Fulton Middle School Explo Classes
Team FMS: Together, We Can! - February 8, 2016
Welcome to the FMS EXPLO Newsletter!
Ms. Glynn and Ms. Neudecker
6th Grade Band is trying something a little bit new this month. Brass and Woodwinds are now together on a daily basis working through book one of the Essential Elements Series. Percussion is in sectionals working on rudiments that are specific to percussionists. Brass and woodwinds are really starting to dig in on learning how to breathe correctly when they play, dynamics and more advanced counting skills. This next week we are moving on from ban arrangements. The students accomplished a lot by being able to hold their own parts. This next week we are also working on learning about 16th notes. The students are doing great, but please remember to remind your child to bring their instrument to school. When a child forgets their instrument it does impact their grades.
7th Grade Band is also starting something new this semester. Everyone has started book two in the Essential Elements series and we are very excited! If you have not done so already, please send money with your child to purchase you book from us. The brass and woodwind books are $8.00 and the percussion books are $15.00. In 7th grade we are also going to start working on writing, recognizing and playing our major scales starting next week. In class this next week we are going to start working on chromatic passages, and reviewing musical terms that we have seen before. Students are also signing up for opportunities to play solos at Central Methodist University Music Festival on Friday March 4. We are so excited to see so many students wanting to be involved!
8th Grade Band is starting on our contest music for CMU Music Festival on March 4. I am very excited that the students have come back ready to work, and our ensemble sound is rockin'! Please talk to your students about taking a solo or ensemble to contest as well. This would require a lot of time commitment, but it is a great learning opportunity for the students. Students will also do tests for new chair placements next week on Thursday. This chair placement will be based on scales. The student have also started doing goal sheets that will determine their playing quizzes for that week. These are crucial, and all of the information they need to do so is on the Google Classroom for our class. I would also like to congratulate the following 8th grade students on achieving high honors at the recent NEMO Jr. High Honor Band. Emily Schweiss - 1st chair flute, Kelly Gillespie - 2nd chair alto saxophone, Madison Todahl - 4th chair clarinet and Braden Rosenstengel - 5th chair percussion! Great job guys!
Fulton Bands also kicked off their Spring fundraiser this week. The fundraiser consists of mostly frozen foods. This fundraiser contributes 45% of everything a student sells to their individual trip accounts (ITA) for when they go on their band trip in high school. The forms and money are to be turned in on Tuesday February 2. Pick up date for the items will be at the Parade of Bands concert on March 1. Please make sure that the items get delivered as soon as possible.
7th Grade and 8th Grade Wire Choir are finishing up learning chord progressions in our method book. We are also taking time to review over the next week what we learned last semester. Some students still need to pay for their Wire Choir shirts, please makes sure that we take care of the ASAP.
Ms. Lehman and Dr. Moebes
The Hornet Singers are continuing to grow as musicians as we build our sight-reading skills and expand our vocabulary...in Latin! We've been learning a lot and are very excited for Central Methodist University's Music Festival coming up in March. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to time.
Solo and small ensemble lessons have started and I can not wait for these kiddos to show off their talents! Thanks to parents and students for being so great about rescheduling. Such great things happening in Hornet Singers!
8th grade Arts Alive have finished working through the instrumental families of the orchestra and are now putting that knowledge to work. The students must always be on their toes as they never know what may await as they arrive to class...New adventures daily!
Harmony Hornets are back at it in full force as we had many new members attend this semesters rehearsals. This ensemble will be traveling to Columbia for a music festival at Battle High School in March. Dr. Moebes and Miss Lehman are both very proud of all their hard work!
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Hornet Pride Choir (7th grade) is doing great work in preparation for our upcoming contest! Our contest repertoire: "Gloria Deo!", and " Drinking Gourd", is challenging, but we are making excellent progress. Singers are working hard, and having a great time! Recordings that may be helpful for practice are posted on our Google Classroom.
6th grade Arts Alive is beginning presentations of our musical artist presentation this week! Students selected musicians to research and teach their classmates about. I'm excited to see how these students share information with their classmates. Students may volunteer to present, or will be selected at random to share their work.
7th grade Arts Alive has begun Moebes' School of Rock!!! This week begins the presentation of the Music Genre projects. Students selected a genre of popular music, and two subgenres to research. This project includes profiles of 6 musicians or groups. Students have had several class periods to complete their research and projects. I know we'll have some great presentations! Students may volunteer to present, or will be selected at random to share their work.
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Coach Youse and Coach Windmiller
6th Graders - Coach Youse's classes will begin learning about personal hygiene and ways to stay fit next week.
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7th Grade is continuing our unit over body systems. We will cover the circulatory and respiratory system this week. We will also have a special guest, Major Rice, from the Fulton Police Department, come in to talk about the dangers of teen drinking.
8th Grade will begin a unit of healthy relationships and a teens choice to say "no" to sexual activity.
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Coach Masek, Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse
Congratulations to the January P.E. Students of the Month shown below!
(Not pictured: Michael Holtcamp)
The 8th grade students enrolled in Computer Applications continued with their goal setting along with choosing strategies to help them reach their goals. This is a year long process, increasing 3 wpm each month. For February our benchmark goal is 31 wpm with 90% accuracy for the month.
Along with working on their keyboarding skills, 6th Graders took the "Word Part 1 skills" word processing assessment on Thursday and were introduced to "Word Part 2 skills" through a Kahoots competition. We ended the week Friday with a coding challenge at Tynker.com. The kids enjoyed this coding site and were highly engaged to complete their assigned challenge. Mr. Kerr even stopped by this week to have friendly keyboarding competitions with both 6th grade classes. (see pictures below).
7th & 8th graders finished their "Fulton" brochure about our town and community. It includes everything a visitor to Fulton would want to know: places to eat, sleep, and fun things to do! You will soon be able to find finished products in our guidance office for families new to the area and for those of us wanting to discover what Fulton has to offer. They will be printed on gold paper. This coming week will include desktop publishing skills review/refresher along with an Internet search scavenger hunt activity.
7th and 8th grade computer students took the Parting of the Clouds coding challenge on Thursday and a few students in each class completed the entire challenge! As a few students completed the challenge, they assisted others by studying their coding and making suggestions. It was a great experience for all! 6th graders and students enrolled in the 8th grade WIN class used the Tynker.com coding application. This site was definitely a big hit as students' engagement and enjoyment was obviously at a new level. Coding is a STEM activity that always engages all computer students.
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Practice at Home!
Typing Racer Challenge!
Want to challenge your child to a typing race?
While we have a limited amount of users for this keyboarding service, parents of students enrolled in computer class are welcome to contact Mrs. Bailey through email to set up a temporary account. This offer is a "test" offer only and the success will depend on the number of requests, but could be another way that you could engage your child in their learning. Imagine challenging your child to a typing challenge today! Fun :)
Typing Racer Challenge!
Want to challenge your child to a typing race?
This Week in Art Class
8th Grade is Working on a modern update of Grant Wood's "American Gothic"
7th Grade is finishing up a printmaking unit and creating radial design print pates.
6th Graders or working on a radial design and working on any catch up work they need to do from the tessellation project we just wrapped on.
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Roses are red
Violets are blue
Renew or Return-- your books are past due!
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