Falcon Flyer - April 14

Fri, 04/14/2023 - 9:20am

Important Dates

  • PTSA "Virtual" Meeting - April 17, 7:00pm
  • PTSA Spring Dance - April 20, 2:30pm
  • Schools Closed - County Professional Day - April 21
  • PTSA's Laser Tag - April 25 - 2:30-4:30pm
  • 6th Grade Field Trip - Howard County Conservancy - May 1
  • 8th Grade MCAP SS Testing - May 8-11
Visit our FQMS website for more upcoming news and events.

Folly Quarter News

Folly Families and Community,

Our students returned from Spring Break with a busy week of MCAP testing and the start of fourth quarter.  Students are to be commended for their participation and focus with testing.   Please continue to review our calendar for upcoming MCAP testing dates in May.

The 4th quarter and final weeks will be filled with many activities, field trips, etc.   At this time, we would like to remind our families about our drop-off and pick-up procedures so that we may ensure the safety of our students:

  • We encourage all students to ride their designated school bus to school in the morning and the afternoon.
  • If you are dropping your child off in the morning, please consider arriving earlier.  Students may exit their vehicles at 7:25am.
  • Follow the school traffic pattern and staff direction as we move cars forward.
  • Your child should get out of the car and onto the sidewalk once your car enters the circle.  Please do not wait until you get to the front of the school – this holds up every car behind you. 
  • Avoid entering the parking lot to drop off your child and turn around.  This causes congestion on the exit.

Thank you for your patience.

National Assistant Principals Week
We would like to celebrate and acknowledge our Assistant Principal, Ms. Michele Hewitt!  This past week was National Assistant Principals Week (April 3–7).   Assistant Principals are so valuable in education, as they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the work we do each day.  Ms. Hewitt is tasked with so many different responsibilities, navigating each day with a positive spirit.  Her upbeat attitude motivates and supports the work of staff students and families, and always with a smile on her face. 
Thank you, Ms. Hewitt, for all of your hard work and commitment to Folly Quarter. 


FQMS 2022/23 Yearbook - Deadline to Order is April 20

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.

Quarter 3 Report Cards

Quarter 3 report cards will be available in HCPSS Connect Synergy after 4pm on Tuesday, April 18. Directions on how to access report cards can be found online.

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 Social Studies/8th Grade students only - May 8, 9, 10, 11
  • MCAP Math/all students - May 15 and 16


HCPSS 49th Annual Student Art Exhibit

HCPSS' 49th Annual K-12 Student Art Exhibit is now taking place at the Mall in Columbia  from April 12 through May 1.   Many of our Folly student's artwork will be on display during this exhibit.


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.


Student Services News

HCPSS/Howard County Health Department - Student Assistance Community Program

Our school community (in conjunction with other HCPSS schools in our area) will be hosting a Student Assistance Program Community Fair entitled “Drug Use: A Crisis We Can’t Ignore!” on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 6pm-8pm at River Hill High School.  The program will feature a combination of keynote speakers from the Howard County Health Department presenting on vaping and other illicit drugs as well as tables displaying available resources.   The program is open to all families who live in the Glenelg High School and River Hill High School attendance areas. We hope you will join us.  Please see the flier for additional information.

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




Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) Meeting - April 19

All middle and high school student are invited to attend the next HCASC meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 7:00pm, Reservoir High School or virtually, Google Meet Code: hcasc-ga.   Students will have the opportunity to hear from the two SMOB finalists and learn about HCASC Officer Elections.

Upcoming Calendar Reminders/Last Day of School for the 2022/23 School Year

Schools are closed for students on Friday, April 21. View the HCPSS calendar online.
Having used one inclement weather day, the last day of school for students in full-day Pre-K through grade 12 is now scheduled to be Wednesday, June 14. The last day for half-day Pre-K/RECC students is scheduled for Friday, June 9.

Register by June 1 for 2023-2024 Bus Service

Families whose students are eligible for HCPSS-provided transportation are required to register by June 1 to receive bus service for the coming 2023-2024 school year. Families who reside in non-transportation areas and those who have students who receive transportation as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan do not need to take any action.

"Our Turn to Talk"

Join us at Centennial High School on Wednesday, April 26,  at 6:00-8:00 pm for a viewing and panel discussion of Our Turn To Talk, a film that features teens sharing the impact of social media, sexual identity, gender identity, racism, and the pandemic on their mental health. The film is sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Howard County, the Howard County Public School System, Horizon Foundation, One Voice, Active Minds, and the Howard County Health Department. Families and staff may access the trailer and registration form for more information.The event will feature the following panelists:

  • Jennifer Marshall (Executive Producer, Principle Pictures)
  • Peace Williams (WLHS student, Active Minds member)
  • Stephanie Reid (Youth and Family Support Services, Howard County Health Department)
  • Ivan Croft (Instructional Facilitator for Psychological Services, Howard County Public School System)
  • Oliver Song (President, Howard County Association of Student Councils)

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.

Register for 2023 Summer Programs

Online enrollment requests for current HCPSS students are open for the following programs.
  • Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development (Entering Grades 1–8) has availability for four middle school classes; all other classes can be requested for the waitlist.
  • Innovative Pathways High School (Entering Grade 9 and Current Grades 9–12) has availability for most courses. Credit recovery and Gear Up for Grade 9 course requests may only be made by a school counselor.
  • Summer Math Scholars Program (Entering Grades 6–8)
  • STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp (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, 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.