Many thanks to our wonderful PTSA, families and community who provided our teachers with cards of appreciation and delicious treats in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week! A special "Thank You" to all for your kindness and generosity!
Spring Testing Dates
Below is a schedule of upcoming spring testing dates. Testing will take place in the afternoon on May 15, and in the morning on May 16. 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 Math for ALL students - May 15 and 16
Important Information for 8th Grade Students:
8th Grade Upcoming Events (A packet with more information for the June events will be coming home soon):
High School Visit (GHS/RHHS) - June 6 (Field Trip)
Picnic (Piney Run Park) - June 8 (Field Trip)
Celebration Stations (FQMS) - June 9 - 6:00-7:00pm
Dance (FQMS) - June 9 - 7:00-9:00pm
Time is Running Out to Register for 2023-2024 Bus Service
We don’t want any students who qualify for transportation to be without a bus if they rely on a bus to get to and from school. Please contact the school if you need help registering your child. Please contact the HCPSS Office of Transportation, email@example.com, or call 410-313-6732 if you have questions related to your eligibility to receive bus service. You may also find several frequently asked questions online.
Families who reside in non-transportation areas are not eligible for bus transportation and do not need to take any action. Find the new non-transportation areas for your school online. Students who receive transportation as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan do not need to register.
Donations for tissues Urgently needed!
If you are able to donate tissues to FQMS, please bring your donation to the Front Office!
Student Services News
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” Ziad Abdelnour.
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May since 1949 to raise awareness about mental health across the country. Folly Quarter Middle School and the rest of the country are participating to help fight stigma and educate our youth and families for the month of May. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is having the More Than Enough Campaign as an opportunity to come together and remember the inherent value we each hold, regardless of our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background, or ability. #morethanenough. Please join Folly Quarter students and others across the country by wearing green on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Important Mental Health Resources
Student Transfer/Withdrawals for the 2023/24 School Year
If you are moving and will need to transfer your student to a new school for the next school year, please contact our Registrar, Ranita Knight, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-313-1514.
PLEDGE SUMMER CAMP for Rising Howard County 9th Graders
This free leadership camp for rising Howard County 9th graders helps to prepare students for high school by teaching communication and leadership skills while participating in many fun activities throughout the week. For more information, please read the camp flier and camp website to register.
Congratulations to the FQMS Book Club members that presented Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds at the Howard County Central Branch Library on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. A special recognition to Laila S., Wakui W., Perrin R., and Sreekar N. All students did a great job leading the county-wide book discussion. Students, be sure to join the FQMS Book Club next year or any of the FQMS GT Instructional Seminars that are open to all students. For more information be sure to visit https://sites.google.com/hcpss.org/fqmsgt/home.
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
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.
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.
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.
Students Taking Math Courses in 2023/24
HCPSS has developed online acceleration courses in Canvas to help supplement some of the mathematics content that may be missed when a student skips a course(s). Students can log into Canvas and join the acceleration course by visiting the associated link(s). Students should begin with module 1 of the course they are joining. The expectation is for students to complete each of the modules in the appropriate acceleration course before the start of the 2023-24 school year.
The Mathematics 8 Acceleration course is designed for rising 7th-grade students who will skip Mathematics 7. The course contains self-paced Mathematics 7 content. Students can join/access this course by visiting: https://hcpss.instructure.com/enroll/E93YJ3
The Algebra 1 Acceleration course is designed for rising 7th/8th-grade students who will skip Mathematics 8. The course contains self-paced Mathematics 8 content and some Mathematics 7 content. Students can join/access this course by visiting: https://hcpss.instructure.com/enroll/E93YJ3
Additional student and family mathematics course support is available online at the HCPSS Family Math Support Center (under “Middle School” and “Middle School Course Expectations”) – http://hcpssfamilymath.weebly.com. If you have any questions, please contact your student's math teacher.
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, 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
Become a Member of GHS's Award Winning Color Guard
8th grade students who are interested in becoming members of the amazing Glenelg Color Guard are encouraged to participate in the following Color Guard Workshops: May 22, 3:30-5:00; May 23, 6:30-8:00; May 24, 3:30-5:00. During these sessions, interested students will begin learning flag techniques from the GHS color guard members and receive information on how to become a part of the Color Guard squad. Interested students should meet outside of the GHS auditorium. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes. Bring water as well. For additional information or questions, please contact Barbara Ball at BarbaraLHBall@gmail.com.