Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

February 23, 2018

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

Twenty Eighteen has started as an interesting year. Obviously, we strive to ensure every child achieves his/her potential, however, we are extremely focused on student safety. Perhaps most evident is the five days and one early release for inclement weather this winter and the recent Florida school shooting. The last day of school continues to be May 17, 2018, at this writing.

Since my letter on February 16, 2018, Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers and Major Roger Rice have participated with all building and central office administrators in a review of building emergency plans including active shooter situations. Refinements were made in our plans. Perhaps most noteworthy is a district-wide focus of conducting emergency drills monthly at varied times during the day. Chief Myers has also assigned newer patrol officers to familiarize themselves with Fulton Buildings.

Student safety is our first priority in any emergency. Accurate parent communication is a second priority after student safety and communication with emergency management officials. Our initial parent communication will be electronic via current e-mail and text messaging. As a parent, you may or may not choose to receive emergency communication through the FPS Parent Portal. Please make your decision now, not after an event.

Tornado weather is approaching. Emergency/student safety plans in every building include inclement weather safety strategies. Buildings are locked during an emergency! FPS staff is instructed to first ensure students and staff are safe and then maintain their individual safety. Consequently, no staff will be available to unlock outside doors to allow parents to enter until Callaway County Emergency Management individuals indicate ‘all clear.’

Last week I asked for your help. On Tuesday, a parent tip indicating inappropriate behavior by two students on a High School transfer bus was received at about 4:15 p.m. Utilizing current bus cameras, Transportation Director Abbott and Principal Mincher were able to identify the offending individuals, and take immediate action ensuring appropriate consequences for those students while maintaining a safe environment for other FHS bus riders. Working together creates a much safer environment for ALL of our children.

Student safety is a community issue and top priority for Fulton Public Schools. Please talk to your kids and help us keep your child(ren) safe at school!

Thank you for sending us great kids to work with!

Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


State Wrestling

Fulton Public Schools is proud to have five FHS Wrestlers who qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament. Three of the five placed at STATE!

Congratulations to:

Jacob Kern--State Qualifier

Colton Bristol--State Qualifier

Jackson Caswell--3rd Place in State

Tucker Caswell--2nd Place in State

Sam Hrabovsky--State CHAMP!

All five of these wrestlers also received NCMC All-Conference honors!

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Annie Get Your Gun

Despite losing the Saturday evening performance and having to reschedule on a Monday, Annie Get Your Gun still saw sold-out crowds over the weekend. The show received many compliments in the community and on social media. The students involved with the musical did an amazing job with the setbacks they were handed and put on one heck of a show! Thank you to all who continue to support the drama program at FHS!

Save the Dates!

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Important Dates

March 12 - 16, 2018, FHS Academic Week

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Kindergarten Orientation 5:30 p.m.

March 26 - 30, 2018, NO School Spring Break

Monday, April 2, 2018, NO School Earned Day Off

Thursday, May 17, 2018, Last Day of School--Dismiss 2 hours early