Phillips Preparatory Newsletter

April 2022 Edition


Greetings Parents!

It’s obvious spring has arrived. The flowers are blooming, the birds are fluttering about, and everything else is in the process of turning bright green. With the arrival of spring comes a multitude of activities and events, including the end of daylight savings, spring sports, state testing, spring fling, and the last nine weeks of the 2021-22 school year. With the busyness of the season, remember to keep your students on a daily schedule so they come to school well-rested. The finish line is in our sight. Urge your students to finish strong and make fourth quarter the best yet. As always, stay up-to-date and connected with PPS activities through the school's website and other social media sites. #FinishStrong #PhillipsPrep


Online registration is now available! Click the tab above to access the online registration portal. Click "RETURNING STUDENTS" if your child has attended school in MCPSS. Click "NEW STUDENTS" if your child has NEVER been enrolled in MCPSS.


All currently enrolled 6th and 7th grade students at Phillips will be automatically recommitted for the next school year, as long as they meet the magnet school eligibility guidelines.

Elective course selection options for current 6th and 7th graders will be emailed to parents at the beginning of April. We will do our best to accommodate your elective requests, but final decisions will be based on enrollment and teacher availability.

*ALL students who plan to attend a MCPSS school MUST register online before June 1, 2022.

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National Assistant Principals Week is April 4th - 8th, 2022!

We would like to acknowledge the enormous contributions of our assistant principals to make our school successful. Ms. Raulerson and Mrs. Terry are the epitome of prepared, engaged, and innovative professionals who advocate for our students, staff, and families each day. Thank you for all that you do!
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Click the tab above for more information on ACAP.

The Alabama State Department of Education is implementing the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) Summative Assessment for students in grades 2-8. All grade levels will take assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Additionally, 6th and 8th graders will take an assessment in Science. The US Department of Education (USDOE) requires that each school have at least a 95% participation rate for each subject and grade level tested.

Results from the ACAP Alternate and Summative assessments will be used for accountability purposes. All students will be tested, and results will be used for the school's report card calculations. All grade levels will take the English Language Arts Assessment on Tuesday, March 29th. Sixth and eighth graders will take the Science Assessment on Thursday, March 31st. All grade levels will take the Mathematics Assessment on Tuesday, April 5th. Let's all encourage our students to perform their best on these state assessments. Click the link above for more information about the tests.

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Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. From playground equipment to technology to library books, your school can use this money to help teachers and students get the supplies they need.
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  • Wednesday, April 6th - ACAP Mathematics (moved due to bad weather predicted on 4/5)
  • Thursday, April 7th through Saturday, April 9th - Alabama All State Band
  • Thursday, April 14th - Talent Show
  • Thursday, April 14th - Spring Fest
  • Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd - Spring Break (No School)
  • Friday, May 6th - 8th Grade Social at Heron Lakes Golf Club, 6 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday, May 11th - 6th Grade Honors Ceremony in the Gym @ 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, May 11th - 7th Grade Honors Ceremony in the Gym @ 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 12th - 8th Grade Honors Ceremony in the Gym @ 9:00 AM
  • Tuesday, May 24th - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at Davidson High School, 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 26th - Last Day of School, 4th Quarter Ends
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Click the tab above to access "Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen", from

U.S. Department of Education - Character Education: Magic Words, Caring Deeds

"Magic Words, Caring Deeds

Good manners are a part of showing respect for others. Using games to reinforce manners provides children with the practice they need to learn manners without embarrassing themselves—or us.

What to Do

★ Let your child know that respect for others can begin with something as basic as showing good manners, like

—shaking hands in greeting;

—looking someone in the eye while talking;

—saying “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” and “I’m sorry”;

—opening doors for others;

—using expressions such as “yes, sir” and “no, ma’am” when speaking to older people; and

—giving up a seat on a bus or subway to an older person or a person with a disability.

★ At lunch or dinner time, have family members pretend to be eating in a restaurant. Ask your child how he should talk to you and to others at the table. What should he say when “the waiter” brings his food? How should he eat the food? What should he say if he wants to leave the table?

★ Line up several chairs and have your child and other family members pretend to be on a bus. Ask your child to show you what she should say and do if the bus stops suddenly and she bumps into someone. How should she carry a large package on the bus so that it doesn’t harm or bother others? What should she do if she is sitting on a bus and there are no vacant seats when an older person gets on?

★ When your child mentions something nice that someone did for him, encourage him to write a thank-you note. Explain that the note doesn’t have to have a lot of words. For younger children, it also can have drawings. After he writes the note, help your child to go over it and correct spelling and punctuation. Explain that taking the time to check and correct what we’ve written shows respect for the person getting the note.

★ Let your child see you writing short notes to others. You might write a note to the mail carrier to thank her for helping you with a large package, to a neighbor to wish her well on a job interview or to a relative to congratulate him for winning an award."


Click the tab above to learn more about IB MYP.

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

Our very own Individuals and Societies teacher, Mrs. Blakeney Lewis, submitted her lesson plan for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award, and will be awarded $500. She will also be featured on the National History Day website as the Alabama nominee for the junior division. Each year, a middle school teacher and a high school teacher are selected from each state. Mrs. Lewis is now eligible to compete for the national prize of $10,000. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, Mrs. Lewis! Your pirates are rooting for you!
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Eighth grader Nadia Godwin has been selected as Phillips Preparatory’s Learning Leading Award Winner! Congratulations Nadia!

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Dylan Legros (7th) was selected to attend Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center from May 29th - June 3rd, 2022! The Space Academy allows trainees to train like an astronaut or pilot. Participants apply their engineering skills and engage in teambuilding activities. Congratulations Dylan!


Amyrah Morton (8th) has been accepted into the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, AL. After completing a competitive admissions process that required written essays, video monologues, and an in-person interview, Amyrah was awarded a seat at the school. Congratulations Amyrah!


Congratulations to the our pirates who excelled at the 2022 Middle School Math Olympiad, held in conjunction with the University of South Alabama. Ahmed Shaalan placed first among eighth graders. Kayty Phan tied for third place. Excellent job Math Pirates!


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Four of our pirates were selected as 2022 Realizing the Dream Essay and Art Contest winners! The winners are: Sariah Hossain (8th grade), Tim Li (8th grade), Madelynn Nguyen (7th grade), and Henry Duke (7th grade). Each student winner will receive a Chromebook and Phillips Prep will receive $1,000 for each student as reimbursement for programming that supports the important work of realizing Dr. King’s Dream. Congratulations!
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Click the tab above to view the full Phillips Sports Calendar.

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Click the tab above to view the complete Phillips school calendar.

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4th Quarter Novels

The 8th Grade 4th Quarter Novel is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Students will begin reading it during the second week of April. Get your copy from Mrs. MacDonald or Mrs. Wakefield for $10. Send cash or check (payable to Phillips Preparatory) in an envelope as soon as possible.

Yearbook Orders

Parents: If you ordered a 2022 Phillips Yearbook, please click the following link to confirm your child’s name on the list. Before the yearbooks arrive, Mrs. Wakefield would like to confirm all orders. If you placed an order and you do not see your child’s name, please email Mrs. Wakefield as soon as possible. We ordered a few extra books. If you missed out, listen up for announcements. The extra books will be sold for $40 on a first come, first served basis.
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Extended Day

The Phillips Extended Day program (PED) is a service for our families who need care for their children after regular school hours. PED provides a safe and monitored environment for your child between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day. Review the document below for more details.

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