January 8, 2016

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Message from the Principal!

Dear Five Forks Family,


With the start of each new year, we are often filled with a hopeful anticipation of things to come. Blooming flowers, the return of songbirds, and the excitement of children who long for warmer days of the summer months ahead are just a few of the things that often make us smile. We tend to think about the things in our lives that can be tweaked and refined. New Year’s resolutions usually find us focused on something that we can do differently to enhance the quality of our lives or positively impact our families. Do you find yourself wondering about what 2016 holds for you and your loved ones?


Five Forks is such a special place. It’s filled with people of all ages who have big dreams and aspirations. Many of our young people begin to think about life beyond these walls. They ponder what the future has in store for them at Brookwood High School, and many of them think even more about what they will do with their lives after high school. This is the time for parents and teachers to help them lay the foundation for their futures…right here…right now!


As I mentioned in my message to our students at the beginning of the school year, each one of us has a life story. 2016 is just one more chapter in our book, and we have the power to influence our future based on what we do today. Students, what goals will you set today that will impact your future? Parents, how will you influence your children? Teachers, what will you do to ensure that your students are engaged and learning at high levels?


We all play a part in the unfolding stories here at Five Forks Middle School. What will you write in your book or the book of others?


Happy New Year!

Christine Douthart

Brrr! It's Cold Outside!

With the colder temperatures we would like to remind you to make sure you are dropping off your students no earlier than 8:15 am. The building will not open prior to 8:15 am EXCEPT on Help Session days (Wednesday and Thursday) when we make a special allowance and open the gym at 8:00 am to accommodate the increased volume of students coming to help sessions. We do not release students to help session classes until 8:15 am when teachers are in their rooms ready to accept them.

We appreciate your support in this matter as we want to keep all of our students safe and warm!

Parent Help Needed!

We love for our students to attend our basketball games; however, there has been an increase in students not being picked up immediately after the games--both home and away. We have our students call at the end of the third quarter of the boys game to let you know that pick up will take place shortly. Unfortunately, some students do not make the phone call home. Basketball games usually end by 7:30 pm, and you should plan to be waiting to pick up your child in the designated location (monitored by staff members) no later than that time. With the cold temperatures...we need your help. Students who continue to be picked up late from games may not be allowed to attend additional games without a parent in attendance. Thanks for your support!

Talent Show Reminders!

Our fabulous FFMS Talent Show will be held Friday, February 12, 2016 at Grace Fellowship Church on Dogwood Road. Auditions will be held at Five Forks after school on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

STEAM at FFMS!

Middle and high school students and parents are invited to the Brookwood community STEAM symposium to be held at BHS on Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30pm. Click on the flyer to enlarge it. Please save the date and join us! Click the link below to give us an idea of how many are planning to attend- THANK YOU!

Bring One for the Chipper!

After the holidays, take your old 'live' tree, without lights and decorations, to a drop-off site through January 16th. The trees will be 'chipped' into mulch for use on lawns and at schools and parks. The project also saves precious landfill space. You can also volunteer to help with the 'chipping' on January 23rd at Bethesda Park. Click here for drop-off locations and contact information for the folks at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful.

Rising 9th Grade Calendar!

1/28/16 - BHS Registration Information Packets Issued to Students

2/1/16 - Rising 9th Grade Parent Night, 6:00pm, BHS Theatre, (Parents Only)

2/5/16 - BHS Peer Leaders Visit with FFMS 8th Graders

2/8/16 - Open Forum Q&A on Registration and Course Placement, 6:00-8:00pm (drop in anytime), BHS Commons

2/9/16 - Registration Forms Due to FFMS

3/25/16 - Course Verification Sheets Sent Home with Students

3/28/16 - Rising 9th Grade Activities Night, 6:00-8:00pm, BHS Commons and Both Gyms

5/18/16 - Carnegie Unit Presentation/Q&A, 6:30pm, BHS Commons (for Parents/Students with Questions

TBA - Carnegie Unit Forms Due to FFMS

8th Grade Yearbook Ad - Deadline Extended!

Parents, you still have time to submit an "ad" for your 8th grader for the 2015-16 Yearbook! The deadline has been extended until the end of the day on Friday, January 29th! You can spotlight your child, a special friendship, or both. This year, you have the opportunity to design and personalize your own ad and submit more than one photo! An instruction sheet is available on the FFMS website and at Balfour.com. If you'd like us to design your ad, here's the form to submit along with $30.00 (cash only) and one photo. If you'd like to submit a digital photo, please send it to the email listed below. For best results, please make sure the photo is taken or scanned as a digital jpeg format. Photos will be returned. All ads are 1/4 page and cost $30.00. Please email cindy_bloodworth@gwinnett.k12.ga.us with any questions.

Chili Cook-Off/Bonfire - Save the Date!

Please plan to join us for a Chili Cook-Off/Bonfire on Saturday, January 30th from 2:00 - 8:00 pm at the FFMS Field. This event will be hosted by our fabulous Five Forks Fathers and is part of our Relay for Life campaign. Further details coming soon!

January Blazin' Broncos!

