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    March 2024
    Arts in Our Schools

    'Spring'ing into March - 'March'ing Into Spring

    Our students have an extra spring in their step this month! This is because March is widely known as "Arts in the Schools Month." The arts are an important part of a well-rounded education for all students. Under the leadership of national associations representing teachers of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, a variety of activities unfold throughout the month. Be sure to check with your school to see how the district is celebrating the artistic and academic achievements of our exceptional students.

    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
    • National Nutrition Month
    Dates To Remember

    Pre-K Lottery Registration
    Ends March 8

    National School
    Breakfast Week

    March 4-8

    Children's Week

    March 4-8

    School Social
    Work Week

    March 4-8

    Student Holiday
    Teacher Workday
    Monday, March 11

    Student Holiday
    Development Day

    Tuesday, March 12

    Board Work Session
    (North Learning Center)
    Tuesday, March 12

    School Board
    Appreciation Week

    March 11-15

    School Board Meeting
    (South Learning Center)
    Thursday, March 21

    Summer Learning Program Community Meeting
    Thursday, March 28

    Milton Percussion

    Milton HS Sets the Rhythm on Worldwide Stage

    "We're only as good as our weakest members." Milton High School Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Director Kevin Kenney shares his philosophy to keep the beat going strong. Last November, he led the school's Percussion Ensemble to win first place at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read more

    Lawrence Butler

    Westlake High School Students Making Headlines!

    FCS is in the news! Westlake High School recently made headlines when a pair of seniors who earned millions in scholarship money for college were featured in a story airing on WSB 2. The school also celebrated a milestone moment when it retired the jersey of professional baseball player Lawrence Butler. Read the MDJ news article here.

    Your Opinion Matters

    Your Opinion Matters! Take the Parent Survey

    Have you taken the Annual Parent Survey yet? This survey allows parents the opportunity to tell us what they think about their student's school(s) and the district. While we always make it a priority to listen to our parents, this survey affords us another opportunity to receive your thoughts and opinions. Your feedback matters! The survey ends on March 15. Take the survey now


    Chattahoochee Cross Country

    Consistency Leads to Team's First State Championship

    Timing is important for runners. Stopwatches and scoreboards gauge success. A specific stretch of time played a key role in a successful season for the Boys' Cross Country Team at Chattahoochee High School. Head Coach Tim Reeder and Coach Mike Morris call it "22 hours." Read more

    Let's Talk Schools

    Let's Talk Schools:

    Superintendent Mike Looney speaks with LTC Titus Brown, director of Army Instruction, and North Springs High School senior Cadet Major Laylah Frazier about the U.S. Army's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) - one of the world's largest character development and citizenship programs for youth. View this episode


    Summer Learning

    New Full-Day Summer Learning Program

    Registration is now open until May 24 for the free Summer Learning program, where students can recover credits during the time between school years. Acceleration courses require tuition. This year we have added a full-day elementary program that includes breakfast/lunch, transportation, and summer enrichment options. Click here for invitation criteria, courses offered, and registration information. Plus learn more about after-care and summer enrichment programs at our community meeting on Thursday, March 28 from 6-6:45 p.m. Click here to join the meeting.


    SGC Elections

    SGC Election Declaration Window Closes March 29

    Play a critical role in the success of our schools! The window for parents to declare candidacy for their school's School Governance Council closes on March 29. During this time, individuals interested in serving a 2-year term (July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2026) will be able to complete a Candidate Declaration Form. Voting will take place in April.

    Terrific Teachers

    FCS is Looking for Terrific Teachers

    Do you know anyone interested in teaching at Fulton? Our next hiring event is Saturday, March 2 at Alpharetta High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teaching Candidate Pools are now open for all grade levels and contents. Applications are available at jobs.fultonschools.org. Offering early contracts for the 2024-2025 school year! Get hired on the spot! Click here for more details.


    Virtual Office Hours

    Caring for Your Student’s Mental Health

    “Let’s Talk Schools” takes a deep dive into the impact mental health has on our students. This important episode features advice from a school social worker and the district’s Social Services coordinator about nurturing your student’s social emotional needs.

    Watch this episode

    Pre-K Lottery

    Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Application Closes March 8

    The lottery application for students who would like a seat in the Pre-K classroom for the 2024-2025 school year closes on March 8. Individual school lotteries will be held March 25-27 with notification from schools to parents by the end of the day on March 29. Click here for complete information regarding the Pre-K lottery and registration process.


    SAT Participation Up; Scores Beat State/National

    Fulton County Schools (FCS) increased student participation in taking the SATs for 2023 graduating seniors with a growth of 170 students or 6%. Since the pandemic, participation and academic achievement levels have steadily risen to approach pre-pandemic levels. Additionally, district students outperformed their peers on state and national levels, besting the Georgia average score by 40 points and the U.S. score by 82 points. Read more

    Virtual Office Hours

    Policy Process Virtual Office Hours

    Have a question about FCS Policies? Do you want to learn more about the process? Attend one of our monthly virtual office hours, where a team member will answer questions and provide guidance. The next virtual policy office hour will be on March 20 from 4-5 p.m. Click here to join the meeting. All dates, times, and links are located on fultonschools.org/policyupdates.


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