Fuller Family Newsletter

Vol. 3, No 6 - September 19, 2021


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At the core of Fuller Middle School is a sense of pride and unity in our diverse community, where students are innovators and architects of their own learning and future. ~ Fuller's Vision

Week of September 20th

Monday, September 20 - Day 5 - iReady Reading Make-up, School Council and PTO Meetings (see details below)

Tuesday, September 21 - Day 6 - Pool Testing (Students and Faculty)

Wednesday, September 22 - Day 1

Thursday, September 23 - Day 2

Friday, September 24 - Day 3 - Student Vaccination Clinic (Shot #1 of 2- See Details below)

Sunday, September 26 - Fuller Grand Opening Celebration - 1:00-4:00 pm - All are Welcome

COVID Vaccinations - Ages 12-17

Fuller MS students ages 12-17 have an opportunity to participate in a Pfizer vaccination clinic in school. On the morning of September 24th, we will be holding our first vaccination clinic for any student who is 12 or older who has not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19. A guardian must fill out the consent form below, and the form must be turned into the Fuller Middle School's Main Office prior to Friday, September 24th to participate in the vaccination clinic. Students who participate in the first clinic, will receive their second vaccination on the morning of Thursday, October 14th.

COVID Pool Testing - Every Tuesday

COVID Pool Testing for students and faculty began on Tuesday, September 14th. We are encouraging all families to sign their child up to be part of Pool Testing. In order for your child to participate in pool testing, you will need to either fill out the online consent form (below) or send into the school with your child the paper form (below). Two weeks ago we also sent home paper consent forms with students.

Fuller MS Grand Opening Celebration - September 26th - 1:00-4:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us for Fuller Middle School's Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, September 26th from 1:00-4:00.

We need students as Tour Guides:

We need students who are willing to attend the Grand Opening Event from 12:00-4:00 pm in order to provide tours to families and community members.

Students who are interested in being a Tour Guide must commit to attending from 12:00-4:00. All interested students should fill out the Google Form below.

PTO and School Council

School Council and Fuller's PTO hold their meetings on the first Monday of the month. However, this month, they are both being held on September 20th (due to Labor Day and Open House).

School Council is from 6:00-7:00 (this week 7:00-8:00)

Fuller's PTO is from 7:00-8:00 (this week 8:00-9:00)

Future Dates: 9.20, 10.4, 11.1, 12.6, 1.3, 2.7, 3.7, 4.2, 5.2, 6.6

We are currently looking for new School Council members. If you are interested, please email me at kwood@framingham.k12.ma.us This opportunity is open to caregivers and students.

The Fuller PTO is always looking for new members, please consider joining them as we work together to make Fuller a place where all of our children are able to grow and learn with support from our families, our community, and our faculty.

September 20th - School Council Meeting

Instead of meeting in person this month, I am asking that all School Council members join me in viewing Rev. Dr. Lloyd's virtual program at 7:00pm through the Framingham Public Library. This program is designed to look at the themes from this summer's 8th grade reading assignment - Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Nic Stone will be holding a virtual events with our students on October 5th and 6th, and the Framingham Public Library will be holding a virtual event with her on the evening of October 6th. As we continue our work on equity and anti-racist education, these events are important for us to attend and will provide us information and insight as we move our work forward to ensure that all students are treated with dignity and equity in our schools.

September 20th - PTO Meeting - A Message from Kate Schneider - PTO President

Please join us for our first Fuller PTO meeting of the year. This will be a social meeting over Zoom for Fuller parents and caregivers to meet each other, ask questions about Fuller, and learn more about what PTO does. Our meeting will be held on September 20th from 8:00-9:00 PM.

Topic: Fuller PTO social meeting
Time: Sep 20, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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After School Open House - September 20th 6:00-7:30pm

iReady Diagnostic - Make-Ups and Retesting This Week

All students participated in the iReady Math and Reading diagnostics this past week. This diagnostic helps the school provide student with targeted interventions or enrichment opportunities during their Flex Block each day. It is important for students to show their best efforts on these diagnostics so we, as a school, are providing your child with the best targeted education possible.

This week we will be working with students who need to make-up their iReady diagnostics due to absences. We will also be retesting students who "rushed" their diagnostic. iReady is able to indicate if a student "rushes" through the diagnostic. If this happens, the score a student receives does not appropriately indicate the supports the student needs - it gives false data because it will often indicate a lower score than what the child might be capable of. Since we are using the iReady diagnostic data as one of our data points when assigning targeted interventions this year, it is essential that the students show their best work so the data is accurate. Please talk to your children about the importance of showing their best work always, so that the school can support them appropriately and place them where they will benefit the most. We need families to help us encourage our students and stress the importance of school for their futures. It takes families and the school working together to help our children.

If you would like to lean more about iReady, please use the link below.

Team Community Meetings this Week

This week we will be having Team Community Meetings. These meetings will be held with the administration and each of the Student Teams. We will be reviewing Fuller's Core Values and what they look like at school. We will also be talking to students about the rules that we are all expected to follow during the school day to ensure that Fuller is a safe and supportive environment for all of our students.

I ask that you speak to your child about wearing hats and hoods at school. I asked for families to have this conversation with their children before school started, and I am sorry to report that many of our students continue to test boundaries around this simple request. Please talk to your children about this - we want Fuller to be a place where students are focused on their learning and treating their school as a professional space.

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student work to showcase educational activities and programs (including before and after school and vacation programs), as well as to inform the community of the Framingham Public Schools experience. Photographs, videos, and/or the name of your child may be included in publications (print or digital), news releases, and on District maintained websites or social media accounts.

