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    October 2023

    Red Ribbon Week

    October is Red Ribbon Month

    Every October, schools across Fulton County recognize Red Ribbon Month to promote drug awareness and prevention with our students. This year's theme is "Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free." The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week, October 23-October 31 each year.

    FCS is committed to providing safe and secure learning environments for our students. We have school counselors, social workers, and psychologists who are available to provide help. Please take the opportunity to open or continue the dialogue with your children about drugs. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are less likely to use drugs. Thank you for supporting this initiative! Visit the FCS Office of Student Supports webpage.

    Dates To Remember

    October 2
    School Custodian
    Appreciation Day

    October 4
    Conley Hills Elementary School Groundbreaking Ceremony
    (Rain Date: October 12)

    October 9
    Columbus Day/
    Indigenous People's Day
    Schools Closed

    October 10
    Teacher Workday
    Schools Closed

    October 11
    Professional Development Day
    Schools Closed

    October 16
    Bus Driver Appreciation Day

    October 16-20
    School Bus Safety Week

    October 23-31
    Red Ribbon Week

    Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel

    Celebrity Sisters Encourage Students To Shine & Read

    She melted hearts as Elsa in "Frozen" and defied gravity as Elphaba in "Wicked." Recently, Broadway actress Idina Menzel took center stage with her sister - author and teacher Cara Mentzel - at New Prospect Elementary School. The superstar sisters stopped by to share their new book, "Proud Mouse."
    Read more.

    Literacy Leaders

    GADOE Recognizes 22 FCS Schools as Literacy Leaders

    Knowing the fundamental importance of early literacy and students' ability to read proficiently by third grade, the Georgia Department of Education is recognizing schools with exceptional achievement or growth in third-grade reading as 2022-2023 Literacy Leaders.
    Read more.


    26 Schools Recognized for Exemplary PBIS Programs

    Fulton County Schools continues to receive recognition from the state of Georgia's Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) recognition program. PBIS is designed to improve conditions for learning and promote the well-being of all students.
    Read more.

    PK-2 Parent Units

    Literacy Program Debuts for Parents of K-2 Students

    Parents are teachers, too! The district is now providing self-paced and interactive parent/family learning to support early literacy development at home for kindergarten through second-grade students. For this effort, FCS has created a series of seven engaging online experiences. These Parent Units are no more than 20 minutes from start to finish to complete. In the unit, an easy-to-replicate strategy is provided for parents/families to use at home to support literacy development.
    Read more.

    Middle School Expo

    Register for the Middle School Career Expo

    Attention middle school parents! It's never too early for your student to start thinking about a career. Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at North Springs High School (7447 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs) and jumpstart your child's future at the Middle School Career Expo. Exploring Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) career pathways is a great opportunity. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, giveaways, and more! Entrance is free. Click here to register.
    Register now.

    TPCI - Avionics

    The Promise Career Institute is Now Accepting Applications

    We are getting a new school! On "Let's Talk Schools" Dr. Jason Stamper, principal of The Promise Career Institute (PCI), talks with Dr. Looney about how the district's innovative new school is poised to help students find high-paying careers after high school without following the traditional path through college. Learn more about PCI and the application process. Watch Dr. Stamper's "Let's Talk Schools" interview.

    Student Password

    Shhh! The Password Is...

    The IT department is extending its Student Password Reset Campaign. Parents, please encourage your students to reset their password from the default birthdate to something more secure and encourage them 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.

    Let's Talk Schools

    “Let’s Talk Schools” Highlights Fulton Virtual

    In episode four, Superintendent Mike Looney speaks with Lisa Pizzuto, Virtual Programs Coordinator, and Neil Lothe, a student enrolled in Fulton Virtual, about why a virtual learning option may be the best fit for some students. Click here to watch!

    Virtual Office Hours

    Virtual Policy Office Hours Offered Through the Year

    Did you know students can take five remote participation days per semester? Well, there’s a policy for that! Policy JBC Absences and Excuses provides an overview of different absence types for students as well as required notifications when students accrue different absence types throughout the year. Learn more about this policy and others by attending our monthly virtual office hours. The next Virtual Policy Office Hour will be on October 18 from 8-9 a.m. All dates, times, and links are located here. All dates, times, and links are located here.

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