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Principal's Message                                   November 2, 2018
Wow! How can it possibly be November already? Recently I shared a message with the FHMS Staff and I'd like to share part of that message with all of you:

I want to take a moment to remind you all how grateful I am to work with such an amazing group of people. As educators, we rarely receive acknowledgement for all the great things we are doing for our students...and while I cannot change that by myself, I can share with you the great things you and your peers are doing for kids each day here at FHMS.

Daily, I see staff diligently planning, grading, completing paperwork, filing, and meeting with students for extra help, clubs, and sports. I see staff coming in well before the school day starts and staying far after the students have gone home. I see staff that take their supervision duties seriously and ensure that our students are safe and cared for. I see staff providing food to hungry students, a shoulder to cry on for a student having a bad day, and a staff that strives every day to provide our students with engaging lessons, meaningful feedback, and continued encouragement for those who are struggling.

I also see a staff that has demonstrated great patience with their third principal in 3 years. You have adapted to the ever changing expectations and embraced the initiatives that inevitably came with the hiring of a new principal. Your commitment to your students, to your profession, and to FHMS has not gone unnoticed.

I appreciate how flexible you have been. I appreciate your continued guidance as I grow into this role and recognize that the year is far from perfect, but despite that you all come to work with great hope for your students and passion for your profession.

I share this message with the hope that the FHMS community continue to take time to recognize the great things the staff is doing for our students. Just this week, I had a teacher arrange for a student to receive dental work pro bono. I have had numerous teacher give up their prep hour to work with students that needed some extra support. I have witnessed classified staff members stay late with students that missed the bus and go out of their way to help students complete required paperwork.

Finally, I hope we all take the time to recognize the great things our students are doing each and every day. Since I have started at FHMS, I have witnessed students include new students in their "lunch group." I have seen students offer to help a struggling peer complete an assignment or deal with a difficult situation. I have seen students advocate for one and other and I have witnessed first hand the hard work and commitment of the Falcon Leaders as they organized and hosted one of the most amazing dances I have been part of.

I ask that we all take time to share a positive message with a staff member and/or a student in the coming months. Let's make FHMS a place where we recognize greatness while ensuing we are always striving to improve. Thank you for your time, commitment to our students, and continued support. Have a great weekend!

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Kiwanis Falcon Leaders

Congratulations to the October Kiwanis Falcon Leaders, 8th graders Marlee Spring and Philipe Cabral.  Way to go! 

First Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies

The First Quarter Honor Roll assemblies will be held the week of November 5. 

Tuesday, Nov. 6
6th grade: 11:19 a.m. - 11:49 a.m.
7th grade: 11:49 a.m. - 12:19 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
8th grade: 11:21 a.m. - 11:51 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 9**
4th Grade:
1:15 - 1:35 Mrs. Violette and Mrs. Leddy
1:40 - 2:00 Mrs. McDonald and Ms. Reichler

5th Grade:
2:15 - 2:35 Ms. Male and Mrs. Miller
2:45 - 3:05 Ms. Hare and Mrs. McGillivray

**Please note: we've slightly modified the times for the 4th and 5th grade honor roll assemblies on Friday, November 9, so that teachers may attend with their respective classes.

We hope to see you there!

Save the Date!

Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Congratulations to Kiwanis Terrific Kids, 5th graders Ariana Yazzie and Colby Wright. Way to go!

FHMS Cross-Country

Cross-Country starts Monday after school for students in grades 6-8! Students interesting in joining this amazing sport may pick up a packet at the front office or download one HERE.

FHUSD Dance Program

The FHUSD Fall Dance Concert is Thursday November 8th & Friday November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fountain Hills High School Big Gym. Ticket sales begin at 6:30 p.m.: $7 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and kids 5 and under are free. Come and support Falcon Dancers!

FH Parks & Recreation Open Gym 

FH Parks & Recreation Basketball Tournament 

FH Library Branch
Here are just a few programs being offered at the Fountain Hills Library in November which may be of interest to middle school students. The full list of programs can be found on the library website.

Come Write In: November 5th from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Are you a teen who loves writing? Get inspired during National Novel Writing Month with fun prompts and group challenges to keep you entertained and motivated while you write. Join us and share your creativity!

Cool Careers: Musician: November 17th from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? We're shining a spotlight on a new career each month, so mark your calendars and come explore your options. This month, join us to meet the Gilbert Town Fiddlers, a high school fiddle group who create and perform their own unique arrangements for audiences of all ages. After talking with the group, stick around to hear them perform!

Dungeons and Dragons: November 19th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of action, danger, and excitement! If you've played Dungeons and Dragons before, come with your character's back story. If not, we'll provide one for you. Either way, break out your polyhedral dice and prepare to join the adventure!

Tween Scene: Physics: November 28th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join us on the last Wednesday of the month for fun drop-in activities and crafts. Explore science, technology, music, and more! This month, learn about physics with hula hoops! For youth ages 9-13. 

Orme Dam Victory Days
Looking Ahead
View upcoming events of the week ahead

11/05/2018 &

Baseball Tryouts (boys grades 6-8)
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Golden Eagle Park
FHMS will provide transportation to the park; parents pick up at 5:30 p.m. at GE1

11/06/2018 Vaping, Juuling & Tobacco Awareness Presentation
FHMS Cafeteria
6:00 p.m.

11/16/2018 5th Grade Field Trip
Orme Dam Education Day
Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds

11/21/2018 - 
Thanksgiving Break

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