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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
- Board Candidate's Night
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- BoE Executive Session
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
- BoE Regular Meeting
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
School Announcements
Week of Respect
FAMS Week of Respect
October 5 - 9, 2015
The Anti-Bullying Bills of Rights Act designates the week beginning the first Monday in October of each year as a “Week of Respect” in the entire state of New Jersey. School districts are directed to observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing harassment, intimidation, or bullying.  In this light, below are the FAMS activities for The Week of Respect.
**All week – a daily quote will be read on FAMS live centering around respect, tolerance and caring for others**
Monday, 10/5 - “National Blue Shirt Day- World Day of Bullying Prevention”
All students and staff are asked to wear a blue shirt today in honor of this national day. By wearing blue, the FAMS community is pledging to help bullying and cyber-bullying.
More information about this movement can be found on www.stompoutbullying.org
Camfel Productions Assembly
  • All grades will go to an assembly by Camfel Productions entitled, Be Amazing. This is a motivational program that highlights the importance of striving to be our best. Many people have the desire or want to be amazing without putting the work in to be truly amazing. Those who are amazing let their actions speak for them. These people are focused on their goals and help others achieve and be successful!
*This program addresses sensitive topics. Counselors will be available to students if necessary*
Tuesday, 10/6 – Dissolving Hate

Camfel Assembly Follow-up (extended homeroom) Teachers will use this time to discuss the follow-up questions from the Camfel assembly.
“Dissolving Hate” Activity (Lunchtime Activity)
  • During lunch periods, students can write down any “words of hate” on slips of paper with marker and toss them into a small pool at lunchtime.  As the words fade away in the water, students will feel the hurtful words symbolically disappear.
Wednesday,10/7 – Red, White & Blue Day
  • Students are asked to wear red, white, and blue to show respect for veterans & those in the armed forces as well as school spirit!
Letter Writing (Lunchtime Activity)
  • Students will have the opportunity to write thank you notes to service men and women during lunch periods
Thursday, 10/9 - “I Can Put An End to Bullying By..”
  • Students will write down in homeroom on sheet provided a way that they can help put an end to bullying. These will then be posted in an area in the school that all students can read and be remind of ways that they can help others.
Friday, 10/10 – Team Up Against Bullying
Students can wear sports team shirts/or jerseys to school this day.
PLC Dance-a-Thon
Friday, October 23rd
6pm - 9pm

Please join us for PLC's largest fundraiser of the year! Your donations will help support over 25 different local and national service organizations. The dance is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. There will be food, drinks, games, your friends, and prizes given away all night long! Everything you need to know can be found in the dance-a-thon packet. Simply bring your donation packet to the dance and help FAMS make a difference!

Picture Re-Take Day
Please note that Picture Re-Take Day will be Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Teacher Sites and Calendars
Teachers will maintain a Google Site where parents and students can view homework and receive important updates, while students will be given access to an individual Google Classroom for each subject where they will receive all pertinent class information digitally.  Parents can find the individual teacher pages by clicking on a teacher’s name in the Meet Our Staff section of the FAMS Website.  Additionally, parents who are interested in accessing and subscribing to a specific or multiple teachers’ class calendars, please see this Direction Sheet.
FAMS Conference Schedule
FAMS would like to invite you to sign up for teacher conference times which will be done on a first-come, first served basis throughout the school year including the evening conferences on Thursday, December 3, 2015.   These times will remain posted for all parents to see, however teacher conference times are extremely limited and need to be scheduled online in advance following the directions below:
  • Click here: http://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Franklin_Avenue_Middle_School
  • Select the appropriate teacher(s)
  • Fill in the required information
  • An email will be sent with a link to select a conference time
  • Click on the available conference time
  • Click ‘Confirm Selection’ at the bottom of the page
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided
Only parents that make an appointment will be able to meet with teachers during conference times.

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
Click here for link to directions for all athletic events:

If you plan to participate in any sports you must contact Mrs. Vinci to submit health records.
FAMS Daily Bulletin
*Important Dates :

October 7 - 9:   Frost Valley Trip (6th Grade)

For sports information, see Athletic Schedules and Direction link on the side bar.  
Click here for link to directions to athletic events.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hartman or stop in the music room!

From the Nurse's Office:


*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 each 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

>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.

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

  • Animal Club - see Miss Mora
  • Book Club -
  • Chemisrty Club -
  • Drama Club - Please see Miss Stein or Miss Kayser.
  • Art Club Mrs. Behrens
  • Environmental Club -
  • Photography Club - See Mr. V. for more info!
  • Tennis -
  • Year Book - Miss Burnup & Mr. Colon
GT ART -  
  • 7th Grade meets on Day 1
  • 8th Grade meets on Day 2

2015-2016 CHORUS: (click for registration form) The 7th & 8th Grade Concert Choir is open to all students and meets during the school day rotating with your physical education period.  Forms are available from Mrs. Hartman and in the main office.
  • VOCAL MUSIC  -  
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade meets day 2
  • 8th Grade
Sign out of of the lunch room and bring your lunch to Room 114.
SPORTS:  See Our Athletics Page

For Full Schedules and field directions please visit our Athletics page
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