Fulton Middle School Explo Classes
Team FMS: Together, We Can! - February 16, 2016
Welcome to the FMS EXPLO Newsletter!
Super Sam Foundation
Glitter, Glamorous, Gaudy, or Gaudy - just GO FOR THE GOLD on Tuesday, February 16th
for International Childhood Cancer Day
Read more about it here: https://goo.gl/Mxr6IT
Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker
6th Grade Band is trying something a little bit new this month, students received their first sheet music to play at the parade of bands concert. This concert is scheduled for March 1 in the High School gym. More information about the concert will be sent home closer to time. The students have started to learn about part independence as well as different time signatures and key signatures. This semester is turning out to be AWESOME!!!!
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. In class next week we are beginning to work on our parade of bands music. This concert will take place on March 1 in the High School gym. Please make sure that your students are practicing their parts for solos and ensemble at home.
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'! Make sure that your students are practicing their solo music and band music at home. The parade of bands concert will be on March 1 in the High School gym. Next week we are working polishing contest music. I sent an email home this week about going to Central Methodist University for a band clinic on February 23. We will leave the middle school at 12:15 and return at 4:30, please arrange to have your child picked up at the middle school at that time. They will need to wear their polos and khakis that day to school.
The Cherrydale fundraiser orders will be available to pick up at the Parade of Bands concert on March 1 in the High School gym.
Your child has also bought home tickets to sell for the dinner before the Parade of Bands concert. The tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 7 and under. If you sell your tickets please make sure that you turn in the money in your envelope on Thursday February 18.
Please also make sure that you are bringing in items for your basket auction. These items (or cash) are due to Ms. Neudecker or Ms. Glynn by Friday February 19.
Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes
The Hornet Singers are continuing to grow as musicians as we build our sight-reading skills and expand our vocabulary...in Latin! We've been learning a lot and are very excited for Central Methodist University's Music Festival coming up the first week of March. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to time.
Solo and small ensemble lessons have started and I can not wait for these kiddos to show off their talents! Thanks to parents and students for being so great about rescheduling. Such great things happening in Hornet Singers!
8th grade Arts Alive have been putting their knowledge to work and combining the audio with the visual. 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 at it in full force incorporating our many new members this semester. This ensemble will be traveling to Columbia for a music festival at Battle High School on March 11th. Dr. Moebes and Miss Lehman are both very proud of all their hard work already!
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Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) is doing great work in preparation for our upcoming contest! Our contest repertoire: "Gloria Deo!", and " Drinking Gourd", is challenging, but we are making excellent progress. Singers are working hard, and having a great time! Recordings that may be helpful for practice are posted on our Google Classroom.
6th grade Arts Alive is almost over, and we're sharing our musical artist presentations this week! Students selected musicians to research and teach their classmates about. We have heard projects about Conway Twitty, Selena Gomez, One Direction, 21 Pilots, and Fetty Wap, just to name a few. Students have been doing great work!
7th grade Arts Alive are sharing their Music Genre projects. Students selected a genre of popular music, as well as two subgenres, to research. This project includes profiles of 6 musicians or groups. These presentations have been informative, and fun. We've had the opportunity to hear lots of popular music!
As we near the end of this Arts Alive rotation, I want to let you know that this has been a wonderful group of young people. I've enjoyed getting to know each of them, and hope we get to work together again soon!
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Coach Youse and Coach Windmiller
6th Graders - Coach Youse's classes will learn to take their pulse and how their heart rate is affected by exercise.
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7th Grade is finishing our unit over body systems with the nervous system and the endocrine system. This will be the last week of health for students currently taking the course. Any missing work needs to be turned in by Thursday. Term 5 starts on February 19 with a new rotation of students!
8th Grade will complete our over healthy relationships by covering topics such as preventing, coping with and reporting abuse. This will be the last week of health for students currently taking the course. Any missing work needs to be turned in by Thursday. Term 5 starts on February 19 with a new rotation of students!
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The 8th grade students enrolled in Computer Applications continued with their goal setting along with choosing strategies to help them reach their goals. This is a year long process, increasing 3 wpm each month. For February our benchmark goal is 31 wpm with 90% accuracy for the month.
Along with working on their keyboarding skills, 6th Graders completed the 2 week MS Word study. Next week we will work together to create a collaborative slide presentation. This will be our last activity for the 4th term, as 5th term starts this Friday.
7th & 8th graders brushed up on their Internet searching skills by using the "FIND" function available in Chrome (and other web browsers).
6th grade students, along with the "wheel" 7th and 8th grade classes, will have their last day in computer class this coming Thursday. On Friday they will start the last class in their rotation and will remain in it for the rest of the school year.
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Practice at Home!
This Week in Art Class
8th Grade is Working on a modern update of Grant Wood's "American Gothic"
7th Grade is finishing up a printmaking unit and creating radial design print pates.
6th Graders or working on a radial design and working on any catch up work they need to do from the tessellation project we just wrapped on.
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Seventh graders stepped out of their comfort zone and tried reading books from a variety of genres during the "Book Speed Dating" activity. I assured them while they may be too young to date, it is perfectly acceptable to "date" books. :)
For this activity, students had one minute to browse the selection of books at their table, one minute to choose a book, read the summary and record their first impression and finally, three minutes devoted to reading their selected book before deciding if it was a good match for them. Students then rotated to a new table and we started the process over again with a different genre of books.
Some of the comments were quite entertaining:
"Oh No! I'm in love with two books!"
"Ugh. No Chemistry with this one."
"This book is in the friend zone."
"I'm dating seven books!"
In the majority of classes, every book that was checked out came from books that were discovered during the activity. That makes it a success in my book! I'm looking forward to bringing Book Speed Dating to 6th and 8th grade students as well.
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