Fountain Hills Middle School
Hello Fountain Hills Middle School Families,
It is already time for another Falcon Focus from Mr. Markle, wow it seems like just yesterday I did the, “Did you know?” Falcon Focus. So what does that tell me, it tells me things are moving really quickly and the Quarter is flying by. That being said, I wanted to take a minute and focus on a few things that will help us all have a great end to Quarter 1, it will be here before you know it.
PowerSchool and Quarter 1 Progress Reports
Our staff has been working hard to make sure their grade books are the most accurate reflection of the learning your student has displayed to us over these 6 weeks. Please go into your portal account and take a look at your students’ progress and have a conversation with them about both their successes and opportunities they have to improve what might not be meeting the standards.
You can access PowerSchool here
When you are in looking at assignments, if you come across any work that is missing, students will have until Thursday, September 30th to get any missing or make-up work turned into their teachers for Quarter 1. After this date, we will be focusing on wrapping up the Quarter and looking at our end of the Quarter Assessments.
You might know it better as Buzz, it is the same thing, don’t feel bad if you did not know that, it took me a while to figure out what our students and teachers were talking about as well. If you are ever wondering what your student is doing in Buzz, it is very easy to find out. Have them pull up their log-in screen and before they log in, check the box that says “Parent View” this will allow you to scroll through their PLP and not do any of their work. As a reminder as we continue to battle through COVID and other health challenges, if your student is absent from school this is where they need to check for assignments and to stay current on their learning.
The final two days of the Quarter are half days at the middle school. The afternoons are dedicated to Parent / Teacher Conferences. More information will come out on this, but I wanted you to be able to get the dates on your calendar as a place holder. October 7th and 8th.
Finally, I believe that we should always strive to nail the landing, we have a little over 3 weeks to go and have done a nice job building a strong foundation for the school year ahead. This last item does threaten to destabilize our foundation and frankly hurts my heart that we have to deal with this in our building.
You received a message from the district about a TikTok challenge sweeping the country. The "Devious Lick" (Lick is slang for theft) meme began 10 days ago and finally reached us the other day.
Schools across the country are experiencing an uptick in vandalism and theft as a result of the Devious Lick TikTok meme wherein students take innocuous items from schools, and compete to 1-up each other with the size and difficulty of what is being stolen.
As a dad myself of a high school and middle school student, we had a good talk around the dinner table about this stupidity and what my own kids have seen in their school. It was disappointing to hear about the disruptions in the learning environment and the lack of respect some students have for their school and the wellbeing of their fellow students.
The Principal side of me at Fountain Hills Middle School knows that we are better than this, we have way too much heavy lifting to do when it comes to learning every day and no time to waste searching for a few seconds of fame that could land us with consequences that could follow us around for a really long time. I love our school, the students, the staff and the community, we want to be known for the great things we do, not for getting sucked into a TikTok meme challenge.
We have so much to celebrate at our great school and we have so much fun together every day. One of my mentors, actually my baseball coach in high school and then the first principal I ever worked under said if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. For 21 years I have felt this way with my educational career. I love turning off the B-Line Highway onto Shea Blvd because I know I am minutes away from getting to spend another day with the staff and students of Fountain Hills Middle School. I am excited to see what the next three weeks hold for us and all of the great learning our students produce.
Fountain Hills Middle School