The Bronco Buzz

~April 24, 2015~

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE FORKS

  • Monday, April 27- GA Milestones Testing- Science
  • Tuesday, April 28- ILT meeting @ 8am
  • Wednesday, April 29- GA Milestones Testing- Social Studies
  • Friday, May 1- Goodman Team Meeting
  • Friday, May 1- Advisement/ Book Clubs
  • Friday, May 1- Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • Saturday, May 2- Academic Saturday School
TIP- Remember that the Staff Calendar can be accessed on the FFMS Training Page in eCLASS. Click the button below to access the Staff Calendar now.

WINS FOR THE WEEK!

  • Five Forks Middle school is now officially a Google APPS for Education School! Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, all teachers and students will be trained on how to use this amazing tool to help our students be more successful in eCLASS and the use of Web 2.0 tools! WOOP WOOP!
  • Georgia Milestones testing has gone GREAT! Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this week go smoothly as we administer this test for the very first time! Thank you to our awesome testing team for helping to pick up tests and monitor classrooms. We also had several teachers who stepped in to assist in testing when teachers were out. THANK YOU!
  • Thank you to our staff and students for the quick action during the severe weather. You kept your students calm and safe during the hour long "duck and cover!"

COUNT ME IN!

Alexa is an amazing teacher and role model to her students and co-workers. She connects to each of her students in a meaningful way by showing great enthusiasm and overall love of teaching. If someone needs her help she will always be there to give you her attention and insight. She is excellent in collaborating with her peers and always seeks out techniques that will help engage her students. She sets high expectations for all individuals and encourages them every day to become the very best they can be. She is a teacher who is absolutely "above the line" and remains positive no matter what. She is a joy to teach alongside and someone who students look up to. I am very proud to have her at FFMS every day and her students absolutely love her. She will definitely go above and beyond in life!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

April

1-- Bill George

5 -- Rory O’Connor

8 -- Keythe Ballenger

10 -- Christine Douthart

20 -- Mary Cook

QUOTE OF THE WEEK!

“The TLC content and process are a natural fit for my sixth grade class. Now my kids can be authors of their story, not characters in it.”
By, Jeanne, teacher

INSTRUCTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK!

Each week we will highlight awesome lessons and activities around our school. Let us know if you are doing something you want highlighted!

Zaption!

Carla Kuny recorded herself reading the first two chapters of The Phantom Tollbooth on the iPad using iMovie. After inserting all of her images and adding the voice over reading, she uploaded it to YouTube. She then used Zaption to insert some thoughtful discussion prompts throughout the reading. The 6th grade Language Arts teachers would them play this to their classes. When a discussion point comes up, the screen will freeze to show the prompt. The teachers would facilitate the discussion, and then hit the play button to resume the video.


http://zapt.io/t9sxh2tj

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE

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TECH TIPS

Time Toast

Timetoast (web app) is a great way to bring your timeline creation into the 21st century. Students use a combination of images, text, and links to create an interactive timeline that can be shared with a link or embedded in another web page. Students will love learning about history, sharing book reports, and more with this amazing new timeline resource! Free and paid accounts are available at http://www.timetoast.com

Don't forget to sign up for eCLASS Summer Staff Development!

eCLASS Summer Staff Development

Registration Available in PDE April 1, 2015 For questions about eCLASS Summer Staff Development please email or call Dona Smith in the eCLASS office at dona_smith@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or 678-301-7293.

FFMS MEDIA CENTER BLOG

Did you know that Mrs. Brown has started a Blog? Check out what is happening in our very own FFMS Media Center!

DID YOU KNOW?

People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.
SUMMER BREAK COUNTDOWN

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