Factory Shoals Middle School

Factory Shoals Middle School

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Since: Nov 08

I'm a Georgia Gal!

#1 Feb 5, 2009
Does anybody have comments on FSMS? My firstborn will be attending next school year, and I'm not particularly liking what I'm hearing. As Stevie Ray Vaughan says, "I got a real bad feeling...."

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#2 Feb 5, 2009
Kindred Spirit wrote:
Does anybody have comments on FSMS? My firstborn will be attending next school year, and I'm not particularly liking what I'm hearing. As Stevie Ray Vaughan says, "I got a real bad feeling...."
Middle school is hard from any angle. Just stay on top of whats going on.Maybe volunteer if you have the time.

Since: Feb 08

Douglasville, Georgia

#3 Feb 5, 2009
Loose Connection has the right idea.

I've successfully seen two children through middle school....I'm middle grades certified as well.

They are a rare breed. By that I mean the kids as well as their teachers.:) Just remember...it's not elementary school. Stay involved, but what I mean by that is stay in close contact with your child's teachers through email, grades online, etc. Volunteering by working every fundraiser, holding a PTA office, attending every little function isn't as important as staying on top of what is going on in your kid's various classes. Keep those lines of communication open with you child too.

If your child has never experienced more than one teacher it might be a good idea to have a conference with all of the teachers AND your child early in the year to go over procedures, etc. so YOU are aware. Most middle grade teachers provide students with class syllabus, so make sure you read those as well.

My students had as many as three teachers and we always welcomed parents to come in and go over procedures and expectations with us. Those were the kids we rarely had issues with.

I had one child go through public ms and one that experienced private ms. No matter what it is a crazy time with lots of changes and lots of issues.

Since: Feb 08

Douglasville, Georgia

#4 Feb 5, 2009
Sorry for the typos....

“I know, right!”

Since: Nov 08

I'm a Georgia Gal!

#5 Feb 5, 2009
Loose connection and EHT, thank you SO much. After reading both of your ideas, I have decided to contact the school and see about volunteering every Friday. Is this a good idea? Or, should it be more like PTA-type volunteering. But, as EHT said, not so much PTA stuff as much as staying on top of things.
Thank you SO much for the GREAT advice. I am taking these ideas VERY seriously and plan to do exactly as you guys suggest.
Yes, it is an emotional time. I'm finding it just as emotional as when she had to go into daycare for the first time while I got some on-the-job training before I could qualify to work at home. I'm at tears just thinking about my precious angel in that overwhelming environment!
One thing for sure, we are going to start shopping soon, even though the family budget is very tight right now, so that we can have her wearing some really confident clothese for this time. Among other things, she's hard to buy for, being between kid and teenage sizes!:)

Thanks SO much for listening and helping me with this. Teach, hope you're feeling a little better. We're all thinking about you!:)
elementaryhistoryteacher wrote:
Loose Connection has the right idea.
I've successfully seen two children through middle school....I'm middle grades certified as well.
They are a rare breed. By that I mean the kids as well as their teachers.:) Just remember...it's not elementary school. Stay involved, but what I mean by that is stay in close contact with your child's teachers through email, grades online, etc. Volunteering by working every fundraiser, holding a PTA office, attending every little function isn't as important as staying on top of what is going on in your kid's various classes. Keep those lines of communication open with you child too.
If your child has never experienced more than one teacher it might be a good idea to have a conference with all of the teachers AND your child early in the year to go over procedures, etc. so YOU are aware. Most middle grade teachers provide students with class syllabus, so make sure you read those as well.
My students had as many as three teachers and we always welcomed parents to come in and go over procedures and expectations with us. Those were the kids we rarely had issues with.
I had one child go through public ms and one that experienced private ms. No matter what it is a crazy time with lots of changes and lots of issues.

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#6 Feb 5, 2009
I would like to mention one thing. Middle school is very social and I would suggest you help her to develop her own style and not be dependent on what others are wearing,saying or doing. Join in the fun but keep her own values and personality. Take a deep breath mom, she will be in high school before you know it.

Since: Feb 08

Douglasville, Georgia

#7 Feb 5, 2009
Every school has a different set-up regarding volunteering. Check with the front office at your child's school to get the info you need. Volunteers in ms are rarely placed in the classrooms with their own children. Expect to help in the office, the media center, or even with a student mentoring program (if the school has one).

