FMS EXPLO Newsletter

March 20, 2020

What was sent home by FMS Counseling

Mrs. Burfield and Mrs. Horstmeier sent home a packet with students that were handed out by their 8th hour teacher. It was a 3 page packet on Responsibility, Perseverance, Acceptance and Kindness along with a social emotional bingo that students can do by themselves. We have also linked some great resources on the digital pages that can be found on the FPS Website under FMS Explo. We miss our students and cant' wait to see them back at FMS!

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.

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

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!

Physical Activity and Healthy Options While At Home

Darabee Workouts and Challenges

OPEN (Online Physical Education Network)

Nourish Interactive

Free Physical Education Apps

6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachPretz_FMS

Dr. Moebes

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR: If you are an Elton John fan, you are in for a treat at our May concert! We are "Still Standing" after a great year!

Music 6: Enjoy learning about the pop musicians about whom you brought packets home. I can't wait to see you again soon!

Arts Alive: PLEASE use your CDs or emailed musical tracks to practice your music for Into the Woods Jr. Use scripts, or check out the posted script on Google Classroom. You should come back with the first 10 scenes, and ALL of the Finale and Curtain Music memorized.

Choir: Check your email for a code to activate your student account for!

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

Our next concert is Tuesday, March 10! It's our annual Parade of Bands concert, and will take place in the FHS gym. All bands, from grade 6 to the high school Symphonic Band will perform. The concert starts at 7:00 pm and will finish shortly after 8:00 pm. Need a place to eat before the concert? The Band Boosters will be selling selling baked ziti, salad, and bread starting at 5:00. Our fundraiser items will also be ready for pickup before the concert. The concert is free, but we do ask for donations!

For anyone who wants help after school, email Ms. Neudecker and she work out a time to meet!

Congratulations to the 8th grade band last Friday at CMU Music Festival! After many snow days, and with a foolish director who often picks music that is very challenging, the band earned an "Outstanding" rating! They will play their pieces again at the Parade of Bands on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm.

We had several students also take solos. This is not easy to do, as they play for judges who don't know them, and their peers (that's probably the most stressful part). We are VERY proud of all of them. I will put out a disclaimer: the woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone) judge was a sub that day and I'm not sure she was very happy to be there. I will argue that the kids in that room really deserved at least one rating higher than they were given.

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Ted Shrout - Alto Sax

Kasha Foster - Trumpet


Gwen Austin - Clarinet

Emma Oglesby - Alto Sax


Lilli Wilkenson - Alto Sax

Madi Plybon - Clarinet

Kayla Morse - Clarinet

Emerson Fansler - Snare Drum

Noah Cerneka - Snare Drum


Jacob Shawley - Snare Drum

Joseph Winterbower - Euphonium

Abbygail Sebacher - Trumpet

Rylee Hedges - Trumpet

Savannah Herring - French Horn

Marin Aulbur - Trumpet

Give these kids a high-five when you see them! They did an awesome job AND they were all very respectful throughout the day!

6th Grade Band: Sixth grade is constantly learning new things on their instruments and moving on to bigger and better music. We have begun work on the specific pieces we will be playing for the Parade of Bands Concert. The students are beginning to read longer pieces with more intricate part writing.

7th Grade Band: The band is cleaning up their music for the Parade of Bands concert next week. I hope you are enjoying "The Syncopated Clock" and "Prometheus Overture."

8th Grade Band: WAY TO GO AT CMU, 8th Grade! Mr. Hiley, our student teacher, as begun working with the kids on another challenging piece. We're doing great so far!

Guitar Classes: Both guitar classes are continuing to learn standard notation which is how to read the notes on a staff. Eighth grade knows all six strings and is working on accidentals and Seventh Grade knows five strings.

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

Parents and students I have sent home a paper copy with students today, but in the event that they do not make it home with them, here is a fun art project they can work on at home while we are out. Wishing you and your family all the best as we enter uncharted territory as a nation. Be safe and be well!

ART 6th 7th and 8th Grade creative learning and fun while we are out.

4th hour 8th grade: Keep working on your Visual Story Books and take them home during break! You can do this too!

Alphabet Photography Scavenger Hunt Project:

A lot of artistic skill is obtained by observation and how we see the world. A lot of times we get creative blocks, and we just get stuck. While even the most talented artists get stuck at times, sometimes we need to just stop and look around.

This is a fun and creative lesson that you can do from the comforts of your own home or a simple walk outside.

What do you see?

How can we make art from what we see?

How is photography a medium?

These are questions we can ask ourselves and in the process, hopefully you can come up with your own answers.

I would love to see some of your creations when we return and some of your answers!


With your phone, parents phone, tablet, or even your chromebook you can practice some photography skills as well as getting creative.

You are going to take photos of objects that look like letters and spell your first and last name.

Search around your house, structures, objects, yards, garage,, out in nature, and other out of the box places and photograph letters of your name.

Look, and find objects that resemble letters in your name, and figure out a way to put them together. You can use the cut and paste method and simply paste your images into a document, or you can look for free online photoshop apps to try your hand at putting them together that way. If you want you can print them out and glue or tape them together and take a photo of them that way.

This is a great way to learn to see things and open our eyes to the world around us but most importantly…...HAVE FUN WITH THIS!!!! See you soon, and take care of each other!

Mr. Chapman

As always you can email me at for any questions of concerns.

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.

If you would like to donate, please call Fulton Middle School at 573-590-8200.

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Mrs. Lairmore

I hope you were able to grab a few books before you left.

If not and 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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