FMS EXPLO Newsletter

March 31st, 2019

FMS Counseling: Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Horstmeier & Ms. Jo


Conferences will be April 3rd or April 10th 3:30 to 7:00 both evenings. We hope to see you one of these evenings.

MAP Testing 2019

MAP testing will take place at FMS in April. It is extremely important that students are well rested and here for testing. They will need their chrome books charged and earbuds.

Testing will take place each morning here at FMS for all grade levels.

Attendance is extremely important each and every day. We will have make up dates for testing but if students haven't gotten all testing made up prior to their grade level trip, they will not be able to attend their end of year field trip.

Testing days are as follows for all grade levels:

April 9th, 10th, 11th

April 16th and 17th

Testing for 8th grade only:

April 12th

April 18th

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. If you have any questions or need help finding the form refer to the email that was sent from Mrs. Horstmeier. 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. Crawford 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

Talk with your Teen about E-cigs, Vaps and Juuls

As we see this epidemic in our own community and country while targeting our student population we want to share some talking points with parents and an informative video as well. We will have Joyce Lara with the Department of Health will be at our Student Led Conferences on April 3rd and 10th to share more information with parents as well.

Know the Risk: Talk with your Student.

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.

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!


Follow me on Twitter: @MrYatesFMS


Please visit the site at to view your child's progress.
Students should be complete up to lesson 2.2.3 in Introduction to Programming with Karel the Dog. We will resume with lesson 2.3.1 next week.

8th grade Applications should be complete up to lesson 1.3.7 in Creative Computing. We will begin with lesson 1.4.1 next week.

Other great coding sites are,, and


We will be using to improve your kids' typing skills. Any keyboarding assignment not finished in class should be finished at home. Please have your child login and show you their progress

For fun we use to challenge others in typing races.

Digital footprint

Continue to be an upstander and make good choices online. Keep up your positive digital footprint! For more resources visit


This week the students began their adventure into CoSpaces. We will continue working in this super cool VR platform next week creating themed spaces, parkour, and Angry Birds!

Students may continue with 3D modeling with the sites and Coming up will be CoSpaces!

1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Evans



Noah Thompson and Whitney Sidney

Wade Nichols and Aubrey Fleetwood

Tre Watts and Abigal Cialini


6th Grade: Food Safety

7th Grade:

8th Grade:


Yoga and Strength

6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachEvans3

Dr. Moebes


This group is off to a fantastic start! We are working on the music for our concert. Please make plans to join us Monday, May 6th for our celebration of music from the 1970s, 80s and 90s!


We are rocking it in Music 6 already! We have been playing some singing games, and are preparing to review notes and rests. We will be freshening up our music reading skills this week!

Want to know how this class is graded? Click here for proficiency scales!

Arts Alive 8 and Arts Alive 7

Arts Alive 8 has started revising their show! There is a LOT to do, but they are up to the task! Our script crew and song writing crew are making progress. The construction crew has created a construction plan, and that materials were delivered to FMS this week. Construction begins next week!

arts Alive 8 will present their original musical In Your Shoes at The Brick District Playhouse on Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm!

Arts Alive 7 has a website so you can BUY TICKETS TO OUR SHOW! Check out the website below!

We are hard at work writing the script and music for our original musical! On Wednesday, each writing/composing team shared their progress! See below for a preview of the Lunch song that will be part of our show, Middle School Musical! Our musical will give the audience a look at life in middle school. You won't want to miss their DINNER THEATER show on Friday, May 3rd! Stay tuned for details!

Want to know how this class is assessed (how it is graded), click here.

Choir 7/Choir 8

Both choirs are working hard to prepare for the next concert! Plan to join us on Monday, May 6th!

Want to know how grades are assessed in choir? Click here!

FMS Vocal Music Handbook

Please feel free to contact me at any time: For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic

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Mrs. Blandford and Ms. Neudecker

6th Grade Band:

We will keep this newsletter short and sweet. Students are progressing nicely and I am very proud of everything that they have done so far.

Students should practice over spring break in the book up to number 100 in the book. This will make it easier when we come back to prepare for our last concert of the year. The last concert of the yea will take place May 7.

This concert will be back at the middle school and will be in the gym. Please plan for black and white attire once again.

The next band booster meeting will take place on April 16. This meeting will talk about elections for officers for the next year. Any parents that would like to get involved should plan to attend. It will be at 6:00 in the high school band room.

7th Grade Band:

The band performed wonderfully at the Palen Clinic in Moberly on the 15th. I was very proud of them and I think that we learned a lot.

Students have received new sheet music for the concert in May. This concert will take place on the 7th and will be at 6:00 in the middle school gym. Please plan for black and white attire once again.

The next band booster meeting will take place on April 16. This meeting will talk about elections for officers for the next year. Any parents that would like to get involved should plan to attend. It will be at 6:00 in the high school band room.

8th Grade Band:

The band performed wonderfully at the Palen Clinic in Moberly on the 15th. I was very proud of them and I think that we learned a lot.

