2017-18 News Archive

FHSD Community Service
FHSD Community Service
Posted on 06/26/2018
The FHSD curriculum is intended to teach students many different subjects, and standardized testing is designed to quantify what students have learned. One of the most important lessons that students learn doesn’t have a score that will show up on any test – caring for others in the community.  Read more about FHSD Community Service
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Sixth Consecutive Year
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Sixth Consecutive Year
Posted on 06/25/2018
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the sixth consecutive year. FHSD ranked in the Top Workplace large business category, which is comprised of similarly-sized organizations and featured three other school districts.  Read more about FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Sixth Consecutive Year
Megan Abramczyk Selected as New Administrative Intern at Henderson Elementary
Megan Abramczyk Selected as New Administrative Intern at Henderson Elementary
Posted on 05/18/2018
The Francis Howell School District has announced the hiring of Megan Abramczyk as the new administrative intern at Henderson Elementary, effective July 1, 2018. “I am honored to join the family at Henderson Elementary School and to continue the great work that is already being done there with the help of dedicated staff members, supportive families, and great students,” said Abramczyk. “As a leader, I hope to help foster a positive environment for all members of our school community.”  Read more about Megan Abramczyk Selected as New Administrative Intern at Henderson Elementary
Telling Stories and Making Memories – Deaf Storyteller Acts as Role Model for FHSD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Telling Stories and Making Memories – Deaf Storyteller Acts as Role Model for FHSD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Posted on 05/16/2018
FHSD strives to provide equal learning opportunities for all students. Every student learns differently and it’s important to recognize that different abilities are not disabilities. By creating an even playing field for students and providing positive role models, it is possible to fortify strengths, identify opportunities for improvement, and kindle lasting friendships.  Read more about Telling Stories and Making Memories – Deaf Storyteller Acts as Role Model for FHSD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
Posted on 04/09/2018
The Francis Howell School District is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Howell of Fame Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers and staff. This year’s 12 recipients will be honored at the annual Howell of Fame Awards ceremony on Monday, May 8, along with 2018 District Retirees, District Teacher of the Year, Teachers of the Year from each building, District Support Staff Employee of the Year, and Support Staff Employee of the Year from each building.  Read more about 2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
Posted on 03/29/2018
The future of Francis Howell School District students depends on the quality of the education they receive, and paraprofessionals and interpreters are instrumental in helping to provide the best possible education for our students. On Monday, April 2, 2018, FHSD will celebrate Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day to recognize their contributions to our students’ educational success.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
Proposition Learn Ballot Language
Proposition Learn Ballot Language
Posted on 03/22/2018
For most residents of the Francis Howell School District, there will only be three items on the April 3, 2018, ballot. Two are directly related to the District, Proposition Learn and the Board of Education election; the third will be for St. Charles Community College Trustees.  Read more about Proposition Learn Ballot Language
The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
Posted on 03/20/2018
As spring comes back around, the colors of our world return. It reminds us of the beauty that surrounds us every day, sometimes forgotten in the cold doldrums of winter. And it may remind us of the beautiful art being created by students in our schools. March is Youth Art Month, and FHSD students and teachers are brightening the canvas of our lives. From an elaborate black light art exhibit at Daniel Boone Elementary to Little Becky’s finger painting at one of FHSD’s Early Childhood Centers, the arts are on full display this month at our schools.  Read more about The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Posted on 03/16/2018
The Francis Howell School District has selected Dr. Nathan Hoven as the District’s new Chief Academic Officer, effective July 1, 2018. The Board of Education approved the selection at the March 15, 2018, Board meeting. Dr. Hoven will replace Nicole Whitesell, who has been hired as the Director of the St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.  Read more about Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Francis Howell School District Named Best of St. Charles County
Francis Howell School District Named Best of St. Charles County
Posted on 12/21/2017
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has announced the Francis Howell School District as the best public school district in St. Charles County. Winners were selected by readers’ choice for the “Best of St. Charles County” publication.  Read more about Francis Howell School District Named Best of St. Charles County
Henderson DisABILITIES Awareness Week
Henderson DisABILITIES Awareness Week
Posted on 12/06/2017
Every year, Henderson Elementary doesn’t just tell students about people with disabilities, they actually help them understand with first-hand experiences. The main lesson is simple – we all have abilities and disabilities, but we’re all people. Accordingly, that’s also how we should treat others, like people. In fact, at Henderson Elementary, the term is “DisABILITY,” putting an emphasis on the “ability” within us all. With guest speakers and a day of unique PE classes, Henderson’s DisABILITIES Awareness Week taught students an important lesson about empathy.  Read more about Henderson DisABILITIES Awareness Week
Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Posted on 12/04/2017
The Francis Howell School District strives to develop skills including the “Four Cs” (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking) in students. Two perfect examples of this were recent events held at St. Charles Community College by Spectra, the gifted program in FHSD. “Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” are annual events that teach these marketable skills and also introduce these bright students to each other and the teachers who will be helping them create a brighter future.  Read more about Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
Posted on 11/17/2017
The student population of FHSD continues to become more diverse, and the percentage of minority students in the District has doubled over the past decade to almost 20 percent. As the demographics of the student population continue to change, so does the professional learning for FHSD employees.  Read more about FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
Posted on 11/01/2017
As temperatures drop outside and we prepare for winter, many of us take for granted that we have the appropriate winter weather gear to keep warm. There are countless families, including many in the Francis Howell School District, who are not able to provide their little ones with a warm coat. But thanks to a partnership with the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach, nearly 500 FHSD students in need are receiving brand-new winter coats.  Read more about FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
Two FHSD Teachers Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
Two FHSD Teachers Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
Posted on 10/04/2017
Francis Howell School District teachers Gail Anderson and Karey Fitzpatrick join a select group of St. Louis area educators chosen to receive the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes teachers for their passion for teaching, their impact on student learning, and their knowledge and creativity in the classroom. The recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions to the teaching profession and to the students they teach.  Read more about Two FHSD Teachers Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
Wall art created by Henderson Elementary students in honor of International Dot Day
Where Art Begins – FHSD Elementary Schools Celebrate International Dot Day
Posted on 09/25/2017
Everything has a beginning. Whether it was a famous artist like Da Vinci or Picasso, or just little Timmy at Daniel Boone Elementary, art must begin with at least one dot. From a single point or mark, art springs eternal. Students in art classes around Francis Howell School District were celebrating this jumping off point in honor of International Dot Day in September.  Read more about Where Art Begins – FHSD Elementary Schools Celebrate International Dot Day
Group photo of the Inspire team members
Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
Posted on 09/11/2017
Francis Howell School District prides itself on being innovative when it comes to advancements in education, as well as advancements in caring for the social emotional health of students. The Inspire Program is a FHSD-led initiative that hopes to help schools develop the capacity to meet the needs of all students, staff, and families, focusing on those experiencing significant challenges with emotional regulation and other mental health needs. This team of internal consultants has begun serving FHSD’s early childhood and elementary schools, adhering to the Missouri Model of Trauma-Informed Care and putting an emphasis on safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, choice, and empowerment.  Read more about Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
Posted on 08/28/2017
Jumping rope, playing dodge ball, and shooting hoops may seem like playtime to some, but for students in FHSD, it’s a matter of heart. During the 2016-17 school year, FHSD elementary and middle schools collected a record total $109,011.48 for the American Heart Association (AHA) through Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and Dodge for Heart. Only four other school districts in Missouri raised more money for AHA during the 2016-17 school year.   Read more about FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
Peachjar Electronic Flyers Example
Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Posted on 08/18/2017
Francis Howell School District is always looking for ways to save taxpayer dollars and still improve convenience for parents and students. Both goals are achieved with the Peachjar flyer distribution system. FHSD delivers school information and approved flyers from community organizations electronically through Peachjar. These eflyers are emailed directly to you, and can also be viewed by clicking the Peachjar button on the home page of your school’s website.  Read more about Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
Posted on 08/09/2017
Niche has just released its 2018 list of best Schools in America, and has ranked the Francis Howell School District No. 16 in Missouri. That is the highest ranking of any district in St. Charles County, and with more than 500 public school districts in the state, this ranking puts FHSD in the top 3 percent in Missouri.  Read more about Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
Posted on 07/21/2017
The 2017-18 school year will kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. As students stream back into classrooms, they will encounter some new programs and initiatives. Here’s what’s new in FHSD.  Read more about What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
Posted on 07/20/2017
