Seneca Supply Lists 2019-20

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Seneca 6F

Dear parents,

Summer 2019

Welcome to Seneca House and the Miller-Ball-Rausch Team!  This is our fourth year of teaching together and we love what we do.  We are looking forward to a productive and fun-filled year of learning, and we are glad to have you on the team.  We hope the following information helps you and your child prepare for the start of school in September.

Although we spend some good quality time getting to know our new students during the first few days of school, if you would like to email us anything at all that you feel we should know about your child before school starts, please do so.  We will be checking our emails from time to time this summer.

Summer Reading

We are a team of readers.  Our expectation is that each student will read one or two books (or more!) this summer and be ready to talk about them with classmates and teachers during the first few days of school.  To help us get to know our readers, we want each student to keep track of their summer reading.  Our Summer Reading Log is attached for your child to use.  Parents, please sign the form and send it in on the first day of school.

Scholastic News Magazine Subscription

This current events news magazine is used to supplement the core class curriculum (in Language Arts, Science & Social Studies classes).  Please send in $7.00 cash or check made out to FMS to your child’s homeroom teacher.

We look forward to meeting you and working together with you toward the success of your child this school year.  We value and encourage open communication between parents and teachers.  In September, please:

  • look for our Seneca 6F Team Letter email blasts for classroom news and curricular updates
  • monitor your child’s grades on our new E-School Data system
  • use our Seneca 6F team website (with homework assignments listed) to help your child manage their academic responsibilities
  • sign up to follow our Seneca 6F team Twitter account

The first day of school will be Thu., Sept. 5th and Sixth Grade Open House is scheduled for Mon., Sept. 16th. There is also a morning orientation session scheduled for our new 6th graders on Wed., Sept. 4th.  We look forward to meeting our students and their parents soon!  Until then, have a great rest of the summer.


Kristen Miller, Matt Ball & Dan Rausch      

Good organizational skills are a major factor in student success at the middle school level.  To help students be well prepared, we have included a list of school supplies necessary for a successful year.  We will spend some time during the first few days of school labeling and organizing supplies. 

Miller-Ball-Rausch Seneca 6F Team School Supplies (this includes special area class supplies also)

  • $7.00 cash or check to FMS for Scholastic News magazine subscription
  • (3) 2-pocket folders, one each for  FACS,  Music  and Health
  • (5) 2-pocket folders, plastic, one each for Math , Science, LA, SS and a HW folder
  • (1)  binder (1½”) World Language (any color)
  • (1 ) pencil pouch, all subjects
  • (1) composition notebook Language Arts
  • (2) packages of Post-Its, all subjects
  • (1) Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS scientific calculator, Math/Science …for 6th and 7th grade use
  • (1) pack of 8 divider tabs all subjects
  • (3) rolls of Scotch tape all subjects
  • (2)  packages of pencils, sharpened, all subjects
  • (2) packages pens, blue or black ink, all subjects
  • (4) highlighters, all subjects
  • (1)  pair of scissors,  all subjects
  • (2) 100-sheet packages of loose leaf paper, all subjects
  • (1 ) package of colored pencils,  all subjects
  • (3) glue sticks, Math/Science/LA/SS
  • (2)  4-packs of Expo low odor dry erase markers (any color), Math and World Language
  • (1) wired earbuds or headphones (cannot be bluetooth), all subjects
  • (3) boxes of Kleenex tissues, one each for Music, World Language, and Technology 
  • (1) combination lock for PE locker
  • (1)  pack of lined index cards, World Language

Seneca 6G

Summer 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Spring/Polino Team and Farnsworth Middle School! We look forward to working with your child on the first day of school, Thursday, September 5, 2019. Included with this letter is a list of supplies your child will need for the year. Please clearly label as many supplies as possible in permanent marker with your child’s name and homeroom number. Please note that the first list of supplies is only for the 4 core academic subjects. Supply lists for special area classes are attached after the first list.

During the summer, the expectation is that each student will read at least one book to bring in during the first week of school and be prepared to talk about it. Please refer to the recommended reading list on the district’s website. Any books that are read over the summer count toward the end of year page requirement. Students should keep track of which books they read so that they can add those books to the Annual Book Record form.

Classroom Magazines:

Classroom Magazine: Scholastic News ($7.00): Students purchase this magazine to supplement curriculum, and to enhance reading and writing skills. This magazine is issued  bi-monthly for the entire year. Please write a check made payable to FMS, or send cash, in a sealed envelope. Please label this with your child’s name, homeroom teacher’s name, and “Classroom Magazine.” We would like to have every student purchase the magazine, as it will be used in class. 

