTO - 7pm – 9pm

May 9th - Math State Testing

  • 6th Grade Spring Concert - 7:00pm – 8:30pm

  • Library - Chess Club- 6pm-7:30pm

May 10 - MATH PT

  • Great East Festival - Select Ensemble 8am – 8pm (at Six Flags Agawam, MA)

May 13 -

  • 7th Grade Spring Concert 7:00pm – 8:30pm

May 14 - Faculty Meeting- no late buses

May 15 - 30 Minute Advisory

May 16 - 6th Grade WEB MA

  • Bugbee - 5th gr visit

  • SEL Advisory (30 minutes)

  • 8th Grade Spring Concert 7:00pm – 8:30pm

  • Library - Chess Club

May 17 - 6th Grade WEB

  • 8th Grade Parents Meet the Hall High Principal Coffee(8:30am - 9:30am)

  • KP Cares- Ice cream Social/ Movie - 3pm

Daily Bulletin

School announcements updated daily.

May Intramural Schedule 2019

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School News!

Lead learner Highlights

Dear KP Families,

I cannot believe we only have roughly a month of school before summer break! Tis the season for celebration! We have our spring musical this weekend (please attend), Teacher Appreciation next week, and spring concerts on the horizon. As we prepare to end the 2019-2020 school year, I invite you to check in with your child about their progress and seek out teachers as needed. We still offer our homework club on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and are running Saturday academy if students need to quiet place to receive support as they catch up on any missing assignments.

This is the national week to appreciate our teachers and hope that you will take some time to bring an item for the annual PTO breakfast (see below). We also encourage you to work with your child to write a note of appreciation to a KP teacher or staff member before this week ends.

Happy Weekend! I'm rooting for the sun to make a lengthy appearance.

Our KP Spring Musical - "The Music Man" - Save the Dates!

Are you ready for some wonderful musical theatre??

Please plan to come join us for "The Music Man Jr." here at KP!!!


Friday May 3 at 7 PM

Saturday Matinee May 4 at 2PM

Come to the last PTO meeting of the school year!

Come to the last PTO meeting of the school year!

When: Monday, May 6 at 7 pm

Where: King Philip Middle School Library

Please join us for our last meeting. We will discuss the year and start planning for next year, as well as go over the remaining events for this year. Coffee and desserts will be served!

Please contact Cheri Bramble at with any questions.

Hope to see you there!

Annual Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Sign Up

The Annual Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be Friday, May 10th at 7am.

Please help us thank all of the teachers and staff for all they do throughout the year by signing up to drop off a breakfast item. Any item that doesn't need to be refrigerated or heated can be dropped off to the office on Thursday, May 9th. Other items should be dropped off on Friday, May 10th by 7am.

Here's the link to the Teacher Appreciation signup -

Student News

Letters about Literature Contest

Three of the nine state finalists for this year’s Letters about Literature Contest attend KP. Sarah C., Grace W-G & Rory A. invited their teachers Mrs. Harrel, Mrs. Perry, and Mrs. Kulvinskas to celebrate with them at the state capitol building last Friday. This is the second year in a row that KP has had multiple finalists for this contest.

Our very own Sarah C. is advancing on to the national competition. Her letter conveyed the powerful impact of the characters from the book Clockwork Angel. You can read all of the essays here.

KP Chess Club News from Coach Lumelksky

In addition to the 5th Place finish in the K-9 Nationals Blitz Championship, the KP Team finished 15th out of 42 teams at US Chess Jr. High Nationals, K-8 Championship Section, taking the 15th and final team placement of the event. This is a remarkable effort for a team with an average rating in the bottom 20% of the Championship Section, which consisted of nearly 300 players from at least 30 states. The team scored 5 upset wins and 3 upset draws against substantially higher rated players, as part of its 13.5 point tally and come from behind placement finish. KP was the only Connecticut team to participate at this event.

Eighth grader Ethan Striff-Cave, who led team scoring in the K-8 with 4.5 points and three upset wins, also won 1st under 1300. Eighth grader Sam Lumelsky scored 4.0. Sixth grader Jake Lumelsky scored 3.0. Seventh grader Lucas Kollen scored 2.0.

After the first two rounds, the team only managed two points and fell to 24th place among the 42 competing teams. However, ahead of the seventh and final round, the team bounced back to 16th place with 9.5 combined points from rounds 3, 4, 5 and 6. Round 6 included three upset wins by Ethan, Lucas and Jake.

Ahead of the final seventh round, the team stood one spot shy of the final 15th placement. However, in Round 7, KP scored a miraculous 2.5 points. Ethan scored an upset win, Jake scored an upset draw, and Sam won his final game. The final round total propelled King Philip into the 15th spot to end the tournament.

These are King Philip first (Blitz) and second National team titles.

King Philip Middle School (West Hartford) Chess Team at Jr. High Nationals in Dallas. The players left to right: Samuel L, grade 8, Jake L, grade 6, Lucas K, grade 7, and Ethan S-C, grade 8. Coach Alexander Lumelsky (kneeling).

Art on display at Sally & Bob's through May 28

The following King Philip 8th grade students have art on display at Sally and Bob's through May 28, please stop by and view their wonderful creations!

Cate Emerick

Sofia Mendoza

Oona Lundgren

Josh Azia

Minso Tumbahangphe

Allie Gombosh

Avery Allen

Sarah Chandler

Thank you students for sharing your creativity with us!! We are very proud of your amazing work!


Attention 6th Grade Parents Important Immunization Information

To all 6th grade parents

Please be aware for admission into 7th grade the state of CT requires the following:

  • Immunizations to include Tdap and Meningitis

  • A physical exam dated after July 1 2017

These requirements may be sent to the school nurse by email, fax or with student.

Please contact us with any questions.

Kathy Condon and Melissa Hawkins, King Philip Middle School Nurses

Office number 860-929-5260

Fax number is 860-929-5283

We are still collecting

Please remember to collect and drop off your film plastics!

Community Events

Click on the picture for an enlarged flyer!

Camps and Programs in the Community (Click the flyer you wish to view)

WH Life Learn Invites you to

Please check out our newest and most popular summer program options for middle school students by clicking on the area of interest here: Algebra- An Introduction, Study Skills for Middle School, Summer Jazz Jam. Chinese Language and Cultural Blast is a new 1-week course offering this year taught by our own Mrs. Guo.

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"

Come to the last PTO meeting of the school year!

When: Monday, May 6 at 7 pm

Where: King Philip Middle School Library

Please join us for our last meeting. We will discuss the year and start planning for next year, as well as go over the remaining events for this year. Coffee and desserts will be served!

Please contact Cheri Bramble at with any questions. Hope to see you there!