The Wildcat Paw Print - Forest Glen Middle School
Volume 2 Issue 6
Melvin D. Bradshaw Jr.
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LaToya Exum Floyd
You are Cordially invited to
Suffolk Public Schools
“State of Schools Breakfast & Learning Fair”
We are inviting the Wildcat Family and Community to join the Suffolk
Public Schools’ family in attending the annual State of the Schools Breakfast and Learning Fair, which begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the
Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Suffolk. Superintendent Dr. Deran R.
Whitney will be discussing the challenges and successes of Suffolk Public
The event will also offer light breakfast for you to enjoy while visiting the
Learning Fair activity stations. Students from across Suffolk Public
Schools are excited to demonstrate many hands-on lessons.
A $15 donation at the door will support the Suffolk Education Foundation. Kindly respond by March 14. Call 925-6752 or email
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION POLICY
Grades 6 through 8 promotion criteria.— Students must successfully
complete the four core subjects of English, Mathematics (which may include a high school credited math course), Science, and History/Social
Studies as evidenced by the student’s final report card grade and demonstrate a mastery of the division’s Standards of Learning (SOL)
assessments with (80%) or the Virginia Standards of Learning assessments (400) in English and Mathematics (which may include
a high school credited math course).
200 Forest Glen Dr.
Suffolk, VA 23434
Students failing no more than one core subject may attend summer school
for promotion. Promotion will also be dependent on the student’s successful completion of the summer school course with a passing grade; and
mastery of the division’s Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments (80%) or the Virginia Standards of Learning assessments
(400) in English and Mathematics (which may include a high
school credited math course). (Adopted April 3, 2003; Effective July 1,
2003; Revised June 20, 2011; Ordinance Number 10/11-1; Effective Date:
June 20, 2011)
CHROME NEWS. . .
T-Shirt Design Contest Winners
During the November CHROME meeting,
FGMS Chrome Members were challenged to
design a T-shirt for CHROME. Students
were given two days to make a design for the
T-shirts. Several students entered the contest, however, two designs were chosen. At
the February 20 meeting, we congratulated the winners of the CHROME T-shirt
design contest. Awards were given to Kimberlee Moscato, Jermaine (JC) OonyuGray, and Mark Williams for their excellent designs for our T-shirts. Kimberlee
created the design on the front of the CHROME T-shirt; JC and Mark created the
design on the back of the CHROME T-shirt. These students received a “Certificate
of Appreciation” as well as a $25 gift certificate. (T-Shirts Printed by: Dews
Screenprinters, Chesapeake, VA)
Megagenesis at Woodside High
Written by: 7th and 8th grade CHROME Officers
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, 30 CHROME members attended the Megagenesis event at Woodside
High School in Newport News, Virginia. Megagenesis is an educational program that helps prepare
teenagers for the transition from middle school to high school, and from high school to college. There
were also informational seminars, exciting performances, motivational speakers, and good food. The
Warwickshire Singers from Warwick High School performed three phenomenal songs.
After listening to the keynote speaker, Dr. Fanchon Glover from the College of William & Mary, give an
enthusiastic speech on the ABC’s of College Success, we had the choice of going to over 45 different career workshops. There was a college fair where we were able to see and talk to scouts from various colleges and universities. On our way to the college fair, we walked down the main hallway, which was
lined up with different employees from multiple occupations handing out interesting brochures about
their jobs. Once we finished going to three of the career workshops, we were entertained by steppers
and dancers from the local schools. At the end of the day , we thanked those who dedicated their time to
help us prepare for the
path to college and what
will lie ahead.
It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s the FGMS
CHROME Students Making Skyscrapers!
During the February 20th meeting, we had a paper and tape tower contest. We
were given two sheets of paper, and a roll of tape. Our objective was to build the
tallest tower with those resources. The following team members won the paper skyscrapers contest: Tyler Treat, Adam Carter, Marc Williams, Lamont Williams, and
Jermaine (JC) Oonyu-Gray. These students will be awarded during the next
CHROME meeting scheduled Friday, March 14, 2014.
Black History Month Assembly
We were able to end Black History Month with a wonderful Black History program. Organized by Mr.
