The Firebird Flash

January 20, 2023

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Principal's Update
  • Intent to Return Survey
  • Important Date Change for February
  • Mark your Calendar
  • EmpowerFZ Updates
  • Tutoring Available at FMS
  • FHS Youth Volleyball Camp
  • PTSA Announcements
  • 8th Grade - FHS Choir Auditions
  • Firebird Nation Campus Expansion Update
  • Small Item Lost & Found
  • Order your FMS Yearbook
  • From Nurse Nelda
  • Volunteer Sign Ups
  • Purchase Firebird Gear

Updates from our Principal

Good Afternoon Firebird Nation!


What a week we have had!


Thank you to Nurse Nelda for working diligently to get all of our students’ updated immunization information. Thank you also to our counselors and administration staff for helping to reaching out to parents as well. Use the link below to see Falcon Middle School’s updated immunization report.


Last night we had an opportunity to celebrate our students who reached academic excellence first semester. Students who earned 3.5 and above for both first and second quarter were celebrated. Over 300 students were honored last night. An enormous number of parents, families, and friends were present and it was amazing to see the support. All of our students work incredibly hard and it was exciting to celebrate each one. A huge thank you to all of our teachers at Falcon Middle School for working each day to provide educational opportunities for our students. You are definitely appreciated for your dedication. We look forward to continuing these types of celebrations in the future.


The countdown is on for the upcoming NCDC Conference (National Conference on Digital Convergence) the first of February. Teachers are working hard in the classroom to prepare for visitors as well as preparing a variety of offerings for conference participants. Students are preparing to be navigators and participants. The band is preparing music as part of the luncheon for one of the days. Our FMS building manager and our custodial staff are working to get our building physically in shape as well. Finally, our amazing instructional coach, Mrs. Balk, has been working with our entire staff as well as the other instructional coaches across the zone. All of this work is to showcase the learning accomplished by our students every day. None of this would be possible without our student body. We will keep you posted as we continue to move forward.


This coming week, girls’ basketball will play their final regular season games. Keep rocking it ladies and we will see you in the playoffs!! Boys’ Basketball begins soon. Please see the athletic page of FMS website for dates and all information.


Have a great weekend and stay warm!


Mrs. Elena Forehand

Interim Principal

Falcon Middle School

eforehand@d49.org

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Intent to Return Survey

FMS is already starting to plan for the 2023-24 school year!

During this time, our school needs to gather the intent to return information from our current students. Getting this information from our D49 families helps our schools better prepare for the upcoming school year and plan class sizes and staffing needs.


The Intent to Return Survey for current students is now available electronically through the PowerSchool Parent Portal account by either accessing your Parent Portal account on a desktop computer or the Parent Portal Mobile App (not the D49 App).

Only one response per student is needed.


Linked here is a step by step resource on how to complete this Intent to Return survey via Ecollect (Desktop).

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Please Note! Calendar Change

Communication was sent out on Wednesday, December 8, 2022 from District 49 regarding an important date change for one of the February Professional Learning Days.

Students will NOT attend school on Tuesday, February 7, 2022.

Falcon Zone schools will operate on a NORMAL schedule Friday, February, 10, 2023


Please click on this link to read the entire email sent to families.

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Mark your Calendar

January

27: Staff Professional Development - NO STUDENTS


February

6-10: National School Counseling Week

7: Staff Professional Learning Day - NO STUDENTS

16: Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4pm - 7pm

17: Parent/Teacher Conferences - 7:30am - 3pm - NO STUDENTS

20: District Closed - President's Day

27: Staff Professional Day - NO STUDENTS


Check the FMS website calendar often for the most up-to-date information.

All dates/events are subject to change.

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Congratulations to 6th grade Science teacher, David Power (and his students), on being a finalist for the 6-8 Personalized Learning Classroom of the Year award! The award will be presented to the winner at the upcoming NCDC conference which is being hosted by the Falcon Zone at the Broadmoor in February. Please wish Mr. Power and his students good luck! And check out his finalist video below!
David Power - Personalized Learning Classroom of the Year finalist 2023

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Tutoring Available at FMS

We wanted to reach out to all of of our Firebird Families as we continue our way through this 2022-2023 School Year at Falcon Middle School. We are spending more time working with all grade-level Firebirds on the mastery of their core contents. Due to this, FMS will continue to offer after-school tutoring and subject help.


