FMS EXPLO Newsletter

February 7, 2020

Transition to 9th grade

8th graders: It's never to early to start thinking about the transition to Fulton High School. What classes will you take? What grades do I need to hold as an 8th grader to take a honors class? Please see the documents below. Click Here.
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FMS Counseling Department: Mrs. Burfield, Mrs. Horstmeier and Ms. Jo

Needing to see the school counselor?

Students needing to access the counselor's office can submit a form from their chrome books by clicking on the apps button. This form comes only to the counselor's. 6th graders will learn how to use this app on Tuesday, August 27th when counselors meet with them through their ELA classrooms. You can also ask your teacher for help. If you can't locate the form you can also shoot your school counselor an email. Obviously if there is an emergency, students will be sent to the Counselors Office immediately. This is just a great way to help students stay in the classroom for instruction time .

Here are a few ways you can reach out to us in the FMS Counseling Office:

Mrs. Horstmeier works with students with a last name starting with an A-J and can be reached at and Mrs. Burfield works with students with a last name starting with a K-Z and can be reached at

Ms. Jo is the Counseling Office secretary and can be reached at

Counseling Office phone number is 573-590-8208

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!


Follow me on Twitter: @MrYatesFMS

The goal of computer class is to equip students with meaningful skills that will help them thrive in a digital age. These skills include:

- Coding

- Google proficiency

- Digital citizenship

- Media production

Computer class is very project based using online and offline technology tools, as well as engaging topics like 3D printing, Augmented and Virtual reality, and many other avenues for creativity.

Digital footprint

Continue to be an upstander and make good choices online. Keep up your positive digital footprint! For more resources visit

1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Pretz

Journey to Success!

6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures


Next Week

6th Grade- Nutrients

7th Grade- Alcohol/Tobacco

8th Grade- Reproduction

Coach Windmiller's classes will stay in health until Thursday, Feb. 27.

During this time, Coach Windmiller's classes will not dress out. They need to bring their planner, Chromebook, and writing utensil each day.

6th Grade Health- Room 123

7th Grade Health- Room 120

8th Grade Health- Room 110


Next Week

Coach Pretz- Hockey

Coach Youse- Pilo Polo, Fitness Testing

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachPretz_FMS

Dr. Moebes

AFTER SCHOOL CHOIR: We missed rehearsal this week, and will also NOT have rehearsal next week. Rehearsals resume on Tuesday, February 18th!

Music 6: Our focus has been on beat and rhythm. We will be working on our HOPE playlists during the upcoming week. This is a project that allows us to explore the connection between music and emotions!

Arts Alive: The rehearsals are off to an excellent start! We are ALL learning all the music together so that we understand how our parts feed off of each other!

Choir: I'm truly proud of these students and their hard work! We will attend a new musc festival this year! Rather than participating in CMU Music Festival, we will attend Battle High School Music Festival on Monday, March 9th. More information to come.

CONCERT ATTIRE: khaki pants, black shoes, and a black choir polo shirt. If you do not have one, you may purchase one from me for $15. These polos are the same as those worn by FMS choirs for the past several years. Students may certainly borrow or buy one from a student who was in FMS choirs and no longer needs the polo.

Please feel free to contact me at any time: For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic

Mr. Thomas and Ms. Neudecker

6th Grade Band: Sixth grade is constantly learning new things on their instruments and moving on to bigger and better music. We have begun work on the specific pieces we will be playing for the Parade of Bands Concert. The students are beginning to read longer pieces with more intricate part writing.

7th Grade Band: 7th grade is continuing to learn their solos and sight reading their new music. The band is also beginning to improve on their concert music. I hope you are enjoying "The Syncopated Clock" and "Prometheus Overture."

8th Grade Band: We've been working on our music for CMU Music Fest on Friday, February 28. Students have picked solos, and should be working on them!

Since NEMO Jr. High Honor Band chair auditions were canceled in January, we had to do an unusual method of chair placement based on initial scores sent in and a Google Form. Our kids did very well! The band is split evenly into two bands: red and blue. All of our kids are in the blue band. Their rehearsal and concert is Saturday, February 15. Ava Lairmore from the high school will join us because she made the All-District Jazz Band (they perform after the junior high bands that evening). For those going, an email was sent with information on February 6.

