FMS EXPLO Newsletter

January 17, 2020

Transition to 9th grade

8th graders: It's never to early to start thinking about the transition to Fulton High School. What classes will you take? What grades do I need to hold as an 8th grader to take a honors class? Please see the documents below. Click Here.
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FMS Counseling Department: Mrs. Burfield, Mrs. Horstmeier and Ms. Jo

Needing to see the school counselor?

Students needing to access the counselor's office can submit a form from their chrome books by clicking on the apps button. This form comes only to the counselor's. 6th graders will learn how to use this app on Tuesday, August 27th when counselors meet with them through their ELA classrooms. You can also ask your teacher for help. If you can't locate the form you can also shoot your school counselor an email. Obviously if there is an emergency, students will be sent to the Counselors Office immediately. This is just a great way to help students stay in the classroom for instruction time .

Here are a few ways you can reach out to us in the FMS Counseling Office:

Mrs. Horstmeier works with students with a last name starting with an A-J and can be reached at and Mrs. Burfield works with students with a last name starting with a K-Z and can be reached at

Ms. Jo is the Counseling Office secretary and can be reached at

Counseling Office phone number is 573-590-8208

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!


Follow me on Twitter: @MrYatesFMS

The goal of computer class is to equip students with meaningful skills that will help them thrive in a digital age. These skills include:

- Coding

- Google proficiency

- Digital citizenship

- Media production

Computer class is very project based using online and offline technology tools, as well as engaging topics like 3D printing, Augmented and Virtual reality, and many other avenues for creativity.

Digital footprint

Continue to be an upstander and make good choices online. Keep up your positive digital footprint! For more resources visit

The students have a done a great job creating 3D models and many are being printed. They will come home with the students at the end of the term so be on the lookout!

The next two weeks we will be emersed in the amazing world of CoSpaces. There is a mobile app that pairs with the website to allow the students to navigate their virtual reality world they create. I encourage you to check it out. In the Play store or App store search for CoSpaces edu. The students will log in with their google accounts.

1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Pretz

Journey to Success!

6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures


Next Week

6th Grade- Food Safety

7th Grade- Body Systems

8th Grade- Reproduction

Coach Windmiller's classes will stay in health until Thursday, Feb. 27.

During this time, Coach Windmiller's classes will not dress out. They need to bring their planner, Chromebook, and writing utensil each day.

6th Grade Health- Room 123

7th Grade Health- Room 120

8th Grade Health- Room 110


Next Week

Coach Pretz- Basketball

Coach Youse- Volleyball

Tests over these units on Wednesday, January 22

Volleyball Study Guides (6, 7, 8)

Basketball Study Guides (6, 7, 8)

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachPretz_FMS

Dr. Moebes

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR: We had a great first rehearsal for the Spring semester. I can't wait to introduce our students to the repertoire for our May 13th concert at First Christian Church.

Music 6: We are off to a great start with Term 3. Our focus has been on beat and rhythm. We will be working on our HOPE playlists during the upcoming week. This is a project that allows us to explore the connection between music and emotions!

Arts Alive: We have completed auditions for Into the Woods, Jr.! The rehearsals are off to an excellent start!

Choir: This week we have been focused on musicianship. We've been practicing reading music notes and rests, singing, and reviewing solfege. In addition, we have started working on the music for our contest at CMU. I'm truly proud of these students and their hard work!

CONCERT ATTIRE: khaki pants, black shoes, and a black choir polo shirt. If you do not have one, you may purchase one from me for $15. These polos are the same as those worn by FMS choirs for the past several years. Students may certainly borrow or buy one from a student who was in FMS choirs and no longer needs the polo.

Please feel free to contact me at any time: For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic

Mr. Thomas and Ms. Neudecker


6th Grade Band: Sixth grade is constantly learning new things on their instruments and moving on to bigger and better music.

7th Grade Band: 7th grade is continuing to learn their solos and sight reading their new music.

8th Grade Band: We've been working on our music for CMU Music Fest on Friday, February 28. Students have picked solos, and as soon as Ms. Neudecker gets her life together, they will have them to work on! Saturday, weather provided, Joseph Winterbower, Abby Sebacher, Kayla Morse, Madi Plybon, and Lilli Wilkinson will travel to Macon for chair auditions and rehearsal for the NEMO Jr. High Honor Band.

