Falcon Flyer - November 4, 2022

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 7:59am

Important Dates


  • Walker’s Tap & Table PTSA Fundraiser, Monday, November 7
  • PTSA Book Fair - Monday, November 7
  • Schools & offices closed, Tuesday, November 8, Election Day
  • Picture Retake Day - Friday, November 11
  • Report Cards Issued, Friday, November 11
  • Schools close 3 hours early, Monday, November 21, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Schools close 3 hours early, Tuesday, November 22, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Schools closed for students, Wednesday, November 23, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Schools & offices closed, Thursday-Friday, November 24-25, Thanksgiving Holiday

Folly Quarter News


School Psychology Awareness Week Nov. 7 - 11

What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.

Meet Folly Quarter Middle School’s School Psychologist

Lindsey Knauss, School Psychologist

Mrs. Knauss has her Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. She is in her 15th year as a School Psychologist in Howard County Public Schools and her sixth year at Folly Quarter Middle School. She is assigned to Folly Quarter four days per week (M, W, Th, F) and spends the other day supporting social/emotional and assessment needs throughout the county. Mrs. Knauss is a co-leader on the county crisis team and has specific interest in suicide prevention and intervention, and working with children with Anxiety. She is married, has three children, and two miniature dachshunds.


Conferences - HCPSS will use the "Synergy Conference Management" to schedule Parent-Teacher conferences.  From November 7, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. until November 17, 2022 at 4:00 p.m., parents can log into HCPSS Connect (http://www.hcpss.org/connect/) to view and select from the conference time slots available. Parents who need help, or who are without online access, may contact Ms. Ranita Knight in the Student Services office at 410-313-1514 or ranita_knight@hcpss.org for assistance in scheduling conferences.   FQMS' Conference dates/times:

  • Monday, November 21 - 12:00pm-7:00pm (last conference will begin at 6:45pm)
  • Tuesday, November 22 - 12:00pm-7:00pm (last conference will begin at 6:45pm)
  • Wednesday, November 23 - 8:00am-11:00am and 12:00pm-3:00pm (last conference will begin at 10:45am and 2:45pm)

All conferences will be 15 minutes in length.  Codes for virtual meetings will be listed under the teacher’s “location” when you sign up for conferences.  Directions for scheduling conferences are listed below.  

Register for a Conference
1. Log into HCPSS Connect
2. In the Navigation pane, select Conference and click the Parent Scheduled Conferences link
3. Select a time option for each class listed. The conference will be saved automatically. Once you select a time option, all other time options for that class will become unavailable.
4. To select a different time option, clear the first checkbox and select a new option.
5. If you have more than one child, select the next child in the banner across the top.
6. If you need additional assistance, click here to view the "HCPSS Connect Parent Conference Registration" guide.
Viewing Your Conference Schedule
1. In the Navigation Panel, select Conference Scheduling > View My Conference Schedule.
2. Click the View My Conference Schedule link. A page displays listing all of the conference for your child.


NOTE: You can also create a Parent Teacher Conference appointment from this screen. Please contact Ms. Ranita Knight in the FQMS Student Services office at 410-313-1514, or ranita_knight@hcpss.org if you need assistance.
Yearbook - We are looking for dedicated, hard working, and enthusiastic individuals to join the 2022-2023 YEARBOOK Book Committee. Being a part of the committee allows you to have input into this year’s yearbook and only requires you to meet two times a month after school.  The committee meets on Wednesdays starting November 9th. Permission Slips are attached and are in the front office and must be returned to Ms. Bader by FRIDAY November 4th.  Space is limited. Any questions please contact Ms. Bader:  sbader@hcpss.org 
School Picture Orders - You can order prints of your child’s student’s pictures online here.  Free shipping on your order of $29.99+, code: SHIPFREEF22.
From the FQMS Gifted & Talented Department - The road to the Scripps National Spelling Bee starts here!  Sign up to be a part of this year’s Folly Quarter Level Scripps National Spelling BEE will take place Wednesday, January 11th at 7:40 a.m.  Our school champion will then compete at the Howard County Level Spelling BEE taking place at Reservoir High School on Saturday, March 18, 2023, 2:00 p.m.  Students must be logged into their HCPSS Google Suite account on the same browser when using this registration link.
Inclement Weather & Asynchronous Days - The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) now allows local school systems to repurpose inclement weather days as asynchronous school days. At the discretion of the superintendent, HCPSS will use up to three inclement weather asynchronous days during the 2022-2023 school year. One of two additional codes will be instituted to reflect the decision to transition to an asynchronous instruction day:
  • Code Purple Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings open for staff only
  • Code Pink Asynchronous Student Day - School buildings and Office buildings closed
On these Code Purple and Code Pink days, HCPSS curriculum resources for secondary students will be delivered within the Canvas learning management system. Resources will be available for all subjects and courses two hours after the start of the regular school day. 
Secondary Students are expected to: 
  • log into each course via Canvas 
  • complete work assigned for each course
  • indicate attendance by submitting the “attendance assignment” posted in each class/course
Students will receive grades for assignments in accordance with teacher parameters for the assignments. In accordance with Policy 8020: Secondary Grading and Reporting, all asynchronous day assignments must be completed within 10 days.

HCPSS Bus Transportation Reminders - Students must ride their assigned buses and exit buses at designated bus stops. Our bus drivers take the safety of students very seriously and want to fulfill this important responsibility. Please contact the Folly Quarter front office if there is an extenuating circumstance regarding your child getting off at a different stop. 

Please add us to your contacts! 
Front Office:  410-313-1506 (main number)
Student Services:  410-313-1514 




  • Absences - Absence notes must be received in writing (email or note) from a parent/guardian within 5 days of an absence.  Please send all attendance correspondence to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
  • Late Arrivals - Students must be in first period by 7:40 am. Please make sure your child is accompanied into the building by either an adult or a note explaining the reason for the late arrival.
  • Early Dismissal - If you have to take your child out of school early, please email FQMSabsence@hcpss.org, send your child in with a note for the front office, or call in advance. You MUST present your driver’s license when you arrive.  A work ID is not valid.
  • For Discretionary Absences (up to 3 per school year) see the form here.
  • Please email the completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.
  • For Religious Observances see the form here. Please forward this completed form to: FQMSabsence@hcpss.org.


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