Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

November 4, 2016

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At this writing, most Parent/Teacher Conferences are complete; yet faculty members are making follow-up calls to those that could not attend the scheduled time. I trust that your student(s) conference was beneficial. I am optimistic that your student/parent/teacher partnership is working to ensure expected student academic performance and appropriate behavior.

As referenced in prior Focus articles, positive parent support and successful school experiences are significant factors in creating great students. I strongly encourage all parents to have academic success expectations established at home; be engaged with your child’s daily activities in and out of school; inquire about your student’s homework completion and communicate with your student’s teachers. Our two pronged objective in the district is for each student to achieve his/her academic potential and graduate from high school. I suspect that two pronged objective also fits many families in Fulton.

The transition from fall to winter causes district administrators to prepare for inclement weather. Should existing weather cause a school cancelation, you will be notified promptly as the decision is made.

· Specifically, snow routes for buses will be completed and sent to your home around November 11, 2016.

· School cancelations after school hours will be made by text messaging, phone, the FPS web site, Facebook, email, the Fulton App and television news (KRCG, KMIZ and KOMU).

· School cancelations while school is in session will be made by text messaging, the FPS web site, Facebook, email, the Fulton App and television news (KRCG, KMIZ and KOMU). (NOTE: NO PHONE NOTIFICATION)

As always, our objective is to ensure student safety while at school and to and from school.

Thank you for sending great kids to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


To the Veterans of Fulton Public Schools.....

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Congratulations Bartley Elementary!

This article was published in the Positive Focus for Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support out of Region 2 Columbia Hook Center. Kudos to Bartley for being a Leader School in Positive Behavior and Intervention Support!

Bartley Elementary Success Story: In Their Own Words

Bartley Elementary in the Fulton 58 School District is a rural public school which served over 265 elementary school students in the 2015-2016 school year. The Bartley Elementary staff (and students) have worked hard to implement SW-PBS with fidelity over the last few years. Since 2012-13, the second year of Tier 2 implementation, we have added new interventions and have focused on specific target areas. We utilized First Step to Success, Check-In, Check-Out (CICO), Check and Connect, and Social Skills Intervention Groups (SSIG).

We also chose to target students’ bus behaviors because the buses were the second highest referral location based on data. Bus referrals in 2012-13 accounted for 79 out of 426 referrals. By 2015-16, we lowered that to 43. The positive outcome is largely due to our building working with the transportation department to provide PBIS training to drivers, encouraging drivers to issue positive referrals and bus tickets, and recognizing drivers with certificates and gift cards based on student nominations for drivers using PBIS on their bus. This has built a strong working relationship with our drivers.

We are doing consistent work in our ninth year of implementation, and we track data from multiple sources to confirm the positive impact SW-PBS has had on the school. In the past four years, student attendance has increased from 94.7% to 98%. During that same time period, staff attendance has increased from 95.8%% to 97.7%.

Office referrals have decreased from 426 to 375, and the percentage of students with six or more office referrals decreased from 21 to 19 students. The number of students with 0-1 referrals remained the same. In school suspensions are down by 9%, and out of school suspensions are down by 9%. Additionally, MAP scores have increased by 18% in communication arts and 3% in math.

Cross Country Boys' Team Headed to STATE!

The Fulton High School Boys' Cross Country Team are District Champs and are headed to State on Saturday, November 5!

There will be a student send-off on Friday afternoon--the boys are going to Jefferson City to check out the course--and a police escort out of town on Saturday morning. The bus will leave from Fulton High School at 7:00 a.m.

The Cross Country State Meet will be at Oak Hills Golf Center, 932 Ellis Boulevard, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Directions from Fulton are on this link:


Admission is $8.00 per person for ages 6 and over.

Race Time.....Class 3 Boys start time is 9:00 a.m.

Any other cross country state related questions can be found in the MSHSAA 2016 cross country handbook, located here.


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Important Dates

November 6: Daylight Savings Time ENDS--Move clocks BACK one hour

November 9: MAP Gold Medal Award Ceremony 6 p.m. Roger D. Davis Gymnasium

November 9: BOE Meeting 7 p.m. Fulton High School Library

November 14: NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day

November 23-25: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

December 14: Board of Education Meeting 7p.m. FHS Library

December 21: End of 1st Semester (Full Day)

December 22: Winter Break Begins