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Dear FHSD Parents, Staff, and Community,
The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but for educators and parents, as well. Hopefully, with school out of session for several weeks, you and your children were able to have some exciting summer experiences. The FHSD personnel are ready for the new year; hopefully, you and your children are ready to start as well.
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) staff have been busy preparing for the new school year since the summer started. Over the summer, teachers participated in professional development to learn more deeply about instructional strategies, new curriculums, and technology implementation. Our administrators were trained on the new teacher evaluation tool that will be used this year, and they worked on their plan to improve student learning. Our Facilities and Operations Department worked to make sure that all of the school buildings were ready for the new school year.
In addition to annual summer work, other facility projects were completed in buildings across the district, including new flooring at Warren Elementary, Barnwell Middle, and Francis Howell North. Roofing work was completed at Fairmount Elementary, Harvest Ridge Elementary, Bryan Middle, Hollenbeck Middle, and Francis Howell Middle. Harvest Ridge had a new playground installed, Francis Howell High School had its track resurfaced, and Independence Elementary received some restroom upgrades. In addition to all the preparation for the school year, and, as part of our ongoing commitment to safety and security, buzz-in systems were installed at all Vacation Station sites and in all three high schools. All FHSD schools now have buzz-in systems.
On May 10, 2014, the Francis Howell School District kicked off the 100th Anniversary of the District with a parade through the City of Cottleville. Throughout the 2014-15 school year, our schools will have other events and activities to celebrate the Centennial of our great school district. Details will be posted to the District and schools’ websites as they become available.
Parent involvement is important to the success of children in schools. In order to help your children attain their goals, we encourage you to be involved in their school. Involvement can be attained by attending parent-teacher conferences; volunteering; reinforcing the importance of on-time school attendance, good behavior, class participation, and schoolwork completion. Check your school’s website, or with school staff, for opportunities to get involved.
I’m excited for another school year to get underway on Wednesday, August 6. I wish your family a successful 2014-15 school year!
Dr. Pam Sloan