December 18, 2015

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Big Wins for Robotics!

Our four teams did a fantastic job last Saturday at the regional competition at Creekland MS. Results are in, and the 7th grade team, the Terminators, captained by Travis Hermel, received 3rd place overall and a guaranteed spot in Super Regionals. The 6th Grade team, the Rebels, captained by Melanie Sarmiento, also made it to Super Regionals! In addition, the 8th grade team, the TerraBytes, captained by Justice Bass, received a trophy for most innovative project design! It was a great day for everyone involved and we are extremely proud of all of our Robotics students. Way to go, BRONCOS!! We hope you'll make plans to join us on January 16th at Creekland MS for Super Regionals!

Spiritwear on Sale!

'Tis the season for cold weather and gift-giving! You can take care of both because Bronco hoodies are now on sale! Here's a new 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!

Talent Show Rescheduled!

Our fabulous FFMS Talent Show has been rescheduled for 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. Applications are now available in the main office, the media center, and the 8th grade office. All applications are due Tuesday, January 5, 2016, so plan your act over the winter break and come back ready to share your talent! You'll be glad you did!

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

Attention 8th Grade Parents!

Now is the time to buy an ad in the yearbook for your 8th grader! 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 in January. All ads are 1/4 page and cost $30.00. The deadline to purchase an ad is December 31st! If you have questions, please call Cindy Bloodworth, 770-736-4521, or email her at cindy_bloodworth@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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!

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.

Dates To Remember!

12/21 - Winter Break - through 1/5/16 (school resumes Wednesday, 1/6/16)

1/6 - Pre-Tests - Math and Social Studies

1/7 - Pre-Tests - Language Arts and Science