French Middle School

November 2022 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 6-- Daylight Saving Time-- fall back one hour
  • Nov. 7-11-- Classified Celebration Week
  • Nov. 8-- Red Wheel Fundraiser Item Pick Up at 5pm
  • Nov 9-- Last day to turn in late work
  • Nov. 10-- PTO Meeting at 5:45pm
  • Nov. 11-- Midterms due
  • Nov. 14-18-- American Education Week
  • Nov. 22-- Career Day/Life Hacks
  • Nov. 23-25-- Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 28- Dec. 2-- FMS Book Fair

Thank you so much to all the parents and students who came to parent/teacher conferences. We hope you received quality information. Any parent who was not able to attend please reach out to your student’s teachers to get an update on student achievement. As we enter into the 2nd quarter, we want to remind you of upcoming dates: Midterms for Q2 will be November 11. Missing work will be due Wednesday, November 9th. Please assist your student with making contact with teachers when they are absent. It is important for students to ask for make-up work and make arrangements to get extra help if they need it after returning from an absence. We appreciate your help! We look forward to another successful quarter!

Red Wheel Fundraiser Pick Up

Attention all Red Wheel student participants… Fundraisers need to be picked up at French Middle School on November 8 from 5-6:30 PM. This will be the only pick up time. We thank all families that supported our PTO fundraiser this year!

Anyone interested in purchasing a $5 Sonic card, we have them available in the main office. All proceeds go to our PTO.

Safety Drills

We conduct 9 safety drills throughout the school year. They include fire, tornado, and crisis drills. Our crisis drills are led by our SRO, Officer Campbell. They include safe schools mode, secure campus and lockdown. Safe school mode allows us to continue with instruction but keep students in classrooms and out of the halls. Entry in and out of the building is closely monitored. We might use safe schools mode if we have a medical emergency in the halls or some kind of incident where we want the halls to remain clear. Secure campus mode goes into effect if we are having concerning activity in the neighborhood. In this mode, we do not allow anyone in or out and we continue with school inside. The last crisis drill is lockdown. While in lockdown all students are swept into the nearest classroom and students/staff take cover. As we conduct drills, staff take a few minutes to review the why, what and how with students regarding each drill. We try not to overwhelm students but want to make sure they are prepared and have an awareness of what to do in an emergency. All exterior doors are locked during the school day and visitors are required to buzz into the main office. Office Campbell conducts routine checks on all doors and walks the perimeter of the building each day as a safety precaution. We are lucky to have Officer Campbell as a resource and member of our school community. If you have any questions regarding school safety don’t hesitate to reach out to Principal Hoffman or Officer Campbell.

Night of the Rising Stars

We like to remind students of our all school party the last week of school known as Night of the Rising Stars. At this event we honor students who have maintained good grades, attendance, and behavior throughout the year. Students must meet the following requirements to receive an invite to the event.

  • 2.5 or higher GPA average for school year

  • 85% attendance rate or higher

  • No out of school suspensions & no more than 1 discipline referral

The evening consist of dancing, prize give aways, delicious food, games, photo booth, and bounce house. It is a magical night and we hope to see many Falcons eligible to attend Night of the Rising Stars!

Sign Up for Text Message Alerts from Topeka Public Schools

Topeka Public Schools utilizes the SchoolMessenger system for web services and to deliver text messages to families in the district. Alerts come straight to your mobile phone with important information about your child's school events, inclement weather, and more.

Parents and guardians can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of "Y" or "Yes" to the TPS short code number, 67587. You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying "stop" to one of our messages.

SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy Pledge, so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

Parent Teacher Conferences Totals

Parent teacher conferences were held October 26 and 27th. We thank all students and families that attended and allowed teachers to brag about how wonderful their students are! A special thanks to our PTO for organizing the annual teacher luncheon along with all the goodies donated by parents. Staff were spoiled with donuts for breakfast and plenty of snacks to keep them going all day. Thank you again for supporting the hard working staff at French Middle School.

We had a total attendance rate of 94% of families attend fall conferences. Our next parent-teacher conferences will be held February 8th and 9th, 2023.

American Education Week-November 13-19, 2022

American Education Week provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in the lives of all students. Everyone from bus drivers, paraprofessionals, kitchen staff, secretaries, teachers plus countless others. We will have various activities planned that week including “dress for your future career”, social media blasts from classrooms, and wear gear from your favorite college. Our staff will wear their Alma Mater gear.

