April 2019 News

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A Dog’s Purpose Author W. Bruce Cameron Visits Henderson Elementary School
Posted on 04/29/2019
Author visits can be a meaningful experience for students. Not only do they give students the opportunity to ask questions and hear from their favorite author, but they also help them realize that most writers are just like them. This is what W. Bruce Cameron hoped the fourth and fifth graders understood during his recent visit to Henderson Elementary. Cameron, a New York Times bestselling author, is best known for his novel A Dog’s Purpose, which was made into a 2017 film that grossed over $200 million worldwide.  Read more about A Dog’s Purpose Author W. Bruce Cameron Visits Henderson Elementary School
FHSD Sends 30 Students to International HOSA Competition
FHSD Sends 30 Students to International HOSA Competition
Posted on 04/25/2019
Students from FHHS, FHC, and FHN recently competed in the HOSA - Future Health Professionals State Competition. According to HOSA’s website, their mission is two-fold; “promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.”  Read more about FHSD Sends 30 Students to International HOSA Competition
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Global Flavors Make Their Way to the FHN Lunch Line
Posted on 04/23/2019
Students at Francis Howell North can now experience the flavors of Taste4. Introduced to FHN on April 23, Sodexo is bringing new meal options that feature global flavors, shakeable seasonings, specialty sauces, and a variety of healthier options.  Read more about Global Flavors Make Their Way to the FHN Lunch Line
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Guest Clinicians Visit with FHSD Middle School Bands and Choirs
Posted on 04/23/2019
This spring, middle school music students and teachers in FHSD had the opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of decorated guest clinicians. These talented visitors traveled the District working with students and directors in their own schools on fundamental skills and music they were preparing for concerts.  Read more about Guest Clinicians Visit with FHSD Middle School Bands and Choirs
FHSD Sends 20 Students to International DECA Competition
FHSD Students Participate in International DECA Competition
Posted on 04/23/2019
DECA students from FHSD competed at the state level on March 24-26 in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 1,800 high school students from across the state came together this year for the state competition. These events help prepare students for a future in marketing, management, and merchandising. DECA teaches students to assume responsibility for self-improvement and discipline and set a realistic self-concept through a variety of activities. DECA competitions help students become more knowledgeable about today’s economy and acquiring skills that advance their studies.   Read more about FHSD Students Participate in International DECA Competition
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FHSD Celebrates Administrative Professionals’ Week
Posted on 04/22/2019
Every organization has people behind the scenes keeping things running smoothly. In the Francis Howell School District, it is the important work of our administrative professionals throughout the District that provide that support. During the week of April 22-26, 2019, FHSD will celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Week, our support staff members who work throughout the year to support student and classroom success.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Administrative Professionals’ Week
Public School Volunteer Week April 22-26, 2019
FHSD Celebrates Volunteers during Public School Volunteer Week April 22-26
Posted on 04/22/2019
The Francis Howell School District values our dedicated volunteers and honors their contributions to our schools during Public School Volunteer Week, April 22-26, 2019. From donating time to assisting with classroom and school activities, volunteers play an important role in our schools.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Volunteers during Public School Volunteer Week April 22-26
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Daniel Harmon Selected as New Administrative Intern at Hollenbeck
Posted on 04/21/2019
The Francis Howell School District has announced the hiring of Daniel Harmon as the new administrative intern at Hollenbeck Middle School, effective July 1, 2019. “Joining Hollenbeck Middle School provides me the opportunity to partner with a learning community that is truly committed to supporting the growth of all its members,” said Harmon. “I am impressed with the commitment that Hollenbeck staff bring to serving their students and can't wait to work alongside such talented educators. I am thrilled to join the Hollenbeck family and look forward to getting to know our students, staff, and community members.”  Read more about Daniel Harmon Selected as New Administrative Intern at Hollenbeck
Austin Winkle Team win third place in HVAC Sheet Metal competition
Three FHSD Students to Compete at SkillsUSA National Competition
Posted on 04/18/2019
