Fulton Middle School Explo Classes

Team FMS: Together, We Can! - April 18, 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.

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 Sugar, Sugar. This is one of many STEM-like app made by the Engineering Grad School at Purdue that we have been using this week. They are a big hit with all of the students and is a definite WIN-WIN for them. http://www.engineering.com/content/games/sugarsugar.html Can you beat this 6th grader pictured below? She held the record this week.

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Mrs. Schenewerk

Another book fair is in the books! A big THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by during the first night of conferences, or sent money to school for your child to purchase a book. If you missed it, do not fear! You can visit our book fair webpage and shop online through April 23rd. All orders placed will be shipped, free of charge, to the middle school and delivered to your child.

Have you ever tried listening to an audiobook? This summer would be a great time to start! AudioFile has a summer program for teens called SYNC, that will allow your student to download two FREE audiobooks each week from May 5th through August 17th. The books are pre-selected and paired as part of a theme. Once you download the books they are yours forever. You can sign up for email or text alerts and be the first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

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

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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 met many objectives this week as they completed an April calendar using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. They formatted tables, text, and images to specifications.

7th and 8th grade "wheel" reviewed the Microsoft Excel spreadsheets through activities and assessments, along with practicing their keyboarding skills.

6th grade students participated in many activities while completing a Microsoft Word Excel unit. They were assessed on Thursday. Many 6th grade computer students are continuing to practice their keyboarding skills at home and it is paying off. Nice job!

All grade levels participated in an Hour of Code challenge on Friday.

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.

Coach Masek, Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse

If weather permits us to be outside, we will be involved in activities such as kickball, lacrosse, capture the flag, and ultimate

Our indoor/rainy day activities will be fitness testing: curl-ups, push-ups, and sit and reach






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Mr. Chapman

From The Art Room

8th Graders are have started their altered book project which will take us about four or five weeks roughly. It was a confusing start for them as I expected, but they are doing a fantastic job getting started and problem solving and working out preliminary ideas. As with anything new, there is always hesitation, and fear of the unknown, but I have confidence they will turn out some really great things. They are off to a good start. This is one of my favorite lessons, and something that really teaches students how to enjoy the process of Art making.

7th Grade are working finished up oil pastels and are working on several cultural projects. We had a cave drawing day, and are moving into Australia with some Aboriginal Design

7th Grade Wheel classes are working on Illuminated letters as we continue with the "art about you" theme.

6th Grade are working to finish up on 3 pattern tessellations, and we will be working on one point perspective buildings.

WIN: ( 8th Grade Art Enrichment)Students are working on an artwork that conveys an emotion.

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

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.

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 Michael Jackson! We are learning about his life, his music, and his dance abilities. We are also practice our rhythm skills by learning the dance to "Thriller"! We are wrapping up our study of rhythm and music notation. We will have a test over rhythm in the coming week. Our next featured artists will be Luke Bryan and Silento.

7th and 8th grade Arts Alive classes recently studied Southern Rock. We listened to and evaluated the music to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Allman Borther Band, and The Charlie Daniels Band. We talked about the basic characteristics of Southern Rock, and its roots. We have begun our final concentration area: HEAVY METAL! We are listening, creating a list of characteristics, and learning music terminology in this unit of study. After we finish this concentration area, we will begin work on individual music genre projects!

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

Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker

This week 6th grade band will be focusing on learning new exercises in their book. The band has received sheet music for their next concert and they are so excited to show you what they have learned this year. Next year in 7th grade we will be finishing up what we can in the book and then moving on to book 2 of the Essential Elements Series. Please continue to encourage your student to take their instrument home and practice. Our next concert is scheduled for Thursday May 12 at 6:00 PM in the middle school gym. 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. Please make sure that you are encouraging your students to practice at home. The music is harder, and we are so excited that the band is stepping up! One of the pieces is a march and one of the pieces is a traditional folk song. The band is also getting pulled out one section at a time for sectionals. If your student feels that they need extra help or attention MS. Neudecker and myself are available for practice after school on Wednesday's from 3:30 - 4:30. The next concert is scheduled for Thursday May 12 in the middle school gym. More information will be sent home as it becomes available!

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! There will also be a parent meeting for any students that will be entering high school band next year on Tuesday May 17 in the high school band room at 6:30 PM. Please come and become a parent volunteer, we are always happy to have you! More information about band camp will also become available at this meeting!

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. I have sent home emails about missing rhythm sheets.

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!