FMS EXPLO Newsletter

April 12th, 2019

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FMS Counseling: Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Horstmeier & Ms. Jo

MAP Testing 2019

MAP testing is underway and we have one week completed and one more to go. We are also busy trying to make up testing with students who have been absent. Please make every effort to have your student here for testing. It is extremely important that students are well rested and here for testing. They will need their chrome books charged and earbuds.

Testing will take place each morning here at FMS for all grade levels.

We will have make up dates for testing but if students haven't gotten all testing made up prior to their grade level trip, they will not be able to attend their end of year field trip.

Testing days are as follows for all grade levels:

April 16th and 17th

Testing for 8th grade only:

April 18th

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. If you have any questions or need help finding the form refer to the email that was sent from Mrs. Horstmeier. 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. Crawford 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

Talk with your Teen about E-cigs, Vaps and Juuls

As we see this epidemic in our own community and country while targeting our student population we want to share some talking points with parents and an informative video as well. We will have Joyce Lara with the Department of Health will be at our Student Led Conferences on April 3rd and 10th to share more information with parents as well.

Know the Risk: Talk with your Student.

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.

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!


Follow me on Twitter: @MrYatesFMS


Please visit the site at to view your child's progress.
Students should be complete up to lesson 2.2.3 in Introduction to Programming with Karel the Dog. We will resume with lesson 2.3.1 next week.

8th grade Applications should be complete up to lesson 1.3.7 in Creative Computing. We will begin with lesson 1.4.1 next week.

Other great coding sites are,, and


We will be using to improve your kids' typing skills. Any keyboarding assignment not finished in class should be finished at home. Please have your child login and show you their progress

For fun we use to challenge others in typing races.

Digital footprint

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


This week the students began their adventure into CoSpaces. We will continue working in this super cool VR platform next week creating themed spaces, parkour, and Angry Birds!

Students may continue with 3D modeling with the sites and Coming up will be CoSpaces!

1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Evans



6th Grade: Food Safety

7th Grade: Tobacco and Body Systems

8th Grade: STDs


Yoga and Strength/Conditioning

6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachEvans3

Dr. Moebes


Please plan to join us for our final concert of the year on Monday, May 6th at First Christian Church on Court Street! We will be singing hits of the 1970s!


We had a great week in Music 6. We played a game called "Greetings, Your Majesty!," reviewed note values, and learned the "Cups" song!

Next week, we will review rest values, and continue experimenting with new ways to spice up the Cups song,

Want to know how this class is graded? Click here for proficiency scales!

Arts Alive 8

We are making progress in the staging process for our musical, In Your Shoes. Please be sure to join us for the performance! Arts Alive 8 will present their original musical In Your Shoes at The Brick District Playhouse on Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm!

Arts Alive 7

Arts Alive 7 has a website so you can BUY TICKETS TO OUR SHOW! Check out the website below!

We are hard at work writing the script and music for our original musical! On Wednesday, each writing/composing team shared their progress! See below for a preview of the Lunch song that will be part of our show, Middle School Musical! Our musical will give the audience a look at life in middle school. You won't want to miss their DINNER THEATER show on Friday, May 3rd!

Want to know how this class is assessed (how it is graded), click here.

Choir 7/Choir 8

Both choirs are working hard to prepare for the next concert! Plan to join us on Monday, May 6th! This will be a celebration of hits from the 1970s, and 80s, We will end the concert with a sing along of an iconic hit by Queen!

Want to know how grades are assessed in choir? Click here!

FMS Vocal Music Handbook

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

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Mrs. Blandford and Ms. Neudecker

6th Grade Band:

Students took a post test over rhythmic dictation today. I am pleased with the work that they have done so far. They will also have a post test on Thursday over #73 in the book. They need to look at their grades to see if they need to retake the quiz.

The last concert of the yea will take place May 7.

This concert will be back at the middle school and will be in the gym. Please plan for black and white attire once again.

The next band booster meeting will take place on April 16. This meeting will talk about elections for officers for the next year. Any parents that would like to get involved should plan to attend. It will be at 6:00 in the high school band room.

