• Quiz Bowl

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/21/2020

    Make sure you have completed and turned in the following forms:


    Please download, fill in, print, sign, and return the following forms:


    1. parental consent and media release
    2. Student Medical File


    1. 2020 Adult Medical and Emergency
    2. 2020 Adult Consent Release

    Regional Champions - If we win regionals, complete this form

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  • You decide! Vote now

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/10/2020
    Voting for the 2021-22 topics is now open! All members of the FPS community are invited to share their preferences.  Please take a minute to cast your votes for your choice of topics and then share this link with your students so they can vote on the topics they would like to see used.

    Topic Vote:   https://www.fpspi.org/topic-vote/  

    Thanks so much!
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  • Communication Skills

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/10/2020
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  • January 6-9, 2020

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 1/1/2020

    This lesson is copied from EconEdLink.org



    Have you ever thought about starting your own business? It is an idea worth considering, for several reasons. People who start up a business gain the opportunity to work at something that they really love, the power to control their work life, the ability to build something new, and the potential to earn a lot of money.


    • Investigate the three major forms of business organization: sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
    • Offer advice to people interested in beginning or expanding a business.
    • Research and prepare a report on a successful businessperson and the business she or he they founded.


    Activity 1: Three Types of Business Organization

    There are many different goods and services that a new business can offer, but there are only only a few ways to organize a business. The vast majority of businesses start out as sole proprietorships or partnerships. A third option is to set up a corporation. In the United States, about 70 percent of all businesses are sole proprietorships, 20 percent are corporations and the remaining 10 percent are partnerships. Each type of business has distinctive characteristics.

    A sole proprietorship a business that is owned and managed by one individual who receives all the profits and bears all losses.

    A partnership a business that is owned and managed by two or more individuals who receive all profits and bear all losses.

    corporation is a business that is owned by stockholders and that has legal rights and responsibilities as if it were a person.

    An entrepreneur is a person who starts up a new business, taking on risk and hoping to make a profit.

    Read more, at this https://www.sba.gov website, about each type including their advantages and disadvantages.

    Activity 2: Sweet Opportunities

    Imagine you operate a consulting business, giving advice to people who are thinking about starting or expanding their own business. Read the client stories in this file, Sweet Opportunities, then prepare a written recommendation as to which form of business organization you think is best for each. State the reasons for your recommendations. In each case, there will be some disadvantages to the business form you recommend. Identify at least one negative for each and suggest how the client you might minimize its effects.

    As you prepare your report, keep in mind that starting a business involves more than just finding something to sell. The entrepreneur may need money may be needed for buildings, equipment and other start-up expenses. He or she must also know how to manage the business, or find someone else to work as a manager.

    If you need additional information to help you make your recommendations, click on the titles below:

    "Should You Have a Partner”
    "What Type of Business Organization is Best for You?"

    Activity 3: Sweet Success

    You have probably noticed that all of your clients had opportunities in the “sweets” industry. In fact, all of these are true stories that ultimately led to very successful business ventures for people selling chocolate and chocolate-related products. Their success was sweeter than most! Did you recognize any of these entrepreneurs and their businesses? Click on the name for more information.

    Client 1: Elise MacMillan and her brother Evan co-founded The Chocolate Farm in Englewood, Colorado, in the late 1990s.

    Client 2: Milton Hershey broke ground for his chocolate factory near Lancaster, PA in 1903. It was the beginning of what would become Hershey Foods Corporation .

    Client 3: Forest Mars invited Bruce Murrie, an investment banker and son of the Hershey company president, to be his partner in M&M Ltd. The M&Ms we still eat today were first sold to the public in 1941. The letters in "M&M" stand for Mars & Murrie. Eventually, Murrie left the business but Forest Mars became the owner of Mars, Inc.
    Client 4: Wally Amos launched the Famous Amos Cookie Company in a Hollywood, CA storefront on Sunset Boulevard in 1975.

    Have the students read about one of these persons and the business he or she created. Then report their findings about what happened to the entrepreneur and the business. Be sure to have them include answers to the following questions.

    1. What has happened to the founder of the business?
    2. Is he or she still involved with the company?
    3. What other things has he or she done?
    4. Who owns the business?
    5. How has the business changed?
    6. Has the company been involved in any mergers or acquisitions?
    7. What products does the company sell?

    [NOTE: If a company has incorporated and is publicly traded, another source of information will beHoover’s Online Directory ]


    Starting any business is risky. According to one report, two out of three new businesses fail within their first four years. You can reduce the risk – and increase your chance of sweet success—by choosing the form of business ownership that best suits your new business and personal interests. You will have to consider the following:

    • The resources needed to start and expand the business.
    • Your level of expertise for starting and managing a business.
    • Your willingness to share decisions and profits.
    • The level of liability you and any potential partners are willing to accept.
    • The tax implications of your choices.
    • Your willingness to re-invest earnings into the business.
    • How long you see yourself and any partners involved in the venture.
    • Whether this venture is something you want to live on after you and any partners are gone.

    Extension Activity

    Web sites for candy manufacturers often provide a timeline or other historical information that tells how the company got started and how it has changed over the years. With your classmates, combine this information to create a time line for the candy industry in the United States. Identify events that had a dramatic impact on the industry in terms of supply and demand. Analyze how timing also contributed to the success of the businesses when they were new. The following company web sites in addition to the site for the National Confectioners Association will help you do your research.

