February 2019 News

Mentors4College Guides Students Through College Application Process
Mentors4College Guides Students Through College Application Process
Posted on 02/27/2019
FHSD will be partnering with Mentors4College, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to high school students during their college search. This new partnership aligns with Goal One: Life College, Career, and Success of the District’s new strategic plan. Mentors4College is a no-cost program that will be offered to any high school student in the District  Read more about Mentors4College Guides Students Through College Application Process
Rachael Wilcox stands with Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris and Principal Emily Pavia
Independence Teacher Rachael Wilcox Named 2019 FHSD Teacher of the Year
Posted on 02/26/2019
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Rachael Wilcox, a first grade teacher at Independence Elementary School, has been selected as the 2019 FHSD Teacher of the Year. Her goal, simply stated, is to inspire students both personally and academically. Wilcox feels her most important contribution is building relationships with her students.  Read more about Independence Teacher Rachael Wilcox Named 2019 FHSD Teacher of the Year
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Francis Howell Union ESC Lisha Ewing Selected as 2019 FHSD Support Staff Employee of the Year
Posted on 02/26/2019
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Lisha Ewing, Educational Support Counselor at Francis Howell Union, has been selected as the 2019 FHSD Support Staff Employee of the Year. Ewing has distinguished herself as a dedicated employee by continually going above and beyond to support her school community.  Read more about Francis Howell Union ESC Lisha Ewing Selected as 2019 FHSD Support Staff Employee of the Year
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Erin Thurston Selected as New Barnwell Assistant Principal
Posted on 02/26/2019
The Francis Howell School District has announced that Erin Thurston has been selected as a new assistant principal at Barnwell Middle School, effective July 1, 2019. Thurston is currently the District’s secondary ELA/social studies content leader. She replaces Karan Eschweiler, who has announced her retirement after the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year.  Read more about Erin Thurston Selected as New Barnwell Assistant Principal
Tim Scholle
Tim Scholle Selected as Principal of Castlio Elementary
Posted on 02/25/2019
The Francis Howell School District has selected Tim Scholle to serve as the principal of Castlio Elementary School. Scholle has been serving as the interim principal at Castlio during the 2018-19 school year after the retirement of the previous principal, Dr. Bridgett Niedringhaus.  Read more about Tim Scholle Selected as Principal of Castlio Elementary
Arianna Chaves from FHN, Stephanie Monson from FHC, and David Yang from FHHS
Three FHSD Seniors Named Candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Posted on 02/25/2019
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that FHSD seniors Arianna Chaves from FHN, Stephanie Monson from FHC, and David Yang from FHHS have been named candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The 4,500 candidates from across the country were selected out of nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.  Read more about Three FHSD Seniors Named Candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Jill Oetting
Jill Oetting Selected as New Principal of Becky-David Elementary
Posted on 02/22/2019
The Francis Howell School District has announced that Jill Oetting has been selected as the new principal at Becky-David Elementary School, effective July 1, 2019. Oetting has served as an assistant principal at Becky-David for the past four years. She will succeed current principal Sherri Brown, who is retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year.  Read more about Jill Oetting Selected as New Principal of Becky-David Elementary
Ava Mollica with the FHSD Board of Education
Student Spotlight – Bryan Middle School’s Ava Mollica Represents Students at the February Board Meeting
Posted on 02/22/2019
The FHSD Board of Education welcomed former Independence Elementary student and current Bryan Middle School sixth grader Ava Mollica as the student representative for the February Board Meeting. Mollica is well-known in both schools for her kindness, bright smile, and vibrant personality.  Read more about Student Spotlight – Bryan Middle School’s Ava Mollica Represents Students at the February Board Meeting
Board Action Report 02/21/19
Board Action Report 02/21/19
Posted on 02/22/2019
Stay informed about recent Board of Education updates.  Read more about Board Action Report 02/21/19
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FHHS Junior Wrestler Ryan Skillington Wins State Title
Posted on 02/19/2019
Congratulations to FHHS junior Ryan Skillington, he is the latest State Champion to come out of the Viking wrestling program! Ryan became the first Howell heavyweight in the history of the storied program to win a State Championship. The FHHS wrestling program has now crowned a State Champion in four consecutive years and had a wrestler in the State Finals for six straight years. The boys program finished 8th as a team for their fifth straight "Top 10" State finish.  Read more about FHHS Junior Wrestler Ryan Skillington Wins State Title
FHC DECA students at the annual District career development conference
FHSD DECA State Qualifiers
Posted on 02/14/2019
Students from the FHHS, FHC, and FHN Chapters of Missouri DECA: An Association of Marketing Students joined over 750 other high school marketing students at the annual District career development conference held February 6, 2019, at South County Center.  Read more about FHSD DECA State Qualifiers
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Dr. Kandy Worley Named MoASSP Middle School Principal of the Year
Posted on 02/13/2019
Behind every great school is a caring principal. A principal who not only supports the school’s success, but also fosters good character, builds relationships, encourages collaboration, and instills a love of learning. Recognizing the outstanding work and example Dr. Kandy Worley sets for others, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP) selected her as the 2019 Middle School Principal of the Year.  Read more about Dr. Kandy Worley Named MoASSP Middle School Principal of the Year
Two FHSD Teachers Receive Inspiring Teacher Award
Two FHSD Teachers Receive Inspiring Teacher Award
Posted on 02/11/2019
Inspiring students to achieve their full potential and pursuing their next big step in life is something that all teachers want to achieve. The mission of the Challenger Learning Center St. Louis is to inspire the future generation of innovators with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Combining the best of both, two FHSD teachers were recently honored with the Challenger Learning Center – St. Louis 2019 Inspiring Teacher award.  Read more about Two FHSD Teachers Receive Inspiring Teacher Award