Students have received new sheet music for the concert in May. This concert will take place on the 7th and will be at 6:00 in the middle school gym. Please plan for black and white attire once again.

The next band booster meeting will take place on April 16. This meeting will talk about elections for officers for the next year. Any parents that would like to get involved should plan to attend. It will be at 6:00 in the high school band room.

Wire Choir:

Our next concert will be on May 7th in the middle school gym. Both wire choirs will be performing together! This is going to be a great experience. We have been working on standard notation in ensembles as well as TAB in ensembles.

Students can practice at home on the following link:

Please let us know if you have any questions through email, and

Mr. Chapman

News From The Art Room

The weather is definitely not our friend this quarter, but we are moving along. We will be starting some of our new objectives this week, as well as continuing on others. I have no doubt we will reach our goals, but we are having to buckle down, and keep our focus. Hopefully the weather will start to cooperate!

6th Grade will be Beginning a new objective this week ELO:1 Students will select and apply media techniques and Processes

Students will learn different techniques in watercolor, and we will finish out the quarter working in this medium. Students will learn how to paint with value, and opaque colorizations. We will study fruits and develop a six-panel fruit composition using some of the skills we learn.

7th Grade

Students will continue working on ELO1 Students will apply media techniques and processes.

Students will learn about textures both implied and simulated, along with a deep understanding of value in drawing as we look and create old barns.

This project tends to be a very rewarding and also very challenging to students as I push them very hard on this project, but the results are always amazing and surprising for the student.

8th Grade will continue on their current objective

ELO4 Students will explain the connection between Art and the world around them

Students will study Grant Wood’s painting “American Gothic” and learn what a parody and spoof is. Student will create a portrait that parodies the painting and uses current or pop culture characters to create their portrait. Students come up with some pretty interesting and sometimes humorous combinations with this project, and it also gives them some freedom and ownership in their Artworks.

Students will also work on a 4 panel deconstruct an object drawing where they draw components of an object without drawing the object as a whole. This is an exercise in visual literacy and understanding what we see as well as paying attention to details.


Attention ART CLUB students!


For those who can,

Art Club will not meet at normal time March 6th


We will meet these days after school until 4:30

Monday March 4th 3:30-4:30 snow day

Tuesday March 5th 3:30-4:30

Wednesday March 6th 3:30-4:30

Thursday March 7th 3:30-4:30

Hope you can attend these work sessions for our Building Project

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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.

Items currently needed for the store are:

Any age appropriate toys, DVD's for the holidays.

As we gear up for winter: Hats, gloves, scarves, and coats.

Snack items: Nutella snack packs, Slim jims and pop tarts.

Other needs are ear buds and water bottles.

We will be gearing up for the holiday season so baskets to make gift packages for students to purchase would be great.

All other items are appreciated as well.

If you would like to donate, please call Fulton Middle School at 573-590-8200.…/thrive-hive-gets-middle-…/646415/

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Mrs. Jessica Lairmore

The Tournament of Books is complete and our big winner was Girl, Stolen by April Henry! Thank you for voting for the book you thought was the best for this year!

The Spring Book Fair will be Tuesday, April 2nd-Friday, April 5th at noon. Each class has a scheduled visit time. Please bring money if you'd like to purchase items from the Fair! What you spend goes right back into the Library to help purchase more books. The online Book Fair opens up on March 28th and ends April 10th. More information is below.

Remember, you are allowed to check out 2 books at a time for 2 weeks, then they need to be returned or renewed. If you can't find your book, check your ELA classroom Library, check you locker, and look around your house.

Also, check out this awesome app for your phone, tablet, and chromebook called Hoopla! You can check out books, music, and movies for FREE just by having a Library Card with Daniel Boone Regional Library.


We are revamping the Morning Announcements. You don't always have to record it in the Library. There are a million ways you can do a book talk, and best of all you can always use your chromebooks to record yourself or use your phone! You don't even have to show your face if you don't want to. You can just record your voice.
Other ideas for books talks other than talking about a book:

Create a Powtoon.

Draw a picture and talk about it.

Create a CoSpace for a book character.

Record a video with a fun filter and email it to me.

Read a poem.

Talk about your favorite character, or your least favorite character.

Show us your favorite place your read (maybe you like to read with your pet on your lap).

AND.....We don't have to show book talks all the time. You can share interesting facts about your favorite animal, favorite athlete, maybe you play an instrument, maybe you are an awesome cook, do you volunteer for something, etc..

The possibilities are endless!

Email me with what you got.

Just remember to keep you video less than 2 minutes long, the shorter the better!

See 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:

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FMS Spring Book Fair

Tuesday, April 2nd, 8am to Friday, April 5th, 12pm

403 East 10th Street

Fulton, MO

Please come visit the Fulton Middle School Library for the Spring Book Fair! Wednesday we will be open until 7pm for Parent-Teacher Conferences. You can also shop the Book Fair online, which will be open March 28-April 10! Here's a sneak peek at what you can purchase.


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.