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October 26, 2014

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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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Annual Roadrunner race moved to Oct. 28

Due to weather and field conditions, the FMS Roadrunner, originally scheduled for Oct. 21, has been postponed until Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The race will take place during Activity Period, and all friends and family are invited to support the participants. Students, please remember to wear your House color!
SENECA – White or yellow

Hiawatha House Breakfast with the Principal set for Oct. 23

Attention Hiawatha House Parents: You're invited to join the Building Principal, Mr. Laster, for an informal breakfast on Thursday, October 23, from 9 to 10 a.m. Please RSVP either by email ( or by calling (518) 456-6010 ext. 3010. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Seventh grader wins Guilderland Garden Club cover design contest

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Student information updates

On Friday, September 12, 2014, a letter was distributed to all parents via the district's SchoolTool Parent & Student Portal highlighting some important details regarding student information updates in the new school year. In particular, the letter addresses changes to how report cards and Individual Student Reports (ISRs) for grade 3-8 assessments will be available to parents as well as information about verifying and updating your child's health information. View the letter

Fun event for the entire family
Trick or Treat Street 2014

The Guilderland High School Classes of 2015 and 2018 are sponsoring the annual Trick or Treat Street on Saturday, October 25 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the high school. The event, which is open to children of all ages, will feature trick-or-treating throughout the school building (through 7 p.m.) as well as a magic show, carnival with games and prizes, haunted house, sing-a-longs, face painting, bouncy bounces, live entertainment, refreshments, and more! Get additional details and download an event flyer and parent tip sheet

Have you verified/updated your child's student health information for the new school year? Learn more


Upcoming enrichment opportunities

FMS is proud to offer new enrichment opportunities open to all students this fall. The school has teamed up with WSWHE BOCES to bring STEM Academy to FMS! Courses will include: Computer Game Design (Gr. 6 & 7), Vex Robotics (Gr. 8) and Chinese (Gr. 6-8). Please see the program flyer for complete details (PDF) Registration forms should be sent directly to WSWHE BOCES. The registration deadline is September 19, 2014. Final registration will be completed by a lottery and letters will be distributed to all students accepted into the courses.

Middle School student/parent handbook now available online

The 2014-15 FMS Student/Parent Handbook is now available on our website.
View it here (PDF)

2014-15 curriculum guides now available

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Supply lists and placement information

Please note that school supply lists for the 2014-15 school year have been posted to the Backpack Mail home page. Middle school placement information for the upcoming year will be available beginning August 8 via the SchoolTool Parent & Student Portal. Don't have a SchoolTool account yet? Be sure to sign up before August 8 to ensure timely access to placement information! Visit the SchoolTool Parent & Student Portal home page to learn more about creating, accessing and using your account

Information for FMS parents regarding the start of the new school year

Please take a few moments to read information below from FMS Principal Michael Laster regarding placement letters and upcoming open house and orientation dates:

Letter for parents of incoming sixth graders (PDF)
Placement information available on SchoolTool August 8
Orientation set for September 3
Open House set for September 11

Letter for parents of incoming seventh and eighth graders (PDF)
Placement information available on SchoolTool August 8
Grade 7 Open House set for September 16
Grade 8 Open House set for September 22


FMS installs new honeybee hive in Organic Garden
Learn more about honeybees and beekeeping throughout the summer and fall!

Honeybee hives buzzes
into FMS Organic Garden

FMS is excited to announce that teachers Keith Freeman and Jennifer Ford have installed an active honeybee hive in the FMS Organic Garden! We would like to invite anyone who may be interested in learning more about honeybees or beekeeping to join them as they manage the hive throughout the summer and fall. You can watch and ask questions from a safe distance, or get right in and do some hands on work! If you are interested in checking out one or more of the hive inspections, please send a note directly to She will be sending out a group email within the next few weeks letting everyone know the dates and times of the beehive inspections as they are scheduled. Inspection schedules will also be distributed via SNN and posted to the FMS website. Learn more

District transitioning to paperless report cards in 2014-15

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Guilderland Central School District will be transitioning to a paperless report card system for all students, grades K-12. Report cards will no longer be sent or mailed home; instead, parents will be able to access and review their child’s report card online via the district’s SchoolTool Parent and Student Portal. Learn more

Algebra Bridge Program

Please review the following important information about the Algebra Bridge Program, for students entering eighth grade in September 2014 who are enrolled in Accelerated Algebra. Download the packet, containing links for summer work (PDF) Also be sure to download the accompanying Bridge Notesheet (PDF)

Important immunization changes for students entering grades K-6

The NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department recently issued immunization requirement changes starting with the 2014-2015 school year. A letter will be sent home to all parents of students in grades K-6 on April 22 explaining these changes. Parents can also read the letter here (PDF).

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