August 22nd 2022

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Last week we welcomed new teachers to FPMS. Throughout the week, our new staff learned about our curriculum, strategies to engage learners, and the ins and outs of Forest Park. We are extremely excited to have a group of such talented educators join our school community.

During one session in particular, staff learned about what it means for students to engage in the multiple complexities of their learning. Specifically, teachers aim for students to be able to transfer learning into new situations. To learn more about transferable skills and why it is important, please feel free to check out this short article.

I look forward to an amazing school year,


Open School Days: TODAY 8/22 and next Monday 8/29, 8am-4pm

Open School Days offer a relaxed format for families to visit Forest Park to walk their student’s schedule, practice opening lockers and stop in the office to pay student fees, ask questions, etc. We highly encourage taking advantage of this opportunity!

**Please note, teachers will not be in the building on these dates and we require any visiting student to be accompanied by an adult.

Join us on Mon 8/22 or Mon 8/29 any time between 8am-4pm!

First Days Of School Are Next Week!

Forest Park Students will follow the district's staggered start for 5k-8th grade students.

Students with last names starting with A-K will report to school on Thursday September 1st. They will not attend school on Friday September 2nd.

Students with last names starting with L-Z will report to school on Friday September 2nd. They will not attend school on Thursday September 1st.

All students will report to school on Tuesday September 6th.

For more info on the staggered start, please click HERE.

If you need to alert us to any attendance changes for your student at anytime throughout the year, please use our online absence reporting form HERE. This should be used when your student will be absent a full day or when your student will be arriving late or leaving early. If you have questions regarding attendance, please email our attendance secretary Sadie Gleason at

A & B Day Schedule

Forest Park students will follow their A day schedule during the staggered start days, Thursday Sept 1st and Friday Sept 2nd.

When all students return on Tuesday Sept 6th they will follow their B day schedule. After that, the days will go back and forth between A days and B days. You can see the A/B schedule on the district's calendar HERE.

Morning Drop Off And Parent Pick Up Traffic

The following video provides a visual of the traffic pattern we use for our morning drop off and afternoon parent pick up. This is the same pattern we used last year.

We appreciate your support in making drop-off and pick-up as efficient as possible!

Forest Park Spirit Wear Is Now Available!!

The Forest Park Spirit Wear Online Store is now open until Monday Sept 5th. Please click HERE to view a variety of spirit wear options for both kids and adults. This store is only open for 2 weeks so get your gear now!

Forest Park Athletics & Activities Update

Registration for ATHLETICS is now open! Please visit this site to register your child for one of our athletic teams!

If your child is interested in participating in cross country, girls basketball, poms, or cheerleading, please make sure to get them registered NOW and upload a current/valid physical form. Practices/ tryouts for these sports will start on September 6 and athletes will not be able to participate if they do not have a current/valid physical form uploaded with their registration.

If your student is interested in joining any of our athletic teams, parents must upload a current/valid physical form when registering the student online. THIS form must be completed and signed by both the doctor that completed the student's most recent physical exam as well as by the parent. Any student that does not have a current/valid physical form uploaded with their registration will not be able to participate in athletics at Forest Park Middle School. We do not accept paper copies of the physical form in the office; physical forms must be uploaded with the online registration.

We appreciate your patience as we get our activities up and running. If your student is interested in joining one of our activities, sign up will be completed at the first meeting for that particular activity/club. We are still working on when each activity will start, and students should listen to announcements for this information. This information will also be shared in our weekly bulletins, on our athletic and activities website, and on our Forest Park Facebook page.

  • Yearbook: Application process to be selected for Yearbook Club. Application will open in mid-September.

  • Student Council: Application process to be selected for Student Council. Application will open in mid-September.

  • Drama Club: September 21 - first day of auditions

  • 8-Bit Strings: October 4

  • Outdoor Club: October

  • Art Club: October - more information to come on how to register for Art Club

  • SAGE: October

  • Best Buddies: November

  • Forensics: December

These dates are tentative and are subject to change. Most clubs meet between 1-2 times per week.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at

FHS Youth Cheer Friday Night Football Clinic

Register your 1st through 8th grader now for our one night youth cheerleading clinic on Thurs 9/8 so your child can perform at the Friday 9/9 Football game! Learn cheers, dances, jumps, tumbling & stunts with your Franklin High School Cheerleaders on Thursday to then cheer & perform at halftime of the Franklin Varsity football game on Friday night. Click flier at side for more details and for all details, requirements and to register, please click here.

FHS Dance Youth Football Clinic for K-6

Register your Kindergarten through 6th Grade child for a FUN night with the Franklin High School Dance Team! Your child will learn a pom routine from the State Champion Franklin Varsity Dance Team and perform at halftime during the Franklin Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23rd. For all details, requirements and to register, please click here.

Open House: Thursday September 15th

Students and families are invited to Forest Park's Open House on Thursday 9/15 from 4pm-7pm. This is a great time to visit with teachers, tour the building and stop in the office to pay student fees. We will have no formal presentations from teachers during Open House.

School Supply Lists

School supply lists for 6th, 7th and 8th graders can be found on our website HERE.

Picture Day

Forest Park's picture day will take place on Wednesday September 28th during the school day. More info to come!

Check Out the Forest Park Facebook Page!

The Forest Park Middle School Facebook Page is now being updated regularly and you can head there to see the newest spirit wear photos from this week. Be sure to LIKE or FOLLOW the page so you get notified about updates!

Catch Up On District News

Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Guidance Counselors

Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor

Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor

Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor