King Philip Middle School Newsletter
March 8, 2020
A Message from the Principal
As part of the prevention steps being taken as a response to the worldwide novel coronavirus situation, our facilities staff took the time this weekend to thoroughly clean and disinfect our school building. This includes desks, chairs, light switches, door pushes, pencil sharpeners, fitness equipment, lockers, conference tables, band rooms, lavatories, faculty rooms, offices, floors, and more. I would like to thank them for their work toward ensuring that our buildings are safe, healthy and clean for our students, faculty and staff.
For more information on how our district is handling the novel coronavirus situation, please refer to the recent messages sent home to families from our Superintendent of Schools, Paul Zinni.
As we approach Spring, we have a number of exciting upcoming events. Please make sure that you read through the newsletter below to see what is happening at KPMS!
Student Council Penny Challenge
Beginning on Monday, the Student Council will be holding our annual Penny Challenge. There will be containers set up outside the main lobby with homeroom teacher’s names on them. The object is to put pennies in your homeroom/team container to earn points. Put all other coins or bills in other containers to take away their points. A penny is +1 point, but a nickel is -5 points and a dollar would be -100 points. We are competing in teams this year (see team lists)! The team with the most points at the end of the week will win ice cream treats for their homerooms. All money is being donated to Pennies for Patients for Leukemia and Lymphoma.
This event will last from March 9th to 13th. Good luck and let's raise some money for a great cause!!!
Rounding out the KPMS team are the following students: Samrath S., Amelia R., Beck S., Ian T., Andrew D., and Logan H.
KPMS Celebrates Read Across America Day
During this year's book drive, we collected 549 books! The book drive culminated with a visit from the KPMS Student Council to the Anna Ware Jackson School in Plainville and the H. Olive Day School in Norfolk to read to the students. The student council also delivered the donated books to the Wrentham and Norfolk public libraries.
Please see the King Philip Regional School District blog for the full article.
Notes from the PTSO
KP Gym Clothing Items
Based on numerous requests, the PTSO will be taking orders once again for KP Gym Clothing Items.
Please note that the Youth and Men’s Tops have changed due to manufacturer stock. The new tops are just a little wider than the previous ones. All sizing information is available on the attached pdf files below.
We will be accepting orders through family id once again. You can place your order by clicking on the following link. https://www.familyid.com/king-philip-middle-school/king-philip-middle-school-gym-clothing-march-2020
All orders are due by 3/13/20. As a reminder, purchasing KP branded gym clothing is not mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the PTSO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTSO Lunch for KPMS Staff
To show our appreciation and support for the KP Middle School staff, the PTSO is hosting a luncheon. We will be inviting the teachers and administration to enjoy a meal provided by the PTSO and KP families. The luncheon will be held during the April professional development day, on Wednesday, April 1st.
Parents, we need your help! Please sign up to bring food, supplies, and or to help out at the luncheon on the link below. Monetary donations are also welcome! Donations can be dropped off at the front office, or at www.paypal.me/kpmsptso. It's a short-term commitment for parents, and the teachers and staff are deeply appreciative.
Lastly, the PTSO would also like to send a big Thank you to GS Troop 895 from Wrentham for volunteering to make the centerpieces for the luncheon.
Thank you for your continued support!
The KPMS PTSO
Supplies and non-perishable items can be dropped off at the front office any time between now and Tuesday, March 31st. Food can be dropped off at the front office Wednesday morning, or be arranged to be picked up/dropped off Tuesday night. Please contact Trish Astorino at email@example.com to arrange a time.
STEM Career Night -- Tuesday, March 10
Next Tuesday, March 10, the KP Science National Honor Society is hosting its annual STEM Career Night from 6:30-8:00 PM in the high school library. At this career fair-style event, students of all ages can explore various jobs in the science, engineering, math, and technology fields. Middle and High School students are invited to attend!
The Wizard of Oz, Young Performer's Edition -- Weekend of March 20th
The King Philip Middle School Drama Club will proudly present The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers’ Edition, the weekend of March 20th! The musical will have four performances—March 20th at 7pm, March 21st at 2pm and 7pm, and March 22nd at 2pm.
This classic musical based on L. Frank Baum’s book follows Dorothy, a young girl who gets swept away in a tornado and dropped in a magical land. In order to get home to Kansas, she must travel down the yellow brick road to ask the wonderful wizard for help; but with a wicked witch following her every move, Dorothy must rely on her new friends and a little magic to find her way home.
Come see this timeless tale come to life on stage as our budding performers act, dance, and sing fan favorites such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead,” and “If I Only Had a Brain.”
The cast and crew features 7th and 8th grade students from King Philip Middle School, featuring Abby Thoren as Dorothy, Ashleigh Guenette as Scarecrow, Mason Sanford as Tin Man, and Chad Isreb as Lion. The production advisors include Lauren Duffy (Director and Choreographer), Ryan DeWolfe (Music Director), and Sean Jones (Technical Director). Several King Philip High School students have acted as mentors throughout the process as well.
Tickets are on sale now through SeatYourself—they are $10 for general admission and $5 for children under 5. There will be tickets available at the door while they last! We hope to see you there!
Weight Training - Wednesday, March 25
Starting Wednesday March 25, all 8th graders interested in playing football at King Philip, are invited up to the High School for an introduction to proper weight training. Training sessions will be every Wednesday from 2:35 – 3:45 through June 3rd. Transportation from KPMS to KP High School is available by bus. All workouts will be supervised by Coach Lee (head football coach) and assistant coaches as well as some 2020 players. No prior experience in weightlifting or football is needed, only the desire to maximize your potential. Athletes should bring workout clothes and sneakers to change into. The cost is $50. Checks should be made out to KP Sports Camps or Venmo @KP-Sports-Camps. No sign up is necessary and checks can be brought in on the first day athletes arrive. Parents can email Coach Lee firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns. Warrior Pride!
*If you are not interested in playing football but would still like to come, by all means do! All are welcome!
Marching Band Orientation - Wednesday, March 25
The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens
The King Philip Regional School District, the Norfolk Public Schools, the Plainville Public Schools and the Wrentham Public Schools will continue their wellness education series for parents and guardians in April with a presentation, "The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens" on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 7:00 PM. The presenter, Jon Mattleman, is a mentor health counselor and speaker with over 35 years of experience. The event will take place at the King Philip Middle School and is funded through a grant from the KyleCares Foundation.
Upcoming Important School Dates
- Saturday, March 14 - Band-O-Rama, 6 PM (KPRHS Field House)
- Monday, March 16 - End of Trimester 2
- Tuesday, March 17 - Start of Trimester 3
- Friday, March 20 - The Wizard of Oz, 7 PM (KPMS Auditorium)
- Saturday, March 21 - The Wizard of Oz, 2 PM & 7 PM (KPMS Auditorium)
- Sunday, March 22 - The Wizard of Oz, 2 PM (KPMS Auditorium)
- Tuesday, March 24 - MS/HS Spring Band Concert, 7 PM (KPRHS Auditorium)
- Thursday, March 26 - MS/HS Spring Choral Concert, 7 PM (KPRHS Auditorium)
- Wednesday, April 1 - Early Release Day, Faculty Professional Development
- Wednesday, April 1 - KPMS Information Night for Rising 7th Graders, 6:30 PM (KPMS Auditorium)
- Friday, April 3 - End of Term 3
- Monday, April 6 - Start of Term 4
- Tuesday-Wednesday, April 7-8 - Grade 7 MCAS English Language Arts
- Friday, April 10 - No School
- Tuesday-Wednesday, April 14-15 - Grade 8 MCAS English Language Arts