December 11, 2015

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Math Team News!

On December 6th, Jay Patel, Hollis Zeng, and Greg Zhang participated in the 4th annual statewide Math Geniuses competition held at Fulton Science Academy Private School. More than 170 mathletes participated! We are proud to report that Hollis Zeng took 8th Place! Way to go, Broncos!

Spelling Bee Finalists!

On December 11th, Five Forks held its annual spelling bee elimination round. Congratulations to the following students: Theodora Alese, David Alvarez, Tami Dairo, Jordyn Fletcher, Nooree Husnani, Darcy Johnson, Christina Keo, Christian Knowles, Gelila Mengesha, Jackson Mobley, Chandler Mullis, Reagan Robison, Spencer Schumm, Gianni Selcis, Courtney Sharp, Lillie Sims, Alexa Thomas, and David Yin. These spelling bee finalists will compete in the 2016 Five Forks Spelling Bee on Friday, January 15, 2016. Good luck, BRONCOS!

Robotics!

We will have four teams representing Five Forks at the First Lego League regional robotics tournament this Saturday, December 12th, at Creekland Middle School from 9:00-3:30pm. We have a 6th grade team (#5660), two 7th grade teams (#s 5661 and 5662), and an 8th grade team (#5663), and we'd love to have your support! Here's a link to the schedule. If you're in the Creekland MS area on Saturday, please stop by and cheer on our teams! GO BRONCOS!!
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Semester Exam Calendar!

December 16 - Analytic Geometry EOC (Abbott)

December 17 - Final Exams - 1st and 2nd Academic Periods

December 18 - Final Exams - 3rd and 4th Academic Periods

Winter Class Parties!

Our winter class parties will be held on Friday, December 18th from 3:15-4:00pm. Parents, we need your help! We are asking for a $5 cash donation per student so we can provide pizza, drinks, and paper goods for every class. If you have not yet sent in your cash donation to your child's homeroom teacher, please do so as soon as possible so items may be purchased in advance. In addition, if you are able to volunteer at the party, donate water, extra snacks, or coolers, please sign up at this link. We appreciate your support!

Attention 8th Grade Parents!

Now is the time to buy an ad in the yearbook for your 8th grader! You can spotlight your child, a special friendship, or both. This year, you have the opportunity to design and personalize your own ad and submit more than one photo! An instruction sheet is available on the FFMS website and at Balfour.com. If you'd like us to design your ad, here's the form to submit along with $30.00 (cash only) and one photo. If you'd like to submit a digital photo, please send it to the email listed below. For best results, please make sure the photo is taken or scanned as a digital jpeg format. Photos will be returned in January. All ads are 1/4 page and cost $30.00. The deadline to purchase an ad is December 31st! If you have questions, please call Cindy Bloodworth, 770-736-4521, or email her at cindy_bloodworth@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Rising 9th Grade Calendar!

1/28/16 - BHS Registration Information Packets Issued to Students

2/1/16 - Rising 9th Grade Parent Night, 6:00pm, BHS Theatre, (Parents Only)

2/5/16 - BHS Peer Leaders Visit with FFMS 8th Graders

2/8/16 - Open Forum Q&A on Registration and Course Placement, 6:00-8:00pm (drop in anytime), BHS Commons

2/9/16 - Registration Forms Due to FFMS

3/25/16 - Course Verification Sheets Sent Home with Students

3/28/16 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Night, 6:00-8:00pm, BHS Commons and Both Gyms

5/18/16 - Carnegie Unit Presentation/Q&A, 6:30pm, BHS Commons (for Parents/Students with Questions

TBA - Carnegie Unit Forms Due to FFMS

STEAM at FFMS!

Middle and high school students and parents are invited to the Brookwood community STEAM symposium to be held at BHS on Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30pm. Here's a link to the flyer. Please save the date and join us!

Talent Show Rescheduled!

Our fabulous FFMS Talent Show has been rescheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016 at Grace Fellowship Church on Dogwood Road. Auditions will be held at Five Forks after school on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Applications are now available in the main office, the media center, and the 8th grade office. All applications are due Tuesday, January 5, 2016, so plan your act over the winter break and come back ready to share your talent! You'll be glad you did!

Bidding for Good!

Parents, please support our Brookwood Cluster by participating in the "Bidding For Good" fundraising auction! Funds generated are used to make improvements to our cluster schools and to help purchase valuable equipment and technology to provide rich and engaging lessons for students. Click here for a link to the online auction! We appreciate your support!

Spiritwear on Sale!

'Tis the season for cold weather and gift-giving! You can take care of both because Bronco hoodies are now on sale! Here's a new link for PTSA Spiritwear that allows parents to purchase spiritwear with a credit card and have it delivered to the school. Thanks for your support of the FFMS PTSA and happy shopping!

We Love Our Five Forks Family!

Each week, we highlight a member of our staff with the "Count Me In" award so that others will get a glimpse of the awesome work going on within the building. We hope you enjoy learning about our fantastic staff!
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Milestones Results!

Listed below are directions for locating the Milestones End of Grade Scores for the 2014-2015 school year. Please note that Parent Portal log-in information is needed to access the scores. If you've had Parent Portal access in the past but have forgotten your password, click on 'reset password' to access your account. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, you must come to the main office at Five Forks to complete the form and provide picture identification. Here are the steps to access the scores:

1) Log into the Parent Portal

2) Select the Test History tab located on the navigation bar

3) On the right-hand side is a widget titled "Assessment Reports"

4) Under "Assessment Reports" click on "2015 Spring End of Grade Individual Student Report."

In addition to the individual student report, a parent guide is listed below the report to help explain the report and your student's achievement.

GSMST Lottery Process!

The GSMST Lottery Application is now available for students to apply for a lottery number to be part of the 2016-17 freshman class at GSMST. Enrollment is open to all 8th grade students who are residents of the Gwinnett County school district attendance zone; who are successfully promoted to 9th grade by the end of spring semester 2016; and who successfully complete an 8th grade math curriculum that is a full Carnegie-eligible Algebra I Course or higher. Registration deadline is January 29, 2016 and the lottery drawing will be held on February 8, 2016. Click here for further information.

Dates To Remember!

12/11 - 8th Grade Orchestra Side-by-Side Concert with BHS, Commons, 6:00pm

12/12 - Saturday Opportunity School, 9:00-11:00am, Media Center

12/12 - Basketball vs Bay Creek, 9:00am, Grayson HS

12/12 - Regional Robotics Tournament, Creekland MS, 9:00-3:30pm

12/12 - PAGE Gwinnett Scholars Bowl Qualifier, Duluth MS

12/14 - 6th Grade - Junior Achievement Biz Town Field Trip - Byrnes and Evans Teams

12/15 - 6th Grade - Junior Achievement Biz Town Field Trip - Hicks Team

12/16 - 6th Grade - Junior Achievement Biz Town Field Trip - Coleman Team

12/17 - Basketball vs Trickum, 5:00pm, Parkview HS

12/21 - Winter Break - through 1/5/16; School resumes Wednesday, 1/6/16