In honor of American Education Week, we are asking families, educators, and communities to come together to pledge their support for excellence in public education for all students.

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Girls Basketball

Girls basketball season is now underway. Games are Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the final play night on Wednesday Dec. 14 @ Highland Park High school at 6:00. All regular season games start at 3:15 and are usually over by 5:30. Games cost $2.00 to enter. Game dates can be found on our school website calendar. Students are not allowed at away games unless attending away games with a parent.

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer is also underway and is going rather smoothly now. The game format will be a full varsity game of two 30 minute halves, followed by a 20 minute half for non varsity players. Games will be played at Hummer sports park(westside soccer field) and Topeka West soccer field. Admission will be charged at both and is $2.00. Game dates can be found on our school website calendar. Students are not allowed at away games unless attending away games with a parent.

Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball will start Thursday Jan. 5th. Games are held Mondays and Thursdays, starting at 3:10 and are over by 5:30. Make sure that you have your sports physical completed before the first practice. Now is the time to make sure that assignments are getting turned in and your grades are up. Students MUST pass 5 classes in the 2nd quarter in order to play basketball in the 3rd quarter. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!


We would like to remind spectators that French Middle School is a member school of the Kansas State High School Athletic Association (KSHSAA) and is governed by their rules. One of those rules which, we completely support is Rule 52 which states:


Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)

Art. 1: SPORTSMANSHIP is a general way of thinking and behaving. The following sportsmanship policy items are listed below for clarification:

a. Be courteous to all. (Participants, coaches, officials, staff and fans)

b. Know the rules, abide by and respect the official’s decisions.

c. Win with character and lose with dignity.

d. Display appreciation for good performance regardless of the team.

e. Exercise self-control and reflect positively upon yourself, team and school.

f. Permit only positive sportsmanlike behavior to reflect on your school or its activities.

Yearbooks on Sale

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French Middle School Career & Life Hacks Day “Exploring Possibilities”

“How do we expect young people to dream if they don’t know what they can dream about? Opportunities for career exploration give young people broader exposure to the working world they will one day enter. It helps them “connect the dots'' between school and career in ways that keep them motivated to graduate with the skills they will need for the future.” (

With that in mind, French Falcons will be participating in a career day on November 22. This year students have completed interest inventories to see what careers might match their interests and skills. We then invite speakers that match those careers. Students will spend the morning rotating through 5 different career presentations, then over lunch they will visit the 8th graders' career presentations from their Career and Life Planning class. They will finish the day rotating through some Life Hacks sessions. This is the Falcons 4th year hosting a career day for all of our students.

We still need a couple of speakers especially in IT, hospitality and tourism or marketing. If you are interested in presenting please contact Ms. Ryan at or (785) 438-5879.

Scholastic Book Fair Coming SOON!

When we return from Thanksgiving break, students (and families, if you’d like to stop in!) will find that the media center has become a pop up book store! The Scholastic Book Fair provides books, posters, writing utensils, and other gift items for sale. We’ll even have a table of items for younger readers–all make great gifts.

We will be open from 7:30-3:30 Nov. 28-Dec. 2

Online shopping will be available 11/22-12/5

Payment options:


Check (made out to French Middle School)

Credit card

E-wallet ( may be set up between 11/1-12/2, instructions for depositing money in an e-wallet can be found at the link below.)

This year Scholastic is requiring all fairs to charge tax on sales, so that will be a change for some.

Homework Tips

Being organized is the key to school success. Here are some tips to help you get organized.

  1. Organize your school supplies. Have pencils, pens, paper, and other supplies you need for school in your backpack. Have a folder and notebook for each subject. Keep your papers in the folders instead of putting them directly in your backpack. Clean out your backpack regularly and get rid of unnecessary papers.

  2. Organize your space to do homework. Have a quiet space where you can have room to do your homework and where you can focus. It’s best to have a table or desk where you can spread out your materials. It’s ok to listen to music if that helps you focus, but if you find yourself distracted turn it off.

  3. Organize your time. Use a planner, calendar or an app to keep track of when assignments are due. Add dates for tests so that you can plan for time to study. You can also write dates for other activities here so that you can see where you have time to complete your assignments and study for tests.

  4. Take breaks between assignments. This can help your mind stay focused. It’s ok to take a break to stretch, move around, or take a walk, just make sure you come back to finish your assignments.

