Fulton Middle School Explo Classes

Team FMS: Together, We Can! - September 25, 2015

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.
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Mrs. Schmitz

All our classes are learning drawing strategies to make drawing easier and more enjoyable.

7th and 8th grade is learning this through grid drawing and 6th grade is learning how to draw using the blind contour method.

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 on Friday October 2nd. An informational flyer was e-mailed home, if you did not receive one please contact me.. This group of kids are also preparing for our 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. We will begin working on music for our concert on Tuesday October 20th next 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. We will be taking a written test on cut time this week. Students need to make sure that they are bringing their instruments home to practice their music for their concert on Tuesday October 20th.

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. 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 wither sglynn@fulton58.org or kneudecker@fulton58.org.

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".

8th grade Arts Alive has been exploring the world of orchestral instruments and will continue to do so into next week. 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 two students in specials roles: 1 as a percussionist, and 1 dancer.

6th grade Arts Alive is wrapping up our study of music notation through note and rest values! Next, we will review reading pitches in treble clef. After that, we are learning a new skill - reading bass clef!

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 Graders have just finished studying computers parts and will be focusing on storage devices next week. 7th and 8th graders are working on developing their Internet search skills while building word processing skills. Please feel free to contact me at jbailey@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Coach Youse

6th Grade rotations will begin in mid to late October with Coach Masek's PE classes going to health first.

7th Grade is continuing Project TNT (Towards No Tobacco Use) by covering topics like the impact of tobacco use on personal health, decisions making and refusal skills.

8th Grade is finishing up human reproduction and will begin our study of sexually transmitted infections.

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

Sept. 27-Oct. 2
7th and 8th grade: Soccer

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

Youse 6th grade: Flag Football





Mrs. Schenewerk

The PTO fall book fair will be held in the library next week, September 28th - October 1st. The students will visit with their ELA class during the day, and we will remain open during parent teacher conferences on Wednesday the 30th, to give you the opportunity to visit the book fair as well. You can also preview the book fair or shop online; all purchases will benefit FMS!

Do you have extra time on your hands? The book fair is a great time to volunteer! If you would be interested in spending a few hours in the library, check out the volunteer sign up sheet for available time slots. Please feel free to contact me at tschenewerk@fulton58.org if you have any questions.