Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

May 14, 2021

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New federal broadband discount for students and families!

Fulton Public Schools is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment will begin (opened) on May 12, 2021. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week

FPS welcomes Sarah Manley and Morgan Beamer

Sarah Manley, a recent Westminster College graduate from Kirkwood, Missouri, has been selected as the Coordinator of School and Community Programs for the 2021-22 school year. Sarah has a double major in Integrated Marketing Communications and Business Management with a Leadership Emphasis.

Manley has lived in Fulton for five years and is "thrilled about this opportunity and looks forward to engaging with community members, parents, faculty, and staff. Sarah is ecstatic to be a Fulton Hornet!"

Ms. Manley will officially join FPS on July 1, 2021.

FPS is happy to announce that Morgan Beamer has been selected as the new Assistant Principal at Bush Elementary for the 2021-22 school year. Beamer has 7 years of experience in education.

Beamer currently serves as a mathematics teacher, department chair, and girls basketball coach at North Callaway High School.

Beamer's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and secondary mathematics education from Westminster College and a Master’s degree in administration from William Woods University.

Mrs. Beamer will officially join FPS on August 1, 2021.

Prop S Construction to begin in June, 2021

The FPS Board of Education approved the final plans to officially set Proposition S into motion. Beginning in June, the three elementary schools Bartley, Bush, and McIntire, will see several improvements (see below). Completion is projected to be in September.

*Secure vestibule with security glazing and doors

*Secure transaction window in the new vestibule to reduce the number of visitors required to enter the building

*Multiple windows in the administration area to separate students and visitors

*Expanded administration area with additional storage

*Expanded nurse's room with the ability to separate sick and well students

*Plumbing and electrical upgrades throughout the building

*Automatic faucets and flush valves

*Non-egress doors removed from the perimeter of building for enhanced security

*Dated exterior doors and hardware upgraded for safety

*Parking lot and sidewalk revisions with new parking lot lighting

Planning continues for the projects at Fulton High School including the addition and new gymnasium. The approximate start date is the fall of 2021.

Spring Band and Choir Concert Dates

The end of the 2020-21 school year is rapidly coming to an end! It's a busy time of year, full of many opportunities to see FPS kids shine. Below are the Spring Band and Choir Concert dates for FHS.

FHS Band: Thursday, May 20, 7:00 pm, FHS Gym

Big Band Dance (ticket sales coming soon, tickets must be pre-purchased): Saturday, May 22, 7:00 pm, FHS Commons

FHS Choir Spring Showcase: Friday, May 21st, 7:00 pm, FHS Gym

Please Continue to Report

Please continue to report positive COVID-19 cases and/or the need to quarantine to the COVID Hotline at 573-590-8070. Continuing to report to FPS will allow for accurate data to be used to assess the current status of our schools.
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Important Dates

May 27, 2021 - LAST Day of School/Dismiss 2 hours early

May 28, 2021 - FHS Graduation

May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day

June 7 - July 2 - Summer School

June 9 - Board of Education Meeting 7 pm - FHS Commons