Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

November 18, 2016

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parent and Patrons.

Perhaps you are aware from the local press and building information that the District has and is recognizing students for their academic performance. November 9th, last years’ third grade through eighth grade students achieving Advanced in the areas of English Language Arts, Math and Science were awarded medals. Two hundred fifty five students received 400 medals, quite an achievement. In addition 100 high school students are being recognized at FHS.

We are pleased to announce that Fulton Public Schools continues to be an accredited institution pursuant to the standards of the Missouri School Improvement Program. FPS received 121.5 out of 140 possible points (86.8%) in the calculation for the Annual Performance Rate, APR. The APR report presented to the Fulton Board of Education is located on the FPS web site at http://www.fulton58.org/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/5501e3e567cc8/2016%20Annual%20Performance%20Report.pdf.

Below are the take-aways from the data:

***Challenges facing the elementary and middle school levels are in Science. There is an opportunity for improvement for ALL students.

***Fulton High School has improved significantly in overall APR percentage for the last three years. In 2014, the total percent of points earned was 80.4%; 2015 the total percent was 90.4%; and in 2016 it is 92.9%.

***The challenge for Fulton High School is in Social Studies where there is an opportunity to improve at all levels. Math and Social Studies are in need of improvement for the subgroup categories.

***Attendance continues to be a challenge at the secondary level. However, the graduation rate has improved over the last three years jumping from 81% in 2014 to 90.9% in 2016.

Measures are already being put into place to improve in the challenging areas. Vertical curriculum teams met to go over the data. They identified areas that were below an acceptable level and created an action plan on how to address those areas. Gaps in the curriculum, strategies for improvement, resources needed, and timelines have been identified.

The following chart reflects comparative data with North Central Missouri Conference Schools and area Schools.

Questions may be directed to the Central Office staff or any building administrator.

Thank you for sending great kids to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


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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.

Please call the Transportation Department if you have questions. 573-590-8020

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Notification Procedures for School Cancelations

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)

MAP Gold Medal Awards

On Wednesday, November 9, Fulton Public Schools awarded 405 Gold Medals for MAP Advanced Scores to 255 students. The students could earn medals in Communication Arts, Math, and/or Science. Fulton Public Schools is very proud of their accomplishments.

Not all students were present.

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Important Dates

November 23-25: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

December 14: Board of Education Meeting 7p.m. FHS Library

December 21: End of 1st Semester (Full Day)

December 22: Winter Break Begins