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Parent Newsletter: April 1

Dear FFMS Students, Parents and Guardians:

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break and feel rejuvenated to be back for the last eight weeks of school. A lot happened the week before break as you will see. So much to celebrate that happens here at FFMS. Testing will begin next week. Please take a moment to read through the ways you can help your child perform well on the state test. Also, if you were able to attend the STEM Family night, I would love to have some feedback. There is a short survey below. Have a great week.

Mrs. Hiler

Upcoming Events

April 1- Students return to school

April 2- Track Meet @ Batavia

April 9- State Testing Begins; Track Meet @ Georgetown

April 12- Byways Lock-In

April 16- Track Meet @ Williamsburg; PTO Meeting

April 18- Interims go home

April 19th- No School

April 26- 7th Grade field trip


Congratulations to our 5/6th and 7/8th grade STEM Night Basket drawing winners. Nathan Adams won for the 5/6 grade drawing and Caleb Roehm won for the 7/8 grade drawing.

Stem Night was a Success

Thank you to all the students and parents who participated in the first Middle School STEM Family Night. It was such a great time watching everyone doing the hands on activities and spending time together.

I would love to receive some feedback . If you could fill out the survey below, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

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STEM Night Survey

Little Mermaid Jr.

The Little Mermaid Jr. was a hit! Thank you to Bizzy Robertson for all her hard work to make it happen. Also, thank you to her theater directors Melissa Dickson and Michelle Turner and all the students whose dedication and practice paid off.
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Down on the Farm

Excitement was in the air on Friday March 22nd at the annual " Down on the Farm" Day. FFA members showcased all their SAE projects ( supervised agricultural experiences) each student is required one out of class experience each year where are " doing to learn" . They document hours, dollars and skills and competencies learned through an online record keeping system. It ws a great day to share their passion about ALL THINGS AG.
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Fifth Grade Newsletter

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Test Taking Tips & Strategies

As a parent/guardian, what do I need to know about the state exams?

  • The English & Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams are administered to students in grades 3-8. One week is dedicated to ELA and another week is dedicated to mathematics.
  • The Science exam is administered to 5th and 8th grade.
  • Although schools take the test scores seriously, classroom teachers are looking for individual growth in students from year to year.

How do I help my child prepare for the exam?

  • Establish an appropriate bedtime with your child.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning. A breakfast that includes protein is recommended as opposed to a sugary breakfast.
  • Try to make sure your child is at school, prepared, and on time for each day of testing.
  • Review test taking tips with your child.
  • Discuss the importance of the tests.
  • Reiterate with your child to relax during the exam and put forth their best effort.

What are some test taking strategies that I can go over with my child?

  • Read and follow all directions and questions carefully.
  • Before responding, be sure to look at all of the answer choices.
  • Eliminate answers that don't make sense.
  • For questions you're not sure about reread the question and try to find the best answer.
  • Go back and make sure you've answered all of the questions.
  • For ELA questions, remember to go back into the text to verify your answers.
  • Use your scratch paper to your advantage. Work out math problems on your scrap paper first. Create organizers before responding to open-ended questions.

How can my child stay calm during testing? Have them follow the tips listed below.

  • You've been preparing all year for these exams, be confident and positive.
  • Listen to all directions given by the teacher and ask questions about anything that is unclear.
  • Give yourself mental breaks when you need them. Put your pencil down, take a few deep breaths, roll your neck, give yourself some positive self-talk.
  • Think of the tests like several small jobs instead of one large one.
  • If permitted by your child's teacher, suck on a mint or other piece of hard candy to stimulate your brain.
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Clear Water Bottles

Students are permitted to have water bottles in the classrooms. Please make sure that the water bottles are clear.


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