Folsom School News

October 2018

Dates to Remember

  • 4th Home & School Meeting 6:30 pm
  • 5th School Closed-Teacher In-Service
  • 8th School Closed-Columbus Day
  • 16th Stokes Parent Meeting 6:30 pm
  • 17th Picture Make-up day and Club/Activity photos
  • 19th School Dance (grades 6-8) 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 23rd 12:45 Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:30-3:30)
  • 24th 12:45 Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences (6:00-8:00)
  • 25th 12:45 Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences (6:00-8:00)
  • 26th Trunk or Treat (grades PK-5) 7:00-8:30 pm
  • 31st Fall Festival Parade (PK-4) 2:00 pm

2015-2016 Yearbooks

It's not too late to buy a yearbook! Please send 25$ (cash only) so that your student can remember the best year yet! Students can pay Ms. O'Shea in the main office or Ms. Harrison in room 230.

Other Announcements

  • 8th grade parents, please contact Mrs. Callahan if you have questions about registering your child for high school. She can assist with getting school records, selecting courses, and getting teacher recommendations for courses if needed. Please email Mrs. Callahan to make an appointment for this process!
  • Food Pantry Needs Protein: Our Kestrel Heights food pantry is in need of donations!! The counseling and social work departments are requesting that for the remainder of March you bring in a can of tuna, or a can of chicken to ensure that protein is stocked. You can drop your donations off at any of the schools front desk locations. There are many other items that are needed, if you would like to make a larger donation or have any questions contact: Crissy Schmieder (school social worker) at 919-484-1300 ext. 331. We thank you for supporting the needs of our students through your generosity!
  • Board of Director Recruitment: Kestrel Heights is seeking interested persons who are willing to serve in a governance capacity on the Kestrel Heights School Board of Directors. Kestrel Heights School Board works closely with Kestrel’s administration to ensure that each and every one of our students’ needs are being met. We are seeking people with professional experience in legal, non-profit, and finance specifically. Please email if you are interested in receiving further information and an application.
  • Governance Committee Members Needed: The governance committee is commissioned by and responsible to the Board of Directors for matters pertaining to Board of Directors recruitment, nominations, orientation, training, and evaluation in accordance with the bylaws of the organization as well as establish policies and practices approved by the Board of Directors. If you have legal, policy, or non-profit experience and looking for ways to serve, we need you. Please contact Brandon Paris, if you are interested in serving or getting further information.
  • Sewing Club: Sewing club is now Wednesdays From 3:00pm - 4:15pm in Ms. Ottley's room. Don't forget your sewing kits!
  • Career Cafe Presenters Needed: We are still looking for volunteers to participate in a Career Cafe. These will take place throughout the year (we can work around your schedule) and involve a one hour time commitment. Specifically, we have had students request folks who are: firefighters, lawyers, architects, graphic designers, cosmetologists, military, veterinarians, dentists, photographers, artists, or those who work in fashion. Please contact Mrs. Callahan at to find out more information.
  • Lost and Found: Did your child lose a coat? How about a lunch box? Make sure they check lost and found first! The lost and found will be emptied on the last day of the quarter, March 24. All items left will be donated to charity.


Photonics Materials for the Future

Grade Level(s): 10th and 11th Graders

Date(s): April 8, 2016 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Location: N.C. State University

Cost: Free - First-Come / First Serve - Up to 10 students per

Description: The goal of this exciting Photonics Materials for the Future Day is to show high school students (10th- and 11th-grade students) what cutting-edge research is like in the area of photonics and materials science. This includes making fluorescent molecules, plasmonic surfaces and photonic crystals among other applications. Our goal is to engage students in academic subjects related to photonics and to recruit them to NC State. This will be a six-hour interactive event including tours and demonstrations as a significant part of the day. There will also be brief presentations by faculty to show a cross section of the kind of cutting edge research that is currently being conducted at NC State. Students will get to interact with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students and participate in:

  • Watching molecules vibrate by laser light scattering
  • Seeing real time changes by time-resolved laser kinetics
  • Infrared reflecting materials seen with your own eyes
  • The inner workings of a spectrograph – how we collect spectra
  • Reflection, refraction and diffraction hands-on demo
  • Visualizing infrared absorption using a Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer

Graduate students will discuss their research and why it is relevant. They will talk about jobs and real-world applications. They will discuss how they came to be interested in the project and their path to becoming a graduate student. They will ask high school students about their interests and engage them in the process of thinking through how to achieve their goals. High school students will learn how to plan for a future career and they will have a concrete idea of some of the opportunities that exist.

