FPHS Parent and Student Memo

May 10, 2021

FPS District Equity Statement

We are committed to supporting students, families, and staff by dismantling racism and other systems of oppression and inequity by empowering each individual to be successful by valuing race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and environment.


  1. Equity and Social Justice
  2. Improved Instruction
  3. Family and Community Engagement

Our Equity Team would like to partner with our parents and students to fulfill our mission to support our students, staff, and families by identifying and dismantling systems that perpetuate, exacerbate, or produce inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. If you would like to collaborate with us, please let us know HERE. If you want to learn more about our commitment to EQUITY and ANTI-RACISM, feel free to contact any of our FPHS Equity Team members: Hartley, Marzano, Wright, Laban, Hackney, Apelu, Brist, Call, Chapman, Detweiler, Fineman, Goodrum, Inman, Kaunda, B. Lee, Martin, Plaskett, Quill, Roscoe, Scroger, Shoopman, Washam, and C. Lee.

Dear Parents and Students,

  • The end of the year is rapidly approaching. The last day for on-track Seniors is June 11. The last day of school for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders is June 22nd.

  • Finals Week is June 14 - 18. Make sure you are READY!

  • Looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend. We have no school on Friday, May 28 or Monday, May 31, so periods 4, 5, and 6 will only meet once one week, and periods 1, 2, and 3 will only meet once the next week.
  • Make sure you're following us on Social Media: FPHS Facebook page; FPHS Twitter page; FPHS Instagram page.

  • Visit HERE to view previous Parent and Student Memos.

Please, make sure you have all the info below. We miss you and wish you all the very best. Stay safe and be well!

Hey, Seniors!

  • Graduation Info: Find Senior Info and Grad Info HERE.
  • Distinguished Portfolio Essays due: April 19
  • Graduation Eligibility Walk List Posted: May 3 (updated weekly). As Seniors are added to the Walk List, they are receiving their Graduation Signs and a "special" treat. Way to go!
  • Senior Exit Interviews due: May 19
  • Last day for on-track Seniors: June 11
  • Senior Awards Night: June 14
  • Graduation Rehearsal (required): June 15, 9am, WA State Fairgrounds
  • Graduation Parade: June 15, 10:30am
  • Graduation: June 17, 6pm, WA State Fairgrounds


2021 Senior Fitness Challenge!

A new tradition was born last year. As a staff, we are challenging each other to accomplish a fitness related task to celebrate and honor each of our 268 Seniors. The first challenge video is below: a bench press marathon from several of our staff members. Enjoy!
2021 Senior Challenge

Can Seniors decorate their graduation caps?

Yes. Please, read the following guidelines carefully.


  • Not required.
  • Decorated caps SHOULD express gratitude toward loved ones, recognition for the university or career path you’re pursuing, inspirational quote, recognition of your culture, and other creative, positive messages or images that represent YOU.
  • Decorated caps MUST NOT contain any references to drugs, alcohol, weapons, sex, gangs, violence, hate groups, obscenities, profanities, vulgarities, or defamation of others.
  • Suggestion: Do not write, paint, or draw directly onto your cap. Instead, trace your cap onto scrapbooking paper or cardboard and decorate that.
  • Inappropriate or even “questionable” caps will not be allowed. We do not have replacement caps for you. No cap = No participation in the graduation ceremony.
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MAY Culture Calendar

Students and Families, take some time this month to learn something new about a culture and share it with others.

MAY is ...



  • 5/1 LEI DAY: Learn more HERE.
  • 5/4 MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU: Learn more HERE.


  • 5/5 CINCO DE MAYO: Learn more HERE.



  • 5/24 SAMOAN LANGUAGE WEEK: Learn more HERE.

  • 5/31 MEMORIAL DAY: Learn more HERE.

Cardinal Character Trait for MAY: AWARENESS!
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How to Become a Plumber (Step-by-Step)

Family and Community Engagement

The Franklin Pierce High School Food & Hygiene Pantry is available for all students and their families.

Use this LINK to view our current food & hygiene pantry options. Please mark the items you need and staff will put together a bag or box. We will contact you when your bag is ready for pick up or delivery.

Additional ways to request items: You can request a paper copy of this form by contacting Bonita Lee at blee@fpschools.org or call 253-298-3837 to request items via phone.

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Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racist Resources:

  1. Below is a Culture and Diversity quiz we did with students in Advisory. Step one: read the questions to yourself without Google or any other resources. How many can you answer on your own? Step two: Working with the entire class, how many can we answer together? The big question: How can differences and diversity within groups strengthen and add value to the group?

