FMS EXPLO Newsletter

October 11, 2019

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

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. 6th graders will learn how to use this app on Tuesday, August 27th when counselors meet with them through their ELA classrooms. 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 shorstmeier@fulton58.org and Mrs. Burfield works with students with a last name starting with a K-Z and can be reached at cburfield@fulton58.org.


Ms. Jo is the Counseling Office secretary and can be reached at jwilliamson@fulton58.org.


Counseling Office phone number is 573-590-8208

Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event

Adolescence is already a challenging time for young people, who have so many changes happening in their bodies. They struggle with wanting more independence from parents, and have a tendency to feel nothing can harm them. Traumatic events can make them feel out of control, even if they act as if they are strong. They will also feel bad for people affected by the event, and have a strong desire to know why the event occurred.


Find out what your child is thinking. Ask questions before you make assumptions about what your child wants to know. For example, you can say, “It made me so upset when grandma died. What about you? It’s hard to think about, isn’t it?”


Use real words. Avoid euphemisms for death like “He went to a better place.” School-age children are easily confused by vague answers. Instead, you can say, “Grandma has died, she is not coming back, and it is okay to feel sad about that.”


Be as concrete as possible. Use simple drawings to describe things such as the body and injuries.


Inform your child. Let her know that anger and sadness are typical, and that if she avoids feelings she may feel worse later on.


Prepare the child for anticipated changes in routines or household functions. Talk about what the changes will mean for her.


Reassure your child. Help her understand it is okay, and normal, to have trouble with school, peers, and family during this time.


Encourage meaningful memorializing. Pray together as a family and take your child with you to church to light a candle. Your child might also want to write a letter to the deceased person or draw a picture you can hang up.


Be patient. Kids up to age 11 may think death is reversible, and can have trouble accepting the fact that the person may not return. You might need to say repeatedly, “He died and is not coming back, and I am sad.”


Typical reactions of middle school age children:

Avoidance of feelings

Constant rumination about the disaster

Distancing themselves from friends and family

Anger or resentment

Depression, and perhaps expression of suicidal thoughts

Panic and anxiety, including worrying about the future

Mood swings and irritability

Changes in appetite and/or sleep habits

Academic issues, such as trouble with memory and concentration, and/or refusing to attend school

Participation in risky or illegal behavior, like drinking alcohol What you can do:

Make your teen feel safe again. Adolescents do not like to show vulnerability; they may try to act as if they are doing fine even though they are not. While they may resist hugs, your touch can help them feel secure. You can say something like, “I know you’re grown now, but I just need to give you a hug.”


childmind.org

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.

Local Resource Spotlight: Community Health Center of Central Missouri

Fulton Clinic: 561 Commons Drive Fulton, MO 65251

Phone: 573-632-2777

Medical:Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00am –5:00pm

Dental: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm


The Fulton Clinic offers a wide variety of services ranging from the treatment of chronic and acute medical conditions, mental health issues and dental cleanings.


Behavioral health services are provided by social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists in collaboration with primary care services. Jen Thomas is the Fulton Behavioral Health Consultant.

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!

Email: gyates@fulton58.org

Follow me on Twitter: @MrYatesFMS


The goal of computer class is to equip students with meaningful skills that will help them thrive in a digital age. These skills include:

- Coding

- Google proficiency

- Digital citizenship

- Media production

- Research and design


Computer class is very project based using online and offline technology tools, as well as engaging topics like 3D printing, Augmented and Virtual reality, and many other avenues for creativity.


Digital footprint

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




1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Pretz

Journey to Success!


6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales


Policies and Procedures



8th Grade Classes--- The field may still be wet in the mornings during your class times 3rd and 4th hour. We recommend that you bring an extra set of shoes and socks during this time.


Please be aware of the temperature changes and make sure to have weather appropriate PE attire for class.


Next Week- Outdoor Units


Coach Pretz- Flag Football


Coach Windmiller- Soccer


Coach Youse/Coach Morris- Softball


Unit Test Thursday, Oct. 17


Health Classes Begin for ALL Pretz's classes on Friday, October 18-Friday, December 13.

