Fulton Middle School Explo Classes

Team FMS: Together, We Can! - October 5, 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.

We had a great turn out at Parent/Student/Teacher conferences on Wednesday! If you were unable to make it, you can still come this week on Wednesday, October 7 from 3:30-7. We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Schmitz

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 cschmitz@fulton58.org

Thank you.

Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker

8th Grade Band is preparing to perform with the Fulton High School Band during the half time of the homecoming game this Friday October 2nd. The students are to be at the high school band room at 4:50 on Friday, once again if you have not received an informational flyer please feel free to e-mail me. Dress for this performance includes polo, t-shirts, jeans and TENNIS shoes. This group of kids are also preparing for their concert on Tuesday October 20th. Polos for performance will be in soon and will need to be paid for, exact amounts will be given upon delivery.

8th Grade Wire choir is working on chord progressions with measured music as well as reading tablature. Students are working on compositions using chords we have learned so far After compositions are finished we will be playing them in class. We will begin working on music for our concert on Tuesday October 20th this week. Wire Choir T-shirts will be in soon, exact prices will be given upon delivery.

7th Grade Band has been working on counting rhythms in cut time, and counting 16th note combinations. Students should make sure that they are bringing their instrument and ALL of their music to class. This band is working diligently to prepare for their concert on Tuesday October 20.

7th Grade Wire Choir has been working on reading and playing chord progressions as well as reading music in tablature. Music for the concert on Tuesday October 20th will be chosen soon. Wire choir t-shirts will be in soon, exact amounts will be given upon delivery.

6th Grade Band has been working learning their first five notes. 6th graders will also be making flash cards to help them recognize notes names along with fingerings and slide positions, which will result in having a written test over flashcards and simple rhythms. Students should be taking their instruments home to practice for their very first concert on Tuesday October 20th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at either sglynn@fulton58.org or kneudecker@fulton58.org. We are both available for tutoring upon request, we split our time between the middle and high school. Your child will need to let us know the day before they want to stay so we can make arrangements. We are looking forward to a great year!

Thank you!

Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes

Hornet Singers have been learning the basics of what a successful choir rehearsal looks like and how that benefits the ensemble. We have been preparing for our Fall Fine Arts Night coming up in October with our theme or "River Songs". Choir polos will be ordered and purchased for $13.00 ($15.00 2X and bigger) once finalized. Make sure you are getting your khaki pants, black socks, and black shoes so we can look our best on stage.

8th grade Arts Alive has been exploring the world of orchestral instruments and will complete this study very soon. We have been diving into the different instrument families and even had a student demonstration on the cello!

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

Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) is diligently preparing the Fall Concert, scheduled for late October. We will be singing in English and Japanese! We are also excited to showcase three students in specials roles: 1 as a percussionist, 1 vocal soloist, and 1 dancer.

6th grade Arts Alive has completed our study of notation. We are practicing rhythm identification this week. We are also starting a new unit of singing material! For this, we will sing in Latin, and work on singing in 2-part and 3-part rounds.

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 made databases this week and are ready to move on to spreadsheets. Students made their study guide on Tuesday and were assessed on Thursday. We will do the same with spreadsheets next week. Please feel free to contact me at jbailey@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns.
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Coach Youse

6th Grade rotations will begin in with Coach Masek's classes starting October 13 and ending November 24. Students will need to bring a 3-prong folder, ChromeBooks and a pencil each day.

7th Grade is continuing Project TNT (Towards No Tobacco Use) covering the following topics: Being True to Yourself, Changing Negative Thoughts and Assertive Refusal Skills.

8th Grade will continue our study of sexually transmitted infections and cover types of contraception with an emphasis on teenagers practicing abstinence.

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 grade: Soccer

7th and 8th grade unit tests Oct. 1 and Oct. 2

Windmiller 6th grade: Soccer
Masek 6th grade: Softball

Youse 6th grade: Flag Football

6th grade unit tests Oct. 2





Mrs. Schenewerk

The PTO fall book fair was a success! Thank you to the parent and grandparent volunteers that came to help, and the families that stopped to shop during conferences! If you missed it, you are still able to shop online through October 16th. Online purchases will be shipped to the school for free, and then delivered to your child. Please feel free to contact me at tschenewerk@fulton58.org if you have any questions.