Superintendent's Messages Regarding COVID-19

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FMS Superintendent Dr. Eugene Schmidt aims to update students, staff, families and the Farmington community regularly during this school closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Dr. Schmidt's most recent message is displayed below. Updated messages are emailed to parents and then posted here. 

 

Superintendent's Letterhead

July 6, 2020 

Farmington Municipal Schools students, staff, families and community,

The 4th of July respite and celebration always gives pause to be thankful for the amazing nation that we call home. This short time with family also presents a turning point in the school year. With holidays behind us, our next major event is welcoming back our students to our schools. At FMS, all our energy now focuses on what a “Return to Learn” will look like. A reminder that our decision at FMS is guided by recommendations and requirements from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Public Education Department. While our staff is busy preparing for a number of scenarios and Return to Learn methods, remember that a full-time online learning from home option will be available for families not ready to send their children back into schools for any number of reasons.   

I want to thank the District Safety Committee, which has created the Reopening Task Force, for reviewing and exploring a variety of options as well as pouring over parent, student and teacher survey data for cues as to preferred hybrid options. The Reopening Task Force includes leaders from many departments in our district as well as four principals from the elementary and secondary levels. I’ve asked the Reopening Task Force to provide a Return to Learn report for the FMS Board of Education for its Regular Meeting on July 14. After that meeting and including any feedback from the Board, my hope is to share the FMS Return to Learn plan with students, staff, families and the community. A final version of this plan must also be turned into the NMPED by August 1. 

Importantly, the FMS Learning Plan for the fall will present an opportunity to maintain high quality instruction, as students will be returning from an unprecedented, shortened, in-person school year and an extended break that has been anything but normal for many of us. Focus on critical content with evidence of learning, specific to learning goals and skills, while providing a strong support structure for social/emotional needs, students with disabilities, students with identified giftedness and English language learners will be key to the success of the plan.

Also critical to the success of the FMS Learning Plan will be the challenge to better track attendance through weekly teacher check-ins with students as well as determine the gaps in learning from this past semester. As a preferred path forward, students will be challenged at the grade level they were promoted as an accelerated learning strategy. When gaps in learning are discovered, teachers will collaborate with students and families and even their colleagues on strategies to recover the lost learning.

To help the entire school district instructional team, the district will design and deploy professional development strategies in effective teaching that include flipped learning lessons and building lesson plan designs for teaching critical content and new strategies on evidence-based assessment. In addition, teachers will be invited to attend a July Tech camp to learn more strategies about online instruction.

Laptops in our classrooms are vital to our Return to Learn plan at almost every level. This is a reminder that if your students is not in a district-sponsored summer program, the FMS Technology Department needs student laptops back to prepare them for the upcoming year. Laptops can be returned on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at FMS Central Office (3401 E. 30th Street in Farmington) from 1-4 p.m. Please include a note with your child's name and school.

Additionally, our district is proud to share that school supplies will be provided to all FMS students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade this upcoming year. The list of supplies that will be provided are listed below and will be posted on the FMS website and Facebook pages. Providing these supplies to students can hopefully relieve any financial burdens many families are facing right now due to the Coronavirus pandemic, reduce the transmission and spread of communicable viruses and, at the very least, save families a trip to the store this year. 

While all of us look forward to the day when students are back in the classrooms in the fashion we are most used to, any short term instructional model presents real learning opportunities. Be watching for more information as the FMS Learning Plan is set to be released next week. 