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Hearing and Vision Screenings –RESCREEN DAY

Students who were absent, or did not pass their initial screening will be seen on Friday Nov. 4th. Once screenings are complete, and our records are updated, parents will receive a copy of their students' information. Students who do not pass either the vision or hearing screen will also receive a referral to a specialist.

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Medications At School

Students are not allowed to carry medications with them during the school day. All medication including prescription and over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen must have proper paperwork in place and all medications must be kept in the school nurse's office. (This includes cough drops.) Exceptions can be made for Inhalers and Epi-Pens, with an additional form. If you have questions please contact Nurse Besenyi for the appropriate forms. MEDICATION GUIDELINES

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The Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau is an annual tradition that allows everyone in our community to make the holiday season brighter for our Shawnee County neighbors in need. United Way and other community partners connect thousands of individuals and families to a holiday meal and gifts by matching them with agencies or community “adopters.”

Intake Site - Johnston Community Center, 2021 SE Market St., in the Echo Ridge neighborhood.

  • At least one member of the household must apply in person\
  • Income documentation is required
  • The intake form can be found on the United Way of Greater Topeka website.

There will be four days to sign up:

  • Wednesday, October 26

    from 10 am to 7 pm

  • Tuesday, November 1

    from 10 am to 7 pm

  • Thursday, November 3

    from 10 am to 7 pm

  • Saturday, November 5

    from 10 am to 2 pm (please note the earlier end time)

Topeka Toys for Tots is now accepting toy requests until December 5th. This year, they will be providing toys for children ages newborn to 16. Families can apply at the Topeka, Kansas Toys for Tots website.

Let's Help, located at 200 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603, offers free community lunches Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1 pm, and on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

For food pantries, please visit > Click on "Get food assistance" at the top of the screen > Click on "Food Locator" > Enter your zip code and a list of local food pantries, drive-thru food pick up sites, and kitchens that prepare meals will be available.

PTO News


We are on Facebook. Please like and follow our page to get up to date PTO information.

Page Name: French Middle School PTO


Email address:


Fundraisers are a big part of what the PTO does to help raise funds to improve the learning experience for our students at FMS to include fun activities, equipment, materials, special projects, etc. We also solicit donations from local companies to help offset costs.

· Walmart donated a $100 gift card so we could provide snacks for the 7th and 8th grade Halloween dance this month

· The Red Wheel fundraiser kicked off on Sept. 28th and ended Oct. 21st total funds raised will be posted when we have a final count

***Thank you to the parents that donated food and support to help with the 7th and 8th grade Halloween dance and the Parent Teacher Conference Meals! We appreciate your support so much!

Projects planned for 2022-2023

New Resin countertops for the Media Center

School updates with Art

· In planning phase

Next PTO Meeting:

November 10th in the Media Center

Or Via Zoom

Guest Speaker:

Family Service & Guidance Center Crisis Services

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Family Service & Guidance Center Parent Classes

Parent Classes Available:

Family Guidance Center offers free resources to parents regarding various needs in raising teenagers. The classes are free. See the calendar of monthly events.

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Bullying Policy

French Middle School will not tolerate bullying of any kind. Bullying is defined as any ongoing verbal or physical mistreatment where there is an imbalance of power, and the target/victim is exposed repeatedly to negative actions by one or more students. Bullying can be direct (physical or verbal), or indirect (exclusion, cyber-bullying, emotional). In order for everyone to feel safe and secure at school, every Topeka Public School has adopted the following rules against bullying. “I will not bully others. I will try to help students who are bullied. I will do my best to include students who are easily left out. When I know somebody is being bullied, I will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.” Students, staff, and parents should report any bullying that they are aware of to administration through the on-line bully report link on the French website. Students who bully others will receive consequences. Our counselors will be visiting 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes in August and September to remind students what bullying is, what we can do to prevent bullying, and what students should do if they or someone else is being bullied.


The Topeka Public Schools, Unified School District No. 501 is committed to affirmative action and equal opportunity. No person shall, on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin or ancestry be denied lawful access to any appropriate educational service, program or activity provided by the school district. The Title VI and Title IX compliance coordinator is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching/Learning/Administration. The Section 504/Title II compliance coordinator is the Coordinator of College and Career Ready Services. For employment, the EEO/AA officer is the General Director of Human Resources. All compliance coordinators may be contacted at 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS 66611-1294, (785) 295-3000. The clerk of the Board of Education has been designated to receive and redirect or handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, regulations and procedures. The clerk may be contacted by calling (785) 295-3045 or by writing to 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS 66611-1294.