FMS EXPLO Newsletter
January 10, 2020
Transition to 9th grade
Missouri Student Survey
School districts throughout Missouri have been asked to participate in the Missouri Student Survey every other year since 1991. With the inclusion of a violence component in 1995, the instrument became the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Survey. This year the Missouri Institute of Mental Health is asking districts to collect data from students at each grade level from sixth grade through twelfth grade.
The results of the survey are used to assist the school district in the evaluation and planning of its comprehensive school health program, prevention activities for students, and provide information necessary for local grant applications. Specifically, the results of the survey indicate the extent of tobacco, drug and alcohol use, as well as bullying, mental health, and other information. Here are two questions from the survey:
During the past 12 months, how many times were you in a physical fight?
During the past 30 days, on how many days did you smoke cigarettes?
Students are not asked to identify themselves and no individual student responses are reported or maintained.
If you would prefer that your child opt out of this survey, please contact Mrs. Horstmeier or Mrs. Burfield no later than January 10th, 2020.
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 email@example.com and Mrs. Burfield works with students with a last name starting with a K-Z and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Jo is the Counseling Office secretary and can be reached at email@example.com.
Counseling Office phone number is 573-590-8208
Feel free to contact me any time!
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The goal of computer class is to equip students with meaningful skills that will help them thrive in a digital age. These skills include:
- 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.
Continue to be an upstander and make good choices online. Keep up your positive digital footprint! For more resources visit www.commonsensemedia.org.
The students have a done a great job creating 3D models and many are being printed. They will come home with the students at the end of the term so be on the lookout!
The next two weeks we will be emersed in the amazing world of CoSpaces. There is a mobile app that pairs with the website to allow the students to navigate their virtual reality world they create. I encourage you to check it out. In the Play store or App store search for CoSpaces edu. The students will log in with their google accounts.
Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Pretz
Journey to Success!
6th Grade- Hygiene and Food Safety
7th Grade- Body Systems
8th Grade- Infectious Diseases
Coach Windmiller's classes will stay in health until Thursday, Feb. 27.
During this time, Coach Windmiller'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
Coach Pretz- Basketball
Coach Youse- Volleyball
Tests over these units on Tuesday, January 21
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AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR: After school choir RESUMES on Tuesday, January 14th! I can't wait to introduce our students to the repertoire for our May 13th concert at First Christian Church.
Music 6: We are off to a great start with Term 3. Together, we have started singing exercises, checked out the objectives for the term, and have completed our first pre-test. Our pre-test covered music notes and rests. We will continue to practice/learn about notes and rests next week.
Arts Alive: We have completed auditions for Into the Woods, Jr.! The cast list will be shared out on this weekend! Stay tuned!
Choir: This week we have been focused on musicianship. We've been practicing read music notes and rests, singing, and reviewing solfege. Lots of skill review this week before we start working on our contest music!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic
Mr. Thomas and Ms. Neudecker
6th Grade Band: Sixth grade is constantly learning new things on their instruments and moving on to bigger and better music.
7th Grade Band: 7th grade is continuing to learn their solos and sight reading their new music.
8th Grade Band: Solos will be coming soon for those who would like to take one to Fayette for CMU Music Festival on Friday, February 28.
Guitar Classes: Both guitar classes are continuing to learn standard notation which is how to read the notes on a staff.
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 email@example.com.
From the Art Room
Happy New Year!
I am excited to start this new year, with returning students and several new classes this semester. Each week I will talk about what we are doing in class and what students are working on.
We will introduce the layout of the art room, and we will be covering expectations and procedures in the first few days, then we will jump right in to artmaking, with our first objective ELO5 Students will explain the connections between visual arts and other curriculum areas. Students will learn about optical line and this will carry over into our next objective as we will put it into practice.
Students will work through creative problem solving skills and learn about the basic elements of line and ways it can be used in art.
7th Grade Semester:
We will go over expectations and procedures in the first few days, and we will immediately jump into our first objective ELO2: Students will use subject matter and themes in art. Students will delve into “art about me” concepts and they will borrow ideas from their greatest resource, themselves, and learn about the art of illumination.
7th Grade All year. Students will begin our next 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.
8th Grade all year:
Students will begin work on their next objective and we will be creating a personal Coat of Arms using mixed media as well as learning how to age paper.
8th Grade Semester:
We will go over the expectations and procedures for the first few days, and we will start on our first objective ELO2: Students will use subject matter and theme. Students wil learn about functional art and plan and design Surprise lockers. Their lockers will be interactive, and the insides will be the surprise.
I am looking forward to working with new classes and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate in contacting me.
Fulton Middle School
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Yates @ email@example.com 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.
Items currently needed for the store are:
Any age appropriate toys, DVD's for the holidays.
As we gear up for winter: Hats, gloves, scarves, and coats.
Snack items: Nutella snack packs, Slim jims and pop tarts.
Other needs are ear buds and water bottles.
We will be gearing up for the holiday season so baskets to make gift packages for students to purchase would be great.
All other items are appreciated as well.
If you would like to donate, please call Fulton Middle School at 573-590-8200.
Some of the clothing donations ready to be purchased by our students with Hornet Bucks.
Some of our hygiene and school supplies ready for purchase with Hornet Bucks.
Some of our food items available for our students at FMS Thrive Hive for purchase.
Welcome back from your long Winter's nap!
Library visits started again this week. 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: https://fmsmo.goalexandria.com 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. https://www.hoopladigital.com/my/hoopla
I included a video below to show you how to get signed up for Hoopla! It's my favorite digital Library app!
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