The Educator | May 20, 2024


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    May 20, 2024

    Awesome Summer

    Summer is almost here, and we're excited for the break! The last day of the semester is Thursday, May 23. Have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing summer! We will welcome you back in August for the 2024-2025 school year!

    Time To Relax

    We truly hope you enjoyed reading your employee newsletter for the 2023-2024 school year. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Please continue to share any suggestions, topics for discussion, or comments you might have. You can reach us at

    While you are relaxing, catch up on past editions!

    Happy Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Sub Week

    Thank you to all our amazing substitute teachers for your flexibility, your commitment, and your dedication to all our students and FCS schools.

    In This Issue
    • Summer, Summer, Summertime! Be safe and enjoy!
    • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
    • Stand Up Fulton Mentor Celebration
    • Congratulations to all the TOTYs, POTYs, SPOTYs
    • FCS Operations Support Hiring Event
    • Let’s Talk Schools | S3 E19 | Literacy
    • Shout, Shout it All Out!
    • Dates to Remember
    • ‘Level Up Fulton’ Cohort Beginning this Fall | Application window closes May 30
    • Retirement Services | Enroll in a 403(b) or 457(b) retirement plan
    • Employee Perks- Don’t miss the summer discounts…Have Fun!
    Dates To Remember

    Election Day
    (Students Remote)
    Tuesday, May 21

    Last Day of the Semester
    Thursday, May 23

    Last Registration Day
    for Summer Learning
    Friday, May 24

    Teacher Workday
    Friday, May 24

    Memorial Day
    (Administrative Buildings
    are closed)
    Monday, May 27

    FCS Retirement Reception
    Tuesday, June 4 | 3-5 p.m
    Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center
    1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs

    Board Work Session
    (North Learning Center)
    Tuesday, June 11

    Board Meeting
    (South Learning Center)
    Wednesday, June 20


    2024 Retirement Reception

    If you are retiring this year and haven't yet RSVP'd to the district's retirement event on June 4 there's still time! Click here to RSVP.

    Next Chapter

    Inside FCS

    And the winners are...


    Read more about our Teacher and Professionals of the Year

    Stand Up Fulton Mentor Celebration

    Stand Up Fulton

    A celebration was held on May 7 at the FCS Administration Center to honor district staff members who served as Stand Up Fulton mentors for the 2023-2024 school year. The gathering brought together district mentors, SAFE Center staff, Office of Student Supports leaders and our Stand Up for Kids partners to acknowledge and celebrate the significant impact these mentors have had on students’ lives. Attendees enjoyed light refreshments and the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences. The atmosphere was one of gratitude and community spirit, truly encapsulating the value and importance of mentorship in shaping young lives. Overall, the celebration was a resounding success, leaving mentors feeling valued and inspired to continue their important work.

    Fulton County Schools Operations Support Hiring Event

    Hiring Event

    Operations Hiring Event
    Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Riverwood International Charter School
    9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    We are hiring exceptional support staff employees to join our FCS family! If you know anyone interested, please have them join us at one of our upcoming hiring events, where they will have the opportunity to receive an offer on the spot. For more information, click here!

    Let's Talk Schools | S3 E19 | Literacy Leaders

    LTS Literacy

    Twenty-two FCS elementary schools were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as "Literacy Leaders" - the most in the state! Dr. Looney and his guests, Elementary School Improvement Coaches Amy Long and Deshunta Adams, explore why we deserve this honor and the steps we are taking to transform education. Click here to watch the latest episode!

    Missed some of the episodes?
    HERE to watch!


    Shout, shout it all out! We love featuring our favorite FCS cafeteria staff, custodians, bus drivers, front office personnel, teachers, co-workers, department staff or a favorite FCS friend to give them the spotlight they deserve. Who do you want to celebrate? Send your submissions to

    Andrea Yenrick and Erin Amideo

    Andrea Yenrick and Erin Amideo, the PBIS coaches at Medlock Bridge Elementary, host a PBIS podcast titled "Dude That's Rude" to help students improve their cafeteria behavior. Each week, the PBIS coaches act out a behavior issue and offer alternatives to a more appropriate behavior. The students watch eagerly to see which class will win a popcorn party for exemplifying good cafeteria behavior. This team is amazing, and the school truly enjoys watching their show every single Friday!

