The Freedom Phenom
Happy New Year! I want to reiterate my sincere gratitude for our students, staff members, and community last week during our evacuation and transition over to Liberty. The attached pictures illustrate a small snip of our kids and how they adapted and made the best out of a huge interruption!
Spring semester brings on a sense of acceleration as we move through winter, wrap up basketball season, and start talking about scheduling for high school. I feel you 8th grade parents! You are going to make it through this experience, and we will support you all the way. We are also having a fundraiser opportunity at the end of January and beginning of February. The students have spoken and shared with me their wishes regarding prizes.
Thank you to those of you who completed our STEM Survey. I am thrilled to be on this journey with our teachers and students. As you scroll through this edition of the Freedom Phenom, take note of the student designed roller-coaster. All STEM activities are not quite this elaborate! Our main objective is to focus on communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in all content areas regardless of the complexity of the task.
Please let me know how I can further serve you and your family!
Freedom Middle School
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Colson "Cole" Owens
- On 2/16 and 2/17, our 8th graders will have the opportunity to participate in the Be Pro Be Proud mobile career event. Students will have the chance to experience several modules in a variety of professions such as healthcare, welding, plumbing, logistics, etc. More information can be found at: https://www.beprobeproudga.org/. You will also receive a permission form as the event approaches.
- Our 8th grade students will be reviewing their “You Science” snapshot information in late January. The students took the brain games assessments in 7th grade to help them learn more about themselves and their career aptitudes and interests. 8th grade career guidance lessons will dive deeper into specific career options as well as provide the students with information on Dual Enrollment opportunities in high school. Please click on the link below for more information on You Science for Georgia students:
- If your student experiences anxiety, check out this great video from the Child Mind Institute! 10 Tips for Parenting Anxious Kids
Sarah Bigelow, firstname.lastname@example.org
770-704-1124 (Habla Español)
Matt Herndon, email@example.com
Lauren Moss, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Purchase your basketball tickets here! All tickets $5 each. GoFan Link Tickets will be redeemed at the door upon entry to the game.
- Students may come to any and all basketball games. There are only certain days students are invited to stay after school (Thursday 1/26 is the last one), all other game days they will need to go home and return later for the game.
- We will send home a permission form each Monday, through Parent Square, for the Thursday game. It must be completed by Wednesday evening in order for students to have permission to stay at school for the game. If we do not have the permission they will go home from school and can return for the game at 5pm.
- Students will need to bring $5 cash to lunch on Thursday to purchase their ticket for the game, or be able to show their GoFan ticket purchase in order to stay after school.
8TH GRADE ADS
Design an Ad for your 8th grader with Herff Jones or upload your own design. You will want to remember this year!
YEARBOOK SALES CONTEST
We are kicking off a Yearbook Sales Contest beginning Monday 1/16/23!
- This contest will be treated like a field day event, so points will be added to the team field day totals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places on each grade level.
- Also, the homeroom with the highest percentage of sales for the entire school will win an additional prize: Students in the homeroom will get out of class to be treated to a movie/free time in the media center with snacks included!
HAPPENING AT FMS
The students worked across each content area to create a roller coaster model for a theme park in Georgia. They created a scale blueprint and a scale model of their roller coaster design to ensure optimal potential and kinetic energy. They also wrote an argumentative infographic to advertise their roller coaster and researched the best economical/tourist location in Georgia to place their roller coaster.
Winners: Owen Shumaker, Peyton Pigott, Faye Olejnik, and Tatiana Castaneda (not pictured)
THIS MONTH @ FREEDOM
1/10 2nd Quarter Report go out through Parent Square
- 1/16 MLK Jr Day - NO SCHOOL
- 1/19 Academic Bowl End of Season Breakfast @ 8:15AM
- 1/19 Basketball Game vs. Mill Creek (Girls Home/Boys Away)
- "Western Out" Theme
- 1/20 Student of the Month Breakfast @ 8AM
- 1/23 High School Registration for CHS & WHS
- 1/23 Basketball Game vs. Dean Rusk (Girls Home/Boys Away)
- 1/26 Basketball Game vs. Woodstock (Girls Away/Boys Home)
- "Neon Out" Theme
- Students may stay after school with parent permission
- 1/28 CCSD Reading Bowl at ET Booth
CLUBS @ FMS
Club Name - Sponsor(s)
4-H Club - Julie Roper
Academic Bowl (by try-out) - Allie Hahn, Ashley Pettis
Boys Bible Study - Chad Barner
Fast Feet @ Freedom Running Club - Amber Effner
Broadcasting and Video Club - Shane Limes, Lee Lamb
First Priority - Leigh Lingerfelt
Girls Bible Study - Kelsi Herring, Karla Reinhart
History Bowl (by try-out) - Anna Trull, Allison Cook, Brooke Knight
Intramurals - Laura Dunlap
Junior Beta Club - Mitzi Killian, Brandi Shook, Ashley Pettis, Allison Cook, Christy Bennett
Patriot Pet Club - Kristen Honkanen, Misty Jones, Mitzi Killian, Ashley Pettis
Peer Leaders (by application) - Lindsay Loden
STEM Club - Todd Mickler
Tome Student Literacy Society (by try-out) - Allison Cook, Amanda Struchtemeyer
Yearbook Club - Mary Robinson, Cassie Fainter
Principal - Whitney Nolan
8th Grade/SWD Asst. Principal - Lawrence Gluckson
6th Grade/7th Grade Asst. Principal - Dana Townsend
8th Grade - Lauren Moss
7th Grade - Matthew Herndon
6th Grade - Sarah Bigelow