The Firebird Flash

December 11, 2020

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Principal's Update
  • Holiday Spirit Week Next Week!
  • Health Reminders from Nurse Nelda
  • Counseling Corner - Schedule Updates, Holiday Meal Support, & 7th Grade Explore Info
  • PBIS Rewards App for Parents
  • Travel Opportunities to Belize and Athens for Spring 2022
  • Firebird PTSA!
  • Recognize an Outstanding Firebird Nation Staff Member - Click the RISE Logo to the left.


Don't forget to start each day on the FMS E-Learning Page!

FMS E-Learning Page

Remember to start each day here. All of our bell schedules and individual team information is updated on our landing pages daily.

Updates from the Principal


Greetings Firebird Nation Families -


I hope everyone had an outstanding week! It is hard to believe that we only have 5 days of school remaining for 2nd Quarter to close out 2020. We have been reminding students during morning announcements and in their classes to double check their grades, stay on top of their work, and make sure everything is turned in. It is our hope that students finish this quarter strong so that they can enjoy the 2-week break ahead.


I know the District is watching the county health data closely. I am hopeful that if we all continue to work together by promoting distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing that the data will improve and allow us to return to in-person learning. I have heard from many students about how they want to be back at school and I know our staff is eager to have them return to their classrooms as soon as it is allowed. We will keep you informed as we learn of any updates related to in-person learning.


Our staff has been continuing to utilize their professional learning time on further implementing Falcon Zone's EmpowerFZ model. All of our Zone schools are working to create personalized learning opportunities for our students that best meet their needs and prepare them for future success. Staff will continue to develop and refine their learning plans for students so that we can provide authentic, creative, and rigorous learning experiences. Our landing pages will continue to be utilized as they display these new learning plans to enhance student engagement overall. It has been awesome to collaborate as an entire Zone on this process and we look forward to sharing more with you about how student learning will continue to improve and evolve for our students. Stay tuned!


I hope this next week goes well for everyone! Only 1 week of school left in 2020 before for the holidays and a much needed break. Finish strong Firebirds; we are looking forward to 2021!


Have a great weekend!


Sincerely,


Brian Smith

Executive Principal

Falcon Middle School

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Spirit Week Next Week!

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From Nurse Nelda...

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Counseling Corner

Counselors are currently working to finalize 3rd Quarter schedules for students. We hope to have these finalized and ready to view in Power School starting next Friday, December 18th. If you have any questions, please contact your grade level counselor at the email links contained at the bottom of this email.


Check out our Counselor Landing Page for important counseling updates and information on family support for Holiday Meals. See the link below.

Holiday Meal Support

Please visit the E-Learning Counselor Landing Page for FREE Holiday meal support, Community Resources, and other helpful information.

7th Grade Explore Class Scheduling Reminder...

As we are winding down the rest of this quarter and starting to get ready for next - 7th grade students will have the opportunity to pick their Explore classes for the rest of the year starting on Monday December 7, 2020.


During Advisory on Monday, teachers will meet with their class and go over all of the Explore class options available to 7th grade. The teachers will also provide students with a link to the registration Google form that students need to fill out. Once the form is complete it can be submitted. The registration form will list the student's top class choices.


If you would like to take look with your 7th grader at available options for classes - please click on this link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iTrpFvuwIU9j7hr7f3SMMPb9Q7EptetybDzwD_hs7g4/edit?usp=sharing


For questions regarding the classes available or specific course information, please email the teacher at the email provided in the presentation. If you have questions regarding registration please email the 7th grade Counselor, Mrs. Villani, at avillani@d49.org.


Students will have access to the Google registration form on Monday December 7, 2020. The link will be given during Advisory class. The information will also be listed on the teachers' landing pages and the Counseling landing page as well. The student request form will be due back to Counseling by Friday December 11, 2020.


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Firebirds RISE - PBIS Rewards App for Parents

The Parent Version of our PBIS Rewards App is here! We heard that some of our families may have not received the email to sign up for the Parent version of this app. We will be resending these codes again this afternoon. Be watching for an e-mail from PBIS Rewards for instructions and an access QR Code to set up your parent app. This is a great way to see the points your students are earning for our Firebirds RISE Program along with all of the positive comments they receive from their teachers! Track your students points and see what they are using them for in the Firebird Store!

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Firebirds Traveling Internationally!

Spring Break 2022

We are following up on the previous email about the virtual informational meeting for the Spring Break of 2022 trip to Athens and the Islands. I’m inviting you to come along and learn more about an incredible travel opportunity for your student. We’ve already received a number of questions and meeting registrations for both trips, so don’t miss out!

It is mandatory to register for the meeting as spots for the tour are limited and I need to be sure I can accommodate most of the group. Please use the below links to register:

Greece: Wednesday December 16th at 5:00pm: https://bit.ly/36KMJ6N

Belize: Tuesday December 15th at 6:00pm: https://bit.ly/3kXIw4L

Can’t make the meeting but want more information? Register and select “No but send info”.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Sara Vari & Militzha McNeil

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Firebird PTSA

We are looking for new parents, staff members, and students to join or PTSA! This is a great opportunity to get involved at Falcon Middle School, learn what takes place at the school, and support our students and programs. Please click the link below and join today! We also have Firebird Spirit Wear for sale!

Falcon Middle School

Executive Principal: Brian Smith


6th Grade Assistant Principal: Tim Scheck

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Kava Lientz

8th Grade Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Elena Forehand


6th Grade Counselor: Carrie Clay

7th Grade Counselor: Amber Villani

8th Grade Counselor: Lisa Murdock


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FMS Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:15am-3:30pm

Friday: 7:15am-2:00pm