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December 20, 2014

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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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Upcoming recess days

Please note that there will be no school for all students from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan. 2. All school and district offices will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

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

Seventh grader wins Guilderland Garden Club cover design contest Learn more


FMS Spanish students celebrate El Día de los Muertos

In celebration of the Latin American holiday on Nov. 1 and 2 of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), when loved ones are remembered, students studying Spanish at FMS recently decorated candy skulls, called "calaveras," to resemble the sugar skulls traditionally seen in Mexico. They also created "calacas," skeletons dressed in clothing. "Calacas" are also traditionally seen during the El Día de los Muertos holiday.

 FMS student displaying a "calavera" FMS Spanish students made "calacas" to celebrate El Día de los Muertos

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

Have you verified/updated your child's student health information for the new school year? Learn more


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

Supply lists and placement information

Please note that school supply lists for the 2014-15 school year have been posted to the Backpack Mail home page. Middle school placement information for the upcoming year will be available beginning August 8 via the SchoolTool Parent & Student Portal. Don't have a SchoolTool account yet? Be sure to sign up before August 8 to ensure timely access to placement information! Visit the SchoolTool Parent & Student Portal home page to learn more about creating, accessing and using your account

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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