Students in the Fannin County Middle School STEM class got to experience walking and observing on a giant Mars map accompanied by a robotic rover that was awarded through a grant submitted by Mrs. Pack, the STEM Teacher. The grant was sponsored by Buzz Aldrin and the ShareSpace Foundation. To purchase the giant map and robot, this would have costed the school $5,000.00. However, with the grant, the school was able to receive it for free. The grant included a 25’ x 25’ giant Mars map, a set of books about the mission to Mars co-authored by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson, a remote controlled robot, as well as the curriculum to accompany the map and robot.
This year the Fannin County Middle School REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) scholars attended three field trips. The scholars received first-hand experience with visits to the University of North Georgia Blue Ridge, Young Harris College, and Berry College. While on campus students participated in informational sessions designed to give them insights into how to best plan and prepare for their future college careers.
Pictured L to R: Corbin Kendall, Dadrian Flowers, Emily Salas, Bryan Stiles
Fannin County Middle School is so excited to announce that our media center is now a full functioning learning commons. The transition was challenging but with the help of many the conversion was a success. The new furniture has been installed and all 14,000 books are now on the shelves after being delivered on January 2nd. The installation crew worked tirelessly and completed the installation process on January 3rd. The Media Center staff started putting the books on the shelves on January 4th and we were open for business by January 7th. All grades levels visited the library to renew and checkout books the week of the January 14th. We are so grateful that we received the L4GA grant which funded our remodel. Now we have flexible furniture that is conducive to collaboration, communication, and creation. The Learning Commons is a hub for participatory learning. Students are able to enjoy state of the art technology, resources, and flexible seating options in order to maximize their learning experience. The kids are so eager to come down to the Learning Commons to read in our new soft seating areas, use their new Chromebooks to complete their assignments, and utilize our new media tables to collaborate with group members while working on group projects. Transforming our Library Media Center into a state of the art Learning Commons has been a huge success! We couldn’t be more excited about the future. This is one step that our school has taken in order to ensure that we are providing all students with an education that prepares them to be successful and meet future challenges.
In March, 8th grade FFA member Emilee Thomas represented Fannin Middle in the FFA Creed Speaking competition. For this competition, she has to recite the 5 paragraph standards for all FFA members, as well as answering questions about the history. She advanced to the preliminary round at Ashworth Middle School and she placed fourth in North Georgia.
Middle School Recordbook
Annelise Hughes, a 6th grade FFA member at Fannin Middle, competed in the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Record Book competition. She received a silver medal for her hard work. For the competition, she created a video about agriculture in Blue Ridge. She toured around local chicken farms and even local agribusinesses such as “A Taste of Amish.” The Record Book competition teaches students how to keep records of their activities towards a single goal.
The 7th and 8th grade band from Fannin County Middle School traveled to Douglasville, Georgia on Saturday, April 6 to compete in the Music in the Parks festival. Middle school and high school bands, orchestras, and choruses from Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina participated in the event sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia and hosted by Douglas County High School. The FCMS Band earned the highest score out of the bands in Middle School Class A and brought home the First Place trophy.
On Saturday, March 30th the Fannin County Middle School Chorus took a trip to Atlanta to perform in the Southern Star music competition. This combined group of 7th and 8th graders performed at the beautiful Riverside EpiCenter where they received a live workshop with one of the judges and went on to spend the rest of the day in Six Flags. The group performed for feedback and will use the judges comments to work towards a Gold rating!
Fannin County Middle School wins Ignite Grant for second straight year! This group of students form the planning committee to publish a historical book that contains stories of the Veteran’s of the north Georgia area. The students will lead the entire grade level to collect pictures, design the cover, conduct interviews with veterans, and write personal reflections of those who have been touched by war and military conflicts. Picture L-R: Sponsor Mark Young, Colin Bruce, Olivia McAllister, Lucas Bain, Emma Pittman, Zechariah Prater, McKain Watson, FCMS Principal Keith Nuckolls, and John Harrison of the Harrison Foundation. Not pictured, Hayden Tucker.
Two members of the Fannin County Band program earned positions in the 2019 Georgia All-State Band. This elite group was selected from the top musicians from across the entire state of Georgia. Potential members must pass two rigorous auditions which include scales, two prepared selections, and playing a short example on first sight. Emma Barnstead (junior – french horn) and Brenna Harper (eighth grade – euphonium) were both selected based on the final auditions help in January.
The students who passed the final audition were placed by grade level into fully instrumented bands of 120 members each. These bands meet in Athens, Georgia for two and a half days the first weekend in March to rehearse and prepare an exciting program of innovative and challenging music under the direction of world class conductors from all over the country. The event concluded with stunning performances by each of the groups in the Classic Center.
Congratulations again to the outstanding young musicians on their tremendous accomplishment!