KP Connect

February 5, 2020

Important Dates

February 7 - Chinese New Year Celebration

In 6th Grade gym (3:00-4:00pm)

  • KP Cares Dance (7th & 8th Grade) Gym 6:30pm to 8:30pm

February 10 - LUV Concert

February 11- Staff Meeting- NO LATE BUSES

  • Parent Dialogue Group 7:15am-Ms. Wilson in Mindful Center

February 12 - SEPTO Transition Meeting @KP (in The Commons) 7 pm


  • Read-A-Thon

February 17 & 18 - Winter Recess


February 20 - 7th Grade Chinese Class Field Trip - 8:45am-1:00pm (Yale/Ginza Cuisine)

  • Parent Dialogue Group 2:00pm- Ms. Wilson In Mindful Center

February 21- 7th Grade Chinese Class Field Trip - 8:45am-1:00pm (Yale/Ginza Cuisine)

February 24 - Rotation 3 Ends

Lead Learner Letter

Hello KP Families,

We are officially in the second half of the year which is an excellent time to reflect on what's going well and what we can improve. In just a few short weeks you will be invited to attend our spring conferences to discuss your child's progress. However, as you wait for information about these days from your teams, I invite you to take a few moments to reflect on your engagement in the KP community. How are you doing with participating at the team or school level? Have you blocked out school events on your calendar to attend in the next few months? Have you reached out to your child's team or advisory teacher to identify any needed supports? Have you volunteered for a PTO committee or event? Our success is linked to your involvement and we appreciate any time you can give to support our students, teachers, and community.

It is Black History Month, which is a great opportunity to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our collective history. We are celebrating Black History Month with morning quotes and our annual door decorating contest which has advisories all abuzz. I encourage you to check out events recognizing the month. This week we held an assembly for our students sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise called Start with Hello. The speaker praised KP's focus on kindness and our community's social-emotional well being and encouraged us to identify ways to build on our efforts to help continue to build an inclusive community. Ask your child how they plan to support an inclusive community. Finally, please review below for events happening and the AMAZING accomplishments of our students.


Our KP Read-A-Thon Is coming soon! It's On February 14!

It's our Read-A-Thon fundraiser coming up on Friday, February 14.

More details will be sent soon- please stay tuned!

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KP Cares Fundraiser 7th & 8th Grade Dance

Dear Parents & Guardians:

We will be holding a KP Cares Fundraiser 7th & 8th Grade Dance, on Friday February 7, 2020, from 6:30-8:30 in the 7th-8th grade gym. Students will purchase tickets for $7.00 before school, the week of the dance, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

The money will help to fund the numerous activities that emphasize being respectful, responsible and good citizens through KP Cares. KP Cares is the a community service club for 6, 7 & 8th grade students, who want to help give back to the community and do good for others.

For the dance, we will need volunteers to: bring/bake snacks- (chips, cookies, cupcakes, boxes of candybars/candy, napkins, paper plates and plastic water and or gatorade bottles. We also need 2-3 parents to help sell concessions. If you can help make this dance a success, please sign up on the following google doc.

Thank you so much,

Nancy Faulkner

King Philip Parent/Caregiver University 2020

What topics would you be interested in hearing about? Click here


Our KP Yearbook Presale will be happening the week of Feb10th to 14th.

  • Pay by check $19 - made payable to KPMS - please put student name and team on the memo line!

  • Or cash payment of $19 - please put into an envelope with student's name and team listed on it.
Students can drop their payments orange box in the office marked "yearbook".

Thank you!

Stacey Grindle

6th Grade Art Teacher

Student Kudos! Look at how our students are Being the ONE!

Congratulations King Philip January Students of the Month!!

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Congratulations to our KP Kids Lit Team!!!

Congrats to the KP Kids' Lit team for a great showing at the national championships last night at Ethel Walker. Congratulations Alexander, Ari, Rachel, and Jonah for your 3rd place win at the USA National Final Kids Lit Quiz completion. You were the BEST of all the Connecticut teams! Way to Be The ONE! Great job and congratulations to the team consisting of all 6th graders:

AJ Alvares-Filshtein

Jonah Levithan

Ari Pincus

Rachel Simmons

Thank you also to 8th grader, Elizabeth Hockensmith, for her role as student coach.

You have all made us proud!

Congrats to our Excellent KP Spellers & Our Town Wide Spelling Bee Champion!!

