Dear Southern Fulton Families,
Welcome Back!! I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing summer break. The start of school is always an exciting time for everyone. I wanted to provide an update on some of the changes that will take place during the 2019-2020 school year.
Southern Fulton is committed to ensure the safety of our students on a daily basis. The Board of Directors recently approved William “Billy” Baker to serve as an armed School Police Officer. Billy is a retired state trooper who has roots in the Southern Fulton School District. Billy has completed Act 120 and Act 235 training in accordance with PA state law. Billy’s role will be to establish positive relations with students, staff, families and the community.
As a result of a school safety assessment, we recently purchased a school visitor management system for both the Elementary and High School. The kiosk will be located in the secure entrance of each building. Visitors must scan their driver’s license prior to entering the building. This is yet another added layer of security for our students and staff.
We also were fortunate to be able to hire 14 new staff members. This was a result of retirements and staff moving to other districts. The administrative team was very selective in our interview process and hired only the BEST. New teachers have been assigned mentors to ensure that we are producing high quality teachers. High quality teachers produce high quality results.
The comprehensive planning committee will continue to develop a mission statement, vision, shared values and goals for our district. The committee consists of teachers, parents, community, and business members to ensure that all stakeholders are represented as we move toward completion of the plan.
The Elementary School will be moving toward a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. This model provides a systemic, continuous improvement framework for supporting students. Data based problem solving and decision making is practiced across all levels of the educational system. Students may come home and say that there were several teachers in their classrooms during the day. This is a result of the integration of the MTSS.
The High School staff has requested more time to collaborate with other teaching staff. Through creative scheduling, teachers were able to find time at the end of the day to accomplish this goal. We want our teachers to value and take ownership of their own professional learning. This will allow them to share best practices through the development of professional learning communities. Once again high quality teachers produce high quality results.
I am looking forward to a great school year. Southern Fulton is very fortunate to employee staff that are dedicated to providing the best education for our students making us the district of choice in Fulton County.