Guitar Classes: Both guitar classes are continuing to learn standard notation which is how to read the notes on a staff. Eighth grade knows five strings and Seventh Grade knows four.

Please consider following me on Twitter @MrT_FPSBands. I will be providing a daily playlist which your students will hear when they enter the room. You may also email me at

Mr. Chapman

What's happening in the Art Room!

6th Grade:

We will be exploring some of the Elements and Principles and beginning our next project discovering how to make line work for us. We will look at optical lines and how lines can play tricks on our eyes. We will make connections to other disciplines and explore line, value, and shape as well as form and how it can be used in a variety of subjects as well as drawing applications.Students have begun work on their line drawings and using shading and value in a practical manner.

7th Grade Semester:

We are working in our first objective ELO2: Students will use subject matter and themes in art. Students will delve into “art about me” concepts and they will borrow ideas from their greatest resource, themselves, and learn about the art of illumination.

7th Grade All year.

Students will continue working towards our objective ELO 1: students will select and apply media techniques and processes. Students will be starting our “Old Barn” project, and learning about value and line on a much deeper level. This project takes several weeks.

We will finish these up in a few weeks, and then try our hand at creating 3d models of our barns.

8th Grade all year:

Students will finish work on Coat of Arms We also began working on Abstract painting, where they will study various works of abstract art, and create a unique painting using the concepts they learned. This will take several weeks and it will be a slow process. They learned about the different varieties of abstract art like Cubism and Expressionism. they are going to work in several combined elements and create a balanced and interesting composition. These should be really fun!

8th Grade Semester:

Students have moved to our second objective ELO4. Students will examine artworks and bring them to the present time. We will explore the world around us with MEMES and parodies and look at Grant Wood's American Gothic as a staging area. Students will recreate Grant Wood's painting into a drawing that modernizes it, and places it into our current times or they may choose to parody it.

As always, If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mr. Chapman

Art Teacher

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The FMS Thrive Hive

The Fulton Middle School Thrive Hive opened for business on Monday, August 21st. The store is open 7:25 to 7:45 each morning. If students aren't able to shop then they can email Mrs. Horstmeier @ or Mrs. Yates @ for an appointment to shop.

The Thrive Hive is designed to allow students to use their Hornet Bucks--earned through the Positive Behavior Support Program--to purchase items from the store. The Thrive Hive was created to help the needs of the FMS Student Community.

If you would like to donate, please call Fulton Middle School at 573-590-8200.

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Mrs. Lairmore

We are finally finished with reorganizing the books for you! The fiction books are back to being sorted by the authors last name alphabetically. It makes it much easier to find books and see what books are in a series. The books will still have stickers on them that show what genre they fall into.

We found out how many books are in the Library! There are 13,990 books in the Library! The closest winners are posted below.

When you come to the Library, please remember to bring your books each time you come to the Library. I have several new books that just arrived, so grab your books today!

If you need a book before your next visit, you can always go to the link here: and search for your book.

You can email me with the book you want and I'll deliver it like a hot pizza!

If you would like to read books online, check out Hoopla for your phone, tablet, and computer. You can check out books, music, and movies for FREE just by having a Library Card with Daniel Boone Regional Library.

I included a video below to show you how to get signed up for Hoopla! It's my favorite digital Library app!

Still wanting to play Semantris?

Keep up with what's happening in the Library on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. You might even see yourself on there!

See you in the Library!

If you want to see some things happening in the Library:

Follow us on Instagram: fms_library or FMS LIBRARY

My You Tube Channel is:

Follow the Library fun on Twitter:

You can contact me by email at:


Please keep in mind that some students at FMS have an allergy to nuts, tree nuts and popcorn. Please be mindful of what food your child is bringing to school, and notice the signs throughout the school building. Thank you!
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Please check out the Digital Citizenship information at This site will help you keep up-to-date with current issues and trends in technology. Check out the "Parent" section! We are very proud at FMS to be recognized as a Digital Citizenship Certified School for the year 2016-17.
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