Phillips Preparatory Newsletter

May 2021 Edition

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Greetings Phillips Family!


Information pertaining to end of year events, registration, and summer programs will be shared with you throughout May and June. Make sure that you regularly check your email, listen for phone messages, and visit our website (www.phillipsprep.com) for details. Stay safe and stay connected!

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 have been emailed to parents. We will do our best to accommodate your elective requests, but final decisions will be based on enrollment and teacher availability. If you have not done so, please complete the surveys below.


Rising 8th Survey Link

https://forms.gle/uWy9VrzsE8ZWTmcv7


Rising 7th Survey Link

https://forms.gle/ihkEKiUmVBjL9p9M8

ONLINE REGISTRATION 2021-2022

Online registration begins April 12, 2021. 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.

As we approach the end of the 2020-2021 school year, please use the dates noted below as check in dates for school/district-issued devices and hotspots. We will check each device for damages of any kind. Parents will be assessed a repair or replacement fine for any lost or damaged devices or chargers. Please contact the school to make payment arrangements for any lost or damaged school/district-issued device, charger or Hot Spot.


The dates to return these devices and chargers are:


All Face to Face Learners

  • Will return devices on the last day of school before leaving campus on May 26th


All Remote Learners will return devices on:

  • May 26th - between 1 PM and 3 PM or
  • May 27 – 28 - between 8 AM and 3 PM


Please contact the school office at (251) 221-2286 if these dates or times are not feasible.

NEW 6TH GRADERS: CLICK TO SIGN UP FOR PIRATE CAMP

Parents may pay for Pirate Camp online through E-Funds.

SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR

Click the tab above to view the complete Phillips Events Calendar.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES


May 4th - Campus Tours for Incoming 6th Graders

May 5th – Worlds of Opportunity Virtual Career Expo. (8th)

May 6th – 6th Grade Honors - Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86928951650?pwd=S252eU5EYlJqMXo4bkpOazhBQXh6Zz09

May 7th – National Junior Honor Society Inductions - Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83930827236?pwd=K0NIa3lZUm82VHRENTZZcFVqcHZ6QT09

May 11th – 7th Grade Honors - Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81177823824?pwd=OHg0OWNWL1c4SFVnTllmWWJ4MWpXQT09

May 19th – Top Ten Luncheon

May 25th – 8th Grade Honors and Promotion Ceremony

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82087283900?pwd=aSt6TjNHNm5TamNtUVZLbmZDZVRXQT09

May 25th - 8th Grade Picnic

Last Day for Students (1/2 day) May 26, 2021

June 3rd - Parent Meeting for Incoming 6th Graders

June 3rd-4th - Pirate Camp for Incoming 6th Graders



Although all honor society inductions and honors ceremonies are exclusive to students, events will be live streamed for family and friends.

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We are very excited to recognize students who have excelled academically during this challenging school year. Below are some details about the upcoming end of the year programs.



6th Grade Parents and 7th Grade Parents:

Sixth grade students who are receiving an award will attend the 6th Grade Honors Program on Thursday, May 6th at 8:30 a.m. Seventh grade students who are receiving an award will attend the 7th Grade Honors Program on Tuesday, May 11th at 8:30 a.m. A list will be sent through Schoology of who will be receiving an award. Both programs will be in the Phillips’ gymnasium. Students will wear their school uniform. Any virtual student who is receiving an award and would like to attend is welcome to do so. A drop off and pick up procedure will be sent out ahead of time for those parents. It is our intention to live stream programs so parents can participate by viewing the program. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86928951650pwd=S252eU5EYlJqMXo4bkpOazhBQXh6Zz09



8th Grade Parents:

Our 8th grade program this year will be Tuesday, May 25th at 9:00 a.m. in the Phillips gymnasium. All 8th graders may attend. All in-person students will participate and all virtual students are invited to participate. Mrs. S. Eiland has been in classrooms and reviewed the format and dress code. Students will wear “dressy casual” clothes. This may include slacks, dress shirt and tie (no tennis shoes please). It may also include dress pants or a dress (no spaghetti straps and please make sure appropriate length). Students are encouraged to wear flat shoes. A drop off and pick up procedure for virtual students will be sent out ahead of time to parents and students through the Schoology messaging system. It is our intention to live stream or record the program so parents can participate by viewing the program. REMINDER: ONLY STUDENTS may attend in person.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82087283900?pwd=aSt6TjNHNm5TamNtUVZLbmZDZVRXQT09


Although the programs will be different this year, we are thankful that we have the opportunity for a limited gathering to recognize students for their outstanding achievements during a very challenging year.

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK: MAY 3-7, 2021

ACADEMIC SPOTLIGHT

Click the tab above to view current student spotlights posted on our school's website.

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LEARNING LEADING AWARD WINNER

Eighth grader Katie Bendolph has been selected as Phillips Preparatory’s Learning Leading Award Winner! Katie actively cultivates personal connections with her teachers and peers. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is involved in numerous community projects. Katie is an academically focused and socially conscious student. Congratulations Katie!

