SCHOOL GOVERANCE COUNCIL CANDIDATES
The registration window for candidates to apply for our school governance council is now closed. We had two parents register for our one-year term and three for the two-year term. In addition to this, we had five teachers complete the registration for the teacher positions. For the one-year term we have Kevin Crawford and Meredith Ginn as candidates and our two-year candidates are Kristin Beinhower, Gerald Jackson and Marilee Hamilton. I want to thank each of these individuals for their interest and support and wish all of them well with the upcoming elections. Please remember that your Home Access code is required for voting, so please ensure you have picked that up from the school.
Click here for candidates' bios.
|Parent/Guardian Candidates||||Teacher Candidates|||
|Kevin Crawford||Kristin Beinhower||Kristie Elliot||Kyle Watzman|
|Meredith Ginn||Gerald Jackson|| ||Margaret Ball|
|Trina Hill||Marilee Hamilton|| ||Karen Schnell|
NEW CHARTER SYSTEM INFORMATION
Candidate Campaign Notice School Governance Council Election Information
FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS PARENT SURVEY
In an effort to improve system practices, Fulton County School System is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/0530556 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
REDISTRICTING MEETINGS FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ADDITIONS
Three community meetings are set for October 8, November 5, and December 10
to address the redistricting process for two new schools in Roswell as well as classroom additions at three North Fulton middle schools.
Each time a redistricting effort is under way, the school system holds three rounds of meetings to gather information needed to draft a redistricting proposal that best meets the community's needs. Unlike other school systems, Fulton uses a process that encourages public discussion before developing a proposal. This allows the community to have maximum input in how the
proposed attendance lines are created.
Meetings are planned for:
To maximize input, parents and community members also can participate online through the redistricting website (http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/plan/Pages/Redistricting.aspx) once it goes live on October 8.
One of the schools ("Highway 9 Elementary School") is already under construction at the intersection of Highway 9 and Thomas Drive in Roswell. Scheduled to open in August 2015, it will temporarily serve as Esther Jackson Elementary School for one year only so that school can be torn down and be rebuilt on its site. Once the new Esther Jackson opens in August 2016, the Highway 9 school will re-open with a new identity (official name TBD) to the students in its newly developed attendance zone.
Classroom additions being built at three middle schools (Autrey Mill Middle School, Hopewell Middle School, and Taylor Road Middle School) also require that attendance zones in area schools be examined so that enrollments can be balanced. High school boundaries will be reviewed at the same time, but only to address any feeder pattern misalignments that could occur from middle school adjustments.
The Fulton County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in February 2015. Changes in middle school attendance zones will go into effect in August 2015 with elementary zone changes following in August 2016.
FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTS STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
As mandated by the state of Georgia, this year Fulton County Schools will begin implementing SLOs – Student Learning Objectives. You may have heard the term by now, but what are they and how do they impact your student?
SLOs are district-wide measurable, long-term academic SMART goals set to determine student growth. In simplest terms, SLOs are about student growth – measuring how and what a student learns in order to inform instruction and personalize learning. Students will take a pre-assessment at the beginning of the course to determine what they already know. Teachers will then use the results to plan instruction for the remainder of the course. The score students earn on the pre-assessments won't count for or against them or be factored into their overall grade in the course, but it will help their teachers plan instruction for the rest of the course in order to improve the level of learning to its highest possibility.
To find out more about SLOs and how they're being implemented in Fulton County Schools, read the Q&A.
NEWS FROM THE CLINIC
If you have a student who has asthma, allergies, seizure disorder or other health-related conditions that require administration of medication or treatment during the school day, please be sure to provide the School Clinic with all necessary information. All Medication Authorization Forms and Health Care Plans may be found on the Student Health Services Website. If you have any questions, please contact the clinic or Judy Reddick RN, Cluster School Nurse, at 404-625-6169.
Students are not allowed to carry medication, including cough drops. If your child needs medication to carry medication during the school day, you need to provide the medication and fill out a Medication Administration form. Prescription medications also require a doctor’s signature.
ACTIVE MILITARY/RESERVE PARENTS
Effective 2013/2014, the Dept. of Ed. is requesting that schools identify parents who are active in the military. Active military indicates whether the student has a parent or guardian who is active in the US Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserve Forces. Please contact Tracy Hopson at Hopsontc@fultonschools.org if this is applicable.
TARDIES AND ABSENCES
Parents may be required to provide documentation of the appointment for late
arrivals or early checkout. Please ask the doctor for a note before returning
to school. If a child is going to have a recurring medical appointment that
will interrupt the school day, the parent and principal must come to an agreement prior to the series of absences. Appropriate documentation demonstrating the necessity of the recurring absence must be provided by the parent.
The final decision to excuse such absences rests with the principal.
In addition to absences due to personal illness, if a student is going to be out
of school for reasons that are not medical, religious, or otherwise listed,
parents must submit in writing, prior to the absence, a request for
pre-approval to the principal. Details about what type of absences may be
pre-approved are in the full FCBOE Policy.
Within five (5) days of returning to school, the student must submit a
written and signed excuse from the parent stating the reason for the
child's absence from school. Students who have missed ten (10) days of school
or more in a school year will be required to provide additional written
verification such as doctors' statements.
As the school and as parents, we both want our children to be ready for graduation and a career. On time, daily attendance is an early marker to those successes. Thank you for your assistance in getting your child to school every day.
PLANNING TO TRAVEL?
If you are planning to travel during the school year, please review your child's attendance record first. Fulton County Schools' attendance policy can be found online and in your child's agenda. Fulton County Schools' attendance policy clearly outlines the accepted excuses for absences and what a parent may do if he/she anticipates an absence that is not listed. Please note that in order to have any planned absence excused, a letter from the parent must be submitted to the assistant principal PRIOR to the planned absence. The assistant principal may or may not approve the absence. As well, if your child has missed 10 or more total days of school this year, you may be asked to provide medical notes for additional absences to be considered excused (in accordance with Fulton County's attendance policy). Please reconsider scheduling your family travel/vacation time to coincide with school breaks and avoid missed class time whenever possible.
NEW 2014-2015 VOLUNTEER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Fulton County has changed its policy for anyone volunteering in the schools, anywhere within the school; classroom, Media Center, or on field trips. All volunteers must complete the Child Abuse Reporting Protocol for Volunteers slideshow. This must be done prior to you arriving at the school. It may take up to 48 hours for the process to be completed by Fulton County. Once you receive confirmation that the registration is complete, you will only then be able to volunteer at Cogburn Woods.
CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION
If there is a change in the manner in which a child is to leave school, the teacher must receive a written note from the parent stating the change; otherwise, the child will be sent home in the usual manner. Do not rely on email to notify a teacher of any changes. Please do not call the school with changes unless it is an emergency. Please note that children may not ride nay bus other than their assigned bus. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Transportation Department (770-667-2970).
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