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Kindergarten and new student registration is now open.  To register, click on
“Resources for Parents” and select the “New Student Registration” link.
Early adolescence is a challenging stage in the development of all children. They are growing physically, intellectually, and socially more during these years than they have at any other time in their lives. The Franklin Avenue Middle School community recognizes this fact and provides students with the proper support and encouragement so that they may leave middle school with the skills requisite for a successful career in high school and beyond.

Upcoming Events
 
District Announcements
New Student Registration

Dear Incoming Parents and Guardians:
 
Welcome to the Franklin Lakes School District!  We are pleased to inform you about the new streamlined procedure for registering new students entering Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  We have implemented an electronic open registration process for the 2015-16 school year.  We hope this new procedure will simplify the registration process for both our new families and for our staff.
 
In order to begin the open registration process, please click on the link below:
 
Open Registration
 
Once you have completed and submitted your initial registration, you will be contacted shortly by the appropriate school(s) with further instructions on how to complete the registration process.  Parents of students who will enter Kindergarten in September 2015 may register their children who were born on or before October 1, 2010.
 
We look forward to your active participation and support.  I am confident that our district will provide a dynamic, comprehensive and meaningful program to meet your child's educational needs.
 
Sincerely,
Lydia E. Furnari, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
 
PARCC Update
Please click HERE for an important update on the PARCC Assessment.
Notice of Vacancy on the Franklin Lakes Board of Education
NOTICE OF VACANCY ON THE FRANKLIN LAKES BOARD OF EDUCATION
 
The Franklin Lakes Board of Education has announced that a Board seat is available due to the  resignation of Christine Christopoul.  The Board plans to fill this vacancy by appointment, which appointment  will run through the next reorganization of the Board on or about January 2016.
 
If you are a registered voter in the Franklin Lakes School District seeking to serve in this position, please submit your letter of interest and list of qualifications or resume to Michael J. Solokas, Business Administrator/Board Secretary by 12:00 noon on Friday, February 6, 2015.  The legal requirements to become a member of a local board of education in New Jersey are set forth in N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1 and Franklin Lakes Board of Education Bylaw 9113.
 
Letters can be delivered in person or mailed to 490 Pulis Avenue, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 or by e-mail to msolokas@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us.  Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Education at  a public meeting on February 10, 2015 in accordance with the procedures contained in Franklin Lakes Board of Education Bylaw 9113.
 
If you have questions about Board of Education service  please feel free to e-mail the Board of Education at BOE@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us.
2015 Bright Horizons Information Sessions
Bright Horizons Early Learning Center is a preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds.  The Franklin Lakes School District will be holding two information sessions for parents of prospective students on the following dates:

January 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM
January 15, 2015 at 4:00 PM

The information sessions will be held at High Mountain Road School, 765 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes.  Registration opens to current Bright Horizons families on January 5, to Franklin Lakes Residents on January 26, and to all other FLOW area residents on February 2, 2015.  Click HERE for more information.
Camp Invention is Returning to CRS!
Camp Invention is returning to CRS this summer for two weeks:  July 13-17, 2015 and July 20-24, 2015. Sign up for either one week or two weeks by March 20, 2015 and receive a $25.00 discount!  Click HERE to access the flyer. 
 
Year 2 District and School HIB Grade Report
Click HERE for the Year 2 District and School HIB Grade Report.
School Announcements
Marking Period Extension
Due to the storm,  FAMS will extend Marking Period 2 until January 29th.  Therefore, Report Cards will not be posted on Parent Access until February 4th.  Subsequent marking period dates may be adjusted as we progress through the year.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Marking Period 2 Benchmark Assessment Schedule

Marking Period 2
 
 
Grade 6
Assessments
Grade 7
Assessments
Grade 8
Assessments
LA
Jan. 7
Jan. 22-23
Jan. 15-16
Math
Jan. 16
Jan. 26
Jan. 21
Science
Jan. 22
Jan. 20
Jan. 26
SS
Jan. 21
Jan. 21
Jan. 22
WL
N/A
Jan. 22
Jan. 22

 
Students/Patriots of the Month

FAMS would like to congratulate our Students and Patriots of the Month for December. 

The Student and Patriot of the Month program provides recognition for students who exhibit positive behaviors and exemplary performance.  Selected students will receive a certificate and a congratulatory breakfast sponsored by the FAMS PTA for their accomplishments.
 
  Student of the Month Patriot of the Month
6th Cayla Coleburn Kathryn Collins
  Grace Lim Thomas King
7th Sherief Elrafei Kali Lospinoso
  Kaitlyn Skamas Guilia Marasco
8th Helen Jennings Jada Morgan
  Sidney Strickland Anthony Procida

 
CEP Promising Practice Award
Each year, as part of the Schools of Character program, the Character Education Partnership recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies.  I am proud to announce that Franklin Avenue Middle School has received a National Promising Practice award in 2014 for the Living Lessons program.