    Submitted by Dr. Nikki Pollack, Occupational Therapist, Services for Exceptional Children

    From Student to Staff

    Janiece Benefield

    From student to staff, Janiece Benefield embodies the spirit of dedication and excellence within Fulton County Schools. Ms. Benefield is a servant leader and educator, currently serving as the Mult-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Program Specialist. As a proud product of the school system, Janiece attended S. L. Lewis Elementary School, Bear Creek Middle School, and studied musical theatre in the magnet program at Tri-Cities High School. With three degrees in education from Valdosta State University, Janiece's passion lies in empowering and supporting students, educators, families, and all stakeholders. Throughout her career, she has consistently demonstrated a commitment to fostering inclusive and effective learning environments. As an alumna, Janiece is deeply invested in the district's success and is excited to collaborate with stakeholders to drive positive educational change.

    Focus FCS


    FDF 2024

    Now celebrating its 8th year, FIRST DAY FULTON is a back-to-school event helping students and parents prepare for the new school year with information, community services, free school supplies and giveaways.

    Sign up

    Volunteers receive lunch and a free event t-shirt.

    Level Up

    "Level Up Fulton" Cohort Beginning this Fall

    Get ready, the next "Level Up Fulton" cohort is beginning this fall. Visit the FCS Level Up Fulton Webpage on the Employee Hub to view the program information video and access the application. The application window will close on Thursday, May 30. Spaces are limited, so register now for classes this fall!

    Retirement Services

    Take the road to financial freedom and enroll in a 403(b) or 457(b) retirement plan sponsored by Fulton County Schools!

    It's a valuable benefit, so make the most of it. Saving now may help you get to where you want to be in the future. Enrolling is fast and easy. Register online, and in just a few clicks, you're done. Choose your contribution rate and investment option and you are enrolled! It's really that simple.

    Click HERE for more information.

    Visit to register for online access with Lincoln Financial. After registration, you will be directed to your account page to enroll in the plan.

    For further assistance, contact Lincoln Financial at (800) 234-3500 or FCS Retirement Services at (470) 254-0102.

    Do you know who to contact?

    Retirement COntacts


    We ♥ Employee Perks!


    Teacher Perks connects teachers and staff to over 250 top national retailers offering incredible employee discounts and private offers. A few popular retailers include Costco, Sam's Club, Chase Mortgage, Avis, Hertz, Budget,,, 1800Flowers, TrueCar Employee Auto Purchasing, Walt Disney World, GE Appliances Store, HP Employee Purchase Program, Lenovo, Dell Member Purchase Program & Many More! Register now and enjoy incredible savings! It's easy - simply click on the link below and you can access the site from both work and home.

    AVIS Car Rental
    Employees can save UP TO 25% OFF Base Rates at Avis. Click on the link below or call 800-331-1212 and use discount code AWD#: D134100.

    BUDGET Car Rental
    Employees can save UP TO 25% OFF Base Rates at Budget. Click on the link below or call 800-455-2848 and use discount code BCD#: Z408900.

    HERTZ Car Rental
    Employees can save UP TO 25% OFF Base Rates at Hertz. Click on the link below or call 800-654-2210 and use discount code CDP#: 1742729.

    Special employee pricing of UP TO 40% OFF select hotels worldwide on

    Employees can save 8% OFF select hotels at



    Get your discounted tickets HERE!




     Atlanta United

    Atlanta United FC | 2024 Teacher Appreciation Offer

    Get your tickets here!

    Atlanta United promotion: Receive a complimentary give-a-way with the purchase of every two tickets.

    United Offer



    Lanier Islands Discounted Tickets

    Click HERE to start the fun!



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