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Mustang Pride
Fort Morgan High School
709 East Riverview Avenue
Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701
970-867-5648
www.morgan.k12.co.us/fmhs/fmhs.htm
Judy Florian, Principal
EARLY SPRING
2013
LINDA CRNIC INSTITUTE AWARDS 1ST
PLACE IN ESSAY CONTEST TO FMHS
STUDENTS!
Two FMHS students, Zulema Marrufo and Nancy
Salinas, participated in the 2nd Annual Crnic Institute
World Down Syndrome Day Essay Contest. Zulema
entered the contest in collaboration and with the help
of her friend, Nancy. The PowerPoint they submitted
won 1st Place in one of the Essay Categories! As 1st
Place Winners they were awarded a $1,500.00 grant
for classroom use. They will also be recognized as
Essay Contest Winners at the World Down Syndrome
Day Celebration at Children’s Hospital in Denver on
March 21, 2013. Way to go girls! GO MUSTANGS!
Zulema Marrufo
Nancy Salinas
The Pennies for Patients Foundation raises money
for children with Leukemia and Lymphoma. Fort
Morgan High School took on the challenge of making
cancer disappear!
The word “CANCER” was
displayed in the FMHS Commons for an entire week
as our students and staff collected pennies and
dollars. For each $100 we raised, a letter from the
word “CANCER” was taken down! As a school, FMHS
raised over $1400!!! We want to thank everyone
who made this fundraising drive a HUGE success!
The winning classes were:
1 – Mr. Paul Gerk’s 4th period $200.90
2 – Main Office $132.21
3 – Mr. Stuart Johnson $125.45
4 – Mr. Mark Hartwig $116.17
5 – Mr. Mike Gross $98.56
Mr. Gerk’s classes are having a pizza party to
celebrate their success. The students and/or adults
in the other classes are receiving candy bars.
AFTER PROM 2013 will be April 20th from 11:00
P.M. to 3:00 A.M. The ultimate goal of this event is
to provide a safe and fun environment for our young
people on this very special night. “ALL” FMHS
students in ALL grades and their respective dates are
invited to enjoy a Live DJ, several exciting
inflatables, Black Jack/Poker tables, Old Time
Photo Booth, amazing food, and awesome door
prizes.
Juniors/Seniors can attend for free while all other students
and guests pay a $10 admission fee. Students also need to
bring their Student ID to enter the drawing for door prizes.
FMHS parents are asked to help with food and drinks for the
event. If you can donate a food item please contact Andra
or Doug Godin at [email protected] The After Prom
Committee hopes everyone can come for an amazing night
of FUN! Questions? Please call Annette at 542-3136 or
[email protected] .
FORT MORGAN STUDENT
ENTREPRENUERS OPEN
SCHOOL STORE
Mustang Avenue Apparel and Merchandise Store opened at
Fort Morgan High School
Students of Ms. Jackie Bauman’s 6th Period
Entrepreneurship Class are enjoying the opening of the first
official Fort Morgan High School store, Mustang Avenue.
Mustang Avenue is a student created, apparel and
merchandise retailer located within FMHS. The store sells
items two days of the school week before and after school, as
well as at most home sporting events.
Mustang Avenue sells many items including cups,
wristbands, decals, lanyards, sunglasses, hoodies, hats, tshirts, sack packs, and more. All items are student designed
and unique; proceeds go towards Fort Morgan’s FBLA.
Purchasing items from the student-run store is a great
opportunity to support both your local sports teams and
events here at FMHS as well as the efforts of the student
body and school’s FBLA club.
For more information regarding Mustang Avenue, please
visit our website at
https://sites.google.com/site/fmhsmustangavenue/,
follow us on twitter @MustangAve, or like us on Facebook.
Two FMHS Students win at MCC
District III Automotive Service
Technology Skills Contest!
Our own Fort Morgan High School students did very well
at the MCC District III Automotive Service Technology
Skills Contest this year! Nick Smith won 1st Place in
the High School Level Division, Cole Mount won 3rd
Place at the High School Level Division.
Nick Smith
Cole Mount
FMHS MUSIC STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN
COMBINED LEAGUE HONOR BAND…
Three Fort Morgan High School students were
selected by an audition process to participate in this
year’s Combined League High School Honor Band.
The Honor Band was held Monday, February 11, 2013
at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. Students
spent the entire day rehearsing with guest conductor
Dr. David Kish and performed Monday evening with
the Combined League Middle School Honor Band in
the incredible UCCC Concert Hall.
Kennedy Malone – clarinet, Dallas Normile and
Kasey Weingarten – flute, participated in a band
consisting of about 110 students selected from almost
300 auditions from schools throughout Northeastern
Colorado.
