August 19th, 2018
Dear FMS Families,
Welcome back to school! It was a great first week, and if our students were anything like our staff, everyone slept well this weekend!
Our staff will provide an EXPLO and grade level newsletter each week. The office will share a little each week to start and as needed, but will strive to share a monthly newsletter so you don't get too much information. Of course, our website and social media sites also are updated daily.
Have an amazing weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Beth Houf and Erica Hogan
Proud Principals, Fulton Middle School
This Week at FMS
Tuesday, August 21st-Builders Club, 3:30-4:30 in Ms. Jackson's room, 6th grade instrument rental night 6pm
Friday, August 24th-Activity Night from 6-8pm (more info below)
Lost and Found-we have a coat tree in the gym for lost and found items. Whatever items without names that aren't claimed will be taken to SERVE each Monday. Thanks!
Staff Shout Outs
You can get more info about what Builders Club is all about here: http://www.buildersclub.org/Home.aspx
Hey, FMS singers!
Harmony Hornets, aka after school choir, is needs YOU! ANY 6th grader can join, as well as 7th and 8th graders who are in band, guitar, or Arts Alive! To sign up you can stop by G07 to get a packet, OR email Dr. Moebes and she'll deliver one to you! Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 4th! We will meet on Tuesday afternoons, 3:20-4:15 in the choir room. Let's sing!
If you are interested in being in Student Council this year, you will need to get 4 hours of community service before September 26th along with coming to a meeting. Our first meeting will be August 22nd after school.
You can get your community service hours before school even begins by helping during the following dates and times:
- August 9, 8:30 - 3:30, selling spirit wear for schedule pick up of 7th and 8th graders
- August 13, 12:00 - 6:00, selling spirit wear to 6th graders and during Open House
- August 14, 5:30 - 6:00, informal work session
You will also need to fill out the letter of intent. You can do this by getting a paper copy from Ms. Barkho before the first meeting or fill out the digital form by clicking the link below.
Letter of Intent:
Student Council Sponsors
Barb Barkho firstname.lastname@example.org
Amber Keith email@example.com
0 - Office Discipline Referrals
Grading at FMS
Looking at the Standards
Why standards based grades? This helps us to hone in on the actual skill/objective that needs support or enrichment. Instead of knowing that your child has a B in math, you can see the specific skills that are not at mastery.
I will be sharing information as we go through the year, but the video below does a nice job giving a general explanation of SBG. It was made for teachers, but as a parent, I also feel like I get a nice overview. Our students also will begin tracking all grades in an electronic leadership/data binder. Grades will be updated in the computer every three weeks.
Students will also have an area that will be in their leadership binder on college and career readiness. Even though they have a few years before they graduate, we have revamped "behavior" skills to help them understand that these are the things that will help them be successful beyond FMS. These are such skills as organization, timeliness, tone of voice, etc.
If you have any questions at all, I am happy to answer them.