KP Connection - Sunday Edition

March 26, 2017

Lead Learner Highlights

As we welcomed spring, we also welcomed spring competitions. Whether it is the CT State Spelling Bee, a chess tournament, Math Counts Competition, music regionals, History Day, the State Geography Bee, or the Connecticut TSA State Conference, students are putting their skills and knowledge into action in a number of ways. There is also a wave of students acting as local and global citizens by giving of their time, resources, and energy to make life better for someone else. Thank you for supporting your children to be kind and giving. This wave of KP Empathy in Action has been such a wonderful thing to behold, and I appreciate everything you are doing to support students to carry out their service to others.

This time of year also brings our state testing season. Eighth graders will be taking the Science CMT on Tuesday, and in April and May students will participate in the Statewide assessments. You should have received a letter explaining the purpose of this assessment along with an overview of the time frame. To limit disruption to students' schedules, testing will happen in regularly scheduled ELA (April 25, 27 and 28) and Math (Mary 1, 2, 4, 5) classes.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for the ways you have supported our school and staff during the budget conversations. As it has been stated, these are not easy times; however, I appreciate the ways you have shared your voices, your ideas, and our school community.

Need to Know Dates

  • 3/27-3/31 - KP Spirit Week
  • 3/27 - Please submit any Butterbraid Order Forms (if you haven't done so already)
  • 3/28 - KP Parent/Caregiver Workshop on RULER (see flyer below) 7:00-8:00 pm
  • 3/31 - KP Cares Shelter Dinner @ Immaculate Conception Shelter in Hartford - 5:45pm
  • 3/31 - 2nd Annual Faculty vs Student Basketball Game @ Hall HS - 7 to 9 pm
  • 4/7 - 6th Grade Read-a-Thon
KP Daily Bulletin - Stay Up To Date

This Bulletin provides students, parents/caregivers, and staff members with important happenings. There is information about a number of school activities.

After School Activities

KP's After School Activities Calendar

Stay in the know about our clubs and activities happening during the week.

School News


  • Mon March 27 is PJ Day
  • Tues March 28 is Hat Day
  • Wed March 29 is Twin/Triplet Day
  • Thurs March 30 is Throwback Thursday
  • Fri March 31 KP Gear/Wear Blue

Attend the KP Student-Faculty Basketball Game

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Student News

Congratulations to . . .

Seventh grader Theodore Z represented King Philip Middle School and the West Hartford Public School District at the 2017 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University. His project, “Slip Hazard Alarm Robot-H2OhNobot”, earned him the following four awards:

· Pepsico Physical Sciences Award, Finalist-Physical Science 7th Grade and a Connecticut Science Fair Medallion

· United Technologies Aerospace System Award for Excellence in Engineering-1St Place-Engineering 7th Grade-$300 prize, a trophy and an invitation to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS National Science Fair

· American Society of Safety Engineers, CT Valley Chapter- $100 prize for 7th-8th Grade Projects

· Connecticut Invention Convention “Next Step Inventors” $50 Gift Certificate and an invitation to present at the Connecticut Invention Convention as “CIC Next Step Inventor”

Teddy is on the Sapphire Team and has been an active participant in the KP Science Club for two years.

Please join me in congratulating Teddy.

Congratulations to

Seventh Grader Anthony H. for earning 2nd place in the CT State Spelling Bee yesterday. Way to go!

Congrats to students who attended the Connecticut TSA State Conference on Saturday. Ms. Fielding reports:

Students competed in multiple events including VEX IQ robotics, Tech Bowl, Problem Solving, and Dragster Design. Each of our students earned a trophy at the event, which is a huge accomplishment for a first-year chapter.

Avi J., Omar B., and Branden K. won 3rd place in Tech Bowl. They competed against many other middle school teams in trivia questions related to STEM. Our students were studying before and even during the conference to learn as much as they could in preparation for their competition.

Caleb L., Sam S., and Jack H. (not pictured) won 2nd place in VEX IQ robotics. They had to work cooperatively with other teams to earn points in the robotics challenge. Our students were great at strategizing and communicating with other teams, and they did a great job working together as well. All in all, we had a very good conference.

King Philip is proud to be among the Sedgwick and Conard chapters in WHPS.

We Need Your Support!

