Picture Day Part 2

This is an update about picture day. Pictures for students with last names beginning with Lic – Z are this Friday November 20th from 10AM – 2:00. We did not have that many students come last Friday and expect the same this Friday. If you do not want to get your picture taken that is just fine. We will work out a way for you to send us a picture for the yearbook. (You do not have to come get your picture taken.)

Here is the schedule by Last Name:

10:30AM – 11:30AM – Licata – Perez
11:30AM – 12:30PM – Perkins – Singh
12:30PM – 1:30PM – Singleton – Zweben

All pictures will be taken in the gym.
Only students may enter the gym.
Families will pull up along the school to drop students.
Cones and other markings will identify where students will walk.
Students will enter the main gym doors. Get their picture taken and leave through the back doors.
Students will follow a set of cones to Norvell St. for pickup.

Picture Day Part 1

Hello Korematsu Families- This is an update about picture day. In order to ensure all safety protocols are followed there will be two picture days. The first picture day is this Friday, November, 13th from 10AM – 3:00.

All other students will participate Friday the 20th. 

  • All pictures will be taken in the gym.
  • Families will pull up along the school to drop students.
  • Cones and other markings will identify where students will walk.
  • Students will enter the main gym doors. Get their picture taken and leave through the back doors.
  • Students will follow a set of cones to Norvell St. for pickup.
  • A map has been sent to all students through their grade level google classroom.

Here is the schedule by Last Name:

10:00AM  – 11:00AM –  A – Brown
11:00 – Noon – Bradford – Corrigan
12:00PM – 1:00PM – Cortez – Formica
1:00PM – 2:00PM – Franco – Herenstein
2:00PM – 3:00PM  Hewett – Lee

Nightmare on Puberty Street

Next Thursday all 7th grade students will participate in a workshop known as the Nightmare on Puberty Street. This is part of the California Healthy Youth Act and provides comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education. For many years students in the 7th grade have watched an age-appropriate live performance about four middle school students on their journey through adolescence. Because we are in the distance learning environment, this year we will have students watch a web-series and then participate in a workshop. Nightmare on Puberty St. was created in conjunction with physicians, teachers, licensed counselors, and parents. You can also access the webisodes here. If you have concerns and do not want your child to participate please contact the main office.

Please Complete the Multipurpose Family Income Form

By submitting the Multipurpose Family Income Form, you are helping to support our efforts to provide better school meals to our students. Federal, local, and private grant funding is based on the number of eligible applications we collect. Even if your child does not eat school meals, submitting the form helps provide classroom funding at your school.

Free meals are available to students through June 30, 2021 if their household’s income is less than or equal to the federal income guidelines. Eligibility is based on total household income and the total number of household members listed on the Multipurpose Family Income form. If anyone in the student’s household receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) the student will be eligible for free meals through the case number included on their form submission. 

Multipurpose Family Income Form
Formulario de Usos Multiples de Ingresos Familiares

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Friday Club/Tutoring Support

Hello KMS Community,

Please take a couple minutes to complete this survey. We are seeking support for Friday activities. Based on the responses we will try and put a weekly Friday schedule together for the kids. Because students are completing asynchronous work on Fridays, there is some flexibility to have parents and community members run clubs and tutoring sessions.

Thanks for your support,



Dear Families:
This year, instead of Celebrate Korematsu, the PTA is introducing something new that you can do virtually. We’re sponsoring a walkathon/scavenger hunt. The event is October 16th, but you can do your walkathon or scavenger hunt anytime up to October 16th, or even after. Just note that prizes will be calculated on October 16th.
The key is to invite your family members to sponsor you using the very cool Pledgestar system, (that some of our elementary schools already use). You can upload your child’s photo and send a custom email (already written for you) to your friends and family. It’s super easy! Don’t be afraid! Just do it!Instructions here:https://pledgestar.com/korematsu/a/familyinstructions.html
To participate, you can either walk 2 miles (walkathon) or do one of the following three scavenger hunts, or do a mix-and-match of any of the photos from the 3 scavenger hunts. Any level of participation is good! Try to get 12 photos, but if you can’t, don’t worry about it! In Covid, we have learned to slow down. 
Upload your photos here if you want to share! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rQeDNhPPCvZrx-HOIcjm9fpkbqnosG7V?usp=sharing
Thanks for all you do! Go Phoenix!
The Korematsu PTA
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En Español
Queridas familias:Este año, en lugar de Celebrate Korematsu, la PTA presenta algo nuevo que puedes hacer virtualmente. Estamos patrocinando una caminata / búsqueda del tesoro. El evento es el 16 de octubre, pero puede hacer su caminata o búsqueda del tesoro en cualquier momento hasta el 16 de octubre, o incluso después. Solo tenga en cuenta que los premios se calcularán el 16 de octubre.
La clave es invitar a los miembros de su familia a patrocinarlo utilizando el fantástico sistema Pledgestar (que algunas de nuestras escuelas primarias ya usan). Puede cargar la foto de su hijo y enviar un correo electrónico personalizado (ya escrito para usted) a sus amigos y familiares. ¡Es muy fácil! ¡No tengas miedo! Instrucciones aquí: https: //pledgestar.com/korematsu/a/familyinstructions.html
Para participar, puede caminar 2 millas (caminata) o hacer una de las siguientes tres búsquedas del tesoro, o mezclar y combinar cualquiera de las fotos de las 3 búsquedas del tesoro. ¡Cualquier nivel de participación es bueno! Intenta conseguir 12 fotos, pero si no puedes, ¡no te preocupes! En Covid, hemos aprendido a reducir la velocidad.
¡Sube tus fotos aquí si quieres compartirlas! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rQeDNhPPCvZrx-HOIcjm9fpkbqnosG7V?usp=sharing
¡Gracias por todo lo que haces! ¡Vaya Phoenix!
La PTA de Korematsu
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Quick Updates

Hello KMS community,

In case you were not able to attend our PTSA meeting last week. Here is the State of the School presentation. It provides come context regarding KMS.

Please also consider signing up for our After School Program. The resirictions around attendance have been changed during our distance learning environment and I encourage everyone to sign up. Miranda Taylor and her team are offering tutoring and homework assistance time daily and I encourage students to log in and get help as needed.
English: Here is the link to sign up.
Espanol: Aqui esta el enlace para registrarse.

Korematsu Middle School Virtual Back to School Night 2020

Hello Korematsu Families,

Here is our Back to School Night slide-deck with videos. Once you open the link click “present” in the top right corner. You can scroll through and find each faculty member’s slide. You’ll see the video and contact information. We also have a form at the end of the slides in case you want to use that to communicate with teachers.

Thank you for taking the time to view of presentations. We really wish we could be together.

Stay safe and well,

Team Korematsu

Distance Leanring Update

Hello everyone,

Three days down and we continue to learn. It’s the great thing about being part of learning organization. We are always ready to learn and grow. First off, I want to thank our students and families for their patience. Students are doing a great job getting acclimated to our systems. I also want to give a huge shout out to our teachers, and all the teachers for doing amazing and really hard work during a difficult time.

We have had few incidents where students have decided to log into a different class/meeting and create a disruption. It is difficult for teachers to determine who is on the zoom when names are not specific to the student. Some students are clearly using devices that belong to parents and other family members. That is fine, but beginning tomorrow we will not allow students into the zoom meeting unless they use their first and last name. Here is a video one of our teachers put together for students who may not know how to change the name in zoom.


KMS Team