The first step in ALLYSHIP is LISTENING.

The second step is BELIEVING.

The third step is ACTION. Get involved and create the positive change you want to see in the world.

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FPHS Sports

FPHS Athletes and Families,

Please take the time to read how our season 2 sports wrapped up and catch up on important information in regard to season 3 sports! Please also remember to mask up when attending all FPHS athletic events.

Season 3 Sports Starting!

Boys and Girls Basketball

Basketball will be playing their home/away games at the Hub in Centralia until they are able to host games in their own gymnasium. Fans are able to attend these games. Admission will be $5.00 to enter the venue and masks are required to be worn at all times by fans who attend the games.

Girls Flag Football

Girls Flag Football had their first practice on Wednesday evening at 6:30PM and had 13 girls turn out for the first day of practice and the launching of the program. The team will be heading to Wilson HS for a jamboree hosted by the Seahawks this Saturday(tomorrow) and will continue to practice next week before opening up their regular season in the 7 on 7 competitions vs. the schools in the Tacoma school district and Washington HS.

Boys Swim

Boys swim is starting their season Monday, May 10th. This will be their first practice and they will be practicing at the Lakewood YMCA Monday - Thursday in the evenings at 7PM. The new head coach of the program is Casi Messineo. Please congratulate and welcome her to the program. She should be reaching out to athletes soon!

Boys and Girls Wrestling

Boys and girls wrestling started their season on Thursday, May 6that 6PM in the mat room. The team will continue to practice at 6PM tonight and next week. Jeremy Kessler is the new Head Boys Wrestling Coach. He is familiar with our school and is also an assistant coach in our FPHS Football program. Bre Spracklin will be returning as the Head Girls coach. Wrestling matches will be held in the stadium at this time while Pierce County is in phase 2.

Girls Bowling

Girls Bowling launches this week and will be practicing at Paradise Bowling Alley on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday next from 2:30PM – 4:00PM. Transportation is not provided to and from practices but will be provided for all competitions. There is still time to join for interested athletes.

Boys Tennis

From Coach Parsons:

Attention boys tennis players! Please make sure you get signed up on FamilyID and reach out to Mr. Parsons at Tparsons@fpschools.org to get all the info for the upcoming season starting Monday, May 3rd. Practice times will be from 2PM – 4PM daily. Make sure you are ready to go!

Season 2 – Final Week

Track and Field (Boys and Girls)

The 2A SPSL League Championship Meet is happening this week May 6th and May 7th. The top 8 qualifiers in each event will compete for a chance at the league championship. All track events were yesterday/Thursday at Franklin Pierce HS and all field events are happening today at Enumclaw HS starting at 3:30.


Franklin Pierce HS baseball wraps up the season this Friday against Orting in the 5/6 matchup in the SPSL League Tournament.


On Wednesday the girls softball team went head to head with Fife in a playoff game to qualify for the championship game. The girls were victorious in a game that concluded with a walk-off double by Raya Higgins to defeat the Trojans and help the girls to their 2nd place finish in the 2021 season.

Soccer (Boys)

After losing 1-0 in Enumclaw Tuesday, Boys Soccer travelled there again Thursday night for a rematch. This time the team finished their chances and won comfortably, 3-0. All three goals were scored by Marvin Soeum. Assists by Preston Soeum, Ethan Shoemaker, and Pablo Ramos; shutout by Hunter Thomson.

Tennis (Girls)

The 2A SPSL Tennis Tournament happened on Wednesday and Thursday this week at Clover Park HS. Congratulations to Lexi Sams is the 2021 SPSL 2A singles League in singles! Bailee Disney and Kathleen Nguyen finished 2nd overall in the doubles tournament. Both teams went against the top teams in the league over the course of the 2 day tournament.

More FP Gear on Sale!

Please, consider supporting our brand new Girls' Flag Football Team by purchasing some new FP gear! This online store will only be open until Wednesday, May 12, so order quickly. Items will be shipped to the school and distributed from here. Thank you!

Order HERE!

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Link Crew! Recruiting New Members Now!

Current Sophomores and Juniors, are you interested in joining Link Crew and helping to welcome and support our new Freshmen as they enter high school?

Listen to some current Link Crew members below tell you why you should!

Contact Mrs. Murphy, Mr. Zagar, or your current Advisor if you are interested.

