Falcon Flyer - March 24

Fri, 03/24/2023 - 11:31am


Important Dates

  • 8th Grade PTSA Volleyball Tournament - March 24
  • "Read Across America" - FQMS Celebrates with Spirit Week - March 28-31
  • 3 Hour Early Dismissal/End of Quarter 3 - March 31
  • PBIS Falcon Day - March 31
  • Spring Break - April 3-10.  Schools reopen April 11
  • Quarter 4 Begins - April 11
Visit our FQMS website for more upcoming news and events.

Folly Quarter News

Dear Falcon Families and Community,

Our students have participated  in many activities and events the past few weeks.  To name a few:  Student Member of the Board convention, PTSA Folly Cultural Festival,  MISA testing, PTSA 8th Grade Volleyball, and most recently ‘Rock Your Socks’.  You can see by the image included that students have been “Rocking their Socks” this week to support World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.   

Students and families also had the opportunity to participate in the PTSA Folly Cultural Festival and traveled around the world to explore the many diverse heritages of Folly Quarter Middle School!   The performances, heritage displays and diverse foods were amazing!  Thank you to our Cultural Club, students and families who organized and participated in this wonderful event!  

For the next month, many of our Muslim families are celebrating Ramadan, March 22 through April 21.  Any student who would like a quiet place during their lunchtime or space for prayer should let an administrator know.  We will arrange for students to spend their lunchtime in a location where they feel most comfortable as well as provide an appropriate space for prayer.  Happy Ramadan!

At this time, we are asking families to participate in the HCPSS Indicators of Educational Equity Survey. The survey allows families to provide input about their equity priorities at our school. Please use the links below to complete the HCPSS Indicators of Educational Equity Survey by May 12th. We will use your input, along with other school data, to refine our school improvement plan for next year. This survey is anonymous and available in multiple languages. If you have children at more than one school, please complete one survey per school.   English survey; Spanish survey; Chinese survey; Chin survey; Korean survey.  Thank you for your support.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Celebrate "Read Across America" With Spirit!

We will celebrate "Read Across America" week March 24-31 with a FQMS "Spirit Week"  Please see the flier for the weekly details.


  • When:  Friday, March 31 (3 Hour Early Dismissal for HCPSS students)
  • Time:   All Day!  Students should dress for their activity! This includes outdoor activities, too!
  • Indoor Options: Badminton, Karaoke, Bookmarks, Bruschetta, Dance, Button Making, Weaving, Coloring, Escape Room, BINGO, Friendship Bracelets, Origami, Minute to Win It, Legos, Uno, Spoons, and Tabletop Games!
  • Outdoor Options (Weather Permitting): Corn Hole, Kickball, Basketball/4 Square, Soccer, and Frisbee!
  • Important Notice/Allergen Alert:    There is a session offered through our FACS program to make food.   Please review the ingredients that are listed for making Bruschetta:  tomatoes, olive oil, bread (gluten free option available), basil, garlic, cheese, balsamic vinegar. If your child has an allergy to these ingredients, please have them select another activity.
  • Rice Krispie Treats/Cinnamon Pop Corners will be served to all students!
  • Student Sign Up: Please have your student(s) think about which THREE (3) activities they would like to sign up to attend! Students will sign up via Canvas on Wednesday, March 22, during their 7th period class.
  • PTA Help: Please be on the lookout for the Sign-Up Genius, from Lisa Hirrlinger, to sign up to volunteer to help us monitor students during this event! Thanks for all your support!

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.

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.

  • 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!


Student Services News

Student Service Learning

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, 12/14, and 3/15. Students must complete all Student Service Learning lessons/assignments in order to earn 25 SSL hours.  Ms. Bader and Mrs. Coonts will be following up with students who are missing their Service Learning assignments.   All SSL assignments are due by Friday, March 31.

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

Important Immunization Requirements for Rising 7th and Graduating 8th grade students

Effective the first day of school, 2023-2024, 1 dose of Tdap vaccine and 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine will be required by the state of Maryland for all students entering Grade 7.  ALSO, any graduating 8th grade student entering 9th grade will need proof of a second dose of varicella vaccine.  If we do not receive proof of these immunizations, your child will be excluded from school.  Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record.  Please contact your child’s doctor and send, via email or fax, an updated copy of your child’s immunizations to the Health Room.  Our fax # is (410) 531-2473. If you have further questions, please call our Health Room at (410) 313-1510​.  Thank You!

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




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.

Updates on 2023-2024 Start Times and Transportation Information

In the coming weeks, families will receive additional information related to transportation changes for next school year. Families first will receive new non-transportation area (walk area) maps, many of which have been expanded based on changes made to Policy 5200 Student Transportation. After spring break, families then will receive instructions to register for 2023-2024 bus service.

Student Drug Use: A Crisis We Can’t Ignore 

HCPSS is hosting a community event called Student Drug Use: A Crisis We Can’t Ignore to engage students, parents/guardians, staff and community members regarding the substance abuse crisis that is directly impacting our schools and community. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 28, from 7-9 pm, at Howard High School (8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City). Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano will keynote the event, sharing local and national data about student substance use and behavioral health needs that illustrates the frightening realities our youth are facing, and how HCPSS is responding to those needs. Following Dr. Martirano’s remarks, attendees will have the opportunity to choose one of several breakout sessions led by HCPSS staff and community health partners.  Visit the HCPSS website for more information about the event.  Please note:  If you require any language supports, please contact the Office of Multilingual Family Services.

HCPSS Rainbow Conference - Register Now!

The HCPSS Rainbow Conference will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 9am - 5pm.  The conference will be hybrid with opportunities for both virtual and in-person participation.  Read further for more information on the Rainbow Conference.
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.

River Hill High School Summer Dance Camp

Calling all dancers! Are you looking for a way to improve your flexibility, technique, and ability to learn and retain choreography all while making new friends and having a blast!!! If so, this Summer Dance Camp  will be perfect for you! Camp will be hosted by RHHS Dance Director, Sallie Byrd. Follow this link for more information and to register!!

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.