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November 29, 2015

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Michael Laster, Principal

6072 State Farm Rd. Guilderland, NY 12084

Phone: 518/456-6010 ext. 3010

Fax: 518/456-3747

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Fall newsletter now available VIEW IT HERE - PDF


Video chronicles the first quarter work of FMS World Language and Cultures Department classes VIEW IT HERE 


FMS Winter Snowball set for Dec. 4
Please note the date change. The change is reflected on the online district calendar. The 2nd annual Winter Snowball will be held from 7 to 9:30 on Friday, Dec. 4. The dance is open to students in grades 7 and 8. The FMS Student Council will be selling tickets during lunch through Dec. 4. Tickets are $10, and must be purchased ahead of time. The dance attire is "dressy" but not formal. Refreshments will be served.


FMS Winter Coat Drive
Help FMS reach their goal of 500 coat donations! Now through Dec. 4, drop off clean coats of all sizes (with working zippers) in the designated boxes in front of each house office or at reception.


FMS teachers shine at NYSMA Conference
Last month at the 2015 New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) Conference, four Farnsworth Middle School teachers spoke to a packed classroom of middle level educators. Charlie Cahill, Molly Fanning, Joe Winchester and Steve Wolf presented on the topic, “Integrating Technology at the Middle Level Using Google Chromebooks.” LEARN MORE 


FMS students "mixed it up" at lunch on Oct. 27Mix it Up day
On Tuesday, October 27, FMS students joined more than one million other students across the country to help break down social and racial barriers by participating in "Mix It Up at Lunch Day." During each of the lunch periods, students were encouraged to sit with new friends and participate in a structured dialogue focused on learning more about each other. LEARN MORE


Important information about Junior Ski Club

Junior Ski Club will take place Thursday evenings starting in January. Learn more about the club, including when and how to register.

New drop-off/pick-up traffic procedure implemented at FMS this year
In an effort to make student drop-off safer and more efficient, a new traffic flow has been implemented at FMS, which includes new curbing and signs. Parents and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution and patience during the new school year. 
View the PDF that illustrates the new procedure


'Welcome to FMS' video to ease middle school transition for incoming students
Farnsworth Middle School students, under the direction of Media Specialist Maura Nichols, created a 20-minute video, "Welcome to FMS," to help incoming sixth-graders with their transition to their new school. VIEW THE VIDEO

Helpful information for incoming 6th-graders
This document contains basic information about Farnsworth Middle School, as well as frequently asked questions: VIEW THE PDF

Semester 2 Academic Achievement List announced

Congratulations to over 750 middle school students who were named to the 2014-2015 Semester 2 Academic Achievement List! View the list

2014-15 Awards Newsletter now available
This annual newsletter highlights the academic achievements of students in grades 6-12, throughout the 2014-15 school year. VIEW IT HERE (PDF)

Farnsworth Middle School re-designated as an Essential Elements School to Watch (updated with video, 7/23) LEARN MORE


Farnsworth Middle School Class of 2015 'moves up' to become future graduates of Class of 2019

FMS held its annual Moving Up Day (MUD) Ceremony on June 24 to celebrate the completion of the eighth-graders’ middle school experience and formalize their transition to high school. A video slideshow commemorating the students’ years at FMS was shown during the ceremony. VIEW THE VIDEO

FMS Organic Garden Brick Sale
The Organic Garden members have been working hard at sprucing up the gardens, learning about native plants and planting organic vegetables. To help promote the program and to defray the cost of beautifying the gardens, the members are selling personalized bricks, to be installed in the garden walkway. Contact if you have any questions. Download an order form (PDF)

FMS Morning Broadcast now available on YouTube

Want to keep up with the latest news and events from FMS? Be sure to check out our daily Morning Broadcast, now available on YouTube! Watch the most recent FMS Morning Broadcast


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