Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas break and a very Happy New Year! Welcome to your second semester of middle school! You will be receiving a new connections schedule when you return. Those who have a documented medical excuse that need to make up midterm exams will be permitted to do so before 2nd nine weeks grades are posted for report cards.
During the break, I experienced some health complications with my pregnancy. For that reason, my doctor has placed me on bed rest until after my baby is born. I am so very sorry as this is definitely not what I had anticipated. Mrs. Debbie Jones will be my long term sub. She retired from FCMS 3 years ago and was a mentor teacher to me when I began teacher. She is also a very dear friend to me. She has several years worth of experience teaching reading and ELA. I have no doubt whatsoever that students will love her! She's patient, kind, humorous, and has a very kind heart. She and I also share a very similar teaching style as I learned a great deal from her over the years. Please don't hesitate to contact her by phone at 706-632-6100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to return later this spring. I will certainly miss my students while I am absent and I intend to visit and stay and stay in touch as much as possible. I appreciate your understanding during this time.
Thank you, Kelly Hulsey
Today is the last day of final exams! Attendance is only required by students who must be present to take exams. The schedule is listed below. I hope that everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Students do not return to school until Friday, January 5, 2018.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
8:00-8:15- 1st period
8:15-9:15- 6th period exam
9:15-9:30: Classroom break, student sign-in and parent pick-up
9:30-10:30: 7th period exam
10:30: Parent pick-up
10:30-11:30- Students return to 1st period to watch a movie (parent pick-up continues)
Today is the first day of midterm exams. Attendance is only required by students who must be present to take exams. Below is the day's schedule.
1st period exam: 8:00-9:00 am
9:00-9:15: Classroom break, student sign-in and parent pick-up
9:15-10:15: 4th period exam
10:15-10:30: Classroom break, student sign-in and parent pick-up
10:30-11:30: 5th period exam
11:30: Parent pick-up
Students will review for upcoming midterm exams. Those who do not have to take the exam but are present at school will work on finishing any class work that they have not completed. An exam schedule for next Monday and Tuesday can be found on the homepage of this website. It was also sent home with students on a blue sheet of paper.
Students received their exemption status in each academic class today. This information should be located in the student's agenda on a yellow sheet/chart of paper. Please see the homepage of this website for exemption information. Afterward, 4th period completed Focused Reading and worked on earning Reading Counts points.
1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th period classes worked on earning any remaining Reading Counts points (these will be due tomorrow). Those who have all of their points worked on their South America projects.
Students went to the Blairsville Cinema to see the movie, Wonder. Afterward, we returned and had lunch and Reward Day. I hope everyone enjoyed the movie!
Students will continue to work on their South America travel projects in 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th periods. Students who do not have their 15 (1st period) or 12 (all other classes) Reading Counts points will be sent to the library to read independently to try to get as many points as possible. Students have had since October 1 to earn their Reading Counts points. The due date for Reading Counts points is this Friday, December 15, 2017. I have pushed the date back due to snow days; however, the deadline cannot be extended past this date because grades must be posted prior to Christmas break.
Students will present their South America projects this Thursday. On Friday, we will review for the upcoming midterm exams on Monday and Tuesday.
In 4th period, students will continue to work on Focused Reading. We will try to complete two lessons a day so as to finish up all 30 lessons by this Friday, December 15. We are nearly finished!
No school for students on these two days due to inclement weather!
Today is the field trip to Medieval Times! We will leave school around 8:10 am. Parents who are attending are welcome to follow our buses down there. The show lasts from 11:00-1:00. Parents and guardians may sign students out with their 1st period teacher after the show ends.
For those traveling back to FCMS with us on the bus, we should return between 4:00-4:15. Please make sure you are there to pick up your child by 4 pm. We will allow students to call and text parents as we get closer back to the school so you will have a better idea of when to come pick them up.
Students who are not attending the field trip will have a regular day at school with all academic classes, connections classes, lunch, and break. Any absence that day will be counted toward the student's midterm exemption status.
Today was the final class period for 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th periods to work on their Google Slides invention projects in class. These will be due on Monday, December 4. We will start presenting them that day. These will count as a test grade. Students will be graded individually and will not be penalized for another group member's lack of work/completion.
4th period completed lesson 22 of Focused Reading along with the quick check for a daily grade. We will complete Focused Reading entirely before Christmas break begins.
2nd nine weeks Reading Counts points are due by Friday, December 8! Students were told both yesterday and today how many points they currently have toward their goal.
Advanced students must earn 15 points
All other classes must earn 12 points
A class prize will be awarded to the student in each class who has earned the most RC points this nine weeks!
My name is Kelly Hulsey and I teach reading. I am also the team leader for 6B at FCMS. I am so excited to be your teacher this year! This is my 5th year teaching at FCMS. I am married to my wonderful husband of 11 years (Chris) and we are expecting a baby boy in March! I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you!