Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

December 8, 2017

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,


The holiday season is here as evidenced by activities in the school and community. Please watch your Principal’s news information for items affecting your student(s). Also, the public items, of which you may attend are posted on the FPS app and website.


Student safety, a priority taken seriously in every building, is a joint responsibility with all Fulton families. Please work with your student(s) on safety to and from school. Be sure they know how to respond or react if approached by strangers. As you most likely read in the December 7th Fulton Sun, we were fortunate that the students were able to get safely home.


In this Focus is information on the Safe and Drug-Free Schools survey. This survey does provide information the District can use as student activities are developed and implemented. And, completion of the survey is a qualifying activity should FPS pursue grant funds through Safe and Drug-Free Schools.


Perhaps you recall State Treasurer Eric Schmitt’s visit and press conference last fall. Mr. Schmitt was promoting college savings through the MOST 529 College Savings Pilot Program. A new MOST brochure is posted on the Fulton website, https://goo.gl/cSE8Vt. It is my understanding that MOST funds can be used for a variety of after high school education programs and/or training. I know tuition and fees are expensive; perhaps MOST is a good financial and future strategy for your student(s).


At the Board of Education meeting next week it is anticipated the Board will review and adopt a school calendar for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. This agenda item is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. discussion, which allows for district patron comments. As I suspect you are aware of from reviewing prior Board meeting agendas, the Board will continue to review and discuss asking patrons to approve an Operating Tax levy at an undetermined 2018 Election. Finally, the Board will hear the Fiscal Year 2017 Audit Report from the District’s Auditor, Gerding, Korte, and Chitwood, CPAs.


The Transportation Department has collected quite a few coats that have been left on buses since the start of this school year. Their protocol is to leave the coat on the bus a few days, then remove excess coats to the office on Route Z. Hence, if your student is a bus rider missing a coat please go to the Transportation Office to check for the missing item. Around December 15, any coats at the Transportation Office will either be provided to Serve or Elementary Buildings to give to those in need.


As we move closer to the winter break please help your student(s) stay focused on academic activities. Every day counts and I am optimistic that your student(s) find value and progress each day!


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


Sincerely,

Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Snow Route Information

Fulton Public Schools Snow Route information can be found on our website at https://fulton58.socs.net/vnews/display.v/ART/51c310d9c8f7c. There you will find a live link to your child's bus number.
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2018-19 FPS School Calendar

This calendar for the 2018-19 school year will be voted on by the Board of Education at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fulton High School Library. The review, discussion, and vote are scheduled for 8 p.m.
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Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Survey

Please read the note below regarding this survey for grades 6-12. Do nothing if your student CAN participate. If you do NOT want your student to participate, please contact Debbie Harris, Student Services Coordinator, at either dharris@fulton58.org or 573-590-8100.


Parent Notification Form

School districts throughout Missouri have been asked to participate in the Missouri Student Survey every other year since 1991. With the inclusion of a violence component in 1995, the instrument became the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Survey. The survey is administered to students in at least two classes at each grade level from sixth grade through twelfth grade.


The results of the survey are used to assist the school district in evaluation and planning of its comprehensive school health program. Specifically, the results of the survey indicate the extent of alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use as well as incidences of violence experienced by students. Here are two questions from the survey:


During the past 12 months, how many times were you in a physical fight?

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you smoke cigarettes?


Students are not asked to identify themselves on the survey form. No individual student responses are reported or maintained. Student participation in the survey assists your school district and community gather local data regarding the extent of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and violence. This will then also assist in determining statewide levels of such use, safety issues, and violence.


Please let your school’s office know if you have questions or would like more information about the survey.

Alerts

FPS has recently used the SchoolMessenger system to notify parents and staff with important and timely information. On November 30, 2017, an email and text message was sent to everyone in the district. If you did not receive the text and/or email message, please log into your Parent Portal account to ensure your information is correct. If you didn't receive the text message, please make sure you are "opted in" by texting "Y" or "Yes" on your cellular device to 67587.
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Toys for Tots

We are down to the last week of the Toys for Tots Toy Drive. This drive was initiated by the Fulton High School Drama Club and National Honor Society to collect toys that were stolen from the shed where they were housed.


If you have a donation, please drop it off at any of our Fulton Public School buildings or at the Baymont Inn on Route HH.


The final day to donate is December 14. An announcement will be made at the basketball game on December 15 to reveal the winner of the Toy Drive Competition.

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Cody's Gifts Parent Session

It doesn't matter if you have a child in Kindergarten or 12th grade. ALL are invited to attend!
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Important Dates

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)