Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

November 30, 2018

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

Recent legislation requires additional financial transparency for public bodies. I suspect you are aware Board of Education meeting materials and meeting minutes including financial reports have been accessible through the FPS website for several years. However, District financial data has been restructured and perhaps more easily accessible on the website from the front page tab titled Financial Data.

Under Financial Data you will find prior year audits, current and prior year annual budgets, and annual financial data by month. Monthly data includes:

  • Budget information which is the report and analysis provided to the Board of Education;

  • Treasurer's report which compares cash resources/accounts with prior year statements;

  • Check register summary which provides payments issued during the month; and

  • The expense and revenue summary detailing all funds with monthly and year to date revenue and expenditures.

The preceding information provides an overview of your District’s financial stability. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Thank you for sending great students to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


Information on Suicide Curriculum

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, pursuant to Section 170.048, RSMo, developed a model policy for suicide awareness and prevention. All school districts had to have a policy in place by July 1, 2018. One of the components of this policy is starting no later than fifth grade, students will receive age-appropriate information and instruction on suicide awareness and prevention.

Fulton Public School Counselors will be presenting information to students about mental health, well-being and suicide prevention and awareness during the month of January and the first part of February. The curriculum at the 5th-grade level will be about being safe, how to handle situations when they feel someone is not being safe and how to talk to a trusted adult. Middle school and high school lessons will address the following topics at an age-appropriate level:

  1. Promotion of a climate that encourages peer referral and which emphasizes school connectedness.

  2. Recognition of the signs that they or peers are at risk for suicide.

  3. Identification of issues that may lead to suicide including depression, anxiety, anger, and drug/alcohol dependency.

  4. Directive to not make promises of confidence when they are concerned about peer suicide.

  5. Identification of a trusted adult on campus with whom students can discuss concerns about suicide.

If you would like to review the suicide curriculum for a particular grade level or if you have questions about your child’s participation or would prefer your child not participate in the curriculum, please contact your child’s school counselor by December 14th.

2017-18 MAP Test Scores

Individual student score reports from the 2017-18 Missouri Assessment Program were released digitally to the district this week and are available to parents for review. Printed copies have been ordered and will be provided to the building for distribution once they arrive.

School Closing/Snow Route Information

School Closing Information
Winter weather is here, and the Fulton Public Schools are preparing for the inevitable snow day. Officials consider many things when making decisions on inclement weather days; however, the final decision is always determined by what is best for the students. Student safety is the priority of our school district.

Cancellation of School

The decision to dismiss early or to cancel a full day of school is announced on local television stations as soon as a decision is made. The district will launch the School Messenger phone messaging system to call the home or cell number you have provided the school upon enrollment of your child (if during the school day, an email and text message will be sent--not a phone call. Please make sure this information is correct. The district will also notify TV stations KOMU - channel 8, KRCG - channel 13, and KMIZ - channel 17. Radio stations will only be called during business hours. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ASKS PARENTS OR GUARDIANS NOT TO CALL SCHOOLS OR TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS ABOUT THE CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL. The website address – www.fulton58.org - will be updated with early dismissal and cancellation notices as well as Facebook--Fulton Public Schools and Twitter-- @FPSHornets.

Early Dismissal

Occasionally, school will be dismissed early due to bad weather. If an early dismissal is required an announcement will be made that school will be dismissed a specific number of hours early from the building’s normal dismissal time. School buses will run beginning at the dismissal time announced on those days school is canceled in midday.

Snow Routes

Snow Routes will only be implemented once the main roads are deemed passable.

Snow Routes may be needed due to significant accumulation where crews are not able to clear bus turnarounds, 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.

Please go to the FPS Transportation webpage, https://fulton58.socs.net/vnews/display.v/ART/51c310d9c8f7c, to find the snow route specific to your address.

Important Dates

Monday, December 10--No School, Teacher PD Day

Wednesday, December 12--FHS Finals Study Session 3:30 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12--Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, December 24-Wednesday, January 2--No School, Winter Break

Thursday, January 3--Classes Resume

Wednesday, January 9 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, January 21--No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 28 - Tuesday, January 29--No School, Teacher PD Days

Wednesday, February 13 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Friday, February 15 - No School, Teacher PD Day

Monday, February 18 - No School, President's Day

Wednesday, March 13 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29--No School, Spring Break

Monday, April 1 - Classes Resume

Wednesday, April 10 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Friday, April 19 - No School, Mid-Quarter Break

Wednesday, May 8 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Wednesday, May 15 - Last Day of School, Dismiss 2 hours early

Wednesday, June 12 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library