Welcome to the FMS website where you’ll find valuable information about Duncan U. Fletcher Middle School. We are your School of Choice for Gifted & Talented at the Beaches because our goal is to develop the whole child by maximizing their academic, fine arts, and athletic potential. We have the distinction of being the highest academically performing non-magnet middle school in Duval County. Fletcher Middle School is second only to LaVilla School of the Arts in the number of students enrolled in Fine Arts classes. We have been first place winners for Math Field Day the past two years. Our athletes are also champions and won Best Overall Athletic Program Eastern Division 2014, 2015, & 2016. A large number of our 8th grade students are invited to attend Paxon and Stanton College Preparatory Schools to complete their high school career.
Fletcher Middle School houses 1,293 students in grades sixth through eighth. Located three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, our students will tell you that one of the things they like best is the ability to see the ocean! A large number of our students ride their bicycles and skateboards to school so “Riding the Wave of Success” is our appropriate school mantra.
We fully realize that academic success does not happen by chance. Maximizing student potential requires a combined effort from our entire staff, parents, students, community, and the Duval County School Board. We have absolutely the BEST teachers in all of Duval County! Teachers with gifted and reading endorsements are in every grade level as well as Exceptional Education Specialists, National Board Certified teachers, and our English as a Second Language teacher has a Master’s Degree in Teaching Students of Other Languages. Many have earned multiple endorsements, and several teachers hold Master of Education Degrees.
Transitioning to the new Florida State Assessments has been seamless with 0% loss in student proficiency in both math and English Language Arts. Our parents are very supportive and believe that their child’s learning is of utmost importance. You may want to visit www.fsassessments.org and experience one of the FSA exams on the grade level of your child. This will give you first- hand experience as to what your child is expected to know and be able to do. We expect our students in all grades to be reading and writing in all subject areas every day.
FMS teachers use diagnostic assessment tools to develop a plan of instruction that meets the needs of individual students. Please feel free to contact them for specific information concerning your child.
Middle school years are a time of tremendous change for students making parental support and input critical to their success. A misconception exists that as students enter middle school parental involvement and volunteer time are not needed. Nothing could be further from the truth! Many volunteer opportunities are available, and we welcome your time and interest. Please join our PTSA and/or School Advisory Council and let your voice be heard.
Please be sure that your child is reading every night and that they can explain to you what they read. There are numerous helpful math websites for students and parents:
www.virtualnerd.com – Virtual Nerd
www.khanacademy.org – Khan Academy
www.cpalms.org/Public - Florida State Standards for All Subjects
www.mathisfun.com – Math is Fun!
www.coolmath.com – Cool Math!
www.purplemath.com – great practice on all Math topics
www.brainpop.com – Brain Pop
Digits and Achieve 3000 are web based technology programs used in class. These can be accessed by students at home.
Rest assured that we are motivated and dedicated to both the academic and social achievement of your child. Let me know if I may be of assistance to you and together we will have a magnificent year!
Teresa Mowbray, Principal