FMS 1st Quarter newsletter

The beginning of the school year is such a special time. I enjoy watching our students and staff members return to Farnsworth Middle School with excitement and hope. It doesn’t take very long for our students to become engaged in their own learning; ready to explore new ideas and solve challenging problems. Some of the highlights of the first few weeks for me include frequent visitations to classrooms. I enjoy watching students discover interesting concepts, play their first new musical selection of the year or collaborate with peers. These are some of the activities our students have had at the start of this school year. I can’t wait to see what will continue throughout the year.

Thanks to all faculty, staff and parents for helping all our middle school learners effectively transition from summer to our learning adventures. A special thanks to our PTA for their assistance during Open Houses, 6th Grade Ice Cream Social, the Club Mash Up and our 6th Grade Fun night. Our FMS PTA helps make our school community even greater! Please support them by becoming a member today!

One adjustment we are all making is the use and integration of our Chromebook devices in our teaching and learning. Our students are doing a fantastic job bringing their devices to school fully charged so it can be used productively in the classroom. As parents, you can help by speaking with your child in order to set up some routines and reminders so they bring their Chromebooks fully charged to school every day.

By this time in the year, most of our 6th graders have transitioned effectively from elementary school. We are still encouraging them to form new relationships with peers so these connections can positively develop over time. All students during our class assemblies were exposed to our six pillars of character: honesty, respect, perseverance, caring, responsibilities and community. We encourage and challenge students to try and act this way, all the time, especially when the adults aren’t looking. These are important life skills that will lead them towards success. These values are incredibly important today, not only within our school walls but outside in our larger community. We are excited to observe the many ways our staff and students will align their learning and actions with our six pillars of character.

We also encourage students to be involved not only in our academic and enrichment activities but also in our extracurricular and leadership opportunities. Our Club Mash Up provided students with chances to sign up for clubs or ask questions of current club members. Trying to fine tune interests and getting involved takes some time to get used to. These types of extracurricular experiences help students develop skills and knowledge that are applicable outside the classroom setting. This holistic development is crucial to middle level students long-term growth and development.

We would like to thank all parents and guardians who attended our open houses. This opportunity to begin forming relationships with our teachers is important. Please continue to communicate with us and suggest any improvements you may have. If there are concerns you’d like to bring to our attention please do not hesitate to contact our teachers and/or administrators for assistance.

On Monday, October 22 from 3:30-4:30 we will have our 49th Annual Roadrunner race. This opportunity to practice health and wellness and take part in an FMS tradition is awesome. We invite you to come join us that afternoon and cheer on our runners.

I look forward to seeing many of you out and about at our upcoming events. Until then, enjoy taking out those fall sweaters and soaking in the beautiful fall foliage.

FMS Events

10/16 – Bond Vote: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
10/22 –  Road Runner 3:30 p.m. (raindate 10/23)
10/27 – Recycling Event 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
11/6 – Superintendents Conference Day/School Closed
11/8-11/9 – Fall Picture Retake Day
11/12 – Veterans Day – School and Offices Closed
11/14 – Talent Show 7 p.m.
11/16 –  1st Quarter Report Cards available on Schooltool
11/19 –  PTA meeting 7 p.m.
11/21-11/23 – No School (Offices Closed 11/22-11/23) Thanksgiving Recess
12/4 – Spelling Bee 3:30 p.m.
12/6 – Gr. 8 Chorus Concert /GHS Chorus @ GHS 7:30 p.m.
12/11 – Gr. 7 Concert 7:30 p.m.
12/17 – Gr. 6 Concert 7:30 p.m.

FMS Annual Roadrunner Race
Monday, October 22nd (rain date 10/23)
During Activity Period 3:25 p.m.


All friends & family are invited to support the participants

Capital Construction Project Referendum set for Oct. 16

On Tuesday, October 16, Guilderland Central School District residents will head to the polls to decide a $42.7 million capital construction project. If approved by voters, the project will address necessary improvements to enhance the safety and security of district buildings and grounds, make
learning environments healthier and more comfortable, and modernize learning spaces. If approved by the community in October, construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2020.

The $42,718,100 proposition calls for upgrades to aging infrastructure in the district’s seven school buildings and improvements for safety, security and technology systems district-wide:

Safe and secure

  • $21,192,994 devoted to safety and security improvements centered on fire alarm, public address (PA) and telephone system replacements, added security cameras and shatter- resistant film; as well as roofing and paving replacement, interior, exterior, and site upgrades throughout the district’s seven school buildings.

Healthy and comfortable

  • $9,403,851 primarily for upgrades to heating and ventilation and uninsulated window replacement, increasing energy efficiency throughout the district’s seven school buildings.


$12,121,255 for technology infrastructure and program upgrades to enhance educational opportunities for students, such as science and technology lab modernization, adaptable mobile classroom furniture and wireless infrastructure upgrades.

Be a joiner…..
Joining an extracurricular activity gives your child a productive and fun way to spend their free time. Try these ideas:
Finding a good fit – Suggest that your middle grader listen to morning announcements or check the school website from a list of activities. They can ask the couch or advisor for more details about the ones they are interested in.
Arrange transportation – Set up a carpool with other parents or have them find out whether there’s a late bus they can ride and get the schedule.
Show interest – If they join a sports team, cheer them on at home or meets. Or if he’s in the science club, ask them to tell you about an experiment he enjoyed.

Club Ultimate

Are you tired of hearing the words, “Stop talking” when you are in school?

Are you ready to meet new friends, or catch up with old friends?

Would you like a place to hang out to do your homework, use your chromebook or play cards, a video or board game, or work on a project?
If so you may be interested in joining Club Ultimate. Club Ultimate is a social club for kids who want to hang out and share their interests. Club Ultimate meets after school every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month during Activity Period. There is no commitment and students can attend when it fits into their schedule. Meeting with teachers is always the first
priority! If interested, join us in the Reading Place upstairs in the round building room 563. Hope to see you there!

“Never mind what others do: do better than yourself, beat
your own record from day to day, and you are a success” – William J.H. Boetcker

Welcome FMS New Staff

Sheryl Malo Hiawatha/Mohawk House Secretary
Nancy Cerutti Receptionist
Amy Steward Main Office Secretary
Karen Judge Accounts Clerk
Kelly Rymer Math AIS
Mary Grace Judge Math AIS
Nedra Erway ENL
Suzie Lamendola Reading
Sarah Sharifipour S8D Math
Primo Stropli Italian
Conor Sorli Italian
Krista Gillis Art
Leanne Dombrowsky Speech
Deidre Mozes Teacher Assistant
Francesca Gaglioti Teacher Assistant
Megan Wyand Building Wide Substitute
Cristina Cannistraci Aide/Monitor
Taylor Tommell Aide/Monitor
Edwin Farges Custodian
Brian Castle Custodial Supervisor

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