School is out, and Summer is finally in full swing. The staff members will be spending the summer getting Professional Development hours and preparing the classrooms for students to return in August. Many schools are still in session, and will be going until well into June because of the extreme conditions during the winter. I feel fortunate that our parents bring our students, or they walk to school. Going to school provides a warm place to be, and two meals a day which are extremely helpful to the working parent.
We had many accomplishments at both schools throughout the year, and we are looking for even more during the next school year. It is our hope that your child will attend the 21st Century Camp this summer, or curl up at night with a good book to keep their mind sharp. Studies indicate that over the summer children do not retain what they have learned unless they continue to read or have some educational experiences.
Our 6th grade will be moving to the high school, and we will create a middle school that mirrors most districts in Kentucky. The middle school students will be in the back wing, and will have minimal contact with grades 9-12. We are choosing this model to be more consistent with academics, cut down on teacher travel time, and allow students who participate in Middle School Sports to be with other team members. We hope to see gains on test scores over the next three years because of this transition.
I want to thank the students, staff, parents and community for their avid support to make the Bulldog Nation a success the past three years. Our MISSION of, " DREAM IT, BELIEVE IT, ACHIEVE IT" is totally appropriate with my objectives as Superintendent. I have had the same two goals since beginning three years ago, and with everyone's support, I have not doubt that we WILL achieve my two goals:
1.) Students will be able to realize their dream.
2.) Fulton Independent will be a Top 50 district in College and Career Readiness.
Tamara Smith, Superintendent