Falmouth Middle School PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

June 16, 2014 - Summer Edition

Dear Parents,

The Middle School will be undergoing significant construction again this summer.  The new science and music rooms, as well as additional special education rooms will be an appreciated addition to the school facilities.  To that end, however, both our phone service and Internet will go down at 4:00 on Friday, June 13.  It's still not completely clear how our phone handling will be for the next two weeks!  My best advice is to contact us by email.  Our secretaries are Joyce Beasley jbeasley@falmouthschools.org and Julie Mercer (student services) at jmercer@falmouthschools.org. You can always try our phones as well!   June 16th is the last full day for our staff.  They will be working together planning for next year as well as closing their rooms down for the summer. (Some are completely packing them up!) 

A high point of the end of year activities is recognizing particular students for outstanding achievements.  The following students are this year's award recipients.  A hearty congratulations to all!

Grade 6 Citizenship:
David Steindl, Claire Winkeler, Billy Myers, Molly McDermott, Mason Canon, Elizabeth Seeker, Delaney Wimert, Reece Metchick
Grade 7 Citizenship
Jacob Seeker, Kai-Jonathan Berry, Caitlyn Hanley, Libby Danielson, 
Vern Saunders Award
Brienn Douglas
Lois Murphy Kindness Award
Everett Metchick, May Igani
Lee Twombly Award
Josh Allen. Raeal Staley
Principal Awards
Grace Lee and Alex Marcotte
Dan Cardillo Award
Danielle Casavant
John Croker - Kieve Award
Kaitlyn Dowling
Chris Olsen - Science Award
Hunter Farnham
Secretary Of State Award
Kathryn Caldwell - Secretary of State   photo link!
Warren Wilson Award
Gwen Armitage, Jack Bryant
Art Awards
Sarah Wentworth, Carter Hawkes, Katie Han, Kerry O'Donnell, Teagan McMahon, Graham Whiting
Civil Rights Awards
6th Grade: Joe DiPhilippo, Gabe Magadieu. Sudhanshu Naru, Charlie Goodall, Kali Austin-McCormick, Tom Neudek, Katalina Echavarri, Kristi Filipov, Natalie Grondin, Thomas Walsh, Megan Josephs, Hannah Dubinski
7th Grade: Sophie Magadieu, Alanna Luce, Ivan Cadigan, Leah Macmaster, Farhan Talukder
8th Grade:  Shubhankar Naru, Tigerlily White, Sophie Baker, Ben MacLennan, Brooke Martin, Maria Rodriguez, Trent Macgowan, Quinn Minnehan. May Igani
Student Council: 
Grade 6:  Joe Diphillipo, Jackson Larlee, Hope Cote, Henry Janosick, Natalie Grondin, Mary Kate Bayer, Brooke Douglas, Behn Smested, Johnny Wallig
7th grade: Shelby Innis
8th grade:  Brienn Douglas, Jordan McDermott, Chloe Gorman, Amelia Gorman, Stone Carmichael

Each year 8th graders at FMS  take part in the National Spanish Examination.  This year 37, 218 students nationwide took this exam in all 50 states.   The students here at FMS did an outstanding job.  42  of our students scored in the top 25th percentile nationwide. 

Scoring in the 85-94 percentile earns a Silver Award, un premio de plata.  There were 28 Silver awards given in the entire state of Maine, and over ½   of them, 15,  went to students at FMS.  Congratulations on a job well done. 
Alyssa Drum , Riley Lonsdale , Blake Flaherty , Abigail Lebel , Thomas Hiscock , Jack Bryant , Cali Wiberg , Graham Whiting , Lauren Wendland, Sam Davies , Amelia Gorman, Jessica Troubh, Charlotte Giordano , Steve Camuso , Ben Wuesthoff 
Ten students earned  Gold Awards by score in the 95 percentile. 13 students in the State of Maine received this award. 10 are our students.  These students earned a monetary award from the Maine Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. 
Alison Noyes, Kayla Warner , Katheryn , Caldwell Meghan Cantlin, Sierra Fahrman, Winnie Wu, Candice Powers, Alex Klemperer, Grace Lee, Emma Tabenken
¡Felicitaciones a todos los estudiantes! 

Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. This is the 79th annual event of this exam.  Students were evaluated for their reading and listening comprehension skills in French.  Nearly 100,000 students in all 50 states competed in this 2014 event.

The following students scored in the top 12% in the nation with their achievement on the 2014 National French Exam.  
Ander Alonso, Danielle Casavant, Eli Friedman, Clara Geci, Beatrice Johnson, Emily Lozoraitis, Alex Marcotte, Emily McConnell, Teagan McMahon, Peter Morrissette, Shubhankar Naru, Sophia Spelman , Charlotte Squier, Stella Santucci

Students' grades will be finalized in PowerSchool by June 19th and will be available until JUNE 24 - so please check your children's grades before then and print them if you wish to have a printed copy!  Thanks!  Please note that 6th grade and UA (Unified Arts) grades are under the "Standards Grades" tab. Also, any time there is blue text, it is hyperlinked to additional information.  For example, when looking at 6th grade trimester final grades, one will see a "--".  It is hyperlinked and clicking on it reveals the assignments behind the standards based grade. For important information on reading 6th grade and UA report cards online, please use this link:  https://docs.google.com/a/falmouthschools.org/View?id=dgvh23br_347gww4kmf4.  Seventh and 8th grade grades currently show in "Grades and Attendance" and will show in "Grade History" by the end of the day on the 19th.

Commendation Letters will be mailed out during the week of June 23 along with NWEA scores for the 2013-14 school year.

If you did not order School Supplies through the PTO, here is the link to the supply lists:  https://sites.google.com/a/falmouthschools.org/ms-principal-notes/fms-school-supplies-for-14-15

I'd also like to recognize and thank two exceptionally dedicated teachers who are leaving us this year. Chris Olsen is a 6th grade teacher who is retiring.  She is perhaps best known for her work developing the 6th grade science curriculum including the Falmouth Forests and Yardscaping Units.  Maggie Pearl is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher who has worked tirelessly to support our students in both the reading of literature and particularly the writing process!  We have also appreciated Michelle Bourget, Janet Bruen, and Karina Magee, all three of whom filled temporary world language teaching positions this year.

We look forward to Gail Turner's return to Spanish teaching after a year in Ecuador. In addition Alexandra (Alex) Hodges will joining the Spanish teaching team. Alex interned at Falmouth High School and came highly recommended. She also served as a tech integrator for two years, so brings those skills to us as well. Sarah Carr is replacing Chris Olsen in the 6th grade. Sarah has taught middle school ELA and science since 1997. Amy Kissell is replacing Maggie Pearl. Amy has taught Middle School and High School ELA since 2008 and before that, taught in both Korea and Nicaragua.

Finally, I want to welcome Dr. Janet Adams as the new Falmouth Middle School Principal. She comes with a wealth of experience in school leadership, and I know you will immediately recognize her warmth, listening skills, and welcoming personality! Her presence and expertise is making it much easier for me to leave.

Again, I want to thank all of you for being so supportive of both your children and Falmouth Middle School.  I am retiring and moving to Arizona, but will keep Falmouth students and their families close to my heart!  Have a wonderful summer - and best wishes to all of you!

Sue Palfrey

Upcoming events  - Falmouth Middle School Calendars - including Athletics Calendar



LIBRARY SUNDAE AND COMMUNITY PICNIC----It's summertime!  And in Falmouth, that means ice cream and fun at the Falmouth Memorial Library!  Bring the family to the library on Sunday, July 13 for the annual Library Sundae.  This year, the Friends of the Library are kicking off the Sundae with a community picnic starting at 12:30.  There will be lawn bowling and other fun activities.  The Library Sundae begins immediately after the picnic with ice cream, valve cover car races, antique car rides, face painting and music.  Plan to be there from until 3!  FMI the Falmouth Memorial Library at 781-2351 or Chantal Walker at 781-3637

Do you know a student who may be interested in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics(STEM)?  The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) Summer Camp is hosting its 17th STEM camp this year for kids ages 10-14.
This is a great opportunity for kids to build enthusiasm and confidence in science and mathematics.  Campers chose from a variety of courses which can be viewed on our website at www.mssm.org/summercamp.