Volunteering is a great way to make friends with school staff over and above just those staff members who work with your child. You can find out so much about the school and how things work by making those contacts.

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#8 Feb 8, 2009
Kindred Spirit wrote:
Does anybody have comments on FSMS? My firstborn will be attending next school year, and I'm not particularly liking what I'm hearing. As Stevie Ray Vaughan says, "I got a real bad feeling...."
I work within the school system and have not heard anything much about FSMS.

Are you a volunteer/PTA officer at your elementary school now? If so, please remember that it could be very different at FSMS. My son was at Yeager, so that's where my information comes from. I was always very involved in elementary---PTA officer every year, etc. It was much different at YMS. I honestly never felt very welcome. I tried in 6th and 7th to be involved, but just didn't get involved at all in 8th. Maybe I was just burned out.

Over all, my son's years in middle school were good. There was never any serious problems. He had some great teachers.

I just think it was hard for ME to accept the change from elementary to middle. He handled it much, much better.

Your child will be just fine. Encourage extracurricular activities, keep in touch with teachers, stay involved. You'll BOTH be fine.

daw

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#9 Feb 9, 2009
Kindred Spirit wrote:
Does anybody have comments on FSMS? My firstborn will be attending next school year, and I'm not particularly liking what I'm hearing. As Stevie Ray Vaughan says, "I got a real bad feeling...."
My youngest boys wife works there as a speech therapist.You want me to find out what is going on with this School?
Kindred Spirit

Lithia Springs, GA

#10 Feb 10, 2009
That be real cool. I'd have to buy you a beer so we could discuss the matter!:) Could he use a volunteer?
daw wrote:
<quoted text> My youngest boys wife works there as a speech therapist.You want me to find out what is going on with this School?
PBNJ

Carrollton, GA

#11 Feb 10, 2009
If parents would be just that, Parents instead of their kids buddy and pal maybe the kids would not be in the shape that they are today. It starts early but really shows up in middle school.

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#12 Feb 10, 2009
PBNJ wrote:
If parents would be just that, Parents instead of their kids buddy and pal maybe the kids would not be in the shape that they are today. It starts early but really shows up in middle school.
Amen!

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#13 Feb 11, 2009
How about some ideas about how to survive in the days to come. A lot of people are going to have to change their ways.
I will be making a list of what I need from the store and sticking to it.
Trying to eat better and lose weight so I won't have to go to the Dr. except for emergency's.
I read this somewhere and it will be my motto.

Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without

Since: Jul 08

Douglasville

#14 Feb 11, 2009
OOP' sorry I meant to start a new thread.

daw

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#15 Feb 11, 2009
Kindred Spirit wrote:
That be real cool. I'd have to buy you a beer so we could discuss the matter!:) Could he use a volunteer?
<quoted text>
I think you meant her..You know the job he has..lol
Kindred Spirit

Lithia Springs, GA

#16 Feb 11, 2009
Didn't know I was being graded. Sorry, I had to go pick up the kids and the Alli was kicking in, so I had about 30 seconds to go potty big time and get to the school on time. Just trying to get it typed so I could get on with the more important things in life. I was thinking about your sons.
daw wrote:
<quoted text> I think you meant her..You know the job he has..lol

“I know, right!”

Since: Nov 08

I'm a Georgia Gal!

#17 Feb 11, 2009
I'm cranky spanky today, so ignore me if I seem cranky. Hell yeah, does HE need a volunteer? That would be the coolest job ever! I could dress up all slutty and hit the streets! Woo hoo, I'm excited just thinking about it - bad boys and tough cops. Time to peel me off the ceiling!:)
daw wrote:
<quoted text> I think you meant her..You know the job he has..lol

daw

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#18 Feb 11, 2009
Kindred Spirit wrote:
I'm cranky spanky today, so ignore me if I seem cranky. Hell yeah, does HE need a volunteer? That would be the coolest job ever! I could dress up all slutty and hit the streets! Woo hoo, I'm excited just thinking about it - bad boys and tough cops. Time to peel me off the ceiling!:)
<quoted text>
I wish I could hook you up with the proceeds.But I will talk to my daighter in law and get back with yoy.Pretty funny he would like you.

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