Gamble, the program allowed for our 8th students to also participate. Mia Williams was the Mistress
of Ceremony; Anabelle Sims discuss the purpose of Black History Month; Mya Riddick performed a
Mime performance; and Charbia McDonald, Ashley Bido, Sara Matthews, Chloe Ortego, and Briana
Boone sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. The highlight of the event was a captivating guest speaker,
Mr. Therbia Parker, who brough with him a treasure of black history memorabilia.
“The [program] had to do with history, music, life, etc. of African Americans. In the presentation, our classmates sung and
danced. After that we welcome the speaker who lived through segregation. He talked about how it was for him to be accepted.
What I took from the program. . .is that everyone is the same, and we shouldn’t treat anyone differently than how you would want
to be treated.”
“The speaker we had for the black history program collected stamps. He told us about how only 4 African Americans have been
on a US made stamp. He told us how black history has changed over time. The speaker was very passionate about black history .
What I took away from the speaker. . .is that African Americans should be proud of their race and should always remember what
people had to go through to make our life today better.”
“Black History month has a lot of information that I never really knew about. I thought it was only about honoring the African
Americans that made a huge impact. It’s much more than that. Learning about the actual history made me realize that it’s not just
any month or celebration. I learned about African Americans who are on stamps that I never really knew about.. African Americans like Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King [talked about] if you
judge someone don’t judge them by their skin color but by their character. Actually learning about the history gives me a better
perspective of what black history month is really about”.
6th Grade Students experience the Holocaust
“Through the Eyes of a Friend”
On Thursday, February 13th, the 6th grade classes at Forest Glen Middle School were given
the honor of meeting Ms. Elizabeth Rainer, a daughter of World War II Holocaust survivor.
Ms. Rainer is an actress from the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation
of Tidewater and the Living Voices Theater Company. She mesmerized our students with
the graphics and script which only confirmed what many of them already learned in Ms.
Kate Green’s US History class this year. Students were transported back in time to meet a
make-believe friend of Anne Frank who progressed through pre-Holocaust Europe to the liberation by
Allied troops after D-Day. This presentation was truly a privilege and a vital piece of
history that came alive for these students that they would always remember. At the
conclusion, students asked many thoughtful questions and began to make connections they had not seen before.
Wildcat Reading Corner
Over thirty new titles have been added to the Forest Glen collection since the February newsletter.
These are the final books from the Fall Scholastic Book Fair. A few additional titles will be added this
spring in order to update a few series and replace some “much loved” books that have literally been
“read to death”.
Crimsom Rising – Book 2 in the Starship Academy series by Nick James
The Boy Project by Kami Kinard
Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator
by Jill Baguchinsky
The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
UnWholly – Book 2 in the Unwind Dystology
by Neal Shusterman
Menace from the Deep – Book 1 of Killer Species
series by Michael P. Spradlin
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis
My Summer of Pink & Green (sequel to My Life in Pink
and Green) by Lisa Greenwald
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Lawless (Book 1 of the Lawless series) by Jeffrey
As Dead as It Gets – Book 3 in Bad Girls Don’t Die series by Katie Alender
Gods and Warriors – Book 1 in the series
by Michelle Paver
Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall
Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
Torn by David Massey
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Buddy by M.H. Herlong
Sound Bender by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker
Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone
Zero to Hero: Book One in the Ghost Buddy series by
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Keeping the Castle by Patice Kindl
Human .4 by Mike A. Lancaster
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters
Warriors: The Power of Three series by Erin Hunter:
Book 1 –Sunrise
Book 2 – Outcast
Book 3 – Eclipse
Book 4 – Long Shadows
Book 5 – Dark River
In the weeks ahead, the annual inventory will be tackled and many other end-of-year tasks will be completed. If you are a parent or grandparent who would like to help with any of these Library tasks,
please contact Mrs. Weaver at 925-5780.
