Fulton County Schools recognizes class of 2020 through Star Seniors web series and other FCS news

Fulton County Schools launched the Star Seniors web series, which highlights one senior student from each FCS high school to honor them while in-person graduation and senior ceremonies are canceled due to COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Fulton County Schools launched the Star Seniors web series, which highlights one senior student from each FCS high school to honor them while in-person graduation and senior ceremonies are canceled due to COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Fulton County Schools launched the Star Seniors web series, which highlights one senior student from each FCS high school to honor them while in-person graduation and senior ceremonies are canceled due to COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Seventeen Fulton County Schools seniors will be honored through FCS' new Star Seniors digital series in which FCS officials will choose one senior from each high school in the district that "embodies the spirit and fortitude" of the class of 2020, according to an April 24 FCS press release. FCS officials announced the first five honorees in the video and web series—one of whom is Suchetas Bokil, an Alpharetta High School senior—April 24, and the remaining 12 honorees will be announced May 1 and May 8.

"We are recognizing high academic achievers, all-star athletes and award winners, students with unusual or unique stories to share, and those who have beaten the odds to graduate," FCS officials said in the release.

According to the release about Bokil from FCS, Bokil is a national policy debate champion and is highly engaged in politics, government and leadership. He will be attending Harvard University this fall with plans to move toward a career in government, according to FCS' release.

"My goal is not to necessarily worry about the problem that is presented, but how to solve the problem," Bokil said in the release.

In addition to announcing the Star Seniors series, FCS Board of Education representatives and Superintendent Mike Looney discussed the new meal distribution schedule—which has moved from three times per week to once per week—and clarifications on incomplete assignment expectations within the remote learning guide.


Some board representatives, including District 2 Representative Katie Reeves, said during the April 23 FCS Board of Education meeting they have been receiving emails from parents not understanding the full expectations regarding incomplete assignments and what would result in mandatory summer school. District 2 encompasses large portions of Alpharetta and Milton.

"At the end of the day, the questions I'm starting to get are very direct, to-the-point questions: 'What does it mean if my child has an incomplete? What if my child has an incomplete in two courses?' They want to know what does the incomplete mean, what triggers mandatory summer school, what triggers voluntary summer school ... and what's the last day to turn things in," Reeves said during the meeting.

Work submitted during the remote learning period will only count if it positively impacts a student's overall grade as it stood March 12, which was the last day of traditional instruction, according to the district's remote learning guide. However, if a student chooses to disengage and completes less than 70% of the remote learning assignments, the student will receive an "incomplete," the April 24 release said.

"Every school establishes a grade cutoff period, but in this particular case, we are working on an agreed-upon cutoff period for all due papers and/or projects," Looney said.

Incomplete grades can be cleared before the end of the semester through working on assignments until the credit recovery week begins, through summer school and/or by completing work next school year with the teacher's permission, the release said. Parents will begin receiving communication from their local schools beginning this week with more information about incomplete assignments, which parents can view on Infinite Campus, a parent and student web portal. Looney and Chief Academic Officer Cliff Jones said tentatively, the week of May 11-15 will mark the credit recovery week prior to the end of school.

Summer learning opportunities for completing courses, credit recovery or repeating failed classes will be provided in two phases this year: virtual summer school from June 3-July 15, and face-to-face and blended learning from July 7-31, which will be adjusted based on Georgia's shelter-in-place requirements.
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.