November 2019 News

Bond Refinancing saves Millions for FHSD and its Taxpayers
Bond Refinancing saves Millions for Francis Howell and its Taxpayers
Posted on 11/25/2019
In November, lower interest rates in the bond market provided an opportunity for FHSD to save on interest costs for a portion of its outstanding debt. The District offered for sale over $32 million of general obligation refunding bonds and received over $74 million worth of orders. That high demand for Francis Howell bonds, coupled with favorable market conditions, allowed the District to lower interest rates even further than initial estimates, and secure total cash flow savings of nearly $3.2 million.   Read more about Bond Refinancing saves Millions for Francis Howell and its Taxpayers
FHSD Communication Department holds MOSPRA awards
FHSD Communications Department Recognized for Excellence
Posted on 11/25/2019
The Francis Howell Communications Department has been recognized by the Missouri School Public Relations Association (MOSPRA) for its efforts to inform and engage the community. Each year, MOSPRA provides the opportunity for members to have their work evaluated by public relations professionals and measured against industry standards.   Read more about FHSD Communications Department Recognized for Excellence
FHHS students prepare their meal for Iron Chef
The Annual FHSD Iron Chef/Culinary Throw-Down
Posted on 11/25/2019
FHSD high schools have the opportunity to compete against each other in a variety of contests throughout the year. In a tasty twist, FHHS, FHC, FHN, and FHU recently took the competition to the kitchen by participating in the FHSD Iron Chef/Culinary Throw-Down.  Read more about The Annual FHSD Iron Chef/Culinary Throw-Down
Brigid Reichart with the FHSD Board of Education
Student Spotlight – Bryan Middle’s Brigid Reichart Represents Students at the November Board Meeting
Posted on 11/22/2019
Bryan Middle School student Brigid Reichart can light up a room with her contagious smile and positivity. The Board of Education welcomed the friendly eighth grader as the student representative for the November Board Meeting.  Read more about Student Spotlight – Bryan Middle’s Brigid Reichart Represents Students at the November Board Meeting
John Klein
John Klein Hired as Director of Facilities and Operations
Posted on 11/22/2019
The FHSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of John Klein as the new Director of Facilities and Operations, effective Dec. 30, 2019. Klein comes to Francis Howell from Confluence Academies, where he has served as the Director of Operations for the past decade.  Read more about John Klein Hired as Director of Facilities and Operations
Harvest Ridge students show off their red stickers at lunch
Mix-It-Up Lunch Spreads Friendship at Harvest Ridge
Posted on 11/22/2019
The Harvest Ridge Elementary community is extremely diverse. Families speak 27 different languages and come from 38 different countries. With so many backgrounds, Harvest Ridge decided to help bolster their feeling of community and encourage togetherness by hosting a Mix-It-Up Lunch in coordination with International Tolerance Day.  Read more about Mix-It-Up Lunch Spreads Friendship at Harvest Ridge
Women participate in a dance at the International Festival
FHN Hosts Second International Festival
Posted on 11/21/2019
By Aadhi Sathishkumar, FHN sophomore - On Nov. 13, the FHN Student Council hosted the second-ever International Festival. It featured booths from 15 different regions, including booths representing Indian, Palestinian, Hawaiian, Mexican, Spanish, German, French, Nigerian, Kenyan, and Japanese cultures. “We came to introduce Indian food to people,” Sriram Muthu, an organizer for the Indian culture booth said. “Exposing our food to other people is very important.”  Read more about FHN Hosts Second International Festival
FHU students eating the Thanksgiving meal
Family and Food at FHU’s Annual Thanksgiving Lunch
Posted on 11/21/2019
Pumpkin pie, turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy. It’s easy to think about food when asked about Thanksgiving. But for those who have never experienced a big family-style meal or celebrated Thanksgiving with their family in the typical sense, the holiday season can be a time of anxiety and seclusion.  Read more about Family and Food at FHU’s Annual Thanksgiving Lunch
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Board Action Report 11/21/19
Posted on 11/21/2019
Stay informed about recent Board of Education actions.   Read more about Board Action Report 11/21/19
FHN students hold up welcome signs as the NCNAA students arrive
FHN and NCNAA Students Celebrate Friendship and Humanity
Posted on 11/20/2019
Students from the Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) stepped off the bus at FHN, and a line of cheering students greeted them holding “welcome” signs in their native languages. “K'ulaj. Salâm. Bienvenido. Welcome to FHN!” For the past two years, FHN and NCNAA have participated in a pen pal program that celebrates different cultures, diversity, and friendship.  Read more about FHN and NCNAA Students Celebrate Friendship and Humanity
Please provide your input on Bond Issue Communications
Thoughtexchange 2.0: Facilities and Bond Issue Communications
Posted on 11/18/2019
Thanks so much to the 850+ Francis Howell stakeholders who provided feedback on the first Thoughtexchange about FHSD facilities and a bond issue; the results are now available on the District website. Now, we invite you to provide input on a follow-up question on bond issue communications through the Thoughtexchange survey.  Read more about Thoughtexchange 2.0: Facilities and Bond Issue Communications
FHC Early Signing Day
FHSD Early Signing Day 2019
Posted on 11/18/2019
On Nov. 13, fourteen high school students across FHSD took a seat in front of family and friends and signed their National Letters of Intent. These students committed to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.  Read more about FHSD Early Signing Day 2019
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Sodexo’s So Happy App Launches in FHSD
Posted on 11/14/2019
The Francis Howell School District, in partnership with our food service provider Sodexo, recently unveiled a new app aimed at providing nutritional information for families. So Happy is an easy-to-use menu and nutrition app allowing users to see all ingredients and allergens served in every meal served at school.  Read more about Sodexo’s So Happy App Launches in FHSD
3 kids in snow
When the Weather Outside is Frightful, How Do You Know if School Is Closed?
Posted on 11/10/2019
As we plan ahead for inclement weather, the Francis Howell School District would like to remind you about our procedures regarding school closures.  Read more about When the Weather Outside is Frightful, How Do You Know if School Is Closed?
Liv talks with the Make A Wish representatives
Cancer Patient’s Wish Comes True at John Weldon
Posted on 11/05/2019
Childhood illnesses are still too common in the modern world. Not only do parents have to worry about the flu, stomach bugs, or chickenpox, there is always a fear that something more severe could affect one of your children. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, approximately 1 in every 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their twentieth birthday.  Read more about Cancer Patient’s Wish Comes True at John Weldon
FHSD Veterans Day Events
FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day
Posted on 11/05/2019
In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, FHSD schools are participating in a variety of assemblies, activities, and celebrations to recognize veterans and all of our loved ones who have served our country. Here is a list of events happening throughout the District:  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day
Kevin Supple and Cindy Reilmann
FHSD Recognized Again with Meritorious Budget Award
Posted on 11/01/2019
The Francis Howell School District has once again been recognized by The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2019–2020 budget year. This is the fourteenth consecutive year the District has received this prestigious award.  Read more about FHSD Recognized Again with Meritorious Budget Award
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