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Summer School Bus Routes and More

Dear Summer School Families, We are already a few weeks away from our first day of Camp Discover! We look forward to seeing our ELOP (Extended Learning Opportunity Program) summer school students at . . . Read More

Happy Summer! See you on August 19! 2024-25 Calendar Attached

To our families, staff, students, and community, Have a fun, safe, and wonderful summer!  We will see you for the first day of school on August 19, 2024. ☀️  For our students attending summer . . . Read More

Superintendent's Report June 2024

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Reminder for tonight!

8th Grade Families, Please remind your students that they can wear any medals they earned at FMS (academic, athletic, etc.) tonight at graduation. See you tonight! . . . Read More

Staff Spotlights


Staff Spotlight ~ Robert Wilson

In this edition of our Staff Spotlight, we are honored to feature Robert Wilson, the dedicated custodian at Fortuna Middle School. Robert has been a cornerstone of our school community for an impressive 26 years, with a total of 36 years in education. His long-standing commitment and contributions have made him an integral part of the school's history. Robert's journey with our school began when it was known as "Town School" before the new building was constructed and it was renamed Fortuna Middle School. His hard work and dedication keep the school looking pristine, and his extra efforts ensure that the grounds remain beautiful and well-maintained. Beyond his custodial duties, Robert enriches the school community in various ways. He is a talented poet and often shares his work with the students and staff. For Veterans Day, Robert read his poem, "I Have the Rights," to honor those who have served. He also brings his passion for poetry into the classroom, teaching students the art of poetry and lessons on safety preparedness in science and the history of money in social studies. Robert's favorite part of his job is interacting with the ever-changing student body. He cherishes the dynamic environment and the opportunity to connect with new students each year, making a positive impact on their school experience. Outside of his role at Fortuna Middle School, Robert has a variety of unique interests. He enjoys chainsaw carving, bottle hounding, and gold prospecting, hobbies that reflect his adventurous and creative spirit. Robert Wilson's dedication, hard work, and multifaceted contributions make him an invaluable member of the Fortuna Middle School community. His presence and efforts have shaped the school in countless positive ways, and we are incredibly fortunate to have him on our team. Thank you, Robert, for your unwavering commitment and the many ways you enrich our school every day.


Staff Spotlight ~ Matthew McClimon

FMS Spartans May 25, 2024 Matthew McClimon is in the Staff Spotlight for Fortuna Elementary School District. Mr. McClimon is the dedicated music teacher at both Fortuna Middle School and Toddy Thomas Middle School. Born and raised in Fortuna, Matthew has a rich educational background that includes graduating from Toddy Thomas, graduating from Fortuna High School, earning a degree in percussion performance from Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt), earning a degree in music education from the University of Louisville, and earning a Master’s in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans. Matthew began his teaching career at the Humboldt Music Academy at HSU in 1998 and continued teaching as a percussion instructor in Indiana for many years. In 2015, he returned to Fortuna to share his passion for music with the students in his hometown. At both schools, Matthew teaches music to students in grades 5-8, covering a range of classes, including Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Advanced Band, Jazz Band, and Choir. What he loves most about his job is witnessing the progression of his students over the four years they are in middle school. He fondly recalls meeting many of them for the first time during instrument demonstrations in 5th grade, often their first band instrument exposure. Guiding their development from these initial encounters to their 8th-grade year, where many emerge as accomplished young musicians, is a rewarding experience for him. Outside the classroom, Matthew has been serving in the Army Reserve since 2010, showcasing his commitment to his country and community. Matthew McClimon's dedication to music education and his ability to inspire young musicians make him an invaluable asset to both Fortuna Middle School and Toddy Thomas Middle School. His work enriches the students’ educational experience and fosters a deep appreciation for music in the community. We are incredibly fortunate to have Matthew as part of our team, where he continues to make a lasting impact on the lives of his students.

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