Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

January 21, 2016

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

Failure is not an option! No zero’s allowed! It is harder to get an F than a passing grade! Students are not allowed to be intentional non-learners. (An intentional non-learner is one that chooses failing or low grades rather than individual effort for school success.)

Perhaps you have heard these or similar statements as you have attended school functions. The statements do not mean lowering standards or grading scales. Quite the opposite, the statements are intended to communicate that success is expected from every student. How is success achieved from every student? A few ideas include:

*Students are expected to attend school and be prepared to learn.

*Teachers will work to engage students for deep understanding.

*Students will have high expectations for their own learning.

*Teachers will structure activities to provide specific re-learning of the skills and activities being taught.

*Students will participate in intervention or re-learning activities to master the concept.

*Teachers and school staff will be available to assist students.

*Parents should be checking for homework completion and ensuring family performance expectations are met.

Teaching and re-teaching is a positive strategy for student success at all levels. Principals are constantly encouraging faculty to: have student content so intriguing students want to be in class and direct individual student learning for maximum achievement. The future success of your student and our community relies on successful cooperation between kids, parents, and teachers!

Please do not allow your student to be an intentional non-learner. Seek assistance from the school faculty for home strategies to support your child’s academic performance!

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


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.



As always, FPS invites you to be a part of our schools through the volunteer program!

In order to volunteer with Fulton Public Schools, a background check and an informational form are required. It takes about seven (7) business days to process this information and it must be done each school year. Follow this link to find the necessary paperwork:


Whether you would like to volunteer your time in your child's classroom, make copies for teachers, go on a field trip, or help with the Hornet Hustle, your time is welcomed and appreciated!

Teacher Moments

The Department of Secondary and Elementary Educations has recently launched a new website called Missouri Teachers www.moteachers.mo.gov The website is designed to share the positive moments in education.

In the very first issue of Missouri Teachers, you will find two of Fulton Public Schools finest science teachers highlighted in the Teacher Moments section.

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Snow Route Information

You can access the snow route information from our website at http://www.fulton58.org/vnews/display.v/ART/51c310d9c8f7c

Here are some additional points on snow routes as we approach the winter season:

  • Snow routes will be implemented once the main roads are deemed impassable.
  • Snow routes may be needed due to significant accumulation where crews are unable 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 and PM routes.
  • You will receive a call, email, and/or text from FPS regarding school cancelation or the running of snow routes. This information will also be posted on the website at www.fulton58.org, and on the FPS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fulton-Public-Schools-298183414812/ and recorded on the school information line--573-590-8014.
  • Please log into your Parent Portal if you need to update your email address or phone number to ensure you receive important information from Fulton Public Schools.

As always, if you have questions please call the Transportation office at 573-590-8020 or Central Office at 573-590-8000.


SchoolMessenger is up and running! From now on, your communications will be delivered via SchoolMessenger. If you have not opted in to receive our text messages, you may still do so by following the directions below. Messages will also be sent by email and phone without the need to opt-in.

Instructions to Opt-In to Text Messaging:
To opt-in and receive Fulton Public Schools alerts, please text Y, YES, or OPTIN to 67587 on your cellular device or HELP for information. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency will vary.

Thank you so much for your time in completing this important process.

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Basic Contest Requirements

a. The contest is open through January 26, 2016 for FPS students.

b. Designs should be easily replicated in color or black and white.

c. Submit designs to Central Office in a sealed envelope marked ‘Hornet Design Contest’ by 4:30 p.m. on January 26, 2016.

d. The winning design will receive a $100 gift card; other designs recommended by the District Committee to the Board of Education will receive a $25 gift card.


a. A District Committee will be formed consisting of one faculty member per building plus a student representative from each grade 8th through 12th grade.

b. The District Committee will narrow Hornet selection to three to five designs for student and faculty voting.

1. Each design will be reviewed by District Legal Counsel to determine if the design is eligible for a District owned trademark.

2. Each artist and parent(s) will be required to sign a statement ensuring the District sole ownership of the design.

3. Any design not meeting the above criteria will be eliminated from the voting process.

c. Vote totals will be presented to the Board of Education for final Hornet determination.

A transition plan to the new ‘Hornet’ will be developed and implemented throughout the 2016- 2017 Academic Year.

Important Dates

Friday, January 29-Winter Court Warming Roger D. Davis Gymnasium

Friday, February 12-No School (Teacher Professional Development)

Monday, February 15-No School President's Day

Friday, March 25- April 1--No School Spring Break

Monday, April 18--MAP Testing Begins

Friday, May 6--MAP Testing Ends

Thursday, May 19--Last Day of School (Dismiss 2 hours early)

Friday, May 20--FHS Graduation

Wednesday, June 1-Tuesday, June 28--Summer School