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Need to Know Parent Info - From Your PTO

 The FFMS PTO supports teachers and students throughout the school year. The document below addresses some frequently asked questions.

 

Need-to-Know INFO.

From

FFMS P. T. O.

2018-2019

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Family Members,

 

On behalf of the First Flight Middle School PTO, welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We are excited to introduce our new principal, Diane Childress, and our new assistant principal, Curtis Price. Both Diane and Curtis bring administrative and classroom experience to FFMS, and we are eager for the many changes they are initiating in our school, including improved communication between students, teachers, parents and administrators. This summer, they met with every teacher and staff member in the school to discuss the future of FFMS. As Ms. Childress stated during our first PTO meeting, “The classroom isn’t the only place where students learn. The school and everyone in it contribute to an environment of learning.” Your PTO is excited to participate and promote this vision! We’re all in this together for the benefit of the children. You can join the PTO by picking up a form in the front office, online through the school’s website, or through our Facebook page. Just click on Sign Up: https://www.facebook.com/FirstFlightMiddleSchool/

Here, you will find the following resources:  a calendar of events, a listing of staff and teachers, email addresses, academic testing dates, staff/teacher appreciation dates, as well as a listing of clubs, sports, music programs, scheduled performances, information about AVID, AIG, Chromebooks, Parent Portal, Hawk Time and more.

Contact Us: You can contact any of our educators for academic questions or any of our PTO board members with other questions.

Main School Office Phone: 252.441.8888   FFMS PTO Email: FFMSPTO@gmail.com

 

First Flight Middle School Staff

2018-2019

Main Phone Line:  252.441.8888 Fax Line:  252.441.7694

Doors Open at 8:10 am – Home base Bell at 8:30 am – Dismissal at 3:30 pm

 

Administrative Positions

Position

Name

E-mail

Principal

Diane Childress

childressdi@daretolearn.org

Assistant Principal

Curtis Price

pricecu@daretolearn.org

Receptionist

Stacey Jones

jonesst@daretolearn.org

Guidance Counselor

Jessica Brown

brownje@daretolearn.org

Guidance Counselor

Holly Gibbons

gibbonsho@daretolearn.org

Finance Officer

Sharen Etheridge

Etheridgesh@daretolearn.org

Data Manager

Terry Wingenroth

wingenrothte@daretolearn.org

Cafeteria Manager

Donna Hala

halado@daretolearn.org

Head Custodian

Katrina Lyons

lyonska@daretolearn.org

Technology Coordinator

Landra Cartwright

cartwrightla@daretolearn.org

Media

Elaine Marrion

marrionel@daretolearn.org

Media Assistant

Connie Hathaway

hathawayco@daretolearn.org

 

6th Grade Teaching Team

Class

Name

E-mail

English Language Arts (ELA)

Tracy Jones

jonestr@daretolearn.org

English Language Arts (ELA) and AVID

Ricki Stewart

stewartri@daretolearn.org

Honors English Language Arts (ELA)

Sarah Dutton

duttonsa@daretolearn.org

English Language Arts (ELA)

Sandra Wilson

wilsonsa@daretolearn.org

Math

Rosemary Gibson

gibsonro@daretolearn.org

Math

Marianne Lowe (Teaching Lead)

lowema@daretolearn.org

Science

Stacy Hanf

hanfst@daretolearn.org

Science

Leslie Wiles

wilesle@daretolearn.org

Social Studies

Maureen Clark

clarkma@daretolearn.org

Social Studies

Carolyn Fifield

fifieldca@daretolearn.org

 

7th Grade Teaching Team

Class

Name

E-mail

English Language Arts (ELA)

Lisa Pfuhl

pfuhlli@daretolearn.org

English Language Arts (ELA)

Kathy Heinrich

heinrichka@daretolearn.org

English Language Arts (ELA)