Fort Morgan High School Knowledge Bowl placed 2nd at
Windsor in the Megamind League (a very competitive
league in northern Colorado)! Our major competition in
the Colorado 7 League was with Fossil Ridge High School
and Windsor High School, in which Fossil Ridge won at
State last year, and Windsor placed 1st last year in 4A.
We destroyed Windsor, and we were always very close to
Fossil Ridge in total points. Our own Ben Creighton was
the MVP for that league! WAY TO GO MUSTANGS!
FMHS BAND ROCKS!
Five students from Fort Morgan High
School participated in the 5th Annual
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Festival of Winds. Dallas Normile –
Flute, Kennedy Malone – Clarinet, Sarah
Kroesche – Alto Sax, Michael McClary
and Austin Weber – Percussion. This
year’s enrollment represented over 300
students from 42 high schools. The 2½
day event started Thursday afternoon
and featured director recommended
High School Honor Bands, special guest
performances – including the USAF
Academy Concert Band, master classes,
and much more.
While the two Symphonic Bands are
open to all participants, the Wind
Orchestra is reserved for those students
who place highest in the audition
process. Kennedy Malone and Michael
McClary earned spots in the Wind
Orchestra.
Kennedy Malone was selected to
participate in Colorado State
University’s Honor Band Feb. 21-23 on
Bass Clarinet. CSU’s Annual High
School Honor Band Festival brings
together Colorado’s finest high school
musicians, selected from hundreds of
applicants throughout the state; the
three day festival takes place at the
University Center for the Arts at
Colorado State University in Fort
Collins, CO.
Thirteen Fort Morgan High School music students participated in the 49th Annual
Holyoke Honor Band Festival on January 21, 2013. The students joined
musicians from seven schools from the Northeast Colorado area for rehearsals
and a concert under the direction of Peter Toews from Mountain View High
School in Loveland Colorado.
Students performed:
Fanfare for the Third Planet by Richard L. Saucedo
Canto by W. Francis McBeth
Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini
Arr. by Johnnie Vinson
March of the Buccaneers by Victor Flowers
Fort Morgan FBLA in Sterling by Jacki Bauman The Fort Morgan High School Future Business Leaders of America attended the District Leadership Conference in Sterling, February 6, 2013. These outstanding FMHS students competed in many team, individual, live, and project events. All of these state qualifiers and state projects will be heading to Vail April 21st – 23rd to compete at the State Leadership Conference. If they place in the top two at State members will then have the opportunity to represent Colorado at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this summer. Here are the results: State Qualifers  Josef Gertner ‐ 1st business calculations  Jacob Gerken ‐ 1st business law  Joey Smits ‐ 2nd business math  Cindy Herrera ‐ 1st healthcare administration  Conner Shaver ‐ 1st intro to technology concepts  Matthew Hofman ‐ 3rd personal finance  Wes Anderson ‐ 2nd personal finance  Jennifer Xian ‐ 1st personal finance  Kaleb Bell ‐ 2nd sports management  Josef Gertner ‐ 3rd sports management  Nate Alexander ‐ 1st computer applications  Danielle gross/Chris Valdez ‐ 1st business ethics  Drew Gerken/Andrew Schoemaker/Nate Gertner ‐ 2nd business ethics  Hope Jordan ‐ 1st business plans  Forest Hough/Justin wood/Cody Davis ‐ 2nd marketing  Dylan Gray/ Wes Anderson/Toby McBride ‐ 1st global business  Shania Fernandez/Kassandra Mihalovic ‐ 2nd marketing  Kelsey Whipple/Haiden Araujo/ Powers Weilnau ‐ 1st web site design Top Ten  Esmi Rodriguez – Business Calculations – 8th  Chris Valdez – Business Law – 8th  Sara Azimi – Business Procedures – 7th – bumped up to state placing  Adrienne Bohlen – Healthcare and Administration – 8th  Megan Frick ‐ Healthcare and Administration – 10th  Samantha Pettyjohn ‐ Healthcare and Administration – 6th  Garrett Reagan – Sports Management – 9th  Andrew Schoemaker – Sports Management – 10th  Cindy Herrera – Impromptu Speaking – 4th  Kaleb Bell – Impromptu Speaking – 3rd  Esmi Rodriguez – Job Interview – 3rd Along with those who qualified we have the following groups going in State only project competitions:  Kaelin Kuretich/Abbey Tolson – Community Service  Lia Shaver/Ashley Lauck – Community Service  Justin Paxton/James Martens/Mikayla Hopkins – Local Chapter Annual Business Report  Maddy Linton/Melissa Tolson – American Enterprise  Jacob Gerken/Kennidi Cobbley – Peak 5 Award (Chapter Recognition Award) They are working on a National Chapter Recognition that will send them to Nationals this summer o Back Row: Jacob Gerken, Justin Wood, Drew Gerken, Toby McBride, David Cox, Wes Anderson, Derek Bain, Nate Alexander, Chris Valdez, Powers Weilnau, Haiden Araujo o 2nd Row: Dylan Gray, Hope McConkey, Cody Davis, Maddy Linton, Ashley Lauck, Abbey Tolson, Melissa Tolson, Lia Shaver, Kennidi Cobbley, Justin Paxton, Conner Shaver, Andrew Schoemaker, & Nate Gertner o
1st Row: Dustin Feather, Forrest Hough, Kelsey Whipple, Kassandra Mihalovic, Shania Fernandez, Cindy Herrera, Danielle Gross, Esmi Rodriguez, and Kaleb Bell STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND MARCH
RENAISSANCE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
JAMES MARTENS
BRAEDON GODIN
JEN XIAN
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
