Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

October 20, 2017

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

Perhaps you realize Thursday afternoon, with the outside lock down at Bush Elementary and Fulton Middle School, was stressful. However, we were pleased with each building’s response that ensured your student(s) were safe. Two busloads of Bush students, returning from a field trip during the lockdown, were directed to a safe school until an ‘all clear’ call was given to return to Bush Elementary. Parents were notified by e-mail and text messaging. FPS Staff were notified by e-mail; however, the staff text messaging failed and has been corrected.

Of note, at Bush Elementary the phone system was overwhelmed with calls during this time. We will take every opportunity to keep you informed with reliable information during emergency periods. IF this incident was a total building lock down, all staff and students would be secured and phones would not be answered.

Perhaps you might have noticed that the voice messaging was not used. A conscious decision has been made not to use voice messaging during the day. The trend seems to indicate individuals choose to return a call rather than listen to their voicemail resulting in overwhelmed phone lines and system delays.

Thank you for sending great kids to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


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Please make sure that your contact information is correct in our system. If your email, phone number, or address has changed, please contact your student's building of attendance to update your information.

Also, if you would like to receive text messages, you MUST text "Y" or "YES" to 67587 on your mobile device to "Opt In" to our system. You will NOT receive text messages until you do this.

Thank you for taking care of this so FPS has the most current information possible.

MAP Awards

This week, Bartley, Bush, and McIntire Elementary awarded a total of 417 medals for scoring Proficient or Advanced on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests last spring! FPS is very proud of the academic achievements of these students!

Parent Teacher Conference Dates


October 24 from 3:30 - 6:30

October 26 from 4:00 - 7:00


October 23 from 3:45 - 7:00

October 24 from 3:45 - 7:00


October 24 from 3:35 - 7:00

October 25 from 3:35 - 6:30


November 1 from 3:30 - 6:30

November 2 from 3:30 - 5:30


October 25 from 3:30 - 7:00

November 1 from 3:30 - 7:00


October 24 from 3:30 - 7:00

December 13 from 3:30 - 7:00 (Preparing for finals Cocoa and Cram Session)

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It's never too early......

To put Kindergarten Orientation on your calendar! If you have a child who will be 5 by August 1, 2018, please make plans to attend. You won't regret it!
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Important Dates

No School - Earned Day Off - Friday, October 27, 2017

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

Board of Education Meeting - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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

(Classes resume Wednesday, January 3, 2018)