Hello Falcon Bluffs Community,
First, a few reminders from PTO:
Buck a Bag is here! This is the second annual Spring Clean out Buck A Bag fundraiser. This spring break when you are cleaning out all of your old clothes, back of closets, junk drawers, garage, etc. Put all of your givieaway stuff in 13 Gallon bags and drop them off on Wednesdays in April. ARC will pick up on the 27th and donate $1 for every bag. We want to use this fundraiser to bring in the rest of the money needed to put in the water bottle filler in the gym.
Remember to check out the Volunteer page. We need help with Buck a Bag on Wednesdays, Parent Night and Teacher Appreciation Week. Click here to see what needs we have: http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0AC2CBDDFACDFC64&cs=09B2BADD8FBF8B117B7E64735BB59BCA&sortby=l.title&view=i
Falcon Bluff's calendar is chock full of student happenings, here are just a few
- April 28th - Early Release 12:25 pm
We have several upcoming events in the next few weeks so please be sure to check out the "SCHOOL HAPPENINGS" information tidbits under the FBMS picture below, and also our FBMS website, www.falconbluffs.net for up-to-date happenings around our campus.
Quick reminder that we will push out an email the first Friday of each month containing our Falcon Files but it is updated far more often and available 24/7. Consider creating a bookmark to easily access the latest FBMS news at:
Below is the tentative budget timeline with public input opportunities denoted (*). Dates may change as the process moves forward.
- April 20: Special BOE meeting with Public Hearing for 2017/18 Proposed Budget and legislative update*
- May 4: Anticipated 2017/18 Budget adoption/appropriation at BOE meeting*
MDC uses Formative Assessment Lessons, which are built around a set of rich learning tasks connected to math standards to be embedded within a teacher’s practice. The tasks engage students in productive struggle that builds fluency with their procedural skills, and deepens mathematical reasoning and understanding of content.
What is most exciting is Falcon Bluffs showcased their MDC teaching skills to a variety of teachers and leaders from the Montrose School District this fall. These educators were able to visit classrooms and discuss the use of MDC practices and effects on student learning. This semester, Falcon Bluffs teachers are opening their doors again to several Jeffco teachers who are involved in MDC. These teachers will visit Falcon Bluffs Middle School on Thursday, January 26, and will be engaged in a MDC cycle where teachers evaluate student work based on misconceptions, implement a MARS FAL, and have a collaborative discussion about their teaching practice.
Tuesday/Thursday After School Labs: (New Information)
Every Tuesday and Thursday students are welcome to stay after school from 3:05-3:45pm to receive additional support from teachers. Typical support items include assessments, missing work, enrichment learning, absent work, homework help, and Re-do’s (pre approved items only). Additional late busing is provided for students who regularly use bus services. New: All students who stay after school will complete the “After School Lab” documentation sticker that teachers will stick into planners near the bottom of the page under the specific date. (See image below). Students will notate time in, time out, reason for staying, and then get a teacher signature. Parents are encouraged to review the documentation in students planners. Our after school labs have proven to be extremely beneficial for students and FBMS is happy to offer this support each year.
When students are absent they should check teacher calendars for work missed. All teachers keep a description of Classwork and Homework on their Google calendar which is located on their website.
Falcon Bluffs implements a blended grading policy that includes Standards Based grades (Content Knowledge and Work Habits) with a traditional (A, B, C, D, F) reporting system. Please review descriptions below to gain a better understanding of FBMS grading policy. Note: Students who earn a B or higher have met grade level standards and are considered proficient.
Description – Content Knowledge
Student consistently exceeds grade level expectations/standards. Student is able to apply learned information and skills to new and unfamiliar situations with original insight beyond what is covered in the classroom.
90 - 100
Student consistently meets and occasionally exceeds grade level expectations/standards. Student is able to apply learned information and skills to grade appropriate complex ideas and processes in familiar situations.
80 - 89
Student is not consistently meeting grade level standards/expectations. Student is able to occasionally apply learned information and skills to grade appropriate ideas and processes in familiar/modeled situations.
70 - 79
Student meets below grade level standards/expectations. The student uses foundational skills. The students is still working toward applying learned information and skills to grade appropriate ideas and processes in familiar/modeled situations.
Partially Met Expectations
60 - 69
Student does not meet basic standards/expectations. Student is unable to apply learned information and skills to grade appropriate ideas and processes in familiar/modeled situations.
Did Not Yet Meet Expectations
0 - 59
How to Check Grades using the Infinite Campus App?
Simply download the “Campus Portal” app . When prompted for the district ID: GYZDYW and then log in with your Campus credentials to check grades/attendance at your convenience.
Academic Achievement Awards:
At the conclusion of each trimester, students will be recognized for their academic accomplishments. Academic celebrations are organized by grade levels and will take place during the school day with peers. Awards are arranged into three categories:
Principal Award: GPA 4.0 in Content Knowledge grades
Honor Roll: GPA 3.6 - 3.9 in Content Knowledge grades
Pride Awards: Students earning all A’s and/or B’s in both content knowledge and work habits
All teachers at Falcon Bluffs have a homework calendar loaded on their individual web pages. If you would like to add your students specific calendars to your own calendar, please follow the steps below.
Go to teacher website on FalconBluffs.net
Locate the homework calendar on the teacher’s website
In the bottom-right hand corner, click on the + sign (see below)
When prompted a message will appear asking if you would like to add this calendar. Choose Yes
Open Google Calendar.
In the top right, click the Settings icon > Settings.
At the top of the page, click the Calendars tab.
Find the calendar you no longer want access to, and click the Unsubscribe link on the right. Now you no longer have access to the calendar or its events.
District Accountability Committee
The Jeffco Board of Education is seeking engaged parents, staff, business and community members to support the district by serving on the Board of Education District Accountability Committee. Committee vacancies will be filled by the Board of Education in June with screening and interviews with the Board prior to that time, so members appointed can begin committee work for the 2017 - 18 school year.
If you are interested in providing insight and advice to the Jeffco Board of Education, please complete this brief application, open from April 1 - 30. Further information on the responsibilities and functions for board advisory committee members can be found here.
The Board is seeking applicants for the following committee:
- District Accountability Committee
The following are eligible to apply:
- Teacher(s) employed by Jeffco Public Schools
- School administrator(s) employed by Jeffco Public Schools
- Individual(s) involved in business(es) within the Jeffco Public Schools district boundary
- Parents of current Jeffco Public Schools students
- Community members without students attending Jeffco Public Schools
Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me anytime with questions.
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