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March 02, 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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FMS MASK PRESENTS Disney’s Mulan Jr., March 6-8, 2015

FMS MASK proudly presents Disney’s beloved Mulan Jr., in a three-performance run: March 6 & 7 at 7 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. in the Cafetorium at Farnsworth Middle School, 6072 State Farm Rd, Guilderland, NY. Learn more Tickets for all performances go on sale March 2, 2015, and are available for $8 each or a 4-pack for $30. All seats are general admission; no reserved seating. Handicap seating will be available and doors will open a half hour before each performance. For ticket reservations (WILL CALL) or information, please call Shannon O’Mahony at (518) 465-6010 or email FMSMASK@GMAIL.COM. Note: Sunday, March 8 will be our “Princess Matinee.” Have your little princesses dress up and meet a few classic Princesses. Photos opportunities will be available. Mulan, Mushu and other cast members will be available after the show for additional photo opportunities.

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 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

8th grade students to visit GHS on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, our eighth grade students will attend an introductory program presented by high school administrators, counselors, students and teachers. Students will be dismissed from the middle school at 9:50 a.m. and will be transported by school bus to Guilderland High School. 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)

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!

It's never too early for spring cleaning!

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., FMS will be holding its annual Garage Sale to benefit the FMS Organic Garden and Butterfly Project. Please consider donating items for the sale by dropping them off inside the Reception Area at the front of the building in the large bins labeled for donations. All items in good repair are welcome; please do not donate stuffed animals. Clothing in good repair is also welcome. Donations will be accepted daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from February 2- February 13; February 23-April 2; and from April 13- April 24.

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


Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Night held Jan. 14

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Farnsworth Middle School and Guilderland High School counseling departments hosted their annual Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Night for students. View the PowerPoint (PDF) from the event and watch a replay of the event on the FMS Counseling home page.

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.

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

Information for parents of seventh graders regarding math/science acceleration

Read the letter (PDF) that was sent home to all parents of seventh graders on Nov. 5

FMS participates in Mix It Up at Lunch Day 2014

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, students at Farnsworth Middle School 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. Learn more

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

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

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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