Fountain Hills Middle School
Hello FHMS Families,
We are two weeks into this school year and we are rocking it. It has been such a joy to see this school year get underway with students in our building and teachers doing what they do best. Walking the halls has served as a wonderful reminder as to why we all got into this very difficult but most rewarding profession. Seeing students and teachers engaged in conversations, students with books in their hands and even taking it back old school with pencil and paper. I was impressed when I asked students what those yellow things were in their hands, they were able to answer, “Pencils” and even tell me what they are used for. As week two comes to an end, I did want to take a moment and update you on a few important items here at FHMS.
Every student who has a signed technology agreement on file with our school has been issued a Chromebook. If your student does not have a Chromebook and is not using their own device, we need that agreement on file in order to issue a device. I have noticed that many students are accessing their Chromebooks at lunch and other non-instructional times, I would strongly encourage them to not bring their Chromebooks to lunch and to leave them secured in their back pack. This also goes for weekend use, if it is not school related it should not be used for entertainment.
We have been working hard on getting all of our students updated in Schools PLP. If you are asking, what is Schools PLP?” Please take a minute and have a conversation with your student about it. This is our Learning Management Platform for our students. This is also where teachers will house assignments and direct students who may be Quarantined or out of school for other reasons. If your student is having any login issues with PLP, please have them reach out to me and we will trouble shoot their issues.
Now that we are two weeks into the semester you should begin to see grades populating in PowerSchool. I am asking teachers to keep their gradebooks current and up to date as this is where I am directing parents to check on their students’ progress. If you have questions about assignments or grades, we will need to make sure we follow this order of operations, ask my student about the assignment or grade, reach out to the teacher about the assignment or grade, reach out to the administration once steps 1 and 2 have been done and conversations have taken place.
We are doing a great job learning and trying to live by our PBIS Pillars. I did want to bring a few items to light before they became a bigger problem for anyone. Cell Phones, our district has a no cell phone policy on each campus. I have noticed phones starting to creep out in class, please remind your student to keep their phone powered down and put away during classes. Being on time and staying classes, we have a short amount of time with our students, it is important to make sure we are on time for all classes and we do not leave the class without permission. Time missed is time made up when it comes to tardies and/or not being in class. I want to encourage our students to be Responsible, Respectful, Safe and Kind not only in school but as the represent us in the community as well.
Students are doing a good job of taking care of themselves while at school. We are continuing to strive to social distance when possible, we have many students and staff choosing to wear masks and students are making us aware when they do not feel well. Please do your best to not send your student to school if they are not feeling well, we have systems in place to help them stay current on their learning and would rather they heal quickly by remaining at home then come and feel lousy at school.
MS Football is up and running, if your student 6-8 grade is interested in playing football for the middle school there is information available at the main office.
MS Soccer is up and running, if your student 6-8 grade is interested in playing for our MS Soccer team, there is information available at the main office.
Be on the lookout for information on our other Fall Sports as we get ready to kick start them as well.
Chess Club - We had a visit from the Chess Club at lunch on Tuesday. Ask if your student played during lunch and if they are interested in joining the club. We will be asking for names of students interested in joining and giving them to the Chess Coach.
Coin Drive - Help our PTO and our schools, be on the lookout for jugs at our school where you can drop off coins for the coin drive.
Additional Club opportunities that will be launching soon:
K-Kids and Builders
It is my hope that the school day does not end for many of our students at 3:10, in order to educate the “Whole Child” we must provide learning opportunities for students that challenge them outside of the classroom. I know that our staff and coaches are ready to start providing these opportunities and I hope that your student will choose to get involved with some of our extra-curricular opportunities.
Here is wishing you a fantastic weekend, find time to rest and recharge so we can hit the ground running on Monday.
Fountain Hills Middle School