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​​“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”   

– Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune                            


Cohort 2 School Governance Council

Bethune Elementary is making the transition to the Fulton County Charter System during the 2013-2014 school year as part of "Cohort 2." This year is considered a planning year. We have established the Bethune Elementary School Governance Council (SGC).

Click here for more information on our SGC and to view the new members of the SGC.


Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is time for the election of new members to the School Governance Councils at Cohort 2 schools. Each Cohort 2 School Governance Council (SGC) has one parent/guardian position open for election. Parents or guardians of students who will be attending a Cohort 2 school during both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years are eligible to run for the parent/guardian position on the SGC.

School Governance Councils (SGC) play a critical role in the success of the school. The SGC works with school leadership and the community to help determine the long-term direction of the school, design innovative solutions to increase academic achievement, and serve as school ambassadors to the local community. Specifically, SGCs have the following powers:

  • Approve the school strategic plan and updates
  • Manage the Request for Flexibility process
  • Manage Seed Fund requests
  • Approve the annual budget recommendations and related allocations
  • Participate in the hiring of the principal, in the case of a vacancy
  • Provide annual feedback to the Area Superintendent on principal performance


Current SGCs have been an invaluable resource. They have proposed new and creative approaches to meet the needs of students at their schools and have been instrumental in securing approximately $8.7 million of Seed Fund money, over the last two years, to support those new approaches.

If you are interested in running for a position on the SGC, please click on the link below to complete and submit a Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form by 5:00 pm on April 28, 2015.

School Governance Council Parent/Guardian Candidate Declaration Form

We are very excited about the work and value-add of our SGCs. We hope that you will consider running for a position and voting in the SGC elections in May. In the meantime, to get more information about the charter system or SGC elections visit the district charter system website at http://www.fultonschools.org/en/about/charter.


  • Governance & Flexibility Team



Good day Bethunites,

This week's school news is as follows:

In honor of National Volunteer Week, which was April 12-18, Fulton County Schools has released its list of 2015 Volunteers of the Year. Congratulations to Ms.Tequila Douglas, parent of a 1st grader, for being named as Bethune Elementary 's Volunteer of the year. A formal recognition luncheon will be held May 15th to celebrate Ms. Douglas and the other volunteer’s accomplishments.

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Parents……..

Georgia Milestones Assessment

Continues on – Monday, April 20th- Friday, April 24th


üWe provide students with a free, nutritional breakfast every day (7:10 a.m. – 7:35 a.m.).

üAll students must be here at school before 7:40 a.m.

üAll testing sessions will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

üOne 3rd and 4th grade class and two 5th grade classes will take the online form of the assessment.

üAll other 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes will take the paper-pencil form of the assessment.

üCellular phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing environment per State regulations.

Thank you and have a fantastic week!



Bethune Elementary Students Getting Ready to Rock at the 2015 South Learning Community (SLC) Math Bowl!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Goooooooo Pathers!!!




Things to Remember:



Things to Remember:

  1. School hours are 7:40am to 2:20pm. Students are tardy if they are not in their classes by 7:40am.

  2. The school building opens for business at 7:10am for students. Help us keep your children safe by not dropping them off before 7:10am as they are unsupervised.

  3. Breakfast time is from 7:10am to 7:35am. Please make sure your child is at school on time to receive a no cost breakfast each day.

  4. All visitors must report to the front office to check in per Fulton County Guidelines. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Have a fantastic week!!!




Hello Bethune Family,

As you know, safety and security is one of our top priorities. To assist us with better understanding our district's perspective on safety and security, please click on the Fulton County Schools Door Entry link below to view Fulton School's Entry video. If you have trouble with the link below, paste http://youtu.be/pmpahG_5-xo directly into your browser. Thanks for being an amazing Bethune Family!

Visitors, please view the video in the link below regarding Fulton County Schools Door Entry

 Fulton County Schools Door Entry (internal and external audience – share with stakeholders at your discretion)

Beginning of the year reminders

  • With safety in mind, we will not accept transportations changes by phone or fax during the school day. Parents must provide written notification to the teacher. Send a note to school with your child. No exceptions.  change forms available below.

  • Car rider morning drop off is on the side of the building; car rider afternoon pickup is in the front of the building. Be sure to get your car rider number before the end of the day Friday. Students in this area will only be dismissed to parent in cars. Walkups are prohibited.

  • If your child is a Pre-K, Kindergarten, or 1st grade student riding the school bus home, please remember, if the student doesn’t have an older sibling riding the bus with them, an adult has to be present at the bus stop to receive the student. If an adult is not at the bus stop, the bus driver will not allow the student to get off the bus, and will bring the student back to school.

  • All students must be in their classroom after 7:10 and before 7:40 a.m. each day. The earliest a child can be dropped off at school is 7:10 a.m.

  • Complete an Affidavit of Residence for the new school year. This document is required for all Fulton County Students. Address verifications will take place throughout the year for all students. If your address is found to be false, you will be reported to all appropriate departments. No exceptions

Mode of Transportation Change:


Please use this form to indicate any changes to your child’s transportation. Submit this form to your child’s teacher each time their mode of transportation changes. Thank You!


Mode of Transportation Change

                For school supply list and uniform information, please select here.









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Five Consecutive Years Making AYP

Fulton County School District 

Fulton County Schools Strategic Plan
Information and Website

This strategic plan is the roadmap for how
Fulton County Schools aims to improve student
achievement over the next five years. Three
goals serve as the district's measure for
long-term student success:

90% of Fulton students will graduate
on time.

85% of Fulton's seniors will be eligible
for admission to a University System
of Georgia college or university.

100% of Fulton's graduates will be
work-ready certified.

This plan will only work when all parts of the
community, staff, and stakeholders are aligned.
Our hope from this presentation is that you will
walk away understanding our key commitment
to children and how we plan to get there.

FCS Strategic Plan 2017 Overview 
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