FMS 2nd Quarter Newsletter

January 2019

From all of us here at FMS, we hope you had a safe and happy holiday season. Hopefully you were able to relax and use the time to rejuvenate as our New Year starts.

December was a busy month. Our music performances were fantastic. The dedication and practice of our student musicians has certainly paid off. They did not disappoint! Our modified sports season is underway too. Our boys’ and girls’ teams are in the middle of their competition schedule, working hard, displaying sportsmanship on a consistent basis. It is great to watch the development that occurs over the season. I encourage all students to attend an athletic contest in the coming weeks.

Our entire school community has been excited to celebrate the progress and excellence our students have made so far this year. Many students have discovered new things about the world around them or themselves. At the same time, many teams and departments have facilitated different ways for students to give back to our community and to those less fortunate. This time of year allows all of us to reflect on what we have, what matters in life and to appreciate the people who care about us. These deliberate acts of kindness our school community members have participated in are humbling. We are very fortunate to have such thoughtful staff members and students. These are the meaningful life skills we enjoy teaching our students.

I hope you were able to find time over the break to appreciate the good things in your life. Chances are you had some time to relax with someone you love, to read a good book or enjoy the winter weather. Cherish these memories. These are the types of activities that produce lasting memories and meaningful relationships

My best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

FMS Events

1/7: PTA Meeting 7 p.m.

1/8: Geography Bee 3:30 p.m.

1/21: No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/25: End of 2nd Quarter Marking Period

1/31: 2nd Quarter Report Cards available on SchoolTool

1/31: Mohawk Breakfast with the Principal 9-10:15 a.m.

2/11: PTA meeting 8 a.m.

2/13: Select Choir Concert 7:30 p.m.

2/18-2/22: Winter Recess

Hiawatha7A – The Hiawatha 7A students organized a Pajama Drive and collected 100 pairs of pajamas. For every pair of pajamas that was donated through the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, Scholastic Book Clubs donated a brand-new book to the Pajama Program. This program helps kids affected by instability to have a good night- for a good day!

Mohawk 6D – The Abbasi/Flynn Team held their school wide annual coat drive in the month of November. They collected 240 gently used coats and donated to them to those in need. Thank you for your generous contributions

Mohawk 8 B – Farnsworth Teacher, Colleen Ryan was the recipient of some well wishes and student pictures. The students bonded together to send posters and kindness to decorate and transform her NYC hospital room.

P.E. News – The PE department will be offering lacrosse for intramurals on Mondays during activity period. This is an excellent opportunity for boys and girls to try lacrosse and there is not experience necessary. All are welcome, we will offer advanced and beginner groups.

FMS Yearbook – The FMS Yearbook is now available through online sales and orders this year. For now, the cost of the yearbook is the same as last year $41.00 (tax included). The price will increase a bit later this year, after our pre-publication sale ends. If you have any questions about ordering, please contact FMS Yearbook Club co-advisor Matt Ball at


Cinna The FMS Service Dog Age: 3.5 years Sex: Female eight: 42 pounds Breed: Labradoodle Birthday: April 3, 2015

PERSONALITY: Cinna loves people. She is calm at school but can be playful too. Cinna loves the smell of new sneakers and enjoys boots, too. Her job at FMS is to make people happy and to help them have a good day. Cinna loves to be pet everywhere, but especially under the ears. Cinna is respectful of everyone. Students who do not want Cinna to come close to them do not need to worry. She stays on a leash with an adult at all times in the halls and is only free to walk around a classroom if everyone in the room is comfortable. Please feel free to speak with or email Mrs. Stedge if there are any concerns or questions.

HEALTH & GROOMING: Cinna is a Labradoodle so she is smart, friendly, and hypoallergenic. Cinna gets brushed and washed regularly to help avoid having allergens on her.

ABOUT THE OWNER: Cinna lives with Mrs. Stedge and comes to work at FMS with her every day. Mrs. Stedge is a Reading Teacher who works in the Reading Place, but they can be found visiting with people throughout the halls each day. This is Cinna’s fourth year in middle school and Mrs. Stedge’s 14th year at FMS.

Please see the pertinent information below concerning upcoming student awards:

President’s Award – This award is for 8th grade students only and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the National Associations of Elementary and Secondary Principals. To be eligible, students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 93% (no rounding up) spanning all middle school years up to and including the fall semester of 8th grade. The student must also have received 3 or 4 on the NYS ELA or Math assessment in their 7th grade year.

Board of Education Awards – This award program recognizes students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades for success in the classroom. The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding character while maintaining a 95% (no rounding up) for the first three marking periods of the school year. The Notable Academic Improvement Award is presented to students whose overall report card average has improved significantly since the beginning of the school year, and demonstrated that they have tried hard and displayed a positive attitude. Principal’s Achievement Recognition – Principals Achievement Recognition will be determined twice a year and will include all students earning at 89% or higher (no rounding up) this achievement roster will be posted on the FMS website at the end of the first semester and again at the conclusion of the school year.

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