    Identify examples of sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations in your local community or state. Interview the managers of the businesses chosen to find out why the form of ownership was chosen and how it affects their work.


    FPS Research

    Gifted OutcomesGroup dynamics, technology, critical thinking, leadership, research, self-directed skills, communication 

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  • Parent Group

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 12/18/2019
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  • Dec 9-13

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 12/9/2019

    Financial Literacy Prep

    Students will form small groups of 2-3 and select one of the topics below to teach to the class. (Flipped Classroom)
















    6 Videos Worth Viewing
    1. Compound Interest Explained
    2. How Much Should I Save? Kal Penn Explains
    3. If Paychecks Could Talk
    4. Saving for Tomorrow, Tomorrow
    5. Spent: Looking for Change
    6. Why We Crave What's Cool
    5 Awesome Activities
    1. ANALYZE: 4 Elevator Pitches
    2. INTERACTIVE: FICO Credit Scores
    3. MOVE: Up and Down with Credit Scores
    4. MOVE: What Determines Your Insurance Premium?
    5. PLAY: The Bean Game
    5 Awesome Activities
    1. ANALYZE: 4 Elevator Pitches
    2. INTERACTIVE: FICO Credit Scores
    3. MOVE: Up and Down with Credit Scores
    4. MOVE: What Determines Your Insurance Premium?
    5. PLAY: The Bean Game
    3 Fantastic FinCap Fridays
    1. Five Star Phonies
    2. Impress for Success
    3. Playing with F.I.R.E.


    2 Engaging EdPuzzles
    1. 5 Factors that Determine Auto Insurance Rates
    2. The Difference Between Saving, Investing, and Speculating
    1 Cool Case Study
    1. Avoiding the Lemon

    Personal Finance Challenge

    Any group wishing to re-test should plan do to so this week. 


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  • December

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 11/20/2019

    Friday, November 22 - Day of the Arts



    Friday, December 6 - Holiday Havoc

    Friday December 13 - Winter Dance

    Friday, December 20 - Scenario Writing Final Due

    December 23-31 - Christmas Break


    Assignments for December

    Chess Team Tryouts and Practice Games


    1. Kaleb 

    2. Jialin

    3. Thorne

    4. Pate

    5. Tucker

    6. Wade

    7. Jackson

    8. Dylan

    9. Playoff winner 1 .    Mclenden, Cooper C, Cooper J, Jude, Trevor

    10. Playoff winner 2 .  Mclenden, Cooper C, Cooper J, Jude, Trevor


    FPS Qualifying Problem Research Gamification


    Qualifying Problem - Suggested Readings

    Germantown Junction​

    If you do not have an ex-large box yet, please make every effort to do this during the Christmas break. 


    Financial Literacy

    Take the online practice tests

    Study the vocabulary

    Team 1 and 2 will re-test for finals


    Stock Market Game

    Last date for trading is 12/6 - do NOT liquidate your portfolio

    Take the SMG Post Test


    Scenario Writing

    Edit your draft and turn in the final copy December 16, with all conpleted required forms



    All non-competitive students will begin working on the Egnine-uity projects found on the left tab of this site


    Visual Arts

    Continue working on your FPS Visual Art project - due February


    Math and Science Quiz Bowl

    Team 1 has been approved - turn in all required forms

    Practice daily

    Team 2 is pending . turn in all required forms for quick uploads when accepted



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  • Career Expo Follow Up Survey

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 11/12/2019
    1. Please give the link to all of your 8th graders who were eligible to attend your local P2P Career Expo during a computer class…or something equivalent.  
    2. Surveys need to be completed on campus (NOT AT HOME), during school hours, and in front of a computer.
    3. You may find the following script helpful in presenting the link to your students:


    Thank you very much for taking the time to do this survey! The organizers of the event really appreciate your time. 

    You are being asked to complete this survey as you were eligible to have attended a P2P Career Expo (you may have attended or you may not have attended, that’s ok), and your answers will help its organizers learn more about whether the Expo is useful for you and other students like you. 

    The survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete. Your answers will be kept confidential in all reports developed.  


    1. The survey link will be live for approximately 2-3 weeks depending on response rates.
    2. Jonathan Cox will be contacting you periodically with your response rate so that you know how many students have participated and to remind you of your upcoming cut-off date.

    Please note: This study has been reviewed by The University of Mississippi’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).  If you have any questions, concerns, or reports regarding your rights as a participant of research, please contact the IRB at (662) 915-7482 or irb@olemiss.edu.   

    Follow this link to the Survey:
    Take the Survey

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  • Regional Science Quiz Bowl

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 11/6/2019

    Please download, fill in, print, sign, and return the following forms:



    parental consent and media release


    Student Medical File



    2020 Adult Medical and Emergency


    2020 Adult Consent Release


    Regional Champions - If we win regionals, complete this form

    Team 1 







    Team 2






    Team 3


    Cooper C





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  • Character Parallel

    Posted by Deborah Morali on 10/31/2019

    Use your phone to open and watch this video. 

    Complete the worksheet and illustration

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