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    May 2024


    Handling the Pressure of Final Exams

    May marks the end of the school year, and with that comes testing. Students are feeling the pressure. One of the biggest struggles is keeping students motivated as we race toward the finish line, and it is incredibly important to boost confidence throughout this busy season. Be your child’s cheerleader! Check out the tips below to help them get over the last hurdle of the school year.

    Study Tips for Surviving Finals Week

    1. Plan ahead
    2. Get rid of distracting devices
    3. Take care of yourself
    4. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet
    5. Take breaks
    6. Find the right mindset
    7. Get enough sleep


    May is:

    • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
    • Mental Health Awareness Month
    Dates To Remember

    May 1
    National School Principal Day

    May 3
    School Lunch Hero Day

    May 6-10
    Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 7
    Board Work Session

    May 8
    National School Nurse Day

    May 15
    Board Meeting

    May 21
    Election Day
    (remote day for students)

    May 23
    Last day of the semester

    May 24
    Last registration day for Summer Learning

    May 24
    Teacher workday

    May 27
    Memorial Day


    Stay Connected Through PeachJar

    Extra! Extra! Significant improvements are coming to Peachjar - the platform we use to share content directly with our school community. These updates will enrich your experience and give you the most relevant and accessible information at your fingertips. These improvements are part of the district's commitment to fostering a well-informed and closely connected community. Learn More



    Election Day Calendar Change

    State law requires schools to permit voting when requested by the Fulton County Department of Registrations and Elections. Therefore, Tuesday, May 21 is now set as a remote learning day to allow for district schools to be used as state election polling sites. The district administration is working with schools to create alternative plans for student activities already scheduled at schools that will serve as polling sites. View the Updated Calendar


    Open Enrollment

    May 15 is the Deadline for Open Enrollment

    FCS has identified 75 schools that can accept transfer students next school year through Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act, which allows parents of students enrolled in a public K-12 school to enroll in another school within the district if classroom space is available. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 15, at 4:30 p.m., and parents will be notified of their child’s transfer status on Friday, June 28. Apply Now



    2024 Graduation Dates, Times, and Locations

    Get ready, parents of seniors! Click here for the 2024 Fulton high school graduation dates, times, and locations. Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates. For more information, contact your high school directly.



    FCS To Host Summer Virtual Creativity Days

    This summer, FCS will host three Virtual Creativity Days for students to engage in creative thinking as they design graphics, videos, and web pages. Rising 3rd through 6th-grade students will learn how to use Adobe Express while rising 7th through 12th-grade students will use Canva for Education. Students may participate through Microsoft Teams in any, or all the sessions on a given day. Space is limited, so register today!


    Bethune Elementary Wins Robotics Competition

    When Mary M. Bethune Elementary fifth grader Christian Davenport took the controls of his team's robot Orange Phoenix at the National Beta Club robotics competition, he was confident. "I'm good at controlling things." The Bethune robotics team named, built, and operated Orange Phoenix, the winner, as they closely followed the guidelines of the National Beta Club state competition. Read More


    Let's Talk Schools: Dollars and Sense

    In episode 18 of the FCS Superintendent's video series, "Let's Talk Schools," Dr. Mike Looney discusses the budget proceedings for FY 2025 with the experts who ensure that the district remains fiscally responsible throughout the process. Watch This Episode

    School Lunch Hero

    Get Ready for National School Lunch Hero Day

    Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, FCS nutrition department professionals have a lot on their plates. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, FCS will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 3. From their friendly greetings and the love they "dish" out with every student's meal to how they encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, our school nutrition professionals are true heroes.


    Summer Learning

    Summer Learning Registration Ends May 24

    Registration is open until May 24 for Summer Learning. This free program provides and opportunity for students to recover credits and also accelerate to get ahead during the time between school years. Acceleration courses require tuition. New this year is a full-day program for elementary students with summer enrichment options. Transportation is provided for all students. For invitation criteria, courses offered, host school sites and registration information, please visit the Summer Learning website.


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