Falcon Families and Community,
A reminder to all 8th grade families and students that we will begin the week of May 8 with MCAP Social Studies testing. All 8th grade students will follow their regular schedule and take their MCAP test in their Social Studies class.
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.
8th Grade Upcoming Events (A packet with more information for the June events will be coming home soon):
Thank you to our students and community volunteers who worked to create our new Folly pollinator native plants garden! Mrs. Kim, the FQMS pollinator warrior volunteers, and the Garden Squad students from Glenelg High School have been working on cleaning and mending the garden since November. A total of 11 different native pollinator plants were planted this past week.
A special thank you to our FQMS PTSA, Lauren's Garden Services and Lowes for their generous contributions for the success of our garden project. We cannot wait to watch the plants grow and invite all kinds of pollinators to come and visit our garden. Way to go students! The next gardening club date is Friday, May 12. Look out for the announcement in Canvas to sign up!
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.
“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. And please join us for a community resource event to engage students, parents/guardians, and community members regarding the substance abuse crisis impacting our schools on May 10, 2023 from 6:00-8:00pm at River Hill High School! (more information above). Many mental health providers around our community will be in attendance.
Important Mental Health Resources
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!
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.
Thank you, Mrs. Taylor
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.
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!!