Dear Falcon Families and Community,
Our students have participated in many activities and events the past few weeks. To name a few: Student Member of the Board convention, PTSA Folly Cultural Festival, MISA testing, PTSA 8th Grade Volleyball, and most recently ‘Rock Your Socks’. You can see by the image included that students have been “Rocking their Socks” this week to support World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.
Students and families also had the opportunity to participate in the PTSA Folly Cultural Festival and traveled around the world to explore the many diverse heritages of Folly Quarter Middle School! The performances, heritage displays and diverse foods were amazing! Thank you to our Cultural Club, students and families who organized and participated in this wonderful event!
For the next month, many of our Muslim families are celebrating Ramadan, March 22 through April 21. Any student who would like a quiet place during their lunchtime or space for prayer should let an administrator know. We will arrange for students to spend their lunchtime in a location where they feel most comfortable as well as provide an appropriate space for prayer. Happy Ramadan!
At this time, we are asking families to participate in the HCPSS Indicators of Educational Equity Survey. 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.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Parents/Guardians, 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.
We are moving quite quickly through 3rd quarter and many students have depleted their personal school supplies (pencils, glue sticks, etc.). Please have your students check their backpacks and refresh their school supplies as needed.
If you are able to donate tissues to FQMS, please bring your donation to the Front Office!
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
HCPSS is hosting a community event called Student Drug Use: A Crisis We Can’t Ignore to engage students, parents/guardians, staff and community members regarding the substance abuse crisis that is directly impacting our schools and community. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 28, from 7-9 pm, at Howard High School (8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City). Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano will keynote the event, sharing local and national data about student substance use and behavioral health needs that illustrates the frightening realities our youth are facing, and how HCPSS is responding to those needs. Following Dr. Martirano’s remarks, attendees will have the opportunity to choose one of several breakout sessions led by HCPSS staff and community health partners. Visit the HCPSS website for more information about the event. Please note: If you require any language supports, please contact the Office of Multilingual Family Services.
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!!