Falcon Flyer - May 26

Tue, 05/30/2023 - 7:44am

Important Dates

  • May 29 - Schools/Offices Closed - Memorial Day
  • May 30 - Choral Spring Concert - RHHS - 7:00pm
  • June 1 - Rising 6th Grade Visitation
  • June 6 - 8th Grade High School Visitation (GHS/RHHS)
  • June 7 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal - Prof Work Day
  • June 12 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal
  • June 13 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal
  • June 14 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal - Last Day of School
Visit our FQMS website for more upcoming news and events.

Folly Quarter News



Congratulations to the FQMS GT Programming Seminar members who won first place at this year's QuHacks Coding Hackathon for their game "Ducky Splash".  Students Gideon E., Pranav B., and Sidh P. won the Advanced Division and will be recognized by the Howard County Executive at the Third Annual STEM awards event on June 13 at Howard Community College! 

Congratulations to our Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble students for their wonderful Spring concert performances at Glenelg High School!  Kudos to our students for their outstanding accomplishments!

We are so proud of you!

Important Information for 8th Grade Students:

8th Grade Upcoming Events (A packet with all information for the June events was sent home with students on May 24): 

  • June 6 - High School Visit (Field Trip - GHS/RHHS)
  • June 8 - Picnic (Field Trip - Piney Run Park)
  • June 9 - Celebration Stations (FQMS) - 6:00-7:00pm
  • June 9 - Dance (FQMS) - 7:00-9:00pm


Time is Running Out to Register for 2023-2024 Bus Service

Families whose children are eligible for bus transportation must register through HCPSS Connect Synergy to receive bus service for the 2023-2024 school year. Visit https://www.hcpss.org/schools/transportation/registration/ for instructions on how to register and more information.
We don’t want any students who qualify for transportation to be without a bus if they rely on a bus to get to and from school. Please contact the school if you need help registering your child. Please contact the HCPSS Office of Transportation, transportation@hcpss.org, or call 410-313-6732 if you have questions related to your eligibility to receive bus service. You may also find several frequently asked questions online.
Families who reside in non-transportation areas are not eligible for bus transportation and do not need to take any action. Find the new non-transportation areas for your school online.  Students who receive transportation as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan do not need to register.

Thank you


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 31. 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.

Student Services News

Student Transfer/Withdrawals for the 2023/24 School Year

Parents/Guardians: If your student is returning to Folly Quarter next year, there is no need to register them for the 23-24 school year.   If you are moving and your student will be transferring to another school, please contact Ms. Knight at 410-313-1514 or email, ranita_knight@hcpss.org

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” Ziad Abdelnour.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May since 1949 to raise awareness about mental health across the country. Folly Quarter Middle School and the rest of the country are participating to help fight stigma and educate our youth and families for the month of May. This year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is having the More Than Enough Campaign as an opportunity to come together and remember the inherent value we each hold, regardless of our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background, or ability. #morethanenough.  Important Mental Health Resources

Need to Talk? Call or text 988

PLEDGE SUMMER CAMP for Rising Howard County 9th Graders 

This free leadership camp for rising Howard County 9th graders helps to prepare students for high school by teaching communication and leadership skills while participating in many fun activities throughout the week.   For more information, please read the camp flier  and camp website to register. 

GT News

Congratulations to the FQMS GT Programming Seminar members who won first place at this year's QuHacks Coding Hackathon for their game "Ducky Splash".  Students Gideon E., Pranav B., and Sidh P. won the Advanced Division.   Play their award winning game:  ky-splash.pygrammer5.repl.co. 

Students, be sure to join the FQMS Programming Seminar next year or any of the FQMS GT Instructional Seminars. These seminars are open to all students.  For more information be sure to visit https://sites.google.com/hcpss.org/fqmsgt/home

Health Room News

Important News from the Nurse

End of Year Medication Pick-up:

Attention: If your child has medication in the Health Room, it will need to be picked up by an adult by Tuesday, June 13th at 2:30 pm. Medications are not to be transported by students. Any medication that is not picked up by 2:30 pm on June 13th will be disposed of per HCPSS policy. This includes all medications (daily medications, over-the-counter medications, inhalers, Epi Pens, etc.).
Medication orders are only valid for the current school year. New orders will be needed at the start of next year (August 2023). The links to the order forms are below. If you have any questions, please contact the School Nurse at 410-313-1510.  

