For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District
January 26, 2018
A message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Patrons,
Wow, a full week of school this week! Optimistically, maybe unrealistically, I hope the remainder of the school year is without inclement weather days. As you most likely read in the Fulton Sun, the flu and other illnesses are rampant nationwide. FPS is not immune from these illnesses; however, our absence rate which has been higher than normal is not excessive district-wide. In this issue of the Focus, we have inserted another copy of Mrs. Kathleen Tucker’s, Director of Nursing, letter regarding flu precautions.
Tonight is the FHS Court Warming. All buildings have participated in various spirit days with final activities culminating with the Fulton Hornets (13-1) v Moberly Spartans. Ask your student(s) what activities happened in their building during spirit week. Perhaps he/she will describe designated clothing days, special contests, and/or high school students making spirit visits to the other Fulton schools.
Monday and Tuesday, January 29th and 30th are Professional Development days for faculty and staff. Some will be participating in the Professional Learning Communities Conference. Perhaps you noted in the January 24, 2018, issue of the Fulton Sun that Bartley Elementary and Bush Elementary are being recognized as Sustaining Exemplary Schools at the conference. Staff not attending the PLC Conference will be able to interact and participate in strategy sessions on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to customer service, engaging difficult learners, strategies for trauma students, and various technology and classroom management sessions.
Finally, several buildings will be holding parent-teacher conferences next month. Please take time to visit your student(s) school and teacher(s). Demonstrate for your student(s) the importance of education in your home!
Thank you for sending great kids for us to work with.
Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.
Courtwarming 2018 Royalty
Courtwarming ceremonies will take place between the Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys' Basketball games vs Moberly tonight, January 26, 2018.
Callaway County Chamber of Commerce Awards
Congratulations to the Fulton High School Drama Club and National Honor Society who were awarded the Allen Conner Youth Award. These students organized and successfully carried out a county-wide toy drive to replace the toys stolen from Toys For Tots in October. The Stealing Back Christmas Drive donated over 9,000 toys. These students saw a need in our community and figured out a solution with minimal help from adults or club sponsors.
Flu Information from Kathleen Tucker, Director of Health Services
FULTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
There have been confirmed cases of influenza at your child's schools. Also known as the flu, influenza is a contagious virus that is spread when a person breathes in the virus from someone else's cough or sneeze or when they touch a surface that has the virus on it and then touch their nose, mouth or eyes.
Please encourage your child to follow the following healthy habits:
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of the elbow or shoulder.
• Dispose of tissues properly into a wastebasket.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and water especially after sneezing or coughing.
• Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
• Keep them home if they are sick.
• Do not drink after someone else.
A child may have the flu if he/she has some or all of the following symptoms:
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Body aches
• Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
We are working hard to clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects that are touched frequently. Please clean and disinfect surfaces at home and use the above health habits.
If your child experiences any or all of these symptoms, they MUST stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever or other symptoms are gone without the use of medications.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at 590-8110.
Kathleen Tucker, BSN, RN
Director of Health Services
Friday, January 26, 2018, FHS Courtwarming
Monday and Tuesday, January 29 and 30, 2018, NO School Professional Development
Thursday, February 8, 2018, Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Board of Education Meeting
Friday, February 16, 2018, NO School Professional Development
Monday, February 19, 2018, NO School Presidents' Day