"Houses" Take Over Fulton
In the 2018-2019 school year, Fulton implemented a new program to positively enhance the social and emotional culture of our school. The “houses” philosophy might remind you of Harry Potter and Gryffindor, and that is not too far off the mark!
Historically originating from England, “houses” have proven to be a beneficial structure for educational institutions ranging from elementary schools on up to universities. Similar to the houses implemented at the award-winning teaching school, The Ron Clark Academy, our students will build deeper relationships with staff and peers, which can foster positive adolescent development and a sense of belonging, acceptance, and camaraderie with their housemates.
On the first day of school, students took part in the memorable sorting ceremony where they determined which of six houses they would belong to for the remainder of their time as a Fulton Panther. Each house is named after an influential person in O’Fallon’s history.
Schwarz House represents George Schwarz and his O’Fallon dairy plant. Schmitt House represents Joseph Schmitt, a NASA spacesuit pioneer. Cartier House represents Lionel Cartier who initiated O’Fallon’s park system. Peck House represents John Peck, O’Fallon’s first postmaster. Cryder House represents Bob Cryder who played football in the NFL. Finally, Ogle House represents Joseph Ogle who established O’Fallon’s first modern-day settlement. Above all, the unifying element all houses share is that everyone is an Edward A. Fulton Panther!
We have had a blast with our houses in the first year of implementation! The kids have engaged in several team-building and relationship-building activities with their housemates and staff, as well as friendly school spirit competitions to earn rewards, like the massive pancake breakfast, and the distinction of housing the Panther Spirit stick for the month!
As we recognize middle school can sometimes be a complex time for adolescents, we are excited to continue this new program to help us provide the nurturing guidance our students need while they are with us.
For more information regarding our house system, including highlights of Cryder Houses's recent visit from their namesake, please check out our recent news article.