Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

January 4, 2019

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,


In the past few months, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of student and parent contacts via mobile devices using some type of text messaging platform. As a District, we have encouraged teachers and coaches to communicate with students and parents in a manner that is open and available for review and which uses two-way communication. In that effort, the Remind app has been selected as an optional communication tool for parents, teachers, and students. As Remind is implemented, every parent and student will be able to choose to participate. This will allow you, as a parent, to receive the same school messages as your student(s) when communicating with a teacher or coach.


Remind is optional and free to use. You will be able to receive and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone. As part of this implementation, accounts will be created for all the teachers, parents, and students at Fulton Public Schools. We anticipate that Remind will be implemented prior to the Spring Activities season. At that time, you may choose to participate by responding to the email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account.

Again, we believe Remind will provide a secure method for you to monitor your student's school authorized communication and will allow you to communicate with appropriate school officials.


Thank you for sending great students to work with.


Sincerely,


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent
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Thank you to FCS Financial!

Be the good! The good is exactly what FCS Financial out of Columbia was for Fulton Public Schools! Out of the four counties FCS Financial serves, Fulton Public Schools was chosen to receive the benefits of their Community Outreach Program. Prior to the winter break, boxes of coats, hats, gloves, socks, and undergarments were taken to each of the 6 FPS buildings. We are forever grateful for this wonderful gift.


Thank you!

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When Winter Weather Hits.......

School Closing Information
Winter weather will be here before we know it, 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.


Buses Running on Snow Routes
Watch the Transportation webpage at https://tinyurl.com/y9mnps4z for information regarding specific snow routes for 2018-19.

Important Dates

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

Friday, February 8 - FHS Winter Courtwarming vs Kirksville

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