All Things Fisher

Weekly Fisher Family Update 9/28-10/02/2020

Stay Connected with Fisher Middle School

The purpose of the Principal Update is to help our Firebirds remain current with news and updates for our school community.

Back Pack Sign Up's

In previous SMORE's I provided you with the steps to begin the Parent Back Pack process. While the process has begun for many, it might remain incomplete. The Fisher Middle School office staff is here to help you finish that process for the Parent Back Pack. Once you have begun the application, you may receive this letter indicating your next steps which will include you providing identification to the school verifying your identity. You mail email Erin Karr at ekarr@greenville.k12.sc.us with proof of identity and they will help finalize your request. We cannot process your application fully without this vital piece so if you have applied for Back Pack access but have not been approved yet, this could be why. If you have questions, you may call Fisher MS at (864)452-0800 between 7:30-4:30.
Fisher Middle School Spirit Wear

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Student Progress Monitoring & Work Completion

As we have transitioned into the 2020-21 school year, we see the return of a more rigorous system for student work, grading, and feedback. This has been a difficult transition for some students as they are charged to stay on top of their studies and make sure that work is not only being done each day, but that it is being done at a high level of quality. Students not completing work is a growing concern not only at PJFMS but in schools at all levels.

One way we are tackling this issue is by having our students regularly view their Back Pack to see their grades, assignments, projects, etc. and then provide a reflection to you the parent as to how they are doing, why they feel as though they are performing the way they are in class, and what their plan of action is to either sustain their success or change their path to success.

You should receive an email every few weeks that may include a progress form or even a video that your Firebird will have created to discuss their current progress. Your child's teacher(s) will be included in that correspondence. We want you to be a part of this success journey so when you receive your update, please respond back, send an email, validate the wins and team up with us if something needs to change. We want our Firebirds to be the best version of themselves possible and that requires a team effort. We are Fisher our school is where learning takes flight! We believe that our work is always done at the highest level possible so Let's Do This-Together!


PJFMS School Improvement Council Meeting 9/29/20 @ 4:00

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eLearning Office Hours, Attendance, and Student Expectations

On the days your child is in eLearning, his/her teachers maintain office hours each day to be available to answer questions, reteach concepts, go over achievement scores, and simply check in on your Firebird.

Teacher Office Hours:

  • 6th Grade Office Hours: M-TH 1:31-3:15; F 8:30-8:50
  • 7th Grade Office Hours: M-TH 11:38-1:21; F 9:30-9:50
  • 8th Grade Office Hours: M-TH 8:25-10:08; F 10:30-10:50
  • Related Arts Office Hours: M-TH 10:08-11:38; F 9:10-9:30

Attendance:

  • In eLearning, your child's teacher will post an attendance question each day. Your child answering this daily attendance question is what counts for their attendance in that teacher's class that day. If they do not answer it by 11:59 PM, they will be marked as absent for that day.
  • Students who are not in attendance for in-person will be marked as absent.
  • If we have No Contact of any kind with your child you can expect the following:

    >Days 1-2; Phone call from teacher or team; Documentation begins; If not successful the student's name is referred to their counselor

    >Day 3- Phone call from student's counselor; Documented; If not successful the student's name is referred to the grade level administrator

    >Day 4- Phone call from grade level administrator; Documented; If not successful the student's name will be referred to the building principal

    >Day 5- Phone call made from building principal; Documented; If not successful the student's name will be referred to Student Affairs at the district office

Student Expectations

Students are expected to:

  • Follow their schedules each day whenever possible
  • Utilize daily teacher check-in's whenever necessary to stay on top of work
  • Be on-line between 4-5 hours daily in an eLearning environment
  • Be present for each class during the Friday all-student eLearning day as new materials and assignments may be offered that day
Parents eLearning Guide

Click here to view the complete GCS eLearning Guide for Parents

Join the Fisher Middle School PTSA Today!

Join the PJ Fisher Middle PTSA Today

Your PTSA is still working hard for you, even during a time of constant changes.


We want to invite all of our Firebird Families, both in-person and virtual student families to join.

Join Fisher Middle's PTSA today for the 2020-2021 school year by going to:

https://pjfmsptsa.memberhub.store

*For Student Membership a phone or email is NOT required.


By joining the PTSA you give our school and students the support that's needed for a successful school year. It's quick and easy, all you need to do is select the membership that fits best for you. Then fill out the online form, submit your $5.00/per membership online payment and it will automatically send you your PTSA membership card via email.



Thank you for supporting the PTSA at PJ Fisher Middle School!

Free Lunches Offered for ALL GCS Students

Greenville County Schools was approved by the State Department of Education to provide free meals (breakfast and lunch) to all students through December 31, 2020, or until the congressionally appropriated funding runs out if that occurs before the December 31st date. This approval is based on a recent waiver provided by USDA that will allow FANS to operate under the summer program rules instead of the normal school year program rules. This means that your child will get a free breakfast AND lunch for the next several weeks. We will keep families up to date when we will resume normal pay operations. This will not apply to the Papa John's line or a la carte items.

Dr. Phinnize J Fisher Middle School

Welcome to Fisher Middle School- Home of the Firebirds! It takes only a few seconds to realize that once you enter the halls of PJFMS, you are in a special place. Founded in STEAM concepts and Project-Based Learning, Fisher Middle School uses it architecturally designed open learning spaces, rich partnerships, and innovative instruction to create the optimum learning environment for its students. Welcome to the Fisher Family- Where Learning Takes Flight!