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NOVEMBER 2017

Hello Falcon Bluffs Families,

Make Your Voice Heard (MYVH) is a student survey that Jeffco Public Schools administer to students in grade 2 through 12. MYVH has been given to Jeffco students for over a decade. MYVH is administered every other year to all Jeffco Schools students, but is available for schools to administer every year. MYVH is a survey designed to promote engagement in school, improves the school learning environment, and combats problems such as bullying. Falcon Bluffs Middle School will be giving students the survey between January 8th and February 9th, 2018. For more information, please check out the attached letter. MYVH FamilyNotificationLetter 2017-18_English (2).pdf There is a lot happening at FBMS so please take a few minutes to review our November announcements/ information below. As usual, thank you for your continued support and do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


Tom Burns
Principal



 FALCON BLUFFS NEWS AND EVENTS ~
Jeffco Generations:
October 11 marked Dr. Jason Glass' 100th day as superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools. To coincide with this milestone, Jeffco released a new vision document for our schools.  We invite you to become familiar with Jeffco Generations - A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community's Schools.

Our Very Own KOSI Radio's "Tuesday Teacher", Mr. John Trujillo
Mr. Trujillo was nominated by one of our Falcon Bluffs parents and was honored as an outstanding teacher and Tech Ed Teacher by KOSI Radio's morning show host, Steve Henry, this past Friday during 6th grade lunch.  We are extremely lucky to have Mr. Trujillo as one of our many outstanding teachers here at FBMS.  
Congratulations, Mr. Trujillo!!

Please listen to the KOSI radio announcement and interview with Mr. Trujillo here: KOSI Radio Announcement



Barnes & Noble Fundraiser:
Please join us on Wednesday, November 15th at the Barnes & Noble Chanson Plaza location on Bowles and Wadsworth for our annual Holiday fundraiser.  Come spend some time with your student, read a story, listen to our beautiful choir, orchestra and band students play and sing and if you choose make a purchase just mention our school and a proceed of your purchase goes back to Falcon Bluffs Middle School.  Please check the attached link for more information:  Barnes & Noble Holiday Fundraiser.pdf

We hope to see you there!

FUTURE FALCON NIGHT:
Please join us on December 6th to learn more about Falcon Bluffs Middle School.  Students, parents, teachers, counselors and administrators are speaking about the exciting opportunities found at Falcon Bluffs Middle.  Tour the building and find out why FBMS is "Soaring With Pride".  
Our Future Falcon night was developed for incoming 6th grade students next year (Current 5th graders) but of course ALL ARE WELCOME.  Check out the attached flyer and invite your neighbors!
FBMSInformationNight.pdf


FALCON BLUFFS CHROMEBOOK 1-1 INITIATIVE FOR FALL 2018:

The schools of the Chatfield area are committed to preparing students to be college and career ready - communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills are essential to thrive in the 21st century. That is why our area elementary and middle schools are joining the Chatfield Chromebook initiative, launched this year by Chatfield Senior High, to bring a 1-to-1 Chromebook
learning environment to students grades 2-12. Having ongoing access to technology will allow our students to consistently practice and apply those 21st-century skills, and prepare them for a variety of post-secondary options.
The initiative will begin at different grades at each school. For the 2018-19 school year, all students entering 6th grade next year at Falcon Bluffs and Deer Creek will be required to purchase a Chromebook from the school to use for educational purposes at school and at home.
Please take a look at the link below for Falcon Bluffs Chromebook Letter to Parents and more information on this initiative.

FBMS Chromebook Letter to Parents




Yearbook Baby Pictures:
PARENTS OF EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS
Don’t forget to congratulate your eighth grader for graduating from middle school and moving on to high school by creating a personalized baby ad dedication!
Go to:
www.yearbookordercenter.com
and enter school code 7639
Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad”
(not upload photos) and enjoy creating your personalized ad!
If you have questions, please call 877.362.7750 and choose
Option 2
For more information please check out the attached flyer link:
FBMS Baby Ad Handout.pdf

Collective Commitments:

The 6 FBMS Collective Commitments are Grit, Growth Mindset, Relationships, Intellectual Curiosity, Professionalism, and Collaboration.   Since we came back in August we have been focusing on Grit with staff and students and learning what it mean to be “gritty”.  We explored the impact of perseverance and how productive struggle with incremental success builds positive life long lessons.   We will shift our emphasis to Growth Mindset near the middle of October.  Please take a few minutes to ask your student about Grit.

Emergency Procedures:
Please take a look at the following link with regard to emergency situations at school - Information for Families, published by Jeffco Schools: 
Jeffco Student Safety and School Emergencies for Families

6th Grade Transition Information: 
Information for families and our community about Jeffco's upcoming transition of 6th grade to middle school. For more information please click the link below.
 District 6th Grade Transition Information

FBMS Policies:
For information regarding content and knowledge grades, dress code, and other Falcon Bluffs school policies, please check out the link below.  You can also find it under "Family Resources" on the tabs above in the drop down list.
 Falcon Bluffs Policies and Information

Bring Your Own Device Connection Information: 
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Information:  If you are having trouble logging into our network, be sure you have logged into JEFFCO CONNECT and signed the BYOD permission (EACH SCHOOL YEAR parents AND students must sign this agreement).  Please see the attached link with more information.
BYOD Log On Information Step-By-Step

New Opportunities in 2017-18:
In May 2017, FBMS staff were trained in Pre-AP strategies and our Language Arts department adopted the specific “SpringBoard” curriculum. Pre-AP is a comprehensive instructional program developed by CollegeBoard that provides a pathway of rigorous instruction, performance based assessments, and exemplary professional development. Our Pre-AP pathway is not about assigning MORE work but instead about diving deeper into content requiring higher order thinking skills and applications. With Chatfield Senior High School leading the way in Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment offerings, we aligned with them to give students a headstart on these classes and offer early exposure to AP curriculum. We anticipate expanding these opportunities into several subjects in the near future. 

