Principal Message

Mr. Caricari

I want us to take a step back into the start of the school year when we embarked on our One Book, One School initiative by reading I Will Always Write Back as a school every day during our Academic Plus time. There were many lessons learned throughout the book, such as perseverance, dedication, commitment, love, friendship, etc. Two other messages we gained from reading the book were the importance of education and care. With that said, FMMS will have the opportunity to show how much we care by supporting students from an impoverished area with their educational needs. This past Friday, the Jacket News Network (JNN) aired a video clip describing the journey of care that we are getting ready to begin as a school. To view the clip that aired on JNN, please go to the following link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11GlsJqmp5adbbIG_b3y_2ziEz2d8WK5P/view?ts=5a57b944.

FMMS is teaming up with a local organization called Education = Hope to provide students in Ecuador with the essentials that they need in order to receive an education. More information will be in next week’s letter with details on how our FMMS families can help support this wonderful initiative.

This past week was another exciting one at FMMS! The winter sports schedule continued on Monday as our basketball teams squared off against Indian Land. On Tuesday, several of our students participated in the school-wide Geography Bee. On Thursday, several of our students participated in the Fort Mill School District Spelling Bee that took place at the district office. Our basketball teams were in action again on Thursday against Pleasant Knoll. We finished off the week with our 6th grade band performing for the first time in front of an audience and they did an outstanding job!

In closing, our school traffic controllers are asking all of us to take extreme caution when approaching the school during morning arrival and/or afternoon dismissal. They have experienced near misses on numerous occasions. They are asking for everyone’s help in keeping them safe while they are keeping us safe. Please continue reading for important dates and information.

 

Sincerely,

Tony Caricari, Principal

Good things happen to people who work hard, care for others, respect all, and follow the rules!

 

School Website: http://fmms.fortmillschools.org/

Twitter: @FMMSadmin1 and @FMMSJackets

 

Polar Plunge Fundraiser for Special Olympics

The FMMS “Frozen Jackets” will take the plunge into the frigid water of Lake Wylie on February 17. We will be taking the plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. We have several students who participate in the Special Olympics and we are supporting them along with other students in York County by raising funds to support this awesome organization.

Please check out the following link and consider sponsoring us this year:

http://www.firstgiving.com/team/364469

 

Fort Mill Middle’s Got Talent

Calling all FMMS students! Do you have a special talent for solving Rubik’s Cube, singing, writing, dancing, or sport and magic tricks? Or do you prefer to take pictures, draw, and paint? If so, the combined talent and art show is for you! Application forms can be picked up from Mr. Stone (room 219), Ms. Williams (room 306) or the media center. The event will take place on February 23, 2018, with forms due on January 17, 2018. Everyone’s talent and art are welcome!

 

FMMS Swarm Tank Competition

1. Students IDENTIFY A PROBLEM in your home, school, community, state, country, or world
2. Use the design process to explore solutions, build, test & evaluate, (redesign if needed), then PRESENT YOUR SOLUTION

To help get your plans and prototypes done, Ms. Morrison will have following hours for participants to use the Gateway to Technology classroom computer lab and tools.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday before school (7:40-8:05) and after school (3:30-4:30)

You must complete a project application with parent consent and contact information must be provided before coming to the lab. Thank you!

Forms are on the SWARM Tank Google Classroom. Log into your school Google Classroom account and join by entering the code: y6bdde

Major Dates to keep in mind:
--Project Applications must be received by January 26th.

--Your or Your Team's Design Brief must be turned in by February 2nd.
--A Video sharing your problem and solution must be submitted by April 27th.
--Final Round in front of a live panel of judges will be in May (TBA)

 

This Week

January 15: Martin Luther King Day – No school.

January 16: Curriculum Night at Nation Ford High School 6:00 pm for 8th grade students and parents – Please go to the following link for more information: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Curriculm Night at NFHS .

January 17: Talent/Art Show Forms are due.

January 18: Basketball games against Gold Hill – girls on the road and the boys are at home. The 7th-grade games begin at 5:00 pm and the 8th-grade games begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the 7th-grade games.


Future Dates

 

January 22: Basketball games against Springfield – girls on the road and the boys are at home. The 7th-grade games begin at 5:00 pm and the 8th-grade games begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the 7th-grade games.

January 23: 3rd Annual Future Falcon Night for 8th -grade students and parents at 6:00 pm in the FMMS Gym. More information to come as we get closer to the event.

February 8: Yellow Jacket Invitational Cheer and Dance Expo at FMMS. Please go to the following link for more information: Yellow Jacket Invitational .

March 20: FMMS Family Literacy Night at 6:00 pm.

April 27: 8th Grade Dance 7:00 – 9:00 pm at FMMS.

 

Counselor’s Corner

Attention 8th-Grade Students and Parents!

We want to inform 8th-grade students and parents of the many important dates and activities coming up in the month of January and February.

• PSAT student score reports were returned on Monday, January 8th.  If your child included their email in their answer document, they should have already received notification on how to access their scores online. 

