Phillips Preparatory Newsletter
February 2022 Edition
Message from Principal Dennis
As we navigate 3rd quarter, we look forward to implementation of our Club Days, creation of our Design Lab, and integration of even more collaborative activities. We ask that our parents reinforce our efforts to cultivate BALANCED students by carving out time for them to read at home and by limiting screen time. Also, please stay flexible as we make adjustments to our procedures based on the transmission of COVID-19 and its variants in our community. Stay safe and #StayStrong!
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SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION
HELPING SCHOOLS TAG
This is a reminder that the net proceeds ($20 fee) for the personalized Helping Schools Tag are distributed to the school district designated by the purchaser, or, if the purchaser does not make a designation, to the school district in which the funds were generated to be used for the purchase of classroom supplies and equipment in grades K through 12 of the public schools of the school district. The net proceeds of the $5 shall be distributed to the Department of Revenue.
If you choose to purchase a "Helping Schools Tag", remember to designate Phillips Preparatory as the recipient school. Thank you!
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR PARENTS TO NOTE
Tuesday, February 1st - Wednesday, February 2nd - Track Tryouts
Wednesday, February 9th - Check Your Student's Mid Quarter Progress
Monday, February 14th - Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14th - Friday, February 18th - Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, February 23rd - Friday, February 25th - Cheer Tryouts for 2022-2023
Thursday, February 24th - Mardi Gras Dance (TENTATIVE; DEPENDENT ON COVID NUMBERS)
Monday, February 28th - Wednesday, March 2nd - Presidents' Day and Mardi Gras Holidays (No School for Students)
ALABAMA ALL STATE AND DISTRICT VII HONOR BANDS
Congratulations to all of our Phillips Prep Band students who auditioned for Alabama All State and District Seven Honor Band! District Seven Honor Band will take place March 24th-25th at Daphne High School and Alabama All State Band Festival will take place April 7th-9th in Downtown Mobile.
Visit Black History Month 2022: Facts, Origins & More | HISTORY - HISTORY to learn more about the contributions of African Americans to the great American story.
Click the tab above to access "Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen", from ed.gov.
U.S. Department of Education - Character Education: GOOD JUDGEMENT
Children develop strong character by learning to think about and make sound judgments about what is right or wrong, good or bad. These are not always easy distinctions for adults to make, much less children.
For example, it can be difficult for a child to recognize the difference between acting bravely and acting recklessly. As parents, we can help by showing, through what we do as well as what we say, that it is important in such situations to think carefully and honestly about what should be done, carefully weighing how others will be affected by what we do.
Sometimes we get into trouble because we “just didn’t think.” We let our emotions lead us to actions that we regret later. Making good judgments requires skills in monitoring impulses, using reasoning to sort through feelings and facts, and thinking about the consequences of our actions.
Your child’s ability to think and make sound judgments will improve as
she matures. With age, however, it also may become easier for her to try to justify and make excuses for selfish or reckless behavior. However, if you have helped her develop strong habits of honesty, courage, responsibility and self-respect, your child will have the ability to see the flaws in her reasoning and be able to come to the right conclusion about what to do.
What You Can Do
★ Teach your child to stop and think before acting on impulse.
★ Teach your child to tell fact from feeling. Let him know that just because he feels strongly about something—such as hitting someone who made him angry— doesn’t mean it’s
the right thing to do.
★ Encourage your child to think about the consequences of her decisions. Tell her little stories about situations she might face and talk about actions she might take, who might be affected by her actions, what might happen because of her actions and what the best action might be.
★ When your child has a problem with a rule, brainstorm together a list of possible reasons for the rule. This leads to greater understanding.
★ Remind your child to pay attention to the rules or codes that apply in each situation. For example, the rules for behaving in church are different from those for a football game.”
But our implementation of this increased student access to technology involves much more than can be represented by a simple ratio - more computers for students is only a part of our 1:1 initiative. Students will have access to more and better digital resources for learning and collaboration. Teachers will be supported with timely professional development opportunities, rich curricular resources, and faster access to better data to help guide instruction. Administrators will be able to make informed decisions, based on student performance data. Parents will have easier access to their students' assignments, assessments, and communications.
Our learning management system - Schoology - will communicate with our new student information system - PowerSchool - to provide parents, teachers, and administrators with current, actionable information on student achievement.
Providing each student with a computer will allow us to take even more advantage of the vast and growing availability of web-based resources.
Please visit our Resources Page for more information and guidance.
Parents may still order yearbooks online at: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/. Use school code 2122.
If you made a $15 partial payment, send the remaining $20 IN PERSON (you may not pay partial payments online).
Mrs. Foster Is a WKRG Golden Apple Award Winner
Congratulations to Mrs. Melissa Foster for being recognized by WKRG and given the Golden Apple Teacher Award. Mrs. Foster was nominated by a parent for her outstanding performance as a 6th grade math instructor. WKRG surprised Mrs. Foster with a $100 check and a golden apple. Congratulations Mrs. Foster!! 💙💛
Madelynn Nguyen to Represent Phillips at Language Conference
SCIENCE FAIR - IB STUDENTS ARE INQUIRERS
MATH INVESTIGATION STATIONS
AR Competition's Top Readers
Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad
Phillips now has a charter and new chapter of the Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad, a service organization for students in grades Pre-K through 9 sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Congratulations to the newly inducted members!
6th Armstrong, Tyson
8th Bendolph, Collin
6th Butt, Amirah
8th Cabral, Luke
8th Carr, Lorenzo (Vice-president)
6th Lucious, Havilland (Secretary)
7th Lynn, Olivia (President)
IT'S A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME
Third Quarter Novel - 8th Grade
Third Quarter Novel - 6th Grade
The 3rd quarter novel for 6th grade is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. The novels cost $10.00 each. All students will need a copy by February 21, 2022. Students may bring their $10.00 payment to their ELA teacher. Cash and checks are accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Barber or Miss Thomaston.
SPACE ACADEMY FOR LEADING STUDENTS IN ALABAMA
The USSRC plans to once again host Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) in May 29 - June 3, 2022. Middle-school students living in Alabama are eligible to attend a special Space Camp program free of charge. Students ages 12 to 14 may apply for Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama, or SALSA, a Space Camp program funded by the Alabama legislature. Two students in each Alabama legislative district will receive a scholarship to attend SALSA, which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics education along with leadership skills.
To be eligible for SALSA, students must apply for the scholarship. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center will then forward a notice of application to the members of the Alabama House of Representatives or the Alabama Senate representing the district in which the students reside. Each member will nominate two students to receive a scholarship to attend SALSA.
Travel to and from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is not included.
To learn more, visit http://www.spacecamp.com/space/salsa.
The SALSA 2022 application is now open at https://spacecamp.smapply.io/.
The deadline to apply is February 21, 2022.
In the event Space Camp is impacted by changes in Covid-19 policies, we will update you via email as soon as possible.
ALABAMA PTA 2022 DIVERSITY WRITING CONTEST
Cafeteria - February Menus
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