The Bronco Buzz

October 16, 2015


  • Monday, October 19- Friday, October 23- ITBS Testing (8th Grade Only)
  • Monday, October 19- Friday, October 23- Great Days of Service Canned Food Drive
  • Wednesday, October 21 - Boy Scout Visits to Classrooms in 6th Grade during 1st period
  • Thursday, October 22- PLC
  • Thursday, October 22-JR Beta Club Induction Ceremony in Cafe @ 6pm
  • Thursday, October 22-Boy Scout Round Up in Media Center @ 7pm
  • Friday, October 23- Admin Team Meeting in Conference Room
  • Friday, October 23- eClass Tech Training Module DUE!
TIP- Remember that the Staff Calendar can be accessed on the FFMS Training Page in eCLASS. Click the button below to access the Staff Calendar now.


  • Monday's Professional Development went very well. Everyone was so engaged and really added a lot to
  • Thank you to those teachers who helped move our school forward in Gradual Release of Responsibility--Phillip Watson, Onika St. James, and Suzanne Elder.
  • The Tech Training / Breakout sessions were awesome! Shout out to: Meagan Ally, Jane Kenyon, Carla Kuny, Jeni Greene, Alexa Maring, Monica Brown, Mandy Newton, Eric Morrow, & Kim Rafferty
  • 90 Minute PLC's were very informational! Thanks for your engagement as we learned about the GA Milestones and the GCPS Compensation Plan.
  • THANK you for a smooth Interim testing window. Rachel Mickle, awesome job organizing everything, and to Jeni, Dennis, and Wanda for scanning!
  • Thank you to Dennis Turnham for organizing the staff development for our Science teachers using the Labdisc Probes! We are going to use them to take our kids to the next level in Science!
  • The Math teachers had a wonderful professional development session this week on how to implement FAL...Formative Assessment Lessons! Embedding these within our instructional practices will increase the rigor in the mathematical reasoning of our students.

Tech Training Module- CHECK!!!

Don't forget to complete your Tech Training Module that is located on the FFMS Training Page in eClass. You have until October 23rd to get this done!

  • Suzanne Elder, Steven Abbott, Christine Douthart, Mary Ann Holloway, Rachel Kusher, Dennis Turnham, Emma Harris, and Nancy Kimbrell have already completed the Discussion Board Assignment from Jeni's Tech Training Module in eClass! Way to GO!
  • Jessica Smith, Sarah Erickson, Megan Sims, Jane Kenyon, Mary Ann Holloway, Emma Harris, Stephen Griffith, and Suzanne Elder have completed the Dropbox Assignment from Jeni's Tech Training Module in eClass. AWESOME!
  • Emma Harris, Mary Ann Holloway, Jane Kenyon, and Suzanne Elder have completed the Assessment in Jeni's Tech Training Module! WOOP!
  • Emma Harris, Mary Ann Holloway, Jane Kenyon, and Suzanne Elder have completed the ENTIRE TECH TRAINING MODULE!

COUNT ME IN AWARD... Alice Schubele

Alice is being pulled in every direction and is such a great asset to FFMS. Her dedication and commitment are evident in all that she does.

Instructional Highlights!

Thinglink with Biomes

This week Ms. Harris, and Mr. Bennett created Biome projects using technology and the STEAM lab. They used a program called Thinkglink. Students used the Chromebooks and iPads to create the projects. The iPads are already loaded with the Thinglink APP and students created an account on either device they used. Thinglink allows students to select an image and then link other images and media to that image. Both projects are excellent ways to show case student work! Click HERE to learn more about Thinglink.

Sliding Notes

Mary Ann has jumped right in to the world of Google Apps for Edu. This week she had her students Summarize the Main Ideas of her slotted notes with Google Slides and then had them share their work with her so that she could monitor their progress. She also had them create the Dummy File in their locker and submit their slides via the Dropbox in eClass. Way to go, Mary Ann!
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Calling All Teachers!

Calling all teachers! Do you know someone who works in a STEAM-related career? STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics and Five Forks wants to expose our students to meaningful learning opportunities grounded in these disciplines.

Our goal is to introduce our students to STEAM-related careers that use their academic knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems and make a difference in our world!

We're looking for parent volunteers or company leaders to share their wisdom and experiences with our students. Their involvement could range from speaking with our students about their jobs to leading a hands-on demonstration within one of our classes. We're also looking to form partnerships with STEAM-related companies in the surrounding area.

Please provide information using the STEAM Info Survey. If you have any questions or additional ideas, then please contact Andrew Whatley, Assistant Principal for STEAM.


Let's Get Ready to RUMBLE... eCLASS Style!

Starting in October we are going to run a monthly contest to reward those teachers who are really going above and beyond in using eClass with their students. Each week we are sent a spreadsheet that shows the number of log ins a teacher has had for the week as well as the number of minutes they spend in eClass to prepare their students for the highest level of learning. For the week ending 09/27, we had a total of 435 logins by teachers and a total of 6,235 minutes spent in the tool.

We will tabulate the numbers to see who not only has the highest number of log ins each month, but also who spent the most time in the tool. We have some AWESOME prizes coming your way- new power point clickers, wireless dongles, and more! We will feature our winners here in the Buzz each week and on the morning announcements. Good luck!



4- Jessica Smith

8- Pam Underwood

10- Zac Cogdill

12- Dennis Turnham

14- Scherrie Grim

14- Ellen Loving

17- Dan Vatlavec

18- Hazel Johnson

19- Jennifer Van Gorder

20- Ana Maria Ghulam

22- Kim Rafferty

25- Zoila Lopez

28- Kelly Branam

29- Stephanie Lacock

31- Gwen Johnson

31- Eric Morrow


Did you know that Mrs. Brown has started a Blog? Check out what is happening in our very own FFMS Media Center!



A pumpkin is really a squash?
It is! It's a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers.

That pumpkins are grown all over the world?
Six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins including Alaska! Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow in.

That the "pumpkin capital" of the world is Morton, Illinois?
This self proclaimed pumpkin capital is where you'll find the home of the Libby corporation's pumpkin industry.

That the Irish brought this tradition of pumpkin carving to America?
The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they found pumpkins a plenty and they were much easier to carve for their ancient holiday.

Fun Facts About The Pumpkin!

  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.

  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.

  • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.

  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

  • The Connecticut field variety is the traditional American pumpkin.

  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.

  • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

  • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.

  • Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."

  • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.