Our middle school program prepares children to succeed in the most challenging secondary educational systems.
Students can participate in a variety of extracurricular activities such as speech, engineering competitions and spelling bees. Middle school students can also hone leadership skills and teamwork by getting involved in student council, where they lead various community service projects.
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A safe and empowering environment provides the ideal setting for this stage of often dramatic personal change and growth. Multi-age grouping encourages cooperation over competition and allows children to advance to higher levels according to their own timeframe.
A dynamic composite of textbooks, lectures, in-depth research, computer software, hands-on learning and valuable life skills emphasizes critical thinking and self-expression. An extensive curriculum encompassing science, history, geography, social studies and more promotes high level thinking and establishes a permanent knowledge base. Complete mastery of subject matter is supported through peer and teacher study sessions, encouraging accountability, self-motivation and a strong work ethic.
Beyond the Classroom
An emphasis is placed on community service and helping others. Field trips, outdoor gardens and guest speakers complement the curriculum.
- A Typical Day
By Alex, Grade 78:15 AM: Community Meeting/Forum. I come to forum where our class meets as a group and one of my classmates is assigned to take roll. After our group leader makes announcements, we are given the opportunity to acknowledge and voice recent accomplishments.9:15 AM: Language Arts. We meet in a small group to discuss books that we are reading. We are currently reading Pig Man and discussing idioms. One of my favorite books this year has been Fahrenheit 451. Ms. Arlene provides interesting background and historical information as it relates to the book that we are studying. Much of our work includes discussion, grammatical skills, vocabulary and spelling.10:00 AM: I begin my independent seat work on ancient history and/or life science. Many times it includes working on related projects and activities that support our studies. Often times, I take the opportunity to learn Chinese through Rosetta Stone. Using images and dialogues, I work at my own pace. While it is a difficult language to learn, I enjoy using the program.11:15 AM: Geometry. I’m currently working on proving triangles are congruent using various theories. What I really think is unique about my math program is that we can learn at our own pace, while being constantly challenged to do my best.12:00-12:30 Lunch.1:00 PM: Personal Reflection. This is an opportunity to journal. It also allows me a chance to relax and reflect on the day’s activities. Regrouping for the remainder of the day!1:15 PM: Life Science where I am studying heredity, genes and DNA. We recently made a DNA ladder and explored messenger RNA. Our next unit includes going on a cloning web quest to determine the impact it may have on our future.1:30 PM: Physical Education. I recently had a basketball unit where we worked on the fundamentals like: dribbling, shooting, and passing.2:30 PM: Ancient History. Our class recently had an Ancient Greek dinner where I arrived as Plato. Each of my classmates attended as a different character and provided a prepared report in character.
- Roots and Wings: 2014 8th Grade Graduation Speech by Maddie Hoggan
One day, a sprout popped out of the earth. The beautiful days and the sun helped to make it grow bigger and bigger. Once in a while, a gust of wind would blow, helping the plant’s roots get stronger. One day, a storm came and bent the plant, but that never stopped it. This plant grew into a beautiful, tall tree. To me, this is what child hood is like, never stopping to look back, wishing for the day when you are finally a year older. But at the point when you stop growing, you need more than just a trunk, leaves, and roots. You need something that will push you into the world. You need wings to soar as high as you can and as fast as you can. You can take your roots everywhere you go, but you have to leave the place where you grew them. This is where all of us are, we are ready to use our wings and fly to different places.
I’ve been going to FMS for 10 years, during that time, I have developed deep roots. When I first came to this school, I was so quiet I would barely talk to anyone, but after FMS encouraged me, I found the confidence to talk forever. My first memory at this school was of pouring water, making sure not to lose any. This developed my patience and my fine motor skills. One of my other memories from primary was reading the Bob books, which were books that consisted of sentences like, “Bobplayed,” or “Bob sat.” I remember being so proud of myself when I was finally put into a group where I could read the Bob books. This increased my self-confidence by reading with the teacher. In lower elementary, I remember trying so hard each week to finish my goals. This developed the drive in me to accomplish anything I worked hard at. In upper elementary, more freedom was given to accomplish what needed to be done; you had to plan out your day. In middle school, the standards of work increased, in preparation for high school. Each of these things helped grow my wings and prepare for me to leave this school.
Although our school experience has been incredible, there have been a few bumps in all of our roads. For me, my experience was when I was four, I decided to try to get to my room with my eyes closed, and promptly, I fell down the stairs and broke my arm. A few trips to the emergency room, more broken bones, and stitches also crossed my path. But everyone should have bad experiences, because they are as important as good experiences. A philosopher once said, “For a tree to become tall, it must grow tough roots among the rocks.”
But, of course none of us would be here without support and help along the way. All of the teachers at this school are so supportive and dedicated. They have helped all of us mature and grow. Our minds are filled with knowledge because of them; I think we are all confident to use what we’ve learned and fly to new places. The most supportive people of all are our parents. Not only have they allowed all of us the incredible opportunity to go to this school but they will be with us forever. They help us through hard times and encourage us through everything else. Not only are they responsible for our roots, but they have the hard job of giving us our wings. We are all grateful for them.
Even though this is the end for us here, we will never forget FMS, the great memories, and close friendships this school has created. Leaving something you care about is hard, but as Dr. Seuss so perfectly said, “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.”