Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

May 12, 2017

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

The last full week of school has seen positive classroom activity finalizing a variety of assessments and various student celebrations. Unfortunately, our good efforts were marred by the assault at Fulton Middle School. While ensuring the safety of non-involved students and investigating the incident, building and district protocols were followed . Pending arrival of the Fulton Police, the perpetrator was isolated and secured while injured students were immediately treated by the FMS nurse. Upon contact, each injured student’s parents elected to have their child remain at FMS to finish the day.

It is disturbing that FMS Building Administrators now have evidence that other students knew the knife was in the building. Unfortunately, those students chose not to share the information prior to the incident. Parent help is needed to encourage your child(ren) to share information with an adult as this incident would have been prevented by Building Administrators. As a parent, if you or your child is uncomfortable notifying any FPS Administrator of weapons, drugs, potential fights, or other distributing activities call the Fulton Police, Callaway County Sheriff or the Missouri Highway Patrol as they will respond to help keep your child and other children safe!

Nationally the incidence of suicide among our youth is alarming. Perhaps you are aware that Netflix has produced and is airing a series titled “13 Reasons Why”. This fictional show depicts the suicide of a young woman who leaves behind thirteen messages for specific people whom she blames for her death. It is loosely based upon a novel, with the same title, published in 2007.

Although this show is fictional, Fulton Administrators have seen an increase in student-to-student social media interchanges discussing suicide and, in some instances, suggesting recipients harm themselves. Any issue we become aware of is handled immediately and aggressively involving the student, parents, counselor, law enforcement and other resources. The following resource from the National Association of School Psychologists provides good information for you to discuss issues in “13 Reasons Why” with your child(ren).


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 is the last day of the regular school year. Students are dismissed two hours early to start their summer activities.

Thank you for sending great kids to work with. Best wishes for the summer.


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


Summer Meal Program

ANYONE ages 18 and younger can participate in the Summer Meal Program! Attendance to FPS Summer School is NOT required!
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2017-18 Fulton Foundation Grants Awarded

Many thanks to the Fulton Public Schools Foundation for the $7,000 in classroom grants awarded for the 2017-18 school year! Recipients are pictured below.

Fulton Public Schools Foundation Grant Awards

2017 – 2018

Kara Wilkerson $500

Fulton Education Center We Like To Move It!

This grant will buy instruments and programs to incorporate music into the special education classroom. The students will be able to participate in playing, dancing, and moving in the classroom. It will allow learning opportunities for students who have a delay in motor skills and give a voice through musical through non-verbal students.

Katie Finley and Robyn Frame $500

Bartley—continuation grant Seatbelts Everyone!

This is a third year grant which enables kindergarten students to take field trips to learn about different professions, ideas, and opportunities as they travel inside and outside their own community. Field trips can awake the desire in a child to try new things and spark new interests and passions. This will provide students with hands-on learning which will enhance their education both academically and personally.

Linda Hackman $500

Bartley Lights, Camera, Science in Action

This grant will provide technology so that 5th grade students may use an Ipad, along with a green screen, to create a model. The students will create a video of their model. Students will enhance the use of science through the use of this technology.

Casey DuBuque and Kayla Garwood $500

Bartley Elementary Read to Succeed

Reading is the key to life! This grant will enable teachers to increase the number of non-fiction texts and read-aloud resources in their classroom. In addition, they will connect with the community through reading field trips to the local nursing homes.

Debra Hunter and Kara Wagner $500

Bush—continuation grant OSMO in Kindergarten

OSMO is a hands-on education system that allows students to interact with the IPad by using hands on cooperative learning. Students interact with an IPad using physical manipulatives and the system provided positive feedback. It can be used to customize lesson plans and differentiate for individual levels of learning. This is a second year grant.

Amy Caswell, Shauna Smith, Melissa Milius $500

McIntire—continuation grant Connecting Service

Learning Through K

This program will allow kindergarten students to apply leadership characteristics with service learning. Projects such as animal collars for the animal shelter, field trips to local business and attractions, and other activities will help students learn to help others while learning.

Heather Yates, Stephanie Horstmeier $1000

Middle School—continuation grant Thrive Hive

Student store where students cannot only purchase prizes for things they want, but also things they might need to THRIVE. The items carried would be things like school supplies, food, health/hygiene, seasonal clothing, etc. The goal is to purchase these items to provide the students the necessities to help take care of some of their immediate needs.

Stephanie Horstmeier $700

Middle School FMS Ambassadors

This grant will fund a program to enable collaboration between students, staff, and administration to welcome new enrollees and their families to FMS. It will focus on the in-coming 6th graders, but also be used throughout the year as new families move to the district. Funds will be used for a welcome kit, pamphlet, stickers, and other welcoming items.

Jamie Thompson $800

High School KitchenAid Mixers

For Foods Class

The grant will fund four KitchenAid mixers to supplement the two already in the Family And Consumer Science lab. This will enable each kitchen to have a mixer so students in Foods and Advanced Foods can learn baking techniques.

Joshua Howard $1000

K-8 STEAM City; Creative

Creative Innovation Stations

This grant will fund appropriate tools for students in K-8 to build their STEAM knowledge and scale it to their ability. Funds will be used to purchase a 3D printer, Fire Tablet, Robot, and other items to help students build in their STEAM skills.

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Supersonic Teachers of the Week!

Congratulations to Janet Stanfield, Bush 5th Grade and Tyler Davison, FHS ELA and Math for being selected as the Supersonic Teachers of the Week!


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Summer 2017 and 2017-18 School Year Information

Please watch the Fulton Public Schools webpage at www.fulton58.org throughout the summer for information regarding summer camps and beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

Important Dates

May 16: Last Day of School; Dismiss 2 hours early

May 19: FHS Graduation, Champ Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required.

June 5-30: Summer School