FMS EXPLO Newsletter

March 13, 2020

What's Coming up at FMS?

What to Expect When Your Expecting a Middle Schooler (parents of current 5th graders)

March 9th 9:00 and 5:00 p.m. at FMS

8th graders working on their ICAP's/4 year plans April 7th and 9th in SS classes

8th graders will tour FHS on April 8th

MAP Testing for all grade levels April 14, 15, and 16. April 21-24th.

Transition to 9th grade

8th graders: It's never to early to start thinking about the transition to Fulton High School. What classes will you take? What grades do I need to hold as an 8th grader to take a honors class? Please see the documents below. Click Here.

Registration at FMS

All Students at FMS have registration ( classes for next year) paperwork that is due. Deadlines have passed for 6th graders, 7th graders and 8th graders paperwork for high school. Please make sure to get your forms signed by your parent/guardian and get them turned in to Ms. Jo in the front office or her sub, Mary Flakne while Ms. Jo is out due to surgery.

FMS Counseling Department: Mrs. Burfield, Mrs. Horstmeier and Ms. Jo

Needing to see the school counselor?

Students needing to access the counselor's office can submit a form from their chrome books by clicking on the apps button. This form comes only to the counselor's. 6th graders will learn how to use this app on Tuesday, August 27th when counselors meet with them through their ELA classrooms. You can also ask your teacher for help. If you can't locate the form you can also shoot your school counselor an email. Obviously if there is an emergency, students will be sent to the Counselors Office immediately. This is just a great way to help students stay in the classroom for instruction time .

Here are a few ways you can reach out to us in the FMS Counseling Office:

Mrs. Horstmeier works with students with a last name starting with an A-J and can be reached at and Mrs. Burfield works with students with a last name starting with a K-Z and can be reached at

Ms. Jo is the Counseling Office secretary and can be reached at

Counseling Office phone number is 573-590-8208

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!


Follow me on Twitter: @MrYatesFMS

The goal of computer class is to equip students with meaningful skills that will help them thrive in a digital age. These skills include:

- Coding

- Google proficiency

- Digital citizenship

- Media production

Computer class is very project based using online and offline technology tools, as well as engaging topics like 3D printing, Augmented and Virtual reality, and many other avenues for creativity.

Digital footprint

Continue to be an upstander and make good choices online. Keep up your positive digital footprint! For more resources visit

1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Pretz

Journey to Success!

6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures


Beginning Thursday, March 5, Coach Youse's classes will begin Health and stay until Wednesday, April 29

6th Grade- Hygiene/Food Safety

7th Grade-

8th Grade- Infectious Diseases

During this time, Coach Youse's classes will not dress out. They need to bring their planner, Chromebook, and writing utensil each day.

6th Grade Health- Room 123

7th Grade Health- Room 120

8th Grade Health- Room 110


Next Week

Coach Pretz- Volleyball (6,7,8)

Coach Windmiller- Basketball (6,7,8)

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachPretz_FMS

Dr. Moebes

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR: If you are an Elton John fan, you are in for a treat at our May concert! We are "Still Standing" after a great year!

Music 6: We have wrapped up our exploration of early rock and roll, and are preparing to move into "Pop Rock,: including learning about Michael Jackson and Elton John!

Arts Alive: STAGING HAS BEGUN! We are so excited to "on our feet" and start unlocking new possibilities for creativity!

Choir: I am INCREDIBLY proud of hte way our singers represented FMS at the Battle High School Music Festival on Monday! We received a rating of "Outstanding" for our performance. One extra bonus to this experience was getting to work with a guest clinician for a short amount of time! So proud of our students for giving their best on Monday!

CONCERT ATTIRE: khaki pants, black shoes, and a black choir polo shirt. If you do not have one, you may purchase one from me for $15. These polos are the same as those worn by FMS choirs for the past several years. Students may certainly borrow or buy one from a student who was in FMS choirs and no longer needs the polo.

Please feel free to contact me at any time: For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic

Mr. Thomas and Ms. Neudecker

Our next concert is Tuesday, March 10! It's our annual Parade of Bands concert, and will take place in the FHS gym. All bands, from grade 6 to the high school Symphonic Band will perform. The concert starts at 7:00 pm and will finish shortly after 8:00 pm. Need a place to eat before the concert? The Band Boosters will be selling selling baked ziti, salad, and bread starting at 5:00. Our fundraiser items will also be ready for pickup before the concert. The concert is free, but we do ask for donations!

For anyone who wants help after school, email Ms. Neudecker and she work out a time to meet!

Congratulations to the 8th grade band last Friday at CMU Music Festival! After many snow days, and with a foolish director who often picks music that is very challenging, the band earned an "Outstanding" rating! They will play their pieces again at the Parade of Bands on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm.

We had several students also take solos. This is not easy to do, as they play for judges who don't know them, and their peers (that's probably the most stressful part). We are VERY proud of all of them. I will put out a disclaimer: the woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone) judge was a sub that day and I'm not sure she was very happy to be there. I will argue that the kids in that room really deserved at least one rating higher than they were given.

