Falcon Files

from the desk of Tom Burns, Principal



APRIL 2017

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

 

Calendar Items:

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:

https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/tburns/home/falcon-files



Reminder:  We are still collecting Longmont Dairy bottle caps.  Please bring yours in to the Main Office.  Thanks in advance for your support!



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*

Soaring With Pride about our Math growth scores
FBMS was highlighted in a recent  article from our district newsletter (The Messenger).  As seen below, the article explores our implementation of the Math Design Collaborative and how it has contributed to student growth.

Math Design Collaborative (MDC)

Math scores are skyrocketing at Falcon Bluffs Middle School! This is due, in part, to teachers working hard at implementing MDC in their classrooms. MDC empowers teachers with high-quality professional development opportunities that elicit understanding and implementation of formative assessment. Through the iPD grant, MDC provides the training, strategies, and supports teachers need to adapt their instruction to increase student engagement and learning. 

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. 



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 Go to: Smile.Amazon.com/ch/45-3060507 or just google Amazon Smile and log into your account then choose Falcon Bluffs Middle School as your charity and it will connect your account.  
Thanks for supporting FBMS!

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Please take a few minutes to read through the following updates.  We have also included some changes to our FBMS Policies that will be shared with students this week.  Thank you for your continued support!

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.


Attendance:

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.  


Grades:

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

Proficiency

Letter Grade

Points (%)

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.

Exceeded Expectations

(Advanced)

A

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.

Met Expectations

(Proficient)


B

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.

Approached Expectations

(Progressing)

C

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

(Partially Proficient)

D

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

(Unsatisfactory)

F

0 -  59


How to Check Grades using the Infinite Campus App?

Simply download the “Campus Portal” app  CampusPortal.png .  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



Merge Teacher Calendars to One Calendar

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.


  1. Go to teacher website on FalconBluffs.net

  2. Locate the homework calendar on the teacher’s website

  3. In the bottom-right hand corner, click on the + sign  (see below)

  4. When prompted a message will appear asking if you would like to add this calendar. Choose Yesgoogle calendar.PNG

Calendar.PNG

               

How to unsubscribe to a Calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar.

  2. In the top right, click the Settings icon Settings > Settings.

  3. At the top of the page, click the Calendars tab.

  4. 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.  


Tom Burns

Principal



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   Students and teachers spelling out 'FBMS!' on            Soaring With Pride day.

    SCHOOL HAPPENINGS


    Spring Clean and Buck a Bag

    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.

     

    PTO partners with Amazon Smile


    Do you shop at Amazon?  If you have an account with Amazon or want to create one, you can use your current Amazon or Amazon Prime account to use Amazon Smile.  Amazon Smile gives back to Falcon Bluffs MS.  Help support Falcon Bluffs every time you shop on Amazon! 
     Go to: Smile.Amazon.com/ch/45-3060507 or just google Amazon Smile and log into your account then choose Falcon Bluffs Middle School as your charity and it will connect your account.  
    Thanks for supporting FBMS!
    Happy Shopping!

    Falcon Fuels for Fitness and Success

    We are so proud of our students as Falcon Fuels for Success guided by our own Ms. Kring.  Check out the link below:


    http://westerndairyassociation.org/falcon-bluffs-middle-school-fuels-success/

    Second Round Choice Enrollment

    First Round Choice enrollment is now over. Round Two begins on February 27 and runs through August 31st.  

    Cooking Club



    Interested in how to prepare food, enjoy taste tests or just have recipe fun?  Come and join us at Cooking Club beginning November 1st.  We are holding classes afterschool from 3:00 - 3:50 so if you ride a bus you can still get home.  Please see the attached flyer with even more information!

    Medication Information for Parents

    Jefferson County District Schools have changed the guidelines for medication that requires further approval from doctors and parental paperwork.  Please see the link below for more information.  Please note that Falcon Bluffs Middle School will NOT be supplying Tylenol in the Clinic.


    UPDATE on Medication Guidelines for Parents

    ONLINE BULLYING RESOURCES

    CDM Meetings

    Cooperative Decision Making (CDM)/ Accountability

    Come and be a part of a great group of people working in collaboration to make Falcon Bluffs even better!


    MEETING DATES: The CDM/ Accountability Committee will meet from 4:15-5:30 PM in the school library. The last meeting of the year is 4/13/17. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.




        

    Parents Corner

    Hello.  We are happy to present our new “Parents Corner” designed to offer a wide variety of information dealing with Middle School students.  Check back often as information will be updated regularly.  


    On April 11th, we hosted our first Middle School Information Night presented by Ms. Lodwick and Ms. Herrera.  They dove into a variety of topics including brain development, communication suggestions, social media, and Falcon Bluffs expectations.  With such positive reviews we look forward to hosting several more evenings throughout next school year.

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    Have you heard about the show “Thirteen Reasons Why”?  It is quickly gaining popularity among teens and Nicole Herrera, Social Emotional Learning specialist, wants to ensure parents are informed.  Please note FBMS is in no way encouraging/discouraging families from watching according to personal family values.  We simply want to ensure stakeholders are informed as it navigates mature content (suicide, self harm, bullying, pressure to fit in, sexuality, rape, social media).  The netflix program is a 13 episode story about a high school student who completes suicide, and leaves tapes behind explaining why she did it.  

    If you choose to watch the show with your student or learn that your student has already seen it, here are some suggestions on how to carry out processing conversations:

    • Try to remain neutral: If you choose to watch the show with your student, and as you process together, try to remain neutral. Teens tend to open up more when they feel they are being heard and not judged. This is not always an easy thing to do, but this may be a proactive opportunity to gauge where their head is around sensitive topics, and can allow you to get your message across so they know how to handle potential situations in the future.

