FMS EXPLO Newsletter

November 26, 2019

Transition to 9th grade

8th graders: It's never to early to start thinking about the transition to Fulton High School. What classes will you take? What grades do I need to hold as an 8th grader to take a honors class? Please see the documents below. Click Here.

Missouri Connections

What Can Missouri Connections Do for Me?

As parents and guardians, you obviously have a lot invested in your child! Your love, concern for their well-being, desire for their success, sense of responsibility, and sincere wish to see them be a happy child and achieving student that matures into a successful adult are driving forces in your life.

What's at stake?

  • Their personal educational and career success
  • Their self concept
  • Your peace of mind
  • Your financial investment

Part of the parenting role is to help your child chart their course in life. It's a life-long journey that requires many decisions along the way! Missouri Connections is a tool to help your child learn about career options and job expectations so they can make sound educational and career decisions for creating a plan to achieve success as they define it. Missouri Connections is a "one- stop-shop" that takes their education and career planning to a higher level.

With Missouri Connections and your support, they can:

  • Better understand themselves, explore their interests, and discover their talents.
  • Investigate education and career options so they can create a Personal Plan of Study or "My Plan" that is right for them.
  • Use the abundant resources for college and training exploration, find options to finance their future education, understand employment skills, and learn about high demand jobs in careers in which they have interest.
  • Make the connection between school, learning, and their future in the work world.
  • Develop a unique plan as they seek their own answers to important questions, like:
    • Who Am I?
    • Where Am I Headed?
    • How Do I Get There?

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FMS Counseling Department: Mrs. Burfield, Mrs. Horstmeier and Ms. Jo

Needing to see the school counselor?

Students needing to access the counselor's office can submit a form from their chrome books by clicking on the apps button. This form comes only to the counselor's. 6th graders will learn how to use this app on Tuesday, August 27th when counselors meet with them through their ELA classrooms. You can also ask your teacher for help. If you can't locate the form you can also shoot your school counselor an email. Obviously if there is an emergency, students will be sent to the Counselors Office immediately. This is just a great way to help students stay in the classroom for instruction time .

Here are a few ways you can reach out to us in the FMS Counseling Office:

Mrs. Horstmeier works with students with a last name starting with an A-J and can be reached at and Mrs. Burfield works with students with a last name starting with a K-Z and can be reached at

Ms. Jo is the Counseling Office secretary and can be reached at

Counseling Office phone number is 573-590-8208

Mr. Yates

Feel free to contact me any time!


Follow me on Twitter: @MrYatesFMS

The goal of computer class is to equip students with meaningful skills that will help them thrive in a digital age. These skills include:

- Coding

- Google proficiency

- Digital citizenship

- Media production

Computer class is very project based using online and offline technology tools, as well as engaging topics like 3D printing, Augmented and Virtual reality, and many other avenues for creativity.

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Continue to be an upstander and make good choices online. Keep up your positive digital footprint! For more resources visit

1st Quarter proficiency scales for computers

2nd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

3rd Quarter proficiency scales for computers

Coach Windmiller, Coach Youse, Coach Pretz

Journey to Success!

6th-8th Grade Skills Proficiency Scales

Policies and Procedures

Next Week- Indoor Units

Coach Windmiller- Student Choice

Coach Youse- Student Choice

6th Grade Health- Nutrients

7th Grade Health- Alcohol

8th Grade Health- Contraception

Health Classes Begin for ALL Pretz's classes on Friday, October 18-Friday, December 13.

6th Grade Health will be in Room 123 with Coach Windmiller

7th Grade Health will be in Room 120 with Coach Pretz

8th Grade Health will be in Room 110 with Coach Youse

During this time, Coach Pretz's classes do not need to bring PE clothes. They need to report to those rooms above each day with a chromebook, planner, and writing utensil.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @CoachWindmiller @CoachYouse @CoachPretz_FMS

Dr. Moebes


CHECK OUT OUR NEW COOKING SHOW FROM ACADEMIC LAB! "It's Gonna Get Messy!" is the new cooking program that is student organized in my 4th hour class! Students are bringing in recipes that are meaningful to their families, and teaching us how to make them! Episode 1 is below! Episodes 2 and 3 will be available next week!

Music 6: This week we explored the music of Jimi Hendrix, and artists who inspired him. We listened to examples of their music!

Arts Alive: What a phenomenal first performance! Congratulations on a successful Show Choir Showcase!

There is no fee to participate in this class. We will be buying t-shirts for the show choir this year. Students DO NOT have to purchase one, but MAY buy their shirt for $8. If the student brings $8, they will get to keep their shirt. If not, I will wash the shirts, and store them for next year!

Choir: Choir class is getting new voice assignments to go along with our new repertoire! I continue to be impressed by their dedication, and enthusiasm!

CONCERT ATTIRE: khaki pants, black shoes, and a black choir polo shirt. If you do not have one, you may purchase one from me for $15. These polos are the same as those worn by FMS choirs for the past several years. Students may certainly borrow or buy one from a student who was in FMS choirs and no longer needs the polo.

Please feel free to contact me at any time: For pictures and daily updates about Vocal Music at FMS, follow me on Twitter: @MoebesMusic

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8th grade Show Choir Showcase
It's Gonna Get Messy! Cheesy Chili Frito Casserole with Sara
It's Gonna Get Messy! Episode 3: Tator Tot Casserole with Ja'Mya

Mr. Thomas and Ms. Neudecker

Our next concert is Tuesday, December 3, at 6:00 pm at FMS.

