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Principal's Message                      January 17, 2020
Happy New Year Falcon Family,

As we begin the second semester, it is important to take stock of all that we accomplished first semester and look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead of us. During the first semester of the 2019/2020 school year, we saw our students perform in and out of the classroom.  In the classroom students used their reasoning skills to solve math problems, engineering limitations, and some of the more complicated and controversial decisions of the 19th and 20th century. On the fields our students showed their mettle in numerous come from behind wins and their sheer force of will in running (literally) away with the medals at multiple cross country meets.  We also witnessed our artists put their talents on display during the Fall dance & band concerts. It was a great semester!  

Today marks the completion of the first week of the second semester (hard to believe). Last week, we held the school spelling bee and Ryan Guthrie ended up on top by correctly spelling hokum and Teflon.  Congratulations to Ryan and each of the 20 other students that will represent FHMS at the District spelling bee on Jan. 30th (6:00 p.m.; FHUSD Learning Center). As the semester progresses, we continue to find and utilize the best available tools to support student learning.  Math has found great success with IXL in helping identify and address learning gaps in individual students. English, science, and social studies are piloting IXL as a supplemental resource in their classes as well. Both ELA and Math saw significant progress in student performance from the first benchmark of the year to the second.  I am looking forward to monitoring our students' progress on Benchmark #3 and eventually the AzM2 (the new AzMERIT).  

In addition to State testing, the Spring semester brings us multiple unique learning opportunities (e.g. The Ben Franklin Living Museum for our 5th graders, AstroCamp & Washington, D.C. for our 7th graders, and CIMI for our 8th graders to name a few).    We have two more honor roll/principal's list awards ceremonies this semester and we have our 8th grade promotion. As the year progresses we will begin building towards our introduction and implementation of PBIS and we will continue to build a sense of community and pride in all that enter FHMS.  I am excited by our accomplishments so far and look forward to continuing to build an educational institution that ALL of Fountain Hills is proud to be associated with!  

Have a great weekend!  


James Carrick, Principal

Special Announcements
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8th  Grade Class Trip to  Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI):  

7th Grade Class Trip to AstroCamp:


Looking Ahead
View upcoming events of the week ahead
January 30 District Spelling Bee - FHUSD  Learning Center at 6pm
February 14 Valentine's Dance - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
February 21 Regional Spelling Bee - 9:00 am @ DVUSD
February 25 6th grade field trip - Renaissance Fair
February 29 PTO Gala - FH Community Center 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Tax Credit:
2019 Tax Credit:
There is still time to make a Tax Credit donation to our schools that will reduce your 2019 state tax obligation up to $400 for those who file a joint return.  You actually have until April 15, 2020 to donate and have the credit apply to your 2019 Arizona Tax Return. Fees paid for extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs are all eligible for the AZ Tax Credit program. New for 2019, donations can be made in support of playground equipment or shade structures for playground equipment.

As a reminder, a receipt is needed from the school in order to claim the tax credit. Each school has provided receipts for every known donor who contributed through December 2019. Receipts for donations from January 2020 through April will be provided on an ongoing basis. If you have made contributions from earlier in 2019 and have not received a receipt yet, please contact Steffnie Beck so records can be updated and receipts provided.

A Message From Food Services:
As we begin the second semester of the school year please take time to check your child's lunch balance.  We all know that students like to buy snacks and other goodies that you as parents may not know about nor planned for that additional spending.  As a result their account may be much lower then expected, or even have a negative balance.  
You can check your child's account via: https://fountainhillsusd.revtrak.net/

Important Reminder on School Attendance:
From the Office of the Dean:  

As we enter into 3rd quarter (2nd semester) we begin a new chapter at FHMS.  We are excited to start this new semester and are looking forward to seeing every child in class.  Attending classes and being diligent about attendance is extremely important. We would like to have our students attend all classes every day. We know that this is not always possible due to illnesses and unforeseen circumstances.  However, if your child is ill and has not been running a fever for at least 24 hours, please have them attend school when possible. In addition, we are providing the Arizona state statute on Attendance from Fountain Hills Unified School District's website.  

The regular school attendance of a child of school age is required by state law.  Regular attendance is essential for success in school; therefore, absences shall be excused only for necessary and important reasons including illness, bereavement, other family emergencies, out-of-school suspensions. Excused absences due to out-of-school suspensions must not exceed 10% of the instructional days scheduled for the school year. FHUSD excuses doctor's appointments that cannot reasonably be scheduled during non-school time. Observances of major religious holidays of the family's faith are also excused provided at least written consent from the person who has legal custody of the student is given to the office.
It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to notify the office when your child is absent and give the reason for your child's absence or the absence will remain  un excused. 
Attendance lines are: McDowell Mountain Elementary 480-664-5200
Fountain Hills Middle School 480-664-5400
Fountain Hills High School 480-664-5500
Reasons why the school needs to be contacted as early as possible:
  1. The home and school need to know quickly if any child left home but did not arrive at school.
  2. School district officials are required to know the reason for absences for the State Department of Education attendance accounting procedures.
  3. All absences are initially entered as unexcused (ABT) by the classroom teacher. If the attendance clerk receives a note or phone call providing an acceptable reason for the absence, it is then changed to excused (EXC).
Regarding Absences: 
A message may be left on the office attendance line voice mail at any time. Please include your child's name, your name, teacher name (grades PK-5), and specific reason for the absence. If you notify the school by phone, a note is not required upon the child's return.
  1. Any day that your child will not be in attendance the school office should be notified before:
9:15 A.M - McDowell Mountain Elementary
9:00 A.M. - Fountain Hills Middle School
8:00 A.M. - Fountain Hills High School
This should be done for each day your child will not be in attendance. 
  1. Notify the offices before the start of the school day if your student will be tardy for the start of the day.
Students reporting more than 15 minutes after the start of a period
will be marked absent.
Regarding the scheduling of vacations, medical and dental appointments, school personnel will solicit cooperation from parents in the matter of school attendance and punctuality: 
  1. The scheduling of family vacations during school vacation and recess periods.
  2. The scheduling of medical and dental appointments after school hours except in cases of emergency. 
  3. School administrators have the authority to deem family vacations as unexcused absences if the student already has excessive absences or is making unsatisfactory academic progress.
Fountain Hills Unified School District takes truancy and tardy seriously. We closely monitor those students who have chronic unexcused and excused absences and tardies.
A student is tardy if they arrive after the first period bell rings. When students are tardy, they must report to the office for a late pass. Students reporting more than 15 minutes after the start of a period will be marked absent. We want the best outcome for all students and are willing to work with parent's/guardian's to correct issues of truancy. If other problems are contributing to unexcused absences and/or tardies that we may be able to help with, we welcome the opportunity to work with parents/guardians.
Arizona law requires that a parent or legal guardian must ensure that their minor child between the age of six and sixteen is in school for the full time school is in session, unless otherwise legally excused pursuant to A.R.S. 15-802 or 15-803.

Happening On Campus:
 Our Falcon Athletes invite you to attend one or all of the HOME games!

Baseball Silver   1/6  @ 3:30
Softball A            1/7  @ 3:30
Baseball Silver   1/9  @ 3:30
Softball A            1/9  @ 3:30
Softball A          1/14  @ 3:30
Baseball A         1/15 @ 3:30
Softball 5/6        1/15 @ 3:30
Baseball Silver  1/16 @ 3:30
Softball 5/6        1/16 @ 3:30
Baseball A         1/21 @ 3:30
Softball A           1/21 @ 3:30
Baseball Silver   1/22 @ 3:30

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