Sarah Dutton

duttonsa@daretolearn.org

ELA Honors

Colleen Vaughan

vaughanco@daretolearn.org

Math

Teresa Twyne

twynete@daretolearn.org

Math

Joy Ogburn

Ogburnjo@daretolearn.org

Science

Jake Bryson

brysonja@daretolearn.org

Science

John Welch

welchjo@daretolearn.org

Social Studies

Tifanie Kingston

kingstonti@daretolearn.org

Social Studies

Tim Shytle (Teaching Lead)

shytleti@daretolearn.org

8th Grade Teaching Team

English Language Arts (ELA)

Annette Fermahin

Fermahinan@daretolearn.org

English Language Arts (ELA)

Tierney Martin

Martinti@daretolearn.org

Honors English Language Arts

Colleen Vaughan

vaughanco@daretolearn.org

Math

Jessica Folkes

folkesje@daretolearn.org

Math

Maria Wise

wisema@daretolearn.org

Science

Sarah Adams

adamssa@daretolearn.org

Science

Debbie Dickerson

dickersonde@daretolearn.org

Social Studies

Clint Baron

baroncl@daretolearn.org

Social Studies

Suzanne Blackstock (Teaching Lead)

blackstocksu@daretolearn.org

Exceptional Children (EC) Teaching Team

Class

Name

E-mail

EC Educator

Alyssa Hannon

Hannonal@daretolearn.org

EC Educator

Anita Gorruso

gorrusoan@daretolearn.org

EC Educator

Gigi Ward

wardgi@daretolearn.org

EC Educator

Megan Fortune

fortuneme@daretolearn.org

EC Educator

Karen Lewis

lewiska@daretolearn.org

EC Educator

Kelsey Ludolph

ludolphke@daretolearn.org

EC Educator

Corinne McClain

Mcclainco@daretolearn.org

EC Educator Assistant

Martha Daniels

danielsma@daretolearn.org

EC Educator Assistant

Cyndi Prager

pragercy@daretolearn.org

EC Educator Assistant

Kim McGee

marescabi@daretolearn.org

 

Exploratory and Other Teaching Teams

Class

Name

E-mail

Athletic Director/PE

Meredith Harris (Athletic Director)

Harrisme@daretolearn.org

Physical Education

Soloman Dixon

dixonso@daretolearn.org

Physical Education

Wes Creef

creefwe@daretolearn.org

Physical Education

Kim Young

youngki@daretolearn.org

Physical Education

Kristy Wescott

wescottkr@daretolearn.org  

Chorus

John Buford

bufordjo@daretolearn.org

Band

Robert Lamberg

lambergro@daretolearn.org

Art

Jennifer Stewart

stewartje@daretolearn.org

ESL

Anne Pipkin

pipkinan@daretolearn.org

Spanish

Adam Chacon

chaconad@daretolearn.org

Theater Arts

AJ Adams

adamsaj@daretolearn.org

Technology

Pete Rudolph

rudolphpe@daretolearn.org

CTE – Career & Tech Ed.

Wanda Jordan (Teaching Lead)

jordanwa@daretolearn.org

CTE – Career & Tech Ed.

Mary Jo Smith

smithma@daretolearn.org

Career Development

Debbie Poland

polandde@daretolearn.org

In Focus

Allison Sholar

sholaral@daretolearn.org



 

2017-2018 – FFMS PTO Calendar of Events:

PTO Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month: (All Welcome to Attend - Meetings held at 8:00 AM in Main Office Conference Room)

September 4th: Back to School Night, 6-7:30 pm. Meet in the gym.

 

PTO Hospitality coordinates and provides lunch coverage for teachers on a monthly basis – this is an easy and most appreciated way to give back – Look under volunteer options to sign-up on the FFMS website PTO section.  E-mails will also be sent.

Sign-in at the front office and report to the cafeteria Time: 11:10 AM– 1pm

  • September 18

  • October 16

  • November 20

  • December 11 (This is also the Holiday Lunch for Teachers that the PTO/Parents provide)

  • January 15

  • February 19

  • March 19

  • April 9

  • May 7

 

 

PTO Hospitality provides Teacher/Staff Appreciation for the following events.  The dates are listed below. Requests for food and volunteers will be sent out.

