The Firebird Flash

September 4, 2020


- Spirit Week Next Week!

- FMS Return to Learn Info - Starting September 14

- Tell Us - Will your student be E-Learning or In-Person Learning?

(Every student MUST have a completed form!)

In-Person vs. E-Learning & Chromebook Request Form

We need this form completed for EACH Student that you have at FMS.

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Updates from the Principal

Good Morning Firebird Nation Families -

We have wrapped up our 3rd week of E-Learning! I am again impressed with the hard work of our teachers and students in all that they are accomplishing! I also had an opportunity to stop into many of our E-Learning Zoom classes this past week to check in with our students. It was awesome to see them and hear the excitement about returning to the school.

Secondary schools in District 49 have been given the green light to return to in-person learning on September 14th by implementing a cohort model. Our previous Return to Learn Plan will still be in place. Additionally, we will need to start back with a smaller number of students in the building each day to implement cohorts, practice distancing measures, and build back towards 100% in the building each day. Please review the information below related to our cohort model.

Our Broadcasting Team, WEB Leaders, and JS2S Members will be putting together a video that demonstrates our daily procedures that will be in place at FMS. We are planning to send this video out to all families next Thursday or Friday. We ask that all families take time to sit and watch this video so that you are familiar with the expectations as we return to in-person learning within the school. It is important for all Firebirds to know and understand these procedures and protocols so we can all keep each other safe.

We will be communicating next week with updates and information as we get closer to our Return to Learn, so please be watching for emails. As always, if you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. We are happy to help! We look forward to working together with you as we Return to Learn in the Falcon Middle School building!

I hope everyone enjoys this 3-day Labor Day Weekend! Stay Safe and Healthy!


Brian Smith

Executive Principal

Falcon Middle School

Return to Learn Information - Please read through this section carefully

Return To Learn Protocols and Procedures

Please read this to understand the Return To Learn plan for Falcon Middle School.

Falcon Middle School will be able to have 50% of our student population in the building Monday - Thursday. Fridays will be an E-Learning day for all students until we reach 100% in-person status. Daily E-Learning will also be an option for any family wishing to remain with this format until they feel it is safe to return. Beginning September 14th, students will be in the building on the following days, based on Last Name:

Last Names A - J:

  • In-Person - Mondays & Tuesdays
  • E-Learning - Wednesdays & Thursdays

Last Names K - Z:

  • In-Person - Wednesdays & Thursdays
  • E-Learning - Mondays & Tuesdays

Fridays - E-Learning Day for all students (Modified Schedule for short class check-ins and student work time)

For families with multiple last names in the same household, please contact your grade level administrator and/or counselor at the contact information at the bottom of this email. We will work with you to determine which "cohort" will work best so that your entire household can attend on the same day. At this time, we can only accommodate same-household requests. We are not able to make adjustments due to carpool requests, etc.

We will follow the 50% schedule until the district allows for 100% in-person learning to take place. If there is a shortened week due to a holiday or weather impacting our in-person attendance, we will communicate and do our best to try and adjust the week's schedule in order to best accommodate each student having two days of in-person learning.

Falcon Middle School has also worked to acquire additional Chromebooks and we plan to distribute them to our in-person students to help facilitate our new methods of instruction. If you have already checked out a Chromebook for E-Learning, then you are all set. Students will need to bring these to school on their "In-Person" days. If your student has not received an FMS Chromebook, then you will need to submit a request through our Online Form.

We ask that everyone please review our Return to Learn Plan again so that you know the specific procedures and protocols we will have in place for student, staff, and community safety. These procedures must be followed by our staff and students at all times. We want to keep our school safe and demonstrate that we have the right procedures in place to move to the 100% level of In-Person learning.

Please complete the In-Person vs. E-Learning form below for EACH student in your household so we can make sure we have our classes balanced correctly.

If you are choosing now to continue with E-Learning, but decide later (after Sept 14) to change to In-Person Learning, you will need to wait until the end of the quarter.


In-Person vs. E-Learning & Chromebook Request Form

We need this form completed for EACH Student that you have at FMS.

Falcon Middle School

Executive Principal: Brian Smith

6th Grade Assistant Principal: Tim Scheck

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Kava Lientz

8th Grade Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Elena Forehand

6th Grade Counselor: Carrie Clay

7th Grade Counselor: Amber Villani

8th Grade Counselor: Lisa Murdock