Informed and Connected - WHPS Board of Education 2017-2018 Budget Information

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7 p.m. – Public Hearing

BOE 2017-18 Budget Information

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7 p.m - Board Budget Adoption – April 4, Town Hall, 7 PM

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 p.m. - Town votes on the budgetTown Council Adoption –

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Parents and Caregivers of KP 6th graders…

We are looking for some volunteers for our 1st annual KP Grade Six Read-a-thon being held Friday April 7th! We need volunteers to count pledge money Friday morning starting at 7:45am and volunteers to hand out ice cream treats at 2:10pm. We also will need volunteers on Friday, April 21st starting at 7:45am to finish counting the pledges. If you are able to help out, please email Lisa Rich at .

We look forward to having you share in our Read-a-thon!

West Hartford's Cookin' 2017 - April 1st-6:30 - 9:00pm

Buy your Tickets - Join West Hartford's "Celebrity" Chefs as they don chefs' aprons for an evening of food sampling, fun, and silent & live auction to benefit the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools. - West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium

King Philip’s Celebrity Chef!

The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools is proud to have King Philip’s own Joy Wright as a Celebrity Chef for our annual West Hartford’s Cookin’ event on Saturday, April 1st from 6:30 – 9:00 in the Town Hall.

West Hartford’s Cookin’ is the Foundation’s annual fundraiser. All money raised supports grants awarded to teachers to implement their creative and innovative ideas that enhance students’ education.

The theme this year is “No Foolin’, it’s a FACT!” Committee members are excited to uncover facts from the schools and share them with guests. For example, did you know that the honorary chair, Town Manager, Mr. Ronald Van Winkle, attended Duffy Elementary School’s first Kindergarten class?

All are invited to join Joy and other celebrity chefs as they delight you with their signature dishes. Enjoy an evening of food sampling and fun with live and silent auctions and a chance to Raise the Paddle for the Foundation!

For more information and ticket purchases, please go to

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Parent/Caregiver Resources

The Basis of Quality Middle School Education

A Blue Print for Middle Grades Education Reform

Turning Points 2000: A Blue Print for Middle Grades Education Reform

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The Association of Middle Level Education Video on Middle Level Organization

4. Reorganization of Middle Level Schools


This year ASAP! is celebrating its 12th Annual Celebration of Young Writers. This annual event began as a way to encourage children to share their love of writing. ASAP! recognizes their talent by bringing the students together with celebrity authors and actors at the event.

Submissions are now being accepted for this extraordinary event. All public, private, and home schooled students in grades K-12 are invited to submit a piece of writing. Without teachers' support, ASAP! wouldn't be able to provide this experience for so many children.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Here is a link to our website where you can view and download the submission guidelines, which include details about the event and how to submit an entry, as well as sample formats. Entries may be made by teachers or parents. High school students may submit on their own. Entries are limited to one piece per student.

For current 7th Graders

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program offers a unique pre-college scholarship and advising program to high-achieving, low-income students. From 8th grade through high school, Cooke Young Scholars join a community of ambitious peers and receive academic and college counseling, financial support for academic and extracurricular enrichment, and a pathway to college success. The application is open to 7th grade students from February 7, 2017 through April 5, 2017:

For Students 13 years of age

Community Events

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

ALL children and families are invited to Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 4th from 12:00 to 8:00pm! Since 1979, Ben & Jerry’s has been saying “thank you” to fans around the world by sponsoring Free Cone Day. Ben & Jerry’s of West Hartford Center has selected Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as their charity of choice for their Free Cone Day Celebration! On this special day, the register doesn’t open. One hundred percent of event proceeds benefit the kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Free Ice Cream Cones, Giveaways & Much More! Please click on the following link for more information:

Mental Health Awareness Month

To mark Mental Health Awareness Month this May, Jewish Family Services and Tara’s Closet will host a compassionate community-wide conversation led by an outstanding panel of national experts and local members of our community who have been impacted by mental illness. Join us on Thursday, May 11 for an unforgettable evening discussion aimed at tearing down the many misconceptions surrounding mental illness.

Seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Order today.

Summer Programs

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Free Community Breakfast

The Fern Street Community Kitchen has free community breakfasts for neighbors in need at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, WestHartford. The Community Breakfast is held every other Monday. Foodshare Mobile Truck distributes food from the back parking lot from 9:15-9:45AM. Breakfast is served 9:00-10:00 AM.

BREAKFAST DATES: (9:00-10:00 AM)

March 27

PANTRY DATES:(10:00 AM-12:00 PM)

March 18

For more information about the Fern Street Community Kitchen, call 860-233-3669 or email,, or

"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"