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FHSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week
Posted on 02/09/2019
The Francis Howell School District will honor the dedicated service of our Board of Education members during the statewide School Board Recognition Week observed Feb. 10 – 16, 2019. This special week is dedicated to recognizing the important contributions school boards play in the education of our children.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week
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Meet FHSD Event 2019
Posted on 02/07/2019
The FHSD Human Resources Department is excited to host the second annual Meet FHSD event! The District would like to invite teaching applicants from all certification areas to visit with us on March 2, 2019. This event will be very informal and will provide potential candidates the opportunity to learn about Francis Howell as a potential employer. This is not a job fair, but an opportunity in an informal setting for candidates to get to know our District and our staff. We are hopeful that after this event potential employees will consider applying for our open certified positions. The details are in the MEET FHSD flyer, please share with anyone who may be interested in attending!  Read more about Meet FHSD Event 2019
FHSD Celebrates the 2019 Teachers of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2019 Teachers of the Year
Posted on 02/07/2019
Francis Howell School District proudly announces the recipients of the distinguished honor of Teacher of the Year. This year’s winners will be recognized at the annual Howell of Fame awards ceremony on May 6, 2019.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates the 2019 Teachers of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2019 Support Staff Employees of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2019 Support Staff Employees of the Year
Posted on 02/07/2019
Francis Howell School District proudly announces the recipients of the distinguished honor of Support Staff Employee of the Year. The winners will be recognized at the annual Howell of Fame awards ceremony on May 6, 2019.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates the 2019 Support Staff Employees of the Year
FHN student-athletes on National Signing Day
National Signing Day in FHSD
Posted on 02/07/2019
National Signing Day is a proud moment each year for many student-athletes in FHSD. It is a day to celebrate their successes and hard work throughout high school. It is a day to thank their parents, coaches, and all those who have supported them along the way. Most importantly, it is a day where these students are able to sign a commitment to continue their academic and athletic careers in college. FHN senior Kamryn Bell was one of 23 students that signed a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 6. “I’m really excited. This is a big step forward,” said Bell. “I’m very thankful that I had the opportunity to play a sport at FHN. It got me to where I am now and it really gave me the full experience.” Like Bell, each of these students has an exciting future ahead of them. FHSD is looking forward to what they will all accomplish.  Read more about National Signing Day in FHSD
Taste4 Brings Global Flavors to FHHS Cafeteria
Taste4 Brings Global Flavors to FHHS Cafeteria
Posted on 02/05/2019
In February, students at FHHS were treated to an updated lunch room and brand new meal options as Sodexo rolled out Taste4. Taste4 brings global tastes into the spotlight, along with shakable flavors and specialty sauces. Students can select meal options from monitors displaying that day’s menu and are given a variety of healthier options.  Read more about Taste4 Brings Global Flavors to FHHS Cafeteria
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FHSD Celebrates Coding During “We Love to Code Month”
Posted on 02/04/2019
During the month of February, students across the District will be provided opportunities to participate in various coding activities as part of “We Love to Code” month. This is the fourth year FHSD has hosted a District-wide event focused on coding, but the first time the event has spanned an entire month.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Coding During “We Love to Code Month”
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FHNtoday.com Named SNO Distinguished Site
Posted on 02/01/2019
The Francis Howell North student news website FHNtoday.com has been designated a “Distinguished Site” by Student Newspapers Online (SNO). SNO awards honor excellence in all aspects of online journalism, from relevant and timely coverage to high-quality website design. FHNtoday.com was the only website in Missouri to receive this honor.  Read more about FHNtoday.com Named SNO Distinguished Site
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FHSD Celebrates Black History Month
Posted on 02/01/2019
FHSD celebrates Black History Month during the month of February. Students are participating in a variety of activities, lesson plans, research projects, and more to learn about the influence of African American figures and events in our country’s history.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Black History Month
FHSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week
FHSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week
Posted on 02/01/2019
The Francis Howell School District will join schools across the country to celebrate school counselors during National School Counseling Week, Feb. 4 - 8, 2019. This special week is dedicated to highlighting the contributions school counselors make to the educational process assisting students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week
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FHC Publications to Host Board Candidate Forum
Posted on 02/01/2019
On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School student journalism program, FHC Publications, will be hosting a Board of Education Candidate Forum. The event will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the FHC Auditorium, located at 5199 Highway N in Cottleville. Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Read more about FHC Publications to Host Board Candidate Forum
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DESE Releases 2018 Annual Performance Report Scores
Posted on 02/01/2019
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the 2018 Annual Performance Report (APR) data for school districts around the state. This year FHSD received a score of 100 percent on the “school district report card,” after receiving a 99.3 percent for the past two years. The Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP 5) is the state’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri and is used to calculate APR scores.   Read more about DESE Releases 2018 Annual Performance Report Scores
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