FCS Messenger | April 2023

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    April 2023
    Spring has sprung!

    The flowers are blooming as the sweet smell of spring ushers us into the final stretch of the school year. You may notice changes in your children as well this time of year. From increased energy and restlessness to daydreaming in school, it is easy to catch SPRING FEVER!

    So how can parents help children finish out the school year strong? The key is to come up with positive ways to channel that extra energy. Fresh air and sunshine, getting lots of sleep, and mixing up daily routines are just some of the things we can do to keep our students focused on learning.

    As a reminder, Georgia Milestones testing gets underway this month with Middle School End of Grade Tests (EOG) for grades 6-8 starting on April 24 and running through May 5. Elementary Milestones testing begins on May 3 and runs through May 11High School End of Course Exams (EOC) begin this month as well. Please see the academic subjects and testing days for EOC exams in the "Dates To Remember" section of this month's edition of the FCS Messenger.

    Dates To Remember

    Board Work Session
    (North Learning Center)
    Thursday, April 13

    School Board Meeting
    (South Learning Center)
    Thursday, April 20

    National Library Week
    April 24-28

    Middle School GMAS
    End of Grade (EOG) Testing
    Grades 6 through 8
    April 24 - May 5

    High School End of Course Exams (EOC) Testing
    American Lit.  -  April 24 & 25
    US History  -  April 26
    Biology  -  April 27
    Algebra I  -  April 28


    April is:

    • Autism Awareness Month
    • National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Textbook Review

    Textbooks on Display for Math Resources

    FCS Mathematics Textbook Adoption Selection Committees have selected publisher materials to be reviewed by all teachers and the public until Friday, May 5. Digital resources are posted online on the Fulton County Schools website. Print and digital resources will be displayed for teacher and public review at the locations listed on the website.

    Out of the Box

    "Out of the Box," Thinking Leads to Big Win for FCS Third Graders

    A group of third graders at Summit Hill Elementary could change the world with one box. Their project, "Fresh for Change," recently won Best Overall in the elementary category at the Fulton County Schools (FCS) Design Thinking Competition. Read more.

    Toolbox Program

    Toolbox Program Trains Students in Math and Leadership Skills

    Twenty-two fourth graders at Love T. Nolan Elementary walked into the Toolbox program not knowing what to expect. What they received was a new way of learning math and leadership skills, and the confidence to carry them to a possible career. Read more.

    SAFE Centers

    FCS Opens Two Additional S.A.F.E. Centers

    FCS recently marked the grand openings of two additional S.A.F.E Centers in the district. S.A.F.E. stands for Student and Family Engagement. From food and clothing to counseling and mental health support, the purpose of the centers is to help connect students and families with the things they need to succeed. Read more.

    Let's Talk Schools! Episode 20

    "Let's Talk Schools!" Features the Performing Arts

    In Episode 20, Dr. Looney interviews Betsy Eppes, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, and Dr. Matt Koperniak, Performing Arts Coordinator, about our talented fine arts department (art, music, theatre, and dance) and why it is so well-known in the state of Georgia and across the nation. Watch this episode.

    College Just Ahead

    Take Free College Courses This Summer

    Engage in summer enrichment by taking advantage of free college courses offered through Georgia’s Dual Enrollment program. Students can get ahead and earn both college and high school credits. Read more.

    Johns Creek, Chattahoochee HS Clinch State Swim Titles

    Johns Creek, Chattahoochee High Schools Clinch State Swim Titles

    Convincing a high schooler to get out of bed before 6 a.m. is a feat. But that early hour is just the start of a normal day for the Chattahoochee High School and Johns Creek High School Swim and Dive teams. Some of them are practicing while we’re hitting snooze on our alarm clocks. Read more.

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    Virtual Learning: FAVE Registration is Now Open

    The 2023-2024 application is available until April 21 for families wishing to register for the Fulton Academy of Virtual Excellence (FAVE). FAVE is a full-time, online school that allows students in grades 3-12 to attend classes in a more flexible format outside of the traditional 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., face-to-face school day. Instruction includes a blend of live, online lessons and self-directed lessons from our teachers. Register here.

    Summer Learning

    Summer Learning Registration is Now Open

    Registration is open until May 25 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. For invitation criteria, courses offered, and registration information, please visit the Summer Learning website.

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