Important Immunization Requirements for Rising 7th and Graduating 8th grade students

Effective the first day of school, 2023-2024, 1 dose of Tdap vaccine and 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine will be required by the state of Maryland for all students entering Grade 7.  ALSO, any graduating 8th grade student entering 9th grade will need proof of a second dose of varicella vaccine.  If we do not receive proof of these immunizations, your child will be excluded from school.  Many students may have already received these immunizations, but the Health Room may not have the updated immunization record.  Please contact your child’s doctor and send, via email or fax, an updated copy of your child’s immunizations to the Health Room.  Our fax # is (410) 531-2473. If you have further questions, please call our Health Room at (410) 313-1510​.  Thank You!


Media Center News

All Media Books are due by Monday, June 5

Parents and Students: 

There are 424 books checked out from our Media Center (266 of these books are currently overdue). That's a lot of books to collect in 2 weeks!  Please help by encouraging your student to return books as soon as possible, especially overdue books.

Can't find them?  Have students look in lockers, classrooms, under the bed, under the car seats, between the couch cushions, etc!  

Thanks so much for your help!

FQMS Media Center

Parent Resources


Last Day of School for the 2022/23 School Year

Having used one inclement weather day, the last day of school for students in full-day Pre-K through grade 12 is now scheduled to be Wednesday, June 14. The last day for half-day Pre-K/RECC students is scheduled for Friday, June 9.

Students Taking Math Courses in 2023/24

HCPSS has developed online acceleration courses in Canvas to help supplement some of the mathematics content that may be missed when a student skips a course(s). Students can log into Canvas and join the acceleration course by visiting the associated link(s). Students should begin with module 1 of the course they are joining. The expectation is for students to complete each of the modules in the appropriate acceleration course before the start of the 2023-24 school year.
  • The Mathematics 8 Acceleration course is designed for rising 7th-grade students who will skip Mathematics 7. The course contains self-paced Mathematics 7 content. Students can join/access this course by visiting: https://hcpss.instructure.com/enroll/E93YJ3
  • The Algebra 1 Acceleration course is designed for rising 7th/8th-grade students who will skip Mathematics 8. The course contains self-paced Mathematics 8 content and some Mathematics 7 content. Students can join/access this course by visiting: https://hcpss.instructure.com/enroll/E93YJ3
Additional student and family mathematics course support is available online at the HCPSS Family Math Support Center (under “Middle School” and “Middle School Course Expectations”) – http://hcpssfamilymath.weebly.com.  If you have any questions, please contact your student's math teacher.

River Hill High School Summer Dance Camp

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!!

High School Boosters - Summer Camps - Registration Now Open

Glenelg High School - Incoming Freshman Athletic Information Night

GHS will hold their incoming Freshman Athletic Information Night on June 5.  For information please read the attached flier .

Glenelg High School POMS (Dance Team)

Glenelg High School POMS Coach, Kassidy Sharp, will be hosting an interest meeting on Wednesday, May 31, at 3:00pm. This will be virtual for all middle school students! Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the team, rehearsal schedule, performances, etc. The virtual meeting code is: meet.google.com/wrt-tkna-qor Auditions will be held on Thursday, June 1, at 3:15pm. During the audition, students will be asked to demonstrate some basic-intermediate dance skills and learn a short choreography combination! Auditions will be held in the dance room at GHS.

New GHS Booster Camp: Color Guard Camp

GHS will hold the new Color Guard Camp on June 20-23.  The color guard camp is open to rising 6th -9th graders. Please register on the Glenelg Boosters website or go to https://www.glenelgboosters.com/summer-sport-camps/ for more information.


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