Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

August 23, 2019

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,


School has started! Touring buildings the first day is always interesting, and I was pleased to see teachers engaging students with meaningful activities. As class pictures of Kindergarten were taken, no criers were noted; yet, I understand that might not have been true for Kindergarten parents leaving the building. Of note, 197 children were enrolled and attended for the first day of kindergarten. This means 9 Kindergarten classrooms exceeded the desired class size; in fact, an additional teacher would have been hired if space was available. To meet the Board of Education student-teacher ratios, Kindergarten teacher aides have been added to each building. Districtwide K- 12, 2,309 students were enrolled. On the first day 2, 235 students actually attended. We expect attendance will approach 2,309 as the year gets underway.


A major challenge each year is protecting your student(s) information on-line and from seemingly appropriate inquiries. Technology-wise, the District uses various software packages meeting the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act so your student(s) can avoid inappropriate internet content. Even with software use, your student(s) must secure their personal passwords on each device.


Another area of concern is requests for information about your student(s). Most of the time these requests come in the form of a grandparent or friend calling to change bus pickup/dropoff. While seemingly legitimate, we do not release information unless the Primary Parent has authorized that release. Perhaps an inconvenience to you but the procedure insures your child’s safety.


The state-sponsored school safety hotline has been reorganized to Courage2ReportMO, which is now a twenty-four-hour hotline with the responsibility to contact the appropriate school with threatening information. You may contact Courge2ReportMO through the mobile APP – C2R – Courage2ReportMO, Toll-Free Call: 866-748-7047 or Online tip submission form – www.courage2reportmo.com,

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


Sincerely,


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent



Facilities Planning Community Forum

The next Community Forum is rapidly approaching! Please plan to attend on Thursday, August 29th in the McIntire Elementary gym/cafeteria at 6 p.m.


Topics of discussion will be space considerations at the elementary buildings and Fulton Middle School.


Your input is very valuable, greatly needed, and strongly requested.

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Welcome to FPS!

Fulton Public Schools welcomed 34 new teachers on August 12th. FPS is glad they chose to join our Hornet Family!
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SAY CHEESE!

Mark your calendar for your student's School Picture Day! More details are coming soon!
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Important Dates

Thursday, August 29 --Facilities Planning Community Forum 6 p.m. McIntire Elementary

Monday, September 2--NO SCHOOL--Labor Day

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

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

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

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