“Bragging” Letter

Parents, we would like you to write a letter telling us about your child.  We are interested in hearing about his/her strengths as a learner, special interests, and accomplishments, as well as any concerns you may have.  Feel free to brag! You may send the letter with your child the first day of school, or if you would prefer, you may email us at: and 

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year with your child. We look forward to meeting you on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the 6th Grade Parent Open House.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Patrice Spring & Meg Polino

For the 2nd day of school

  • **Please write 1 check for classroom magazine made out to FMS**
  • $7.00 (For Scholastic News)
  • Bragging Letter

On Thursday, September 5,  2019, please have your child bring in all school supplies.

Mrs. Spring and Mrs. Polino’s Team Supplies

**Please label all binders and notebooks with your child’s name and homeroom number.**

  •   (1)  One inch flexible binder, Yellow for Math
  •   (1) One inch flexible binder, Red for Science
  •   (1) 2-inch plastic binder with pockets, White for LA/SS
  •   (1) 5-tab dividers with pockets, Social Studies
  •   (1) Plastic folder with Pockets, Any color
  •   (1) 1-subject spiral notebook, Yellow for Math
  •   (1) 1-subject spiral notebook, Red for Science            
  •   (1) Composition notebook, L/A Writer’s   (to be decorated in class) 
  •   (2) Packages of pencils, All subject areas
  •   (2) Packages of pens, All subject areas
  •   (2) Highlighters, packages of loose leaf,  All subject areas
  • eraser caps, and glue sticks
  • Texas Instrument Scientific Calculator (TI-30XIIS) All subject areas
  • USB drive, box of colored pencils. pair of earbuds,
  • box of tissues

Materials should be replenished as needed during the school year.

Additional Encore Supply Requests for 6th Grade:

PE Department                                                            

  • Lock for PE lockers                                                                 

ENL Students

  • Composition Notebook
  • Box of Tissues

Music Department:

  • pocket folder with 10-15 pages of loose-leaf paper
  • pencil (not pen)
  • box of tissues

Health Department:

  • Health 6  ~ pocket folder

Technology Department

  • Wired headphones (not bluetooth)
  • 2 pencils, 1 pen
  • 1 Box of tissues
  • 15 sheets of loose leaf paper


  • 6th grade: Family & Consumer Science (FACS)
  • One two-pocket folder, any color (new or reused)
  • Pencil

WLC Department

Students taking French, German, Italian or Spanish should have the following materials for their World Language class in September:

  • Binder
  • 8-10 dividers
  • writing utensils
  • loose leaf paper or notebook
  • headphones or earbuds (available for daily use in class)
  • expo markers
  • index cards
  • tissues

Seneca 7D

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are looking forward to working with your child this year.  As part of the Seneca 7 team we are hoping that your child will find this school year successful, challenging, and enjoyable.  As the end of August approaches and those “Back to School” ads appear, we would like to suggest the following items listed below.  

Team Supplies

  • (2) 1 ½ inch 3-ring Binders (math, SS/LA)
  • (1) 1 inch binder (science)
  • (1) Package Loose-leaf Paper (SS/LA)
  • (1) Box Colored Pencils (personal use)
  •   Pens blue or black (no gel pens) (personal use)
  •  # 2 pencils (personal use)
  • (2) Boxes of tissues (homeroom)
  • (2) Highlighters multi-color pack (science, math)
  • (2) Pack Post-it Notes (math)
  • (1) TI-30X IIS Scientific Calculator*** please read below
  • (1) Heavy duty plastic folder (HW folder for all classes)
  • (1)  Earbuds/Headphones-wired
  • (4) 2 pocket folders (LA, special area classes)
  • (1)  external computer mouse for the Chromebook*** please read below

***We would like to strongly suggest that you purchase the TI-30X IIS scientific calculator for your student for use in both math and science classes.  Calculators will be available during math class time but we cannot send calculators home with students.  Due to the change in NYS requirements for eighth grade and the need to begin using a scientific calculator in seventh grade, we feel it is important for each student to have his/her own calculator for math and science especially for home use.  We will be doing in-class calculator lessons with the students using only this particular model and it would be most beneficial to the students if they were able to follow these classroom instructions.  This model allows the user to see what has been entered on the display screen and scroll back into prior work.

***We would also strongly suggest that students purchase an external computer mouse for their Chromebook.  NYS testing for math allows for students to use a drawing function to show their work so we will practice using that option in math class.  Unfortunately, using the touch-pad on the Chromebook doesn’t work well for the drawing function. 

