Dear Falcon Families and Community,
Today marks the end of Quarter 3! Students enjoyed “Falcon Day” today, an event filled with student choice activities, games and festivities, as they closed out the quarter and another busy week at Folly.
Congratulations to our Chorus and Concert Chorus students for their outstanding performances in the Howard County Music Assessments this past week. Also, congratulations to our G/T Debate team for their participation in the Howard County Middle School debate competition held this past week at Johns Hopkins APL. The Debate team argued “for and against” the resolution relating to statehood for the District of Columbia. Kudos to Debate team students Ella C; Jaden H; Ruy G-Z; Stella C; Anna G; Alice E; Kara L; Andrew S; Wakui W; Diya S; Oliver L; Anveeksha B; Prisha T; Penny T; Peter W; Sidney L; Dhruv D; Arnav R; and Ellie D. Congratulations to our Folly students for their amazing performances!
This past week we also celebrated the recipient of the HCPSS Staff Excellence Award for Folly Quarter Middle School. This award recognizes exemplary performance by an individual as having consistently excelled in their position and demonstrated a strong commitment to the mission, vision and values of the system. One individual from each of the 77 schools/centers was selected along with one individual from each of the six Central Office divisions for a total of 83 HCPSS Staff Excellence recipients. We happily presented Mrs. Margaret “Peggy” Johnson as our 2023 HCPSS Staff Excellence Award recipient. Mrs. Johnson is our Front Office Teachers’ Secretary who is dedicated to her work at Folly Quarter. We are appreciative for the collaboration, hard work, and commitment she brings to the Folly Quarter community.
We wish you and your families a safe and relaxing Spring Break! Our 4th and final quarter will be filled with many important and exciting upcoming events and activities for our students. Please continue to visit our website, school calendar and newsletters for the latest information.
Happy Spring Break!
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.
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.
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!!