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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
School Announcements
FAMS Spirit Week - February 8-12

Starting on Monday, February 8 and continuing all week, FAMS will be hosting a SPIRIT WEEK. 
Students are expected to follow the dress code and all items must be school appropriate and not take away from the educational process.  However, the week is meant to be fun for the students and I hope everyone will get involved.


FAMS Spirit Week 2016!!

Monday 2/8

Represent your grade level by wearing your color!
6th Grade - RED
7th Grade – BLUE
8th Grade – WHITE

Tuesday 2/9

College Apparel Day
Support a college by wearing any college apparel! 

Wednesday 2/10

Pajama/Sweatpants Day
Come to school sporting your coolest pair of pajama pants or sweat pants!

Thursday 2/11

Crazy Hair / Hat Day
Come to school with your craziest hairstyle or wacky hat!


Friday 2/12

Sports Pride Day
Toss on those jerseys or any team apparel to support your favorite sports team!

FAMS: A Closer Look
FAMS is truly a wonderful place for children and our staff does a phenomenal job of offering an array of innovative and exciting programs.  In order to provide the community with a glimpse into the world of FAMS, we plan to provide various videos of classroom activities throughout the school year.  Our first video comes from Mr. Seth Livesey, and the TV Media course offered to all 8th grade students, known more popularly as FAMS Live
Please enjoy our first installment of FAMS: A Closer Look
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 Olivia Nieporte Gabrielle Nieporte
  Julia Wowkun Monica Pineiro
7th Samuel Raji Megan Schneider
  Julian Podell Mia Sabino
8th Kaya Lee Lina Giampa
  Christian Horgan Jaqueline Wilchek

Marking Period 2 Benchmark Assessment Schedule

Marking Period 2
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Jan. 20
Jan. 19-20
Jan. 21-22
Jan. 26
Jan. 27
Jan. 15
Jan. 14
Jan. 26
Jan. 19
Jan. 21
Jan. 25
Jan. 25
Jan. 21
Jan. 20

FAMS Girls Soccer Team Wins Championship!
The girls soccer team had a tremendous season winning the middle school Championship against Park Ridge with a score of 5-1. Emilia Capozzi scored within the first 3 minutes of the game. Guilia Marasco had back to back assists crossing the ball into Kaitlyn Skamis.  And Emerson Elgin also scored two goals to put the championship in the bag.  All the girls played such an awesome game and were determined to walk off the field as Champions. The Patriots ended their season with a record of 11-2-1.  This is the first championship for a FAMS girls' team in over 10 years.

Congratulations to Coach Banta and the Patriots!!
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.
Sports Update
Click here for link to directions for all athletic events:

12/8 - Boys Basketball is away at Martin J. Ryseron Middle School/Ringwood, NJ on Bear Mt. Road.

12/15 - Basketball game VS. Oakland (Girls away - Boys home)

If you plan to participate in any sports you must contact Mrs. Vinci to submit health records.
FAMS Daily Bulletin
Drama Club
GT Art -   
Music -
Sports -

    Stage Crew - Next Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 3:00 - 3:15 pm in the MPR for pictures and a brief meeting
    FAMS Talent Show - Feb. 12th - Special Bell Schedule (PTA Bagel Snack in the gym, Periods 4,5,6)
    Music -     
    Sports -  March Madness rosters were due to Coach Slade by Friday, Feb. 5th
*Important Dates :
February 12 - Minimum day for students
February 15 & 16 - President's Weekend (Schools are closed)
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!

Conferences:  If you would like to set up a conference with your child's teacher please go to https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Franklin_Avenue_Middle_School
From the Nurse's Office:

No Report

*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

Art Club - Mrs. Behens
  • Animal Club - see Miss Mora
  • Art Club - Mrs. Behrens
  • Stem Club - Mrs. Antonison
  • Book Club -Ms. Burnup
  • Chemisrty Club - Ms. Mora
  • Drama Club - Please see Miss Stein or Miss Kayser.
  • Environmental Club -
  • Photography Club - See Mr. V. for more info!
  • 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  -  
Handbells:  Meets during lunch periods.
  • 6th Grade meets Tuesday & Thursday
  • 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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