ROTARY CLUB STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
BEN CREIGHTON
CHAD CLIFTON
ALEXIS BILLS
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
LIONS CLUB STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
NATALIE PEREZ
JOSEPH MUEGGENBERG
KAELIN KURETICH
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
The Principal’s Corner……
Educational Reform! What does Educational Reform mean? You hear these words tossed
around and loosely tied to many different definitions and interpretations. Wikipedia
states that Educational Reform is the name given to a political process with the goal
of improving public education. Educational Reform is not new, as there have been a
plethora of initiatives in the history of education in the United States. Many
research studies have been catalysts for such initiatives, i.e. Schools at Risk (1983),
Outcomes Based Education (1990), National Education Goals (2000), No Child Left
Behind (NCLB), SB 191 (Principal and Teacher Evaluations linked to Accountability) and
legislation continues to drive the quest for improving education, aligning content standards
with assessments and instruction with a system of accountability that is universal.
Everyone wants the same thing: a well rounded education for all students who have
equal access to rigorous content that is relevant and ensures master of knowledge and
skills needed in the world of work, in real life, and that will prepare students for
college and/or other institutions of higher education. The solution to ensuring that all
students receive a well rounded education, that offers all of the attributes listed above, is
a strong partnership between the schools and parents, schools and community, and school
and business or corporations; all have a vested interest in the success of their own child and
every child, and who are willing to take accountability for each and every student’s success.
This partnership alone will not ensure student success. The primary partner in this
relationship is the student. Each student has to put their very best efforts forward, be
willing to work hard, and to demonstrate through their actions a desire for learning.
Parent’s support, guidance, nurturing spirit, and their
willingness to hold their student accountable is a key
component for student success in school. A parent is a child’s
first teacher and role model, and parents/guardians continue
to be a driving force in their child’s life throughout the school
career and beyond. Parents count!!! We need you!
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State TCAP Assessments at FMHS
TCAP Testing Dates – March 12, 13, 14, and March 19, 20, 21
Where possible, TCAP has been designed to measure standards that are common
between the old standards and new standards.
o The TCAP frameworks clearly show the relationship between the assessment
objectives and the Colorado Academic Standards.
o The new standards, however, are often assessed at a lower level than what will
be expected once the new standards are fully implemented.
TCAP will continue to assess the same content areas and grades as CSAP: math,
reading and writing in grades three through 10. Science will be assessed in fifth, eighth,
and 10th grades.
TCAP encourages districts to move forward with implementation of the new standards,
while providing time for the preparation of students for the higher expectations to come.
TCAP has been designed to be used for two years and by the conclusion of that time, all
districts are expected to have transitioned fully to teaching the new academic standards.
TCAP does not assess the entire Colorado Academic Standards, nor does it assess the
new standards at the same level of difficulty which will be expected once the new
standards are implemented.
TCAP does not assess Colorado’s new personal financial literacy expectations or social
studies. It does not test any content standards that have shifted grades and it will not test
any new learning skills that are embedded in the new standards, such as invention and
information management.
When the new standards are fully implemented, a new assessment designed to assess
the full depth and breadth of those standards will be needed.
Test Taking Skills and Strategies:
Before testing:
 Make sure work throughout class is being done – this will give the student a better understanding
of the material.
 Make a study schedule and FOLLOW IT!
 Parent/Student communication about tests and homework
 Seek help from teacher
 Get plenty of sleep
 Eat a good breakfast
 Take care of any family/friend problems before test date
During Testing:
 Read each question individually, rather than thinking about the whole test and what needs to be
accomplished
 Read directions carefully and pay attention to direction
 Read ALL answers before marking an answer
 Pace – Do not spend too much time on one question – do all questions that are easiest first, and go
back and do harder questions after.
 Do not change your answer unless you are uncertain with first choice – your first choice is usually
right
 Process of elimination
 Do not try to find a pattern in the correct answers (multiple choice)
 If test is finished early, go back and check all questions/answers
 Find key words and phrases that will help in finding the correct answer
 When answering questions where you must read a passage and then answer questions, READ
ANSWERS FIRST – this will allow you to know what you are looking for.