The following students were selected by their teachers as 'Top 20' Blazin' Broncos for the month of January:

6th Grade -Lily Burton, Thomas Cook, Julie Hernandez, Scotland Kolb, Sara Lakhani, Jennifer Le, Melanie Luong, Thomas Moore, William Morris, Danilo Munoz, Emma Nunez, Shazmin Versi,

7th Grade - Hesha Amin, Jah'kai Bedminster, Leslie Camacho-Macedo, Amanda Dang, Ariana Jaiteh, Amani Kamara, Nahum Messele, Aaron Montgomery, Sophia Nguyen, Tanish Kumar, Cheyenne Ragusa, Jasmin Strecker, Stephanie Tafur,

8th Grade - Nyla Boddie, Kian Christodoulou, Anna Head, Melvina Joseph, Moriel Kabore, Sammy Melyanets, Lisbet Mullor, Peter Naumis, Sandra Nguyen, Madison Sanchez, Vivie Vo, Dia Widdy.

Congratulations, Broncos!!

Family Trivia Night!

PLEASE consider joining us for the 3rd annual Family Trivia Night on Tuesday, February 9th! This is the MAIN fundraiser for our Scholars Bowl team. This year our fundraising takes on added importance as we have qualified for a national tournament to be held in Atlanta May 6-8 and must pay the hefty registration fee! We really need your help to reach our fundraising goal. Even if you say "I'm no good at trivia," please just consider playing as a donation to our effort.

Five Forks Family Trivia Night works much like the Team Trivia you may have played at area restaurants. There will be nice prices awarded for the top 3 finishing teams. We will have concessions and "Let's Make a Deal" type games as well. The fun will begin at 6:30 and go until around 8:30. The cost is $5.00 per person or if you have a team of 4-6, you only pay $20.00!

More details to follow, but mark this on your calendar now! Thanks in advance for your support!

State Survey!

Yes, it's another survey! However, this one is used by the State Department of Education to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. In response to the compelling body of research that underscores the importance of school climate, Georgia is the first state in the nation to include school climate as an early indicator in its academic accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The School Climate Star Rating is a diagnostic tool to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement. Here's a link to the survey. Parents, you may complete it using your personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or on a computer at school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. We appreciate your support!

Bidding for Good!

Parents, please support our Brookwood Cluster by participating in the "Bidding For Good" fundraising auction! Funds generated are used to make improvements to our cluster schools and to help purchase valuable equipment and technology to provide rich and engaging lessons for students. Click here for a link to the online auction! We appreciate your support!

Spiritwear on Sale!

Bronco hoodies are now on sale! Here's a link for PTSA Spiritwear that allows parents to purchase spiritwear with a credit card and have it delivered to the school. Thanks for your support of the FFMS PTSA and happy shopping!

We Love Our Five Forks Family!

Each week, we highlight a member of our staff with the "Count Me In" award so that others will get a glimpse of the awesome work going on within the building. We hope you enjoy learning about our fantastic staff!
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Milestones Results!

Listed below are directions for locating the Milestones End of Grade Scores for the 2014-2015 school year. Please note that Parent Portal log-in information is needed to access the scores. If you've had Parent Portal access in the past but have forgotten your password, click on 'reset password' to access your account. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, you must come to the main office at Five Forks to complete the form and provide picture identification. Here are the steps to access the scores:

1) Log into the Parent Portal

2) Select the Test History tab located on the navigation bar

3) On the right-hand side is a widget titled "Assessment Reports"

4) Under "Assessment Reports" click on "2015 Spring End of Grade Individual Student Report."

In addition to the individual student report, a parent guide is listed below the report to help explain the report and your student's achievement. Please note that paper copies of the results with further instructions will also be sent home with your child's report card in January.

GSMST Lottery Process!

The GSMST Lottery Application is now available for students to apply for a lottery number to be part of the 2016-17 freshman class at GSMST. Enrollment is open to all 8th grade students who are residents of the Gwinnett County school district attendance zone; who are successfully promoted to 9th grade by the end of spring semester 2016; and who successfully complete an 8th grade math curriculum that is a full Carnegie-eligible Algebra I Course or higher. Registration deadline is January 29, 2016 and the lottery drawing will be held on February 8, 2016. Click here for further information.

January Dates To Remember!

09 - Scholars Bowl - PAGE Regional Tournament at NGMS

09 - Bball vs. Grace Snell MS at South Gwinnett HS, 9:00 am

10 - MS Wrestling Tournament at BHS, 1:00 pm

12 - Talent Show Auditions, 4:15

12 - STEAM Symposium at BHS Commons, 6:30 pm

14 - Bball vs. Sweetwater MS at BHS Gold Gym, 5:00 pm

16 - Robotics Super Regionals at Creekland MS

16 - Last day for Christmas tree drop-off for the Chipper!

18 - MLK Holiday - Student/Staff Holiday

19 - "No Name Calling Week" (through 22nd)

19 - "Cheerleader for a Day" event at BHS Maroon Gym, 7:30 pm

20 - 50s Dress-Up Day - "Name Calling Has to Go, Daddy-O!"

21 - Bball vs. Richards MS at BHS Gold Gym, 5:00 pm

22 - 80s Dress-Up Day - "As If! Name Calling is Totally Bogus!"

23 - Saturday Opportunity School - 9:00-11:00 am

23 - Bball vs Snellville MS at BHS Maroon Gym, 9:00 am

23 - Volunteer with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's Chipper at Bethesda Park

28 - Rising 9th Grade Packets to be sent home with 8th Grade Students

28 - Bball vs Couch MS at Grayson HS, 5:00 pm

29 - Deadline for 8th Grade Ads for Yearbook

30 - BBall vs. Jordan MS at BHS Gold Gym, 9:00 am

30 - Chili Cookoff/Bonfire, FFMS Field, 2:00 - 8:00 pm