Fulton Middle School Explo Classes
Team FMS: Together, We Can! - January 19, 2016
Welcome to the FMS EXPLO Newsletter!
There is Still Time for Students to Design the New Hornet Logo!
All FPS students are invited to design the new Hornet logo for our school and the entire district to use! How great would that be if an FMS student won this contest? They can even win money :)
Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker
6th Grade Band is trying something a little bit new this month. Brass and Woodwinds are now together on a daily basis working through book one of the Essential Elements Series. Percussion is in sectionals working on rudiments that are specific to percussionists. Brass and woodwinds are really starting to dig in on learning how to breathe correctly when they play, dynamics and more advanced counting skills. This next week we will be looking at our first ever band arrangement, meaning that students will learn to play parts independent from other sections. This is a very exciting time for them. Please make sure that you student is still bringing their instruments home to practice outside of class! We are looking forward to an awesome semester!
7th Grade Band is also starting something new this semester. Everyone has started book two in the Essential Elements series and we are very excited! If you have not done so already, please send money with your child to purchase you book from us. The brass and woodwind books are $8.00 and the percussion books are $15.00. In 7th grade we are also going to start working on writing, recognizing and playing our major scales starting next week. In class this next week we are going to start working on chromatic passages, and reviewing musical terms that we have seen before. The band will also review music we have previously looked at, but play it in cut time. As always, rhythm sheets are an important part of our class, please encourage your student to complete these and turn them in weekly. Parents and student will be receiving an email if these are not completed weekly.
8th Grade Band is starting on our contest music for CMU Music Festival on March 4. I am very excited that the students have come back ready to work, and our ensemble sound is rockin'! Please talk to your students about taking a solo or ensemble to contest as well. This would require a lot of time commitment, but it is a great learning opportunity for the students. Students will also do tests for new chair placements next week on Thursday. This chair placement will be based on scales. The student have also started doing goal sheets that will determine their playing quizzes for that week. These are crucial, and all of the information they need to do so is on the Google Classroom for our class.
7th Grade and 8th Grade Wire Choir are finishing up learning chord progressions in out method book. We are also taking time to review over the next week what we learned last semester. Some students still need to pay for their Wire Choir shirts, please makes sure that we take care of the ASAP.
Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes
The Hornet Singers completed first semester in fine fashion and are now continuing to grow as we build our sight-reading skills and expand our vocabulary...in Latin! We've learned a lot and I look forward to what this second semester will bring as we have Central Methodist University's Music Festival coming up in March. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to time.
Solo and small ensemble lessons started this week and I can not wait for these kiddos to show off their talents! Such great things happening in just our first week of lessons.
8th grade Arts Alive are moving through the instrumental families of the orchestra. The final countdown to...woodwinds! The students must always be on their toes as they never know what may await as they arrive to class...New adventures daily!
Harmony Hornets are back at it in full force as we had many new members this past week for rehearsal. New members must bring their permission forms to our next rehearsal on Tuesday, Jan. 19th from 3:20-4:15 in the choir room (G07). This ensemble performed for the first time this year at the FMS Winter Fine Arts Night and did a great job! This semester we will be traveling to Columbia for a music festival at Battle High School in March. Dr. Moebes and Miss Lehman are both very proud of all their hard work!
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Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) is practicing sight-singing and ear-training to build musicianship within our group. We have also started our contest repertoire: "Gloria Deo!", and " Drinking Gourd". Our singers are working hard, and having a great time!
6th grade Arts Alive is reviewing pitch identification on the treble clef. We have also been practicing listening to and evaluating music by using listening journals. Our next composer focus will be on Aaron Copland! Details about our Musical Artist Presentations will be coming home this week!
7th grade Arts Alive has begun Moebes' School of Rock!!! We are studying active listening, and love songs. Students have just received the guidelines for their self-guided popular music projects!
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Coach Youse and Coach Windmiller
6th Graders have been comparing ingredient lists to determine how processed some foods are. Next week, they will be learning what to look for in a food label and how to compare them.
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7th Grade is working hard on a drug research project. Students will be learning about the physical, mental/emotional and social consequences of using illegal drugs.
8th Grade is finishing up a unit on the human reproductive systems and will begin our study of common sexually transmitted infections (transmission, symptoms and prevention).
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The 8th grade students enrolled in Computer Applications took a close look at their keyboarding data this week. They are in the process of setting individual goals and deciding on strategies to help them meet their goals. After having data meetings with students, their parents will be emailed their plans.
All 6th-8th graders ended their week with a Martin Luther King typing assignment, then jumped right in to Hour of Code. Coding is a STEM activity that always engages all computer students.
7th & 8th graders completed their card making project for the upcoming School Board Recognition Week. In addition to sharpening their keyboarding skills, next week they will make a brochure about our town and community.
This week 6th graders started a database unit that included charting the data of the favorite colors of FMS students. The color "blue" was the favorite choice by all grade levels. After charting their data, the students made a variety of graphs to represent their data. They will continue their database unit next week. (learning to sort data, format columns, rows, and cells.)
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Practice at Home!
This Week in Art Class
8th Grade Have been continuing on with the Drawing unit, and this week we are moving away from portrait work and moving into forms, and still life.
7th Grade is working on finishing up their illuminated letters, and will be taking Elements and Principles pre test and post tests.
6th Graders will be working on torn paper self portrait which will be somewhat an introduction to abstract concepts and problem solving in creation. The should be finished up this week and we will be moving into Middle Ages study and creating a coat of arms.
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