Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year! I hope you are as elated as I am with this years start. There seems to be a new sense of pride developing in the district. If you have been to any of our Football or Volleyball games, I think you would agree.
Students are being prepared for a rigorous year, so some challenging work may be coming home. We have an intentional focus on College and Career Readiness, and students are stepping up to the task. One of my goals is to be a top fifty district in College and Career Readiness and KPREP Testing. I know these children are capable, and I appreciate you choosing Fulton Independent as your school district. If there is anything we can help you with, please feel free to contact us.
We ask that you become active in your child's education. Studies show that parents have the single most influence over a child's education. When your child gets in from school, look through the backpack for any messages, notes or tests that the teacher sent home. Parents will often be asked to sign documents and return in a timely manner. It is also important to look at the teacher's website for any deadlines for projects, or homework for the week. The high school teachers remain in the building an additional 30 minutes every day for "Opportunity Time". Students can stay and get help if needed. Tutoring also begins the third week in September at the high school. Please encourage your child to stay if additional help is needed.
If your child is absent, please send a signed excuse from you or the child's doctor. A parent has six absences and/or tardies before needing a doctor's excuse. Tardies will count the same as absences for the first six. Use these sparingly, as many sicknesses can be contagious throughout the year. Also know that if the Nurse sends the child home, it will be excused. She is located in the Elementary School and will be sent to the High School on an as needed basis.
B3 is up and running. Students are getting ten weeks of Spanish this year through Murray State University. This program also offers a snack time and homework time, and is open until 5:45. The program is for grades 3-8, and we currently have a waiting list.
Carr Elementary is also participating in the Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program. Students have a morning break 3 days per week to enjoy these Grant Funded Items. We were only one of two schools west of Bowling Green to receive this honor, so encourage your child to try new items as they become available.
Fall weather is right around the corner, so break out the clothing to keep your child warm. We would like to invite you to all activities hosted by our district, and appreciate all Community Members supporting our educational needs. I want all students to realize their dreams, and that involves everyone!
Tamara Smith, Superintendent