Saplings Magazine is looking for submissions!

Saplings: The Carolina Young Artists’ Magazine is BACK! After a long hiatus, Saplings has teamed up with LifeSpring Academy in Clayton, North Carolina, to publish the next issue in Spring 2017. Our new student staff is looking for photos, art, and writing from talented youth (ages 10-18) who live in North and South Carolina. We know you have talented kids in your school, so spread the word!

The spring deadline is March 1. Check out our website for all the submission guidelines at
All published writers and artists will receive a free digital copy of the magazine.
Our teams of editors look forward to reviewing your student submissions. Feel free to email us with any questions you have about our magazine.
All the best,
Ben & Cole,
Email Co-Managers, Saplings

NC Bandmasters East Region Jazz Band

Please congratulate the following students who were selected for NC Bandmasters East Region Jazz Band at auditions in Greenville in January.  Only the top 19 students in the entire region are selected for this honor band and FFMS was well-represented:

Emily Y.:  1st chair trumpet
Adam C.:  4th chair trumpet
Colby E.:  2nd chair trombone
Zeke S.:  4th chair trombone
Travis L.:  piano
We also had four students who placed as first alternates in their respective sections:
Ethan D.:  alto saxophone
Connor R.:  bari saxophone
Jordan D.:  trumpet
Damien G.:  trombone

A Rainy Day – Mya S. / Photography – Halle B.


I could see it out of my window,

Like the sky was trying to make a lovely song,

It came down unlike fire billow,

Down it came stretched along.


I could see it trying to gleam through the clouds,

Like it was trying to overcome the gloomy sky,

It finally came through the crowd,

And there it was a glowing medallion in the sky,

A blazing, flaming ball of light shrouds

Across the sky it makes the rain say “Bye,”

There it came across the earth as if it was bowling,

Came the sun.