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Fulmore Middle School

Fulmore Middle School
201 East Mary
Austin, TX 78704
Phone Number: 512 414-3207
Fax: 512 441-3129
Lisa A. Bush
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Campus Facts
Blue Ribbon School: No
Date Built: 1886
Grades: 6-8
Academy: Yes
Day Care: no
After School Care: After School Programs
Mascot: Falcon
School Colors: Royal Blue and White

Mission Statement

School Motto: Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

To utilize research-based best practices regarding the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of the middle school child that will result in every child's success as measured by the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), University Interscholastic League competitions, Duke Talent Identification program and coursework.

School Goals

Background:

Situated on historic Congress Avenue, Fulmore Middle School has well over a century of history delivering quality education to the children of Austin. In 1886, Fulmore was a one-room, white frame school house with a bell tower and a few eager students. Now, as we enter the 21st Century, Fulmore has almost 800 students and a national reputation for excellence. Among the school's alumni is John Henry Faulk, the defender of the First Amendment, for whom the downtown public library is named. Former governor Ann Richards taught at Fulmore, as did the 1997-1998 Texas Teacher of the year, Joe Farley.

Fulmore is known for its many excellent programs as well as the rigor of its academic classes. Among the many honors Fulmore has received are the following:

Named the new Humanities and Law Magnet for International Studies

Recipient of a U. S. Department of Education Bilingual/ESL Enhancement Grant; Selected, along with three other schools in the Travis Vertical Team, by the Systemic Research Collaboration for Education in Mathematics and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin to be part of a $5 million research initiative to understand systemic reform efforts in mathematics in a feeder cluster
Recipient of a grant from the Austin City Council to implement an after-school program for at-risk students
Recipient of the Governor's Excellence Award for Dropout Prevention; Selected by the NEA's National Center for Innovation as the country's sixth Mastery in Learning Consortium Site
Selected by the NEA's National Center for Innovation as a Learning Lab site; Selected as a professional development site by Southwest Texas State University, St. Edward's University, and the University of Texas at Austin
Recipient of The Road Ahead grant from Bill Gates of Microsoft and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, which was awarded to the Technology-Rich Learning Community (TLC) in sixth and eighth grade social studies
Selected as one of the eight schools in the state to participate in the Title VI-Carnegie Middle School Project for the years 1995-98
Recipient of a grant from the TEA to implement an after-school program for at-risk students
For the last two years, the student newspaper, The Falcon Cry, has received the prestigious Silver Star in state interscholastic competition. Fulmore is the only middle school in the state to be honored with a gold star. The honor band and honor orchestra yearly receive sweepstakes awards and place numerous students in the region band and orchestra. In addition, both receive top honors in the solo and ensemble contests.
Fulmore is known for its open-door policy for sports and clubs, its bilingual literacy program,and special education programs that range from an exemplary state model in Content Mastery to services for the hearing-impaired community.

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Vision Statement:

The vision for Fulmore Middle School and the Humanities and Law Magnet for International Studies is to become a school with a safe nurturing environment that is a learning center for the entire community. We strive for exemplary achievement and for the technological competence of students and staff who are actively engaged in a rigorous and challenging choice-based curriculum. We create responsible, global citizens empowered with the life skills to make successful choices while embracing our rich cultural heritage, our rich diversity and our strong commonalities.

Significant points:

A safe, nurturing environment
A learning center for the entire community
Exemplary achievement and recognition
Technological access and competence for students and staff
An appreciation of diversity
Active, engaged students and faculty
Responsible, global citizens empowered with the life skills to make successful choices
Rigorous and challenging choice-based curriculum
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Belief Statement:

We believe that education empowers, opens doors to opportunities beyond the walls of Fulmore Middle School and the Humanities and Law Magnet for International Studies, and enables students to become citizens of the world. Accordingly, we believe:

Children have the right and responsibility to learn according to their potential. Moreover, the public education system has the responsibility of creating schools that encourage and guide students to meet their academic potential.
As children evolve academically, emotionally and socially, all teachers must lead, coach, mentor and provide opportunities for further success.
Staff, parents and the community must jointly provide a safe nurturing and consistent environment to ensure learning for all students.

Major Programs and Initiatives

Humanities and Law Magnet School for International Studies
Required English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification for all Teachers
Required Technology Competencies for all Teachers
Required Pre-Advanced Placement Certification for all Teachers
Required Cooperative Learning and G/T Certification for all Teachers
Accelerated Reader Initiative/Project Read Initiative
Writing/Math/Reading Across the Curriculum
Advanced Thematic Interdisciplinary Curriculum
The Road Ahead Grant Recipient/Technology in the Classroom
Carnegie Title VI Professional Development Initiative
National Education Association Learning Lab Site
Texas State University Professional Development Site
Positive Behavior Support Initiative School
Gifted and Talented Program for Students
(visit our GT web site!)