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Principal's Message                      February 28, 2020
Happy Friday Falcon Family,

Next week is a busy week here at FHMS.  We have Spirit Week, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and two half-day on Thursday and Friday.  Today I want to focus (no pun intended) on Parent-Teacher Conferences.  

On Wednesday, March 4th (not an early release day) we will host conferences from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, March 5th conferences will run from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The 4th grade team will be in their "team room," the 5th grade team will be in their "team room" and the 6th - 8th grade teams will be in the 7/8 "team room." Teachers are in the process of sending out invitations to specific parents/guardians that the teams feel they need to talk to, but all parents/guardians are welcome.

If you are unable to make these times, please contact your child's teachers to set-up an alternative meeting.  

Have a great weekend!  

Mr. Carrick, Principal

Special Announcements
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If your family lives in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter
  • In a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation
  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

Your school-age child(ren) may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.  If you believe your child(ren) may be eligible please contact your child(ren)'s school or Allison Barbor at district office (abarbor@fhacademics.org or (408)664-5084).

Looking Ahead
View upcoming events of the week ahead
February 29 PTO Gala-FH Community Center 6:00pm - 11:00pm
March 4 Parent/Teacher Conferences  4:00pm - 7:00pm
March 5 Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00pm - 5:00pm
March 9-13 Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
State Testing begins in the Spring. Please look at the dates below and ensure your student will be in school!

AIMS Science  March 24
AIMS Science-make-up test March 25
AzM2 Writing March 26 and March 30
AzM2 Reading Part 1 March 31 and April 2
AzM2 Reading Part 2 April 6 and April 7
AzM2 Math Part 1 April 9 and April 13
AzM2 Math Part 2 April 14 and April 16
Test make-up dates: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/20-4/22

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 third 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 Cell Phones:
Cellphones continue to be a distraction in school and we encourage parents to keep their student's phones at home during the school day.  

Happening On Campus:
Sixth Grade Social Studies

Sixth Grade students recently studied the Empires of Alexander the Great and Rome, learning about the geography and resources of the lands involved and considered the impact the leaders, armies, ideas, innovations and religions had on those regions. The students also became acquainted with the works of Shakespeare and other playwrights by participating in several plays; Alexander the Great: Dream to The Winds, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and Julius Caesar. 

In addition, the sixth grade just returned from the annual trip to the Arizona Renaissance Festival Student Days  where students watched a falconry exhibition, experienced a jousting tournament and learned about the customs, manner of dress, and leisure activities of that time period. It was a wonderful day of experiential learning which students will refer back to as they begin their unit of study in the Middle Ages.

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