Fuller Family Newsletter

Vol. 3, No 5 - September 12, 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 13th

Monday, September 13 - Day 1 - iReady Math Diagnostic, Virtual Open House

Tuesday, September 14 - Day 2 - Pool Testing (Students and Faculty)

Wednesday, September 15 - Day 3 - iReady Reading Diagnostic

Thursday, September 16 - No School in Observance of Yom Kippur

Friday, September 17 - Day 4

Virtual Open House - September 13th

The District has made the decision that all FPS schools' Fall Open Houses will be virtual this school year. We will have our scheduled Open House tomorrow evening, Monday, September 13th, but it will look a little different than what was originally planned. The Open House will take place from 6:00-8:00pm, and I encourage all families and caregivers to join me virtually at 6:00 for a welcoming and an opportunity to meet the Administration, Department Chairs, the Student Support Team, and our Specialists. At 6:30, you will join the Zoom for your child's Team. Starting at 7:15 you will go to the links for the additional classes your child takes. At each of these Zoom rooms, you will meet your child's teachers and learn more about your child's curriculum for the year. The teachers will be Zooming from their classrooms or offices at Fuller MS.


Please see the schedule below. I will be sending out the schedule tomorrow with the Zoom Links attached. Please ask your child the team they are on if you are not sure. You can access your child's schedule through Aspen.

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Student Teams

Every student in the school is assigned to a Team. Students will attend their core academic classes with the teachers who are assigned to their team but will attend classes with students outside of their team for PE, health, music, chorus, art, drama, band, strings, technology education, SAGE, world languages, and ESL.


6th Grade:

Lime Team

  • ELA - Ms. Corcoran
  • Math - Ms. Summers
  • Social Studies - Ms. Dunne
  • Science - Mr. Faller
  • Special Education Inclusion - Ms. Melendez


Opal Team

  • ELA - Ms. Sullivan
  • Math - Ms. McGovern
  • Social Studies - Ms. Picard
  • Science - Ms. Gallagher
  • Special Education Inclusion - Ms. Miller


7th Grade:

Platinum Team

  • ELA - Mr. Volpe
  • Math - Ms. Morrill
  • Social Studies - Ms. Haranas
  • Science - Mr. Johnson
  • Special Education Inclusion - Ms. Dudziak

Violet Team

  • ELA - Ms. Paradiso
  • Math - Ms. McGovern
  • Social Studies - Mr. Zieky
  • Science - Ms. Cezar
  • Special Education Inclusion - Ms. St. Peter


8th Grade:

Ocean Team

  • ELA - Mr. Geoghegan, Mr. O'Donnell, Ms. Djerf
  • Math - Mr. Cardarelli, Ms. Shaughnessy, Mr. Mota
  • Social Studies - Ms. Armstrong, Mr. Stacy
  • Science - Mr. Hayward, Mr. Stacy
  • Special Education Inclusion - Mr. Ciavarini, Ms. Govoni


6-8 Gold Team - TBE Portuguese

  • LA - Ms. Figueiredo, Dr. Hornsby, Ms. Djerf
  • Math - Mr. Martinez, Mr. Mota
  • Science - Ms. Aguiar, Ms. Djerf
  • SLIFE - Ms. Stacy


6-8 Gold Team - TBE Spanish

  • LA - Ms. Mendez
  • Math - Mr. Marin
  • Science - Ms. Vergne
  • SLIFE - Ms. Stacy


6-8 Crimson Team

  • ELA - Ms. Doran
  • Math - Ms. Cercone
  • Science - Ms. Martino
  • Social Studies/Life Skills - Ms. Carlstrom
  • ASD Program - Ms. Mearls


ESL
  • Mr. Spillane, Ms. Machado, Mr. Martinez, Ms. Goodwin, Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Gillin, Mr. Yanez, Ms. Figueiredo, Ms. Varga, Ms. Mendez, Dr. Hornsby, Ms. Stacy


World Languages

  • French - Ms. Brush
  • Spanish - Ms. Brush, Ms. Castillo, Ms. Nocera


Unified Arts

  • Art - Mr. Prado
  • Band - Ms. Thomas
  • Chorus - Ms. Hervieux
  • Drama - Ms. Percuoco
  • Health - Ms. Stemplenski, Ms. Spielberg
  • Physical Education - Ms. Columbo, Ms. Spielberg, Mr. Zanella
  • Strings - Ms. Casinghino
  • Technology Education - Mr. Vegas


Specialists

  • Literacy - Ms. Lovett
  • Sage - Ms. Rowlings
  • Speech and Language - Ms. McDonough, Ms. McBreem
  • Wilson Reading - Ms. Kill
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COVID Pool Testing - Starts on Tuesday

COVID Pool Testing for students and faculty will begin 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). Last week we also sent home paper consent forms with students.

iReady Diagnostic - Monday and Wednesday this Week

All students will be participating in the iReady Math and Reading diagnostics this 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.


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

Media Opt-Out Form

The Framingham Public School District uses images and/or videos (‘media’) of students and

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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Timetable

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).

Important Dates for September

Monday, September 13 - Virtual Back to School Night/Open House - 6:00-8:00pm

Thursday, September 16 - No School - Yom Kippur

Monday, September 20 - School Council Meeting - 6:00, PTO Meeting - 7:00

Thursday, September 23 - No Homework

Friday, September 24 - Vaccine Clinic at Fuller (students 12 and older), Second Dose on Oct. 15

Sunday, September 26 - Fuller Grand Opening Celebration - 1:00-4:00 - Everyone is Invited

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.

Technology

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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:


RESPECT


RESPONSIBILITY


RESILIENCE


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