Fulton Middle School Explo Classes

Team FMS: Together, We Can! - October 19, 2015

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Welcome to our EXPLO Team Newsletter!

Through this weekly newsletter we hope to keep our FMS families informed of what is happening inside our classrooms and keep you updated on activities, homework, tests, projects, and other pertinent information to better help all of our FMS students succeed! You will find updates on the following classes: Art, Band, Choir, Arts Alive, Computers, Health, Library, and PE.

Mr. Keller

7th and 8th grade have completed their first grid drawings and the results are amazing! Next we will be adding a creative twist to the drawings that will add some unique design to the otherwise simple drawings. By the time they are finished with these projects, they will master the art of shading!

Sixth grade is learning about the history of Pop Art including artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. They are working on creating their own Pop Art design inspired by Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, and subjects from popular culture today.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me at rkeller@fulton58.org

Thank you.

Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker

6th Grade Band is very excited to put on their first concert for the public. The concert will be in the middle school gym at 6:30 PM on Tuesday October 20. Dress nice for the concert please, generally that means for us no jeans or shorts. Please feel free to look at the band handbook for any questions you may have about concert protocol. A letter will be sent home with detailed information about the concert. The handbook can be viewed on the band website.

7th Grade Band is also diligently preparing for their concert on Tuesday October 20. Please make sure that you dress nice for the concert. Once again if you have any questions about the dress for concert, refer to the band handbook, this was given to you at the beginning of the year, and is also accessible through the band website.

8th Grade Band is working on two pieces for our concert. One piece is an overture for band that highlights every section in the band, our second piece is a concert march that shows helps the students to work on their musicality as well as technique. Each section has a tough part in this piece, so make sure that you student is bringing their instrument home to practice. Please make sure that your student has paid for their band polo. The cost is $13.00 and checks should be made out to Fulton Middle School. Also for concert season everyone in 8th grade band should be wearing khakis and black shoes. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me. Just a reminder, the concert is on Tuesday October 20 in the Middle School gym, exact times will be sent home later this week.

7th and 8th grade wire choir are working on playing tablabture pieces in an ensemble setting. The Wire Choir t-shirts are in and cost $11.00, checks should be made out to Fulton Middle School. Each student should wear this to the concert on Tuesday October 20 along with khaki pants. If you have any questions about the dress for the concert please refer to the letter that was sent home at the beginning of the year, or contact Ms. Neudecker or myself.

7th Grade Arts Alive is working on a personalized menu of Mexican cuisine. This menu will have an option for the student to make a dish off of their menu and bring it to class for a feast of EPIC proportions! The students also just finished making a presentation over Mariachi instruments and their origin.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact wither Ms. Neudecker of Ms. Glynn at kneudecker@fulton58.org or sglynn@fulton58.org.

Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes

Hornet Singers are geared up for our Fall Fine Arts Night coming up NEXT WEEK on October 20th with our theme of "River Songs". Their growth since the beginning of the year has been amazing and they can't wait to share their hard work! We have been pleased to have Mrs. Sayler join us once a week for our rehearsals.

Choir polos have been ordered and cost $13.00 ($15.00 2X and bigger). Money is due Oct. 19th whether in full or on a previously set-up payment plan. Cash or checks are accepted with checks made out to Fulton Middle School. Students should be getting their own khaki pants, black socks, and black shoes so we can look our best on stage.

8th grade Arts Alive has completed their study of orchestral instruments and are now putting that knowledge to work. We've been picking pieces apart and discovering the various instruments heard as well as matching what we hear with what we see in various video clips. The students are learning about style, mood, instrumentation, rhythm, and so much more through these in-depth comparisons...and they are ROCKING IT!

Harmony Hornets is in full swing and doing well! Posture and proper breathing have been big focuses thus far in rehearsals and the students are catching on nicely. With once a week Tuesday rehearsals, it's impressive that we've almost completely made it through one song already and our first concert isn't until December. We are excited to begin a couple new pieces at our next rehearsal. Dr. Moebes and I are proud of their hard work!

If you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact me at llehman@fulton58.org.

Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) is working hard in preparation for our upcoming concert! We would love to see smiling faces in the audience on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30! Dr. Moebes is collecting money for choir shirts as well. This is part of our uniform, so everyone needs to have one! Please let me know if you have any questions about the attire for the concert. Many thanks to our accompanist, Mrs. Saylor, for helping us along in this process!

6th grade Arts Alive has started musician/musical artist projects! Students have selected a musician or musical group to research. They are able to choose their preferred method of sharing what they have learned with the class. The choices are: write a 3-page paper, create a slide presentation, or create a visual representation. We will continue to work on these projects for 1 more week before they share what they've learned. We have also started a new unit of music theory! Our new focus is reading notes on the treble clef! For many this is a refresher, for others this is a new skill. We are continuing to practice singing music in 2- and 3-part arrangements.

Please feel free to contact me any time! bmoebes@fulton58.org.

Mrs. Bailey

Computer Class is a combination of building keyboarding skills, computer skills, and digital citizenship. All computer students may practice their keyboard skills at home at this website: TypingTraining.com. 6th-8th graders reviewed word processing skills while learning a few new tips & tricks. The week of the 19th-23rd we will will learn about various storage devices and the the storage capacity of those devices. Please feel free to contact me at jbailey@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Coach Youse and Coach Windmiller

6th Grade will finish up their Health Triangles and begin our unit on Hygiene and Cleanliness

Click here for more 6th Grade Health Information

Please feel free to email me at awindmiller@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns.

7th Grade is continuing Project TNT (Towards No Tobacco Use) covering the following topics: Social Image, Tobacco Advertising and Advocating for No Tobacco Use.

8th Grade will work on a project covering HIV and AIDS and then cover the many benefits of abstinence and saying "no."

Please feel free to contact me at myouse@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @healthyfms and sign up for text reminders by texting @youse(child's hour and day) to 81010. So if your child has health on B days during 7th hour text @youse7b to the number 81010.

Coach Masek, Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse

7th and 8th graders will begin running the pacer once every two weeks

6th graders will begin running the pacer once per week

The pacer will be performed to help students build up their cardiorespiratory endurance and meet our Health and Skill Related Fitness Standard of "Interpreting fitness assessments and determining what needs improvement".

They will track their progress throughout the year to help reach their Fitnessgram goal

P.E. Units will be determined by weather but may include ultimate ball and kickball





Mrs. Schenewerk

Recently, libraries across the nation celebrated Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, and the value of open access to information. A great website to help you, as parents, make decisions based on what you feel is appropriate for your child and family, without infringing upon the rights of others, is Common Sense Media. This site offers age appropriate ratings and reviews for books, movies, video games and more. The ratings are summarized in hot button issues like language, violence, smoking and drinking, as well as things such as positive role models and educational value. If you mouse over the content title (i.e. violence), a pop up will appear with specific examples from the particular item you are viewing, allowing you to make an informed decision that suits your specific values and child's maturity level. The ratings feature is just the tip of the iceberg at this site. Check it out for a variety of media and technology topics as they pertain to children and families.

As always, please feel free to contact me at tschenewerk@fulton58.org with questions or concerns.