January 22, 2016

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Chili Cook-Off & Bonfire - Save the Date!

Please plan to join us for a Chili Cook-Off and Bonfire on Saturday, January 30th from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the FFMS Field. This event will be hosted by our fabulous Five Forks Fathers and is part of our Relay for Life campaign. Click here for more details!

Spelling Bee News!

Here are the results of our Spelling Bee that was held yesterday morning: 6th Grade Winner - Spencer Schumm; 7th Grade Winner - Theodora Alese; 8th Grade Winner - David Alvarez; Overall School Winner - Theodora Alese. Special thanks to our guest Pronouncer and former FFMS Teacher, Mr. Dale Willard. Congratulations, Broncos!!

Big Wins for Robotics!

Last weekend, two of our Robotics teams competed in the Georgia SuperRegionals at Creekland Middle School. The REBELS led by Melanie Sarmiento and the Terminators led by Travis Hermel competed with great excitement and incredible professionalism. Out of 36 teams, the REBELS ranked 10th and the Terminators ranked 13th! Way to go! Special Thanks to Andrea Byrnes who represented the teams as Coach for this event. Congratulations, BRONCOS!!

Big Wins for Wrestling Club!

The Wrestling Broncos had multiple victories at last Saturday's North Gwinnett Open. De'Mon Dawson placed 4th, Chandler Mullis placed 3rd, CJ Hickmon and JoJo Oldknow earned Silver medals, and Cam'ron Starks brought home the Gold! Fred Hill, Eason Rivas, and Michael Swift fought hard to score additional team points. Way to go!!!

Brrr! It's Cold Outside!

With the colder temperatures we would like to remind you to make sure you are dropping off your students no earlier than 8:15 am. The building will not open prior to 8:15 am EXCEPT on Help Session days (Wednesday and Thursday) when we make a special allowance and open the gym at 8:00 am to accommodate the increased volume of students coming to help sessions. We do not release students to help session classes until 8:15 am when teachers are in their rooms ready to accept them.

We appreciate your support in this matter as we want to keep all of our students safe and warm!

Parent Help Needed!

We love for our students to attend our basketball games; however, there has been an increase in students not being picked up immediately after the games--both home and away. We have our students call at the end of the third quarter of the boys game to let you know that pick up will take place shortly. Unfortunately, some students do not make the phone call home. Basketball games usually end by 7:30 pm, and you should plan to be waiting to pick up your child in the designated location (monitored by staff members) no later than that time. With the cold temperatures...we need your help. Students who continue to be picked up late from games may not be allowed to attend additional games without a parent in attendance. Thanks for your support!

Rising 9th Grade Calendar!

1/28/16 - BHS Registration Information Packets Issued to Students

2/1/16 - Rising 9th Grade Parent Night, 6:00pm, BHS Theatre, (Parents Only)

2/5/16 - BHS Peer Leaders Visit with FFMS 8th Graders

2/8/16 - Open Forum Q&A on Registration and Course Placement, 6:00-8:00pm (drop in anytime), BHS Commons

2/9/16 - Registration Forms Due to FFMS

3/25/16 - Course Verification Sheets Sent Home with Students

3/28/16 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Night, 6:00-8:00pm, BHS Commons and Both Gyms

5/18/16 - Carnegie Unit Presentation/Q&A, 6:30pm, BHS Commons (for Parents/Students with Questions

TBA - Carnegie Unit Forms Due to FFMS

8th Grade Yearbook Ad - Deadline Extended!

Parents, you still have time to submit an "ad" for your 8th grader for the 2015-16 Yearbook! The deadline has been extended until the end of the day on Friday, January 29th! You can spotlight your child, a special friendship, or both. This year, you have the opportunity to design and personalize your own ad and submit more than one photo! An instruction sheet is available on the FFMS website and at Balfour.com. If you'd like us to design your ad, here's the form to submit along with $30.00 (cash only) and one photo. If you'd like to submit a digital photo, please send it to the email listed below. For best results, please make sure the photo is taken or scanned as a digital jpeg format. Photos will be returned. All ads are 1/4 page and cost $30.00. Please email cindy_bloodworth@gwinnett.k12.ga.us with any questions.

Reflections Exhibits!

