February 5, 2021
FQMS Attendance Policies & Procedures For Distance Learning
Please email your absence notes/questions to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org. The email should include the child's name, the date(s), or period(s) if absence is a partial day, of the absence, and the reason for the absence. The email must be received within 5 days of the absence. See HCPSS Policy 9010 for attendance policy details.
For Discretionary Absences (up to 3 per school year) see the form here: http://fqms.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/Discretionary%20Absence%20Form%20%28FILLABLE%29.pdf
Please email the completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
For Religious Observances see the form attached here: http://fqms.hcpss.org/sites/default/files/religious-absence%20form%20%28fillable%29.pdf. Please forward this completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
Student Guest Author for Black History Month - Chloe:
Rudolph Fisher was born on May 9, 1897 to John Wesley Fisher and Glendora Williamson Fisher and had 2 siblings. He was a physician, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, musician, and orator during the Harlem Renaissance. This itself is impressive. I have never heard of someone who was so many things.
Fisher was well educated. He graduated from Providence’s Classical High School in 1915 and Brown University in 1919. He earned a B.A. (bachelor of arts) and majored in biology and English. Brown also granted him an M.A. (Master of Arts) a year later. His time at Brown also played another significant role in his life. Fisher became a successful orator at Brown and won many competitions. Fisher graduated from Howard University’s school of medicine.
Fisher is mainly known for his novels. In 1932, his book The Conjure-Man Dies was published. This is considered to be the first African American detective novel. Fisher also worked with x-rays to diagnose diseases. He was exposed to a lot of radiation in his work. This radiation would contribute to his death. Fisher also wrote arrangements for Paul Robeson’s first New York Concert.
Rudolph Fisher died on December 26, 1934 at the age of 37. The radiation had given him cancer and the cancer killed him. He died because of his work. That is inspiring. He showed students that if you work hard, you can change the world. He taught us that no matter how long your life is, you can do something with it. His many accomplishments are all so different and they tell us that we don’t have to be just one thing. We can be more. We can change the world.
Thanks to NAMI for the amazing work they did in our parent session on 2/1. Additional resources can be found here.
The Student Government Subcommittee of the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) is hosting an informational meeting for middle school students interested in pursuing leadership opportunities through Student Government in high school. The event, "Leadership Through High School Student Government,” will take place on February 24th from 7:00pm-7:45pm.
RSVP to the event at this link: https://forms.gle/x7aKvhj8y7bxG2Yk8
You must RSVP to receive the meeting code.
Course Selections - Please visit the Folly Quarter website where you will find the Course Selections video shared with 6th & 7th grade students on Monday, Feb. 1. Additional information can be found there to assist with your decisions.
On Feb. 8 the SEL/Homeroom lesson will also focus on course selections (to be posted on the website later that day).
If you need additional assistance, we are hosting open office hours next week to assist families with the course selection process. Final course selections are due Feb. 15.
Please use your child’s HCPSS login credentials to enter the office hours meet.
Office Hours google meet CODE: FQschedule
PTSA Snowman Contest - Please vote for your favorite snowman here.
Used Clothing Donation Shed - The donation shed located in the parking lot at FQMS is now open! Please make sure all donations are tied off in bags and deposited inside the shed. If it is full, please do not leave your items outside as they get thrown away. Thank you for your donations!
If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:
Grassroots Crisis Intervention at 410-531-6677
The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1
The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
HCPSS Technology Help
Please see our website for technology help resources.
From the Math Team - We are aware of the concerns for students ending their current math course next month and/or students needing a refresher before they begin their math course in February. A resource recommended by our HCPSS math office is the “Getting Ready for…” courses in Khan Academy. If your child is getting ready to start a course, they should complete the “Getting Ready” for that course. These lessons and activities will review their previous math course.
If your child will finish math in January and wants to maintain skills from February to August, they can complete the “Getting ready for” the next course over this time period. This should review and reinforce the skills just taught in their Semester 1 class.
Here is the progression of courses:
Math 6 -> Math 7-> Math 8 (6th gr GT Pre Algebra) -> Algebra 1 -> Geometry -> Algebra II
To access the Getting Ready for … courses, use this link to the HCPSS Family Math Support Center and use the “Middle School Math” drop down menu. For students finishing Geometry, links for getting ready for Algebra II are on the High School drop down.