If you DO NOT give Framingham Public Schools permission to use your child’s name,

image, or school work in any public display or presentation, please sign below and return

this form to your child’s school (office or classroom for BLOCKS students, homeroom

for elementary students, and the school office for middle and high school students).

Framingham Reads Together with Nic Stone

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Drop Off and Pick Up

Please find below a map of the new Fuller Middle School and its surrounding buildings and parking lots. The map illustrates where buses and vans will be dropping off students, where caregivers can drop off/pick up students, and where visitors and faculty should park.

Not labeled on the map are 4 handicapped/visitor parking spots near the main entrance and our wheelchair accessible ramp and bike racks for students who are planning to ride their bicycles to school.

Please find a video below made by our PTO President showing where buses and caregivers will be dropping off/picking up students.

If you need to drop off your child after 8:15 am or pick up your child after 3:00 pm, please use the loop at the front of the school that will take you to Door #1 (main entrance).

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The school day begins promptly at 8:08 every morning; attendance is taken in Homeroom.

Students must not arrive to school before 7:55; school doors open at 7:55.

Breakfast is served from 7:55-8:10.

The school day ends at 2:25.

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Free Breakfast and Lunch

Free breakfast and lunch is available for all students this year. Students will use the ID card they were issued last year when going through the cafeteria line. If your child did not receive an ID card last year, they will be issued one this year.

Important Policies to Review with Your Child Before School Starts

  • Students will put their cell phones in their lockers before the school day begins and will remove their cells phones to take home at the end of the school day. If you would prefer your child keep their cell phone in their backpack, they may, but their cell phone cannot be used during the school day and must be turned off. If a student needs to contact their family, they will need to go to the main office to make a phone call. If you need to reach your child during the school day, please call the main office.

  • Students should not bring Airpods to school. Airpods are not compatible with students' Chromebooks and all students have been ordered a pair of earphones that are compatible with their Chromebooks.

  • Students may wear hooded sweatshirts, but hoods should remain down while inside during the school day.

  • For the time being, all students and staff will wear an appropriate face mask while on the bus and in the school building (except when eating).

School Supplies

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Framingham Public Schools will be supplying students with School Supplies this school year. All students at Fuller will be given notebooks and folders for all of their classes, pencils, pens, dry erase markers, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, a pencil pouch, and a backpack.

We ask that you send your child to school with a face mask and a reusable water bottle. We will have some reusable water bottles available in the main office if a student needs one. We have water filling stations available for students on each level of the new building.


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  • Last year, current 7th and 8th grade Fuller students received a new Chromebook. Students will be keeping these Chromebooks this school year. Your child's Chromebook should come to school charged each day. Students will be bringing their Chromebooks home daily in order to complete homework and project work. Please ask your child to bring their Chromebook to school every day starting on September 1st. Chromebooks must transported in their protective bag in order to keep them safe.

  • Rising 6th grade students who attended a Framingham Public School last year, were given a Chromebook in their 5th grade class. Please have your child bring this Chromebook to school on September 1st. Your child has been assigned a new Chromebook for middle school but will not receive the new one until they turn in their old one.

  • If your child is new to Framingham Public Schools, your child will be assigned a new Chromebook and protective bag on September 1st.

  • If your child's Chromebook is damaged or is not working properly, please have your child bring it into school and notify their homeroom teacher. We will be able to replace the Chromebook.

Summer Reading 2021

Grades 6-8 Summer Reading Recommended Titles for Students in Grades 6-8 Framingham Public Schools is excited to present a virtual author visit with Nic Stone for all students in all of the district middle schools in the fall of 2021. Nic Stone was awarded the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award for debut young adult authors in 2018 for her novel Dear Martin. She is a dynamic speaker and popular middle grade and YA author. In order to prepare for the visit and to strengthen reading skills, students are asked to read the suggested Nic Stone novels for their grade. We are so excited to offer our students these amazing opportunities, and we hope that reading these authors’ works will engage and energize our middle grade readers! We are even more excited to collaborate with the Framingham Public Library’s Framingham Reads Together Program so that students’ caregivers and families can read and discuss her works together.

As you read this summer, you are encouraged to select an activity from the Summer Reading menu found in the link below to share your experience and express your thinking about what you’ve read! You are invited to share your projects with your teacher in the fall.

Fuller's rising 6th and 7th graders received a copy of Clean Getaway and rising 8th graders received a copy of Dear Martin. Rising 9th graders will need to choose a book from the 9th grade reading list. Please use the links below to access further information.

COVID Protocols

Fuller Middle School's New Core Values

Families, staff, and students were given the opportunity to respond to a survey about Fuller Middle School's Core Values: Respect, Responsibility, and Results.

After compiling all of the data, we have decided to change our Core Values to:




Resilience - is the ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and unforeseen difficulties. To be knocked down and come back stronger rather than being overcome by failure.

To recover quickly from setbacks & become stronger from experience.

Moving forward, these are the Core Values we will honor and build in our school community.

Food Information - Summer

You can pick up FREE breakfast and lunch for your child at Cameron MS or Woodrow Wilson Elementary School from 10-1 Monday through Friday. You do not need to bring your children to the school in order to pick up these meals. Simply go to any of our schools and request the number of breakfasts and lunches you need for your children.

All students who attend in-person learning at Fuller MS are eligible for free breakfast and free lunch.

Students received their ID badges last week. Instead of manually inputting their pin numbers at lunch, students are instead swiping their badges. This change was put in place for COVID safety reasons.

Financial Assistance for Families

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"You cannot call yourself a 'culturally responsive' educator if your purpose is to raise test scores rather than to liberate young people's spirits and ignite their intellectual curiosity" ~ Zaretta Hammond