FCS Messenger | March 2023

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    March 2023

    Hello March


    Summer Learning Opportunities

    Registration is now open for our Summer Learning Program! This program provides an opportunity for students to accelerate or recover credits during the time between school years. Face-to-face and virtual offerings exist and often provide students with a broader array of options than those available during the school year. Registration is open until May 25.

    Get more information and details about after-care and summer enrichment programs at our community meeting on Thursday, March 30 from 6-6:45 p.m. Click here to join the meeting.

    For invitation criteria, courses offered, and registration information, please visit the Summer Learning website at fultonschools.org/summerschool. Plus, get all the details on “Let’s Talk Schools!


    Pre-K Lottery Application Now Open

    Pre-K Registration

    The Pre-K Lottery Application is open now through March 17. To apply, students must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2023 AND must live in the Fulton County Schools district. Click here to apply.

    Dates To Remember

    Pre-K Lottery Registration
    March 1-17

    Exceptional Children's Week
    March 6-10

    National School Breakfast Week
    March 6-10

    School Social Work Week
    March 6-10

    Pre-Kindergarten Round-Up Meeting
    Wednesday, March 8

    Student Holiday
    Staff Professional Development Day
    Monday, March 13

    School Board Appreciation Week
    March 13-17

    Board Work Session
    (North Learning Center)
    Tuesday, March 14

    Kindergarten Round-Up Meeting
    Tuesday, March 21

    School Board Meeting
    (South Learning Center)
    Thursday, March 23

    Summer Learning Program Community Meeting
    Thursday, March 30

    March is:

    • National Women’s History Month
    • Developmental Disability Awareness Month
    • Theatre and Dance in Schools Month
    • Youth Art Month
    • Music in our Schools Month

    Hardship Transfer

    2023 FCS High School Graduation Information

    Graduation is just around the corner! Click here to see dates, times, and locations for all FCS high school graduation ceremonies.

    NOTE: This info is subject to change so for more information, please contact your student's school directly.

    Your Opinion Matters

    Let Your Voice Be Heard!

    We want to hear from you! Please take time to share your view on critical topics affecting FCS by filling out the Annual Parent Perception Survey. The survey is open until Friday, March 10. Your opinion is important and confidential. Please complete one survey per school where you have one or more students enrolled. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, and Hindi.

    Let's Talk Schools

    “Let’s Talk Schools!” Series

    Superintendent Mike Looney’s interview program, “Let’s Talk Schools,” is online and packed with important information for parents. In one of our latest episodes, learn how to find a job with Fulton County Schools when Dr. Looney interviews Chief Human Resources Officer Gonzalo La Cava. Watch all episodes now.

    Career Expo

    Creekside High School Band Director Honored for Community Impact

    Dexter Bailey, Jr. asks himself two simple questions each morning: “How can I become better? How can I make the students and the people around me better daily?”

    As director of bands at Creekside High School, Bailey’s process starts with the power of music – and his mindset has led to national recognition. Read more.

    Balanced Scorecard

    Bus Driver Safeguards, Educates Students During Roadway Delay

    On a dark, windy, and stormy morning, less than a mile away from Birmingham Falls Elementary School, bus driver Katherine Carrier was stuck on a road with students when a tree knocked down a live electrical line. Mrs. Carrier and the students were forced to wait until emergency personnel could clear the road. What could have been a time of fear turned into a time of fun and learning, because of a dedicated school bus driver. Read more.

    Podcast Project

    Podcast Project Engages ELA Classes at River Trail Middle School

    What drives people to explore? A group of sixth graders at River Trail Middle School recently set out to answer that question in the school's "podcast project." You can find "Chatmon's Crea8tive Crew" on Spotify - and these students are proving themselves to be confident content creators. Read more.

    We're Hiring

    Join Our Team! Work at Fulton County Schools

    Fulton County Schools is now offering 2023-2024 contracts for teachers. Receive an offer right away at our upcoming hiring events! We are hiring teachers for ALL levels and contents. But it’s not just teachers we are looking for. We also need bus drivers, paraprofessionals, safety and security professionals, and school nutrition, clerical, custodial, and maintenance workers. Learn all about working at FCS in this short video. Visit jobs.fultonschools.org to apply and check out Events.

    Heggerty Video

    FCS Featured in Science of Reading Video

    Fulton County Schools has prioritized teaching that aligns to the Science of Reading, which is why we adopted Heggerty as our phonemic awareness resource for all K-2 students. All K-2 teachers and leaders were trained in using this resource. We are honored that Heggerty recognized our teachers’ effective implementation and wanted to share our success across the nation. Watch this video of our teachers and leaders in action.

    Exceptional Children's Week

    FCS Celebrates "Exceptional Children's Week" March 6-10

    During the week of March 6-10, the district's Services for Exceptional Children department will be celebrating "Exceptional Children’s Week 2023." This is a time set aside to recognize our students with disabilities and other challenges. The theme is “Power in our Differences” and each day will feature a specific fun activity designed to raise awareness for all our students. Our goal is to spotlight the capabilities of our students with exceptionalities! Download more info here.

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