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April 01, 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 Student Council Spirit Week events

Beginning Monday, March 23, the Farnsworth Middle School Student Council will be hosting a variety of School Spirit Week events including "dress up" days, a food drive, and an afternoon celebration. Get complete details

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony moved to April 16

Due to a scheduling oversight, the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, originally scheduled for Thursday, April 2, has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm. Please update your calendars. We’re looking forward to a great evening and hope to see you there!

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 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

PTA meeting has been rescheduled

The March FMS PTA meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 16, 2015, beginning at 6 p.m. in the FMS Library Classrooms.

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

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.

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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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