March 18, 2016

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Scholars Bowl News!

This past Saturday the Five Forks Scholars Bowl team finished in 2nd place at the "Chattahoochee Academic Season Ender." We had our most impressive win ever against the Duluth A-Team, perennial State Champion. In the semi-finals we had our first win over River Trail in three years by a margin of 5 points, the slimmest amount possible. In the end we were unexpectedly defeated by the Taylor Road A-team whom we had beaten easily earlier this year.

What a day for Beven Jojo, Jay Patel, Leo Wang, Hollis Zeng, and Greg Zhang! They have performed so well throughout this school year and have two more tournaments to go. We will participate at the "U.S. Academic Bee and Bowl," a regional tournament, on March 26th that could lead to another level. This tournament will be very unusual in that it has an INDIVIDUAL portion, so this will make it especially interesting! Then, we will close out the year over the weekend of May 6-8 as we participate in the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) at the Atlanta Hilton.

Many thanks to Coaches Dennis Turnham and Angela Howell who have given much time before and after school as well as many weekends to be with these students. Thanks also to April Coston who has stepped in to help out whenever we have taken 3 squads to a tournament, and this in addition to her many long hours with Science Olympiad! It's such a great thing that so many of our FIve Forks teachers are willing to volunteer to help our students on weekends!

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Parent Volunteers Needed!

Our PTSA could really use your help with our Bronco Store on Monday, March 28th. The Bronco Store is the culmination of our recognition program where students can 'cash in' the Bronco Bucks they've earned for their good deeds and redeem them for snacks, treats, and small prizes. Please click here to sign up for a time slot. We appreciate your support!
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Talent Show DVDs Available!

Thank you to everyone who attended our fabulous Talent Show and supported all of the students and staff members who participated. If you missed the show or even if you saw it, we're sure you'll want to have a DVD of this awesome night of talent! DVDs are available for $5.00 each and are available in the main office and Mrs. Edwards' office. All proceeds from the dvd sales will benefit our Relay for Life campaign. Thanks again to the extremely helpful folks at Grace Fellowship Church who hosted us and provided all of the audio and visual support for the evening. We have some amazingly talented Broncos and we're already excited to see what next year's show will bring! Get your DVD of this year's show before they're sold out! Only $5 each! What a deal!

Publix Partners!

Five Forks has once again partnered with Publix for the benefit of our school! Each time you shop at Publix, simply let the cashier know that you have a Partners Card at the beginning of your transaction. This card is honored at participating Publix locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. We anticipate using the funds to purchase Chromebooks and other devices to increase the technology available for student use in our classrooms. A letter with all the details and your own Publix Partners card was sent home last Friday in your child's Report Card envelope. Click here for even further information from the Publix Partners website and to track our progress! We hope you'll join us and 'make a difference' for our school. We appreciate your support of this valuable program. Stop by the office if you'd like additional cards!
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Attention Rising 9th Grade!

Important Dates to Remember:

3/28/16 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Night, 6:30-8:00pm, 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

Information on Activities:

Cheerleader Tryouts for Rising 9th Graders will be held March 25th, 28th, and 29th from 5:00-6:30 pm. Final tryouts will be Wednesday, March 30th at 5:00 pm. For further information, email Emma Harris.

Volleyball Tryouts will be held May 9th - 13th. Two information meetings will be held Wednesday, February 24th and Tuesday, April 26th, both at 6:30 pm, in the BHS Media Center. Coach Welsch will discuss the tryout process, paperwork, physicals, and specific requirements and answer any questions. 8th grade girls interested in volleyball and their parents are urged to attend one of the meetings. Email Coach Welsch with any questions.

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Chess Tournament!

The first annual Five Forks Chess Tournament will be held on April 12th and 13th. Click here for an entry form and further information. Join the fun!
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Morning Help Sessions!

Please make sure you are dropping off your students no earlier than 8:15 am. The building is not open to students prior to 8:15 am (EXCEPT when it is extremely cold and students are allowed in the gym beginning at 8:00 am). Students are admitted to help sessions at 8:15 am when teachers are in their rooms and ready to accept them. As a reminder, Wednesday is help session day for Math and Social Studies and Thursday is help session day for Language Arts and Science. We appreciate your support in this matter as we want to keep all of our students safe!

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!

Georgia STEM Day!

The fourth annual Georgia STEM Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 6, 2016. The purpose will be to help raise awareness about the importance of STEM learning and the opportunities available through STEM careers. Click here for updates and further information.

Transportation News!

Gwinnett County is updating its Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), looking at the changes that have occurred in Gwinnett County’s population, employment, land use, and development since the adoption of the previous plan and developing a plan that will carry the county well into the future. Gwinnett County’s CTP will focus on all modes of transportation, including roadways and bridges, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and truck routes as well as the Gwinnett County Airport. As community members we all have a vested interest in this topic. As members of school communities that interest includes school safety projects that will be addressed in the updated plan. Attached is a flyer with information about upcoming meetings, as well as the web address for the project website and an online survey. Get involved and help shape the future of Gwinnett County.

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Entrepreneurship Program!

Attention 8th Graders:

If you have ever thought about running your own business or turning everyday ideas into real-world products or services, the Clyde L. Strickland Entrepreneurship Program at Discovery High School may be just the educational experience for you! All GCPS rising freshman are invited to apply to the Discovery High School Entrepreneurship Program for the 2016-2017 school year, Accepted applicants will attend Discovery High School under permissive transfer. Please submit an application by June 30, 2016 by email or the street address on the application.

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. Please note that paper copies of the results with further instructions will also be sent home with your child's report card in January.

Dates To Remember!

3/18 - 8th Grade Dance, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Gym

3/19 - Science Olympiad State Competition

3/19 - Readers Rally Competition at Berkmar High School

3/23 - 8th Grade Band LGPE at Duluth High School, 5:30 pm

3/24 - Willy Wonka the Musical, Gym, 7:00 pm

3/25 - Willy Wonka the Musical, Gym, 7:00 pm

3/26 - Saturday Opportunity School, 9:00 - 11:00 am

3/26 - 7th Grade Band LGPE at Duluth High School, 10:00 am

3/28 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Night, BHS, 6:30 - 8:00 pm