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CLASSROOM UPDATES: 1/27/16 - 2/5/16


Reading Unit: Nonfiction and drama

Focus: The Diary of Anne Frank and the Holocaust (book club selections)

Writing Unit: Position Papers: Research and Argument

Students read Act I of The Diary of Anne Frank, and will begin Act II next week. In addition, they are practicing finding evidence in texts that support arguments and claims.

To increase nonfiction reading skills, students have been reading articles using Newsela ( Students are provided time each day to read articles of their choosing and take short quiz on the material. Students are required to have read at least 15 articles and pass the accompanying quizzes by the end of fourth term (February 18th).


Students will be learning how to solve systems of equations using three different methods: graphing, substitution, and elimination.

Independent Work will be a little different than in the past. Based on student performance during class, students will end up with different assignments when appropriate. Page numbers will be given for where the independent work will start.


Students will be finishing up the Geometry Unit with Ms. Barkho teaching and Mrs. Keniston's substitute helping.


Unit: Earthquakes and Volcanoes


Unit: The Revolutionary War

Essential Questions: How was the Continental Army able to win the war for independence from Great Britain?


Unit Test: Thursday, Feb. 4th

13 Colonies Geography test: Friday, Feb. 5th

To assist with the geography test, students should review the digital flash cards on Quizlet.

Click "join a class," and search Social Studies Fulton. Our school's set should appear (make sure it says Fulton, MO!)

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The following teachers are available before or after school for students who need extra assistance:

Ms. Barkho: Monday and Tuesday until 4:30pm, Thursdays by appointment

Ms. Cathey: Monday through Friday until 4:30pm

Mr. Krankowski: By appointment

Mr. Lorentzen: Mornings beginning at 7:15am

Mrs. McDaniel: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 4:30pm

Mr. Mudd: Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:30pm

Mr. Pearcy: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until 4:30pm

**There will be no tutoring available on the third Wednesday of each month as the teachers will be participating in Staff Meetings.


Please make sure your student is charging his or her Chrome book at night so they are prepared to work in the morning. Thanks!

FMS Blood Drive

Friday, Feb. 5th, 10am-4pm

403 East 10th Street

Fulton, MO

Did you know that every two seconds someone needs blood? Did you know that every pint of blood donated can help up to three people? You can help save a life and alleviate a severe blood shortage by participating in the Fulton Middle School Student Council Blood drive!

Donating is easy, and takes very little time. Simply go to the following website:

Answer the online questions, print the forms, and come to FMS during the drive.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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