FMS EXPLO Newsletter

November 13, 2020

Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents

With Fulton Public Schools making the decision to continue our distance / virtual learning through November 30th. Children and adolescents are faced with challenges they are not used to. It's important that we recognize the signs of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents. If you recognize these signs in a young person in your life, get them help. Please contact the school counselors, Mrs. Burfield and or Mrs. Horstmeier or social worker, Josh Varner and we can assist you with resources in our community. FMS 590-8200.


  • Being very afraid when away from parents (separation anxiety)

  • Being very worried about the future and about bad things happening (general anxiety)

  • Having repeated episodes of sudden, unexpected, intense fear that come with symptoms like heart pounding, trouble breathing, feeling dizzy, shaky or sweaty (panic disorder)

  • Anxiety call present physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, or stomachaches, and trouble sleeping


  • Having a hard time paying attention

  • Showing changes in energy-being tired and sluggish or tense and restless a lot of the time

  • Showing changes in sleep and eating patterns

  • Feeling sad, hopeless or irritable alot of the time

  • Not wanting to do or enjoy doing fun things

  • Showing self injury and self destructive behavior

If you need to reach out to the school counselors even though you all are not in the building you can still make a submission on the FMS School Counseling referral form and we will be in touch with you.

Transition to 9th grade

8th graders and parents: 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 honors classes? Please check out, What To Expect At FHS
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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 logging into classlink and clicking on the FMS Guidance Office Icon. This form comes only to the counselor's. 6th graders will learn about this form on Wednesday and Thursday through their PE classes when Mrs. Burfield, Mrs. Horstmeier and Mr. Varner come in to visit. You can also ask your teacher for help. If you can't locate the icon in classlink, your teacher can send us a note. Obviously if there is an emergency, students will be helped immediately. Our form is just a great way to help students stay in the classroom for instruction time if the counselors are tied up in a meeting or helping another student.

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


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


6th grade will learn coding through the drag and drop block style. Students will work towards completion of the Express Course 2020 in

7th and 8th grade are embarking through the computer science arena with, learning how to code with Java. Check google classroom for updates and assignments.

1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller/Coach Duro, Coach Youse, Coach Pretz


We will have our lessons and instructions posted daily to google classroom for you to complete on your assigned PE/HEALTH Fulton or Hornet day.

Next week each grade level will work on the following

6th Grade: Hygiene

7th Grade: Body Systems

8th Grade: Communicable Diseases


6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachPretz_FMS

Ms. Ordway

Dear FMS families,

I hope you have had a wonderful week of virtual learning! I miss seeing all of my students each day.

ALL assignments for ALL of my classes will be due the same day they are posted. For example, if I post an assignment on Friday, November 13th, it is due NO LATER THAN 11:59pm that night.

6TH GRADE - Sixth grade students will continue their 24 Styles of Music unit. They should be taking notes using the packet they received in class before we went virtual. They should also be answering the assignment questions about each style. These questions are due the day they are assigned.

CHOIR - 7th and 8th grade choir members should be listening to their holiday practice tracks each day for at least 30 minutes. These tracks have been posted to our google classroom. Students in choir will also receive separate listening assignments throughout the time we are virtual. These assignments are due the day they are assigned.

ARTS ALIVE - Students in Arts Alive will continue to have an assignment posted each day we are virtual. Next week, we will be doing some script/scene writing. These are due the same day they are assigned.

Check out the pictures below of the 7th and 8th grade choir concert and 7th grade Arts Alive rapping children's books!

Please feel free to follow me on Instagram - @missordway

Mr. Hiley and Ms. Neudecker

Hello everyone!

I hope you all have remembered to bring home your instruments because we have now transitioned into distanced learning for the next week! How this will work, Ms. Neudecker and I will upload assignments next Tuesday. They will be playing assessments that you will need to have completed by the end of the week. If you did not bring home your instrument or do not have an instrument (due to being in the shop), you will be assigned writing assignments. You have until Friday to complete these assignments. You are NOT required to join our Google Meets but if you are in need of help, want a mini lesson, just want to say hi, email me and I'll log on! If you want an individual meeting, our office hours are 8:00-9:00 and 2:00-3:00, just email me. Just remember to CHECK GOOGLE CLASSROOM. That is where EVERYTHING will be posted.


As always, if you'd like to reach out or have any questions, please feel free to email us at anytime! or

Mr. Z

News From The Art Room

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone had a great week! Our eighth grade students had a lot of fun working with each other on their cardboard houses. They turned out better than I could have ever thought and it will transition us into our next drawing project where we make coat of arms for ourselves.

The seventh grade class finished up their scratch board projects this week and are getting going on the old barn projects. This is a drawing project that will take a lot of detail and I think we are up for the challenge!

At last, our sixth graders have finished up their torn paper animal projects. Next, they will have a little more of a hands on project that should be exciting. Until then, we will have them learn how to use scratch boards!

You may not have heard, but I am starting to transition out of the art classroom. I coach basketball at William Woods and our season is starting to tune up. I will still be in the building a couple times a week and I will miss all of the kiddos in art!

Artfully Yours,

Mr. Z

Art Teacher


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Mrs. Lairmore


Since we have moved to Virtual learning until November 30th, it's a little more difficult to get books delivered to you! So, I have made a form for you to fill out if you would like to come by and pick up a book from our school. The form can be found in the Virtual Library below. Please use the FMS Library link to search for books.

If you would like your own Daniel Boone Regional Library card, you can print an application from the DBRL website:

The DBRL card gets you access to Hoopla! Hoopla is an amazing app that allows you to check out books from the DBRL online. They have books, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and more!

If you are needing more books to read, or activities to do, please check out these sites below:

This is the Fulton District site with information for Library activities and books:

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:

Follow us on Instagram: fms_library or FMS LIBRARY

My You Tube Channel is:

Follow the Library fun on Twitter:

You can contact me by email at:


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.