~ October 2, 2015 ~

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Morning Help Session Days - New Drop-Off Info!

In an effort to relieve the campus traffic congestion in the mornings, the leadership team, several teachers and clerks, and our custodial team are now assisting with the car rider lane on Help Session Days only. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings only, we are allowing students to exit their cars beginning at 8:00am and remain on the blacktop with supervision until we open the doors at 8:15am.

This new system should allow you the ability to drop your students for Help Sessions at the back of the building without the long lines you encountered previously. Please do not drop off your students anywhere other than the back of the building at the blacktop area, and please help us by following the requests of staff members directing traffic, etc. These staff members are in place to ensure a smooth, safe, and orderly drop-off.

We ask that you please do not drop off your students prior to 8:15am on any days other than Wednesdays and Thursdays.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Top 20 Blazin' Broncos!

Each month our homeroom teachers recognize one student who has exemplified 'Top 20' qualities as described in the book Top 20 Teens which may include responsibility, organization, persistence, focus, optimism, respect, and cooperation. Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the month of September:

6th Grade: Aarish Amlani, Beau Booth, Grace Castaneda, Holland Cartmill, Jade Hidalgo, Jessica Rice, Kaeli McDonald, Katelyn Geist, Kristian Patterson, Matthew Benton, Preston Newman, Samuel Behfarshad

7th Grade: Grace Varghese, James Dorsey, Justin Waters, Mackenzie Arroyo, Nooree Husnani, Ryan Studebaker, Sara Studebaker, Sarah Wright, Shirley Hernandez, Simrandeep Kaur, Thao-My Vu, Vaughn Coston

8th Grade: Alexa Haley, Alexa Thomas, Caroline Campbell, Chase Calendine, Dia Widdy, Dimiana Habtemariam, Erika Quirarte, Erin Wilson, Jadalynn Jackson, Lauren Burns, Reagan Robison, Sarai Sanchez-Castillo.


Dan the Fanatical Fossil Man was the special quest speaker in April Coston's 6th Grade Science class on Tuesday, September 29th. The students focused on how fossils are the key to the Earth's past. The earliest fossil he brought was between 2.5 billion to 3 billion years old! The students were able to see, touch, and ask him questions about his fossils. The fossils showed the students how organisms developed from simple into very complex creatures. The students had a lot of fun and learned a lot from his visit!

Scholars Bowl News!

Good luck to the Scholars Bowl "A" and "B" teams as they travel to Flowery Branch High School on Saturday, October 3rd for the Georgia Academic Team Association's Fall tournament. Students participating are:

"A" Team - Bevin Jojo, Greg Zhang, Jay Patel, Jiyuan Dong, and Leo Wang

"B" Team - Amaar Marfatia, Hollis Zeng, Jennifer Le, Nooree Husnani, and Vaughn Coston.


Attention 8th Grade Parents!

If your 8th Grader is interested in being a part of the annual trip to Washington DC, make plans to attend the Parent Meeting on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria. Since students learned more about the trip this morning, their attendance at the parent meeting is optional. Join us and find out about this awesome opportunity!

Interim Testing!

Due to several planned field trips, some of the District Assessments have been rescheduled. Here's the new schedule:

6th Grade:

Wednesday, October 14 - Language Arts and Science

Thursday, October 15 - Math and Social Studies

7th Grade:

Wednesday, October 14 - Language Arts and Science

Thursday, October 15 - Math and Social Studies

8th Grade:

Tuesday, October 6 - Language Arts (Part A)

Wednesday, October 7 - Language Arts (Part B), Social Studies, and Math (Dr. Abbott's classes only)

Wednesday, October 14 - Science

Thursday, October 15 - Math (except Dr. Abbott's classes)

Please check your child's eClass for any updates.

Picture Make-Up Day!

Next Friday, October 9th, will be our Picture Make-Up Day! All students who were absent on picture day in September will have their pictures taken next Friday morning as this is for our 15-16 Yearbook! Remember, picture purchase is not required but you may order portraits in advance if you would like to select specific backgrounds, etc by going to www.lifetouch.com. If you choose to send in cash or check made payable to Lifetouch, order forms will be sent home next week.

Talent Show!

The annual FFMS Talent Show will be held Friday, November 13th at Grace Fellowship Church on Dogwood Road. Applications are available in the main office, the media center, and the 8th grade office and are due October 9th. Open to all students with a completed application, auditions will be held after school on Tuesday, October 20th at FFMS, and there will be a dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 12th at Grace Church .

Attention Mighty Broncos!

Brookwood High School is very excited to announce a new tradition for the school - the First Annual Community Pep Rally and Bonfire! This exciting event will be held on Thursday, October 29th, the evening before the Grayson football game. BHS hopes the entire community will come out to celebrate the Broncos in an environment of food, family, and fun. The Pep Rally will have a tailgating atmosphere and will include: games for ALL ages, a short program featuring the marching band, cheerleaders, and fall sports teams, and a bonfire. Click here for a flyer. We hope to see you there, Five Forks Broncos!