FMS will be offering a 1-hr 15-min tutoring window on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:15-4:30 pm. These times will be used to:


· Master current standards and concepts

· Master former standards and concepts

· Work on current learning plans/Guided Support


If you are interested in attending a tutoring window, please fill out the following Google Form. Once you have signed up, we will look forward to seeing you at the tutoring session!

Any attending students ARE REQUIRED to have a plan for being picked up at 4:30 pm.

Please feel free to reach out to either of us or your child's teachers if you have any concerns or questions,

Corey A. Bates

8th Grade Gold Math Teacher

Falcon Middle School
cabates@d49.org


Carrie Clay

8th Grade Counselor

Falcon Middle School

cclay@d49.org

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Attention 8th graders!! PTSA is looking for 8th graders to be a part of the legacy gift committee. Help decide what you'd like your grade to gift the school campus and future FMS students. **All 8th grade participants must be a PTA member, and the membership link is listed below.** Meeting date and time TBD.


Don't miss out! ALL members joined (parent, student, staff, etc.) by January 27, 2023 will be entered into a $25 gift certificate drawing! Join now for only $10 using the following links or get a form from the office to use cash or check:


Parent/Guardian: https://falconmsptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/105273


Staff: https://falconmsptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/104029


Student: https://falconmsptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/105101


Community: https://falconmsptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/104034

PTSA Meeting Schedule

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ATTN 8th Grade - FHS Choir Auditions!

Greetings from the Falcon High School Choir department!


My name is Mrs. Meyer, and I am the choir director at Falcon High School.


Although there are three choir options at FHS that are available to students without an audition, current 8th-grade students who are looking to be more involved are welcome (and encouraged!) to audition for Chamber Choir or our show choirs. Students auditioning for Chamber Choir will need to complete a short vocal audition. Students auditioning for the show choirs will need to complete the same vocal audition plus a dance audition.

Scheduling/Deadline

If the time frames listed above do not work for you, please email me at bmeyer@d49.org to schedule an alternate audition time. Please note that all auditions must be completed by Thursday, January 26th--this includes current 8th-grade students! Please also note that the audition choreography for the show choirs will only be taught (step-by-step) on the evening of January 25th. If you are completing your dance audition at a different time, you will have to learn the dance on your own.


Please feel free to email me at bmeyer@d49.org if you have any questions, and I look forward to seeing some of your students in choir class next year!

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Firebird Nation Campus Expansion

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Construction continues to move along at a rapid pace! Flooring is being completed and installed on the first level and the dry wall on the second level is almost finished. Lighting has been installed throughout the building. The exterior finishes are in the home stretch. Classroom furniture has been ordered along with all of the additional lunch tables. Beginning in February, teams from FMS and BRES will begin the work to determine the specifics on how this new addition to our campus will operate and be utilized. Overall, the project has remained on time and on budget!

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Boys Basketball - Open Gym

Boys Basketball Open Gym:

Saturday, January 21st @ 9:00am - 10:30am


Check out the FMS Boys Basketball webpage for more info!

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Attention 8th Grade Parents!

The deadline to purchase yearbook baby ads for your 8th grader is quickly approaching. Please click on the picture below to be taken to the Jostens yearbook ad website to order by February 1st. For quick reference, ad prices are listed to right.


Yearbooks may be ordered at www.jostensyearbooks.com or by calling 1-877-767-5217.


Supplies are limited, so order and secure your 22-23 FMS Yearbook Today!

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from Nurse Nelda

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Volunteer Help Needed

We are looking for volunteers on Fridays to help with the PBIS store during lunches at the school. Use this link to sign up.



Wanting to Volunteer for Concessions?

Use this link to sign up for Boys Basketball Concessions.

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Looking for Firebird Gear?

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Click the link below to purchase online!


You will be contacted when the order is filled!!

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Falcon Middle School

Principal: Elena Forehand


6th Grade Assistant Principal: Joy Kovanda

7th Grade Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Geoffrey Green

8th Grade Assistant Principal: Tim Scheck

Dean of Students: Patricia Kelly


6th Grade Counselor: Amber Villani

7th Grade Counselor: Lisa Murdock

8th Grade Counselor: Carrie Clay



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FMS Office Hours

7:15am-3:30pm

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