Falcon Flyer - February 17

Fri, 02/17/2023 - 10:50am

Important Dates

  • Schools & Offices Closed, President's Day -  February 20
  • PTSA Clarksville Ledo’s Fundraiser - February 28, 4:00-9:00 pm
  • PTSA Book Fair - February 27-March 3, Media Center 
  • PTSA Book Fair Evening Hours - March 1, 4:00-7:00 pm
  • PTSA Cultural Festival - March 21, 5:30-8:30 pm
Visit our FQMS website for more upcoming news and events.

Folly Quarter News



Lamiah Ahmad, 7th grade student, who placed Second in the Howard County PTA Council's "Reflections Contest". She was given the "Award of Excellence" in the Literature category for her short story, "The Sumatran Elephant". The Reflections Contest is a 50+ year-old program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love of learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Students submitted their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

Congratulations, Lamiah in placing 2nd in the county for the literature middle school level!


FQMS 2022/23 Yearbook - Now On Sale

Orders are now being taken for your Folly Quarter 2022/23 yearbook by visiting Life Touch, using code: 5635923.   Different packages are available starting at $25.   Deadline to order is April 20, 2023.


Black History Month at Folly Quarter

Our students are learning about the culture, history and contributions of Black Americans through classroom instruction. Students are learning through the lens of Black authors, engineers, mathematicians, and other figures in history.  Students receive daily highlights of notable Black Americans in history through Falcon Watch each day.

Lost and Found

If your student is missing any belongings, please have them check the Lost and Found table located outside of the cafeteria.   Many coats, jackets, lunch boxes, etc. have been collected over the past weeks.


Student Services News

Course Registration for 2023/24 School Year

Course registration for the 2023-2024 school year will be available online during the window of February 2, 2023 - February 17, 2023. Please read the letter (linked below) to guide you through the selection process for a yearlong fine arts class and an additional elective for the 2023-2024 school year.

Letters for 6th grade (rising 7th grade) students:

Letters for 7th grade (rising 8th grade) students:

To register for courses, parents/guardians must register online in HCPSS Connect.  Please see the resources below to assist you in registering your child. These resources include a step-by-step video with directions and a document with directions for registering online.
For questions regarding scheduling, please contact your child's school counselor, Allie Downey, School Counselor for students whose last names begin with A-L, at Allie_Downey@hcpss.org and Emelia Coonts, School Counselor for students whose last names begin with M-Z at Emelia_Coonts@hcpss.org


MAP Testing

MAP Testing took place during the weeks of February 6 and February 13 (Make-up testing will take place on February 20).  Read further for more information on MAP testing.


GT News

Planning for summer enrichment? Visit our FQMS GT website to learn more about summer learning opportunities. 

Health Room News

Notifications/Concerns to our School Nurse

Parents/Guardians, we always appreciate communication about your child's health conditions and illnesses. Please ensure that you're directing any questions, concerns, or notification of illness to our school nurse, Laura Smith, 410-313-1510, or email laura_smith1@hcpss and not only your student's teacher. Our nurse is the gatekeeper for health and illness protocol and will be able to help you navigate your specific situation. Thank you!  


Media Center News

Overdue Books

Please remind students to bring in their overdue books from home.  Some have been checked out since September/October and other students would like to read those books, too!  Thank you.  

Chromebook Loaners

A friendly reminder to ensure your student is bringing their charged Chromebook to school every day.  Starting in the new year, if a student forgets to bring their Chromebook to school, they will no longer receive a loaner.  Instead, they will use a desktop in the media center when they have a digital assignment.  HCPSS has changed the process for receiving replacement Chromebooks and the FQMS loaner inventory is often low.  We need to prioritize loaners for those students with broken devices awaiting repair.

Thank you, Mrs. Taylor


Parent Resources





HCPSS will be offering a free Spring 2023 HCPSS STARTALK Chinese Language After-School Program (virtual) for current HCPSS Grade 7 and Grade 8 students.  More on this program may be located here.  Parents/Guardians must register their students by 8:00 am on Friday, February 17.

"The Essence of Us" Workshop Series

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County and the HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have partnered present  "The Essence of Us: Chronicling the African American Experience," a workshop series geared toward middle and high school students that will provide a better understanding of African American history and how it is written. Workshops will be held both virtually and in-person. Participants will receive an email with details upon registering.  Virtual and in-person Workshops will take place on Saturdays (February. 11, March 11, April 15 and May 13) from 10-11:00 a.m.

National Civics Bee

The Howard Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the local National Civics Bee. on May 9, at Oakland Mills High School. The National Civics Bee is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. The essay competition is open to all students in grades 6 through 8. Students should complete the submission form and submit their 500-word essay by February 24.

HCPSS Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institutes for Talent Development

The Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institutes for Talent Development offers additional advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year for students entering grades 1-8. Please read further for more information and registration.

HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) now allows local school systems to repurpose inclement weather days as asynchronous school days. At the discretion of the superintendent, HCPSS will use up to three inclement weather asynchronous days during the 2022-2023 school year.  For more information and resources for secondary students, please visit Resources and Instruction for secondary students and HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan.

High School Boosters - Summer Camps - Registration Now Open


Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.