Falcon Flyer - March 10

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 9:27am

Important Dates

  • PTSA Meeting - March 13 - 7pm  - Google Meet:  FQMSPTSA23
  • MISA 8th Grade Science Testing - March 13, 14, 16 and 17
  • 3 Hour Early Dismissal/Professional Work Day - March 15
  • PTSA Cultural Festival - March 21, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • 8th Grade PTSA Volleyball Tournament - March 24
  • 6th Grade Howard County Conservancy Field Trip - March 24
  • 3 Hour Early Dismissal - March 31
Visit our FQMS website for more upcoming news and events.


Folly Quarter News


Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as student delegates for the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) and who will represent FQMS at the upcoming Student Member of the Board Convention:  Mark Li (8), Ivie Oriafio (7), and Lev Rasputnis (6).

As student delegates, some of the roles and responsibilities include:  serve as a representative of our school, understand the opinions & views of their classmates, understand and promote the role of the Student Member of the Board, participate in HCASC delegate training sessions, share Convention experience and continue active participation in the SMOB election process.

Congratulations to the following 8th Grade students who advanced to the Howard County History Day Competition at Long Reach High School on March 4:  Scott Bepple, Gavin Bergstrom, Gideon Elliott, Ema Chapin, Tatiana Spooner, Zoya Bahrain, Zaria Haroon, Zoha Qamar, Anayah Hassan, Ananya Konnuru, Yashica Papineni, Safia Puthawala, and Bruce Tan.

A special congratulations to Scott Bepple and Gavin Bergstrom for their award winning documentary, "The Marshall Act".

Congratulations to our Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble students as well as our Concert Strings and Symphony String students for fantastic performances in their recent Howard County music assessments.   Our Chorus and Concert Chorus students will be performing their Howard County assessments in late March.

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.

MCAP Home Reports

On Friday, March 10, Folly Quarter students will be bringing home their individual results from the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP). Results are for the spring 2022 mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) assessments in Grades 3 through 8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and English 10. This was the first full administration of the MCAP assessments that have replaced the previous Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) program. Results were delayed due to the federal standard setting process that new assessments are required to complete.
The assessments use a four-point score scale, with students performing at levels 3 and 4 considered proficient for their grade level or course content. The second full administration of the MCAP assessments will occur this spring. 

Spring Testing Dates

Parents/Guardians, below is a schedule of upcoming spring testing dates.  To avoid  disruptions on testing dates, please help to ensure your student arrives to school on time and please minimize early dismissals during these dates.

  • MISA Science Assessment/8th Grade students only - March 13, 14, 16, 17
  • MCAP ELA/all students - April 12 and 13
  • MCAP Social Studies/8th Grade students only - May 8, 9, 10, 11
  • MCAP Math/all students - May 15 and 16

Student Supplies

We are moving quite quickly through 3rd quarter and many students have depleted their personal school supplies (pencils, glue sticks, etc.).   Please have your students check their backpacks and refresh their school supplies as needed.

Donations for tissues Urgently needed!

If you are able to donate tissues to FQMS, please bring your donation to the Front Office!

Thank you!

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

Student Service Learning

Student Service Learning (SSL) lessons for 6th and 7th graders will take place on March 15.  Please have your students check their FQMS Student Resources Canvas course to see if they are missing any SSL assignments from 11/21, 11/22, or 12/18. Students must complete all Student Service Learning lessons/assignments in order to earn 25 SSL hours.


GT News

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

Health Room News

Important News from the Nurse

Changes are coming to Medicaid:  During the COVID-19 public health emergency, Marylanders who were enrolled in Medicaid continued to be covered, even if they were no longer eligible. Medicaid renewals will not be automatic this year! 

Starting in April 2023, Maryland will begin making Medicaid eligibility reviews again. Not everyone will be up for renewal at the same time. These renewals will take place over 12 months. It is very important that you make sure your contact information is up to date so that you can receive and respond to important messages about your health insurance.​ ​ Learn more, see Medicaid Check-In 2023 - Participant Informatio​n​.​ *Please call the MD Health Dept. Insurance Line at 410-313-5845 to check your status. They will set up an appointment for you if needed.

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




Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC)

All middle and high school students are welcome to attend the next HCASC Meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 7:00pm at Oakland Mills High School.  HCASC meetings are excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn about job and volunteer possibilities, and meet community leaders. 

Modifications to the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

The Board of Education modified the HCPSS 2023-2024 academic calendar and approved the 2024-2025 academic calendar at its Feb. 23 meeting. The return date for staff for the 2023-24 school year will be Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, and the last day for students is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The first day for students for the 2024-2025 school year is Monday, Aug. 26, 2024.

School Start Times Adjusted for 2023-24 School Year

The Board of Education voted at its Feb. 23 meeting to adjust school start times for the 2023-2024 year. The exact start time for each school will be determined this spring and shared with the community as transportation routes are finalized. The new start times will take effect beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, slated to begin for students on Aug. 28, 2023. There is no impact to the current school year.

2023 Summer Programs Registration Open

Online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students will reopen March 1, at 6:00 pm  for the following programs: BSAP Summer Institute (Entering Grades K-9); Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development (Entering Grades 1-8); Innovative Pathways High School (Entering Grade 9 and Current Grades 9-12) - all courses except credit recovery and Gear Up for Grade 9; and Summer Math Scholars Program (Entering Grades 6-8). Enrollment requests can be made by a parent, guardian, school counselor or school achievement liaison via HCPSS Connect Synergy.

"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.

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.