Falcon News

Our Falcons give us plenty of reasons to brag, and we’re happy to do just that! Check in often for important announcements, and indulge our need to boast about the incredible students and staff members at our school. Need to know when the next school holiday or special event is? Hop on over to our Calendar page—it’s all there!

Gifted and Talented Testing Dates

The Fountain Hills Unified School District will be offering three rounds of gifted and talented testing for the 2017-2018 school year. The first testing window for all school sites will be August 28 - September 15, 2017. Applications are due no later than August 21 to the front office of your child’s school.

Students may apply for testing only once per calendar school year. If you are interested in having an assessment completed for your child, please turn in a completed application. We will not accept incomplete applications. You may see the front office or your child’s teacher for assessment information if needed. Applications are available at the school sites or on the Student Services page of the FHUSD website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Caroline Lynch, Executive Director of Human Resources and Student Services at (480) 664.5017.

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedure Change

Please note there is a change to the parent drop-off and pick-up procedure at FHMS this year. For car riders in grades four and five, parents will enter FHMS from the main entrance and drop off/pick up students in the back lane by the gym, as the procedure was in years past. For car riders in grades six through eight, parents must enter FHMS via the second entrance (formerly the bus entrance) and drop off/pick up students in the lane directly in front of the school. Families with siblings in multiple grades should follow the procedure for the youngest student at FHMS. Please view the parent drop-off map.

A Message from Our New Principal

My name is Linda McKeever, and it is my honor to serve as the new principal at Fountain Hills Middle School. I am most grateful to begin my 18th year as a public school administrator in this lovely community. This year, we will open our doors for the first time with a grades four through eight configuration; our theme is "It's a Banner Year!" When you visit our school, you will see us hanging banners and school flags that reflect this theme and a commitment to college and career readiness at FHMS. If you're interested in donating a collegiate or military banner or flag, please contact us at (480) 664-5414. We have several new teachers and staff joining us this year, so we look forward to introducing them to you at our open house and meet the teacher night on Thursday, August 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. 

During this banner year, our focus is on providing high quality, effective, and intentional standards-based instruction to increase students' academic success. Further, one of our commitments is to increase positive and proactive communication with our parents and families. Our student organizations and clubs will be working on service projects that beautify our school's hallways and classrooms, our amazing gym, and our entry and patio areas. New procedures will be in place in our cafeteria, which will look a bit different with space set aside for ping pong, bean bags, and a reading corral that students may enjoy after they finish their lunches. Finally, FHMS is planning a number of spirit assemblies and family fun events. A schedule will be forthcoming. 

On the first day of school, August 8, our faculty and staff will greet students wearing shirts and ties from their alma mater, branch of military service, high school, or a Fountain Hills school to reflect our dedication to supporting our students' pathways. We look forward to seeing your students and your families very soon! Please check out our Facebook page periodically for FHMS updates.


Linda McKeever