Fulton Middle School Explo Classes
Team FMS: Together, We Can! - January 25, 2016
Welcome to the FMS EXPLO Newsletter!
There is Still Time for Students to Design the New Hornet Logo!
Logo submissions are due to Central Office Tuesday, January 26 at by 4:30.
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 are moving on from ban arrangements. The students accomplished a lot by being able to hold their own parts. This next week we are also working on learning about 16th notes. The students are doing great, but please remember to remind your child to bring their instrument to school. When a child forgets their instrument it does impact their grades.
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. Students are also signing up for opportunities to play solos at Central Methodist University Music Festival on Friday March 4. We are so excited to see so many students wanting to be involved!
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. I would also like to congratulate the following 8th grade students on achieving high honors at the recent NEMO Jr. High Honor Band. Emily Schweiss - 1st chair flute, Kelly Gillespie - 2nd chair alto saxophone, Madison Todahl - 4th chair clarinet and Braden Rosenstengel - 5th chair percussion! Great job guys!
Fulton Bands also kicked off their Spring fundraiser this week. The fundraiser consists of mostly frozen foods. This fundraiser contributes 45% of everything a student sells to their individual trip accounts (ITA) for when they go on their band trip in high school. The forms and money are to be turned in on Tuesday February 2. Pick up date for the items will be at the Parade of Bands concert on March 1. Please make sure that the items get delivered as soon as possible.
7th Grade and 8th Grade Wire Choir are finishing up learning chord progressions in our 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 are continuing to grow as musicians as we build our sight-reading skills and expand our vocabulary...in Latin! We've been learning a lot and are very excited for 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 last week and I can not wait for these kiddos to show off their talents! Such great things happening in Hornet Singers!
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 attend this semesters rehearsals. Due to the cancellation of rehearsal on Tuesday, Jan. 19th, new members must bring their permission forms to our next rehearsal on Tuesday, Jan. 26th from 3:20-4:15 in the choir room (G07). This ensemble 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 doing great work in preparation for our upcoming contest! Our contest repertoire: "Gloria Deo!", and " Drinking Gourd", is challenging, but we are making excellent progress. Singers are working hard, and having a great time!
6th grade Arts Alive is wrapping up our practice of pitch identification. We will have our test over this material in 1 week. We are also beginning the transition to the Musical Artist Project. Students will select a musician or group to research for this project. Guidelines have been handed out, and are available on Google Classroom. I can't wait to see what our creative students come up with!
7th grade Arts Alive has begun Moebes' School of Rock!!! We are splitting our class periods into two segments. In the early portion of class, I am presenting information about various types of popular music. This week we discussed Elvis. Next week we will discuss the British Invasion! The second segment of class is research time for our Music Genre projects. Students have selected a genre of popular music, as well as two subgenres. They will research musicians and groups from each subgenres, and create a Google Slides presentation to share with their class. These projects will be due on Monday, February 8th. Guidelines have been handed out, and are also available on our Google Classroom.
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Coach Youse and Coach Windmiller
6th Graders will be discussing body image and eating disorders next week. Next week will be their last week in Health before returning to P.E.
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7th Grade is continuing our unit over Drugs and Alcohol by learning the dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol.
8th Grade will begin an online project over HIV and AIDS. The project will cover, symptoms, transmission, treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS.
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Coach Masek, Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse
Congratulations to the following students who earned December P.E. Students of the Month!!!!!!!!!
6th grade: Alexis Henley and Lincoln Smith
7th grade: Caroline Mertens and Hunter Hampton
8th grade: Paige Crumbley and Lane Masters
The 8th grade students enrolled in Computer Applications took a close look at their keyboarding data again 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. Many students have already gone through this process and have upped their game! In addition, 8th graders completed a MLK "FIND" assignment which is a research activity.
All 7th-8th graders continued with Martin Luther King typing assignment, then ended the week with an Hour of Code on Friday. Coding is a STEM activity that always engages all computer students.
Along with working on their keyboarding skills, 6th Graders made a spreadsheet study guide in google docs. They will be assessed on it Wednesday. Desktop Publishing skills are next on the agenda for the 6th graders.
With the SNOW DAY and MLK holiday, 7th & 8th graders were unable to start their brochure about our town and community. This will be in the plans for this coming Wednesday.
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Practice at Home!
This Week in Art Class
8th Grade Working on a personal Coat of Arms. Students apply a wash to water color to make the paper look aged, then draw and add detail and color to their Coat of Arms, to make it pop.
7th Grade is working on abstracting animals by drawing from real images of animals and breaking lines down to show an abstraction of the same animal.
6th Graders are in the middle of a water color unit, and learning basic watercolor techniques on a mixed media project. They are working on a color blending/wash background, and then adding their own representation of one of their favorite cartoon characters.
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FMS students will, once again, have the opportunity to participate in the Daniel Boone Regional Library's 2016 March Madness Book Tournament. The public library has selected 32 of their most popular teen books and have asked local children ages 12-18 to vote for their favorite. The books will 'face off' for votes each round, until a final champion has been crowned. Voters will also be entered in a prize drawing at each round!
The FMS library has a book tournament display and will encourage voting and discussions of the selected books throughout the coming months. I look forward to seeing which book will prevail and, most importantly, if our students agree with the outcome!
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