Dear FMS educators, We celebrate how amazing you are every day; but this week is special. You change the lives of the children of our communities, and all of us at Farmington Municipal Schools thank you for your commitment to excellence and creativity in bringing excitement to the classroom. In a year where your profession has had to adjust to virtual and in-person classes, or a mixture of both, you have shown great resilience and adaptability to the challenges of educating our children during a pandemic, and you have done a magnificent job! As we take a moment to #ThankATeacher this week, make sure you continue to celebrate with your peers all of the wonderful things that are happening at our district. In closing, know that your investment in the future of our youth is appreciated throughout the community. Thank you, TEACHERS!
Reminder: FMS families, if your student will be in middle school or high school in the next academic year, please make sure they’ve completed their course requests for SY 22-23. Good luck!
March 26, 2022: Here are some photos of the last FIRE training with staff from Animas ES and McCormick ES. Both elementary schools received funding from the state last year and with it, the district planned four Saturdays of professional development for the teachers at those sites. FIRE or Farmington Instructors Recognizing Excellence included training on structured literacy with a focus on vocabulary instruction, along with follow-up presentations led by teacher leaders, motivating and inspiring students, and educator wellness. Today’s training with Dr. Anthony Muhammad included sharing best practices for Professional Learning Communities or PLCs, which are at the heart of the work our educators do. #SafeSupportiveAndCollaborativeCulture #EffectiveTeachingInEveryClassroom #RisingToExcellenceInEveryPursuit
FMS In The News: Nearly 77% of high school seniors graduated in 2021 despite pandemic related challenges. By Stephanie Muñiz, KOAT. Read more: https://www.koat.com/article/nearly-77-of-high-school-seniors-graduated-in-2021-despite-pandemic-related-challenges/39474099
March 14, 2022: We are excited to share information about our partnership with Peachjar to help us unite schools, parents, and communities in our collective mission to elevate student outcomes! Peachjar’s platform streamlines school-to-home communication by distributing valuable school and community resources directly to families as digital flyers. Peachjar organizes all important school and community information in one place! In addition to receiving emails from your school, look for the ‘Peachjar’ button or icon on your school website to view all active flyers. More to come.
February 26, 2022: Today’s FIRE training for Animas and McCormick Elementary focused on Educator Wellness. Teachers and staff took a dive into resources and engaged in activities like walking, yoga, and movement. FIRE training (Farmington Instructors Recognizing Excellence) also included author and speaker Dr. Tina Boogren in a session on educator wellness, and motivating and inspiring students. #SafeSupportiveAndCollaborativeCulture #EffectiveTeachingInEveryClassroom #RisingToExcellenceInEveryPursuit
The Board of Education’s Budget Sub-Committee met today to receive a detailed presentation by FMS Chief Financial Officer Bobbi Newland on the proposed 2022-23 school budget. More than 80 percent is connected to our classrooms, including important expansions to our art enrichment programs and Career and Technical Education. Also, the proposed budget includes an exciting pilot for a Virtual Program for 300 students in grades 6-12. Read more: https://district.fms.k12.nm.us/article/669190
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FMS families and staff, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham lifted the state’s mask mandate on February 17, 2022. Farmington Municipal Schools is making mask-wearing an option for students, staff, and community, effective immediately. This change also applies to after-school events and sports activities. All other COVID-safe practices or other requirements regarding testing or quarantining remain in effect. Individuals can choose whether or not to wear a mask at school or school events, based on local guidelines as well as personal preferences or other health factors. FMS would like to ask our community to remain respectful of students' and staff's choices with regards to wearing a mask.
Congratulations to the members of our staff who have been chosen as January’s Employees of the Month. See the full list here: https://district.fms.k12.nm.us/article/655689
Don’t miss the Navajo Project I-Launch‘s Traditional Winter Storytelling TODAY, Thursday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m. Join on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3gzXqi1 or call in: +1 720 707 2699.
Congratulations to all the winners of the FMS Science Fair and best of luck to the students that will participate in the San Juan Regional Science Fair on March 4-5, 2022. Kudos to our sponsors, judges, and organizers of this great event. You can see a full list of winners here: https://district.fms.k12.nm.us/article/650931. Student projects can be viewed here: https://immersiveeducation.org/spaces/science/fair. #RisingToExcellenceInEveryPursuit
Happy Monday! The FMS Instructional Focus Team would like to highlight the staff at Animas Elementary and McCormick Elementary for their great commitment on February 22 while attending FIRE training (FMS Instructors Recognizing Excellence). Staff learned more about Structured Literacy with a focus on vocabulary instruction. Dr. Mike Ruyle from Marzano Resources presented to the teams, along with follow-up presentations led by teacher leaders. Great work! The IFT is composed of Curriculum, Support Services, Leadership, Multicultural, EPO, Data, and Technology departments.
January 31 is "Inspire Your Heart With Art Day," FMS! Inspire Your Heart With Art Day celebrates all forms of art and the effect it has on your life. Celebrate with us by taking this week to be intentional about exploring the many genres of art and reflecting on how the arts inspire, encourage, and touch your life. #InspireYourHeartWithArtDay #WeAreFMS
On the next edition of FMS Rising, Superintendent Dr. Eugene Schmidt will welcome new School Board President Stephanie Thompson, newly elected School Board Member Andra Stradling, and musical guest Aspyn Kaskalla (Hermosa Middle School, Heartbeat Musical Project). Tune in next week. #WeAreFMS
Have your say, FMS! Answer our brief K-5 Student Dining Survey and help us provide you with the best school dining program possible. Follow this link to begin: https://surveymonkey.com/r/ElemStudentDining
Farmington Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Eugene Schmidt announced his plans to retire in a video message to staff, following a career in education of more than forty years. Read more: https://district.fms.k12.nm.us/article/621260
Quick programming note: Dr. Eugene Schmidt will be on KSJE 90.9 FM with Scott Michlin on Thursday, December 23, at 8:00 a.m. The Superintendent will be joined by Amber Valencia, Farmington Preschool Academy East Teacher and PED State Ambassador. They will discuss teaching and what’s ahead for FMS in 2022, among other important topics. Tune in!
Do you have a disability or need help with special ed? The Office of the Special Education Ombud can help! They advocate for public school students and their families. They provide comprehensive support for people navigating the special education system in NM. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 841-4565.
Farmington Schools In The News: School district donates land to city of Farmington, possibly for an ‘all-abilities park.’ By Morgan Mitchell, The Durango Herald. https://www.durangoherald.com/articles/school-district-donates-land-to-city-of-farmington-possibly-for-an-all-abilities-park/