Principal Message

Mr. Caricari

It is hard to believe that the end of the first semester is upon us! I encourage all students and parents to take another look at Parent Portal to see if there are any assignments that are incomplete. There are only four days left to submit any late work if points are still available to earn.

This past week at FMMS was very exciting, as we had many programs that took place. On Monday and Thursday, our basketball, cheer, and dance teams were in action. Please see below in the “Athletics” section for the results of the basketball games. On Wednesday evening, the 7th and 8th-grade bands performed their winter concert at Nation Ford High School. We had a big crowd support the band that evening, and we were all highly impressed with the performance of the students. Congratulations to Mrs. Grantham and our band students for a job well done!

At this time, I want to highlight our musical theatre students. This past week was their “show week” for Disney’s, Beauty and the Beast, Jr. On Tuesday evening, they had the open dress rehearsal and Wednesday afternoon held a closed dress rehearsal to fine-tune their skills to get ready for their big performances to finish out the week. Our student body and staff were privileged to attend the performance at an assembly Thursday morning. The performance was outstanding!  Then came Friday’s main performance in front of a standing room only crowd and they knocked it out of the park! It was awesome to see the level of support that our families, students, staff, former students, and community showed toward our program Friday night! Congratulations to Mrs. Bouldin, Mrs. Snowber-Marini, and all of the students who participated for an outstanding performance!

Friday was also a very special day for our staff, as we were honored by our PTO and FMMS families at the Annual Holiday Cookie and Gift Card Exchange. The cookies were off- the- charts good and the gift cards were very much appreciated. On behalf of the staff of FMMS, I want to personally our gratitude for the kindness, generosity, and love that was shown to us this holiday season.   

In closing, we have a “BLUE OUT” sponsored by the FMMS Athletic Booster Club tomorrow. Please go to the following link for more information: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­BLUE OUT Info . If you have a twitter account, please become a follower of mine on @FMMSadmin1, the school on @FMMSJackets, and the district on @FortMillSD. We have already started posting some pictures of recent events.

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

 

Jackets News Network (JNN)

Attention all 6th and 7th-graders! Do you like the sound of your own voice? Do you love to have your picture taken or see yourself on video? Do you have a knack for filming or video editing? Lastly, are you interested in belonging to a fun, fast-paced, and deadline-driven club?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then JNN might be for you! If interested, you can pick up an application in the media center. The deadline for submitting your application is Wednesday, December 20.

 

Fort Mill Middle’s Got Talent

Calling all FMMS students! Do you have a special talent in 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!

 

SWARM Tank

Have you ever heard of the TV show Shark Tank on ABC? Here at FMMS, we are looking for parents who want to serve on the committee for SWARM TANK!

Parents will serve alongside teachers and students to lay the groundwork for SWARM TANK and get it up and running this year. You will help develop contestant directions and application process to name a few tasks. If you are interested in serving on the SWARM TANK committee, please email our Gateway to Technology teacher, Ms. Morrison, at morrisona@fortmillschools.org.

 

This Week

December 18: Boys basketball games at home against Banks Trail. The 7th-grade game begins at 5:00 pm and the 8th-grade game begins 15 minutes after the conclusion of the 7th-grade games.

December 20: Girls basketball games at Banks Trail. The 7th-grade game begins at 5:00 pm and the 8th-grade game begins 15 minutes after the conclusion of the 7th-grade games.

December 21 Half-Day for students – 11:30 am dismissal.

December 21: Wrestling match at York High School at 5:00 pm.

 

Future Dates

December 22 – January 3:  Winter Break!

January 4: Students return from winter break.

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.

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

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

 

The Direction of Your Dreams

The last career cluster to be covered in our Career Exploration Video Series is one of my favorites – Manufacturing!  Did seeing the video change what your child thought about manufacturing?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJo1xlppqzg .

Students also saw a video that encouraged them to make an intentional plan after high school and not just set off on a path because it seems like the logical next step.  I’ve shared this one before, but it’s worth repeating!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4nwQYuR-JM .

Finally, students learned about the opportunities for career exploration that they will have during middle school.  The next big activity is the 7th-Grade Career Fair in March. 

Happy Holidays!

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 want to keep your middle schooler reading over winter break?  Consider the Winter Break Reading Challenge!  When students complete all the tasks on the checklist, they can bring it to Mrs. Hammond’s office in the media center for a prize in January.

Get your Winter Break Reading Challenge at this link.

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/sites/default/files/field_file/winter-break-reading-challenge.pdf

 

PTO

Next PTO Meeting: January 9, 2018, at 8:15 am- Join us for coffee and treats as we wrap up the year and preview 2018!

Dear FMMS Families,

We would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of our families that donated to our Teacher and Staff Holiday Appreciation! Because of your generosity, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of our awesome FMMS staff received a $25 gift card and a box filled with yummy cookies! 

Here are some photos of the event on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/fmmspto/posts/1819567304782561

Whether you donated cookies, gift cards, cash or your time, we are grateful and humbled by the generosity of our families.

We wish everyone Happy Holidays and all the best for a Blessed New Year!

FMMS PTO

Debbie, Joelle, Jennifer, Tonya, Tricia, and Raya

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

ABC Membership Drive - We had two winners for the drawing for the winter sports passes.  We thank all the parents that are booster members.  We are looking for new booster board members for next year.  The ABC would love to have people train underneath our current chairs. We hope to see you at the next ABC meeting on December 13 at 9:00 am in Mr. Stone's room. 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.
 

Attention all AB Club Members  

Remember - the volunteer box on the Booster Club membership form you filled out at the beginning of the year?  It said “willing to volunteer as needed.”   Many of you checked YES.  Thank you to all of you that did check yes!   Well, the fundraiser below is exactly that, an event the AB Club needs your help.

The Fireworks Supermarket is looking for cashiers/baggers during their New Year’s busy time.  They need 10-15 people starting on Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Dec. 31.  Volunteers must be 18 and older to participate.  The store manager will work volunteers into a shift schedule based on your availability.  The manager will keep track of time worked and our FMMS Booster Club volunteers will earn $10/hour for the booster club.  After Jan. 1, the corporate office will write a check payable to FMMS Athletic Booster Club.

Chantal Baker- Manager   803-802-3200 or fireworks.ftmill@gmail.com

Fireworks Supermarket

3644 Festival Dr.

Fort Mill, SC  29708

If this fundraising opportunity works for you, please contact the store manager to indicate your availability and that you represent the FMMS AB Club.  In December, when you have your volunteer shift and hours confirmed at Fireworks Supermarket, please contact Suzanne Kuebler at skuebler@comporium.net with the information so we can keep a record of who is working and the number of hours worked.  

Thank you in advance!  This is a great way for you to earn money for FM Middle Athletics!

Girls and Boys Soccer Winter Conditioning

Please go to the following site for the girls’ soccer information: https://www.fortmillathletics.com/page/show/3385857-girls-soccer-regular-season-2018-

Please go to the following site for the boys’ soccer information: https://www.fortmillathletics.com/page/show/3385843-boys-soccer-regular-season-2018-

Game Results

Girls Basketball: Monday against Gold Hill. 7th-grade lost 14 – 12 and 8th-grade lost 26 – 19. Thursday night against Springfield, the 7th-grade lost 32-18 and the 8th-grade won 25-20.

Boys Basketball: Monday against Gold Hill. 7th-grade lost 33-11 and 8th-grade lost 43–31. Thursday night against Springfield, the 7th-grade lost 25-16 and the 8th-grade won 35-30.

Wrestling: The wrestling team’s match at Dorman High School on Wednesday was canceled.

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

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