Reflections winners who advanced to the Council level will have their entries on display at Snellville City Hall beginning February 4th. Please visit the exhibit and support these Five Forks students: Theodora Alese, Rashmika Babwani, Alexandra Barskiy, Emma Fisher, Alicia Lim, Sara Studebaker, Gretchen Taylor, Alexa Thomas, and Madelyn Wolfe.

In addition, Alexandra Barskiy and Madelyn Wolfe have entries advancing to the State level. The State exhibition will be held on March 6th at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. We hope you'll support all of these students and enjoy some fantastic art pieces. Congratulations, Broncos!!

Family Trivia Night!

PLEASE consider joining us for the 3rd annual Family Trivia Night on Tuesday, February 9th! This is the MAIN fundraiser for our Scholars Bowl team. This year our fundraising takes on added importance as we have qualified for a national tournament to be held in Atlanta May 6-8 and must pay the hefty registration fee! We really need your help to reach our fundraising goal. Even if you say "I'm no good at trivia," please just consider playing as a donation to our effort.

Five Forks Family Trivia Night works much like the Team Trivia you may have played at area restaurants. There will be nice prices awarded for the top 3 finishing teams. We will have concessions and "Let's Make a Deal" type games as well. The fun will begin at 6:30 and go until around 8:30. The cost is $5.00 per person or if you have a team of 4-6, you only pay $20.00!

More details to follow, but mark this on your calendar now! Thanks in advance for your support!

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Community Book Drive!

We know that many families 'de-clutter' to start off the new year. Please gather up any gently used books (especially children's books) you're finished with or that your child has 'outgrown' and donate them to our Brookwood Cluster Book Drive in association with Cannon Church. There's a collection bin in our main office, so let's all fill it up! Thank you for helping Five Forks spread the joy of reading a good book!

State Survey!

Yes, it's another survey! However, this one is used by the State Department of Education to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. In response to the compelling body of research that underscores the importance of school climate, Georgia is the first state in the nation to include school climate as an early indicator in its academic accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The School Climate Star Rating is a diagnostic tool to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement. Here's a link to the survey. Parents, you may complete it using your personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or on a computer at school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. We appreciate your support!

Bidding for Good!

Parents, please support our Brookwood Cluster by participating in the "Bidding For Good" fundraising auction! Funds generated are used to make improvements to our cluster schools and to help purchase valuable equipment and technology to provide rich and engaging lessons for students. Click here for a link to the online auction! We appreciate your support!

We Love Our Five Forks Family!

Each week, we highlight a member of our staff with the "Count Me In" award so that others will get a glimpse of the awesome work going on within the building. Accolades are written by the nominating member of the Five Forks staff. We hope you enjoy learning about our fantastic staff!
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Milestones Results!

Listed below are directions for locating the Milestones End of Grade Scores for the 2014-2015 school year. Please note that Parent Portal log-in information is needed to access the scores. If you've had Parent Portal access in the past but have forgotten your password, click on 'reset password' to access your account. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, you must come to the main office at Five Forks to complete the form and provide picture identification. Here are the steps to access the scores:

1) Log into the Parent Portal

2) Select the Test History tab located on the navigation bar

3) On the right-hand side is a widget titled "Assessment Reports"

4) Under "Assessment Reports" click on "2015 Spring End of Grade Individual Student Report."

In addition to the individual student report, a parent guide is listed below the report to help explain the report and your student's achievement. Please note that paper copies of the results with further instructions will also be sent home with your child's report card in January.

GSMST Lottery Process!

The GSMST Lottery Application is now available for students to apply for a lottery number to be part of the 2016-17 freshman class at GSMST. Enrollment is open to all 8th grade students who are residents of the Gwinnett County school district attendance zone; who are successfully promoted to 9th grade by the end of spring semester 2016; and who successfully complete an 8th grade math curriculum that is a full Carnegie-eligible Algebra I Course or higher. Registration deadline is January 29, 2016 and the lottery drawing will be held on February 8, 2016. Click here for further information.

January Dates To Remember!

28 - Rising 9th Grade Packets to be sent home (8th Grade)

28 - Bball vs Couch MS at Grayson HS, 5:00 pm

29 - Deadline for 8th Grade Ads for Yearbook

30 - BBall vs. Jordan MS at BHS Gold Gym, 9:00 am

30 - Scholars Bowl PAGE State Finals at GCSU in Milledgeville, GA

30 - Chili Cookoff/Bonfire, FFMS Field, 5:30 - 8:00 pm