6th Grade Health will be in Room 123 with Coach Windmiller

7th Grade Health will be in Room 120 with Coach Pretz

8th Grade Health will be in Room 110 with Coach Youse


During this time, Coach Pretz's classes do not need to bring PE clothes. They need to report to those rooms above each day with a chromebook, planner, and writing utensil.



FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!

awindmiller@fulton58.org @CoachWindmiller

myouse@fulton58.org @CoachYouse

bpretz@fulton58.org @CoachPretz_FMS

Dr. Moebes

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR HAD A GREAT FIRST REHEARSAL! We are making excellent progress on our music for the December concert! We have started work on the 3rd piece!

I'm so proud of our after school choir for learning most of the first piece in just one rehearsal! Rehearsals are on Tuesdays after school until 4:15! THERE WILL BE NO AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd DUE TO CONFERENCES!


Music 6: This week we continued our focus on notes and rests, and developing our music reading skills. What a great kickoff for our focus on Hip Hop this week as well! It's hard to believe 1st quarter is coming to an end! We are going to finish strong, though!


Arts Alive: It is all Disney all the time in Arts Alive right now! We are continuing to learn our music, and getting ready to start adding choreography!


Choir: We have been working on all 4 of our concert pieces for the October concert! I hope you are ready to enjoy A Musical Mosaic on Monday, October 28th! That is our first concert for the year. It is at 7pm at Southside Baptist Church. Students will be expected to arrive earlier. More details soon!

CONCERT ATTIRE: khaki pants, black shoes, and a black choir polo shirt. If you do not have one, you may purchase one from me for $15. These polos are the same as those worn by FMS choirs for the past several years. Students may certainly borrow or buy one from a student who was in FMS choirs and no longer needs the polo.



Please feel free to contact me at any time: bmoebes@fulton58.org. For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic

Mr. Thomas and Ms. Neudecker

All bands kicked off our annual Fulton Band Boosters Cherrydale Fundraiser on Wednesday! The money raised goes to the Band Boosters to help supplement the band budget. Order forms and money are due Tuesday, Oct., 8. Checks should be made out to Fulton Band Boosters. Donations are also always accepted. Thanks to all for your support!


6th Grade Band: For those who haven't gotten a band book yet, we play out of Essential Elements for Band, Book 1. Please feel free to contact a director if you have any questions about what book to get.


6th Grade continues to become more comfortable with their first notes and how to make a sound.


7th Grade Band: The band is beginning preparations for their concert on October 29th. They have all of their music and we are beginning the refinement stage.


8th Grade Band: The eighth grade band has begun working on concert band music after their homecoming parade.


Guitar Classes: Students are improving their technique and will be moving towards performing full songs soon.


Please consider following me on Twitter @MrT_FPSBands. I will be providing a daily playlist which your students will hear when they enter the room. You may also email me at chthomas@fulton58.org.

Mr. Chapman

News from the Art Room


Hello and greetings!

I am glad to be back in the classroom again!

This week we will be reviewing classroom practices and procedures since I have been gone, and we will be looking at assignments, and projects we have ongoing. We will look at where we are at, and move into more concentrated objectives.


6th Grade


This Week

Students will begin work on our next standard:


ELO2 Students will use subject matter and themes in artwork:

FA1-Create an in-the-round artwork by joining two or more surfaces using a layering material (ie: paper mache, paper, plastercraft, cardboard, fibers) FA1- Create an orginal artwork using the following subjects: abstract portrait. FA2 - Identify and use complex shape such as people, animals, vehicles.


Students will be creating textural animal profile portraits by using a mosaic approach. This project takes some time and is about the process of creating art. Students will work several weeks to complete this.


Students last week moved into our next objective ELO5 We looked at the connections between visual arts and other core subjects.

Students are studying Optical Lines and the importance of light. Continuing our look at value in art.




7th Grade Semester

ELO2

Students will use subject matter and themes in Artwork

Students will be continuing work on their Illuminated Letter Designs. We may have to reassess where we are at and start some new drafts of this project so we are hitting all the key points.

Students will shift into the next project phase of this unit by creating graffiti walls to demonstrate creative font as well as theme.


Students will wrap up their Graffiti Walls this week, and we will swiftly Move into our next objective:

Students will analyze and evaluate art by creating mini posters in study of the Principles and Elements of Art. Students will select a Principle or Element to become an expert on and design an informational poster on their choice and share with the group.


