Welcome to Farnsworth Middle School!

*1:00 early release for Winter Break on Tuesday, Dec. 23. School resumes January 5.*

District-wide middle school hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:40-3:00
Wednesday:  7:40 - 1:45

Farnsworth Office hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:45-4:15

Wednesday: 6:45-2:45

There will be a 1:00 early release on Tuesday, December 23. Winter break is Dec. 24 - Jan. 4.  School resumes on Monday, January 5.

 

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Farnsworth in the News

Principal:  Todd De Bruin

Assistant Principal: Jim Renzelmann

Attendance Matters

Regular school attendance is necessary for your child's educational success.  Research shows that students who attend regularly achieve higher academically, maintain healthier relationships, and engage in less at-risk behaviors than those who struggle with regular attendance.  With that in mind, Farnsworth has developed attendance and tardy policies that stress the importance of school attendance.  Click here to read the FMS attendance and tardy policies.

All Things iPad
SASD middle schools have a 1:1 iPad program.  That means that each student is issued an iPad to use during the school year.  Students use their iPads in school and at home to write, access online resources, read ebooks, create projects, participate in class Edmodo groups, and more.  Teachers count on their students having access to this technology to fully participate in lessons and projects.  If you have not signed the electronic paperwork online, please do so as soon as possible so your child can be issued an iPad. 

Good news!  The technology fee has been reduced by $20 this year, and now includes participation in the district's insurance program.  See the iPad Policy Handbook for details.

Books with iPad iPad Information

To call with questions, please click this link Farnsworth Middle School - Who Do I Ask...?


Peer Mediation

Click here to schedule a peer mediation.


Online Gradebook

Keep up with your student's academic progress by checking our online gradebooks. Teachers will be sending class assignment/ itinerary information weekly via web notes. Teachers will also attach assignments or additional information to assignments within the online grade book. Please keep in mind that teachers may need a few days to assess and record all their students' grades for a particular assignment.

StandardsScore Online Grades

StandardsScore Family Guide

 


Ala Carte

The Ala Carte line will be open the last 5-10 minutes of lunch period this year.  This is when students can buy additional food at an additional cost out of their personal lunch account.  This is not part of the school lunch program. 

Find nutritional information for ala carte items and school lunch meals here.

Do you want homework help?  Try Brainfuse!  You can access the Brainfuse link in the Homework Help section near the bottom of our library page in the Student Links menu.

School Supply Lists 2014-15

Market Day

Meal Programs

Students of the Month

Crime Stoppers' Anonymous


Panther Gear

The due date for Panther gear orders is January 16, 2015. The order form is here.


Guided Study Hall - New at FMS in 2014/15


Recently, we asked students who are in Guided Study Hall this year to give their feedback on this brand new class at FMS.

The purpose was determine student perceptions and to see if any adjustments were needed to make it better for our students. The results are posted here.

Lakeland Math Meet

Math meet participants

Farnsworth's Team 5 took third place (out of 44 competitors!) at the Lakeland Math Meet.  The team (pictured) is made up of Iris Tauriainen, Helen Flynn, Garrett Scapellato, Cassandra Chrisman, Drew Kittelson, Edgar Caracoza, Nolan Blomwillis, and Lars Krugel.

Some Farnsworth students also earned distinctions as individuals.  Nolan Blomwillis and Daniel Ellair were two of the top sixth graders. Lars Krugel, Garrett Scapellato, and Daniel Ellair earned Honorable Mention medals.  Cassie Chrisman, Drew Kittelson, and Olivia Goins earned All-Star medals.


Farnsworth Teachers Perform at the Talent Show

 Click here to watch!


