Phillips Preparatory Newsletter

February 2022 Edition

Message from Principal Dennis

Greetings Parents!

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!



Click the tab above to view the district’s plan.


January was School Board Member Recognition Month. We are appreciative of the dedication and support that Dr. Reginald Crenshaw provides for the students, staff, and families of Phillips Prep.
A Team Phillips parent has organized a t-shirt fundraiser for one of our outstanding students, Charlie, who is currently battling cancer. If interested, please purchase a "Charlie's Champions" t-shirt by visiting the following site: All proceeds from t-shirt sales will go directly to the Glass Family. Thank you!
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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!

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Click the tab above for the Phillips PTSA MemberHub Site.

Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. From playground equipment to technology to library books, your school can use this money to help teachers and students get the supplies they need.
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  • 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)


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.

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"Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history."

Visit Black History Month 2022: Facts, Origins & More | HISTORY - HISTORY to learn more about the contributions of African Americans to the great American story.

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Click the tab above to access "Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen", from

U.S. Department of Education - Character Education: GOOD JUDGEMENT

"Good Judgment

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.”

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Click the tab above to learn more about the 1:1 Initiative.

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, Mobile County Public School System will provide every student in Grades K-12 with a computer to use for school, giving a ratio of one computer for each student in the district. Our entire district will be "1:1"!

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.

Yearbook Reminders

Parents may still order yearbooks online at: Use school code 2122.

If you made a $15 partial payment, send the remaining $20 IN PERSON (you may not pay partial payments online).

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Click the tab above to learn more about IB MYP.

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

Congratulations to Madelynn Nguyen whose artwork will represent Phillips Preparatory School at the 2022 Southern Conference on Language Teaching. She entered the Program Cover Contest which is titled "Inclusion Is About Us All.” If selected, her artwork will be featured on the program cover. The conference will take place from March 31st to April 2nd in Norfolk, Virginia. Way to represent, Madelynn! We are so proud of you! Wishing you THE BEST OF LUCK!
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Our IB students used the principles of the engineering design process and scientific method to plan, investigate, create, and evaluate science projects first semester. Our science department chair, Mrs. James, and our science instructors hosted the PPS Science Fair in January. Judges were invited to review the projects and students provided peer feedback. Our students did a magnificent job. Winners will be announced in early February, so STAY TUNED!


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AR Competition's Top Readers

Congratulations to our top four AR readers for 1st semester: Ahmed Shaalan (1st place), Adyson Moore (2nd place), Madelyn Moore (3rd place), and Myah O’Hear (4th place). As our top reader, Ahmed won a pair of Apple AirPods. Congratulations, and keep up the great work!
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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)




Click the tab above to access information about PPS athletics.

Admission tickets for all MCPSS events must be purchased online at Social distancing and safety protocols will be enforced at all events. Metal detectors will be used to check attendees of all MCPSS events. Thank you for complying with all safety protocols.
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Click the tab above to view the complete Phillips school calendar.

Third Quarter Novel - 8th Grade

The 3rd quarter novel, Shakespeare Made Easy: The Tempest edited and rendered into modern English by Alan Durband, Barron's Publisher DOES NOT NEED TO BE PURCHASED. 8th graders will use online resources. In lieu of purchasing the novel, ELA instructors ask that all eighth graders purchase one, 100 count OR two, fifty count packs of lined, SPIRAL BOUND index cards as soon as possible.

Third Quarter Novel - 7th Grade

The 3rd quarter novel for 7th grade is Rosa Parks: My Story. Copies will be on sale at the school for $8. More information will be provided to students by their 7th grade ELA teachers.

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.


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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

The SALSA 2022 application is now open at

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.


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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.

Cafeteria - February Menus

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