February 2020 News

Henderson hallway full of students
Proposition S and Henderson Elementary
Posted on 02/24/2020
Henderson Elementary was opened in 1986 and is now more than 30 years old. It is also one of the smallest schools in the District in terms of square footage, and the building has run out of classroom space. More than a dozen areas designed as storage were turned into educational spaces out of necessity. Teachers and counselors are working with students in spaces and under conditions that are less than ideal. There are art classes in areas with no plumbing, and the small stage was converted into two music classrooms. Counselors often have to work with students in a converted closet to get any privacy.  Read more about Proposition S and Henderson Elementary
FHC students attend the conference
FHSD High School Students Attend the Missouri State Thespian Conference 2020
Posted on 02/24/2020
Over 90 high school students from across the District recently attended the Missouri State Thespian Conference 2020 held in Kansas City. During the three-day conference, the students competed in a variety of theater events and took home some impressive awards and honors.  Read more about FHSD High School Students Attend the Missouri State Thespian Conference 2020
FHSD Welcomes New Administrators
FHSD Welcomes New Administrators
Posted on 02/21/2020
The FHSD Board of Education approved the hiring of four administrators during the February Board meeting. All of these new hires are effective on July 1, 2020.  Read more about FHSD Welcomes New Administrators
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Board Action Report 02/20/2020
Posted on 02/20/2020
Stay informed about recent Board of Education actions.   Read more about Board Action Report 02/20/2020
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Proposition S FAQ
Posted on 02/17/2020
Proposition S is the Francis Howell no tax rate increase bond issue on the April 7 ballot. Voter approval of Proposition S would allow the District to borrow money now and in the future to address pressing facility needs at all Francis Howell schools. Funds from Proposition S would be used to build a new Francis Howell North High School, make major updates to the older schools, and make safety improvements and other upgrades at all schools across the District. You may have some questions about Prop S and, as you might expect, we want to make sure you have the right answers with the correct information.   Read more about Proposition S FAQ
AP Honor Students
FHSD Named to Tenth Annual AP District Honor Roll
Posted on 02/14/2020
The College Board has again honored FHSD with placement on the Tenth Annual AP® District Honor Roll. FHSD is one of only seven school districts in Missouri, and one of only 250 in North America, to achieve this distinction. To be included on the Tenth Annual Honor Roll, the District had to increase the number of students participating in the Advanced Placement Program (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 sixth time that FHSD has been named to the prestigious list.  Read more about FHSD Named to Tenth Annual AP District Honor Roll
Dr. Sonny Arnel talks with event attendee
Meet FHSD Event 2020
Posted on 02/10/2020
The FHSD Human Resources Department is excited to host the third annual Meet FHSD event! The District would like to invite teaching applicants from all certification areas to visit with us on March 7, 2020. This event will be 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 2020
Maintenance staff working on equipment
FHSD Maintenance Staff
Posted on 02/10/2020
FHSD wants to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our great FHSD maintenance, HVAC, grounds, and custodial employees. The average building in the District is 30 years old, and the oldest building is now almost 60 years old. Older buildings require significant repair and maintenance, and many of the District’s building systems, like HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, are reaching the end of their useful life. It is the great work on the men and women in these departments that keeps FHSD facilities up and running for our students and staff. Voter approval of Proposition S would assure that these employees have the resources necessary to maintain District facilities.  Read more about FHSD Maintenance Staff
School Board Recognition Week
FHSD Celebrates School Board Recognition Week
Posted on 02/10/2020
The Francis Howell School District will join school districts throughout the state honoring the dedicated service of local boards of education during Missouri’s annual School Board Recognition Week, Feb 9-15, 2020. 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
FHSD Celebrates the 2020 Teachers of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2020 Teachers of the Year
Posted on 02/06/2020
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 4, 2020.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates the 2020 Teachers of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2020 Support Staff Employees of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2020 Support Staff Employees of the Year
Posted on 02/06/2020
Francis Howell School District proudly announces the recipients of the distinguished honor of Support Staff Employees of the Year. The winners will be recognized at the annual Howell of Fame awards ceremony on May 4, 2020.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates the 2020 Support Staff Employees of the Year
STEAM event at Warren Elementary
FHSD Celebrates “We Love to Code Month”
Posted on 02/04/2020
In the spirit of February and Valentine’s Day, students across the District will have the chance to find a new love for computer science during “We Love to Code” month. Schools across the District have planned opportunities for students that explore the world of coding, programming, and more.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates “We Love to Code Month”
What do you want for Howell graduates?
What do You Want for Howell Graduates?
Posted on 02/03/2020
As part of the District's strategic planning process, we are working to develop a profile of a Francis Howell graduate. We are asking for the input of our parents, staff, and community members about what they want for our graduates and how we can best prepare them for life after high school. Thank you for providing your feedback; it is an invaluable part of this important effort.  Read more about What do You Want for Howell Graduates?
School Volunteer Background Check
New Missouri School Volunteer Background Checks
Posted on 02/03/2020
A new Missouri law requires all school volunteers to have criminal background checks that now include fingerprints before volunteering and interacting with students. The fingerprint records are submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a search of criminal history files.  Read more about New Missouri School Volunteer Background Checks
Becky-David basement
Prop S Becky-David
Posted on 02/03/2020
Becky-David Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019, one of only eight in Missouri (Daniel Boone and Warren were as well). Opened during the Kennedy administration, Becky-David is also one of the oldest schools in the District. In the basement is an electrical system so fragile that only Ameren employees have access to the electrical sub-basement. FHSD has over 2.7 million square feet under roof, and this is the only area of the District that our highly-qualified maintenance employees are not allowed to enter.  Read more about Prop S Becky-David
Black History Month
FHSD Celebrates Black History Month
Posted on 02/03/2020
In honor of Black History Month, students in FHSD 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. Below is a list of what FHSD schools have planned throughout the month:  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Black History Month
National School Counseling Week
FHSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week
Posted on 02/03/2020
Francis Howell school counselors assist students throughout the year as they plan out their class schedules, discover their gifts and talents, and reflect on their interests and career options. They provide a listening ear for students to share the tough times and the good times and equip them with skills to tackle academic goals and social situations. As part of National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3-7, 2020, FHSD celebrates these valuable leaders in our community.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week
Cold Kiddo
Bundle Up Your Kiddos in Cold Weather
Posted on 01/07/2020
The safety of our students is one of Francis Howell School District’s top priorities. The District has adopted procedures to be used when unfavorable weather conditions could make it unsafe to reasonably expect students to go out for recess or travel to school.  Read more about Bundle Up Your Kiddos in Cold Weather
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