FCS Messenger | September 2023

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    September 2023

    Hello September

    Off To A Great Start!

    We have had a busy first few weeks getting to know your students and helping them get acclimated to a new school year. It is our mission to establish a positive climate and expectations, including strong attendance habits. As we transition from the warmth of summer to the excitement of fall, our schools are abuzz with anticipation embarking on their journey of growth, learning and discovery. This year, we are committed to fostering an environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Expect the best!

    Dates To Remember

    September 4
    Labor Day
    (schools closed)

    September 5
    Teacher Workday
    (students off)

    September 6
    Professional Development Day (students off)

    September 11-15
    Suicide Prevention Week

    September 12
    Board Work Session
    (North Learning Center)

    September 21
    Board Meeting
    (South Learning Center)

    September is:
    Attendance Awareness Month
    Hispanic Heritage Month
    (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)


    Milestones

    Students Hit Milestones Testing Out of the Park!

    Recent state testing results confirm the percentage of Fulton County Schools (FCS) students testing at proficient and distinguished levels in several categories today is greater than in 2019. Additionally, the district's overall performance in 2023 was higher than in 2019 for elementary proficient and distinguished students in all tested subjects. Read more.

    Kaiya Desai

    FCS Student’s “Spark” Inspires Others

    High Point Elementary student Kaiya Desai has an impactful message to share. “No one is too little to help,” she says. “Everybody can help, even if you do little things.” Kaiya proves the power of that mindset in her book, “My Life: Dida and the Stroke.” She wrote and illustrated the story of her grandmother’s recovery from a stroke in 2022. Kaiya worked on the book last year, as a first grader. Read more here.

    Kickoff

    "Let's Talk Schools!" Kicks Off Third Season

    Go team! In the first episode of our third season of the district's video series on all things FCS, Superintendent Mike Looney speaks with Athletics Director Lamarr Glenn about the district's robust sports programs. Plus, you'll never guess what the fastest-growing sport at FCS these days is (hint! E-Sports)! Click here to watch!

    Faculty Spotlight

    Faculty Spotlight: New Additions to Our Team

    FCS has been busy over the summer recruiting the most qualified teachers and staff. We are excited to introduce several new educators who have joined the FCS family this year. Their passion, dedication and expertise will undoubtedly enhance our students’ learning experiences. Be sure to say hello and welcome them to our community. Click here to see our newest principals and administrative staff who came onboard this summer.

    Make a Difference

    Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Students

    Would you help if a student in your child’s class needed a pair of shoes? We think so. Purposity is the easiest way to help our students. From socks, coats and school supplies to toothbrushes and hygiene kits, you can purchase specific needs with just a click. Thank you for making a difference. Click here to help.

    Let's Talk Schools

    Fulton County Schools Keeping Students Safe!

    In this episode of "Let's Talk Schools!" Superintendent Mike Looney speaks with Lt. Angela Washington and FCS Police Chief Mark Sulborski about the department’s outreach and mentorship programs, plus all the positive ways they interact with our community. Click here to watch!

    Gail Coleman

    School Bus Driver Rides a Wave of Success

    FCS Trailblazers are pioneer leaders who are experts in their field. Gail Coleman truly fits the title. She began her career at Fulton County Schools on August 11, 1986. Having traveled a total of 401,672 miles and driven countless hours accident free, Gail was presented with her 37th year “Safe Driving” pin this year from FCS Transportation. Also, in her 37 years with Fulton County Schools, 33 of those years she has earned perfect attendance. Congratulations, Gail! You truly are a trailblazer. Find out more about our dedicated Transportation department.

    Virtual Office Hours

    Virtual Policy Office Hours Offered Through the Year

    Have a question about FCS Policies? The Continuous Improvement department is giving district employees and parents/guardians the opportunity to learn more about the policy process by hosting monthly virtual office hours where a team member will answer questions and provide guidance. The next Virtual Policy Office Hour will be on September 20 from 4-5 p.m. All dates, times, and links are located here.

    Reset Password

    Students, Don’t Forget to Reset!

    The IT department is hosting a Student Password Reset Campaign through the end of September. Students are encouraged to reset their password from the default birthdate to something more secure and encouraged to enroll in the Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) tool. A prize will be awarded to the elementary, middle and high school with the highest number of password resets and enrollments in the reset utility. HELP YOUR SCHOOL WIN! Visit the password reset site.

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