On Wednesday, the KPMS Student Council led the school in a King Philip Amazing Race: Warrior Edition, which was followed by a school-wide pep rally. This day has a series of team building events that bring the entire KPMS community together. The goal of this middle school event is to celebrate the culmination our first term focus on kindness and caring for our community.
An excited group of 7th and 8th grade students made their way into their homerooms where they were given clues and worked in teams to solve puzzles. As each puzzle was solved, students earned colorful gold and green materials. From these materials, each homeroom created a class banner with every student’s name along with a class motto. In addition, these supplies were used to create KPMS spirit “outfit” for a model from each homeroom.
The entire KPMS student body and staff came together in the gymnasium, where students voted on the best KPMS Spirit Model Warrior for each grade. Winners for the homeroom with the most spirit were, in 7th grade Mrs. Fecteau and in 8th grade Ms. Wilfert. Students also had a chance to wrap teachers with green and gold streamers. The students then selected Mrs. DeLuca as the best wrapped KPMS teacher “mummy”.
Food Drive Collects over 5,000 Items
At the pep rally the school-wide effort to support our local food pantries was highlighted. It was announced that, as a school, KPMS collected a total of 5,177 items, including 1920 juice boxes, 116 boxes of cereal, 141 cans of fruit and 679 cans of vegetables. Trophies were awarded to the following homerooms for being top collectors in the drive. First, second and third place homerooms in 7th grade were, respectively, Dr. Austin, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Hartwell, and respectively in 8th grade were Ms. Wilfert, Mrs. Leone and Mrs. McGovern.
In the spirit of giving thanks, the KPMS student council members recognized KPMS staff members. Alysse Moskal, Danielle Gresham, Flynn Duffy, Jack Tobichuk, Lily Gallagher read thank-you letters to acknowledge teachers Mr. Myette, Mr. Kotouch, Mr. Lovett, Mr. DeWolfe, and Mr. Reddington. In addition, the KPMS Student Ambassadors recognized Dr. Austin, with their KPMS Unsung Hero Award.
At the end of the rally, many teachers literally, stepped out onto the gym/dance floor and surprised students with a staff dance. Many members of the KPMS staff spent hours working with Grade 8 English teacher and dance choreographer Ms. Duffy on this dance.
"Every year we've run this event, we see our students rally and step up for this great cause. The amount of food donated continues to impress us. The Student Council and Student Ambassadors as well as teachers Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. Brady, Mr. Jones, Ms. McIntyre, and Ms. Duffy did a great job organizing all aspects of this event," said Dr. Susan Gilson, Assistant Superintendent and Principal of King Philip Middle School. "With the donations going to the food pantries in Plainville, Wrentham, and Norfolk, as well as 10 families in need we are happy to see the donations making a positive impact on the local communities."
The KPMS student council has organized The Amazing Race for five years. It is one of the many events organized by the KPMS student council. Mrs. Hartwell, student council advisor, been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils in her efforts as an advisor.
Looking ahead, the student council has already begun planning their annual candy cane event, which has also been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils as a top project for middle school students.