The Educator | May 22, 2023

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    May 22, 2023

    "Summertime is coming... and the living is easy!"

    From all of us here at The Educator,
    we wish you all a happy and safe summer!

    Centegix Alert Badge Reminder!

    All full-time FCS staff members are receiving a Centegix CrisisAlert badge that allows them to summon help during an emergency. By clicking three times only, immediate assistance can be requested for medical emergencies or student fights without causing disruption to the rest of the building. Use these three words as a memory aid for remembering three clicks: "I [click]. Need [click]. Help [click]." You will know the alert went through when the badge responds with a short vibration. Continuously clicking the badge is for extreme emergencies and will result in a hard lockdown and large police presence, so use the badge responsibly.

    How does the Centegix CrisisAlert badge work? Read more here...

    I Need Help

    Bus Simulators are Here!

    The FCS Transportation Department welcomed Dr. Looney and other district leaders to a recent demonstration of their new bus driver training simulators. Dr. Looney sat in the driver's seat and marveled at how difficult it was to operate the bus while watching the road for upcoming hazards, calling the simulators "game-changers in helping our drivers gain more expertise and confidence."

    How did he do on the road? Take a look here...

    Dr. Looney in the Buss Simulator

    Dates to Remember

    May 25
    Last day of the semester

    May 26
    Teacher workday

    May 29
    Memorial Day

    June 6
    Board Work Session (NLC)  

    June 8
    2023 Retirement Reception

    Next Chapter

    Board Meeting (SLC)  

    June 19
    Juneteenth Holiday
    (Admin Offices Closed)

    All Month Long!

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    School social workers and school counselors have been provided with an awareness toolkit that contains activities that promotes student mental wellness during the month of May.

    AAPI Month

    May is the month we observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, recognizing the contributions and celebrating the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.!

    Graduation is Finally Here!

    2023 Fulton High School Graduation Dates

    We can hear the band repeatedly playing "Pomp and Circumstance" as the graduates march down the aisles to take their respective places. Inspiring and encouraging speeches will fill the air as the faces of families and friends are full of smiles and joy. Congratulations to our amazing employees who helped make this accomplishment possible for our students.

    Check out the dates, times and locations.

    Summer Meals

    FCS Serves Summer Meals
    Hunger does not take a vacation!

    To meet the needs of our students and children in the community, the School Nutrition Program will continue to provide meals at locations across the county as part of its annual Summer Meals Program.

    When schools let out for the summer, many children are at risk for hunger and malnutrition. The lack of nutrition during the summer months can result in poor performance once the school year begins and makes children more prone to illnesses and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

    A listing of Fulton County School Nutrition Summer Meals locations and community mealtimes are available at

    Soles 4 Souls Honored Teachers During Teachers Appreciation Week with a Free Shopping Event

    Soles 4 Souls, a global nonprofit, partnered with Fulton County Schools to show our teachers just how much we appreciate them. On May 11, during Teacher Appreciation Week, the organization commended the exemplary service of 300 teachers with a free “shopping” event. Each teacher was able to choose items that were donated by high-end retail brands. Cindy Stroud, a social worker in the Office of Student Supports, coordinated the grant with Soles 4 Souls along with the McKinney-Vento team. What an amazing day...check out the pictures below!

    South Location: Banneker High School

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    North Location: North Springs High School

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    FCS Celebrates National School Nurses Day 

    School Nurse Day

    Lynne Meadows, director of District Health Services, and her awesome team of nurses, celebrated May 10 in a big way for National School Nurse Day. Since 1972, National School Nurse Day recognizes school nurses and fosters a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. National Nurses Week was May 6-12. Fulton County Schools would like to thank our 17 school cluster nurses and our six special education nurses for all your hard work. We are also thankful for the clinic assistants, contract nurses who help to serve our medically fragile students, and case investigators. This team works diligently every day to ensure students are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Team celebration pictures below:

    Nurse 1 Nurse 3 Nurse 4

    The Warehouse “Fun Committee!”

    Warehouse Fun Committee

    The Warehouse department staff has started something new by organizing a “Fun Committee.” This committee meets every Thursday to plan and schedule events that staff would enjoy as well as show appreciation for jobs well done! Birthdays are also celebrated with cake and ice cream on the fun day.

    For the month of April, the department celebrated birthdays with a lunch-in fish fry. Thank you Warehouse department; you know how to celebrate good times!

    An Important Request from our Financial Services Division

    Wholesale Clubs

    If you have ever made a purchase for your school or the district using your personal wholesale club membership account, please make sure they have not permanently attached the FCS tax-exempt number to you. While specific use of the number is allowed for authorized purchases, we have reports of it being used regularly for personal purchases due to the wholesale club assigning that number to the account. To avoid any legal or financial problems, please verify and correct this as soon as possible!

    Inside FCS

    "Shining StarStar for You to See..."
    Each month, we will highlight amazing employees in a variety of roles.

    School Nutrition Spotlight

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    FCS Budget Services Honored With National Award

    Budgeting Services

    The FCS Budget Services team was recently awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the 2022-2023 Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). The Budget Services department assists and works closely with principals, department heads, program managers and cabinet members in managing, developing, and monitoring their various and numerous budgets. Congratulations!


    What's Next

    Summer Celebrations & Learning

    The action doesn't have to stop just because school is out! Will you or your department/school hold any special celebrations, host a training/staff retreat, attend a conference, or receive any special awards this summer? 

    Send your pictures with names and a short description of the event and we will print them here in The Educator!

    Email us at

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    As we get ready for graduation and summer, we are working hard to ensure our students have the resources they need. You can help! We are partnering with Purposity to share our urgent student needs with community members willing to lend a hand. It could be for a child needing a new pair of shoes or a family who lost everything in a fire. Purposity is the easiest way to help. Join us on Purposity!

    Find more information on how you can help!



    First Day Fulton Volunteers! Sign up today!

    FIrst Day Fulton

    July 29, 2023 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Click HERE for more information and to register.


    Marvin Dereef

    Let's Talk Schools!

    Check out our weekly series, Let's Talk Schools, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney.

    In Episode 23, Dr. Looney interviews Chief Financial Officer Marvin Dereef and discusses how our award-winning Financial Services department handles the FCS budget.

    Click here to watch.

    Suggestion Box


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    Fulton County Schools
    Discounted Ticket Offer

    Join the Atlanta Braves during the 2023 season! Fulton County Schools staff and families can now take advantage of discounted tickets to several Atlanta Braves games. Discounted tickets are now available in the Home Run Porch for the following games:

    Atlanta Braves vs Colorado Rockies
    Sunday, June 18th at 1:30 pm

    Atlanta Braves vs Chicago White Sox
    Sunday, July 16th at 1:30 pm

    Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals
    Tuesday, September 5th at 7:20 pm


    Click HERE for more information.

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