Falcon Flyer - February 10

Fri, 02/10/2023 - 1:18pm

Important Dates

  • Hearing/Vision Screening, 8th Grade & New to Maryland - February 16
  • Schools & Offices Closed, President's Day -  February 20
  • PTSA Clarksville Ledo’s Fundraiser - February 28, 4:00-9:00 pm
  • PTSA Book Fair - February 27-March 3, Media Center 
  • PTSA Book Fair Evening Hours - March 1, 4:00-7:00 pm
  • PTSA Cultural Festival - March 21, 5:30-8:30 pm
Visit our FQMS website for more upcoming news and events.

Folly Quarter News


Ella Chen, 7th grade student at Folly Quarter Middle, was selected as a finalist for the 36th Annual "Champions of Courage" Competition with her essay on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The competition challenged students in grades 6 through 12 to write a brief essay saluting their personal "Champion of Courage"...a positive role model who has touched their lives by sharing the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Sixteen Baltimore area students were chosen as finalists. Ella's essay, along with the other finalists, will be featured on February 16, on  FOX45, CW Baltimore and myTV Baltimore. We are very proud of her achievement!
Congratulations to 7th grade student, Crystal McGeehan, who has been awarded "1st Place" in the "Together We're Better" Artwork Contest for middle school students. The Arc Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities offered the experience for students to participate in the “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education and Artwork Contest.   We are so proud of Crystal McGeehan for her entry and fantastic artwork that was submitted and won amongst all middle school students.  Congratulations Crystal!

FQMS 2022/23 Yearbook - Now On Sale

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.

Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Convention

Applications are now being accepted for students who would like to represent Folly Quarter at the upcoming SMOB Convention.  Please read further for more details and application.   Deadline to submit an application is February 15.

Black History Month at Folly Quarter

Our students are learning about the culture, history and contributions of Black Americans through classroom instruction. Students are learning through the lens of Black authors, engineers, mathematicians, and other figures in history.  Students receive daily highlights of notable Black Americans in history through Falcon Watch each day.


Student Services News

Course Registration for 2023/24 School Year

Course registration for the 2023-2024 school year will be available online during the window of February 2, 2023 - February 17, 2023. Please read the letter (linked below) to guide you through the selection process for a yearlong fine arts class and an additional elective for the 2023-2024 school year.

Letters for 6th grade (rising 7th grade) students:

Letters for 7th grade (rising 8th grade) students:

To register for courses, parents/guardians must register online in HCPSS Connect.  Please see the resources below to assist you in registering your child. These resources include a step-by-step video with directions and a document with directions for registering online.
For questions regarding scheduling, please contact your child's school counselor, Allie Downey, School Counselor for students whose last names begin with A-L, at Allie_Downey@hcpss.org and Emelia Coonts, School Counselor for students whose last names begin with M-Z at Emelia_Coonts@hcpss.org

MAP Testing

MAP Testing will be taking place the weeks of February 6 and February 13 (Make-up testing will take place February 20).  Read further for more information on MAP testing.


GT News

Planning for summer enrichment? Visit our FQMS GT website to learn more about summer learning opportunities. 

Health Room News

Hearing and Vision Screening

On February 16, FQMS will hold our Hearing and Vision clinic for all 8th grade students and those students new to the state of MD.   If your child has glasses or contacts, please make sure they wear them on the screening day.  Your child will receive these screenings unless you object for religious reasons. Please send a letter to your child's school health room if you choose to opt out of the Health Department screenings. 

If your child does not pass either the vision or hearing screen, you will receive a letter from our school notifying you of this result. It is then recommended that you take your child to have their vision evaluated by an eye care specialist or that you contact your child's medical provider for a referral to an audiologist for a complete hearing evaluation.  

Should you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Laura Smith, 410-313-1510, or the Vision and Hearing Program Supervisor, 410-313-7210. 

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

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




HCPSS will be offering a free Spring 2023 HCPSS STARTALK Chinese Language After-School Program (virtual) for current HCPSS Grade 7 and Grade 8 students.  More on this program may be located here.  Parents/Guardians must register their students by 8:00 am on Friday, February 17.
HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan

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.  For more information and resources for secondary students, please visit Resources and Instruction for secondary students and HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan.

HCPSS Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institutes for Talent Development

The Gifted and Talented (G/T) Summer Institutes for Talent Development offers additional advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year for students entering grades 1-8. Please read further for more information and registration.


Community News and Events

Please visit the Community News and Programs page for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.