Ten FHSD students representing the Lewis & Clark Career Center medaled in their respective competitions at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference. Jimmy Johnson (FHHS), Mason Aguilar (FHC), and Amanda Hasenbeck (FHN) earned the right to represent Missouri at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June after earning first-place gold medals in the HVAC Sheet Metal, Power Equipment Technology, and Medical Terminology competitions. This will be Aguilar’s second trip to Nationals, he won the state competition last year as a junior. Dalton Schmidt (FHHS) won first place in HVAC Tech Info and Logan Bowers (FHN) captured gold in the Brick/Masonry Tech written exam, but the written test is not offered at Nationals.  Read more about Three FHSD Students to Compete at SkillsUSA National Competition
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FHSD Acquiring St. Charles River Church
Posted on 04/18/2019
The Francis Howell School District Board of Education approved a sales contract for the purchase of the former St. Charles River Church building at 810 Westwood Industrial Park Drive. The District is now conducting its due diligence including a survey, environmental study, and an appraisal. The purchase is contingent on the results of inspections and is scheduled to close on June 4.  Read more about FHSD Acquiring St. Charles River Church
Dominic Griffero works on a machine during his Precision Machining Manufacturing class
FHN Senior Dominic Griffero Contributes to the Manufacturing World
Posted on 04/16/2019
FHN senior Dominic Griffero may seem like your typical student. He spends his mornings at FHN and his afternoons taking a manufacturing class at Lewis and Clark Career Center. Last fall, he played varsity football. Now, instead of going to football practice after school, when classes are over Griffero heads straight to his job at John J. Steuby Co., a manufacturing company located in Hazelwood, Missouri.  Read more about FHN Senior Dominic Griffero Contributes to the Manufacturing World
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2019 Community Relations Survey
Posted on 04/16/2019
The Francis Howell School District is seeking feedback from our stakeholders on the annual Community Relations Survey. This is an opportunity for community members to provide input on the efforts of the District to involve citizens in decision-making, report plans and progress, and respond to the concerns of citizens. The survey only has seven questions, and can be completed in just a few minutes.  Read more about 2019 Community Relations Survey
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Tegan Milford Selected as New Castlio Assistant Principal
Posted on 04/12/2019
The Francis Howell School District has announced that Tegan Milford has been selected as the new assistant principal at Castlio Elementary School, effective July 1, 2019. Milford is currently the administrative intern/reading specialist at John Weldon Elementary. She joins Principal Tim Scholle, who had served as assistant principal at Castlio before his promotion.  Read more about Tegan Milford Selected as New Castlio Assistant Principal
Christina Pliske
Christina Pliske Selected as New Becky-David Assistant Principal
Posted on 04/12/2019
The Francis Howell School District Board of Education has approved the hiring of Christina Pliske as a new assistant principal at Becky-David Elementary School, effective July 1, 2019. Pliske is currently an instructional coach at Harvest Ridge Elementary. She replaces Jill Oetting, who has been selected as the Becky-David Principal for the 2019-20 school year.  Read more about Christina Pliske Selected as New Becky-David Assistant Principal
Four students from FHSD who competed in the Braille Challenge
FHSD Students Excel in Regional Braille Challenge
Posted on 04/12/2019
Four students from FHSD who are blind or visually impaired were recently honored for their performance in the Braille Challenge regional competition. Tyler Groves, a sixth grader at Saeger Middle and Luke McKeon, a fourth grader at Warren Elementary, both captured a first-place finish. FHC sophomore Claire Wright and Warren fourth grader Olivia Wright both received Honorable Mention.  Read more about FHSD Students Excel in Regional Braille Challenge
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Posted on 04/11/2019
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FHMS students deliver quilts to Delmar Gardens community
FHMS Students Warm the Hearts of Delmar Gardens Residents
Posted on 04/09/2019
The eighth graders at Francis Howell Middle School learned the importance of recycling and giving back to the community through a recent project, Quilts 4 Comfort. The students in Ms. Justis’s sewing and child development classes used recycled fabric to make lap quilts for the residents at Delmar Gardens retirement community.  Read more about FHMS Students Warm the Hearts of Delmar Gardens Residents
FHSD elementary students participate in Battle of the Books
Elementary Students Compete in Battle of the Books
Posted on 04/09/2019
On Friday, April 5, fourth and fifth grade students across the ten elementary schools in FHSD huddled around their team tables as they battled one another in a friendly but intense game of trivia. The event, which was hosted by Independence Elementary, gathered some of the top readers from each school to participate in this year’s “Battle of the Books.”  Read more about Elementary Students Compete in Battle of the Books
