Future City Teams Win "Most Resilient City" and Place Second Overall at State-Wide Competition!

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As part of our Quest program, 13 groups of seventh- and eighth-grade students worked for months conceptualizing, researching, and designing model cities that could sustain a natural disaster.  Three exemplary projects were selected to represent FMS at this year's "Resilient City" competition!

7th & 8th Graders Earn First Place at 
General Knowledge Bowl ... Again!


Our seventh- and eighth-grade teams emerged as champions of the General Knowledge Bowl competition at Newark Academy for the second year in a row!  Both teams stood firm against area public and private schools as they answered questions about art, geography, literature, math, history, and many other disciplines.  


FMS Production of Annie a Smash Hit!

From the desk of Director Tara Montague:

The first week of March brought a bunch of snow and a ton of optimism to Frelinghuysen Middle School Theatre, when in the midst of the most snow we've had all year, nearly one hundred students performed in the musical Annie!  Frelinghuysen continued its traditional no-cut policy in musical tryouts, which accounts for a cast of this size. The show also included an amazing 30-piece orchestra made up almost completely of middle and high school students!  
The actors lit up the stage, performing memorable songs and scenes that their audience is sure to remember for years to come. Their families are so proud of them, and hope you had the opportunity to enjoy this amazing show, brought to you by a cast and crew with tons of heart!  

FMS Students Qualify for County and State
 Chemistry Competitions!

On February 15, all FMS students participated in the BASF-sponsored You Be the Chemist challenge, part of a national program designed to inspire interest in chemistry.  Nine students qualified for the Morris County Competition on March 2, and two have qualified for the NJ State Competition on August 14.  Congratulations, and good luck!

Winter Sports Achievements

Girls basketball won the Morris County championship for the second year in a row, defeating Dover, Brooklawn, and Roxbury to get to the number one spot!  

And the wrestling team finished the season 12-0, placing third in the Morris County championship.  The team had 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place finishers among them! 

Congratulations to all our student athletes!

Spotlight on ELA

You've seen the scores ... our FMS students have consistently out-performed the state average on the PARCC English Language Arts test for the past two years, showing marked improvement every year since we implemented wide-scale revisions to our ELA curriculum.  

But what does the classroom experience look like?  Here is a peek at what our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are reading  and writing about in their daily 80 minutes of ELA.

Inviting students to imagine themselves as "real writers."  FMS students acquire a significant arsenal of writing tools throughout the sequence of ELA courses in grades 6-8.  Their growth as writers entails developing, practicing, and refining a confident facility with several types of evidence-based writing.  They leave our middle school program prepared to engage a range of genres and rhetorical situations at a deeper level, ready to take on literary analysis, creative writing, and writing about informational and technical texts as required in high school and college.

Writing samples from our students:

Personal Narrative, Grade 6:  "Who Stole the Pickles?"
Argument, Grade 7:  A comparative rhetorical analysis
Op-Ed, Grade 8:  "The Need for a Fracking Ban"

What's in our students' reading queues? These are just some of the works of fiction our English classes explore together ...

The Book Thief  The Giver  Fahrenheit 451  Lord of the Flies  Flowers for Algernon
Esperanza Rising  The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963  Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina  Addie on the Inside  Inside Out and Back Again

Winter Band Concert Draws HUGE C rowd!

The FMS music program provides budding musicians multiple opportunities to gain valuable performance experience.  Our band students played to a completely packed house at the Winter Concert in December!  


District Orchestra Concert:  April 2 @ MHS 7:00 PM
(MHS and FMS Orchestras)

District Bands of Morris Concert:  April 4 @ MHS 7:00PM 
(MHS Wind Ensemble, Spectrum Jazz Ensemble,
 FMS 8th Grade Band, FMS Wind Symphony)

Jazz Night:  May 9 @ MHS 7:00PM 
(MHS Spectrum Jazz Ensemble, MHS Jazz Choir, 
FMS Falcon Big Band -  special guests)

FMS Spring Band Concert:  May 15 @ MHS 7:00PM 
(All FMS Bands)

And best of luck to the Falcon Big Band at their upcoming jazz festivals!
Visual and Performing Arts Students to be Honored at Upcoming Board of Education Meeting

At 99.8%, FMS student participation in visual and performing arts courses (a NJ State Department of Education indicator of college and career readiness) well exceeds the state average.

Later this spring, the Morris School District Board of Education will recognize the achievements of our visual and performing arts students, including all FMS honor band and choir participants.  We look forward to this special evening and will announce the date in the coming weeks.

FMS 2018-19 Honor Choir, pictured here with Choral Director Gillian Erlenborn