FMS Parent Newsletter
Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
Front Office Memos
We are so excited to be back in school and we are looking forward to an excellent school year! We have so much to be thankful for, such as a new STEAM lab that will be opening soon, and a new Overcoming Obstacles curriculum that will help our students to better navigate school, friendships, responsibility, and planning for the future.
Club flyers are coming home tonight and students will be signing up online for their top three choices for clubs tomorrow during Ram Time.
The RAMS CHOICE character trait for September is RESPECT. What a great way to start the new school year! Your student will hear announcements throughout the month about respect and what it means for students. Students will learn that having respect for yourself is just as important as having respect for others, especially during middle school, when peer pressure makes it harder to say "no" to behaviors and actions that go against what your child has been taught at home.
Every month showcases a different character trait, and we celebrate students who are chosen by their teachers because they are exemplary in the trait for that month.
R = Respect (Aug/Sept)
A = Accountability (Oct)
M = Motivation (Nov)
S = Safety (Dec)
C = Character (Jan)
H = Honor (Feb)
O = Opportunity (March)
I = Inclusivity (April)
C = Compassion (May)
E = Excellence (June)
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School day master schedule - CLICK HERE.
8th Grade Team
MS. KEENAN - SCIENCE
In the first week of school, the 8th grade students reviewed lab safety procedures and the processes of the scientific method. They finished that week with a quiz. You can view their quiz score in powerschool! Before our break we set up our daily warm up notebooks and begin our first unit in the Hydrosphere. In the upcoming weeks, students will continue their “dive” into the topics of water that include the water cycle, water distribution, freshwater and marine ecosystems. I encourage all students to study their daily notes/vocabulary nightly so they do not fall behind in class discussions and activities. Please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com with any questions. Did your student leave notes at school? You can find them here on my Canvas page under Modules!
MR. DOWNUM - SOCIAL STUDIES
Last week the students started with geography. We started with vocabulary and a lesson to see how much the kids knew about geography. This week we will be moving to how to read a map and the information you can get from a map. We will also work on an economics lesson, and the kids will get to play a game. On Friday, the students will take a quiz on all of the information they have learned so far. This Friday, the students will also bring home their first progress report that parents need to sign and return to me. I want all parents to know how their children are doing in my class!
MS. FROST - ELA
Welcome to Eighth Grade English Language Arts!
Together, we are going to learn how to READ LIKE DETECTIVES!
ELA COURSE OVERVIEW
I am so excited to support your child in continuing to develop his and her skills in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language through learning experiences using print and digital resources. Expect your child to read a balance of novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction texts, and texts of personal choice. Be prepared for your child to be engaged in reading, writing, speaking, moving, and searching daily. Remind your child to come to class ready to be engaged and excited to learn!
Teacher: Ms. Anna Frost
Room #: 504
2 inch 3-ring binder
5 dividers (tabs)
Loose-leaf lined notebook paper
Large blank index cards
7th Grade Team
MS WOODS - MATH
We began Unit 1 last week covering Unit Rate and Constant of Proportionality. This week we will continue those topics and will move into scale models and drawings. Please refer to my canvas page for more information. bit.ly/canvas-kw
MS. KEITH - SOCIAL STUDIES
In Social Studies last week we worked on learning the 5 Themes of Geography. The students chose a country they wanted to learn more about and completed a research project on that particular place. We will be reviewing geography and then moving on to the Renaissance and Reformation toward the end of the week. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions!
MS. BAECHLE - ELA
We began Unit one last Friday (8-30) with an introduction and background information on the text, “A Long Walk to Water.” This week the students are becoming more familiarized with the main characters, settings, timeframe, themes, and symbols which connect back to the central idea (title + author's message = lesson learned) of the text.
Students will also be completing a diagnostic assessment to check their mastery of reading comprehension and corresponding questions. Next week will will continue to read “A Long Walk to Water,” and journal responses to text with additional whole class discussions. In addition, students will complete a study guide per chapter of text to aid in understanding of content and to allow for deeper meaning of text. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, I will be putting together Google Classroom page(s) within the next couple of weeks; stay tuned!
6th Grade Team
MS. SMETANA - SCIENCE
We will take our first quiz on the Scientific Method/Lab safety on Tuesday 9/10 and then begin our unit on Flowering Plants. In this unit we will cover pollination and plant reproduction. Our Media Specialist and I are working together to provide an Augmented Reality lesson on this unit in the next couple of weeks. Our Plant test will be on 9/25. Any donations of individually wrapped candy are always appreciated.
MS. MCINTOSH - ELA
We will finish our BOY (Beginning of the year) Diagnostic test on Monday 9/9. All 6th grade students ( in the county) will take or has taken this pre-assessment test. This test will not be placed in powerschool as a grade. It will only be used for data to better each student personalized learning experience. On Tuesday 9/10 We will begin Unit 1.
Don’t forget you will need to have one composition notebook (only) for ELA/Writing on Monday 9/9. We will begin using the composition on Tuesday 9/9(no spirals notebooks please.) If any student is in need of a composition notebook please info me ASAP.
All classroom supplies such as tissues, hand sanitizer and individually wrapped candy are welcomed.If you have any questions or concerns please contact me @ email@example.com. Thank you!
Guidance Office - Ms. Moore
Often, children come to me to report what they perceive is bullying behavior, when actually, the behavior and hurt feelings are a result of rudeness, meanness, or a conflict with a peer or friend. Seldom does the behavior rise to the level of bullying. The chart below may help you when you talk with your child about these kinds of behaviors, because everything isn’t bullying. We can and do address the root causes and help resolve issues when they arise.
As always, should you ever any concerns about your child or our school, please call us at 919-494-2971.
Parents and students can also report suspected bullying on our FMS school website. Go to the “For Parents” or “For Students” tab and click on the “Anonymous Tip Report” link. Complete the google doc and submit. Reporters can choose to remain anonymous, but the reporter’s information is kept confidential. The report is sent to the school and the concern will be investigated and resolved. You can also click this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEv_cvr2anCtakmyLcKb29vfDhJJRfnzQ0LPqt9DIcY3-GAw/viewform