The Falcon

Fieldstone Middle School * April 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We hope that you're enjoying time with family and relaxing as spring break begins.


It's hard to believe that more than three quarters of the school year is behind us. Even at this point of the school year, it's important for students to maintain focus and set learning goals.

We've recently had conversations at all grade levels in order to reinforce expectations related to the use of cell phones and wireless headphones while in school. It is expected that during the course of the school day, phones be turned off and kept in lockers. Any headphones being used should be of the wired variety.


Students have been assured that contact with parents can be facilitated at all times through the front office where students have access to a phone. Additionally, parents are able to reach out to our front office staff if there is an important message that needs to be delivered to their child. We are grateful for your continued efforts at home to support a strong finish to the school year.


Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Parent Teacher Organization and the Montvale Education Foundation, we are enjoying author visits, presentations, and enriching professional development. We are so grateful for the strong partnerships we share with our community.


Please see below for additional topics of interest and the many reasons why it's great to be a Falcon!


As always, if we can be of assistance to you or your family, do not hesitate to reach out to us.


All the best,


Gina McCormack

Principal


Rich Scherer

Assistant Principal

Book Mark Design Contest: The Finalists

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The student government was overwhelmed by number of impressive entries for the book mark competition.

First Place: Hannah F.

Second Place: Luna C.

Tied for third: Ava A., Japmeet A. and Naomi J.

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Thank you!

Our students’ learning and the professional development of our teaching staff continues to be enriched by the very generous support of the MEF. We were recently awarded a three year grant entitled "Creating the Bridge, Extending a Balanced Literacy Program" which will allow us to continue examining and implementing best practices in the area of literacy instruction by working with Shelly Klein. The overall goal of this work is to develop and strengthen critical literacy skills while inspiring a love of reading and writing for every child.

PTO Funded Curriculum Enhancement Presentations and Grants

FMS Room Signs

Thank you to the PTO for generously funding custom designed classroom signs that are now adorning our hallways. As shown in the pictures above, they’ve brightened our hallways, and we are grateful to the PTO for generously funding this transformation.


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Seventh Grade Author Visit with Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal winning author of the graphic novel, New Kid. Craft is the first author to win the Newbery Medal for a graphic novel. He provided an engaging presentation about the process by which he uses images to support his storytelling while addressing themes related to inclusion, friendship and the challenges faced by middle schoolers.
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Fifth and Sixth Grade Author Visit with Jessica Vitalis

In honor of Read Across America day, fifth and sixth graders enjoyed a virtual visit with Jessica Vitalis, the author of the young adult novel, The Wolf's Curse. She shared details of her journey as an author, and we were all inspired by her example of determination and commitment.
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Author Visit with Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz

Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz are the co-authors of the novel, The Chance to Fly, a story about a Broadway superfan who uses a wheelchair and defies expectations. Ali is the first actress to use a wheelchair to appear on the Broadway stage, and to be nominated for and win a Tony Award. Stacey Davidowitz is also the author of the middle grade series Camp Rolling Hills. Their presentation highlighted the importance of turning limitations into opportunities.
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Seventh and Eighth Grade Presentation with Dr. Mykee Fowlin

Students in grades 7 and 8 participated in a presentation by Dr. Michael Fowlin entitled "You Don't Know Me Until You Know Me." Dr. Fowlin performs nationally to school audiences and focuses on concepts related to diversity and inclusion, and touches upon difficult issues that adolescents and pre-adolescents face. Students had the opportunity to reflect upon this experience afterward and responded very positively to Dr. Fowlin's message.

Falcon Friends Community Tree

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Internet Safety Program: Bergen County Prosecutors' Office

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Detective Alex Yannuzzi recently presented a sixth grade internet safety program sponsored by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. The discussion focused on the need for students to be leaders in the online community, to seek the assistance of adults when necessary, and to understand the principles of digital citizenship. Students were provided with examples of why the following precepts should guide their online behavior:

  • Your words make an impression.

  • Your personal information is valuable.

  • Your pictures/videos will follow you forever.

  • You should exhibit integrity, dignity, and self-respect.

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Athletics Update

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Our spring athletics season has started and the Falcons are SOARING!


  • Baseball beat local rival Woodcliff Lake on opening day 10-2. Contributions from the entire team made this an exciting victory.
  • Led by over-the-fence homeruns from Ciara Camerena and Brielle Siegenthaler, the Lady Falcons came out smashing, cruising to a 20-1 win over Woodcliff Lake.
  • The Track squad has been practicing hard and looks forward to their first meet on Wednesday April 27.



More information can be accessed on our school's site by clicking on the Athletics tab, or by accessing it using the direct link: https://sites.google.com/montvalek8.org/fmsathletics

Upcoming Events


5/2 - Eid ul-Fitr


5/11 and 5/12 - NJSLA- Science grades 5 and 8


5/13 and 5/14 - School Musical


5/16-5/20- Grades 5- 8 NJSLA


5/25 - Spring Concert 7:00 P.M.


5/23 - 5/27- Make-Up NJSLA Testing grades 5-8


5/30-5/31 - Memorial Day Break


6/1 - Six Flags Trip for Chorus and Band Students


6/2 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Dismissal at 12:55 P.M.


6/9 - 8th Grade Philadelphia Trip


6/15 - 8th Grade Dance (evening)


6/16 - 8th Grade Barbeque


6/20 - Graduation - 7:00 P.M.

Morning Announcements

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