Hello KMS Community, 

The first week of school is in the books. It has been wonderful to see our returning students and meet our new 7th graders. We had our first grade level assembly last week. The students did great and exemplified the Phoenix Expectations for events. Here is the slide deck for your information

We wanted to extend a huge thank you to the PTSA members who provided a wonderful brunch for KMS staff on Thursday! 

  • Please remember to have students bring their tablet fully charged to school every day.  

We are currently conducting interviews for our open science position and hope to make an announcement soon. We still have an open Resource position.


We are balancing schedules, conducting schedule change requests, and ensuring that all students are enrolled in the correct classes .  Please be patient as we work diligently to address all scheduling concerns. We have a lot of requested changes and are limited in what we can accomplish. 
Week at a Glance
Monday: Regular School day, Cross country meeting after school C 212
Tuesday: Flipped Day
Wednesday: Regular Minimum Day
Thursday: Flipped Day
Friday: Regular Day

8/31 – Grade Level Assemblies #2
9/4 – Labor day Holiday
9/14 – Back to School Night

  • Staffing:
    • We are currently conducting interviews for our open science position and hope to make an announcement soon. We still have an open Resource position. 

  • Daily Announcements/Information
    • At KMS we are working to develop students who advocate for themselves as they get ready for high school and beyond. Our daily announcements are used to provide information to all students and hopefully they bring the information home. Of course we also recognize our teens may “forget” to bring the information home in a timely manner. Here is a link to our daily announcements in case you want to keep up as a parent/guardian.
  • PTSA
    • The Korematsu PTSA is a wonderful group of parents and guardians focused on creating a positive learning community. I encourage everyone to become a member to support our school.
      • Become a member here!
      • Sign up to receive emails from PTSA by sending an email to:  korematsu-ptsa-news+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
  • Gym Construction
    • The KMS gym is undergoing extensive repairs. The entire gym floor was removed and new flooring is being installed. We anticipate the gym will not be available for another 6 – 8 weeks. Luckily we will not be seeing rains anytime soon and students can continue with PE on the basketball courts and the grass area at Castro Park. 
  • Lunchtime 
    • This school year all students will be eating lunch in the cafeteria.  After eating (and throwing away their trash!) they can go out to the yard, to a teachers classroom, or the library if those spaces are open and available. Students may not wander the halls at lunch. Please remind your student they need to stay in a supervised area at all times. This is for their safety.
  • Cell Phones
    • KMS does not allow cell phones to be used on campus. School is a place for learning and cell phones continue to be a distraction from learning. Please remind your student that cell phones are for emergency purposes. We need your support to keep the focus on learning please do not call or text your student while they are on campusPlease call the main office. We can pull your student from class to call you back. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2023/05/09/school-cellphone-ban-yondr/
  • Social Media
    • Please review your students social media accounts and pages. Instagram pages are often used to spread misinformation, harassment and bullying of students at KMS and other schools. In all my years of flagging these accounts to Instagram I have yet to see a single page taken down.  Students are creating pages using multiple accounts and shared passwords. Sometimes several students are in “control” of a page. Often the language and images/videos of these pages are innocent and fun, but there are also instances where the page and posts are intentional harassment of classmates. As we have seen, this harassment can be extremely harmful. Please speak with your student about their use of instagram and social media. Here is instagram’s own parent guide that you may find useful.  Here is a review from Common Sense Media for Instagram.

Phoenix Expectations