The Falcon

Fieldstone Middle School December 21, 2018

Dear Fieldstone Families,

As the winter break begins, we have many reasons to celebrate. Earlier this month, we all enjoyed a fabulous winter concert in which the hard work and talent of our musicians and singers were showcased. Our students have demonstrated a strong commitment to learning as evidenced in the impressive level of achievement on recently issued report cards as well as in their tremendous engagement in learning activities. The advisory lesson this month was focused around the theme of being your best self. This was especially apropos to the end of the trimester and the opportunities for reflection that present themselves at this time. Our students and teachers have worked hard throughout this first half of the school year, and we hope that the break allows for relaxation, leisure reading, and time spent with loved ones.

We wish you all a joyful holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.

Please see below for the many reasons why it's great to be a Falcon.

All the best,

Gina McCormack


Richard Scherer

Assistant Principal

FMS Winter Concert

The Winter Concert was a tremendous success. Congratulations to all of our musicians and singers and thank you to Mr. Quaranto and Mr. Nietzer for all of their efforts.

Principal for the Day

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Fifth grader Carla Monaco took over the helm at FMS for the day on Thursday, and all of our students benefited from her leadership and guidance. Fifth graders were especially pleased to have her declare that the evening would be a homework free one for her grade level. Additionally, she made the executive decision to extend recess for her peers.

Teacher of the Year

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Congratulations to Mr. Conti, who has been named Fieldstone Middle School's Teacher of the Year! Dr. Petersen presented him with this honor during a full school assembly on Thursday. This recognition is determined by a panel of teachers, administrators, and community members, and is very well deserved!

3Rs Day Dove Drawing Contest

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Congratulations to eighth grader Kelly Buquicchio whose dove design was selected as the symbolic image for this year's 3Rs Day!

Learning While Helping Others

After learning that people can lose up to 50% of their body heat through their head, students were concerned about those in need this winter. Wearing a coat is not enough! People need to stay warm by wearing a winter hat. Therefore, an eager group of 5th and 6th grade math students organized a drive at Fieldstone Middle School to collect new and used hats and scarves to donate to the needy. They created advertising posters, arranged collection boxes, and sponsored a "Warm and Cozy Hat Day." Then began the hard work of counting and organizing the donations. The students tracked the number of donations daily for two weeks, all while analyzing the data and making predictions about the future rate of donations. Next steps include selecting several charities in the NY/NJ area to deliver the donations. This will involve dividing up the donations into equal groups, and determining what to do if there is a remainder. Finally, the students will create various charts, tables, and graphs to display the results of the hat drive to the FMS school community. Not only did they collect well over 200 winters hats, they also collected dozens of scarves, gloves, and even winter coats. This authentic learning unit allowed the students to explore various math concepts while solving a real-world problem; these concepts include counting, sorting, grouping, data collection and analysis, graphing, addition, division, making sense out of remainders, percents, and making logical predictions based on rates and trends.

Thank you to Mrs. Chavez and Mrs. Alboum for leading these efforts.

FMS Pajama Drive

Thank you to all who supported the effort to provide pajamas to children in need, as well as to Mr. Jopp and our student government leaders, for coordinating this collection. Because of the generosity of our school community, over 80 pairs of pajamas will be donated to help keep children warm this winter.

Athletics Update

Our winter season is now underway. Basketball schedules and game locations can be found on the website.

IMPORTANT: Please check the athletics website for the due date regarding spring physicals. This will be updated in January.

FMS Students Enjoyed a Lunchtime Visit from a Harlem Wizard

Students in grades 5 through 8 enjoyed a lunchtime visit filled with music, comedy, and basketball feats from DP of the Harlem Wizards. We are looking forward to the upcoming game on January 11th at 7:00 when the Wizards will compete against the Montvale Marvels at Pascack Valley High School. Tickets can be purchased now at Proceeds will benefit the Montvale Education Foundation and ultimately our students.

Sixth Grade Holiday Interdisciplinary Project

Sixth graders have been working in small groups on an interdisciplinary holiday project; they researched the traditions, origin, foods, values, and other interesting facts of a selected holiday. Elements of each academic subject area were incorporated into the assignment, and students created a tri-fold poster displaying all of the tasks they completed. Tasks included making crystal ornaments, writing informative and compare/contrast paragraphs, calculating costs and ingredients to prepare a feast, and connecting both French and Spanish vocabulary. Brief oral presentations wrapped up the week where students could share the fantastic work they completed.

Upcoming Events

December 24 - January 1st - Winter Recess

January 11th - Wizards versus the Montvale Marvels at Pascack Valley High School 7:00

January 18th - Fieldstone Friday - Grades 5 and 6

January 21st - Professional Day - School closed for students

February 1st - End of Second Expressive Arts Cycle

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