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May 04, 2016

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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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FMS student advocates for increased Tourette syndrome awareness
A Farnworth Middle School eighth-grader has been selected as a youth ambassador for the Tourette Association of America and will soon be presenting to local schools, clubs and community centers to promote the understanding and social acceptance of Tourette syndrome and its symptoms. Learn more


Two FMS students advance to national history competition
Two Farnsworth Middle School students are advancing to the National History Day competition in Maryland, after winning at the state-level competition. Learn more


Fourth quarter newsletter now available VIEW IT HERE (PDF)


Fifth grade families: FMS transition event schedule

There are several upcoming events for fifth grade students and their families making the transition from elementary to middle school. View schedule

Apply online NOW for Butterfly Station 2016

The school district is seeking motivated students currently in grades 6-12 who are interested in ecology and service learning for the Butterfly Station summer program. Learn more and apply online

Important May calendar update
The district anticipates it will not need to use any contingency days which means there will be no school on Friday, May 27 and all district and school offices will be closed. Learn more


Students will see changes in 3-8 NYS testing

Annual NYS assessments for students in grades 3-8, which begin April 5, will be a little different this year. FIND OUT WHAT's NEW


FMS student accepted into literary arts journal
A Farnsworth Middle School eighth-grader’s artwork has been accepted into the 30th anniversary publication of the WSWHE BOCES Talent Unlimited Literary Arts Journal.
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FMS students take top honors at Regional History Day Competition
Thirteen Farnsworth Middle School students are advancing to the New York State History Day Competition, after finishing with top honors at the regional event.
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Semester 1 Academic Achievement List announced
Congratulations to the following list of students who earned Academic Achievement during Semester 1 (Quarters 1 and 2) of the 2015-2016 school year.
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Kuwait Ministry of Education representatives tour FMS
Several representatives of Kuwait’s Ministry of Education are learning about the structure and practices of the Guilderland Central School District, as they begin to restructure their own educational system.


John Halligan to bring anti-bullying message to Guilderland Schools
John Halligan lost his son, Ryan, to suicide on October 7, 2003 when Ryan was 13 years old. Mr. Halligan will share Ryan’s story with Guilderland students and parents to help combat bullying in school.


FMS MASK presents Peter Pan, March 4-6

Don't miss the FMS MASK production of the Broadway musical Peter Pan, Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6. The show features a cast and crew of more than 125 middle school students. Tickets and showtimes


Third quarter newsletter now available VIEW IT HERE (PDF)

Second quarter grades are also now available on SchoolTool


Eighth-grade students to visit GHS on March 9
On Wednesday, March 9, FMS eighth-graders will attend an introductory program presented by high school administrators, counselors, students and teachers.


International Dinner set for March 10
At 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 in the Cafetorium, FMS will host the annual International Dinner, to celebrate the languages and cultures that make up the diverse school community of FMS. Students and families are asked to bring a dish to pass for a potluck-style dinner. In addition to food and great conversation, music will be provided by FMS music students. For more information or questions,
contact World Languages & ENL Administrator Marcia Ranieri.


Changes for 2016 Grades 3-8 ELA and mathematics tests LEARN MORE 


Who's ready for Spring STEM at FMS?

Our partnership with BOCES to bring STEM Academy​ classes​ to FMS continues this spring. Interested in signing up? Learn more

#FMSLearns: FMS teachers and admins are on Twitter
Did you know that the FMS community is active on Twitter? Follow teachers and administrators to stay up-to-date on what's happening in classrooms. LEARN MORE

"Planning for High School" session held Jan. 14
On Jan. 14, high school instructional administrators and principals held an informational session regarding next year's academic programming for incoming ninth-graders. WATCH A REPLAY OF THE PRESENTATION
DOWNLOAD the parent program "Planning for High School" - PDF

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


Group of FMS eighth-graders set to participate in the National Assessment of Education Progress on Feb. 10

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, a group of FMS eighth-graders will participate in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. LEARN MORE

FMS seventh-graders raise funds for Pine Bush non-profitFMS Seventh-graders raise money for Pine Bush

In the spirit of the holiday season, the families of Farnsworth Middle School’s Hiawatha 7a team recently donated $755 to the local non-profit organization Friends of the Pine Bush Community. LEARN MORE

Informational letter to parents of seventh-graders regarding acceleration in eighth grade VIEW THE LETTER HERE - PDF


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 sixth-graders
This document contains basic information about Farnsworth Middle School, as well as frequently asked questions: VIEW THE PDF

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


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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