Please look for opportunities to sign-up via the FFMS PTO section and email requests

  • September 4 – Feed the teachers before back to school night!

  • December 11 – Holiday Lunch for Teachers

  • February 14 – Sweet Teacher Day

  • May 7th  - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

 

FFMS is participating in a School Improvement Team Initiative: SIT. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meetings will be held in the media center at 3:45 pm on 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7

FFMS Important Academic Dates: due to inclement weather, dates may change.

Report Cards will be sent home with students, envelopes must be parent signed and returned to home base teacher

EOG/EOC Tentative Testing Dates

Numerous Volunteers are needed – Please contact School Counselor Holly Gibbons @ Gibbonsho@daretolearn.org to volunteer

Interim Reports

Report Cards

Tentative Testing dates are scheduled:  

 

May 28-June 10, 2019: PLEASE make sure your child is present and well rested. Thank you!

September 27

November 2

December 5

January 25

February 22

April 5

May 10

Mailed end of year

 

Clubs & Activities: Information will come home as clubs begin. Make sure to ask your child about clubs that he/she might be interested in joining.

 

FFMS Sports

Athletic Director Contact:  Mrs. Harris – Harrisme@daretolearn.org

Football  7 &8th  Grades Only (fall)

Girls Basketball (winter)

Soccer (fall)

Cheerleading (fall and winter)

Baseball (spring)

Track (spring)

Boys Basketball (winter)

Softball (spring)

Golf  ( fall)

Wrestling (winter)

Volleyball (fall)

 

 

Tryout information for fall, winter, and spring sports is emailed home two weeks before tryouts begin. Information is also included during morning announcements. A current physical is required to play. Forms can be found on the FFMS website.

 

Games: The cost to attend FFMS athletic games is $5. This money supports our teams.

 

AVID at FFMS

Faculty Contact:  Ms. Stewart at stewartri@daretolearn.org Advancement Via Individual Determination is a program that weaves a web of support from peers, teachers, and family members. During exploratory time, students receive specific assistance on academic concepts, review instruction, seek clarification, and complete assignments. This time allows all students access to informational and technological resources at school.

 

AIG at FFMS

Faculty Contact:  Mrs. Vaughan at vaughanco@daretolearn.org

Students identified as Academically and Intellectually Gifted receive their differentiated education accommodations in Honors courses where students are clustered with other AIG students and honors students. For more information, please contact your child’s AIG facilitator.

 

What is HAWK TIME?

Hawk Time is the last 33 minutes of the day. This year, the goal is to make HAWK time a more instructional period for students to meet with teachers and volunteers.

 

National Junior Honor Society

Inductions into the National Junior Honor Society take place during eighth grade; NJHS Qualifications for induction: Cumulative grade of 95% or higher in 7th grade and good behavior.

 

Powerschool/Parent Portal

On the FFMS website http://ffm.daretolearn.org, there is a link to register for the Parent Portal. Here, you can access your child’s grades and attendance. If you have forgotten your Username or Password, you are able to reset both. If you have difficulty, please contact Landra Cartwright, cartwrightla@daretolearn.org

 

Chromebooks

Your child is issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the school year to be used for educational purposes. A $25 insurance fee is required if he/she wishes to take the Chromebook home. Chromebooks are turned back in at the end of each school year.

 

Lunch and Pre-payments:

Your student can bring his or her own lunch or you may pre-purchase lunches using the following system; there is a link on our website: K-12 payment center.

 

Bus Schedules:

Should you have any questions on bus schedules or need additional information, please contact Curtis Price at pricecu@daretolearn.org.

 

On behalf of the FFMS Parent Teacher Organization, we hope this will be a handy resource. If you have any suggestions for what we might include/add next year, please email FFMSPTO@gmail.com. (If we’ve made any mistakes here, please shoot us an email. We have the best intentions.)


 

We look forward to a great year!