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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
2014 BC Teacher Recognition Awards
Click HERE to read about this year's Bergen County Teacher Recognition Award/Education Service Professional recipients.
Year 1 District and School HIB Grade Report
Click HERE for the Year 1 District and School HIB Grade Report.
School News and Views via Constant Contact
Welcome to good news updates about Franklin Lakes Public Schools via the Constant Contact direct email resource. In our continuing effort to meet the communication needs of our constituency, we look to publish messages from a variety of sources that will inform our school and general communities. Issues will provide information from our District office and our schools and also incorporate more from such sources as our Board of Education, school partners (e.g., PTA, FLEF, Borough), and student related town organizations (e.g., Recreation, Public Library, Municipal Alliance).

There is no need to click, search, or subscribe; the Constant Contact communication will come directly to you. Of course, you can unsubscribe from this resource at any time and then re-subscribe in the future. Enjoy!

Click HERE to get to the School News and Views Archive.
School Announcements
FAMS Coffee Chat
As we begin a new school year, I want to continue to keep the door of communication between school and home open.  To this end, I would like to cordially invite parents to a FAMS Coffee Chat. 
  • 6th Grade - September 30 - 9:30am
  • 7th Grade - October 1 - 9:30am
  • 8th Grade - October 2 - 9:30am
During this time, I would like to discuss my expectations and goals for the 2014-2015 school year, 1:1 Laptop Initiative, Aspen/Genesis Parent Access system, Common Core and curriculum changes, Character Education program, and answer any other pertinent questions.  This meeting will coincide with our Fall Book Fair and parents will be invited to view and purchase any books for the school year.  The PTA has worked with Scholastic to provide the students with a great opportunity to build their book collections.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at a FAMS Coffee Chat.
8th Grade Information Meeting
On Monday, September 29th, there will be two important information meetings regarding 8th grade students.  At 7:00PM, there will be an 8th Grade Trip parent meeting that will outline the details of the trip as well as the process for registering and payment.  Students will receive a registration packet this week during Homeroom.

Following this meeting, at 7:30PM, the FAMS Guidance staff will provide important information regarding the selection of a high school for next year.  Both meetings are extremely important and will provide a variety of information for parents.

Basketball and Cheerleading Physical Deadline
This is a reminder for all students interested in trying out for the Basketball or Cheerleading teams.  The deadline to hand in physicals to the FAMS Health Office for Basketball and Cheerleading is Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  No extensions will be given.

All students who participated in soccer or volleyball will need a new Part A of the physical form.  Part A is only valid for 60 days.  Physicals (Part B) are good for 365 days. The Physical form is posted on the FAMS Health Office Website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or see Mrs. Vinci.
(201) 891-0202 ext. 218 

Scholastic Book Fair
FAMS will be holding its Annual Fall Book Fair sponsored by the FAMS PTA from Tuesday-Thursday, September 30th - October 2nd sponsored by Scholastic.  Please note that all students will be brought to the Book Fair during Language Arts classes and are reminded to bring money to purchase any books or other materials.

Students and Parents may also purchase books off of the teacher's wishlist for the teacher's classroom.
FAMS Daily Bulletin


September 25 - No School/Rosh Hashanah

LOST & FOUND - If you have lost school supplies, clothes, a lunchbox, or other personal items, 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. Remember 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.
  7. Also, please leave all of your class materials in your locker when you come to lunch. 

*Note that the school store is open to students during their lunch periods on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays.  Snacks are available for .50/.75 cents.  Please do not bring in bills larger than $5.00 as we are not able to make change.

  • Students, when you 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 bring everything you will need for lunch to the MPR, 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

 GT ART -  
  • 7th Grade meets on Day 1
  • 8th Grade meets on Day 2

MUSIC: .... More Band Information coming soon

  • 6th Grade, please see Mrs. Hartman
  • 7th Grade meets on Day 21
  • 8th Grade meets on Day 1
Sign out of of the lunch room and bring your lunch to Room 114.
Volleyball - Game @ Rivervale 9/18 @4pm
Soccer - Game Boys home, Girls away vs. Rivervale 9/18 @ 4pm

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