Fulton Middle School Explo Classes

Team FMS: Together, We Can! - January 4, 2016

Welcome to a new year at FMS!

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.

Mr. Chapman

Happy New Year!!!

This Week in Art Class

8th Grade Wheel Classes will begin on a collaborative project from the Elementary where they recreate Monsters designed by elementary artists. The 8th graders will try to bring more life out of these clever little creatures.

My 8th Grade all year class will begin a drawing unit on parts of the face and will do self portraits in full value eventually. for right now we a breaking down the parts of the face and drawing ears, noses, and eyes as practice and repetition is the only way to develop these skills.

7th Grade is somewhat staggered in completion of projects, between wheel classes and all year they are working on illuminated letters and should be finishing these up in the next week or two.

6th Graders will be working on portraits as well, as they will be doing a torn paper self portrait which will be somewhat an introduction to abstract concepts and problem solving in creation.

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

Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker

6th grade band is coming off of a very successful Fine Arts Night. After break the 6th grade will continue to split into woodwinds and brass and work on tone production and counting. Please make sure that you encourage your students to take their horns out of the case and practice over break! We are so proud of the students and what they have accomplished this semester!

7th Grade Band did a great job at the concert! Please make sure that you you send money for student's books when they get back from break. The books are $8.00 for winds and $15.00 for percussion. make sure that you students take their horn out of their case over break! We are looking forward to a great second semester!

8th grade band had a great concert! We will start working on contest pieces after we get back from break. I am super excited to continue working with your students next semester. please make sure that they practice during break! Make sure that your student continue to practice after break.

7th and 8th grade wire choir will continue to learn new chords and read both in TAB and standard notation. Please be aware that they do not play on the concert in March. They will have one more concert at the end of the year.

A general statement, please make sure that if your child's instrument needs repair that you send it in over Christmas break. Have a great break everybody!

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 completed first semester in fine fashion and I'm very proud of their growth so far this year. We've learned a lot and I look forward to what second semester will bring as we have Central Methodist University's Music Festival coming up in March. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to time.

8th grade Arts Alive are ready to start applying more of what we've learned as we return from break. 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 performed for the first time this year at the FMS Winter Fine Arts Night and did a great job! It's impressive what we've been able to accomplish in the time we've had together and Dr. Moebes and I are proud of their hard work. We look forward to starting rehearsals again in January. New members are welcome to join us in the first two weeks of January on Tuesdays from 3:20-4:15 in the Choir Room (G07).

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

Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) did a beautiful job at the concert! Thank you so much for working hard, and for presenting a quality performance! Congratulations to all participants in FMS Fine Arts Night! After break we will continue practicing sight reading, and start new repertoire! Have a great break!

6th and 7th grade Arts Alive have completed the duration and rhythm unit. Well done, everyone! After break, 6th grade will begin studying treble clef notation. 7th grade will begin Moebes' School of Rock!!!

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. Both students and parents are encouraged to monitor their progress throughout this class. All students should know their login information. If you have an issues, please email me for assistance.

In addition to continuing to improve their keyboarding skills, all computer class students made GIFs (animated images). The 7th and 8th grade continued with their Hour of Code, while the 6th graders were assessed on knowing computer part functions. We all had fun Wednesday and Thursday trying out the Google Cardboard while we experienced 3D Virtual Reality. (see pictures below)

Upon our return from winter break year long classes will learn to make presentations using the Powtoons app, while the 6th grade and "wheel" students will learn and use keyboard shortcuts.

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

Coach Youse and Coach Windmiller

6th Graders will be taking a break from Health this week to go back to P.E. for our Dance Unit. Please have them bring their P.E. clothes next week. After Winter Break, they will return to Health.

Click here for more 6th Grade Health Information

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

7th Grade is finished with Project TNT. When we return from break, we will begin our unit over body systems, starting with the muscular and skeletal systems.

8th Grade is finished with communicable diseases. When we return from break, we will begin our unit over sexually transmitted diseases and human reproduction.

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

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Mrs. Schenewerk

The 7th grade classes that visited the library on the last day before break were able to experiment with our new littleBits. LittleBits are small electronic modules that snap together and allow students to learn about electronics while building something fun.

We kept it simple, chaining together the circuits and creating buzzers and lights, but the internet is full of amazing products and inventions using littleBits. Check out this video of a doorbell that, when pressed, will send a text message alert to your phone! The students were completely engaged and I can't wait to share the excitement with more students in the near future!

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