The Firebird Flash

September 18, 2020


  • Principal's Update - Includes info on Parent-Teacher Conferences and RISE Rewards
  • Last Day of 1st Quarter Info - September 30, 2020
  • Recognize an Outstanding Firebird Nation Staff Member - See more information below or click the RISE Logo.
  • Picture Day Info - October 5th & 8th

Updates from the Principal

Good Afternoon Firebird Nation Families -

What an outstanding week! Our first week of returning to in-person learning was a success! Thank you to all of our students, staff members, and community members for their support in making our return to learn come to life at FMS. It was awesome to see all of the smiling faces from our students and staff members as we returned to Firebird Nation. It made such a positive difference for everyone. I heard from so many students that they were excited to be back at Falcon Middle; we were excited to see them back too!

We will continue the process of having 50% of our students on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other 50% on Wednesdays and Thursday for the next few weeks. The district will continue to evaluate the data from the El Paso Country Health Department to determine the most appropriate time to return to 100%. As a part of this data, it is important that we all work together to ensure we don't have an outbreak of illness at FMS. Please remember that if your student is not feeling well, or if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, then it is important for them to stay home. We want to avoid having to send an entire team of students home due to a potential exposure of the virus. Let's work together as a Firebird Nation Community to show that we are keeping FMS healthy and safe so that we can demonstrate that we are ready to have 100% of our students return.

Parent-Teacher conferences are right around the corner. These will take place on Thursday, October 8th, from 4pm - 7pm and again on Friday, October 9th, from 7:45am - 3:15pm. Each of our teams will be sending out information on how to schedule a conference. We will work to accommodate anyone that wishes to have a conference with their teachers. With the present restrictions, all of our conferences will take place virtually through Zoom at this time.

October Break is only 3 weeks away; the time goes by so fast! After break, we will be launching our new RISE Rewards program for students! Students will have a QR code on their Student ID that staff members can scan and reward points anytime a Firebird is demonstrating our RISE Behaviors. These points can then be spent on a variety of incentives. Be on the lookout for more information about this program soon!

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend! We look forward to next week and another great week with students in the halls at FMS!


Brian Smith

Executive Principal

Falcon Middle School

1st Quarter Ends - September 30, 2020

Firebirds - Our 1st Quarter ends on Wednesday, September 30, 2020! Have you checked your grades recently? Make sure to see where you stand in your classes and talk with your teachers if there are assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, etc. that you still need to make up! Use the button below for our E-Learning Page to check your team's landing page. Search through the archive if there are specific tasks you are missing from a specific date.

Also, for 6th Grade and 7th Grade students, remember that the end of first quarter means that your explore classes will be ending soon. You will have new explore classes starting on Thursday, October 1st. Check your schedule through the online portal beginning on Monday, September 28th to know which new explore classes you will have starting on October 1st.

Recognize a Firebird Nation Staff Member

We want to know who is an FMS Staff Member that RISEs regularly! Nominate an outstanding Teacher, Para-Educator, Secretary, Custodian, Lunch Room Assistant, Counselor, and/or Administrator that has gone above and beyond at Firebird Nation this year. We will be recognizing their outstanding accomplishments through the year. Thank you for partnering with us to provide an awesome experience for our students! We appreciate everyone's collaboration so that we can all RISE Together!

Falcon Middle School Picture Days are Coming Up!

FMS Picture Day - Last Names A-J

Monday, Oct. 5th, 8am-3pm

9755 Towner Avenue

Peyton, CO

We will be taking Yearbook and Student ID Photos throughout the day for all students last names A-J that attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays. Click the button below for more information and to order pictures.

FMS Picture Day - Last Names K-Z

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 8am-3pm

9755 Towner Avenue

Peyton, CO

We will be taking Yearbook and Student ID Photos throughout the day for all students last names K-Z that attend school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Click the button below for more information and to order pictures.

E-Learner Pictures

For our students on E-Learning, please come to Falcon Middle School on the day that matches your section of the Alphabet between 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

  • Last Name A-J: Monday, October 5th (1:30-3:00pm)
  • Last Name K-Z: Thursday, October 8th (1:30-3:00pm)

Bring a copy of your student class schedule to assist in verifying your identity. You will check in at the south doors to the building for the Music Hallway when you arrive.

If you do not wish to take your picture at this time, then you can participate in our Picture Retake day that typically takes place in late January or early February. More information to be shared about this date later.

Click the button below for more information and to order pictures.

Falcon Middle School

Executive Principal: Brian Smith

6th Grade Assistant Principal: Tim Scheck

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Kava Lientz

8th Grade Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Elena Forehand

6th Grade Counselor: Carrie Clay

7th Grade Counselor: Amber Villani

8th Grade Counselor: Lisa Murdock


FMS Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:15am-3:30pm

Friday: 7:15am-2:00pm