December 2018 News

Jennifer Simpson
Jennifer Simpson Hired as Director of Transportation
Posted on 12/21/2018
The FHSD Board of Education has approved the hiring of Jennifer Simpson as the new Director of Transportation, effective Jan. 7, 2019. Simpson comes to FHSD from the Pattonville School District, where she has served as the Director of Transportation since 2014. Prior to that, she was the Director of Transportation for the Wentzville School District for more than a decade. Simpson currently serves on the Wentzville Board of Education and is also a past President of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation.  Read more about Jennifer Simpson Hired as Director of Transportation
Essence Green with the Board of Education
Student Spotlight – FHN’s Essence Green Represents Students at the December Board Meeting
Posted on 12/20/2018
The Board of Education welcomed FHN senior Essence Green as the student representative for the December Board Meeting. The District was honored to shine the spotlight on this well-loved and well-traveled student.  Read more about Student Spotlight – FHN’s Essence Green Represents Students at the December Board Meeting
Board Action Report
Board Action Report 12/20/18
Posted on 12/20/2018
Stay informed about recent Board of Education actions. ­  Read more about Board Action Report 12/20/18
NCNAA students visit FHN
FHN and the Nahed Chapman New American Academy: Bringing a World Apart Closer Together
Posted on 12/17/2018
Two years ago, FHN senior Sarah Zimmerman and five other journalism students visited the Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) to write a story about the school. They didn’t know it at the time, but that day would spark a relationship between the schools that will last for years. In December, more than 50 NCNAA students visited FHN to spend another day creating memorable friendships.   Read more about FHN and the Nahed Chapman New American Academy: Bringing a World Apart Closer Together
FHHS students working in science lab.
FHSD Named to Ninth Annual AP District Honor Roll
Posted on 12/14/2018
FHSD has been honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. FHSD is one of only five school districts in Missouri, and one of only 363 in North America, to achieve this distinction. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, the District had to increase the number of students participating in AP while also maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. Reaching these goals indicates that FHSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement. This is the fifth time that FHSD has been named to the prestigious list.  Read more about FHSD Named to Ninth Annual AP District Honor Roll
FHSD Refinances Bonds, Passing Savings on to Taxpayers
FHSD Refinances Bonds, Passing Savings on to Taxpayers
Posted on 12/13/2018
Lower rates in the bond market have provided an opportunity for the Francis Howell School District to save on interest costs for a portion of its outstanding debt. In November, FHSD refinanced $6 million of its eligible 2009 general obligation bonds, saving the District and taxpayers more than $100,000 in interest payments over the next two years.  Read more about FHSD Refinances Bonds, Passing Savings on to Taxpayers
Signing Santa Visits Deaf/Hard of Hearing Class at Becky-David
Signing Santa Visits Deaf/Hard of Hearing Class at Becky-David
Posted on 12/13/2018
The Holiday season is a special time of year for many families, full of wonderful sounds. Christmas music floods the radio, the sounds of joy and laughter fill the air, and the crinkle of wrapping paper as it’s being ripped off of gifts. While these joyful noises can signify Christmas for many, there are a few who aren’t able to hear these sounds of the season.  Read more about Signing Santa Visits Deaf/Hard of Hearing Class at Becky-David
National Board Certified Teacher
FHSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Posted on 12/10/2018
FHSD is proud to announce that six teachers in the District have earned or renewed their National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession. FHSD now has 59 teachers who have achieved this distinction.  Read more about FHSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Harlem Globetrotters' Ambassador speaks with Harvest Ridge students
Harlem Globetrotters’ Ambassador Teams Up with Harvest Ridge to Prevent Bullying
Posted on 12/04/2018
The Harlem Globetrotters are known for their teamwork on the basketball court, but during their visit to Harvest Ridge Elementary, they shared a positive message about teaming up to prevent bullying. On Nov. 30, 2018, Globetrotter Briana “Hoops” Green talked with students during a school assembly about bullying prevention.   Read more about Harlem Globetrotters’ Ambassador Teams Up with Harvest Ridge to Prevent Bullying
FHSD Implements New Website Accessibility Monitoring System
FHSD Implements New Website Accessibility Monitoring System
Posted on 12/03/2018
FHSD strives to communicate effectively with all members of the community. To ensure that the District and all school and program websites are accessible to everyone, FHSD has implemented a new accessibility monitoring system. Monsido is an online scanner that tracks website accessibility compliance as outlined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The tool highlights occurrences in the website that are non-compliant with these industry standards and provides guidelines on how to rectify them.  Read more about FHSD Implements New Website Accessibility Monitoring System
FHSD to Host First Impact Safe Driving Presentation
FHSD to Host First Impact Safe Driving Presentation
Posted on 12/03/2018
If you have a teenager starting to drive soon, you have a chance to learn about how to help overcome the risks teen drivers face. FHSD’s Parent Speaker Series will host First Impact: Preparing Drivers for the Road Ahead on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the auditorium at Francis Howell North High School located at 2549 Hackmann Road.  Read more about FHSD to Host First Impact Safe Driving Presentation
FHSD high school students on Raven Robotics Team 1288
FHSD Raven Robotics Team Receives $5,000 Grant from Monsanto Fund
Posted on 12/03/2018
FHSD high school students on Raven Robotics Team 1288 work together to build robots to compete in an annual challenge, but one of the biggest challenges every year is securing the necessary funding. Enter the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, which recently awarded a one-time $5,000 grant to Raven Robotics to support their FIRST Robotics activities. FIRST enables teams of students to compete with others in building, designing and programming their own robots to perform preassigned tasks, giving young students a chance to get involved with real-world engineering.  Read more about FHSD Raven Robotics Team Receives $5,000 Grant from Monsanto Fund
Board of Education Candidate Filing Baner
FHSD Board of Education Candidate Filing Opens Dec. 11
Posted on 12/01/2018
Candidate filing for the April 2, 2019, election to the Francis Howell School District Board of Education opens at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Dec.11, 2018, and continues until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. The three-year terms of current Board members Mike Hoehn and Michelle Walker will expire in April 2019.  Read more about FHSD Board of Education Candidate Filing Opens Dec. 11
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