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August 31, 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 Placement
Placement information is now available on SchoolTool beginning. Parents and students are able to view team, homeroom and counselor assignment information. In addition, a student's course requests are also able to be viewed. Please note: This information will not be mailed home.


Team supply lists now available
2015-16 team supply lists are now available via the Backpack Mail homepage.



Student schedules will be available on the first day of school
Please note: Parents and students are able to view course selections on SchoolTool.

FMS Tours
FMS student-led tours for incoming 6th grade students and families, and new 7th and 8th grades students and families will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1. Students and families should park in the front lot and enter through the construction entrance to the left of the building. Student tour guides will greet attendees at the FMS reception area.

Student Orientation
There will be an evening orientation program for new 7th and 8th grade students and families, led by FMS school counselors from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1 at FMS. Please meet in the library center classrooms.

Sixth-grade student orientation will be held from 8:45 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 3. Students will board and ride their assigned bus to and from FMS that morning, meet their homeroom teacher and participate in an abbreviated FMS school day. Parents are encouraged to plan appropriately for flexibility on the first day of student transportation.

'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)

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)

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

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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