La'Nita Collins—The Power by Rhonda Byrne
Mrs. Darland—Bare Bones book number 6 by Kathy Riech's and Why is Evolution True by Jerry
Mrs. Dunne—Dark Wolf Rising by Rhyannon Byrd
Mrs. Ellis—Cold Vengeance by Preston & Child's & 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koonce
Mrs. Floyd—Thou Shall Not by Tina Glasneck
Mrs. Knight—Thirst Book 1 by Christopher Pike
Mr. Koepke—Hiking Through- Paul V. Stutzman
Mrs. Lasher— Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
Mrs. Rotzler—CON-fidence by Todd Strasser
Mrs. Weaver—Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by
The Annual Spring Sports Spectacular will be held on Friday, March
28th from 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets will cost $7.00 and can be purchased
in advance. Dinner consisting of pizza, a drink, and a cookie is included in the ticket sale. Additional food items will also be for sale.
Come out to play games that are included in the ticket price to win
chances for prizes. Several of our FGMS clubs will also have fundraising booths for an additional cost.
How can I help my
child be successful in
Keep in contact with
your child’s teacher
through email, telephone, or Parent Connection.
Encourage your child to
read. Students should
have an AR book with
them throughout the
Check your child’s homework to make sure they
are completing the assignments. If you or your
child has questions,
make a note in his/her
agenda for the teacher.
Help your child stay organized. Look through
his/her binders and book
bag to ensure he/she is
organized and prepared
Review your child’s progress report and develop
a plan for future success.
PTA NEWS. . .
Our PTA brings the Wildcat family wonderful
news, information, and exciting events for our
students. During our February meeting, we
were pleased to welcome College and Career
Coach, Esther Harrell, from Paul D. Camp Community College. She discussed very valuable information on how to assist middle school students in developing their personal road map.
Most students have ambitious educational and career aspirations,
but many lack basic information about how to fulfill post secondary
goals. Mrs. Harrell gave our parents and students essential information and resources on how to plan for high school and options after
Our March PTA meeting was held on Tuesday, March 11th. During
this meeting the Wildcat community was introduced to the 1st Semester Honor Roll students. Students were highlighted for this awesome achievement.
The Annual Spring Sports Spectacular will take place on Friday,
March 28th; and it will be hosted by the FGMS PTA.
Congratulations to our 2nd Nine Weeks
Honor Roll Students
6th grade All A Honor Roll
7th grade All A Honor Roll
6th grade All A/B Honor Roll
7th grade All A/B Honor Roll
Braddell, Laurence Jr Myrick, Jewel
Johnson-Goodman, AsyaWilliams, Garrett
All A Honor Roll
8th grade All A/B Honor Roll
Congratulations to our 1st semester
Honor Roll Students
All A Honor Roll
All A Honor Roll
6th grade A/B Honor Roll
7th grade A/B Honor Roll
Braddell, Laurence Jr
All A Honor Roll
8th grade A/B Honor Roll
Our Lady Wildcats are preparing for Field Hockey
coached by Mrs. Natalie Rotzler and Mrs. Wolf:
FG @ JFK
KF @ FG
JY @ FG
JFK @ FG
FG @ KF
FG @ JY
Dates to Remember
March 11—PTA meeting @ 7:00pm
March 13—School Board Meeting
April 2—End of 3rd Nine Weeks
April 10—School Board Meeting
April 14-18—SPRING BREAK (NO STUDENTS)
April 25—Report Cards Distributed
May 12—Midterm Progress Reports
May 8—School Board Meeting
May 26—Memorial Day (MAKE UP DAY for
STAFF & STUDENTS)
Mr. Joseph Rotzler, head coach of
our Football team, is preparing for
an exciting season this year. Look
for more information in our April
issue of The Wildcat Paw Print.
April 3—FG @ JFK (LHS field)
April 9—KF @ FG (LHS field)
April 24—JY @ FG (LHS field)
May 1—JFK @ FG (LHS field)
May 8—FG @ KF (KFHS field)
May 12—FG @ JY (NRHS field)
Yearbooks are available to purchase for $35
until March 18th. Yearbook forms are located
next to the Art Room. Please turn in your
completed form and money to Mrs. Battle or
Mr. Rountree by the due date.
Biomedical Sciences program at LHS - each
student wishing to participate in this Project
Lead the Way Program must submit a completed application. All applicants must submit the application essay in order for the application to be complete. Applications are
available in all middle school guidance counselor offices or on the Suffolk Public Schools
website. The due date is March 14. The
teacher recommendation forms are due to
Guidance March 11.