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July 28, 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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Farnsworth Middle School re-designated as an Essential Elements School to Watch (updated with video, 7/23) LEARN MORE


Class of 2019 T-shirt sale (deadline extended)
T-shirts are on sale for $10, and will be distributed at freshmen orientation. Order forms can be mailed to GHS, no later than Monday, August 10. DOWNLOAD AN ORDER FORM (PDF)


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

Important dates for incoming 6th-graders
FMS Tours: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 1; meet at FMS Reception Area
Student Orientation: 8:45 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at FMS

'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


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)

Farnsworth Middle School student places second in Albany County poster contest
Farnsworth Middle School seventh-grader Angelina Giroux placed second in the 2015 Albany County Child Abuse Poster Contest. LEARN MORE

Farnsworth Middle School student recognized for community service efforts
André Valverde, an eighth-grader at Farnsworth Middle School, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Lt. John F. Finn Community Service award. LEARN MORE

FMS students monitor Karner blue butterflies in hands-on lesson
Sixth- and seventh-graders at Farnsworth Middle School recently worked with the Albany Pine Bush Commission to learn how conservationists monitor endangered Karner blue butterflies. LEARN MORE

For parents of 8th-grade students who have been invited to participate in accelerated classes: View the presentation from the Parent Information Night held May 27.

Go Pink Club puts the 'fun' in fundraising
Last Monday, May 18, Farnsworth Middle School students and the Go Pink Club put the "fun" in fundraising. For a $1 donation, students could throw a whipped cream pie in the face of an FMS teacher/administrator. Building Principal Mike Laster and House Principals Bill Aube and Mike Pipa were joined by Mr. Duesler, Mr. Flynn, and Mr. Wolf. The Go Pink Club was created to raise money and awareness for cancer. With the success of this fundraiser and other endeavors, the club is anticipating to donate at least $1k to cancer non-profits. To check out photos, visit the Guilderland Central School District Facebook page.

Guilderland 8th-graders receive year-end awards

Farnsworth Middle School honored more than 150 eighth-graders with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence during an awards ceremony May 13. LEARN MORE

FMS re-designated an Essential Elements School to Watch by NYS Education Department

The Guilderland Central School District is proud to announce that Farnsworth Middle School was recently re-designated as an Essential Elements School to Watch (EESTW) by the New York State Education Department and the Essential Elements Schools to Watch leadership team. Farnsworth was first recognized as a School to Watch in March 2011. Learn more

FMS 8th-grader named winner of NYS Association of Foreign Language AwardOlivia Fanshawe with Principal Laster
Congratulations to Olivia Fanshawe, winner of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers Philip A. Fulvi Love of Language award. An 8th-grade student may be nominated by his/her present World Languages and Cultures teacher. One student in each of the five designated regions in New York State is eligible to receive this prestigious honor based on exhibiting excellence in all academic areas and superior skills, enthusiasm and dedication to language acquisition. Olivia was selected as the recipient in the Capital-East Region.

FMS 8th-graders honored with year-end awards
Farnsworth Middle School honored more than 150 eighth-graders with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence during an awards ceremony May 13.
In addition to the President’s Award, four students received state awards: Michael Neil received the Knights of Pythias Award, Nicole McGrath received the New York State Comptroller Award, and Logan Conery and Julianne Ford both received the New York State Attorney General Award.

FMS Visitation Day held for incoming sixth-graders
Thursday, May 14, Farnsworth Middle School held its "Visitation Day" for incoming sixth-graders. LEARN MORE

Camp Invention returns to GCSD this summer

The program, for children entering grades one through six this fall, runs from August 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Farnsworth Middle School. Download an informational flyer (PDF)

2014-2015 National Junior Honor Society inductees announced
Congratulations to the 167 Farnsworth Middle School students who were recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society! VIEW THE LIST (PDF)

Guilderland students perform at regional music festival
Thirty Guilderland middle school and high school students were among the more than 300 talented musicians from 13 Suburban Council schools who participated in the Suburban Scholastic Council Music Festival at Shenendehowa High School on Saturday, April 18. LEARN MORE

Semester 1 Academic Achievement List announced

Congratulations to over 600 middle school students who were named to the 2014-2015 Semester 1 Academic Achievement List! View the list

FMS Spirit Week food drive collectionFMS Spirit Week Food Drive a great success

The Farnsworth Middle School Student Council recently held its second annual FMS Spirit Week food drive and collected a total of 358 pounds of food and personal hygiene items for the Capital Region Food Bank.

FMS students bring history to life in regional competition

On Saturday, March 21, members of the Farnsworth Middle School History Club competed in the Regional History Day competition held at the New York State Museum. Six of the school's 12 entries placed in the competition, with four moving on to the state level of competition. Learn more

FMS 8th grader Puneet Singh presenting a lesson on Punjabi to her classmatesHighlight from annual FMS International Week

As part of the Farnsworth Middle School International Week, held March 9-13, FMS 8th grader Puneet Singh presented a lesson on Punjabi, a language spoken in the Punjab region of India as well as some areas of Pakistan. Her classmates in Spanish class learned facts about India as well as had fun learning the Punjabi alphabet. 

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

Last chance to order the 2014-2015 FMS Yearbook

Have you ordered your Yearbook yet? This year's theme is "Red, White and You" and the publication features student impressions of life at FMS on almost every page. The cost is $37 and orders will be taken through the end of February. Need an order form? They are available in room 401 Seneca or order online at Don't miss the book with all the best memories of the middle school year!

Art student selected for WSWHE BOCES Talented Unlimited Art and Literary Journal

The FMS Art Department is pleased to announce that Jamie Golderman, a student in the 8th grade, recently had her art work selected for the WSWHE BOCES Talented Unlimited Art and Literary Journal. This is a juried selection of works selected for publication in a journal. There were over 273 submissions and only a handful of students from the middle school level were selected. A reception to honor students will take place on April 28, 2015, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

FMS holds Spelling and Geography Bees

Learn more about the events and see which students will be moving on to the Regional and State levels of competition.

FMS Future Cities team takes home third place prize in regional competition Learn more


Three middle school teachers named New York Master Teachers

Congratulations to FMS teachers Alan Fiero, Carol Kelly, and Susan Yagielski who were all recently named NYS Master Teachers. Learn more Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will formally announce their appointment at his joint State of the State and Budget Address–the 2015 New York State of Opportunity Agenda–on January 21, 2015.

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FACS teams up with National Junior Honor Society for a special community outreach project

Throughout the month of December, the Farnsworth Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) department teamed up with students in the National Junior Honor Society for a very special community outreach project. Students made drawstring bags and filled them with toiletries to give to Equinox Youth Shelter for homeless teens. In total, the project resulted in more than 30 completed bags, sewn and filled by the students, that will be delivered to Equinox in January.
students working on bags for Equinox Youth Shelter completed bags filled with toiletries for Equinox Youth Shelter

Student information updates

Earlier this fall, 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

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

View the guides

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

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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