 

Respectfully, 

Dr. Eugene Schmidt
FMS Superintendent


Student Kindergarten Kits

Quantity

Description

1 Box

Crayola Crayons, 24/box Crayola #523024 

2 Box

Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils, #2, 12/box Dixon #13882 

1 Each

Fiskars Safe Scissors, 5” Blunt Fiskars #94167797 

1 Pkg.

Glue Stick, 4/package, Elmer’s #E542 

1 Set

Dry Erase Markers, Expo #80074 

4 Each

Twin Pocket Portfolio No Fasteners, Oxford #57513 

1 Each

Pencil Case/Box, Advantus #40309 or Equivalent

1 Set

Crayola Markers, fine line set of 10, Crayola #587726

2 Each

Primary Journal, Wide Ruled, Mead #09956

1 Bottle

School Glue, liquid, 4 oz. Washable, Elmer’s #E301

1 Box

Colored Pencils, 24/box, Crayola #684024

4 Each

Spiral Notebook, 70 sheets, Wide Ruled, 1 subject, Mead# 05510

1 Set

Dry Erase Markers, Fine, Expo #86074

1 Each

Watercolor tray with brush, Prang #08000



Student Grades 1 & 2 Kits

Quantity

Description

1 Box

Crayola Crayons, 24/box Crayola #523024 

2 Box

Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils, #2, 12/box Dixon #13882 