Living Lessons is a community-wide program that was funded by FLEF, FAMS PTA, FLEA, and the Municipal Alliance and helped students, staff, and volunteers to realize the importance of reaching out to others, embracing their differences, respecting diversity, and learning how to deal with and overcome challenges by exploring stereotypes, prejudices, bias, discrimination, and noting how people have risen above these hardships to succeed in life.  Living Lessons has been a part of FAMS since 2012 and is offered on an every other year basis.  It is our sincere hope that this fantastic program and collection of presenters continues to touch the lives of the children and adults in Franklin Lakes for years to come.
Sports Update

Cheerleading:  See Miss Coviello

Basketball -  See Coach Slade or Miss McClure
Soccer -  *See Mr. Livesey or Mrs. Banta

Volleyball -  See Mr. Tuttle

 
FAMS Daily Bulletin
*HEADLINE NEWS :

January 16 - YEARBOOK ORDER DEADLINE! WWW.JOSTENSYEARBOOKS.COM
January 29 - Heroes and Cool Kids (per. 1)

*REMINDER TO ALL STUDENTS:  You should ALWAYS be prepared to go outside for recess everyday. Students must go to their lockers before arriving in the MPR with all the items that you will need.

LOST & FOUND - If you have lost school supplies, clothes, a lunchbox, or other personal items, PLEASE stop in the office.


Attention students:

We remind all students to examine their clothing choices each morning before arrival to school. Be reminded that FAMS has guidelines that can answer your questions regarding appropriateness of attire. We all appreciate your cooperation. Stop by the office with any questions.
 

Some reminders about school procedures:

  1. Please arrive to school on time! Attendance is taken at 8:05.
  2. Remember we only allow walking in the hallways. Safety first!
  3. Follow all bus safety rules. There are no assigned seats.
  4. Notice the rotation for recess for the first marking period. It is posted in all homerooms and of course the MPR. We will only use the rotation when the weather is warm enough to go outside.
  5. If you plan to leave the MPR for any reason at lunch time, you MUST sign out first. If you will be with a teacher, you will need to show a pass!
  6. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted to be used throughout the day.

*Note that the school store is open to students during their lunch periods on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays.  Snacks are available for .75 cents.  Please do not bring in bills larger than $5.00 as we are not able to make change.

  • When students arrive to school in bad weather, you will be waiting inside the building until the 8:00 am bell.  All students will enter through the door by the gym and then proceed to the following locations:
    • 6th grade - front hall by Rooms 157 and 158
    • 7th grade - MPR
    • 8th grade - gym lobby

REMINDERS ABOUT LUNCH ROOM PROCEDURES:
STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BRING SCHOOL BAGS,
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>You must go to your locker before arriving in the MPR for lunch.  Bring everything you will need for lunch, including money and jackets.  Students will not be permitted to return to their lockers.  Please do not go anywhere without signing out.
> If going to Alternate Lunch or the Library, remember your sign-out number and use the same number when signing in at your destination. Alternate Lunch eats in the Alt. Lunch room, Library eats in MPR-no food is allowed in the Library.
> If parent is dropping off your lunch, it is your responsibility to look for you lunch in the white basket near the stage.  If you need assistance, ask an adult for help.
> Remember that students must adhere to the guidelines regarding bags and backpacks and dress code.  If you have any questions, please stop by the office.
"The FAMS library is closed both before and after school. No student is allowed to be in the library without a teacher present.

COMPUTER LAB
- Is open in room 225
*Before school at 7:15 am 
*After school until 3:30 pm


CLUBS:
  • Animal Club - will begin Wednesday, January 14th, in Room 210, from 3:00 - 3:30 pm.  Please arrange for prompt pick-up.
  • Book Club - will meet in room 144 until 3:45
  • Chemisrty Club - Meetings in room 210
  • Drama Club - "Fidler on The Roof"- Cast list is located on the window in the main office.  Please see Miss Stein or Miss Kayser.
  • Art Club Mrs. Behrens
  • Book Club - Meeting on January 6th from 3:00 - 3:45 pm.  We will read Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, chapters 1-7.  (meets on Tuesdays).  See Ms. Glemboski with questions.
  • Environmental Club - Will meet 1-2 Tuesdays a month after school in room 237 until 3:30. All grades are welcome. See Ms. Antonison for details. 
  • Photography Club - The club will be meeting on Wednesdays during October and November from 3:00-3:30 pm.  This club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Bring your cell phone or digital camera.  There also are school cameras available to borrow.  See Mr. V. for more info!
  • Tennis - Contact Mr. Colón
GT ART -  
  • 7th Grade meets on Day 1
  • 8th Grade meets on Day 2

MUSIC:
  • BAND/CHORUS:   Boys' Chorus is open to any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade boy 
  • VOCAL MUSIC  -  
Handbells:  
  • 6th Grade, meets on Tuesday and Thursday (during lunch)
  • 7th Grade meets on Day 2
  • 8th Grade meets on Day 1
Sign out of of the lunch room and bring your lunch to Room 114.
SPORTS:  See Our Athletics Page
 
Basketball - Boys & Girls Schedule
 
Cheerleading See Miss. Coviello for further information. 
 
For Full Schedules and field directions please visit our Athletics page
 
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