FAQ'S

FAQ'S

  • How has Fairhope Middle School done on state tests?

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    Fairhope Middle School received an "A" on the state report card for 2017/2018 and 2016/2017. We are anticipating our third "A" in a roll for the 2018/2019 school year! Click here for the most current FMS state test scores available from the Alabama State Department of Education.

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  • What documents do I need to enroll my child at FMS?

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    Please bring the following documents with you for each child who you wish to enroll:

    Birth certificate
    Social Security card [Social Security Card is not required, as per Federal guidance]
    Two proofs of residence
    One of these must be a recent utility bill with your Baldwin County address.
    Withdrawal papers from last school attended, including transcript
    Immunization form
    All students are required by Alabama State Law to have an original certificate of immunization (IMM-50); copies are unacceptable. These certificates may be obtained from your local physician or Baldwin County Health Department in Robertsdale. The Health Department may be reached at 251-947-1910.
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  • When are the drop off and pick-up times?

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    Drop off is at 7:15 am. Please click here for rules about drop off and click here for car line procedures which begin at pick-up at 3:05 pm.

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  • How many students are enrolled?

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    For 2019/2020, enrollment is estimated to be between 750-800 combined 7th and 8th grade students.

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  • What are class sizes like?

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    Class sizes range from about 25-35 students per class.

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  • How much does homework count towards a grade?

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    Homework counts from 10%-20% of a student’s grade. Math teachers often have students begin a classroom assignment at 20% and then the homework assignment counts an additional 20%. Therefore, a daily work assignment that begins in class and is completed at home can count up to 40%. 

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  • What is the make-up policy after a student is absent?

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    Students who have excused absences must make-up their work within 3 days upon return from an absence. It is the student’s responsibility to get with his/her teachers to determine what work needs to be made-up. Tests may be made-up during extended homeroom, P.E., or another time as designated by the teacher. If your child is absent, he/she is still responsible for all missed work, so your assistance in reminding your student of the 3- day make-up requirement is appreciated.

    Teachers use an "I" in INOW to indicate that students need to make up work. The "I" averages as a "0" so students need to get their work completed within the 3 day period. The "I" is replaced with a grade after the work is made up, or stands as a "0" if the work is not made up.

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  • Is there any homework help available to students?

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    Yes, the School Counselors coordinate the Pirate Peer Tutoring program. Students help other students with their homework twice weekly during homeroom in the cafeteria. Students have to complete applications to be a tutor or tutee. Please check with Mrs. Bowling and Mrs. Doyle if you are interested in this program. Some teachers are available at break times to help students with homework questions. Also, please click on the academic resources page for online resources. 

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  • What time does school start and end?

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    The school day begins at 7:45 am. and ends at 3:05 pm.

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  • When does FMS take Scantron Performance progress monitoring assessments?

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    Scantron Performance Series Schedule for 2019/2020:

    9/10/2019- FALL Scantron Reading

    9/12/2019- FALL Scantron Math

    1/7/2020- WINTER Scantron Reading

    1/9/2020- WINTER Scantron Math

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  • When is state testing?

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    Students will take the following state assessments for 2019/2020:

    3/31/2020- ACAP ELA (English Language Arts) and Writing

    4/1/2020- ACAP Math

    4/2/2020- ACAP 8th Grade Science

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  • How do I contact a school counselor?

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    Fairhope Middle School's 7th grade Counselor is Mrs. Chesley Bowling, and the 8th grade Counselor is Mrs. Kathryn Doyle. They can be reached by email or by phone. Please click here for the Counselor's Corner page which has contact information as well as information about the counseling office. 

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  • How does FMS handle bullying?

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    FMS is committed to bullying prevention. For information about our bullying prevention programs/efforts as well as how to report bullying via written and/or online reporting, please click here.

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  • What is the attendance policy?

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    Please click here for attendance information.

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  • Does FMS offer any classes for gifted students?

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    FMS offers gifted 7th and 8th grade Gifted Social Studies classes for those students who have been identified as gifted.

    Click here for the BCBE link about the gifted referral process 

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  • Does FMS offer advanced classes?

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    FMS currently offers the following advanced classes: Algebra 1 in 8th grade, 7th grade Advanced Math, 7th and 8th grade Advanced English Language Arts, and 7th and 8th grade Advanced Science.

    Please click here for the Curriculum Updates page which has information regarding advanced classes at FMS including criteria for identification of students and required parent letters.

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  • How do I schedule a parent conference?

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    Parents are asked to contact the teacher(s) directly either by the school phone number, 251-928-2573, and leave a message or by email to schedule a parent conference. The quickest way to communicate with teachers is by email since they are teaching classes throughout the day. 

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  • How do I know when things are happening at FMS? Where is the calendar?

