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   Dr. Pam Sloan

Superintendent Message

Hello FHSD Community,


Hopefully, you and your family had a nice fall break.  This break allows students, staff and families the opportunity to reflect on quarter one progress and to make needed adjustments to increase the likelihood of success on all fronts as we embark on the remainder of the year. Before we get too far into second quarter, we wanted to send some celebrations of accomplishments achieved during first quarter.  Many of these have been shared via the District website, Facebook, Twitter, and school websites as well. 



  • Named top 10 district in region and positioned in the top 7% in state
  • Decreased drop outs to zero in September
  • Implemented new elementary mathematics series
  • Achieved highest September daily attendance—ever
  • Achieved lowest number of Out of School Suspensions for September—ever  
  • Decreased the number of behavior incidents leading to long term suspensions
  • Implemented Career Cruising (high school four-year student career planner)
  • Began middle school Math intervention program for struggling learners
  • Restructured middle school SEGA program (program for the exceptionally gifted students)
  • Recognized Francis Howell Middle School, Warren Elementary, and Independence Elementary for earning Johns Hopkins Promising Practices national school award
  • Expanded Great by 8 to Fairmount Elementary (reading support for most struggling Kindergarten students)
  • Held 23 school improvement site visits
  • Began new classes including Biomed, Online Personal Finance, Challenge seventh grade Communication Arts
  • Wrote seven new course proposals for 2015-16 including Music Production, Challenge English Language Arts 6, Mandarin Chinese, PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Computer Science, PLTW Human Body Systems, Broadcast Journalism, and Teaching Pathways (FACS)



  • Upgraded high school Business Department computer labs
  • Transitioned all sixth grade Geography to iPads
  • Provided new technology for all counselors
  • Updated mobile technology for Family and Consumer Science and sixth grade Earth Science
  • Completed wiring at all middle and high schools classrooms for wireless  connectivity
  • Conducted a district-wide TechFest -- professional development for all teachers
  • Completed over 5,000 technology service requests



  • Named Top Workplace for large companies for the second consecutive year
  • Implemented new teacher evaluation tool resulting in completion of over 1,200 classroom visits
  • Reduced by 40% the number of teacher substitute no-fills for August and September when compared to 2013-14
  • Hired approximately 100 new highly-qualified teachers for the 2014-15 school year
  • Implemented leadership training for head custodians
  • Completed calendar task force work for 2015-16 and 2016-17 school calendar; calendar will go to Board in December



  • Began kickoff of Centennial Events throughout the District
  • Began exploration of a means to collect community feedback on schools and educational direction for the 2016-2021 strategic plan
  • Facilitated free eye care and eye glasses for students in need through The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Van 



  • Approved plans to upgrade baseball, softball, and band practice fields at Francis Howell North
  • Completed summer construction projects, including roof repairs at seven sites
  • Updated intercom systems at various schools
  • Added access control systems and buzz in systems to the high schools
  • Initiated Active Intruder drills in compliance with Senate Bill 75



  • Met with Finance Strategic Committee to seek input on financial direction of school district
  • Completed Open Enrollment process for insurance
  • Transitioned new staff members in Benefits Department
  • Introduced new lunch offerings - Simply To Go at the high schools and Fast Takes at the middle schools

As we move into second quarter, we are likely to begin to experience some winter weather. Your school has, or will be sending shortly, an update on inclement weather procedures. This information will, also, be posted to the District website.


Thank you for your continued support of our school system. We are fortunate to have great schools, great teachers, great staff, great students and families.  We appreciate all that each of you does to support our students and their success.  FHSD is a great place to learn and work thanks to the support of our community. We are excited to push onward with the work of the 2014-15 school year.



Dr. Pam Sloan