• This week we hit the ground running with 9th-grade high school registration. Yes, it’s that time already! The counselors, Mrs. Bauer-Brown and Mrs. Hisman went through all 8th grade Science classes this week to explain the high school registration process and to hand out course curriculum guides and registration forms. All paperwork came home in a brown envelope, so please be on the lookout for this. Please see following link for the 8th-Grade Registration packet 8th -Grade Registration Packet (in Guidance folder).

• Tuesday, January 16th @ 6:00 PM is Curriculum Night for rising 9th-graders at Nation Ford High School.  Please plan to attend this important meeting to hear an in-depth explanation of the courses that your child will be enrolled in and electives that they can choose. 

Tuesday, January 23rd @ 6:30 PM is Future Falcon Night for rising ninth graders and their parents at Fort Mill Middle School.  This is a bit different from the curriculum night at NFHS, as this explains the expectations and differences of high school, as well as opportunities for your child to get involved in at the high school level.  There will be former students who will present their own high school experiences, as well as counselors from NFHS who will talk a bit more about the transition to high school.  Please plan to attend this meeting, as well for some really good information to prepare you and your child for the next step in their school journey. 

January 31st and February 1st from 8:00-3:00 PM are REQUIRED student IGP (Individual Graduation Plan) meetings for all 8th-grade students.  Please note that a letter of explanation of the process, along with your scheduled appointment time for you to meet with a middle and high school counselor to develop your child’s IGP  was sent home with your child’s report card on Friday, January 5th.  It was printed on NEON GREEN paper so it will be hard to miss. Thank you for your support and for making arrangements to be here on your scheduled day and time. 

 

The Direction of Your Dreams

Parents of 8th-grade students,

As you are looking at all the IGP information that went home this week, you may notice that students are asked about their career goal on the Course Selection sheet.  Hopefully through activities students have experienced during middle school (interest inventories, career fair, job shadow, etc.), they have some idea of the career(s) that interest them.  Answering this question on the Course Selection Sheet does not tie students to that path, as it is simply used as a tool to help students select their electives.  Students will notice their choices for electives have expanded past what they have been offered in middle school and they can be excited about taking classes like Digital Art and Design, Agricultural Science, Health Science, Sports Medicine, etc.  These elective choices allow students to get experience with careers that may interest them.  If they enjoy the class, they can continue on to the next level of that field. If they don’t, they can try something new.  Enjoy the IGP process and the opportunity to pick classes for 9th grade!    

Kati McFadden, Career Development Facilitator

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”  Henry David Thoreau

 

Literacy Connection

Do you often wonder what books to recommend for your middle school child?  Check out this list for 2018 from Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/98185.Middle_Grade_Novels_of_2018

 

PTO

Welcome 2018! The PTO has a bunch of things in the works for the second half of our school year!

We will be in need of the following to help with our 2018 events:

  • 8th Grade Committee - Parents to help with the planning and decorating of the 8th Grade Dance and Yearbook Breakfast.
  • Silent Auction Committee - Parents to help with gathering items for our Silent Auction.

If you would like to be part of these committees, please email the PTO.

More fun stuff to come! Want to be part of the planning? Everyone is always welcome at our monthly meetings! 

Spirit Nights

  • Papa John’s – January 31, February 28, and April 25
  • Chick-fil-A – March 28

Questions? 

 *PTO Email Addressfortmillmiddlepto@gmail.com - Facebook- Fort Mill Middle School  PTO - Instagram- fmmspto

 

Athletics

Calling all Booster Club Members: The ABC needs to fill the following positions on the board:

  • 5K Race Liaison: The 5K will take place in October 2018. This is a very important fundraiser that will involve all five middle schools in Fort Mill.
  • Merchandise Chair

-Please contact the ABC President, Julie Richardson if you are interested in either of the above positions at jlkonrad@aol.com.
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ABC Membership Drive - The ABC would love to have people train underneath our current chairs. We hope to see you at the next ABC meeting on January 10 at 6:00 pm in the media center. Please go to the following link to retrieve the ABC Membership Form: https://cdn4.sportngin.com/attachments/document/0060/5623/FMMS_Booster_Membership_Form.pdf .

Attention Winter Cheer, Basketball, and Dance families - Please sign up for concessions volunteers and bring in drinks for concession sales.
 

Game Results

Girls Basketball: Monday against Indian Land, 7th-grade lost 23-16 and 8th-grade lost 14-12. Thursday night against Pleasant Knoll, the 7th-grade lost and the 8th-grade girls won – scores were not posted at the time of this letter.

Boys Basketball: Monday against Indian Land, 7th-grade lost 34-20 and 8th-grade lost 32-27 in overtime. Thursday night against Pleasant Knoll, the 7th-grade lost 60 – 10 and the 8th-grade boys won 46-44 in overtime.

Please visit the FMMS Athletic Web page at http://www.fortmillathletics.com/page/show/512212-fort-mill-ms.

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