We hope students will enjoy the huge variety of clubs offered this year. Every teacher is sponsoring a club and we encourage students to find something they are interested in and join the fun.

Throughout the year we will be emphasising our six Collective Commitments with staff and students. These commitments include Collaboration, Grit, Growth Mindset, Intellectual Curiosity, Professionalism, and Relationships. We look forward to applying the six commitments throughout the building.

Finally, we are excited to roll out our new Falcon Bluffs Middle School website. Jeffco is supporting all schools in this transition as we strive to improve district consistency and create a user friendly site. Relating to this change, we are also in the process of transitioning to a new school app. More information around that will be coming this fall. Please peruse our new site for more details as well as all kinds of information to help you prepare for the year. Here are a few upcoming dates to make note of: 
 

 CALENDAR ITEMS ~

Falcon Bluff's calendar is chock full of student happenings: 

November 13 - Band/Orchestra/Choir Fundraiser @ Chipolte
        (Remington and Kipling) 5:00 - 8:30 pm

November 15 - Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Fair Fundraiser @ Chanson Plaza location (Bowles and Wadsworth) 4:30 - 8:30 pm

November 20 - 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

November 27 - December 4 - 6th Grade Outdoor Lab Week

November 30 - Accountability Meeting 4:15 - 5:30 pm



EARLY  RELEASE  DATES: (Dismissal  12:25 pm)

February 16
March 16
April 27




 

 PTO/ACCOUNTABILITY INFORMATION AND NEWS ~ 

PTO Meeting Dates:

Please join us in the Main Office Conference Room on any or all of our upcoming meeting dates.  We meet from 7:30 am - 8:30 am.

December 14
January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10


Accountability Dates:   We invite you to join us at any of our upcoming meeting dates as we firmly believe in collaboration with all stakeholders.  We meet in the Falcon Bluffs library from 4:15-5:30 on the following dates:

 

November 30

February 8

April 19

GT/ ALP

My name is Ronnie Ridpath and I'm happy to be serving as the Falcon Bluffs GT Ambassador this school year. I'm hoping to help create some community among GT parents. I've found that being a GT parent can be frustrating and lead to a lot of questions. I hope to help provide some support. I will be providing information on free GT seminars provided by the district. I can get you in contact with GT resources for our school. I hope to have a couple of GT meet ups so we can discuss ideas about how to foster GT at our school.

Please feel to reach out to me at rlynnridpath@comcast.net if you would like be a part of the GT email distribution.




THANK YOU to our FBMS Business Partners
We would like to recognize the following companies for partnering with Falcon Bluffs Middle School. Preferred Business Partners are local community businesses that step up to assist our students by raising funds for improvements in technology.  

COMPASS INSURANCE GROUPImage result for business partnership
GEAR 'N UP
KIDS TO COLLEGE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
SUMMIT FAMILY ORTHODONTICS
SUMMIT FAMILY DENTISTRY
SUNNY PUCKETT - REMAX
OLDROYD FAMILY DENTISTRY
LITTLE THEATRE CULTURE CENTER
COLORADO CREDIT UNION
OHMART ORTHODONTICS



CHATFIELD SENIOR HIGH EVENTS ~


Support Chatfield Poms - order your Colorado themed Chatfield t-shirt here:
Last day to order:  November 19th

Colorado Chatfield shirt flyer


CSHS ACADEMIC SHOWCASE

Come and enjoy a great evening learning what Chatfield Senior High is all about at the Academic Showcase
November 16th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Auditorium.  
Over 50 Advanced Placement/Honors/College Credit Courses
#1 Concurrent Enrollment in Jeffco - nearly $4 million saved in college tuition each year
S.T.E.M. Pathway - High School students united with NASA
Top Jeffco ACT Achiever
Award winning music, theater, arts and athletics
More than 50 extra-curricular activities
And more!
Please click the link for more information and we hope to see you on November 16th!


CSHS Academic Showcase.pdf

CHATFIELD BOYSWINTER BASKETBALL CAMP
WHEN: DECEMBER 26 & 27th
WHERE: CHATFIELD SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
TIME: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
WHO: 1st – 8th GRADES
COST AND REGISTRATION: $55 both days, $30 one day
REGISTER: To register online with a credit card: go to www.chatfieldbasketball.com. If you prefer, you can bring a check/cash on the first day of camp.
QUESTIONS: or need more information? Contact Head Coach Steve Schimpeler: sschimpe@jeffco.k12.co.us
REGISTER SOON! SPOTS WILL FILL UP FAST!

For more information:
CSH 2017 Boys Winter Camp Basketball Flyer.pdf

 

Quick reminder that we will push out an email the first Friday of each month containing our Falcon Files but it is updated far more often and available 24/7. Consider creating a bookmark to easily access the latest FBMS news at:

https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/tburns/home/falcon-files

 

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