6th Grade Band: For those who haven't gotten a band book yet, we play out of Essential Elements for Band, Book 1. Please feel free to contact a director if you have any questions about what book to get.

6th Grade continues to become more comfortable with their first notes and how to make a sound.

7th Grade Band: The band is beginning preparations for their concert on October 29th. They have all of their music and we are beginning the refinement stage.

8th Grade Band: The 8th grade band is teaming up with some of the high school band to play the National Anthem at our home FMS Girls Basketball games! The dates are posted below. The times are when we need to be in the gym, ready to play. Ms. Neudecker will be in the band room 30 minutes before those times. Kids who want to play need to let Ms. Neudecker know so they can get into the games for free.

  • Thursday, November 21, 5:45 pm
  • Monday, November 25, 5:15 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10, 4:45 pm
  • Thursday, December 19, 4:45 pm

We're working on scales and our music for our next concert. After the concert, we will be working with scales, and have some playing assessments. These may be will be recorded and shared electronically, or played live in class.


Guitar Classes: Students are improving their technique and will be moving towards performing full songs soon.

Please consider following me on Twitter @MrT_FPSBands. I will be providing a daily playlist which your students will hear when they enter the room. You may also email me at

Mr. Chapman

News from the Art Room

6th Grade

We have started our next ELO with our torn paper animals. Students will use subject matter and themes in their artwork. Students are into it, and doing well. They begin by creating simple shapes of their favorite animal or animal that interests them, and they create a textural effect by tearing and gluing paper in all the areas of this paper to create a sort of relief mosaic rendition of their animal. This project focuses on the theme, but also focuses on process and achieving results. This project takes a few weeks, but they are usually pretty excited about the end results.

7th Grade Semester

Students will continue with Media techniques and processes with our “old Barn” drawings. Students will start to concentrate on value and implied line and start to push their special relationship with creating perspective. We will start some mini projects before Our final objective after break.

7th Grade All Year

Students are creating Pop Art as part of continuing study of analyzing and evaluating art in ELO3.

Students will look at various works of art particularly in the POP Art genre, and use candy as a way to create their own independent study of this art style. Once finished we will start another mini project with emoji and following instructions for setting up a project using specialized tools and measurement.

We will move to our next ELO in January, and we will continue mini projects covering the ELO’s we have covered thus far along with some fun mini projects along the way.

8th Grade Semester

ELO4:Students will explain the connections between art and the world around them.

Students are continuing their work on their “Coat of Arms, and have been given a choice of medium. Students can paint or create a mixed media concept. We will also begin work on Stained Glass designs and use tissue to create a stained glass look concentrating on positive and negative space. we will also go over safety practices in the classroom.

8th Grade All Year

ELO4:Students will explain the connections between art and the world around them.

Students are continuing work in making artistic connection, and will be working on Dragons as a concept to build special relationships in drawing. Students will also utilize concepts used in previous units with value, line creation and similarities in texture and overall composition.

We will move into our Blow Up designs where we take a mechanical object and draw different perspectives and focus on overall composition. This challenges students to take a deeper awareness of the world around them and see objects differently by taking a different look at ordinary everyday things we see. It pays close attention to detail.

As always, if you have any questions, or concerns please don’t hesitate in contacting me through email at

Mr Chapman

Fulton Middle School Art Teacher

The FMS Thrive Hive

The Fulton Middle School Thrive Hive opened for business on Monday, August 21st. The store is open 7:25 to 7:45 each morning. If students aren't able to shop then they can email Mrs. Horstmeier @ or Mrs. Yates @ for an appointment to shop.

The Thrive Hive is designed to allow students to use their Hornet Bucks--earned through the Positive Behavior Support Program--to purchase items from the store. The Thrive Hive was created to help the needs of the FMS Student Community.

Items currently needed for the store are:

Any age appropriate toys, DVD's for the holidays.

As we gear up for winter: Hats, gloves, scarves, and coats.

Snack items: Nutella snack packs, Slim jims and pop tarts.

Other needs are ear buds and water bottles.

We will be gearing up for the holiday season so baskets to make gift packages for students to purchase would be great.

All other items are appreciated as well.

If you would like to donate, please call Fulton Middle School at 573-590-8200.…/thrive-hive-gets-middle-…/646415/

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Mrs. Lairmore

Coming soon: How many books are in the FMS Library contest. When you visit the Library with your ELA class you will be able to take your guess.

You will visit the Library every other week with your ELA class. Please be sure to bring your Library books with you for every visit. If you need a book before your next visit, you can always go to the link here: and search for your book.

You can email me with the book you want and I'll deliver it like a hot pizza!

If you would like to read books online, check out Hoopla for your phone, tablet, and computer. You can check out books, music, and movies for FREE just by having a Library Card with Daniel Boone Regional Library.

I included a video below to show you how to get signed up for Hoopla! It's my favorite digital Library app!

Still wanting to play Semantris?

Keep up with what's happening in the Library on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. You might even see yourself on there!

See you in the Library!

If you want to see some things happening in the Library:

Follow us on Instagram: fms_library or FMS LIBRARY

My You Tube Channel is:

Follow the Library fun on Twitter:

You can contact me by email at:


Please keep in mind that some students at FMS have an allergy to nuts, tree nuts and popcorn. Please be mindful of what food your child is bringing to school, and notice the signs throughout the school building. Thank you!
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Please check out the Digital Citizenship information at This site will help you keep up-to-date with current issues and trends in technology. Check out the "Parent" section! We are very proud at FMS to be recognized as a Digital Citizenship Certified School for the year 2016-17.