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Helpful information for 5th Grade Transition

Student Arrival:  8:35 - 8:45 a.m.
Students arriving after 8:45 a.m. should report to their house office to sign in. Students who arrive on a late bus should also
sign in with the house office.

Student Dismissal: 3:25 p.m.
If students are taking a different bus than their usual route, they must first submit a signed note from home to their house
office. The student will receive a bus pass; without a bus pass, a student cannot ride another route home.

Activity Period: 3:30 - 4:05 p.m.
Activity period occurs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and is a time for FMS students to work with teachers and
receive extra help, and to participate in co-curricular clubs and activities. A second bus run at 4:05 p.m. is available to
transport students home from the activity period.

Absences: Call or email your house office anytime day or night when your child will be absent from school. Your child
should get missed assignments from a friend for short term absences. For absences two days or longer, please call or email
your house secretary to make a homework request.


Frequently Asked Questions
When do students find out what House and Homeroom they are assigned?
Placement information will be available on SchoolTool in early August. (Information is no longer mailed home.)

Are student schedules mailed home?
Student schedules will be distributed by homeroom teachers on the first day of school. They are not mailed home and will not be available for view on SchoolTool until after the first day of school.


How do I sign up for SchoolTool?
The following link provides you detailed information about our parent portal:

Where will I keep my belongings during the day?
Each student will be assigned his/her own locker with a combination lock. Students will store their belongings in their locker during the day. Lockers are located in close proximity to the student’s homeroom.


What happens if a student forgets something at home?
Items may be dropped off for students at our reception desk at the front of the school. We cannot guarantee delivery of the item by a specified time because we avoid disrupting classroom instruction by paging a student. Therefore, notification to the student will be made at the end of class periods.

If necessary, how does a parent get a message to their child during the school day?
On occasion, it may be necessary to leave a message for a student during the school day. This can be done by emailing or calling the student’s
house office. Please be aware this should be done prior to 2:30 p.m.


Do students get grades at FMS?
Students at FMS are graded on a 0-100 scale. Progress reports and report cards are available on SchoolTool at 5 and 10 week intervals. Dates are listed on the Guilderland CSD calendar.

Will I have homework?
In general, homework (independent practice) will be assigned to students on a regular basis. In addition, students are encouraged to read every night as part of their study routine.


How can a parent set up an appointment to meet with a teacher, counselor, or house principal?
This can be accomplished by emailing or calling the house office. The house secretary will assist in setting up the appointment.

What is appropriate dress at FMS?
Appropriate dress for FMS includes clothing that is safe and does not disrupt, distract, or interfere with the educational process. Student dress shall not display menacing, vulgar or obscene language, or denigrating or libelous slurs to others on account of race, creed, color, sexual or gender orientation, or disability.
-Appropriate footwear that does not represent a safety hazard must be worn at all times.
-Undergarments must be covered at all times; what you wear on top should connect to what you wear on the bottom.

Can I use my cell phone in school?
Cell phones must be turned off and secured out of sight during the school day. An exception that would allow for cell phone use would be anytime a school adult authorizes a student to use his or her cell phone for educational or emergency reasons. Cell phones may be used to call parents/guardians after 4:05 p.m.