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   Dr. Pam Sloan

Superintendent Message

Hello FHSD Community,


As our break comes to a close, I would like to thank our students, staff, parents, and community members for your contributions in helping to create an atmosphere of excellence in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD). We had a great first semester, and I hope everyone had time to rest and is now ready to start the new semester. Before we begin the work of third and fourth quarters, I’d like to share some accomplishments and celebrations from second quarter.



  • Named to 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll
  • Administered practice ACT test for all sophomores
  • Tied for the lowest number of dropouts in FHSD history
  • Decreased Committee on Conduct hearings for first semester
  • Reduced the number of in-school and out-of-school suspensions
  • Increased enrollment of both Vacation Station and Preschool
  • Held two rounds of optional cooperative learning training for teachers with 100% of participants rating it as good/excellent
  • Provided instructional leadership professional development for all administrators
  • Increased implementation of curriculum standards


Community Relations

  • Held nearly 50 Centennial Celebrations throughout the District
  • Hosted first of quarterly Alumni Association events
  • Hosted middle school parent involvement night focused on drug prevention
  • Partnered with local community organizations to support families in need


Finance and Facilities

  • Earned the Meritorious Budget Award for ninth consecutive year
  • Received unmodified opinion, the highest possible rating, on external audit
  • Obtained an outside audit of Accounts Payable that found FHSD pays bills with 99.99% accuracy
  • Completed various facility improvements over the winter break


Human Resources

  • Recognized two Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award winners
  • Developed the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school year calendars
  • Hired Dr. Sue Sharp as the principal of Fairmount Elementary
  • Hired Jeff Blankenship as an assistant principal at Francis Howell North High School
  • Researched apps to help substitutes schedule jobs
  • Improved the climate rating over spring 2014 results for maintenance, custodial, and grounds department



  • Held first district-wide technology professional development for teachers
  • Installed wireless access in all high school classrooms
  • Replaced nearly 300 computers in high school labs
  • Replaced over 60 computers in the high school graphics arts labs at FHC and FHHS
  • Implemented technology team at Harvest Ridge Elementary
  • Made hotspots and laptops available for student check out at middle and high school
  • Provided laptops for checkout at the elementary level
  • Set up iPad, laptop, and Chromebook carts for multiple schools
  • Completed installation of additional Smart Boards and upgrades to existing Smart Boards


In addition to the above celebrations,  I’d like to recognize the generosity of the FHSD Community during the concluding holiday season. Many of our students and staff gave their time, talent, and resources to help make the holidays more enjoyable for some of our families who experienced a tough year. Many of our students, staff and community members donated food and gifts; shared time with senior citizens; collected coats, hats, and mittens; and supported other school sponsored activities. These types of service activities help to develop our students into caring and compassionate citizens who willingly share their good fortune with others.


We are looking forward to a great second semester with your children.  Thank you for sending them to us for their education; they inspire us and give us hope.


Happy New Year; hopefully, 2015 will be a great year for you and your family.




Dr. Pam Sloan