Guitar Classes: Both guitar classes are continuing to learn standard notation which is how to read the notes on a staff.

Please consider following me on Twitter @MrT_FPSBands. I will be providing a daily playlist which your students will hear when they enter the room. You may also email me at

Mr. Chapman

From the Art Room

Happy New Year!

I am excited to start this new year, with returning students and several new classes this semester. Each week I will talk about what we are doing in class and what students are working on.

6th Grade:

We will introduce the layout of the art room, and we will be covering expectations and procedures in the first few days, then we will jump right in to artmaking, with our first objective ELO5 Students will explain the connections between visual arts and other curriculum areas. Students will learn about optical line and this will carry over into our next objective as we will put it into practice.

Students will work through creative problem solving skills and learn about the basic elements of line and ways it can be used in art.

7th Grade Semester:

We will go over expectations and procedures in the first few days, and we will immediately jump into our first objective ELO2: Students will use subject matter and themes in art. Students will delve into “art about me” concepts and they will borrow ideas from their greatest resource, themselves, and learn about the art of illumination.

7th Grade All year. Students will begin our next objective ELO 1: students will select and apply media techniques and processes. Students will be starting our “Old Barn” project, and learning about value and line on a much deeper level. This project takes several weeks.

8th Grade all year:

Students will begin work on their next objective and we will be creating a personal Coat of Arms using mixed media as well as learning how to age paper.

8th Grade Semester:

We will go over the expectations and procedures for the first few days, and we will start on our first objective ELO2: Students will use subject matter and theme. Students wil learn about functional art and plan and design Surprise lockers. Their lockers will be interactive, and the insides will be the surprise.

I am looking forward to working with new classes and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Mr. Chapman

Art Teacher

Fulton Middle School

The FMS Thrive Hive

The Fulton Middle School Thrive Hive opened for business on Monday, August 21st. The store is open 7:25 to 7:45 each morning. If students aren't able to shop then they can email Mrs. Horstmeier @ or Mrs. Yates @ for an appointment to shop.

The Thrive Hive is designed to allow students to use their Hornet Bucks--earned through the Positive Behavior Support Program--to purchase items from the store. The Thrive Hive was created to help the needs of the FMS Student Community.

Items currently needed for the store are:

Any age appropriate toys, DVD's for the holidays.

As we gear up for winter: Hats, gloves, scarves, and coats.

Snack items: Nutella snack packs, Slim jims and pop tarts.

Other needs are ear buds and water bottles.

We will be gearing up for the holiday season so baskets to make gift packages for students to purchase would be great.

All other items are appreciated as well.

If you would like to donate, please call Fulton Middle School at 573-590-8200.…/thrive-hive-gets-middle-…/646415/

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Mrs. Lairmore

If you've noticed the Library looking a little haggard, it's because we're reorganizing the books for you! A few years ago we organized the fiction books by what genre they fell into. It worked well, but it's been tough to keep track of some of the books, and a lot of them fall into several genres. So, we decided to go back to the way it used to be! The fiction books will be organized by the authors last name alphabetically.

We will be having our first ever Library Spelling Bee! I have a list of words that will be in the Spelling Bee and you are welcome to have a copy of them. Just stop by and grab one!

Please remember to bring your books each time you come to the Library. I have several new books that just arrived, so grab your books today!

If you need a book before your next visit, you can always go to the link here: and search for your book.

You can email me with the book you want and I'll deliver it like a hot pizza!

If you would like to read books online, check out Hoopla for your phone, tablet, and computer. You can check out books, music, and movies for FREE just by having a Library Card with Daniel Boone Regional Library.

I included a video below to show you how to get signed up for Hoopla! It's my favorite digital Library app!

Still wanting to play Semantris?

Keep up with what's happening in the Library on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. You might even see yourself on there!

See you in the Library!

If you want to see some things happening in the Library:

Follow us on Instagram: fms_library or FMS LIBRARY

My You Tube Channel is:

Follow the Library fun on Twitter:

You can contact me by email at:


Please keep in mind that some students at FMS have an allergy to nuts, tree nuts and popcorn. Please be mindful of what food your child is bringing to school, and notice the signs throughout the school building. Thank you!
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Please check out the Digital Citizenship information at This site will help you keep up-to-date with current issues and trends in technology. Check out the "Parent" section! We are very proud at FMS to be recognized as a Digital Citizenship Certified School for the year 2016-17.
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