Michael Laster, Principal
6072 State Farm Rd. Guilderland, NY 12084
Phone: 518/456-6010 ext. 3010
Scholastic Book Fair Coming Next Week – Volunteers Needed
The Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Farnsworth Middle School in the Library Classrooms from December 11 to 16, weekdays only. Volunteers are needed to help at the fair. If you can offer some time, please contact Mary Jeanne Dicker, librarian, at 456-6010 ext. 3087 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair help make it possible to host visiting author programs. For more details including hours of operation and a peek at the books being offered, click here.
Hiawatha 7A Pajama drive underway
The Hiawatha 7A team at Farnsworth Middle School is running a pajama drive now through Dec. 13 as part of The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive program. Donations of new pajamas--newborn to adults sizes--can be dropped off at collection boxes located outside of the Hiawatha and Seneca House Offices or at the school's main reception desk during regular school hours. To learn more about the drive, view the promotional video.
Attention parents of 7th graders:
Learn more about 8th grade accelerated math and science programs
Want to learn more about accelerated math and science opportunities for students heading into 8th grade next year? Please take a moment to read the letter (PDF) sent home to all parents of seventh graders outlining the programs.
Albany County Bullying Prevention Task Force at FMS
On Monday, September 30, 2013, members of the Albany County Bullying Prevention Task Force came to Farnsworth Middle School to launch a new county-wide campaign aimed at creating a safer and more positive environment for all children. Led by Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, the Task Force will provide free programs and services for all students, faculty and caregivers on bullying awareness and prevention. Learn more about the kick-off event and view photos
FMS yearbook orders
Buy the memories that capture the experience of "Caught in the Middle" at FMS! Yearbook Orders will take place from Monday 11/4 to Tuesday 11/19. The cost is $37 per book. Orders can be placed online at http://jostensyearbooks.com?REF=A05453930 or submitted in Homeroom. When ordering online, you must enter the student's homeroom number and icons can only be purchased with personalization. Checks should be made payable to FMS Yearbook. Don't forget to order yours today!
District to begin releasing APPR scores by request
Beginning Oct. 11, all GCSD parents or legal
guardians will have the right to request Annual Professional Performance
Review (APPR) quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for
their child's current year's teacher(s) and principal(s).
Learn more and download a request form
Student Contact and Medical Information Verification/Update Form
Each year, the Guilderland Central School District requests of all parents their most current and accurate contact information, as well as critical medical information pertaining to their child(ren). In past years, the district sent home hard copies of student health cards for verification and completion by parents. For the 2013-14 school year and beyond, we are now asking parents to make full use of our online systems for this verification process. Learn more This information is extremely important, as our ability to appropriately respond to student medical concerns and to maintain timely communications with parents is dependent on this verification process. Please take a few moments to verify and/or update your child's information as soon as possible.
Junior Ski Club information
FMS Junior Ski Club is for new skiers and boarders and those skiers who want to improve their skiing ability. Information about how to participate in the 2013-14 season has been posted to the website. Please visit the FMS Clubs & Activities page to learn more and download a permission form to participate. The deadline to sign-up is Nov. 22; registration will close at 80 students.
2013-14 Student/Parent Handbook now available
The 2013-14 FMS Student/Parent Handbook is now available on our website. View the handbook (PDF) Printed copies of the publication will also be distributed to all students at the beginning of the school year. Please take some time to read through the handbook, which contains important information about our school and the policies and procedures you and your child will need to be familiar with for a successful school year.
Updated clubs and activities handbook now available
Breakfast with the Principal dates set for 2013-14
Throughout the school year, FMS Principal Michael Laster will host several "Breakfast with the Principal" events to meet with and talk to parents of middle school students. Please join us on either:
• Tawasentha - Thursday, November 14, 2013
• Seneca - Thursday, February 13, 2014
• Hiawatha - Thursday, May 8, 2014
All "Breakfast with the Principal" events will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at the middle school. To reserve your spot, please call the middle school main office at 456-6010, ext. 3010.
Middle School students work with Nature Preserve to create a children's book to help save an endangered species
Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission to hold a book signing party for the release of Mister Karner Blue on Saturday, March 9. Learn more