Fulton Middle School Explo Classes

Team FMS: Together, We Can! - April 4, 2016

Welcome to the FMS EXPLO Newsletter!

We will continue to keep our FMS families informed of what is happening inside our classrooms and school through this newsletter. Please let us know if there is any way that we can improve on this newsletter to make it more helpful to you and your child's experience at FMS.

Spring Break! March 25th - April 3rd

The FMS staff will be ready to welcome our students back on Monday, April 4th with some NO WORKSHEET fun! The plans are underway to make our students return after Spring Break an engaging and fun day to learn.
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Mr. Chapman

From The Art Room

Students have been doing a fantastic job this term, and taking on new ideas and challenges.

8th Grade is finishing a comic strip project right before Break and will be moving into something new before we get to our altered book unit which will take 3-4 weeks. I will be talking to the students about this project more in depth this week.

7th Grade are finishing up their comic book covers, a project we had to scrap in the beginning of the year, but now they are taking it on like champs. I am so proud of their efforts! They will be moving on to Oil pastel landscapes in the tradition of Post Impressionists.

6th Grade are just finishing up on a torn paper project, that took a few weeks, but will be moving into tessellation and back into a little bit of design work.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at cchapman@fulton58.org

Mrs. Bailey

Computer Class is a combination of building keyboarding skills, computer skills, and digital citizenship. All computer students are strongly encouraged to practice their keyboard skills at home at this website: TypingTraining.com. Both students and parents are able to monitor their progress throughout this class. All students should know their login information. If you have an issues gaining access, please email me for assistance.

The 8th grade students enrolled in Computer Applications continued with their goal setting along with choosing strategies to help them reach their goals. This is a year long process, increasing 3 wpm each month. For April our benchmark goal is 37 wpm with 90% accuracy for the month.

7th and 8th grade Computer Applications Trailers are complete, assessed and shared. They are an approximate 1 minute in length. When we return from spring break we will make a video approximately 3-4 minutes in length. The students will add music, transitions, text, etc. On Thursday these students made Superhero avatars to go along with our discussion of profile pictures on media sties and Internet Safety. See some of their creations below.

7th and 8th grade "wheel" reviewed the Microsoft Word unit Part 1 along with practicing their keyboarding as well.

6th grade students participated in many activities while completing part 1 of a Microsoft Word unit. They were assessed on Thursday. When we return from Spring Break, 6th graders will continue their unit on Microsoft Word by participating in Part 2 of this unit, along with continuing with their keyboarding practice.

Please feel free to contact me at jbailey@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Practice at Home!

As long as your child is enrolled in computer class they will have an account and login information at typingtraining.com. This program is set up so that students can practice their skills anywhere they can access the Internet. They can even use their Chromebooks! Let me know if you have any questions or need assistance.

Kids' Choice Website of the Week!

Look here each week for engaging websites for your kids to use at home! This week's pick is Orbits! Help a alien civilization design new planetary systems. http://save-point.herokuapp.com/orbits Play the demo here! Thanks, Mason!

Mrs. Schenewerk

New books have hit the shelves!! There is a variety of books for students at each grade level. Encourage your child to check out a book or two so they will have something to read over spring break.

As always, feel free to contact me at tschenewerk@fulton58.org with any questions or concerns.

Coach Youse

7th Grade has concluded our anti-tobacco unit (Project TNT.) When we return from spring break, we will start our Body Systems' unit with the muscular and skeletal systems.

8th Grade has concluded our study of communicable diseases. When we return from spring break, we will start our study of the human reproductive system. Students will understand function and care of the reproductive systems as well as the process of conception, pregnancy and birth.

Please feel free to contact me at myouse@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @healthyfms and sign up for text reminders by texting @youse(child's grade) to 81010.

Coach Masek, Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse

Pacer Make-Ups as needed

Indoor activities: Tug-of-War, River Cross, Bombardment, 4-Square, Fitness Testing

Outdoor activities: Kickball, Lacrosse, Ultimate





Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker

This week 6th grade band will be focusing on learning new exercises in their book as well as receiving new sheet music to play at the spring concert that will take place in May. Please encourage your students to continue practicing at home, we are very proud of their progress all year and look forward to seeing what the students are capable of next year when they are in 7th grade. The next concert is scheduled for Thursday May 12 at 6:00 PM. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

7th grade band is still using book 2 in the Essential Elements series. Please make sure that if you have not bought a book that your student brings money to do so. Woodwinds and Brass are $8.00 and Percussion is $15.00. Please make sure you do this as soon as possible so your student can practice at home. Students are also working on more complex rhythmic patterns. The next concert is scheduled for Thursday May 12 at 6:00 PM.

8th Grade band has received new scale sheets and are working on more complex music for their end of the year concert. We are very excited to show everyone what we have been working on all year. Please encourage your students to work on their make up assignments for their rhythm sheets, emails are sent home to parents and students weekly. Please encourage your students to get these turned in!

Please make sure that students are getting their missing work in as soon as possible! If you need to know if your student has a missing assignment please do not hesitate to get a hold of me.

Please note that our next band booster meeting will take place on Tuesday March 22, at 6:30 PM. If you have a student in the band program we always appreciate ALL of the parent support that we can get! Please feel free to come to our meetings and see what volunteer opportunities are available!

As always, if you ever have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Glynn or Ms. Neudecker at sglynn@fulton58.org or kneudecker@fulton58.org. Thank you for your continued support!

Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes

The Hornet Singers have shown great growth through the year thus far and I'm excited to see what they can do for their final performance of the year. The students will be starting in depth work on their new repertoire this week with the theme "I Dream A World".

SO proud of what this group continues to produce in the classroom everyday.

Harmony Hornets are having a great time at their weekly Tuesday rehearsals and can't wait to showcase all they've accomplished (and will accomplish) in May!

If you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact me at llehman@fulton58.org.

Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) has begun our final round of concert repertoire. We are working on a wide variety of repertoire selections, and are excited to share them. We are preparing two songs for Coach Turner's play that will be performed in May! Choir students ARE NOT required to participate in the play, but will know the music should they choose to volunteer their time for performances!

6th grade Arts Alive students have been studying Beethoven, and music notation. We have also been discussing the orchestra, and the instrument families found in an orchestra. We are concentrating on note and rest values.

7th and 8th grade Arts Alive classes are wrapping up our discussions of rap and hip-hop. We have looked at the pioneers from the 1950's, 60's and, 70's, and have written our own raps.

Please feel free to contact me any time! bmoebes@fulton58.org.