FMS Parent Newsletter
UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
The end of the first quarter is tomorrow, October 29th.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back this Sunday for Daylight Saving Time.
The FMS gym will be open for voting on November 5th.
Report Card pick-up will be next week on Wednesday, November 6, from 4:30-6:30pm in the gym lobby. Meet and talk with teachers, pick up report cards, and see administration if you have any ideas or concerns.
There is no school on Monday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day Observation)
Wednesday, November 13th is World Kindness day. In honor of Fred Rogers (of children’s television show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood fame), we will be wearing cardigan sweaters that day and promoting kindness, as we do throughout the school year. *See below under Ms. Moore for more information and great ideas for the month.
NC CHECK-INS (Benchmarks) WILL BE THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12-15. Please make sure that your child is well-rested, well-fed, and ready to work to do their best!
The FMS Homecoming game has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30pm against Cedar Creek Middle School. We hope to see you all there!
7TH Grade will go on their first field trip of the year on Friday, November 22. Students need to bring in their money and permission slips asap!
The All-County Band concert will be held on November 26 at Franklinton High School from 7:30-8:30pm.
Thanksgiving vacation will run from November 27 - November 29. We have a lot to be thankful for here at FMS!
Every student in the school now has a Chromebook in hand. If you purchased insurance, everything is covered, no matter what, except for the charging cord. It is important to talk to your child about being careful with their Chromebook. Doing the following will protect your child's Chromebook:
1. Get a computer sleeve or buy a bookbag with a computer sleeve and make sure the Chromebook is stored in the sleeve when moving from class to class or home.
2. Please eat or drink in an area away from the Chromebook.
3. Always pick up the Chromebook with two hands, and carry it with two hands.
4. Don't allow anyone else to use or borrow the Chromebook.
Wondering how your child is doing? Want to ask a question, or let your child’s teachers know about an issue or an upcoming absence? Simply go to https://www.fcschools.net/franklintonmiddleschool and cut and paste teacher email addresses into your own email platform.
Did you know that you can have your own access to PowerSchool? You can also set your access up to send reports automatically to your email as often as you want them! If you think your child may not be bringing home those progress reports for a reason, or you are tired of waiting for an update, simply go to this link and follow the directions for real-time PowerSchool updates on all your children who are in the school system! *Yes, you can do this on your phone! Need more help? Come into the school office and we will help you to get set up.
We have a Boys & Girls club after school program right here at FMS. There is a minimal fee to get started and after that it's free! Click here for the membership application.
R = Respect (Aug/Sept)
A = Accountability (Oct)
M = Motivation (Nov)
S = Safety (Dec)
C = Character (Jan)
H = Honor (Feb)
O = Opportunity (March)
I = Inclusivity (April)
C = Compassion (May)
E = Excellence (June)
Need to sign up for FCS FindOutFirst for bus changes, school closings, important messages from the county and our school? Click here to go to the county page.
Need to sign up to pay lunch or Chromebook fees online? Click here to get started.
Traditional school calendar for 2019-2020 CLICK HERE.
FMS school day master schedule - CLICK HERE.
6TH GRADE TEAM
MS. MCINTOSH - ELA
*NOTE: Ms. McIntosh is out on maternity leave, but she will be in constant communication with our substitute teacher Ms. Kearney, who is being supported by our district literacy coach, using the same curriculum. Rest assured that your children are in good hands!
7TH GRADE TEAM
MS. NEUJAHR - SCIENCE
Students are gearing up to take their practice benchmarks on their first units of Earth Science knowledge. These upcoming weeks are going to finish discussing topics on pollution, human caused disasters and accidents, and ways to help the environment through laws and conservation.
MS WOODS - MATH
This week we wrap up Unit 1. We will review for the test on 10/28 & 10/29 and will take 10/30 & 10/31 to complete the test. After that, we move into adding & subtracting integers.
This will prepare us for our benchmark as well. Please see my canvas page for resources to help your child study and prepare as well as our daily pacing guide at bit.ly/canvas-kw
MS. KEITH - SOCIAL STUDIES
This week we are wrapping up the Age of Exploration Unit. The students have now completed their DBQ Packet and Outline. We will be finishing up essays tomorrow during class and starting our next unit soon! We have sent home permission slips with every student for our upcoming field trips. If your child has not already turned that in please encourage them to do so. As always, feel free to reach out to me via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
8TH GRADE TEAM
MS. KEENAN - SCIENCE
Students are still working in Unit 2 “Earth History” They will be taking their first quiz 11/1/19 on the topics of Earth Layers, Rock Cycle, Geological Time Scale and Fossils. BenchMarks are around the corner, so I highly recommend students continue to review their notes nightly to keep the vocabulary fresh. I offer tutoring every Thursday from 3:30-4:15 with no appointment necessary.
MR. HOOPER - MATH
Websites for Math Practice
MS. FROST - ELA
Reading Benchmarks are fast approaching! We will be working on test taking strategies in the upcoming weeks. You can help! Please support your child with reading for enjoyment for at least 20-30 minutes daily outside the school day. This daily practice builds students vocabulary and most importantly stamina to tackle a long assessment. Thank you for all your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com.
MS. CULVER - ART
6th Grade art students, please bring in a 100% white cotton t-shirt OR pillow case. We will be tie dying as soon as everyone brings in a shirt/pillow case! Please ask your student if they have Art as an elective, as some students do not. Thank you!
Interested in what is going on in the Art Room? Follow me on Twitter! @missculverart
MS. MOORE - GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
Wednesday, November 13th is World Kindness day. In honor of Fred Rogers (of children’s television show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood fame), we will be wearing cardigan sweaters that day and promoting kindness, as we do throughout the school year.
The biographical film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will be in movie theaters later this month.
“It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ~L.R. Knost
Do you teach kindness at home? Most of us would be shocked if we heard our children were treating others unkindly. But, If we don’t teach these skills to our children – we may not be helping them be the best person they can be. Here are some important tips to help teach children of all ages the importance of being kind.https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/teaching-your-kids-to-be-kind/#.XbbtbOhKjcs
The relationship you have with your child is vitally important to the kind of person they will be. Check out this brief article to help improve the quality time you have with your child.
Click on this link for a sample of a kindness calendar for November. On this site, there is a similar calendar for each month. Or, you and your family can create a kindness calendar of your own!