Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

September 26, 2019

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,


Failure is not an option! It is harder to get an F than a passing grade! Students are not permitted to be intentional non-learners. (An intentional non-learner is one that chooses failing or low grades rather than individual effort for school success.)


Perhaps you have heard these or similar statements as you have attended school functions. The statements do not mean lowering standards or grading scales. Quite the opposite, the statements are intended to communicate that success is expected from every student. How is success achieved by every student in the classroom? A few ideas include:


*Students are expected to attend school and be prepared to learn.

*Teachers will work to engage students for deep understanding.

*Students will have high expectations for their own learning.

*Teachers will structure activities to provide specific assistance to ensure comprehension of the skills and activities being taught.

*Each building has structured strategies and time, commonly known as Intervention time, to help students practice or re-learning activities to master course concepts.

*Teachers are available to assist students.

*Counselors and Social Work staff are available to assist students with various social or emotional needs.


Student success is also achieved through family or non-school support. A few ideas include:

*Asking your student(s) about their day at school which most likely includes successes and challenges both academically and socially.

*Monitoring homework completion and ensuring family performance expectations are met.

*Participating in various building parent/family activities, curriculum nights.

*Attending and participating in parent conferences.

*Logging into the portal to monitor academic progress.


Intervention time for re-teaching is a positive strategy for student success at all levels. Principals are constantly encouraging faculty to have student content so intriguing students want to be in class and direct individual student learning for maximum understanding resulting in school success. The future success of your student and our community relies on a successful partnership between kids, parents, and teachers!


Please do not allow your student to be an intentional non-learner. Seek assistance from the school faculty for home strategies to support your child’s academic performance!


Thank you for sending great kids for us to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Fall Homecoming Parade 2019

Below you will find a chart that specifies what time each building will release on Friday, September 27, 2019. Please note that each building is different and these times are 90 minutes earlier than the normal dismissal time.
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2019 Fall Homecoming Royalty

Introducing your 2019 Fall Homecoming Royalty!

Jasmine Cooper, Kate Larson, Savannah Bethell, John Adams, Zach Frazee, and Joseph Barkho


Coronation will be at half-time of the Hornets vs. Owls Football Game on Friday, September 27, 2019. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.


Congratulations and Good Luck!

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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 October. 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 September 30th.

Information: Fulton Mental Health Screening 2019-2020

The Fulton Public School’s District School Mental Health Team will be conducting a voluntary district-wide mental health screening this fall. The purpose of the screening is to identify social-emotional supports to help all Fulton students be successful. All information collected through the screening will be kept confidential. Screening tools are not diagnostic. Rather, screening data will be used to identify students who may benefit from additional assessment or supports for emotional or behavioral problems. As part of the screening process, teachers in all buildings will complete a brief assessment of students’ social, academic, and emotional behavior. Students in grades 3-12 will also complete a brief behavioral self-assessment. Participation in the screening is completely voluntary: parents or guardians may notify their building counselor if they do not want their child to participate by September 30th.


Why screen? Fulton School District is committed to helping all students be successful at school. The district already provides a variety of emotional and behavioral supports. Conducting a social-emotional health screening gives Fulton School District one more tool to best serve young people in this community. Screening data can help identify students who may need additional help and allows for earlier identification of possible problems. The screening also provides a snapshot of current social-emotional needs of students in the district to inform ongoing improvement efforts.


What screeners will be used? Teachers in all buildings will complete the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) for students in their classroom. Teachers at Fulton Education Center will complete the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DEKA) for FPS preschool students in their classroom. Students in grades 3-12 will complete a self-report measure called the MySAEBRS.


Is the screening mandatory? No. Parents/guardians can request for their child not to participate in the screening process.


When and where will the screening take place? Teachers will complete the screeners during regularly-scheduled, district professional development in October. Students in grades 3-12 will complete the screeners in the fall and spring for progress monitoring. The first screener will be given in October. Screeners will be completed online.


How long does the screening take? It is estimated that teachers will spend about 20-35 minutes completing the screening tool for students in their classroom. The self-report measure takes about 10 minutes to complete.


Where will the data be stored? Teachers and youth will complete the screeners online, so data from the screeners will also be saved in a secure file.


Who will have access to the results? Screening results will be used to identify Fulton students who may benefit from further assessment or supports. School personnel, including teachers, school counselors, teachers, and/or staff, will have access to student data. Results will be de-identified and shared more broadly at the district level to inform ongoing planning and improvement efforts.

Important Dates

Friday, September 27 -- Fall Homecoming, Dismiss 90 minutes early

Monday, October 7--NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day

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

Thursday, October 30 -- Facilities Community Forum--6 p.m. FMS

Friday, November 1 -- NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 4--NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day

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

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29--Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 9 --NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day

Wednesday, December 11-- Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, December 23 -- Friday, January 3 -- Winter Break

Monday, January 6 --NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day

Tuesday, January 7 - Classes Resume for 2nd Semester