Last night was the Townwide Spelling Bee at Town Hall. KP was represented by 9 excellent spellers who all won their team bees here at school. They are:

Turquoise- Jonah Levithan

Topaz- Dominic HuieWhite

Diamond-Henry Sinche

Ruby- Max Bernstein

Sapphire- Sam Shefsky

Opal- Donovan Connole

Emerald- Isaac Mohler

Garnet- Alexander Hyams

Amethyst- Julia Savo

The competition was fierce through the rounds of challenging words. In the end, our Julia Savo of the Amethyst team was crowned the winner. She out-spelled 22 other spellers representing their grade-level teams from all 3 middle schools in town. She will now go on to represent KP and West Hartford at the Connecticut Spelling Bee in March. The winner from this Bee will represent Connecticut at the National Scripps Bee!

Congratulations to Julia and all of our talented spellers!

KP Mock Trial Team - Amazing Job!!

The KP Mock Trial team, coached by David St.Germain and Atty. (and parent) Ali Bloomquist, competed on Wednesday, January 22nd at Kingswood Oxford School. Mock trial provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the law, court procedures and our legal system while sharpening analytical, listening, teamwork and speaking skills. Students prepared a hypothetical case and then tested their skills as lawyers and witnesses in this simulated courtroom competition. This was the first experience for all of the team members and they did an amazing job competing against Timothy Edwards Middle School. Many thanks to all of the parents who supported the team by working with students and providing snacks and rides!

Pictured: Amani S, Zoe C, Erik B, Juliana F, Erica-Mary K, Sadie L, Quinn K, Aryan S, Nathaniel G, Ilana K, Dominik B, Joel H and Atty. Bloomquist

7th Grade KP Student featured in Ranger Rick Magazine

THIS LAKE IS GREAT! By Ellen Lambeth; Photos by Helen Steussy

Congratulations to Jonathan Wright-Goodison, 11, the winner of the 2019 Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship!

This scholarship pays the way for one nature-loving kid and an adult family member to attend the Family Nature Summit, an outdoor education camp. Last summer, the Summit was in northern Michigan, next to one of the five Great Lakes.

If you think you have a child who would love this opportunity, please apply for this scholarship. This year's Family Nature Summit is in California. Click here to go to Ranger Rick Magazine for details.



We recently mailed letters to parents of 6th graders that need a physical and/or immunizations before entry into 7th grade. We will accept a physical done after July 1, 2018. Immunizations required are Tdap and Menactra.

If you received a letter, please send the required information to school as soon as you have it done. It can be brought in by your child, emailed to: or faxed

(860-929-5283) to us.

Please call us if you have any questions. (860-929-5260)

KP Nurses Office

Got Sneakers? One more week to donate!

We are looking to collect gently used sneakers/athletic shoes for those in need. If you have old sneakers that are usable, that you may have thrown away otherwise, maybe you would consider donating them to a good cause? We will be collecting sneakers for *GotSneakers (see below).

(Please do not send any non-athletic footwear, such as boots, sandals or dress shoes.) Shoes can be collected by Advisory and/or dropped off in Ms. Dombek's office which is located in the 7th grade gym. Donations will be accepted until February 14.

"CTAHPERD (CT Assoc of Health PE Recreation and Dance) is partnering with *GotSneakers to help keep sneakers out of landfills, by putting shoes on the feet of the less fortunate people across the world. Sneakers/Athletic shoes have been recycled and donated to people in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, West Africa and Europe. "

After School

January and February 2020 Intramural Schedule

Click for activities and descriptions!

KP Middle School After School Clubs & Activities

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

The Equity and Diversity Council January Digest

About the Equity and Diversity Council (EDC). The EDC of the WHPS collaborate as a faculty and staff advisory that seek to promote equity, advance diversity, and foster inclusiveness across all areas of our district’s programs and services.

Parent/Caregiver Resources

West Hartford Special Education PTO - ANNUAL TRANSITION MEETING FEB 12, 2020

Annual Transition Meeting

Wednesday, February 12 at 7pm

King Philip Middle School

Dr. Gretchen Nelson, Director of Pupil Services, school personnel and WH SEPTO representatives will discuss the transition process and programs available to students receiving special education services. Teachers from the receiving schools will meet with parents and help them to navigate their child’s transition process and explain the new school’s structure. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet other parents and find out how the new school will deliver services as their child starts the “next step” in their child’s education.

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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"