On November 3, 2015, Gwinnett County voters will be asked to extend the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education (E-SPLOST). Over the years, E-SPLOST has funded educational capital projects that have benefited all students in Gwinnett County. It is important for Gwinnett citizens to be aware of the E_SPLOST and the school district's plan for meeting the classroom and technology needs of Gwinnett's growing student enrollment. October 5th is the last day to register to vote for this upcoming election. Absentee and early voting begins October 12th and ends October 31st. Click here for Gwinnett County voter registration information.

STEM Super Saturdays!

    Georgia Gwinnett College is hosting a STEM event for middle school and high school girls on Saturday November 7, 2015. Registration is $20 and includes lunch and snacks, guest speakers, and all supplies. The girl-friendly lessons are focused on mobile applications, new devices (tablets), creativity (animations), and relationship building (group collaboration). This event will be held at Georgia Gwinnett College, 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Click here to register.

Brookwood Night at Medieval Times!

Come join us at Medieval Times, Sugarloaf Mills on Saturday, November 7th at 7:45pm for Brookwood Cluster Knight! One dollar of every ticket sold will go to the Brookwood Schools Foundation! The Medieval Times show is an action-packed, two-hour performance. You will experience an authentic jousting tournament and sword fight. You'll also witness the wonders of thirty magnificent Andalusian horses while you dine on a fabulous four-course feast! Ticket prices are $34.95-Adult and $29.95-Children (does not include tax and gratuity). Space is limited, so click here to make your reservations today! We hope to see you for a 'knight to remember' with the Brookwood cluster!
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We Love Our Community!

Five Forks Middle School would like to extend a big thank you to the area establishments listed below for their generous support of our Teacher of the Year celebration. We hope our FFMS families will support these businesses who support us!

Absolutely Specialties-Lawrenceville; All Seasons Car Wash-Snellville; Bambinelli's-Lilburn; Barnes & Noble-The Shoppes at Webb Gin; Carmike Cinemas-Snellville; Chick-fil-a-Lilburn; Classy Nails-Lilburn; Dogwood Pizza-Oak at Dogwood; Eagle's Landing-Oak at Dogwood; Firehouse Subs-Lilburn; Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center-Buford; Johnny's Pizza-Lawrenceville; Lowe's-Snellville; Marco's Pizza-Lilburn; Sonic-Oak at Dogwood; Spa Stinny-Snellville; Zoe's Kitchen-Snellville.

Parent Survey!

Parents, we need your help! Please visit the Parent Portal and take a brief, confidential survey that will help us improve our school! The survey should pop up on log-in at https://go2gwinnett.k12.ga.us/parents/PPS/login.
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Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Reserve your yearbook today! Current price is $25.00 but it will increase during the school year. Go to balfour.com to order your copy. It will be distributed in May and will be filled with photos and memories of clubs, activities, classmates, and teachers. Information about ads for 8th Grade families will go home next week. We know you'll want to have a copy of this keepsake to treasure!

Car Rider Reminders!

Thank you for helping us to ensure the safety of every student by adhering to the rules for car rider drop-off and pick-up. Here are a few points to keep in mind for the entire school year:

  • Car Rider Pick-Up/Drop-Off is only at the rear of the building adjacent to the blacktop - no other doors.
  • No morning drop-off in front of the building or in the side parking lot
  • No drop-off prior to 8:15am except on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:00am; pick-up is at 4:00pm; we do not have staff on duty to accommodate students outside of these times; if you need resources for early morning or late afternoon care for your child, click here for available options.
  • Students should not use electronic devices while waiting but be actively watching for their cars.
  • For the safety of our students, we ask that parents refrain from using electronic devices while driving in the car rider lane.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

We Love Our Five Forks Family!

Each week, we highlight a member of our staff with the "Count Me In" award so that others here at FFMS will get a glimpse of the awesome work going on within the building. Each staff member highlighted selects the person to be featured the following week. It recently occurred to us that our Five Forks community might be interested as well, so we'll now be sharing this each week. Here are the ones who have been showcased thus far this school year. We hope you enjoy learning about our fantastic staff!
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OCT - Dates To Remember!

10/03 - Scholars Bowl @ GA Academic Team Association Tournament - Flowery Branch High School

10/05 - Drama Club - Musical Auditions, 4:00-6:00pm, Chorus Room (through 10/09)

10/05 - Robotics, Tech Ed Room

10/06 - 8th Grade Parent Meeting for Washington DC Trip, 6:00, Cafeteria

10/07 - Interim Testing Begins (through 15th; see student eClass for specific subject dates)

10/09 - Picture Make-Up Day

10/09 - Talent Show Applications Due

10/12 - Columbus Day - Student Holiday

10/17 - Saturday Opportunity School

10/19 - 8th Grade - ITBS Testing (through 23rd)

10/20 - Talent Show Auditions, 4:15, Music rooms

10/24 - Saturday Opportunity School

10/24 - Beaver Ruin Watershed Cleanup, 9:00am-1:00pm at Jackson Creek, Norcross

10/29 - Brookwood Community Pep Rally, 5:30-8:30pm