Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

January 6, 2017

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,


Thank you for your support with our weather challenges the past two weeks. Fortunately, students could stay in school this week and finish the Fall Semester. Forecasters at KRCG have been very helpful when I asked for a real time update; yet, watching the weather and making safety determinations is extremely difficult. Again, your patience and support is very much appreciated.


Recently, I suspect you have noted several news releases indicating increased graduation rates statewide. As has been reviewed with the Board of Education, the graduation rates have increased in the Fulton School District. The chart below provides comparative information for both four year and five year rates.

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The graduation rates indicate the percent of students that graduate with their cohort or age group. Hence, the four year rate is the rate most consider graduation on time or within the four High School Years. The five year rate assumes that the High School program is extended an additional year. Although not evident in Fulton, districts also have six and seven year rates as students legally may attend a public school until age 21.


Obviously, we are pleased with the graduation rate increase. Our goal remains at 100% rate preferably in four years, but we want Fulton students to graduate irrespective of the time it takes.


Additional detail and information is located on the FPS website under 2016 Annual Performance Report and on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.


We appreciate the opportunity to work with your student(s). Thank you for sending great kids.


Sincerely,


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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FHS STUCO--WOW!

Congratulations to the FHS Student Council! They have been nominated for the Allen Conner Youth Award from the Callaway Chamber of Commerce. The award is named for Allen Conner, an active young man involved in the Chamber of Commerce and many community activities. The youth award is given to a high school student or youth organization for community service and dedication to Fulton or Callaway County.
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Peachjar Launch

ELECTRONIC FLYER DELIVERY STARTS January 10, 2017


The Fulton Public School District is getting ready to launch a new electronic flyer communication tool called “Peachjar.” To view school-approved eflyers, simply click the Peachjar button on our school’s website homepage.


This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.


No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school eflyers.


When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”


This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events.

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Inclement Weather Procedures

When Fulton Public Schools deems it necessary to cancel school, the following methods of communication will be used.


After school hours: text messaging, phone, FPS website, Facebook, email, FPS App, and television news stations (KRCG, KMIZ, and KOMU)


During school hours: text messaging, FPS website, Facebook, email, FPS App, and television news stations (KRCG, KMIZ, and KOMU) (NOTE: NO PHONE NOTIFICATION)

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Snow Routes

As the winter season approaches, it is good to be prepared for inclement weather. Use this link to find the Fulton Public Schools Snow Routes. http://www.fulton58.org/vnews/display.v/ART/51c310d9c8f7c


***Snow Routes will only be implemented once main road are deemed passable.



***Snow Routes may be needed due to significant accumulation where crews are not able to clear bus turn arounds, cul-de-sacs, and other treacherous areas.



***Buses may be as much as 15 minutes early or late to any bus stop. Please dress students appropriately for the weather in preparation for longer than normal wait times.



***When snow routes are running, they will run for both AM & PM routes.

Important Dates

January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday NO School

January 18: Board of Education meeting FHS Library 7 p.m.

January 30-31: Professional Development for Teachers NO School

February 17: Professional Development for Teachers NO School

February 20: Presidents' Day NO School

March 27-31: Spring Break NO School

April 4: Board of Education election

April 14: Mid-Quarter Break NO School

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

May 19: FHS Graduation, Champ Auditorium