Contact(s): Wendy Bunce (

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016


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8th Grade End of Year Information

May 11-13: Class trip to Williamsburg

We are looking forward to our trailblazing trip to Williamsburg, VA, America's Revolutionary City! During our trip we will have the opportunity to see settlements at Jamestown and board the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria. We will visit Yorktown and have a first-hand experience of revisiting America's battles for freedom. We will also have a chance to shop, explore, and tour colonial Williamsburg during the day and then make a splash of Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park in the evening. On our way back home, we will spend the day at Busch Gardens, escaping the terror of Pompeii and riding the back of the Loch Ness Monster.

Cost: $260. First deposit of $60 was due March 9. Second deposit of $100 due April 6. Final deposit of $100 due May 4.

Friday, May 20, 7-10pm: 8th Grade Formal

You are invited to eat, dance, and make once in a lifetime memories with the 2016 8th grade class of Kestrel Heights on the evening of May 20. Join us here at Kestrel for "An Evening in Wonderland"

Cost: $25 (Dates for ticket sales will be announced soon)

Thursday, June 9, 10am-12pm: 8th Grade Graduation

Before we send you off to high school, let's celebrate your accomplishments at Kestrel Heights Middle School. Family and Friends are invited to the ceremony at Holton Career and Resource Center Auditorium. Stay tuned for more details.

Location: 401 N. Driver Street, Durham NC 27703

Morehead Planetarium

Join Morehead Planetarium for the annual STEMville Science Symposium! This year will feature completely new and exciting hands-on STEM sessions, please consider joining us again for another fun-filled day of science!

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Cost: $25 per student participant

Registration: February 29 – April 1, 2016 (online

Information: Contact us at or 919.843.8496.


MMSI 2016 is offering sixteen professional development sessions focusing on mathematics from kindergarten through calculus as well as elementary science sessions. The two-day sessions take place August 1 & 2 and August 3 & 4. Registration is now open!

In addition, the K-8 Meredith Mathematics LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE is a special institute for assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and instruction, principals, district supervisors and mathematics coordinators, and full-time coaches and lead teachers. The institute begins July 26-28 and continues January 6-7, 2017.

Outstanding North Carolina educators will join national consultants for professional development that focuses on designing mathematics professional development for elementary and middle grades, identification of resources, effective classroom practices and up-to-date information about state standards.

Registration is limited to 100, with a significant discount for teams of five from the same district. To reserve your place, payment must be received by May 1, 2016. Please contact Jeane Joyner ( for more information.

Community Education Series Event:

Resource Fair

Thursday, April 21 | 6:30-8PM

There are numerous community resources available to students - especially those with learning differences. At The Hill Center Resource Fair, we will host a few of these professionals to learn more about their work. The event will begin with each specialist providing a brief overview of their services, followed by an exhibit where they will be available for further questions. This is great way for us all to learn more about these cutting-edge services, be educated about local resources, and network with others in our community.

There is no cost for this event and it is open to the public -

please feel free to bring a guest!

Register Here!

This is our last event for the academic year! Our next Community Education Series event will be in September 2016 - stay tuned for more details!

Resource Fair Representatives

Frederique Beaufils, M.A. - Neurofeedback Specialist, Orenstein Solutions:

Dr. Bart Brigidi - Clinical Neuropsychologist, Founder of Work it! Academy:

Pam Goodman - Educational Consultant, k6 easy:

Dr. Patricia Leigh - Neurodevelopmental Specialist, Leigh Brain & Spine:

Janet Marron & Katie Woolard - Therapists, Emerge - A Children's Place:

Dr. David Rabiner - Duke Research Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience:

Kristan Shimpi - Executive Director, Girl Talk:

Jake Stauch - Founder & CEO, NeuroSpire and NEURO+:

Event Details

Location: The Hill Center | 3200 Pickett Road | Durham, NC 27705

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Questions: 919-489-7464

Register Now!

The Hill Center, 3200 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705


March Madness is here!

Last week, students voted for their favorite books, and now those books are going head-to-head in the media center in our March Madness Book Bracket! Middle and high school students can come by the media center to vote for their favorite books to move on to the next round. Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight voting will take place before spring break, and the Final Four and Final Match-Up will take place the week after spring break. The winning book will be announced on Friday, April 8th. May the best book win!

Substitutes Needed!!

If you like interacting with the kids, and can be flexible. If you enjoy different settings, and different age groups of kids. This is what you have been looking for! We need substitutes at the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. If you are interested please email Ms OShea in the Middle School Office.