Franklinton Middle School
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
AUGUST 26: First day of school! We are so excited to start another year!
Rising 6th Graders Don't Miss Ram Camp!
Who: all rising 6th grade students who will be attending FMS in the fall
What: Ram Camp is a fun, information filled half day with lunch provided.
When: August 15, from 9am-12pm. Parents/guardians can drop off students beginning at 8:45am. Please pick up students at the end of the session at 12pm
Where: Franklinton Middle School, 3 N Main Street, Franklinton (Come in the front door)
Why: Ram Camp is set up so that rising 6th grade students have an opportunity to meet their teachers, tour the school, and participate in team building activities that help them to meet other students.
DONATE TO HELP FMS STUDENTS SHINE
- Notebook paper
- Glue sticks
- Spiral Notebooks
- Colored pencils
Non-Perishable Food Items
- Fruit cups
- Granola bars
- Mac & Cheese kits
- Canned soup
- Chef Boyardee type canned pasta
- Boxed meals
- Canned veggies and fruits
- Packs of peanut butter crackers
- Anything a child would be able to access or warm up easily.
Gently Used Clothes
Summer Tips To Prevent Learning Loss (From Edutopia)
1. Get started on a summer reading program, and make sure your child is reading books that are both interesting and challenging. Summer reading is important, but it doesn't always boost skills because children might choose books that are too easy for them. When selecting books, it's important to make sure your child is interested in the content, but the reading material should stretch your child's skills- introduce some new words and ideas. (See also, additional info about summer reading lists and challenges!)
2. Set aside some time to review mathematics concepts. Practice really matters, but you don’t have to hold daily lessons, or turn the summer into a tedious series of drills.
Practice can be fun and there are online games and apps that help, like:
DragonBox Algebra 12+
GeoBoard (Free/for iPhones and iPad)
Chicken Coop Fractions Game
3. Unplug and play board games, card games, or put puzzles together to help kids sharpen their math, verbal, reasoning, and social skills.
4. Take trips to museums, zoos, historic sites, etc. But don't merely attend. Help children enjoy hands-on experiences, and engage in family conversations. Kids learn more from museum experiences when they engage in hands-on activities. They also benefit when parents ask them to interpret what they see. There are links between parent-child conversations and retention: the more kids talked about an experience, lesson, or event with their parents, the more they remembered later on.
5. Connect with nature! Go for family walks in a local park, bike rides, go fishing, or get other families together to play basketball or kickball.
6. Try a summer camp! Check with Franklin County Schools, local colleges, local libraries, Parks & Rec, 4-H, local museums, swimming pools, dance schools, horse-riding schools, etc. Ask for free or low cost programs. For teens, perhaps volunteer opportunities at similar programs, agencies, shelters, etc.
7. Help kids explore interests that don't fit into their standard, school-year curriculum. Cooking, Astronomy, Building, Creative Writing, Arts, Crafts, Theater, Music, Gardening, Life Skills, etc.
8. How much is too much screen time? There are four main categories of screen time:
-Passive consumption: watching TV, reading, and listening to music
-Interactive consumption: playing games and browsing the Internet
-Communication: video-chatting and using social media
-Content creation: using devices to make digital art or music
Pay attention to how your child acts during and after watching TV, playing video games, or hanging out online. If they're using high-quality, age-appropriate media; their behavior is positive; and their screen-time activities are balanced with plenty of healthy screen-free ones, there's no need to worry.
Otherwise, if you're concerned about heavy media use, consider creating a schedule that works for your family. This can include weekly screen-time limits, limits on the kinds of screens kids can use, and guidelines on the types of activities they can do or programs they can watch. Make sure to get your kids' input so the plan teaches media literacy and self-regulation, and use this as an opportunity to discover what they like watching, introduce new shows and apps for them to try, or schedule a family movie night.
ACHIEVE SUMMER 40-ACTIVITY CHALLENGE
Now your child can improve his or her reading skills at home with the same great technology program we're using in school: Achieve 3000!
Take a look at Achieve 3000's Home Edition - available anytime, anywhere - helps you stay in touch with your child's in-school progress. Your involvement can go a long way in helping your child perform even better at school.
It's easy to get started with your FREE Home Edition account - and it takes just a minute! FMS has already paid for your account.
To sign up, just follow these instructions:
On your Internet browser, go to portal.achieve3000.com.
Enter your child's username and password. Please ask your child for his/her password.
Click the arrow by his/her name at the top of the screen. Then, click Create Parent Login.
Enter your security code (S337587120) and answer a couple of questions.
The system will display your Home Edition username and password. Record this login information somewhere safe. You will need it to access the program in the future.
Log in and get started!
Encourage your child to follow these five easy steps:
Step 1: Respond to the Before Reading Poll.
Step 2: Read the Article.
Step 3: Do the Activity Questions.
Step 4: Respond to the After Reading Poll.
Step 5: Answer the Thought Question.
We hope you enjoy exploring this program with your child!
If you have any questions, please contact Achieve3000 Support at www.achieve3000.com/customer-support or at 877-235-2525.
OR….Assignment: Read two articles per week highlighting key ideas from the Thought Question. Then, complete the activities and the Thought Question. Highlight textual evidence to support your answers. Goal: Complete two articles per week with a first-try score of 75% or higher.