1 Each

Fiskars Safe Scissors, 5” Blunt Fiskars #94167797 

1 Pkg.

Glue Stick, 4/package, Elmer’s #E542 

1 Set

Dry Erase Markers, Expo #80074 

4 Each

Twin Pocket Portfolio No Fasteners, Oxford#57513 

1 Each

Pencil Case/Box, Advantus #40309 or Equivalent

1 Bottle

School Glue, liquid, 4 oz. Washable, Elmer’s #E301

4 Each

Spiral Notebook, 70 sheets, Wide Ruled, 1 subject, Mead# 05510

1 Box

Markers, 8 count, Crayola #587808

1 Pkg.

Filler paper, wide ruled, 150 sheets, Mead#15103

3 Each

Highlighter, Yellow, Chisel tip, Sharpie # 25025

1 Each

Dry Erase Eraser, Expo# 81505

1 Each

Ruler, 12”, plastic Wescott #10526

2 Each

Composition Book, Wide Ruled, 100 sheets, Mead #09910

1 Set

Dry Erase Markers, Fine, Expo #86074

1 Each

Watercolor tray with brush, Prang #08000







Student Grades 3-5 Kits

Quantity

Description

1 Box

Crayola Crayons, 24/box Crayola #523024 

3 Box

Dixon Ticonderoga Pencils, #2, 12/box Dixon #13882 

1 Each

Fiskars Safe Scissors, 5” Blunt Fiskars #94167797 

1 Pkg.

Glue Stick, 4/package, Elmer’s #E542 

1 Set

Dry Erase Markers, Expo #80074 

5 Each

Twin Pocket Portfolio With Fasteners, Oxford #57713

1 Each

Pencil Case, Staples #206193 or Equivalent

1 Bottle

School Glue, liquid, 4 oz. Washable, Elmer’s #E301

5 Each

Spiral Notebook, 70 sheets, Wide Ruled, 1 subject, Mead# 05510

1 Box

Markers, 8 count, Crayola #587808

2 Pkg.

Filler paper, wide ruled, 150 sheets, Mead#15103

5 Each

Highlighter, Yellow, Chisel tip, Sharpie # 25025

1 Each

Dry Erase Eraser, Expo# 81505

1 Each

Ruler, 12”, plastic Wescott #10526

5 Each

Composition Book, Wide Ruled, 100 sheets, Mead #09910

1 Box

Colored Pencils, 24/box, Crayola #684024

1 Each

Protractor, Wescott# 11200



Student Mid School (6-8) Kits

Quantity

Description

5 Each

View Binder, 2” Avery #19700

2 Each

View Binder, 1” Avery #19600

3 Each

Composition Notebook, College Ruled Mead #09932

2 Pkg.

Glue Stick, 4/package, Elmer’s #E542 

2 Each

Twin Pocket Portfolio With Fasteners, Oxford #57713

1 Each

180 Degree Protractor, Staedtler #5685215BK

1 Pkg.

Eraser, wedge, 3/package, Papermate #70501

1 Each

Pencil Case, Staples #206193 or Equvalent

1 Bottle

School Glue, liquid, 4 oz. Washable, Elmer’s #E301

5 Each

Spiral Notebook, 70 sheets, College Ruled, 1 subject, Mead #05512

2 Each

Spiral Notebook, 3 subject College Ruled, Mead #06710

1 Box

Markers, 8 count, Crayola #587808

3 Pkg.

Filler paper, wide ruled, 200 sheets, Mead #15200

1 Pkg.

Highlighters, 4/pack asst. colors, Bic#32318

1 Each

Ruler, 12”, plastic Wescott #10526

1 Box

Colored Pencils, 24/box, Crayola #684024

1 Box

Crayola Crayons, 24/box Crayola #523024 

1 Each

Scissors, 5” pointed tip, Fiskars # 94307097J

1 Pkg.

Cap Erasers, arrowhead, 12/pkg, Staples #773152 or Equivalent

1 Pkg.

Post-It Super Sticky Notes, 3”x3” 12 pads/pkg, 3M #65412SSCY

1 Pkg.

Index Cards, ruled, 4”x6”, Oxford/Esselette #EO41

2 Box

Pencils, #2, Wood, 24/box, Dixon Ticonderoga # 13924

1 Pkg.

Ballpoint Pens, Black Ink, Medium Point 10/pkg. Bic #GSMP101DC

1 Pkg.

Ballpoint Pens, Red Ink, Medium Point 10/pkg. Bic #GSMP101DC

1 Each

USB Flash Drive, 8 GB, Staples #1548747 or Equivalent

2 Pkg.

Tab Dividers, Multicolor, Write-on, Avery #23079

1 Pkg

Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm assorted, 24/pkg., Bic MPLP241DC

3 Each

Lead Mechanical Pencil Refills, Medium Point. 0.7 mm, Bic #L730P1DC




Student High School (9-12) Kits

Quantity

Description

3 Each

Composition Notebook, Wide Ruled Mead #09920

2 Pkg.

Glue Stick, 4/package, Elmer’s #E542 

2 Each

Twin Pocket Portfolio With Fasteners, Oxford #57713

1 Each

180 Degree Protractor, Staedtler #5685215BK

1 Pkg.

Eraser, wedge, 3/package, Papermate #70501

1 Each

Pencil Case, Staples #206193 or Equivalent

1 Bottle

School Glue, liquid, 4 oz. Washable, Elmer’s #E301

5 Each

Spiral Notebook, 70 sheets, College Ruled, 1 subject, Mead# 05512

2 Each

Spiral Notebook, 3 subject College Ruled, Mead #06710

1 Box

Markers, 8 count, Crayola #587808

3 Pkg.

Filler paper, wide ruled, 200 sheets, Mead #15200

1 Pkg.

Highlighters, 4/pack asst. colors, Bic#32318

1 Each

Ruler, 12”, plastic Wescott #10526

1 Box

Colored Pencils, 24/box, Crayola #684024

1 Each

Compass with Pencil, Staedtler #957SBK

1 Each

Graph Paper, Spiral Notebook 100 sheets, 4 squares/inch, Staples #716522 or Equivalent

1 Pkg.

Cap Erasers, arrowhead, 12/pkg, Staples #773152 or Equivalent

1 Pkg.

Post-It Super Sticky Notes, 3”x3” 12 pads/pkg, 3M #65412SSCY

1 Pkg.

Index Cards, ruled, 4”x6”, Oxford/Esselette #EO41

2 Box

Pencils, #2, Wood, 24/box, Dixon Ticonderoga # 13924

1 Pkg.

Ballpoint Pens, Black Ink, Medium Point 10/pkg. Bic #GSMP101DC

1 Each

USB Flash Drive, 8 GB, Staples #1548747 or Equivalent

2 Pkg.

Tab Dividers, Multicolor, Write-on, Avery #23079

1 Pkg

Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm assorted, 24/pkg., Bic MPLP241DC

3 Each

Lead Mechanical Pencil Refills, Medium Point. 0.7 mm, Bic #L730P1DC

1 Each

Mini Stapler, Swingline #7079171

1 Each

Academic Weekly/Monthly Planner, Mead #CAW401



 


 

Respectfully,

Dr. Eugene Schmidt

FMS Superintendent