    • Give them time to get it all out: This is a heavy, and at times dark show. It may bring up feelings for students they are not used to having or discussing. When processing with them make sure they have plenty of time to complete their thoughts. Silence can be uncomfortable and 15 silent seconds can feel like 45 minutes. Keep in mind that silence doesn't equal lack of desire to talk with you. It may take some time for them to get out all of the thoughts in their head.

    • Allow them to steer some of the conversation: Giving your student the power to guide conversations on such mature topics can give you a glimpse into their worldview. Of course you can ask guiding questions to get to the topic you want to talk about, but if they get there on their own they are likely to share more fully.

    • Ensure they know there are other options: Suicide is one of the most difficult topics parents breach with their students (if they ever do), because it is terrifying. The best way to talk about self harm with your teen is to do so directly. Asking your student if they have ever had those thoughts may catch them off guard yet open an important dialog. This isn’t a necessary question to ask, but making sure they know there are other options to suicide is important. We encourage your student to talk through options if they or a friend are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Those can include telling a trusted adult, telling a friend, contacting Colorado Crisis Service by phone at 1-844-493-8255, or texting TALK to 38255.


    If you would like more information or support on any of the items mentioned in this message, please do not hesitate in contacting Nicole Herrera, Social Emotional Learning Specialist, at (303) 982-9906, or nicole.herrera@jeffco.k12.co.us   

    Chatfield Math Department News

    The CSH Math Department will be making a bulk purchase of TI-Nspire CX (non-CAS) graphing calculators in May 2017. Because these are part of a bulk order, they will be sold at a discounted price of $120. If you would like to benefit from these savings and order a calculator from us, please fill out the form (https://goo.gl/forms/pLbGwoClc5XmAGDD3). This form is also found on the Chatfield Math Department's website. Additionally, get a check delivered to Keri Brusven (Math Department Chair) by Friday, May 19th, 2017. Checks should be made out to Chatfield Senior High School for $120. Calculators will be delivered to students during the first day of class in August.

    CHATFIELD SENIOR HIGH HAPPENINGS


    CSHS Speed, Strength and Youth Football Camp

    See attached for Camps held at Chatfield Senior high this summer or click the following link.  http://www.chargerelitecamps.com/

    At the website just click on camps to see all available camps that are available this summer

    Speed Camp Link

    Youth Football Camp

     

    Speed Camps- Youth Camp 1st-6th Grade and 7th-12th grade

    Strength Camps- 7th-12th Grade Male and Female Athletes

    Youth Football Camps (1st-8th Grade); Free Youth Camp, Skills Camp and Contact Camp

     

     


    Summer Basketball Camp



    Come and join in the fun!  Chatfield is holding a summer basketball camp for all incoming 9th graders coming to Chatfield this fall.

    CSHS Basketball Camp

    Middle School Tennis League

    Interested in tennis?  The Middle School Tennis League is starting up again on Monday, April 3rd.  Practices will be held at several locations and different days of the week.  Matches will be on Saturdays and set up according to skill level.  We have all levels of players, including beginners.  For more information, look for a flyer in the main office, or click on the link below for more information and registration.  Tennis is a fun sport that you can play your whole life, so come give it a shot!

    Middle School Tennis League Information

    Middle School Tennis League Registration Form

    Stingrays Swim Team

                Stingrays Swim Team 2017 

      We’re back for another year of swimming!  If you have ever thought about taking your swimming career one step further, then we are the summer club team for you!  We are looking for kids, ages 4-18, which like water and want to have fun.  In return we will improve their strokes and get them excited about swimming.  Join us Sunday evenings starting February 26th from 6:15pm – 7:30pm for our Winter & Spring Swim program at the The Ridge Pool. We will have multiple sessions going until the beginning of May.  Feel free to contact Coach Heather Howe at (303) 279-5184 or email me at munchie_howe@hotmail.com or check out our team website at www.stingraysswimteam.com if you have questions about our swim session!

    Bus Riders Information

    If your student is planning on riding home on the bus at the end of the school day with another student , a signed parent note must come from home before we can sign off in the office that their parent has approved the transportation home.  The Office will not be accepting verbal parent permissions via phone or student phone texts and we have the right to rescind any note that looks student handwritten.   Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

    BOX TOPS For EDUCATION


    Falcon Bluffs is collecting BOX TOPS$ for EDUCATION

    Many of us use everyday products and food items that have a coupon like the one shown above.   We at Falcon Bluffs are collecting these Box Top$ for Education coupons all school year to provide extra monies for our school.  If you would like to help, please clip the coupon(s) and send them in with your student to the Main Office.  Monies are given to the schools in April and December.  We appreciate your help and support in our ongoing effort.

     Please see ITEMS that COUNT  for a list of everyday products with these valuable coupons.  Thanks for all your support and participation in our Box Top$ for Education coupon drive.



    PTO EVENTS and INFORMATION






    Welcome to the new school year.  We have lots going on this year so please check out our information below.  Hope to see lots of new faces this year!  Come and join in the fun!

    The Falcon Bluffs PTO invites you to check out the many opportunities available to support our school.  Our goal is to help bring the community together through a variety of events.  Even the smallest contribution makes a big difference to the success of Falcon Bluffs.  Check out the links below to see how you can help.  Also, please check out the flyers we created, one is a list with all the major events until the Winter Break.

    Volunteer Positions Sign up Genius - www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C4FAEA92BA1FC1-fbms2


     Visit our PTO website HERE and/or  click on the PTO tab on the Falcon Bluffs website, Falcon Bluffs Website, www.falconbluffs.netwww.falconbluffs.net to be in the know! 

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