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Ted Shrout - Alto Sax

Kasha Foster - Trumpet


Gwen Austin - Clarinet

Emma Oglesby - Alto Sax


Lilli Wilkenson - Alto Sax

Madi Plybon - Clarinet

Kayla Morse - Clarinet

Emerson Fansler - Snare Drum

Noah Cerneka - Snare Drum


Jacob Shawley - Snare Drum

Joseph Winterbower - Euphonium

Abbygail Sebacher - Trumpet

Rylee Hedges - Trumpet

Savannah Herring - French Horn

Marin Aulbur - Trumpet

Give these kids a high-five when you see them! They did an awesome job AND they were all very respectful throughout the day!

6th Grade Band: Sixth grade is constantly learning new things on their instruments and moving on to bigger and better music. We have begun work on the specific pieces we will be playing for the Parade of Bands Concert. The students are beginning to read longer pieces with more intricate part writing.

7th Grade Band: The band is cleaning up their music for the Parade of Bands concert next week. I hope you are enjoying "The Syncopated Clock" and "Prometheus Overture."

8th Grade Band: WAY TO GO AT CMU, 8th Grade! Mr. Hiley, our student teacher, as begun working with the kids on another challenging piece. We're doing great so far!

Guitar Classes: Both guitar classes are continuing to learn standard notation which is how to read the notes on a staff. Eighth grade knows all six strings and is working on accidentals and Seventh Grade knows five strings.

Please consider following me on Twitter @MrT_FPSBands. I will be providing a daily playlist which your students will hear when they enter the room. You may also email me at

Mr. Chapman

This week we will be playing catch up, and in some classes moving on. Students will be finalizing projects, as well as revisiting any projects that need attention. I had to be out last week, and I realize this is a difficult thing for students when they get stuck in the creative process. Students however are on target and we will use a large portion of this week to answer questions and creatively problem solve together. Thank you for your support and understanding.

6th Grade:

We will continuie working on our torn paper animals where students will simplistically draw profile views of their animal of choice. this can include mythical creatures as well. From here they will utilize the torn paper method we will learn in class, and create a low relief using color separation for lines and details in their work. they will choose colors for background and foreground to create and interesting work.

7th Grade Semester:

We are continuing our work from our objective ELO2: Students will use subject matter and themes in art. Students will be working on their graffiti walls and learning more about text, adding drop shadows as well as developing their style. Students will present their first or last name and create a wall where the image will have contrast from light to bold. this is a project that depends on structure and creativeness, as well as some imagination.

Students will also this week begin a unit study on the principles and elements of art and design a mini poster for our third objective where students become the expert. Students will creatively design and present information of the Element and principle they choose to become an expert on and explain how it is used and applied to art.

7th Grade All year.

Students will continue working towards our objective ELO 1: students will select and apply media techniques and processes. Students will be starting our “Old Barn” project, and learning about value and line on a much deeper level. This project takes several weeks.

We will finish these up in a this week, and shift into creating 3d models of our barns or similar structures.

We also have several other projects going so this class will be very busy in the coming weeks.

8th Grade all year:

Students will finish work on Coat of Arms We also began working on Abstract painting, where they will study various works of abstract art, and create a unique painting using the concepts they learned. This will take several weeks and it will be a slow process. They learned about the different varieties of abstract art like Cubism and Expressionism. they are going to work in several combined elements and create a balanced and interesting composition. These should be really fun!

8th Grade Semester:

Students will continue this week with our second objective ELO4. Students will examine artworks and bring them to the present time. We will explore the world around us with MEMES and parodies and look at Grant Wood's American Gothic as a staging area. Students will recreate Grant Wood's painting into a drawing that modernizes it, and places it into our current times or they may choose to parody it.

We will also move into working on our personal Coat of Arms which is our 3rd objective later this week.

As always, If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mr. Chapman

Art Teacher

Fulton Middle School

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The FMS Thrive Hive

The Fulton Middle School Thrive Hive opened for business on Monday, August 21st. The store is open 7:25 to 7:45 each morning. If students aren't able to shop then they can email Mrs. Horstmeier @ or Mrs. Yates @ for an appointment to shop.

The Thrive Hive is designed to allow students to use their Hornet Bucks--earned through the Positive Behavior Support Program--to purchase items from the store. The Thrive Hive was created to help the needs of the FMS Student Community.

If you would like to donate, please call Fulton Middle School at 573-590-8200.

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Mrs. Lairmore

Book Madness is here! Each week I will email you a google form to fill out for you to choose what book you want to see win the Book of the Year!

When you come to the Library, please remember to bring your books each time you come to the Library. I have several new books that just arrived, so grab your books today!

If you need a book before your next visit, you can always go to the link here: and search for your book.

You can email me with the book you want and I'll deliver it like a hot pizza!

If you would like to read books online, check out Hoopla for your phone, tablet, and computer. You can check out books, music, and movies for FREE just by having a Library Card with Daniel Boone Regional Library.

I included a video below to show you how to get signed up for Hoopla! It's my favorite digital Library app!

Still wanting to play Semantris?

Keep up with what's happening in the Library on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. You might even see yourself on there!

See you in the Library!

If you want to see some things happening in the Library:

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Please keep in mind that some students at FMS have an allergy to nuts, tree nuts and popcorn. Please be mindful of what food your child is bringing to school, and notice the signs throughout the school building. Thank you!
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Please check out the Digital Citizenship information at This site will help you keep up-to-date with current issues and trends in technology. Check out the "Parent" section! We are very proud at FMS to be recognized as a Digital Citizenship Certified School for the year 2016-17.
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