Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

February 19, 2016

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Families and Patrons,

What, no study hall?

What happened to study hall is a frequent question I hear across age groups in the community. Thinking about my high school experience, study hall was interesting and unfortunately memorialized in the high school yearbook. Needless to say, my personal and other's antics were not appreciated by my father; however, my mother, a teacher in another building, was more empathic in that she understood the consequences administered, after study hall antics, were fairly administered. Study hall duty, from my teaching experience, tended to be chaotic and punishment for a teacher; hence, I am not a study hall advocate.

I am pleased to report that Fulton does not have study hall. We do have specific strategies at all levels of the district to help your student excel academically. You may hear the initials, RTI, which means ‘Response to Intervention’. In short, the RTI process means that a student is taught, assessed and specific strategies are implemented to ensure student success. The most basic level is our traditional curriculum and classroom teaching. If success is not achieved, then other curriculum, activities, and/or strategies are employed.

RTI in our elementary schools looks much like traditional teaching. I suspect students and parents at this level do not recognize the additional help being provided. The Fulton Middle School program is known as WIN time, What I Need time. Students are assigned to a WIN group to improve specific skills with content experts in the building.

Intervention time at Fulton High School is provided as student choice. Those students meeting iSucceed requirements may choose a variety of activities during Intervention. Students not qualifying for iSucceed are required to complete academic work and seek assistance from one of his/her teachers.

Ideally, the result of RTI is academic success for all Fulton students. Each teacher has implemented specific strategies in their room, subject area, and grade level. Supporting your student is essential for his/her success. Do not hesitate to contact you student’s teacher(s) for homework support strategies and/or additional activities leading to great academic performance.

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


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


The NFL honors Fulton High School and Tony Galbreath

The National Football League has honored Fulton High School and its role in developing and supporting the career of Tony Galbreath, who is a part of Super Bowl History. Tony was a 1972 Fulton graduate who went on to play football at the University of Missouri and then played for the New York Giants as a Running Back in Super Bowl XXI. He also played for the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings during his 12-year NFL career. He is a member of the Saints' Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Tony was also inducted into the Fulton High School Wall of Fame in 2001. Tony presented the football to Fulton High School Assistant Principal, Kati Boland, at half-time of the boys varsity basketball game on Friday, February 12, 2016. The football will be displayed in a trophy case at Fulton High School.

Local news covered the story. You can view the stories here:



FPS using Twitter for Professional Development

Fulton Public Schools has become very active in the use of Twitter for Professional Development. Teachers can search for Twitter Chats that pertain to their grade level or subject area. By following these chats, teachers can learn from others from across the nation as well as from experts in the field of education. Each teacher has the ability to "personalize" their Professional Development to fit their own needs by developing their PLN or Professional Learning Network.

Read the Board UpDate

Click on the following link to read the synopsis of the February 10 Board of Education Meeting.


FHS Principals Rehired

Chris Mincher and Kati Boland have been acting as interim principal and assistant principal this school year. Fulton Public Schools is happy to announce that they have been rehired for the 2016-17 school year as principal and assistant principal.

FBLA Headed to State Competition

On Friday, February 12, Fulton Future Business Leaders of America, along with 17 other schools, participated in the Missouri District 2 competition. Fifty seven members of Fulton’s chapter participated in over 50 events.

Students qualifying for state were: 1st place—Mary Hinchie, Gentry Totta, Olivia Rice in Business Ethics, 1st place—James Hill, John Burch, and Brendan Dungan in Business Plan, 1st place—Mary Hinchie in Business Law, 1st place—Miles Johnson in Insurance & Risk Management, 1st place—Montana Sievert in Electronic Career Portfolio, 1st place—Rachel Quick, Melanie Holsman, Samantha Cagampan in Business Financial Plan, 1st place—Trask Crane in Computer Problem Solving, 1st place—Trask Crane in Cyber Security, 3rd place—Haydon Windsor in Introduction to Financial Math, 3rd place—John Burch in Business Communication, 3rd place—Miles Johnson in Computer Problem Solving, 4th place—Ally Jones in FBLA Principles & Procedures. 4th place—Haydon Windsor in Intro to Business Communication, 4th place—Joseph Hinchie in Introduction to Business, 4th place—Montana Sievert in Business Communication, 4th place—Rachel Quick in Economics, 5th place—Emma Riley in Business Law, 5th place—James Hill in Accounting 2, and 5th place—Trenton Clines in Economics.

Others placing in the top 5 were 2nd place—Katie Huffman, LauRen Schoening, Hillary Fry in Graphic Design, 2nd place—Montana Sievert in Client Service, 2nd place—Rachel Quick in Job Interview, 3rd place—Aurora Henriksen, Elisa Kuss, Alyssa Hauck in Global Business, 3rd place—James Hill, John Burch, Taylor Nelson in Banking and Finance, 3rd place—Kenzie Archer in Impromptu Speaking, 3rd place—Trask Crane, Addie Zimmer, Bailey Tutt in Digital Video, 4th place—Brooke Bauermeister and Emma Riley in Publication Design, 4th place—Elizabeth Barbour and Samantha Cagampan in Management Decision Making, 4th place—Melanie Holsman in Future Business Leader, 4th place—Taylor Nelson in Sales Presentation, 5th place—Bailey Tutt and Addie Zimmer in Hospitality Management, 5th place—John Burch, Sabin Cassidy, and Jared Peery in Marketing.

In addition, Mary Hinchie was elected Vice President of Communications.

Advisers Gina McLachlan, Jody Troesser, and Tia Draffen accompanied the group.

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FHS Wrestlers Win Districts and are State Bound this weekend!

The MSHSAA State Wrestling Tournament will be Thursday, February 18-Saturday, February 20 at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The Fulton High School Wrestling Team are District Champs again this year--they also captured the District title in 2015. Eleven wrestlers will be competing at the State level this weekend. Go Hornets!
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Important Dates

Friday, March 25- April 1--No School Spring Break

Monday, April 18--MAP Testing Begins

Friday, May 6--MAP Testing Ends

Thursday, May 19--Last Day of School (Dismiss 2 hours early)

Friday, May 20--FHS Graduation

Wednesday, June 1-Tuesday, June 28--Summer School