7th Grade Band:

7th grade band has pretested over articulation and are getting ready to pretest over pitch and intonation. Please be checking grades regularly as those will be updated. I will post on how students can get a 4 on their post test on google classroom as soon as we have finished the pretest.

Students have received new sheet music for the concert in May. This concert will take place on the 7th and will be at 6:00 in the middle school gym. Please plan for black and white attire once again.

The next band booster meeting will take place on April 16. This meeting will talk about elections for officers for the next year. Any parents that would like to get involved should plan to attend. It will be at 6:00 in the high school band room.

8th Grade Band:

Students have pretested over pitch and intonation and are getting ready to test of rhythm. I have posted on google classroom how students can receive a 4 on their post test. Please be checking grades regularly.

Students have received new sheet music for the concert in May. This concert will take place on the 7th and will be at 6:00 in the middle school gym. Please plan for black and white attire once again.

The next band booster meeting will take place on April 16. This meeting will talk about elections for officers for the next year. Any parents that would like to get involved should plan to attend. It will be at 6:00 in the high school band room. This meeting is also an informative parent meeting for the upcoming fall for freshman. Please plan to attend so that we can let you know about the calendar as well as the costs associated with concert band.

Wire Choir:

Our next concert will be on May 7th in the middle school gym. Both wire choirs will be performing together! This is going to be a great experience. We have been working on standard notation in ensembles as well as TAB in ensembles.

Students can practice at home on the following link:

Please let us know if you have any questions through email, and

Mr. Chapman

News From the Art Room

Greeting from FMS Art!

This week we have been resetting and getting projects wrapped up or underway.

6th Grade is working on several objectives this week.

The First Objective is ELO 3 Students will select and use elements and principles of art.

Students will be learning about Value and Texture and we will be exploring other design elements as well in relation to these elements.

The Second Objective that we will roll right into is ELO 5: Students will explain the connections between visual art, ELA, Math, Science, or Social Studies.

We will explore optical illusions, and why line can trick our brains, we will create optical-like patterns and use our value study to enhance.

7th Grade will begin objective ELO 4: Students will explain the connection between art and the world around them.

Students will pick a positive or influential person from history and create a folk art portrait with a quote by that person. They will then paint these portraits using acrylic paint using opaque and mixed techniques.

8th Grade will be starting a new objective this week ELO1: Students will select and apply media techniques and processes.

We will be doing a variety of mini projects with this objective we will be creating as well as a bookmaking project that will finish out the year.

We will also be revisiting past objectives and applying different applications and processes.

Art Club is canceled this week due to conflicting with conferences. Thanks for understanding!

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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. Jessica Lairmore

MAP Testing has begun and the Library will not be open during MAP Testing. It will be used for students who will be testing. If you need a new book, please email me and I'll let you know when I have time for you to swap it out. The Library should open up again around Thursday, April 25th. I'll keep you posted!

The Library will be closed for the year on Wednesday, May 8th. I need all of your Library books returned by that date. If you can't find your book, check your ELA classroom Library, check you locker, and look around your house.

You can read books online if I don't have it in my Library. Check out this awesome app for your phone, tablet, and chromebook called Hoopla! You can check out books, music, and movies for FREE just by having a Library Card with Daniel Boone Regional Library.


We are revamping the Morning Announcements. You don't always have to record it in the Library. There are a million ways you can do a book talk, and best of all you can always use your chromebooks to record yourself or use your phone! You don't even have to show your face if you don't want to. You can just record your voice.
Other ideas for books talks other than talking about a book:

Create a Powtoon.

Draw a picture and talk about it.

Create a CoSpace for a book character.

Record a video with a fun filter and email it to me.

Read a poem.

Talk about your favorite character, or your least favorite character.

Show us your favorite place your read (maybe you like to read with your pet on your lap).

AND.....We don't have to show book talks all the time. You can share interesting facts about your favorite animal, favorite athlete, maybe you play an instrument, maybe you are an awesome cook, do you volunteer for something, etc..

The possibilities are endless!

Email me with what you got.

Just remember to keep you video less than 2 minutes long, the shorter the better!

See 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:

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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.