Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

November 3, 2017

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

The time of year for inclement weather is rapidly approaching. If there is a need to cancel school, we attempt to make the decision in a timely fashion for you to ensure your student(s) is safe for the day. We generally intend to complete a full day; however, if an early cancellation is needed it will be announced as one, two, or three hours. This method of release allows a normal transportation schedule throughout the district.

You will be notified of school cancellations through the news media outlets of KRCG, KOMU and KMIZ. I typically call and leave a message at the local radio station, KFAL. Other communications will be provided through the district web site, email and text messaging system. The automated phone system will not be used during normal school hours, but may be used in the evening and early morning.

Next week, the Transportation Department will be sending home the Transportation Snow Route plan with your student(s). This information will also be posted on the District web site. Please review the information and address any questions with the Transportation Department.

Typically, when school is cancelled due to inclement weather, we expect after school activities to be cancelled. However, there may be mornings when the roads are treacherous, but are safe by noon causing interscholastic competition to continue, especially if the competition involves several school districts.

Inclement weather days are challenging. We consult a variety of sources including local media, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Callaway County Emergency Management staff. Obviously, our goal is student safety; hence, we always strive to make the best decision for our students!

Thank you for sending great kids to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.



Nominated by FHS Student Council, FHS Principal Chris Mincher, was selected as The MASC Northeast District Administrator of the year for 2017! Mr. Mincher was unexpectedly deployed, but was there via FaceTime. Emma Abbott, FHS STUCO President, accepted the award on Mr. Mincher's behalf.
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Notice of Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative

Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) established the "Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative."

Information regarding the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative can be found at https://motraumaschools.com. DESE recommends The Missouri Model, found on this page, as the developmental framework for the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.

Any questions regarding the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative may be directed to Dr. M. Rene Yoesel, LPC, at 573-751-0857 or Rene.Yoesel@dese.mo.gov.

Stealing Back Christmas!

Please join Fulton Public Schools in collecting toys for the Toys For Tots program. Toys were recently stolen from a storage shed and Toys for Tots needs help replacing them so kids can have Christmas.

Read the flyer below--FPS has challenged other area schools in a Toy Drive competition.

Toys can be dropped off at Fulton High School or the Baymont Inn and Suites by Fastlane at the HH exit between November 6 and December 14.

Everyone wins this competition--especially the kids!

The Toy Drive Initiative is being driven by FHS Thespian Troupe 4565 and FHS NHS.

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If you have a child who will be 5 years old by August 1st and will be ready for Kindergarten next year, please make plans to attend the Class of 2031 Kindergarten Orientation! Valuable information will be shared!
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Important Dates

Board of Education Meeting - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

No School - Teacher Professional Development - Monday, November 13, 2017

No School - Thanksgiving Holiday - Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24

No School - Teacher Professional Development - Monday, December 11

Announcement of Toys For Tots Toy Drive Results - Friday, December 15 (basketball game)

Board of Education Meeting - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

No School - Winter Break - Friday, December 22 - Tuesday, January 2

(Classes resume Wednesday, January 3, 2018)