FULMORE MIDDLE SCHOOL

WEEK OF DECEMBER 23, 2018

FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK

Greetings Falcon Families,


Winter break is finally here and I am so happy that each of you will be able to enjoy time with family and friends. I am pleased to announce that Fulmore received four distinction designations from TEA. Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are eligible to earn distinction designations. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics. Fulmore Met Standard and earned the following distinction designations:


  • Academic/Achievement Reading/ELA
  • Academic Achievement Science
  • Academic Achievement Social Studies
  • Postsecondary Readiness


Parent Information Sessions

Many parents have asked for parent information sessions that address internet safety, college readiness, choosing the right fit for high school and more. The following sessions are set for the spring semester:


  • Internet Safety Presentation by the Center for Child Protection Education Services on Thursday, January 10th 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Mission Possible Series on Thursday the 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm different organizations will come in and discuss the available community resources to help prepare students for college
  • Dr. Shapiro returns to provide you with insight into High School Options! Tuesday, January 22nd in the Library at 6:00 pm
  • Coming soon, Donuts with Dads! Once we have this all planned out, we will provide you with the details


Theater News

The Fulmore theater department took home second place at the AISD UIL one act play contest on December 7th. The Rehearsal, was performed in front of an audience of their peers and a UIL certified judge.
Our thespians came home with a lot of individual awards. Best Technician went to our stage manager Catherine Masey. Honorable Mention acting awards went to the actors Samantha Mason, Dylan Neal, Aidan Flores, Miguel Lathrop, and Jaret Cole.
All-Star Cast acting awards went to Sydney Fontenot and Tate Philpott.
Mrs. Murray is proud of all the advanced theater students, who rehearsed so well in class to make this 2nd place finish possible. Your dedication to the art of Theatre is inspiring!


Vaping, Teenage Tobacco Use

What is vaping? Unfortunately, this is something that is real and is happening with adolescents all over the nation. It is not a topic that I wish I had to inform parents about however, if I do not, then I am not partnering with you to protect our students’ health and safety. The discipline consequences for vaping on a campus are suspension and depending on the contents of the oils used, may result in a due process hearing and/or possible removal to the Alternative Learning Center (ALC). Please see the website below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information about teen tobacco use, vaping, e-cigarettes and JUUL.


https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

https://teen.smokefree.gov/


I have also attached some helpful handouts and tips for parents, students and educators on vaping. Please let me know if you need any assistance with these topics or if you would like me to invite guests to discuss these topics at parent coffees or other parent information sessions.


Fulmore Name Change

The board met on Monday, December 17th and voted to change Fulmore’s name to Sarah Beth Lively Middle School. I have several meetings scheduled in January to discuss the process and next steps involved with the name change. Your input is important and I will update you as we go through the name change process together. More information to come on the Lively Festival of Lights as we celebrate the new name and say farewell to the old name, Zachary Taylor Fulmore Middle School.


The Central Texas Food Bank

With many of our students living in food insecure households, access to healthy food may be challenging when AISD is closed. The Central Texas Food Bank provides resources to help keep families fed throughout the year and during the school breaks. Please see handouts below for additional information.


PSAT

PSAT results will be in between January 24-31. Holiday vacation may delay the sores. If you have not created a College Board account then please do so by going to PSAT.org/myscore. When the results are available you will need the following access code:KVW7YM. For PSAT support call the student/parent helpline at 1-866-433-7728 or email https://pages.collegeboard.org/contact-us.

Your campus contact will be Leigh Northcutt-Benson and Jennifer Lamm. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance.


Amazing Fulmore Students

Congratulations to our Boys’ Soccer team for defeating Murchison Middle School in the soccer tournament last night. We are so proud of their efforts and the win. Finally, I want to say our girl’s dance team was so impressive at the pep rally yesterday. Their music stopped in the middle of their performance and those girls just kept dancing. They did not miss a beat! So neat to see their leadership and perseverance!

January 2nd through January 4th are student holidays and staff development days. Students return on January 7th. Have a wonderful and restful Winter Break.


Principal, Stacie Holiday

HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS FOR FAMILIES DURING THE HOLIDAY BREAK

CALENDAR

Friday, December 21, 2018 to Friday, January 4, 2018- Winter Break


Monday, January 7, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

8:00a-9:00a- Well Being Meeting

Thursday, January 10, 2019

5:30p-7:00p- Internet Safety Information Meeting

Friday, January 11, 2019


Monday, January 14, 2019

4:00p-5:00p- CAC Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

5:30p-7:30p- Evening of Wonder

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

7:00a-7:00p- Gear Up Field Trip to Houston & Texas Southern Universities

Thursday, January 17, 2019

5:30p-7:00p- Mission Possible

Friday, January 18, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

8:00a-1:00p- Magnet Admissions Test

EVENING OF WONDER

Mark your calendars for Evening of Wonder, January 15, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30. p.m. This event is our showcase of all the amazing programs we have available for your children at Fulmore MS. Choice sheets for the '19-'20 school year will be available at the event and we invite you to come and experience for yourself all of the options available to our students. There will be student-led tours, performances and open classrooms with all teachers present to answer your questions.

8TH GRADE ONLINE MATH COURSE INFORMATION

The Odysseyware online math course that serves the Texas Education Agency requirement of completion of 8th grade math prior to enrollment in Algebra will be available to students starting January 7, 2019. The course is built in modules to cover all of the 8th grade Math Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills necessary for foundational knowledge to be successful in Algebra 1. The course is required for:


  • all 7th graders who went into Algebra 1 without ever taking 8th grade Math, or it's equivalent course, 7th grade Advanced Math,
  • all 8th graders who went into Algebra without ever taking 8th grade Math, or it's equivalent course, 7th grade Advanced Math,
  • all 6th graders currently enrolled in 6th grade Advanced Math who wish to be considered for Algebra in 7th grade and Geometry in 8th grade


Parents who attended the information nights in November and December turned in a form to commit to their student taking the course called Accelerated Math Pathway-Geometry. Students with a form on file (or an email on file to sherry.lepine@austinisd.org) will be automatically enrolled in the course. The course is completed at home, or at school in the Learning Lab with assistance by Mr. Sean Addington. The course is also supervised by the students' current math teachers. Each module has a pretest that allows students to place out of content they have already mastered. The pretests must be taken at the campus under the supervision of a teacher. The Learning Lab will be open after school from 3:45 to 5:15 Monday through Friday starting January 7, 2019. For more information see our website for login codes:http://fulmore.austinschools.org/.