Supplies for French, German, Italian, and Spanish

  • 1 – 1″ binder
  • 8 – dividers
  • loose leaf paper or notebook
  • pen or pencil
  • Expo markers
  • Index cards
  • Tissues
  • Earbuds/Headphones (wired)

Supplies for Encore Classes (such as music, FACS, etc.)

  • Loose leaf paper
  • Box of tissues
  • Pens and pencils
  • Pocket folders for each class
  • Earbuds/Headphones (wired)

*There may be additional supplies depending on individual teacher.*

Physical Education at FMS

Welcome to Physical Education at Farnsworth Middle School. Each student will be assigned a locker in which they should store their clothes/belongings.

The following items are needed for physical education class:


Important Contact Information

Seneca House Phone: 456-6010 ext. 3060    

Team Teachers

Social Studies – Matt Duesler                              

Math – Patty Ryan

Language Arts – Cynthia Pachucki                              

Science  -Jessica Hanna    

Special Education – Jen DeLaBruere             

We look forward to seeing you at Open House on September 23!                                               

Seneca 8D


Hello, incoming Seneca 8 students!

We hope you’ve all been enjoying your summer vacation. We’ll soon be getting back to the important work of learning, and you will need to bring some materials with you on the first day of school.

GENERAL CORE TEAM SUPPLIES (needed for all core classes)

  • One plastic 2-pocket homework folder for all core classes;
  • 1 package of highlighter pens;
  • loose leaf paper for all classes;
  • colored pencils;
  • pens and pencils;
  • erasers;
  • glue sticks;
  • index cards;
  • earbuds;
  • Post-it notes

Please give the following to your Homeroom teacher: 1 box of tissues


Please note: Purchase supplies for Science 8 OR Living Environment, based on your child’s schedule.

Science 8: 3-ring binder with four tabs; composition notebook or similar (for use as science journal)


Living Environment:  3-ring binder with three tabs; composition notebook or similar (for use as a science journal)


Please note: Purchase supplies for Math 8 OR Algebra, based on your child’s schedule.

Math 8: 3-ring binder (3 inch or bigger) with five tabs, two pocket folders, calculator (TI-30XIIS recommended)


Algebra: 3-ring binder (3 inch or bigger) with five tabs, two pocket folder, calculator (TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator)


Index cards to be replenished throughout the year (Students may choose to use a digital app like Quizlet instead); $9.50 check made out to FMS for a subscription to Junior Scholastics, our current events magazine; Post-It Notes


One composition notebook; one 70-sheet (approximately) spiral-bound notebook; one plastic two-pocket folder; some loose leaf paper; your choice of independent reading book; 1 pkg. of Post-It Page Markers; glue stick



  • pocket folder with 10-15 pages of loose-leaf paper
  • pencil (not pen)




  • One two-pocket folder


  • One two-pocket folder, any color (new or reused)
  • Pencil


Students taking French, German, Italian or Spanish should have the following materials for their World Language class in September:

  • binder
  • 8-10 dividers
  • writing utensils
  • loose leaf paper or notebook
  • headphones or earbuds (available for daily use in class)
  • Expo dry erase markers
  • index cards
  • tissues


  • Headphones to be used in the computer lab
  • 2 pencils and 1 pen
  • 15 loose leaf sheets of paper
  • 1 Box of tissues


Your Seneca 8 teachers, counselor, and principal can be reached at the following email addresses:

  • Mr. Tuxbury, – ELA: Room 452
  • Mrs. Cahill , – Social Studies: Room 451
  • Ms. Judge, – Math: Room 456
  • Mrs. Ford, – Science: Room 405
  • Ms. Whalen, – Special Education: Room 457
  • Ms. Dinces , – Special Education: Room 457
  • Mrs. Pokal, – School Counselor
  • Mrs. Willetts, – Seneca House Principal


This year, Guilderland Schools are dropping SchoolTool in favor of a different parent portal grade system called eSchoolData. If the school district hasn’t sent you information about this program and how it works yet, they will soon.

Mark Your Calendars

8th Grade Open House Night will take place on Tuesday, October 1.   We look forward to meeting our students’ parents and guardians!

Enjoy the remainder of summer recess.

Your Seneca 8 Team teachers look forward to a strong start with the FMS Class of 2020!

-Mrs. Cahill      

Ms. Dinces                                  

-Mrs. Ford                   

-Ms. Judge

-Mr. Tuxbury    

-Ms. Whalen

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