7th Grade All Year

ELO2

Students will use subject matter and themes in Artwork

Students will be continuing work on their Illuminated Letter Designs. We may have to reassess where we are at and start some new drafts of this project so we are hitting all the key points.

Students will shift into the next project phase of this unit by creating graffiti walls to demonstrate creative font as well as theme.


Students will wrap up their Graffiti Walls this week, and we will swiftly Move into our next objective:

Students will analyze and evaluate art by creating mini posters in study of the Principles and Elements of Art. Students will select a Principle or Element to become an expert on and design an informational poster on their choice and share with the group.




8th Grade Semester

Students will be finalizing their Surprise lockers this week.

ELO2

Students will use subject matter and themes in artwork.

Students will continue work on their surprise lockers and we will take a look at where we are at in that process. We will use the next week to evaluate understanding of the concepts, and make sure we are on task with the assignment. We will look at moving to our second unit as soon as we wrap up on this first objective. Some of us may have to do revisions and a second final draft.

Students this week in the semester course will turn their attention to our new objective

ELO4

Students will explain the connections between art and the world around them.

This unit we will look at a few different paintings but will focus on Grant Woods American Gothic. Students will learn about Grant Woods Painting, and create a parody or modern telling of this work. Coined as one of the most spoofed paintings in American Art, Grant Woods somber depiction of American Life was originally panned by critics but was later praised in its depiction.

Students will learn about the parts of a portrait and begin making steps in creating portraits to scale with adding a structure of a foreground, middle ground and background.



8th Grade All Year

Students will be finalizing their lockers this week.

ELO2

Students will use subject matter and themes in artwork.

Students will continue work on their surprise lockers and we will take a look at where we are at in that process. We will use the next week to evaluate understanding of the concepts, and make sure we are on task with the assignment. We will look at moving to our second part of this unit as soon as we wrap up on this first objective. Some of us may have to do revisions and a second final draft.

The All year class will generally have multiple assignments covering the objective in different ways. We may shift focus in mediums, or application processes to meet the same objective as time allows us. Generally there will be skill-building assignments that surround a centralized project that will measure what the students have gained in skill development.

Students this week will begin work on a three part project that is thematically geared around trees. Students will learn and apply various media practices for one centralized theme.


As always, if you have any questions, or concerns please don’t hesitate in contacting me through email at cchapman@fulton58.org




Mr Chapman


Fulton Middle School Art Teacher

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 @ shortmeier@fulton58.org or Mrs. Yates @ hyates@fulton58.org 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.

http://www.fultonsun.com/…/thrive-hive-gets-middle-…/646415/

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Mrs. Lairmore

The Library Semantris Tournament is underway! Each ELA Class will have 1 winner. That winner will challenge other winners from their grade level. That winner will take on the winners from each grade level! Only one can be the overall Semantris Champ. Will it be you?

What is Semantris? https://research.google.com/semantris/


You will visit the Library every other week with your ELA class. Please be sure to bring your Library books with you for every visit. If you need a book before your next visit, you can always go to the link here: https://fmsmo.goalexandria.com and search for your book.

You can email me with the book you want and I'll deliver it like a hot pizza!


The Book Fair is coming Tuesday, October 22nd-Friday, October 25th.

We will be open for Student Conferences until 6:30pm.

I sent Book Fair flyers to your ELA teachers. You can look through those and make a wish list for your ELA classroom!

If you would like to shop our online book fair, the link is here:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/fultonmiddleschool1

Sneak Peek at what will be at the Book Fair:

http://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/flippingbooks/F19-ms-booklist/F19-ms-booklist.html

If you would like to read books online, check out Hoopla for your phone, tablet, and computer. You can check out books, music, and movies for FREE just by having a Library Card with Daniel Boone Regional Library. https://www.hoopladigital.com/my/hoopla

I included a video below to show you how to get signed up for Hoopla! It's my favorite digital Library app!


Keep up with 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFogU1WGK8c9kOqtvfYn7Sw?view_as=subscriber


Follow the Library fun on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/JessicaLairmore


You can contact me by email at:

jlairmore@fulton58.org

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ALLERGY TO NUTS AND POPCORN

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 commonsensemedia.org. 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.