Fulton Middle School Explo Classes
Team FMS: Together, We Can! - January 11, 2016
Welcome to the FMS EXPLO Newsletter!
Students Have Been Invited to Design the New Hornet Logo!
All FPS students are invited to design the new Hornet logo for our school and the entire district to use! How great would that be if an FMS student won this contest? They can even win money :)
Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker
6th Grade Band is trying something a little bit new this month. Brass and Woodwinds are now together on a daily basis working through book one of the Essential Elements Series. Percussion is in sectionals working on rudiments that are specific to percussionists. Brass and woodwinds are really starting to dig in on learning how to breathe correctly when they play, dynamics and more advanced counting skills. Please make sure that you student is still bringing their instruments home to practice outside of class! We are looking forward to an awesome semester!
7th Grade Band is also starting something new this semester. Everyone has started book two in the Essential Elements series and we are very excited! If you have not done so already, please send money with your child to purchase you book from us. The brass and woodwind books are $8.00 and the percussion books are $15.00. In 7th grade we are also going to start working on writing, recognizing and playing our major scales starting next week. Please continue to encourage you student to complete the weekly rhythm sheets that we have in class. We are looking forward to and AWESOME semester!
8th Grade Band is starting on our contest music for CMU Music Festival on March 4. I am very excited that the students have come back ready to work, and our ensemble sound is rockin'! Please talk to your students about taking a solo or ensemble to contest as well. This would require a lot of time commitment, but it is a great learning opportunity for the students. Students will also do tests for new chair placements next week on Thursday. This chair placement will be based on scales. Let's have an absolutely AMAZING semester!
7th Grade and 8th Grade Wire Choir are finishing up learning chord progressions in out method book. We are also taking time to review over the next week what we learned last semester. Some students still need to pay for their Wire Choir shirts, please makes sure that we take care of the ASAP.
Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes
The Hornet Singers completed first semester in fine fashion and I'm very proud of their growth so far this year. We've learned a lot and I look forward to what this second semester will bring as we have Central Methodist University's Music Festival coming up in March. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to time.
For any student taking a solo or in a small ensemble, lessons with Miss Lehman will begin this week!
8th grade Arts Alive are moving through the instrumental families of the orchestra. Up next...brass and woodwinds! The students must always be on their toes as they never know what may await as they arrive to class...New adventures daily!
Harmony Hornets are back at it with our first rehearsal last Tuesday. New members are still able to join if they come to our next rehearsal on Tuesday, Jan. 12th from 3:20-4;15 n the choir room (G07). This ensemble performed for the first time this year at the FMS Winter Fine Arts Night and did a great job! Dr, Moebes and Miss Lehman are both very proud of all their hard work!
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Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) did a beautiful job at the concert! Thank you so much for working hard, and for presenting a quality performance! Congratulations to all participants in FMS Fine Arts Night! We have turned our focus to preparations for Spring contests and concerts. We are practicing sight-singing and ear-training to build musicianship within our group.
6th grade Arts Alive is reviewing pitch identification on the treble clef. We have also been practicing listening to and evaluating music by using listening journals. Our next composer focus will be on Scott Joplin and ragtime!
7th grade Arts Alive has begun Moebes' School of Rock!!! We are studying active listening, music of the 1950's, and concentrating on Chuck Berry.
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Coach Youse and Coach Windmiller
6th Graders will be learning about Nutrition and how to read food labels this week.
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7th Grade is working hard on a drug research project. Students will be learning about the physical, mental/emotional and social consequences of using illegal drugs.
8th Grade is finishing up a unit on the human reproductive systems and will begin our study of common sexually transmitted infections (transmission, symptoms and prevention).
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6th graders learned helpful keyboard shortcuts this week, while 7th and 8th graders learned to use Powtoons webtool. Our typing this week included learning about Martin Luther King and the year long 7th and 8th graders did an extended scavenger hunt MLK activity on the Internet. We continued our coding fun at all grade levels.
Next week 7th & 8th grades enrolled in year long computer applications classes will learn to make greeting cards. We will make cards for our school board members as January 24th-30th is School Board Recognition Week. 6th graders will learn about databases and they make a database using data gathered on the favorite colors of students at FMS.
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Happy New Year!!!
This Week in Art Class
8th Grade Wheel Classes will begin on a collaborative project from the Elementary where they recreate Monsters designed by elementary artists. The 8th graders will try to bring more life out of these clever little creatures.
My 8th Grade all year class will begin a drawing unit on parts of the face and will do self portraits in full value eventually. for right now we a breaking down the parts of the face and drawing ears, noses, and eyes as practice and repetition is the only way to develop these skills.
7th Grade is somewhat staggered in completion of projects, between wheel classes and all year they are working on illuminated letters and should be finishing these up in the next week or two.
6th Graders will be working on portraits as well, as they will be doing a torn paper self portrait which will be somewhat an introduction to abstract concepts and problem solving in creation.
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7th and 8th grade classes visited the library this past week for book check out. 8th grade students have begun studying the Holocaust, and we discussed several books on the topic including, The Boy on the Wooden Box, a memoir written by Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children on Schindler's list to survive the Holocaust.
6th grade students will be visiting the library this coming week with their social studies classes to begin research for their Egypt projects.
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