While our boys' weeks are full for this year, we do still have space in our girls' weeks. Financial aid and scholarships are still available.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about this program.  Our email address is mssmsummercamp@mssm.org.

Falmouth Youth Lacrosse loves the Boston Red Soxs"  Win 2 tickets to a July 8th RedSox game at Fenway Park.  The game is against the Chicago White Sox.  Come to a varsity game and purchase a $10 raffle ticket or call Maggie Robinson at 415-7462.

 METRO Bus has a great opportunity for students to travel around the area this summer.  The Summer Youth Bus Pass is $20 and can be used from June – August for students 18 and younger.

Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF)-The Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising funds each year in order to provide grants in support of academics, athletics, and the arts for children throughout the Falmouth, Maine community. Visit us at http://falmoutheducationfoundation.org/ to learn more.

Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF)
The Falmouth Education Foundation (FEF) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to raising funds each year in order to provide grants in support of academics, athletics, and the arts for children throughout the Falmouth, Maine Community. Visit us at http://falmoutheducationfoundation.org/ to learn more.

There will be a field hockey camp offered at Falmouth High School through Academy International for girls between the ages of 13-18 from July 15th thru the 18th.  For more information please review the brochure or you can contact Robin Haley Falmouth High School Varsity Field Hockey coach at rhaley@famouthschools.org.

Falmouth Football and the Falmouth Cheer and Stunt Team

It’s time to register for any of the following fall Football and Cheer programs through the Falmouth Football Boosters

- Youth Tackle – Grades 2 through 6 (Jonathan Berry – kzbbros@gmail.com)

- Youth Flag – Grades K through 6 (Jake Birks – jakebirks@yahoo.com)

- Middle School (Ernie Johnson - erniejohnsonfalmouthfootball@gmail.com)

- High School (Craig Aube - craigaube@gmail.com)

- Cheer and Stunt Team – Grades 1 through 8 (Jill Noyes - cheerleadingstuntteam@gmail.com)

Register online at www.falmouthfootball.com – See “Register Online”, left side of home page

Questions – Contact noted above or go to Falmouth Football Program Overview in the News section of the home page

NEW Yahoo Group: Support for Families Living with Life Threatening Allergies! 
A safe place to support and share information, resources, recipes, travel and dining recommendations with local families living with life threatening food allergies. From infants to teens, we are looking to create an invaluable resource to help keep your child safe, happy and included!

Registration Process and Options for FMS athletics and co-curricular opportunities such as Science Club and Ping Pong Club.
OPTION 1:  Register in person at Falmouth Community Programs.  Please print the registration form (located in the sidebar of the Falmouth Schools website) and bring it with you to community programs.  There are no additional fees when registering in person.  Please keep in mind that Falmouth Community Programs is closed on Fridays.
OPTION 2:  Register by mail.  Please print the registration form and mail, along with payment to the address listed on the form.
OPTION 3:  Register online.  Link for online registration is located in the sidebar of the Falmouth Schools website.  Please note, there is a convenience fee applied to online registrations.
If you already have an account through Falmouth Community Programs registrations, you do not need to create a new account.  Use the same user name and password.
If you have forgotten your user name and password, please contact FCP at 781-5253.

PowerSchool sends the notes out Sunday night/early Monday morning.  The notes are always available on the website, linked from the Middle School home page.  The direct link is https://sites.google.com/a/falmouthschools.org/ms-principal-notes/  

    * If your email changes, please update your email in the parent portal or notify the secretary at your child's school.
    * Emails from our student information system are sent out once per week on Sunday nights from PowerSchool@fps.k12.me.us If you no longer wish to receive email, please notify the secretary at your child's school. Email is sometimes blocked. Please be sure, if you use filtering, to allow mail from PowerSchool@fps.k12.me.us. Some service providers may block mass emails in general unless you specifically allow them. Some businesses block our email. If you want to change your email address , please email Julie Mercer at jmercer@falmouthschools.org
    * If you have items for Principal's Notes, please email Julie Mercer at jmercer@falmouthschools.org