TEACHER OF THE YEAR - MR. HOLLY

Mr. Holly fully immerses his students in the content by exploring cultures and history through foreign language. He dons attention-grabbing hats and attire that initiate conversations about the content and leave an indelible imprint on students. He organizes annual overseas trips that empower our students to apply the Spanish language in an authentic way and experience the living, breathing content that he teaches. The halls at Phillips regularly resonate with dialogue in Spanish between Mr. Holly and his students. And this year, he has worked with MCPSS TV to create Spanish lessons to televise. Congratulations Mr. Holly!

HUNTSVILLE SPACE ACADEMY

Neshwan Arif (7th) was selected to participate in the Space Academy at Huntsville during the week of May 23rd through May 28th. The Space Academy allows trainees to “experience firsthand the future of space travel and train to solve technically challenging anomalies in order to complete their space mission.” Participants apply their engineering skills and engage in teambuilding activities. Congratulations to Neshwan and the four other Pirates who have been accepted!

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

The Phillips Preparatory School National History Day Club is proud to announce our success at this year’s Alabama NHD competition. This year’s contest theme is: Communications in History: The Key to Understanding. We had six students enter the contest and all of them won at the state level!


First Place in the Group Website category:

Katie Bendolph and Eleanor Andrews for their project “Deception and Lies Behind the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment”


First Place in the Group Performance category:

Savi Fistein and Aiden Seabrook for their project “David Farragut and the Impact of Miscommunication Throughout Our History”


First Place in the Individual Documentary category:

Amie Conrey for her project “How a Paperclip Launched Communication Technology: The story of Explorer 1 and Wernher von Braun”


Third Place in the Individual Exhibit category:

Matthew Ngo for his project “Understanding Stuttering and Ruining Lives: The Monster Study and Its Unethical Discoveries”


The Alabama Historical Association special award was given to Amie Conrey for her Individual Documentary and Katie Bendolph and Eleanor Andrews for their Group Website.


We want to give a huge thank you to Mrs. Cheryl Burch, Mrs. Tesi Rivera, and Mrs. Tonya Fistein. Wish us luck for the National Competition in June!

EARTH DAY AND ECOSYSTEM LOGOS

Sixth graders celebrated Earth Day by venturing outdoors to use infrared thermometers to measure the surface temperatures of different plants and objects in the sunlight or the shade. Students recorded their data using the scientific method. The students are learning about reflection, absorption, and refraction of the sun's rays in different scenarios. Sixth graders are also designing ecosystem project logos to increase awareness of the need to protect our environment. Great job sixth graders!

SHAKESPEARE ROUNDS

Eighth graders completed a Shakespeare project to illustrate how to interpret the language. Students collaborated on posters in English classes and conducted surveys of the final products to analyze and discuss their work. Great job 8th graders!
LAGNIAPPE: VOTE FOR PHILLIPS - BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL

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LAGNIAPPE: VOTE FOR PHILLIPS - BEST ACADEMIC PROGRAM

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2021-2022 PHILLIPS BAND

Click the tab above to view the Phillips Band web page.

Click below to download the interactive band flyer and access the links.

2021-2022 PHILLIPS CHORUS

Click the tab above to view the complete Phillips Chorus web page.

CHORUS AUDITIONS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022

Submit your video by May 24th to Dr. Shearer's email at lshearer@mcpss.com. The submission must include:


  • A video singing a song of the student's choice AND singing Happy Birthday


Contact Dr. Shearer with any questions or concerns.

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ATHLETICS - PPS SPORTS SCHEDULE

Click the tab above to view the full Phillips Sports Calendar.

2021-2022 FOOTBALL TRYOUTS

2021-2022 Football Tryouts will take place during the first week of school. If you plan on trying out, you must have a current physical exam from a doctor. Please complete the required documents at dragonflymax.com. Email Coach Shenesey at jshesesey@mcpss.com with questions and visit Football - Phillips Preparatory (schoolinsites.com) to stay updated.

2021-2022 VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS

2021-2022 Volleyball Tryouts will take place May 4-5, 2021 after school. If you plan on trying out, you must have a current physical exam from a doctor. Please complete required documents at dragonflymax.com.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Click the tab above to view other Announcements/News posted on our website.

JOIN US AT THE BOOK FAIR!

Mrs. Aplin has scheduled a Scholastic Book Fair in the library from April 30 - May 7, 2021. Flyers were sent home on April 26th. Remote students may access the Book Fair and purchase materials at Published Homepage (scholastic.com) The interactive book flyer may be found by clicking the following link: Scholastic Book Fairs Spring 21 Booklist for MS Case.

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. **Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks must be worn during Extended Day.** Review the document below for more details.

SURVIVOR T-SHIRTS (8TH GRADERS ONLY)

Virtual students who want to come by and pick up their 8th grade survivor shirt may do so in a drive by pick up at the front of the school on Friday, April 30th between 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. We will hold the shirts until the end of the year for students who are unable to pick them up on Friday.

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