Fulton Middle School Explo Classes

Team FMS: Together, We Can! - March 21, 2016

Welcome to the FMS EXPLO Newsletter!

We will continue to keep our FMS families informed of what is happening inside our classrooms and school through this newsletter. Please let us know if there is any way that we can improve on this newsletter to make it more helpful to you and your child's experience at FMS.

Kids' Choice Website of the Week!

Look here each week for engaging websites for your kids to use at home! This week's pick is Idle Planet! Thank you again to Mason Crane for another fun and engaging site. The Geoguessr site is still the most played game at FMS. :)


Mrs. Schenewerk

New books have hit the shelves!! There is a variety of books for students at each grade level. Encourage your child to check out a book or two so they will have something to read over spring break.

As always, feel free to contact me at tschenewerk@fulton58.org with any questions or concerns.

Makerspace in the library
FMS Library Makerspace

Coach Youse

7th Grade is continuing our anti-tobacco unit (Project TNT.) Students will have an assignment called "Saying No" which reinforces what we're learning in class about resisting peer pressure.

8th Grade will continue our unit over noncommunicable diseases. They just completed a cancer research project over. This week we will start our unit over communicable diseases.

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 grade) to 81010.

Coach Masek, Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse

Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker

This week 6th grade band will be focusing on learning new exercises in their book as well as receiving new sheet music to play at the spring concert that will take place in May. Please encourage your students to continue practicing at home, we are very proud of their progress all year and look forward to seeing what the students are capable of next year when they are in 7th grade. The next concert is scheduled for Thursday May 12 at 6:00 PM. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

7th grade band is still using book 2 in the Essential Elements series. Please make sure that if you have not bought a book that your student brings money to do so. Woodwinds and Brass are $8.00 and Percussion is $15.00. Please make sure you do this as soon as possible so your student can practice at home. Students are also working on more complex rhythmic patterns. The next concert is scheduled for Thursday May 12 at 6:00 PM.

8th Grade band has received new scale sheets and are working on more complex music for their end of the year concert. We are very excited to show everyone what we have been working on all year. Please encourage your students to work on their make up assignments for their rhythm sheets, emails are sent home to parents and students weekly. Please encourage your students to get these turned in!

Please make sure that students are getting their missing work in as soon as possible! If you need to know if your student has a missing assignment please do not hesitate to get a hold of me.

Please note that our next band booster meeting will take place on Tuesday March 22, at 6:30 PM. If you have a student in the band program we always appreciate ALL of the parent support that we can get! Please feel free to come to our meetings and see what volunteer opportunities are available!

As always, if you ever have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Glynn or Ms. Neudecker at sglynn@fulton58.org or kneudecker@fulton58.org. Thank you for your continued support!

Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes

The Hornet Singers have shown great growth through the year thus far and I'm excited to see what they can do for their final performance of the year. The students will be starting new repertoire this week fitting in the theme "I Dream A World".

SO proud of what this group continues to produce in the classroom everyday.

Harmony Hornets are having a great time at their weekly Tuesday rehearsals and can't wait to showcase all they've accomplished (and will accomplish) in May!

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

Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) has completed our first music competition, and our March concert! They were great experiences for each of us! I was very proud of the way out students represented FMS! Hornet Pride earned a rating of Outstanding (II). Soloists Jessica Bailey and Katy Kronk each earned Exemplary ratings (I)! We have already begun our next round of repertoire, and are looking forward to our May concert.

6th grade Arts Alive students have been studying Beethoven, and music notation. We are concentrating on note and rest values.

7th and 8th grade Arts Alive classes have begun studying hip hop and rap. We have discussed the earliest contributors to these at forms, including 1950's blues musicians and Bo Diddley. We are now talking about the connection between ancient African storytellers, and disco.

Please feel free to contact me any time! bmoebes@fulton58.org.

Mr. Chapman

This Week in Art Class

8th Grade We are working on a how do we see unit, and paused to create Google backdrops, for a little fun break. Students are all finished with thier scuptures and did a fantastic job.

7th Grade are working on Candy wrapper designs, and we will be moving into more pop art towards next week.

6th Grade is still working with drawing, and how wee see, they will begin the week with a torn paper project with creating animals, and then we will start some still life drawings in the next week or so

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at cchapman@fulton58.org

Mrs. Bailey

Computer Class is a combination of building keyboarding skills, computer skills, and digital citizenship. All computer students are strongly encouraged to practice their keyboard skills at home at this website: TypingTraining.com. Both students and parents are able to monitor their progress throughout this class. All students should know their login information. If you have an issues gaining access, please email me for assistance.

The 8th grade students enrolled in Computer Applications continued with their goal setting along with choosing strategies to help them reach their goals. This is a year long process, increasing 3 wpm each month. For March our benchmark goal is 34 wpm with 90% accuracy for the month.

7th and 8th grade Computer Applications Video productions continued and we found many trailers needed a TAKE 2 revision on their trailers. Those are now complete and we are waiting on a few students who were absent to complete their revisions and then we will share them with the entire school next week. On Tuesday of next week 7th graders will view the 8th grade trailers, and vice versa. By Thursday we will share them with all FMS students. Have your 7th/8th grader share their video with you. You will be impressed!

7th and 8th grade "wheel" reviewed computer shortcuts along with practicing their keyboarding as well.

6th grade students participated in many activities while completing their computer shortcuts unit this week. They were assessed on Thursday. We ended the week with an "Hour of Code" activity. (see description below) Next week the 6th graders will begin a two week unit on Microsoft Word, along with continuing with their keyboarding practice.

All computer students will participate in an "Hour of Code", which is a STEM activity.

Please feel free to contact me at jbailey@fulton58.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Practice at Home!

As long as your child is enrolled in computer class they will have an account and login information at typingtraining.com. This program is set up so that students can practice their skills anywhere they can access the Internet. They can even use their Chromebooks! Let me know if you have any questions or need assistance.