Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

April 13, 2017

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

This weekend is a three-day weekend and the last scheduled no-school day prior to the end of our school year. Yet, this may be the most important break for your student(s) to rest, relax and rejuvenate prior to required state testing. Included below are tips to prepare your student(s) for outstanding academic performance. We are optimistic that collective efforts between school and home will have positive results for your student(s) and the district.

At Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, three members were given the Oath of Office to be a Board of Education member. Todd Gray was re-elected for a second three-year term. Emily Omohundro and Matt Gowin were each elected for a three-year term. Congratulations to each!

Finally, the District and Bush Elementary were pleased to host Missouri Treasurer, Eric Schmitt, as he kicked off his Central Missouri MOST 529 College Savings Plan. Information about this program is being sent home to every Kindergarten and First Grade student. Program information will be posted on the FPS web site and is available on the Missouri State Treasurer’s web site.

I trust you will have a safe and relaxing weekend. Thank you for sending great students for us to be part of their life!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


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MAP Testing Begins April 18

Below are the dates for State Testing for Fulton Public Schools.

***Missouri Assessment Program testing in Grades 3-8 begins on Tuesday,April 18 (English Language Arts, Math, and in grades 5 and 8 Science)

***ACT – April 19 – All Juniors – State funded

***Missouri Assessment Program EOC (End of course) – Begins week of April 25 for students in Algebra I, Biology, English II, and Government

There are some ways in which you can enhance your child’s performance:


* Encourage your child to do his/her best.

* Make sure he/she gets proper rest and nutrition during the test dates.

* Have your child wear comfortable clothing.

* Protect your child from family pressures or problems if possible during testing.


* Forget that emphasis on test scores can be upsetting to children.

* Try to “cram” for the exam.

* Use undue threats or promises based on the outcome of his/her results.

* Judge your child on the basis of a test score. Many factors can influence test scores, and any test only tells part of the story.

2017-18 Board of Education

Board members for Fulton Public Schools are elected by community members served by the school district. Members must meet training requirements provided by the Missouri School Boards Association. They are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of our district. At a minimum, they read no fewer than three reports each week and meet no fewer than four hours a month. They are very dedicated people.

Congratulations to incumbent Todd Gray, Emily Omohundro and Matt Gowin who are newly elected FPS Board Members! They were sworn in at the Board of Education meeting on April 12, 2017. Welcome!

Your 2017-18 Fulton Public Schools Board of Education is pictured below.

From left, front: Verdis Lee, Sr.-Secretary, Kristie Donohue
Back: Matt Gowin, Emily Omohundro, Andy Bonderer, Dennis Depping-Vice President, and Todd Gray-President.

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Important Dates

April 14: Mid-Quarter Break NO School

April 18 - May 12: MAP Testing

April 29: FHS Prom

May 10: Board of Education Meeting Fulton High School Library 7 p.m.

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

May 19: FHS Graduation, Champ Auditorium