Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

December 2, 2016

A message from the Superintendent

December 2, 2016

Dear Parents and Patrons,

The Fulton Public Schools Foundation has provided significant funding for many projects in our district, some of which are highlighted here and others will be highlighted in future issues. Personally, several years ago a District Reading Specialist was able to demonstrate remarkable student progress through the use of a Foundation supported e-reader project. Even though many classrooms were implementing computer learning strategies, the personalized learning strategies of e-readers solidified my thinking regarding the effectiveness of individual technology devices for each student; a trend that continues in the district today. Ms. Diane Burre-Ludwig, Foundation Executive Director, is generally available to discuss the Foundation and opportunities for your participation. Diane can be contacted at dbludwig22@aol.com.

December 13, 2016 through January 17, 2017 is the annual registration period for the April 4, 2017 Board of Education Election. Three Board of Education positions are available during the current election cycle. Specific information is found on the Fulton 58 web site and will be in the Fulton Sun.

Thank you for sending great kids for us to work with.


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


Thank You!

The Class of 1996 generously donated the funds to have the Hornet mural in the Roger D. Davis Gymnasium updated with the NEW Fulton Public Schools Hornet! Our very own Sadara Evans, FHS Art Teacher, repainted the mural. It looks awesome!
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Fulton Public Schools Foundation

The Fulton Public Schools Foundation is a proud supporter of Fulton Public Schools. Each year, ten grants are awarded for various projects across the District. The following are just a sampling of what was awarded this year. There will be more to come!

Sparking Learning Through STEM--Jan Bailey FMS

This grant supplied iPad minis to work with Spheros, an app-controlled robotic ball, to foster creative problem-solving and teamwork. Sphero is linked via bluetooth to an iPad to be programmed and controlled. Working together in small groups, students move through the design process to plan, build, and test their creations.

Fulton Mugs Coffee Shop--Janet Trowbridge FHS

Fulton Mugs is a successful, student run coffee shop in its second year at Fulton Middle School. This grant provided funds so the coffee shop concept could be continued at Fulton High School.

Digital Arts--Danielle Davison Bush Elementary

iPad minis were purchased with Foundation Grant funds to create digital art.

Full STEAM Ahead--Delora Vaughn Bartley Elementary

This funded project is for Makerspace materials in the library at Bartley. Stations such as Legos, K'nex, littleBits, and other materials allow students to build, design, and create projects limited only by their imaginations. In the photo below, 2nd grade students are participating in the Spaghetti Challenge.

Authentic Education Experiences--Katie Finley and Robyn Frame Bartley Elementary

This program was started last year and was granted continuation funds from the Fulton Foundation. Students in kindergarten at Bartley go on educational adventures around the community to provide them with authentic learning experiences.

FMS Thrive Hive--Tiffany Sargent, Corinne Tobias, Heather Yates, and Stephanie Horstmeier

This Foundation Grant provided the start-up for a student store where students can buy things they want, but also things they might need to THRIVE. Students use earned PBS Bucks to purchase items from the store.

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FPS Calendars Explained

On the right hand side of FPS webpage (www.fulton58.org), you will find a calendar that includes all activities taking place in all Fulton Public Schools. Click on the arrow at the bottom of the calendar to expand to see all events for a particular day.

At the top of the FPS webpage, there is a tab that says "Our Schools". Hover over the Our Schools tab to see a listing of all schools. Each school has an event calendar that houses events specific to each school.

In the center of the FPS webpage, there is a tab that says Annual Calendars. At a glance, this calendar provides all student NON-attendance days as well as the end of each quarter.

On our Fulton Public Schools app, you can choose which calendar(s) you see. Choosing the District Calendar in the app will give you the Big events as well as the Special events like Homecoming and Graduation. See the information below on how to download the Fulton Public Schools app.

Please don't hesitate to call, 573-590-8000, if you have any questions.

How to download the FPS app

iPhone--Go to the App Store and search for the Fulton Public Schools App. It is a free download.

Android--Search Google Play for the Fulton Public Schools App. It is also a free download.

Coming Soon.....

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Snow Routes

As the winter season approaches, it is good to be prepared for inclement weather. Use this link to find the Fulton Public Schools Snow Routes. http://www.fulton58.org/vnews/display.v/ART/51c310d9c8f7c

***Snow Routes will only be implemented once main road are deemed passable.

***Snow Routes may be needed due to significant accumulation where crews are not able to clear bus turn arounds, cul-de-sacs, and other treacherous areas.

***Buses may be as much as 15 minutes early or late to any bus stop. Please dress students appropriately for the weather in preparation for longer than normal wait times.

***When snow routes are running, they will run for both AM & PM routes.

Please call the Transportation Department if you have questions. 573-590-8020

Notification Procedures for School Cancelations

When Fulton Public Schools deems it necessary to cancel school, the following methods of communication will be used.

After school hours: text messaging, phone, FPS website, Facebook, email, FPS App, and television news stations (KRCG, KMIZ, and KOMU)

During school hours: text messaging, FPS website, Facebook, email, FPS App, and television news stations (KRCG, KMIZ, and KOMU) (NOTE: NO PHONE NOTIFICATION)

Important Dates

December 13-January 17: Board of Education Candidate Filing

December 14: Board of Education Meeting 7p.m. FHS Library

December 21: End of 1st Semester (Full Day)

December 22: Winter Break Begins

January 3, 2017: Classes Resume

January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday NO School

January 30-31: Professional Development for Teachers NO School

February 17: Professional Development for Teachers NO School

February 20: Presidents' Day NO School

March 27-31: Spring Break NO School

April 4: Board of Education election

April 14: Mid-Quarter Break NO School

May 16: Last Day of School; Dismiss 2 hours early

May 19: FHS Graduation, Champ Auditorium