 Think positively – Have a good attitude!
After Testing:
 Look at test score, and ask teacher if this needs clarification
 Identify areas of strength and weakness in the test
 Ask teacher for suggestions to help with next test
Test Anxiety:
 Share these feelings with teachers and parents
 Review homework and materials that are relevant to test
 Relax and breathe deeply while taking test
How teachers can help with anxiety:
 Discuss purpose of test
 Have realistic expectations while encouraging students
 Allow students to express any anxiety, verbally or through writing
 Be careful to not overemphasize importance of test
Study Strategies:
 Determine, as a student, how you are as a thinker and learner – Where and when are you most
productive? What are some distractions for you?
 Set personal goals for each class – rather than focusing on a grade, focus on what you want to
accomplish in the class and what you want to learn.
 Manage time – set goals for this, and reward yourself when these goals are met – When you’ve
scheduled yourself for studying, make sure that’s what you are focused on – shut off all other
distractions.
 Think like a teacher
 Review notes as soon as possible after class - this will help retain the information
 Take advantage of all resources available
Did you know? Fort Morgan High School demographics:
Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL):
Grade 9 153 students out of 234 - that is approximately 60% of our
students - are students of poverty in 9th grade.
Grade 10 155 students out of 236 - that is approximately 66% of our students are student of poverty in 10th grade.
Grade 11 119 students out of 213 - that is approximately 56% of our students are student of poverty in 11th grade.
Grade 12 110 students out of 239 - that is approximately 46% of our students are student of poverty in 12th grade. This is not an accurate number of poverty
students at the 12th grade level, it is just that several students who would qualify,
do not fill out the paperwork.
Languages Spoken within FMHS/MCSD Re-3:
14 [Spanish and Somali being the most prevalent]
English Language Learners (ELL): ELL - Total 1,031
Fort Morgan High School is rich with diversity, and each student is unique with different
learning interests and backgrounds that require a plethora of educational opportunities. If
you are interested in more demographic information please contact Mrs. Judy Florian at
[email protected]
Do you want to know how FMHS is performing academically? Please click on the School
View link, http://www.schoolview.org/performance.asp to learn more about FMHS School
Performance from 2011-2012. FMHS School Performance for 2012-2013 will not be
available until August 2013.
2013-2014 Course Schedules: Parents can access their student’s schedule through
Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you are having difficulty accessing your student’s
information please contact our Counseling Center at
370.6682, and the secretary will direct you to your student’s
counselor.
PLCs are work sessions for teachers. This is a time for
teachers to get together and review student work,
analyze student progress and/or student
challenges, and/or work on the alignment of
curriculum, instruction, and assessments.
The purpose and focus of our PLC is
student achievement. This is a time to define
and analyze potential problem areas and implement instructional strategies to
help support all students, based on valid data. We evaluate the effectiveness
our instruction by analyzing the data and making instructional adjustments in a timely
manner that is pertinent for student success.
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FMHS PLC LATE START SCHEDULE
4/16/13, 4/30/13, 5/14/13
Reminder: Your student does not need to come to school until 9:00 A.M. on Late Start
Days. If your student comes to school prior to first hour they will be directed into a
computer lab, the Media Center, or a homework center. Students will not be left
unattended. If you have any questions please call our main office at 370.6689.
1st Period
9:00 – 9:44
2nd Period
9:49 – 10:33
3rd Period
10:38 – 11:22
11:27
– 11:58
Lunch
1st Floor
12:03 – 12:47
4th Period
11:27 – 12:11
4th Period
2nd Floor
Lunch
12:16 – 12:47
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5 Period
12:52 – 1:36
6th Period
1:41 – 2:25
2:30 – 3:15
If you have any questions, ideas, would like to visit or have a concern, please contact me at
[email protected] or 970.370.6686.
Judy Florian – Principal of FMHS
FORT MORGAN HIGH SCHOOL and MORGAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT Re-3 MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Morgan County School District Re-3 and Fort Morgan High School is to inspire creative thinking, high achievement,
and life-long learning.
FORT MORGAN HIGH SCHOOL AND DISTRICT VISION STATEMENT
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We envision 21 Century schools that:
Educate and graduate a student population which is confident, skilled, and well-spoken;
Empower students to be caring, responsible citizens and lifelong learners;
Provide safe and positive learning environments;
Cultivate staff committed to quality and excellence.
Statement of Nondiscrimination: An Equal Opportunity Employer
Morgan County School District Re-3 is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions. Morgan County
School District Re-3 does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, or need
for special education services. Contact Person –Superintendent, 715 W. Platte Avenue, Fort Morgan, CO 80701 – 970-370-6110.
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