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!
In early March we will host our spring parent-teacher conferences. These conferences are a chance for parents and teachers to communicate face-to-face about our students' successes and struggles. Conferences represent an opportunity to "refocus" the learning of our students and establish a unified approach to foster academic and emotional success for the remainder of the school year. We encourage you to join us on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. or Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Teachers will be communicating the details for grade level conference in the coming weeks.
As we begin the third semester of the school year please take time to check your child's lunch balance. We all know that students like to buy snacks and other goodies that you as parents may not know about nor planned for that additional spending. As a result, their account may be much lower than expected or even have a negative balance. You can check your child's account via Fountain Hills Revtrak.
Congratulations to this month's terrific kid at Fountain Hills Middle School, 4th grader Braxton Wuertz. Great job, Braxton!
Girls basketball tryouts for 6th through 8th graders are on Monday, February 24 and on Tuesday, February 25 from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. at Fountain Hills Middle School. We are looking forward to a great season!
You don’t want to miss out on this big event! Our PTO Gala is on Saturday, February 29. The event will take place at the Fountain Hills Community Center from 6:00 until 11:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Please mark your calendar. The AzM2 testing dates will be as follows:
- AIMS Science: Test on March 24, Make-up Test on March 25
- AzM2 - Writing Test Administered March 26 & March 30
- AzM2 - Reading Part 1 - March 31 & April 2
- AzM2 - Reading Part 2 - April 6 & April 7
- AzM2 - Math Part 1 - April 9 & April 13
- AzM2 - Math Part 2 - April 14 & April 16
- Make-up on April 3, April 10, April 17 & April 20–April 22
As we begin the second semester of the school year, please take time to check your child's lunch balance. We all know that students like to buy snacks and other goodies that you as parents may not know about nor planned for that additional spending. As a result, their account may be much lower than expected, or even have a negative balance.
You can check your child's account via Revtrak.
There is still time to make a tax credit donation to our schools that will reduce your 2019 state tax obligation up to $400 for those who file a joint return. You actually have until April 15, 2020, to donate and have the credit apply to your 2019 Arizona Tax Return. Fees paid for extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs are all eligible for the AZ Tax Credit program. New for 2019, you can make donations in support of playground equipment or shade structures for playground equipment.
As a reminder, you need a receipt from the school in order to claim the tax credit. Each school has provided receipts for every known donor who contributed through December 2019. We will provide receipts for donations from January 2020 through April on an ongoing basis. If you have contributed from earlier in 2019 and have not received a receipt yet, please contact Steffnie Beck so we can update records and provide receipts.
Hello Falcon Families,
I wanted to take a moment to address an important topic that has a major impact on our students and on our campus: cell phones.
As technology continues to become an integral part of our daily lives, we are giving students cell phones earlier and earlier. The prevalence of cell phones on school campuses present numerous challenges for teachers and schools (e.g. cell phones as distractions, loss and theft, cyber-bullying, etc.). We constantly work to teach students the value of these devices and the self control to utilize them at appropriate times only. We are also aware that 10–14 year old students often leave items lying around, pick-up items that are not theirs (mostly because the items look similar to their own), and at times lack the self-control to use cell phones only at appropriate times.
As a result of everything mentioned above, it is important to remind everyone that when a student brings these items to school, the student is solely responsible for the item. Please remind your son/daughter of your expectations when it comes to the use of the cell phone, that he/she should always store their device in their locker when in PE, that they activate the “find my phone” and lock screen features on their phone, and remind him/her that cell phones are for emergency or approved use only when at school.
Finally, please remind your students that if they have their cell phone out at an inappropriate time while at school, the following processes will be put into place:
- 1st offense: Take phone to office, contact parent, and student may retrieve phone at the end of the day.
- 2nd offense: Take phone to office, contact parent, and parent must retrieve the phone from the office.
- 3rd offense: Take phone to office, contact parent, and student must leave phone at home or drop off phone in the front office at the start of the day for a minimum of 60 days.