The Firebird Flash

October 30, 2020

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Principal's Update
  • Traffic Animation
  • Attendance Concerns
  • Firebirds RISE!
  • RISE App and ID Badges Update
  • Updates from PTSA
  • Recognize an Outstanding Firebird Nation Staff Member - Click the RISE Logo to the left.

Updates from the Principal

Good Afternoon Firebird Nation Families -


Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! Thank you for working with us on the schedule adjustment this week. It was great to see all of our students for two days this week! We have learned from the district that future snow days will likely be called as E-Days. This would mean that students would follow the regular bell schedule from home and participate in E-Learning from their teachers if there was a weather closure.


Our PBIS Rewards program has launched! Staff have been trained on using our Firebird RISE Matrix to award points to students for demonstrating how they RISE each day. Overall, I am hearing a lot of positive feedback from students about the app and the points they are earning. The store will launch in the next couple of weeks as well. There are some items in there for students to see what they can earn. The "prices"posted may change as we are making updates to the app. Once the store officially launches, we will let students know. Students should receive their ID's next week (we had a delay from the picture company) so that they can use additional functions with the app.


We wanted to put some reminders out about our traffic pattern since we have returned from break. Please remember to use extra caution when traveling around FMS. Students should always be using the designated crosswalks when walking around FMS. We have also received some calls about traffic stopping on Towner Ave, cars blocking intersections, and blocking neighborhood driveways. We want to make sure we are being good neighbors to our community and respecting the roads and neighborhood areas at all times. For our traffic pattern within the school, we appreciated the feedback about making a new video to show how this pattern works. You can see this video below.


Beginning next Friday, November 6th, we will be starting our student success time. Students that have multiple D's and F's and that are struggling with their academic work will have the opportunity, within their cohorts, to come to FMS between 10am and 12pm or 1pm and 3pm to get some additional help from their teachers. Teams will be communicating with families next week if student success time is needed for your student on Friday. We want to provide an opportunity to ensure students can perform at their best academically. There will also be some opportunities through Zoom for students staying at home as well.


I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Halloween! Oh...don't forget to set your clocks back this weekend as well!


Sincerely,


Brian Smith

Executive Principal

Falcon Middle School

Falcon Middle Traffic Pattern

FMS Traffic Animation

Firebirds RISE!

Hey Firebirds - Show how you RISE everyday at Firebird nation! Through demonstrating our Firebird RISE behaviors, students will earn points for their PBIS Rewards account. Students can then spend their points on various classroom and school wide incentives. Staff have been rewarding numerous points already. Keep showing those Firebird RISE behaviors (see below)!
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Attendance Concerns

Beginning this week, we will be sending out Attendance Letters to any student that has accumulated too many Unexcused absences. Our goal with these letters is to build communication between the parents, students, and school in order to help all of our students succeed. If you receive an Attendance Letter, please note the total class period absences that will be indicated at the end of the letter.

Be sure to check your student's attendance regularly on your Parent Portal. If you have any questions about attendance, please get in contact with the Attendance Secretary, Cindy White at crwhite@d49.org or 719-495-5221.

PTSA UPDATES

PTSA is thankful for our members and we want to show our appreciation. If you become a member by Thanksgiving, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. There are two ways to join:


- Send in $8 (per member) with cash or check (made payable to Falcon MS PTSA) to the front office.

- Join online at https://falconmsptsa.new.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships

(Please note that using online payment, the PTSA will be charged a service fee, so a donation would be appreciated to offset that cost.)


Check out another way to support your PTSA! It's a giveback program! You shop and a portion is returned to the PTSA. Check it out: https://falconmsptsa.new.memberhub.store/admin/campaigns


There is also an opportunity to order Spirit Wear, t-shirts for $10 and hoodies for $25. Again, cash or check may be sent to the front office or ordered online: https://falconmsptsa.new.memberhub.store/store

PTSA Reflection Program

Does your student like to draw, take photos, write music, poems or stories, dance, create videos? Then the PTA Reflections program is for them! The theme this year is "I Matter Because..." and your student can enter one or all of the following categories: Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

Entries are due by November 30. Find specific rules at https://copta.org/parent-engagement/reflections/

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Hobson at hobsonk@elpasotel.net.

Falcon Middle School

Executive Principal: Brian Smith


6th Grade Assistant Principal: Tim Scheck

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Kava Lientz

8th Grade Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Elena Forehand


6th Grade Counselor: Carrie Clay

7th Grade Counselor: Amber Villani

8th Grade Counselor: Lisa Murdock


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FMS Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:15am-3:30pm

Friday: 7:15am-2:00pm