NEW STUDENT INFORMATION

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    Welcome New Students to Fairhope Middle School!
     
    FMS  
     
    We created this page just for you because we want you to have a positive experience at Fairhope Middle School. Have you signed up for a club yet? How about sports or band? Getting involved at school is the best way to meet other students and make friends. Please check out our club page and information about sports and see what fits you the best. Remember you don't have to be the greatest athlete to enjoy sports. For example, Cross Country and Archery are open to all students who are interested. Everyone can be a member of the Kiwanis Builder's Club which is a leadership service club. So what's keeping you from getting involved?
     
    At Fairhope Middle School, we have high academic standards. Yes, you will be expected to study for weekly tests and do your homework, especially math which you will have every day! We are a Chromebook school where technology rules! You will work in groups and learn problem -solving strategies. But remember spending too much time playing games on your Chromebook or communicating with your friends through social media can interfere with learning and result in low grades. So, be responsible and use your Chromebook the way it is intended- as a learning tool. Keep up with your own grades through INOW. Please see the office staff for your INOW password.

    Helpful Tips

    Tips for Student Success in Middle School
     
    1. Get involved!
     

    2. Show up- be here and be on time! 

    3. Be prepared. Do your classwork and homework. Write down your assignments in your FMS planner. 

    4. Get some academic help if you need it. Sign up for free math tutoring. 

    5. Be kind to others. To make a friend you have to be a friend. Take charge and say "hello." 

    6. Find a "go to" adult at school who you can talk to like your homeroom teacher who is your school advocate. Mrs. Bowling and Mrs. Doyle, the 7th and 8th grade Counselors, have open doors and want to be there for you. Please stop by and introduce yourself. Their offices are upstairs across from the Chromebook Help Desk office. They can connect you with Peer Helpers who can help making new friends a little easier. Be on the look out to participate in Peer Helper Program activities for new students, such as a new student breakfast or game day. Whenever possible, new students are assigned either an 8th grade Peer Helper or a 7th Grade Homeroom Helper to show them around and help them meet other students. 

    7. Set some goals and make a plan about your middle school year.

     Cool
     
    What's Cool at Fairhope Middle School?
     
    *You get to wear any school-wide FMS t-shirt any day of the week

    *Skating and bowling field trips- a good time to meet and make new friends

    *There's a break time everyday to hang out with friends

    *On Fridays you may get to sit anywhere in the cafeteria if approved that day

    *8th graders go to New Orleans for a field trip in the spring

    *School dances

    *Fun sports pep rallies

    *Pirate Princess Pageant

    *Band, guitar, and drama performances

    *Student recognition- Student of the Month Program

    *Peer Helper Program sponsored events like "Choose Kindness Week"

    *Field Day!

     
     
    Fun
    What's to do in Fairhope for Middle Schoolers?
     
    *Getting ice cream at Mr. Gene's Beans in downtown Fairhope

    *Doing your homework on your Chromebook at the Coffee Loft

    *Looking around at Page and Palette, the downtown bookstore

    *Hanging out at the skateboard park

    *Catching a movie at the Rave or Premiere

    *Hot Wheels skating in Daphne and bowling/laser tag at the Eastern Shore Mall

    *Summer swimming at the Fairhope Rec Center

    *Frisbee golf for you or the dog park for your dog at Volanta City Park (stadium)

    *Fishing off the Fairhope pier

    *Joining a city league sport

    *Get moving- walk or ride a bike along the bay or downtown

    *Participate in the public library teen events

     Family Fun

    Family Fun 

    *Art Walk- First Friday of the Month- downtown Fairhope

    *Baldwin Pops music on the bluff- summer months

    *Downtown Farmer's Market by the library- summer months

    *Lighting of the Trees Ceremony at Christmas

    *Christmas parade

    *New Year's Eve Family Event- Downtown Fairhope

    *Mardi Gras parades

    *Annual Arts and Crafts Show in the spring and Arts Festival in the fall

    *July 4th fireworks off the Fairhope Pier

    *Fairhope Museum and Arts Center

    *FEEF Phantasy of the Arts (for parents!)

    For more information about what Fairhope has to offer and a calendar of events, please visit the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at:

    ESCC  

     Parent Pointers

    Tips for Parents of New Students

    1. Check your student's grades at least weekly in INOW. Ask your student about any 0's that you may see, and remind your student that he/she has 3 days to make up work after an absence. Show interest in your student's learning and ask about what is going on at school in his/her classes. Don't accept "nothing" as an answer!  

    2. Help your student manage homework time. Don't do it for him or her- but check to see that it is done. Have your student show you on his/her Chromebook assignments for the week which are posted on the teacher's webpage/Moodle. Ask your student when his/her next tests are scheduled in his/her classes and monitor to ensure study time. Check to see if your student is writing down his/her assignments in the weekly/monthly planner provided by FMS. 

    3. Monitor usage of your student's Chromebook at home. If your student is not devoting enough time to homework or studying but instead is wasting time on his/her Chromebook by playing games, internet surfing, or social networking, take charge and have him/her use the Chromebook only in your direct presence. If it is necessary, store the Chromebook nightly in your room away from your student if he/or she is not using the Chromebook responsibly. Monitor social media and internet usage for appropriateness. Remember that your student needs about 9 1/2 hours of sleep a night and late night usage of any digital device can interfere with this. We all know about the negative consequences of lack of sleep!  

    4. Encourage your student to get involved at school and know his/her friends. Who does your child hang out with? Talk to your student about his/her friends.  

    5. If your student is having an academic problem or you have a concern, contact his/her teachers first before an Administrator.  

    6. Click here for the Baldwin County Resource Guide for information about services you or your family may need. 

    Community Resources  
     

    7. Become a member of the Fairhope Public Library and encourage your student to read for fun in the summer.

    Also, the Fairhope Public Library offers pc access for adults so if you ever have internet access problems, you can go to the library for access. Click on this link for information: 

    Library  
     
    8. To stay on top of math in the summer, encourage your student to play math games. There is a list of free math practice websites on our school website. 
     

    9. Remember to check this website at least once a week! It's our electronic newsletter to keep you informed of school activities and events.

    Conferences  

    Contacting Teachers 

    Although parents are welcome to call teachers at school at 251-928-2573, it may be difficult to reach them because they are busy teaching. Because of this, we encourage parents to use email whenever possible. Click HERE for a link to the Faculty Directory. Teachers can arrange mutually convenient parent conferences when requested, either before/after school, or during their planning period.  

    School Counselors

         School Counselors     

     Mrs. Bowling (7th Grade) and Mrs. Doyle (8th Grade)  

    Coming to a new school can be hard sometimes, emotionally, socially and academically. Mrs. Bowling (7th grade) and Mrs. Doyle (8th grade) want to help. Talking things through and problem solving a situation can make a difference in how comfortable a student feels in a new school. Students can come by during break, homeroom, or sign in to see them on a sheet located on their doors. The School Counselors will then call for the students during their P.E. time or an elective. Remember too that they are immediately available to meet with any student in crisis. Parents are also welcome to contact the School Counselors to request that they meet with their students about academic, behavior, or emotional/social concerns. Mrs. Bowling and Mrs. Doyle can be reached at 251-928-2573 or by email: CBowling@bcbe.org and kdoyle@bcbe.org
     

    New Students and Registration

    Registrar  

    Ms. Alice Korhonen, Registrar

    The Registrar, Ms. Alice Korhonen, is your number one resource for all questions about new student enrollment/registration. Her email address is AKorhonen@bcbe.org 
     
    Please bring the following documents with you for each child 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.