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Parent Newsletter: March 18

Dear FFMS Students, Parents and Guardians:

This week is the start of fourth quarter. This Friday will be the first showing of Little Mermaid at 7:00 PM, and there will be another showing at 3:00 pm on Saturday. I hope you will be able to participate in our first STEM night on Tuesday from 5-6:30 pm. Students will be able to do the following stations: Build a Boat, Tallest Tower, Slime, Straw Rockets, Hoop Glider, and Catapults.

Next week is Spring Break. I hope you and your family have an enjoyable and memorable break.

Have a great week.

Mrs. Hiler

Upcoming Events

March 18- Pro-Core Testing C

March 21- STEM Night @ 5:00 pm

March 22- Down on the Farm Day; Little Mermaid play @ 7:00

March 23- Little Mermaid play @ 3:00

March 25-29- Spring Break

April 9- State Testing Begins

Science Fair

Congratulations to: Hailey Wendling, Abigail Masterson, Trenton Taulbee, Nathan Adams, Kaylie Roesch, and Alex Bartolin who are advancing onto the State Science Fair!

Skool AId

FFMS Student and staff learned that difference don't mean limitations through playing a pick-up game of wheelchair basketball through the Skool Aid program. Skool Aid is a Convington based program organization that teaches the message of unity and inclusion through disability awareness.
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Kona Ice is going to be here on Friday to raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. The cost is between 3-5 dollars. Money must be submitted to Mrs. Sharp by the end of the day Wednesday.

Clear Water Bottles

Students are permitted to have water bottles in the classrooms. Please make sure that the water bottles are clear.

Pasta for Pennies

This year's Pennies for Patients/Pasta campaign NHS fundraiser has started and will continue until March 22nd to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Classroom competitions for the Pizza Party and/or Olive Garden Prize will end on March 22 with the fundraising campaign ending the following week officially.
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Developmental Milestones for Typical Middle-Schoolers By Amanda Morin

At a Glance

  • Middle-schoolers are often more physically mature than emotionally mature.
  • During this time, kids usually begin to be more aware of what’s happening in the world and how that affects them.
  • In middle school, many kids start communicating with more nonverbal language, like posture and tone of voice.
  • In middle school, kids meet developmental milestones at widely varied times. You just have to walk into a middle school to see the huge variation in physical maturity. But there are certain cognitive and social skills middle-schoolers are working on developing by the time high school rolls around.

    If you’re unsure what to look for, learn the typical developmental milestones you can expect at this age. It can help you identify possible trouble spots to discuss with your child’s teacher or physician.

    Physical Milestones

    As puberty begins, your child will likely go through some big physical changes. Periods of rapid growth are common, and girls tend to develop earlier than boys. There’s a big difference in physical milestones among individual kids. Typically, though, middle-schoolers will:

    • Become a little more clumsy as height and weight change quickly
    • Start showing uneven development in skills like agility, balance, strength and flexibility; may be able to run fast, but not gracefully (Learn more about gross motor skills and why they’re important.)
    • Need more rest since so much energy is being used for growing (Find ways to help your tween get on a healthy schedule.)
    • Have a difference between body and brain growth; may be more mature physically than cognitively or emotionally

    Learn more about how coordination and motor skills develop at different ages.

    Cognitive Milestones

    Problem-solving and thinking skills develop a lot at this age. Your child may also begin to pay more attention to decision making and to organizing ideas, time and things. In middle school, children often:

    • Start to understand concepts like power and influence
    • Question things; don’t take everything at face value
    • Think about how current actions affect the future; may worry about things like climate change and war
    • Memorize information more easily
    • Use flexible thinking, such as checking work and changing approaches as needed
    • Begin developing a worldview, including a basic set of values
    • Want to contribute and make money (Get tips on how to teach your child about money management.)

    Learn more about the academic demands of middle school and how you can help your child be a more independent learner.

    Language Milestones

    As a fourth and fifth grader, your child’s language skills probably didn’t change much. In middle school, though, language skills typically develop quickly. You might notice that your child is better able to understand what people communicate—with or without words. In middle school, children often:

    Take a deeper look at how various learning and attention issues can cause problems with communication, and learn ways to improve your middle-schooler’s communication skills.

    Social and Emotional Milestones

    Middle school is a time of major social and emotional growth. Your child may struggle to fit in and look for ways to be an individual. Don’t be surprised if your opinions seem to matter less or your child doesn’t ask your advice as often as before—that’s pretty common. It’s not uncommon for middle-schoolers to do these things:

    Learn more about social-emotional skills to expect at different ages.

    Keep in mind that kids develop at different paces and this is particularly true of middle-schoolers. If your child isn’t meeting a number of these milestones, consider talking to her teachers to get their perspective.

    Learn how to prepare your child for the transition to middle school. And take a look forward at developmental milestones for high-schoolers.

    Key Takeaways

    • At this age, it’s not unusual for kids to begin to question everything, including their parents’ authority and opinions.
    • Peer pressure can be an issue for middle-schoolers, especially those who struggle with social skills.
    • Kids develop at different rates. If you have concerns, speak with your child’s doctor or teacher.


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