Matthew Schott Wins Inspirational Teacher Award
FHC Publications Adviser Matthew Schott Wins Inspirational Teacher Award
Posted on 04/08/2019
Throughout a child’s life, many notable figures can be found that impact the adults they become. Parents, family, and friends often come to mind. But for those who had a challenging childhood or didn’t experience a strong family bond, teachers can play an influential role. For Lindsay Schallon, a former Francis Howell Central student, publications adviser Matthew Schott was just that.  Read more about FHC Publications Adviser Matthew Schott Wins Inspirational Teacher Award
Principal Dr. Nathan Hostetler and FHN students at luncheon
FHSD Honors Seniors with a 4.0 and above Grade Point Average at Annual Luncheon
Posted on 04/08/2019
The Francis Howell School District honored 275 graduating seniors from Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, and Francis Howell North high schools at a special luncheon held in their honor at Old Hickory Golf Club on Friday, April 5, 2019. This group of FHSD seniors achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.  Read more about FHSD Honors Seniors with a 4.0 and above Grade Point Average at Annual Luncheon
FHSD Celebrates National Library Week
FHSD Celebrates National Library Week
Posted on 04/08/2019
Gone are the days of hushed studying and mountains of books meant only for research. The traditional concept of a school library has long since gone by the wayside. The libraries of old have been transformed into forward-thinking Learning Commons (LC). Students do more than check out books and find a quiet space away from class. They come for makerspace, coding activities, real-world life lessons, and STEAM/STEM lessons.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National Library Week
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MAP Test Preparation
Posted on 04/04/2019
All parents want their children to do their best, no matter the challenge – or test – at hand. And with a little advice from some FHSD students, parents can help their kids do just that. Parents can watch a fun, short MAP Test Preparation Video, hosted by FHSD students. This video will give parents the knowledge they need to help their kids succeed on the MAP Test, and just about any other test. Watch MAP Test Preparation Video online.   Read more about MAP Test Preparation
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Election Results – Walker and Hoehn Re-Elected to Board
Posted on 04/03/2019
Michelle Walker and Mike Hoehn were re-elected to the FHSD Board of Education in the April 2 election. This is Walker’s second term and Hoehn’s fourth term.  Read more about Election Results – Walker and Hoehn Re-Elected to Board
Howell of Fame Winners Announced
2019 Howell of Fame Winners Announced
Posted on 04/03/2019
The Francis Howell School District is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 Howell of Fame Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers and staff. This year’s 14 recipients will be honored at the annual Howell of Fame Awards ceremony on Monday, May 6, along with 2019 District Retirees, District Teacher of the Year, Teachers of the Year from each building, District Support Staff Employee of the Year, and Support Staff Employee of the Year from each building.  Read more about 2019 Howell of Fame Winners Announced
Occupational Therapists Making the Impossible, Possible
FHSD Recognizes Occupational Therapists for Making the Impossible, Possible
Posted on 04/01/2019
April is Occupational Therapy month, and the Francis Howell School District is taking this opportunity to say thank you to all of the occupational therapists (OT) employed by the District. Not only do they support students, but parents, teachers, and administrators in making the impossible, possible.  Read more about FHSD Recognizes Occupational Therapists for Making the Impossible, Possible
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FHSD to Host Free Shred-it Day for District Residents
Posted on 04/01/2019
Just in time for spring cleaning, the Francis Howell School District is offering a community "Shred-it Day." FHSD residents are invited to bring personal and confidential paper documents (such as old tax documents, bank records, and credit card statements) to be securely shredded and recycled. The event will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM* at the Burbes Service Center, located at 4606 Central School Road in St. Charles.  Read more about FHSD to Host Free Shred-it Day for District Residents
Happy Interpreter and Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
FHSD Thanks Interpreters and Paraprofessionals
Posted on 03/25/2019
The Francis Howell School District celebrates our paraprofessionals and interpreters who provide support to our students and staff on a daily basis. To say thank you to these dedicated individuals, FHSD celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day on Tuesday, April 2.  Read more about FHSD Thanks Interpreters and Paraprofessionals
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