The Firebird Flash

July 17, 2020

Updates from the Principal

Greetings Firebird Nation Families -


I hope everyone enjoyed an awesome summer break with time spent for rest, relaxation, and family activities. I also hope that everyone stayed healthy and safe as we continued to navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19. It is hard to believe that the start of school for the 2020-2021 school year is right around the corner. We are so excited to see all of our students and families as we launch into this new year together! The Firebird Nation community is strong and through this strength, all of us can work together to provide the best learning opportunities and experiences for our students! We look forward to the new adventure that is before us.


We are currently working on our Falcon Middle School Return to Learning plans to best support our students, staff, and community. Safety of our students and staff will be the top priority as we put new systems and processes in place for our Fall return. Please don’t forget, the start date for students was changed to allow additional time for professional planning and preparation to take place with our staff. All 6th grade students will begin on Friday, August 7th, and all students have the first official day of school on Monday, August 10th.


As we develop systems and processes for our return, it is imperative that we receive feedback and input from you. There is a link to a survey below where you can provide feedback and information. This is also a place where you can communicate your preferences for in-person versus E-Learning for your own students. School staff members and a FMS Return to Learning committee will review all responses and use this feedback and information in our planning efforts. Please use this form to share your hopes, suggestions, questions, etc. with us, specific to Falcon Middle School, so that we can make informed, collaborative decisions that best support our students, staff, and community with our transition back to school. FMS Return to Learning Survey Link: https://forms.gle/nKscJSTqpsP1E5EM9


Class Schedules are still in development. Counselors return next week to begin finalizing schedules and balancing classes to maintain as small of class sizes as possible that will promote social distancing. It will be very difficult to accommodate schedule changes this year due to the constraints of maintaining small class sizes. We will communicate with you once schedules are finalized with instructions on how to access them through the PowerSchool online portal.


I hope that everyone enjoys the last few weeks of summer and hopefully engages in some remaining fun activities! We look forward to our return in the next couple of weeks! Be on the lookout for additional newsletters, information sent through this email system, and on our Back to School webpage linked through our school website: https://www.d49.org/fms.


Sincerely,


Brian Smith

Your Proud Firebird Nation Executive Principal


FMS Return to Learning Parent & Family Input

Please click this link to utilize this form specific to FMS to share any information in regards to your hopes, suggestions, questions, etc. as your children prepare to return to school very soon. Thank you for taking time to share your vital input.

Upcoming Dates

July 15th: Falcon MIddle School Office Reopens (Summer Hours: 8:00am - 2:00pm)

August 3rd - 6th: Falcon Middle School Staff Professional Preparation

August 7th: First Day for all 6th Grade Students, as well as the WEB Program students

August 10th: First Day of School for all students

TBD: Virtual Back to School Night (more information to come)

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Falcon Middle School

Executive Principal: Brian Smith


6th Grade Assistant Principal: Tim Scheck

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Kava Lientz

8th Grade Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Elena Forehand


6th Grade Counselor: Carrie Clay

7th Grade Counselor: Amber Villani

8th Grade Counselor: Lisa Murdock