The Firebird Flash

March 17, 2023


  • Principal's Update
  • Mark your Calendar
  • EmpowerFZ Updates
  • Withdrawing Your Student?
  • FMS Spring Break Office Hours
  • Tutoring Available at FMS
  • Spring Sports
  • Firebird Nation Campus Expansion Update
  • FHS Announcements
  • From Nurse Nelda
  • PTSA & Volunteer Info
  • Purchase Firebird Gear

Updates from our Principal

Good afternoon Firebird Nation,

Yeah! It’s Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day. What an end to a week.

This week students worked hard with teachers to tie up loose ends before spring break. In some classes, students were actively working on finishing learning plans. In other classes, students were completing evidence of learning assessments or assignments for learning plans.

In some of our performing arts classes they were finishing performances or reflecting on completed performance. Overall, it was a busy week in every classroom across the building. Wednesday night was our 5th Grade Orientation for parents and incoming 6th grade students. What an exciting time! Mr. Smart set the tone of the evening by having our drum line play for students and families as they entered the cafeteria. We had a packed house who started in the cafetorium listening to some general information about Falcon Middle School as well as what we currently know will happen when BRES/FMS 6th grade wing opens. Then, students and families moved to the gym. Students and parents were able to meet a variety of teachers, club sponsors, coaches, transportation, PTSA, etc. We had a lot to offer to begin to prepare our new Firebirds. Thank you to every staff member, teacher, parent volunteer, and student who participated in 5th Grade Orientation making it a huge success. I know I am incredibly excited to get to know our new 6th grade class.

After spring break, students will begin CMAS testing. As stated in the prior newsletter, state testing is a wonderful gauge to see where students currently are in math, reading, writing, as well as science for 8th grade. This also helps our teachers at FMS to better plan for instruction. CMAS is also one way students can show a demonstration of mastery that is now required as a part of Colorado Graduation Requirements for High School. Student performance on these tests now can also help students advance more quickly through their high school work and look at free college classes, internship opportunities, and work force credentials in high school sooner. The more time and effort students take on these exams help to guide them in the future.

Finally, Spring Break is here. I hope that each and every student and family have a time to rest and rejuvenate. If you are traveling, safe travels to all. If you are staying here, I hope our weather works with us some to be able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Whatever you choose do, I wish you well and look forward to seeing our students in 2 weeks. Then the count down to the end of the school year begins!

Have a great weekend and Happy Spring Break to all,

Mrs. Elena Forehand


Falcon Middle School

Save the Date - 8th Grade Promotion:

Thursday, May 25th - 9:30am @ FMS

8th grade parents, be watching for a letter from us after Spring Break with more detailed info!
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Mark your Calendar

March 20 - 31: Spring Break


3: No School for Students due to Professional Development Day

4: Back to school after Spring Break

5: CMAS Testing Begins

10: PTSA Meeting - 4:30pm @ BRES

10: SAC Meeting - 5:30pm @ BRES

10: FHS Spring Welcome Night - 6-8pm @ FHS

17: Falcon Zone Coalition Meeting - 6pm @ BRES

20-21: FMS Spring Play @ 6pm


4: 5th Grade Visit to Falcon Middle School @ 9:15am

6: Nurses' Appreciation Day

8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week

12: No School for Students due to Professional Development Day

16: Choir Concerts - 6th/7th Grades @ 6pm; 8th Grade @ 6:45pm

18: Band Concerts - 6th Grade @ 6pm; 7th/8th Grades @ 6:50pm

25: FMS 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony @ 9:30am

26: Falcon High School Graduation @ 8am

26: Last Day of School, Early Release @ 12pm

29: FMS Office Closed in honor of Memorial Day


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Personalized learning is more challenging in a class like Physical Education. In PE, the focus is often on team sports, learning the rules of a game, and using a variety of equipment, so the class doesn't often lend itself to individualized learning. However, our PE teachers, Harrison Sundgren and Robin Morris, have found a way to personalize PE for students by having them set personal fitness goals. Each Friday, students complete a pacer test or a plank test. The focus is on individual improvement rather than competition. Students set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goals for their fitness, and they work to improve week after week. Check out the video below to see students complete their final pacer test of the quarter and reflect on their goals. Personalized learning at work!

Personalized Learning in Middle School PE


From the Registrar

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Tutoring Available at FMS

We wanted to reach out to all of of our Firebird Families as we continue our way through this 2022-2023 School Year at Falcon Middle School. We are spending more time working with all grade-level Firebirds on the mastery of their core contents. Due to this, FMS will continue to offer after-school tutoring and subject help.

Any attending students ARE REQUIRED to have a plan for being picked up at 4:30 pm.


Calling all Soccer, Track & Field, and Softball Athletes!

All Sports Updates can be found at our FMS Athletics page.


Firebird Nation Campus Expansion

Construction Teams continue to progress with work on the addition to BRES. It is hard to believe that we are just a couple of months away from 100% completion. Inspections are already being completed and some rooms may even be ready for a final walk through punch list. The Gym roof is progressing and will be done by the end of this month. The installation of the wood floor in the gym has begun and will be completed by April. Concrete floors are getting polished. Plans are being put together to take down the separation wall from the existing building to the new addition the week immediately after school lets out for summer. We can’t wait to show everyone this awesome new space!

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Falcon High School Announcements

Falcon High School

Spring Welcome Night

8th Graders!

Come see what FHS has to offer.

April 10, 2023

6pm - 8pm

FHS Auditorium

Falcon High School

Youth Volleyball Fundamental Camp

Learn the basic fundamentals of volleyball

and meet our Falcon Athletes and Coaches as well!

March 27-30, 2023


To Register and Pay

please complete this Google Form


from Nurse Nelda

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It's not too late to join the Parent Teacher Student Association! Dues are just $10 for the year. You may pay at the office or online at the Falcon Middle School PTSA Store - Memberships.


WHEN: April 10th

TIME: 4:30 PM

WHERE: Bennett Ranch Elementary


Looking for Firebird Gear?

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Click the link below to purchase online!

You will be contacted when the order is filled!!


Falcon Middle School

Principal: Elena Forehand

6th Grade Assistant Principal: Joy Kovanda

7th Grade Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Geoffrey Green

8th Grade Assistant Principal: Tim Scheck

Dean of Students: Patricia Kelly

6th Grade Counselor: Amber Villani

7th Grade Counselor: Lisa Murdock

8th Grade Counselor: Carrie Clay


FMS Office Hours