Michael Laster, Principal
6072 State Farm Rd. Guilderland, NY 12084
Phone: 518/456-6010 ext. 3010
MASK to present The Sound of Music,
March 7-9, 2014
The Farnsworth Middle School Cafetorium will come alive with The Sound of Music this spring as FMS MASK presents one of the most beloved musicals of families around the world. Running March 7, 8 & 9, this classic and endearing show features an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Learn more about showtimes and tickets With over 70 amazing students in the cast and crew, the show is going to be a dazzling performance!
8th grade students to visit GHS on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Students will attend an introductory program presented by high school administrators, counselors, students and teachers. In addition, they will see a performance of this spring’s GHS Musical, tour the building and attend a brief introductory high school lesson. Learn more
GCSD students featured in K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection Exhibition Learn more
High School Spanish students spend a day teaching their younger counterparts at FMS Learn more
FMS students shine at Capital Region Spelling Bee competition
Change in contact information for this year's Butterfly Station
Read a letter (PDF) from Beverly Bisnett-Jenks, instructional administrator for math, science and technology at Farnsworth Middle School
Camp Invention is returning to GCSD this summer
In partnership with the national nonprofit Invent Now, Guilderland Central School District is pleased to once again offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six this summer. The program runs from July 21-25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Farnsworth Middle School. Learn more
FMS students attend STOP conference at Siena College
On Friday, January 17, 2014, twenty two schools from the greater capital district of Albany attended the 9th annual Students Together Opposing Prejudice (STOP) conference at Siena College, an extension of the college’s Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King Lecture series on non-violence. The conference was an opportunity for middle and high school students to work together to oppose prejudice and bigotry. Among the attendees was a group of nine students from Farnsworth Middle School's Student Council leadership team: Dalton Futia, William Guo, Colin Ingraham, Michael Neal, Margot Nezaj, Lauren O'Connor, Riley O'Lena, Joey Palatsky, and Angelo Sbardella. The Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute facilitators lead over 235 students and 40 adults in an examination of identity and how bias affects them and their schools. One of the strengths of the program is the mixing of students from different schools; this provides a platform for participants to build relationships with students from different communities with varying perspectives. The final part of the program brought the students back into their school groups to discuss actions to fight the various injustices they see on a daily basis.
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International Dinner set for March 13 at FMS
Communicating in a Digital World
Earlier this week, Guilderland Central School District hosted a very important event for all district students, families, and community members aimed at starting a conversation about using today’s technology in a safe and responsible way. "Communicating in a Digital World: A conversation about civility and respect" was held on Jan. 14 and featured a panel discussion about the importance of personal responsibility when interacting with websites, social media, and other electronic communication tools. Learn more about the event, see a video replay, and download event handouts
Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Night
On Wednesday, January 15, the Farnsworth Middle School and Guilderland High School counseling departments hosted their annual Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Night for students. Unable to attend the event? You can view the presentation and watch a full replay of the program online by visiting the FMS Counseling Home Page.
Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Night set for Jan. 15
Our Grade 8 to Grade 9 Transition Night for students will be held Wednesday, January 15 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Guilderland High School Large Group Instruction (LGI) room. Attached is our 2013-2014 Parent Handbook (PDF) which provides detailed information to assist students and families as they begin the transition to high school. Our FMS Counselors begin meeting with students and communicating with families at this point in the school year. This continues for the next few weeks as preliminary course selections for the 2014-2015 school year are discussed. Please feel free at any time to contact your child's respective School Counselor with any questions or for more information.
Important testing information for parents of students currently enrolled in the accelerated math program
New this year: Students will have the option of taking both the Integrated Algebra Regents exam and the Common Core aligned Algebra 1 Regents exam in June. Learn more and view a link to review materials
Sixth grade students of Italian celebrate La Befana
FMS World Languages and Cultures Teacher Piera Camposeo and her 6th grade Italian students celebrated La Bbefana last week. In popular Italian folklore, Befana visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with presents and candy (CARAMELLE) if they are good or a lump of coal (CARBONE), onions or garlic if they are bad. Learn more about La Befana (PDF)
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
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.
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