May 13, 2016

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Thank You, PTSA!

Our fantastic PTSA continues to support us at high levels in helping us develop our technology capability to enhance teaching and learning here at Five Forks Middle School. At the Executive Board meeting this past Monday evening, Mrs. Douthart was given a check for $4500 to spend on Technology and Media Services! Over the course of this year, our wonderful PTSA has given back to Five Forks...a total of $13,355.82--not to mention the countless hours of volunteering their time and talent! We are so blessed to have such awesome parents and community members helping our school--our staff--and most importantly--our STUDENTS! Thank you, PTSA!

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Bronco Days - Help Needed!

Parents, we need your support at Bronco Days on Wednesday, May 18 (6th Grade) and Friday, May 20 (7th Grade), 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. We'll need your help with set-up, supervision, concession sales, and refereeing kickball games. Arrive by 9:00 am, check in at the main office, then head to the field. Sign up here if you can help. We appreciate your assistance!

Bronco Store Help Needed!

The last Bronco Store for this school year will be held Thursday, May 19th from 10:45 am - 1:45 pm and we need your help! Our students earn 'Bronco Bucks' for doing good deeds and following direction throughout the year. Each 9 weeks the Bronco Store is run by our PTSA and parent volunteers and students exchange their Bronco Bucks for snacks, drinks, and small fun items. We hope you'll consider volunteering some time and enjoy seeing your students and their friends having fun shopping! Whether you can help for just an hour or want to stay for all the fun, we would greatly appreciate your help! Click here to sign up.

Middle School Softball!

Tryouts for the Brookwood Cluster Middle School Softball team(s) will be held on Monday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Brookwood High School Softball Field. Eligible players are rising 6th - 8th graders who will attend either Crews or Five Forks Middle in the Fall of 2016. The team(s) will be participating in the Gwinnett County Middle School Fastpitch Softball League (August - October). If you are serious about softball and aspire to one day play at the high school level, we encourage you to attend tryouts on May 23rd.

Scholars Bowl News!

The FFMS Scholars Bowl team participated in the NATIONAL Academic Quizbowl Tournament this past weekend in Atlanta. This competition tested their knowledge of history, science, literature, fine arts, geography, the social sciences, current events, and more areas of study. The teams used buzzers to answer questions about science, math, history, literature, mythology, geography, social science, current events, sports, and popular culture. It was a fun experience for our team and they made an amazing showing all day long defeating teams from across the nation. Although they did not come out on top, we are very proud of Leo Wang, Geoffrey Johnson, Beven Jojo, Amaar Marfatia, Jay Patel, Hollis Zeng, and Greg Zhang. We would like to thank the team's coach, Dennis Turnham, for his countless hours spent with the team in preparation. Mr. Turnham is ending his thirteenth year of quiz bowl with our Five Forks team and we are extremely grateful for his time and expertise. Way to go, Broncos!

Attention Rising 9th Grade!

Important Dates to Remember:

5/18/16 - Carnegie Unit Presentation/Q&A, 6:30pm, BHS Commons (for Parents/Students with Questions

5/27/16 - Carnegie Unit Forms Due to FFMS

Information on Activities:

Spring Football Practice begins at BHS on May 2nd from 5:00-7:00 pm. A completed athletic physical is required.

Volleyball Tryouts will be held May 9th - 13th.

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!

Writing Workshop!

The Brookwood Cluster's 5th annual Middle School Literacy Institute will be held Monday - Thursday, June 20 - 23 at Crews MS from 8:30 - 11:30 am. The registration fee of $100 payable through MyPaymentsPlus will cover tuition, supplies, a book, and a guest speaker. Subjects to be discussed include non-fiction, expository, argumentative, and persuasive reading and writing skills. Visit the FFMS website for further information.
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Peer Leaders for 2016-2017!

Congratulations to the following Rising 8th graders who will serve as Peer Leaders for the 2016-2017 school year: Hillary Aina, Theodora Alese, Hesha Amin, Erin Cleetus, Caleb Cruz, Melanie Diaz, Madison DeFilippo, Anna Dover, Jordan Grim, Jake Herren, Henry Higuita, Cindy Huynh, Kayla Hylton, Gloria Nishimwe, McKenna Parker, Niyati Patel, Reagan Patterson, Shweta Sainathan, Manual Sanchez, Hermela Sileshi, Nathaniel Stoffle, Gretchen Taylor, Inaara Vadsaria, Grace Varghese, Kathy Villa, Addison West, and David Yin.

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. 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!

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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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.

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!

5/13 - Relay for Life, Gwinnett Fairgrounds

5/14 - Saturday Opportunity School, 9:00 - 11:00 am

5/14 - Girl Power STEAM Event, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

5/18 - 6th Grade Bronco Day

5/18 - Rising 9th Grade Parents Carnegie Unit Presentation, BHS, 6:30 pm

5/20 - 7th Grade Bronco Day

5/21 - Saturday Opportunity School, 9:00 - 11:00 am

5/23 - 8th Grade Celebration

5/23 - Orchestra Awards Night, 6:30 pm

5/25 - Last Day of School

5/27 - Rising 9th Grade Carnegie Unit Forms Due to FFMS