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!
Reminder: on Tuesday, August 21, all band students who need to rent an instrument should attend the band instrument rental night in the cafeteria from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Welcome Samantha Kramer, Dean of Students, please read her introduction letter below. We are going to have a great year!
My name is Samantha Kramer, and I am the Dean of Students this year at our wonderful Fountain Hills Middle School. I am looking forward to building on the amazing things already happening here at FHMS.
I graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in Sports Administration followed immediately by my teacher's certification and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. I also have additional masters' degrees in Educational Leadership and Biology.
Prior to arriving at FHMS, I taught at Horizon High School for four years, including some administrative responsibilities, I taught at Dysart High School for eight years, also with some TOA/administrative responsibilities, I lived and taught in New Hampshire for two years at a self-contained school and residential treatment center for the severely emotionally disturbed, and I started my teaching career in 2000-2001 in the Paradise Valley School District at Greenway Middle School and Paradise Valley High School.
I have high expectations for all students, including myself. I expect our work to be done with a positive attitude and effort. All students can learn and together we can make that happen! We can hold our students accountable for their learning, and push them to achieve and succeed at the highest levels possible. I believe middle school students are at a crossroads between being young learners at the elementary level and independent learners at the high school level. Middle school offers the unique opportunity to provide strong positive influences and restorative practices to guide learners toward positive decision making and successful high achievement.
It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in the classroom every day, and I look forward to working with our passionate students, teachers, parents, and community to build on excellence for all!
Dean of Students
FHMS activity/late bus is for students who stay late for after-school activities on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday each week, effective August 20, 2018. The buses depart FHMS promptly at 4:10 p.m. For more information, please see our activity/late bus schedule.
Mrs. McDonald's running club is back by popular demand! The club will meet Wednesday and Friday mornings before school. The running club permission slips are available online or in the front office.
The Fountain Hills Unified School District will be offering three rounds of gifted and talented testing for the 2018-2019 school year. The first testing window for all school sites will be August 27, 2018, through September 14, 2018. Applications are due no later than August 20 to the front office.
Students may apply for testing only once per calendar school year. If you have an interest in having an assessment 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 district website
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Allison Barbor, director of instructional support.
FHMS Parents and Guardians,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the principal of Fountain Hills Middle School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of educational excellence! Over the course of the past 20+ years, I have served as a 6th grade English, science, and P.E. teacher; a 7th grade social studies and P.E. teacher; an 8th grade English, science, social studies, and P.E. teacher; a 9th grade English teacher; an 11th grade U.S. History teacher; and 12th grade AM/AZ Government, AM/AZ Government – dual enrollment, and 9th – 12th grade online credit recovery teacher. I coached boys volleyball, wrestling, baseball, football, and girls basketball. I have served as an athletic director, dean of students, and most recently an assistant principal. I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to Fountain Hills Middle School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.
We encourage you to read more about Principal Carrick's plan for the 2018-2019 school year.