Link Crew Ad Final Video 2

FPHS Club Info:

  • Black Student Union: The BSU Meets every other Wednesday from 2:00pm-3:00pm. We are currently meeting on Zoom. If students are interested in joining a meeting, please email Blee@fpschools.org

  • Latin@s Unid@s: Culture, resources, support, friends; Cultura, recursos, apoyo, amistad. We meet on Mondays at 1:55pm in room 404 or on Zoom. For more info, contact Mr. Call at dcall@fpschools.org.
  • KPOP Club: FP Korean Club was formed so students at the high school can gather and have the opportunity to take part in learning the Korean language, Korean culture and KPOP dances. We will start meeting in person every Thursday starting April 1 in room 902 at 2:15pm.
  • Pacific Islander Club (PIC): Welcome back! We will be meeting on Mondays from 2 - 4 pm in the Cafeteria. All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there.
  • Mural Club: Advisor, Ms. Kaunda. Meeting on Thursdays at 1:50pm in room 1606 and via Zoom.



Please consider donating a yearbook to a senior in need! A yearbook is a special keepsake that lasts a lifetime...we want the Class of '21 to be able to look back on their senior year with a smile! Click the button below to donate.

A Few Reminders about Donating:

  1. Donations MUST be done on the Walsworth website (not through the bookkeeper).
  2. When asked who the homeroom teacher is, please enter YOUR NAME or simply leave it blank to remain anonymous.
  3. If you have a specific student in mind, you may enter their name. If you want to donate to any senior in need, just put "Donation" as the first & last name. Enter "12" as grade.

Homework Center: Free Tutoring Daily

Our FPHS Homework Center is open 5 days per week. You can receive help and support for any class from Mr. Rhue and Mr. Bofa.


  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am to 12pm and 2pm - 4pm.
  • Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

HW Center LINK.

Homework Center is going Live! Struggling with the class material? Need a little help? The FPHS Homework Center will be open for in-person assistance starting Monday, May 3. HW center staff will be available after school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2pm – 4pm. Due to limited capacity, only students who sign-up to attend after-school HW center, will be permitted in the classroom. Stop by room 202 during lunch to check weekly availability. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the door. Students will be limited to signing up for 1 day per week but can check back for space availability. The online option is still available and can be reached through any student's canvas page by pressing the homework center button and joining the teams meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Go Cards!!!

Assessment Center!

The Assessment Center is fully functional via Teams for any student who needs to make-up or retake an assessment. A link to the assessment center scheduling page is available on all teachers' Canvas pages and HERE. The link will direct students to the Bookings calendar so that they can schedule a time to take the assessment that works best for them. Students can also select the notification option in the scheduler to receive a reminder via email. We strongly suggest that you do this. Once the student schedules their assessment, they should notify their teacher, so the assessment and test codes are sent to Assessment Center staff.

Assessment Updates:

State Testing

Washington State is currently working with the Biden administration to seek a waiver to "skip" state testing this year. If this does not get approved at the federal level, we will conduct the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in Math and ELA as well as the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). If this is the case, state assessments will be administered this Spring. We've also learned that assessments will have fewer questions and prompts than previous non-Covid years. More information to come.

College Board Testing

These exams include PSAT, SAT, and AP exams. In Fall, FPS decided not to offer PSAT or SAT due to Covid restrictions and College Board requirements. Recently, our region has moved to the moderate Covid phase which allows us to bring more students back in a variety of settings. We are reviewing our current safety protocols and testing guidelines to see how we can provide opportunities for students to access these assessments this Spring.

At this time, you can expect that students enrolled in AP courses will be taking the AP exam in Spring. Testing may take place remotely or in person. We are currently in the planning stage and will notify families as soon as our plan is set.

For all College Board exams, preparation materials and resources can be found on their website. https://www.collegeboard.org

Update on AP testing!!!

If you haven’t heard, we’re going digital, and students get the option to choose their testing location. Students can either test at home or on campus no matter which cohort they are in. Please use the link below to select your choice. For students who wish to change their previous selection, please email Mrs. Plaskett- Rosario at lplaskett@fpschools.org. The deadline to make your selection is April 15. For students who do not complete the survey, you will automatically be assigned in-school testing.

Beginning April 8, students can preview College Board’s digital testing application and practice multiple-choice and free-response questions. Be sure to check it out through your College Board accounts.

AP Survey


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School Resources:

COVID- 19 Resources:

Community Resources:

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