Ferndale Middle Weekly Update
August 15 - August 19
Week of September 12 - September 16
From the Desk of Our Proud Principal
Greetings, Trojan Family!
This is your proud principal, Mrs. Kinard, with your weekly updates and announcements.
Welcome to week five of the current semester! The first month of classes for our students is already over. Students will receive their first progress report next Tuesday, September 20th.
We will give students a mini-assessment this week to gauge how well they have understood the important concepts introduced throughout the first month of class. Students will start taking their NWEA/MAP exams on Tuesday of the following week. The NWEA/MAP assessment is developed to precisely measure development and proficiency—and to offer information that may be used to personalize learning. Due to the negative effects that school closings have had on many students, these exams are beneficial for teachers, parents, and students as they navigate the educational process. Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week are test days for students. To avoid falling behind, it is crucial that students arrive on time by 8:20 am.
IXL, an online software designed to help students practice ideas and abilities, has also been purchased by our school and will be introduced to our kids over the following weeks. We believe that giving your students extra practice will only help them achieve.
We are doing everything we can as a district and a school to ensure the ongoing safety of our students. What you can do is:
If your student is sick, kindly keep them at home. Students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home on day five and take the COVID-19 test.
Please contact the school immediately if you suspect or can confirm that your student has COVID-19 by calling 336-819-2855 or sending Ms. Pierce an email.
IMPORTANT - 7TH GRADE IMMUNIZATIONS
Rising 7th Grade Immunization Requirement
The state mandates that all seventh grade students receive the Tdap and MCV vaccines. Every 7th grader must provide vaccination records for Tdap and MCV. We are required by law to suspend them until proof of vaccination is provided, so if they don't get the vaccine and show documentation by this coming Wednesday, September 14th, they won't be able to attend school.
2022 - 2023 FMS Administrative Team
Each member of our administrative team is responsible for supporting a specific grade level.
- Ms. Wilson - 6th Grade Administrator
- Mr. Russell - 7th Grade Administrator
- Mr. Garnett - 8th Grade Administrator
Ms. Kinard - FMS Building Principal
FMS Dress Code
The school dress code will be strictly enforced.
Here are some of the highlights of our policy:
- All tops must cover the entire midsection and extend past the waistband.
- All tank tops must have at least a two-inch strap.
- Spaghetti strap tops, tube tops, backless shirts/dresses, halter, and crop tops are not allowed.
- Dresses, skirts, rompers, and shorts must extend past the wearer’s fingertips when standing. This includes athletic running shorts.
- Pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn at the waist and secured.
- Spandex shorts and/or biker shorts must be worn with long shirts or shorts over top.
- No holes/rips in inappropriate places will be allowed in any clothing. There can be no holes/rips in clothing above the knee unless the student wears leggings or tights under them.
- At no time can undergarments be visible.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- No bandanas, bonnets, durags, sunglasses, blankets, or sleepwear of any kind are allowed inside the buildings during the school day.
- Student hoods or hoodies are at the teacher’s discretion, but headphones or earbuds under hoodies is prohibited.
- Sleepwear is not permitted at school. This includes but is not limited to pajamas, pajama pants, slippers, bedroom shoes, and hair bonnets.
The school administration and staff reserve the right to make determinations about the appropriateness of student dress even if it is not specifically listed in the dress code.
For more information please review the FMS Student Handbook.
We believe our scholars are capable of excellence and will hold them to a high standard for academics and behavior.
We are preparing our students for greatness, starting with academics, a positive attitude, and appropriate behavior as described in the GCS Code of Conduct and the FMS Student Handbook.
This year, GCS is going digital with its student handbook. The handbook is located online at www.gcsnc.com under Quick Links. It is also on our school's webpage under the student tab.