The FHSD Board of Education has approved the recommendation of the Extracurricular Task Force to establish an activity fee structure for the 2017-18 school year. Students participating in a sport, activity, or club - in which a sponsor or coach is paid a stipend - will be required to pay a yearly activity fee. Students will be assessed one fee regardless of how many sports/activities/clubs they participate in during the school year. An application for financial assistance/waiver will be available for students, as needed.  Read more about New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
Posted on 06/25/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the fifth consecutive year. FHSD ranked in the Top Workplace large business category, which is comprised of similarly-sized organizations and featured four school districts.  Read more about FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
Posted on 06/14/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is a busy place year-round, and not just during the school year. There are more than 2,000 employees in the District, and almost 20 percent of them work a 12-month schedule. “The District does not shut down over the summer,” said FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, “quite the contrary. Educating 18,000 students is a year-round, full-time job. In addition to preparing the high quality education our students deserve for 2017-18, we have also started working on our next five-year strategic plan, and our community will have the opportunity to be part of that process this fall.”   Read more about What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Posted on 06/12/2017
On May 11, 2016, a severe thunderstorm with large hail caused significant damage throughout the Francis Howell School District. The roofs of 15 different District buildings suffered damage, and in many cases the entire roof structure is in need of repair.  Read more about Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Students have fun learning at FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
Posted on 06/12/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is committed to providing engaging and enriching camp opportunities to students over the summer months. Two of the most popular are the elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and middle school STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) camps. Summer school and all camps are fully funded by the state of Missouri, which makes it possible for the District to offer these programs for students at no cost.  Read more about FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
Posted on 05/12/2017
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that for the second time in the past decade, Francis Howell Middle School (FHMS) has been selected as a National School of Character. Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities.  Read more about Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
MAP Testing Begins
MAP Testing Begins
Posted on 04/13/2017
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing for students in the Francis Howell School District will take place during the month of April. MAP tests are mandated by the state, and are intended to help determine what a child knows and is able to do according to the expectations for his or her grade level. Scores on the MAP tests are also used to determine how schools are performing according to state and federal guidelines.  Read more about MAP Testing Begins
Henderson Continues Tradition of Annual “DisAbilities Awareness Week” with Message of Respect and Understanding
Henderson Continues Tradition of Annual “DisAbilities Awareness Week” with Message of Respect and Understanding
Posted on 12/01/2016
It’s always important to learn to be respectful toward each other at a young age, no matter who we are, or what challenges we face. The students at Henderson Elementary were reminded of this message when the school celebrated its twelfth annual “DisAbilities Awareness Week” on Nov. 14-18.  Read more about Henderson Continues Tradition of Annual “DisAbilities Awareness Week” with Message of Respect and Understanding
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FHSD Schools Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week
Posted on 10/24/2016
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will be dipped in red the week of Oct. 24-28, as schools across the District and the nation celebrate Red Ribbon Week, an event dedicated to raising awareness for alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence prevention. Many FHSD schools will educate students on drug prevention with special events, activities and fun-themed spirit days.  Read more about FHSD Schools Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week
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New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills
Posted on 10/05/2016
Student safety is always a top priority of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD). The District annually conducts a variety of safety drills including fire, tornado, earthquake and intruder drills. Participation in these safety drills is where most students get directly involved in their own safety. New this year, FHSD will conduct one unannounced intruder drill at each of our schools.   Read more about New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills
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FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
Posted on 08/19/2016
The buses that safely transport students of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) every day will display a special new sticker starting in August, after earning the “Total Fleet Excellence” distinction for 2016. The stickers indicate excellence in the overall maintenance and reliability of the District’s bus fleet. The distinction is determined by the Missouri State Highway Patrol based on the results of the annual school bus inspection, a program conducted by the Patrol’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Division  Read more about FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
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