Farnsworth Students Choose the News

Farnsworth students voted on which stories appeared in News-O-Matic

Farnsworth English Language Learners in grades 6,7, and 8 put Sheboygan on the map!  They recently served as Jr. Editors-in-Chief for News-O-Matic, a kids' daily newspaper that goes out across the United States. Via Skype, the students assisted Russ Kahn, Editor-in-Chief at Press4Kids in New York, in planning an edition. He presented them with 3 topics: World News, U.S. News, and Animals. Within each of those topics, they were presented with three possible news stories. Once they voted for which news stories to include, they then asked the questions they wanted answered in each article. They were so enthusiastic!

"Our" edition of News-O-Matic can be viewed here.

Spirit Week

Staff members dressed as dominoes

Students celebrated Spirit Week with Hat Day, Pajama Day, Twin Day and Costume Day. Staff members got into the spirit, too, with many dressing as a set of dominoes for Costume Day.  Spirit Week was capped off with our 1st Quarter PBIS reward activity: all students with no major referrals were invited to enjoy a presentation by Comedy Sportz.


2014-15 PBIS Kickoff
water is throw over superintendant during special event
Students, staff, and even our Superintendent participated in our 2014-15 PBIS Kick OFF. While participating in a variety of activities we reinforced our values of Respect, Responsibility, Safety, and Productivity.


Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Fellowship Award

Herb Kohl Fellowship Award

“The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Fellowship Award was presented to Wendy Henschel, teacher at Farnsworth Middle School in Sheboygan, WI at a recognition luncheon hosted by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl on April 6th, 2014. The Herb Kohl Fellowship recognizes teachers who have demonstrated superior ability to inspire love of learning in their students, have motivated others, and have provided meritorious service both inside and outside the classroom.Each year the Herb Kohl Foundation awards 100 teachers throughout Wisconsin with $1000.00 Fellowships, and an additional $1000.00 grant is awarded to each Fellow’s school for use in innovative educational projects. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded 8.6 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, and schools"

 

LTC Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab Visit

Farnsworth Middle School PLTW & Technology Education students had the opportunity to tour the LTC Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab when they visited our school last week. The Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab is a self-contained training lab designed to deliver manufacturing curriculum to high school students & businesses. The climate controlled Mobile Lab is equipped with wireless technology and provides instruction in Industrial Maintenance and Programmable Logic Controls.

LTC Truck

Students that are entering 9th grade next year can enroll in a one-week course being taught in the Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab at South High School this summer. The dates are June 23rd through June 27th. There is an AM class from 8:30-11:00 and a PM class from 12:30-3:00. There is no charge for the class but enrollment is VERY limited. To register, go to www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/summerschool.

Chicago Trip 

ChicagoIt was a joy to have the students see and experience absolute masterpieces of art - both visual art and musical art.  The students marveled at the CSO concert, Lutoslawski's 'Musique Funebre', Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique" .  I was beyond proud to hear the students' positive reactions to the concert, and they showed openness to a variety of musical styles.  Chloe Mendez, a Farnsworth student, remarked, "Chicago was an amazing adventure to spend with my orchestra family!  The Art Institute was filled with beautiful artwork.  I'd definitely go back again!".  Erika Escamilla, another Farnsworth  student, stated, "the symphony we went to really pushed me to try my hardest because there are such great things you are able to ready in orchestra.  The pieces we heard were from some of my favorite composers.

Door Decorations For Advisory

Respect

Advisory classes were asked to decorate their door for the month of April.  They had to choose from one of the following themes:  respect, appropriate use of technology, or tardiness.  The positive message on the doors serve as a great reminder to help our students follow the PBIS matrix.

UW Marching Band In Madison

Madison

  100 of Farnsworth's band students had the amazing opportunity on Friday, April 25th, to hear the UW Marching band live in concert at the Kohl Center in Madison. Amoung the many various pieces the UW band played were songs from the Beatles, Phantom of the Opera and of course the "Fifth Quarter" tunes. Students witnessed performances by guest artists Mark Pender and Yom Wopat. It was a very exciting experience for our students and they look forward to next year's trip to Madison.

Madison 2

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