FMS EXPLO Newsletter

December 13, 2019

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.

Missouri Student Survey

School districts throughout Missouri have been asked to participate in the Missouri Student Survey every other year since 1991. With the inclusion of a violence component in 1995, the instrument became the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Survey. This year the Missouri Institute of Mental Health is asking districts to collect data from students at each grade level from sixth grade through twelfth grade.

The results of the survey are used to assist the school district in the evaluation and planning of its comprehensive school health program, prevention activities for students, and provide information necessary for local grant applications. Specifically, the results of the survey indicate the extent of tobacco, drug and alcohol use, as well as bullying, mental health, and other information. Here are two questions from the survey:

During the past 12 months, how many times were you in a physical fight?

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you smoke cigarettes?

Students are not asked to identify themselves and no individual student responses are reported or maintained.

If you would prefer that your child opt out of this survey, please contact Mrs. Horstmeier or Mrs. Burfield no later than January 10th, 2020.

FMS Counseling Department: Mrs. Burfield, Mrs. Horstmeier and 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 and Mrs. Burfield works with students with a last name starting with a K-Z and can be reached at

Ms. Jo is the Counseling Office secretary and can be reached at

Counseling Office phone number is 573-590-8208

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!


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

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

The students have a done a great job creating 3D models and many are being printed. They will come home with the students at the end of the term so be on the lookout!

The next two weeks we will be emersed in the amazing world of CoSpaces. There is a mobile app that pairs with the website to allow the students to navigate their virtual reality world they create. I encourage you to check it out. In the Play store or App store search for CoSpaces edu. The students will log in with their google accounts.

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

Next Week- Dance Unit


Students will not dress out during the dance unit. Students need to clean out their PE locker before leaving for winter break.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachPretz_FMS

Dr. Moebes

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR: Our first concert is Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm at First Christian Church on Court Street! Singers will need to arrive at 5:45pm for warm up. More information to come. There is NO uniform for after school! You get to pick out your favorite dresses, pants, sweaters, or other "nice" clothes! I ask that we avoid wearing jeans, please!

Music 6: We have been learning about the characteristics of rap, and about one of the co-founders: DJ Kool Herc! Students will have the opportunity next week to learn about a rapper of their choice, based on some thoughtfully selected artists!

Arts Alive: We are moving on to our Spring Musical!!! Into the Woods, Jr is our musical. We have been investigating the show, and a the script. Auditions for the musical will be this week!

Choir: Can you believe it? It is almost time for our December concert!

Upcoming Performances:

  • Our next concert will be on Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm at First Christian Church. SIngers will need to arrive early for warm up and rehearsal. Stay tuned for details!

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: For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic

Mr. Thomas and Ms. Neudecker

For those who want their instruments cleaned or repaired, Lincoln County Music visits on Thursdays and Palen Music visits on Mondays. We will most likely be able to get instruments back from Lincoln County before break, but with Palen, you will have to go pick your instrument up if you want it back before break. Please let Mr. Thomas or Ms. Neudecker know if you'd like to send your instrument off to be cleaned or repaired.

6th Grade Band: Sixth grade is constantly learning new things on their instruments and moving on to bigger and better music.

7th Grade Band: Each student picked out a solo to begin practicing and have begun to work through the basics of each piece.

8th Grade Band: The 8th grade band has been teaming up with some of the high school band to play the National Anthem at our home FMS Girls Basketball games and doing a great job! The dates are posted below. The times are when we need to be in the gym, ready to play. Ms. Neudecker will be in the band room 30 minutes before those times. Kids who want to play need to let Ms. Neudecker know so they can get into the games for free.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 4:45 pm
  • Thursday, December 19, 4:45 pm

Between now and Winter Break, the 8th grade band is learning how scales work, how to write them, and how to play all 12 major scales. If not this semester, we will for sure have some playing assessments over the scales next semester. These may be will be recorded and shared electronically, or played live in class.


Guitar Classes: Both guitar classes are beginning to learn standard notation which is how to read the notes on a staff.

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

Mr. Chapman

It is hard to believe we are at the halfway point in the year!

Most classes are wrapping up projects and are busy as ever.

I plan on displaying projects into the new year and will be returning projects when we return from break. it's a little different from my standard practice, but students have been doing such awesome work, i wanted to keep them up until after the Holidays.

6th Grade

We will be working to finish our torn paper animals. Students will use subject matter and themes in their artwork. Students are into it, and doing well. They begin by creating simple shapes of their favorite animal or animal that interests them, and they create a textural effect by tearing and gluing paper in all the areas of this paper to create a sort of relief mosaic rendition of their animal. This project focuses on the theme, but also focuses on process and achieving results. This project takes a few weeks, but they are usually pretty excited about the end results. Next week we will learn a few watercolor techniques for our final project and objective, and experiment as well as demonstrate with developing fruit portraits.

7th Grade Semester

Students Have begun the printmaking process and learning about printmaking tools, clean up, and printing process. Students have been carving, printing and recarving as part of testing prints and what it takes to pull a clean print using the subtraction process in linocut. we will experiment with different print techniques this week and next week.

7th Grade All Year

Students are creating Pop Art as part of continuing study of analyzing and evaluating art in ELO3.

Students will look at various works of art particularly in the POP Art genre, and use candy as a way to create their own independent study of this art style. Once finished we will start another mini project with emoji and following instructions for setting up a project using specialized tools and measurement.

Students will also work on a mini project with creating a radial balance or asymmetrical balance using emoji as a template.

We will move to our next ELO in January, and we will continue mini projects covering the ELO’s we have covered thus far along with some fun mini projects along the way.

8th Grade Semester

ELO4:Students will explain the connections between art and the world around them.

Students are continuing their work on Stained Glass designs and use tissue to create a stained glass look concentrating on positive and negative space. we will also go over safety practices in the classroom.

Students who finish will be creating a name stamp and will experiment with more printmaking ideas and designs.

8th Grade All Year

ELO4:Students will explain the connections between art and the world around them.

Students are continuing work in making artistic connection, and will be working on Dragons as a concept to build special relationships in drawing. Students will also utilize concepts used in previous units with value, line creation and similarities in texture and overall composition.

We will move into our Blow Up designs where we take a mechanical object and draw different perspectives and focus on overall composition. This challenges students to take a deeper awareness of the world around them and see objects differently by taking a different look at ordinary everyday things we see. It pays close attention to detail.

Students will also start the bookmaking process which we will continue in the new year. We will continue with our next objective after break.

Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday break, and see you in the new year!

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

Mr Chapman

Fulton Middle School Art Teacher----

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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 @ or Mrs. Yates @ 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.…/thrive-hive-gets-middle-…/646415/

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Mrs. Lairmore

We are finishing up our Elf Scavenger hunt!

Winter Break is coming! Don't forget to grab a book to read over your long winters break. You can get 2 books at a time!

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: and search for your book.

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

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.

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

Still wanting to play Semantris?

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:

Follow the Library fun on Twitter:

You can contact me by email at:


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 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.
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