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    The 8th grade Assistant Principal, Mrs. Johnston, emails a weekly newsletter to parents. The school website calendar has all students events including dates for state testing. Please click the link below for the school website calendar.

    https://www.bcbe.org/Page/268#calendar336/20190712/month

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  • What clubs are there at FMS?

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    Please click here for the FMS Club page.

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  • What sports are offered and when are try-outs?

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    Please click here for the FMS Sports page. Specific try out dates are announced during the morning announcements, posted on the school website homepage calendar and/or sent home in the weekly parent newsletter emailed by Mrs. Johnston, the 8th grade Assistant Principal.

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  • What identification is required to enter the school building?

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    Parents must show a picture id such as a driver's license at the entry camera on the left side of the entry door. Parents need to push the camera button and verbally state the reason for entry. Office staff will then buzz/unlock the doors for entry. These are safety procedures for all Baldwin County schools. 

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  • For questions/answers about registration, school lunches, and school zones, please click here:

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    https://www.bcbe.org/domain/59

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  • When Is the school office open?

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    The school office is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 am-4:00 pm. During the summer, office hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:00 am-4:00 pm.

    Due to the overwhelming number of items being dropped off for students at the school office, office staff can no longer accept items for students. This will prevent disruption of the instructional time while encouraging students to be responsible.

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  • What is the grading scale at Fairhope Middle School?

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    A (90-100)

    B (80-89)

    C (70-79)

    D (60-69)

    F (59 and Below) 

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  • How long are classes?

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    There are 6 periods every day which are 58 minutes each. English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and an Enrichment class are included. Students are required to dress out in the P.E. uniform which is included in the fee structure.

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  • Are there any breaks in the school day?

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    Break is 12 minutes. 7th grade students have break from 9:26-9:38 am. 8th grade students have break from 10:27- 10:39 am.

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  • How long Is lunch?

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    Lunch is 22 minutes. 7th grade students eat lunch from 11:40-12:02 pm. 8th grade students eat lunch from 12:41-1:03 pm.

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  • What about school dances?

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    FMS sponsors about 3 school dances each year. There is usually a back to school dance, fall dance, and an end of the year dance. The PTC may sponsor additional dances.

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  • What about field trips?

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    There are a variety of field trips throughout the year for both 7th and 8th grades including bowling and skating field trips. The 8th grade usually has a field trip via World History classes each year, participation in the Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo in Mobile, and also has an annual class trip. Clubs, band, and chorus/guitar classes may also go on field trips which may include trainings, performances at various events, or banquets.

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  • What kind of student recognition programs does FMS have?

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    FMS Recognizes Students With:

    Outstanding Students of the Month/Semester in which students are nominated by the faculty and staff

    "A" Honor Roll 

    7th Grade Duke TIP Students 

    Red Ribbon Week Student Leader and Committee

    National Junior Honor Society Induction

    Various Club Participation Recognitions

    8th Grade Awards Day in May which includes academic and sports awards

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  • What about Chromebooks?

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    FMS students are issued Chromebooks as learning tools at no charge to the students.  Textbooks are digital and are located in the online program, Moodle. Assignments are also posted in Moodle or on teacher pages. Parents need to check with their students for the username and password to Moodle. If a student does not have internet access at home, assignments may be downloaded on the Chromebook for home usage. Check out the Chromebook Information page.

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  • Does FMS have an active PTC?

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    FMS has an incredible PTC! Please click here for the PTC page.

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  • How will I know about my student's grades?

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    FMS like all Baldwin County schools offers online grade reports via the INOW program. Parents are issued user name and password information upon enrollment of their students. A direct link to Inow (A+ Grades) is located on the homepage of the school website. Teachers use an "I" in INOW to indicate that students need to make up work. The "I" averages as a "0" so students need to complete their work within the required 3 day period after an absence. The "I" is replaced with a grade after the work is made up, or stands as a "0" if the work is not made up. By checking INOW on a regular basis, both parents and students can stay updated on grades and progress. Mid-Quarter progress reports are sent home with students and Quarterly Progress Reports are mailed home.

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  • When do 8th graders register for high school?

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    The 8th grade School Counselor, Mrs. Doyle, posts a letter to parents on the homepage and Counselor's Corner page about the high school registration process. The letter includes dates when the FHS 9th grade Counselor will visit the 8th grade Social Studies classes to present information about offered classes as well as the date of the parent meeting. The letter is usually posted in late January and the parent meeting usually occurs in early March.

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  • What Is required for students to be promoted?

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    Students must pass for the year with a minimum 60 average in each of the 4 core subjects only: Math, Science, English, and Social Studies to be promoted to the next grade level. The annual average is the average of first and second semesters combined in each core subject. Information about summer school eligibility, costs, and location are mailed with the 4th Quarter report cards for those students who are recommended for summer school.

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