October 2019 News

Bus Driver Appreciation Week and National School Bus Safety Week
FHSD Celebrates Bus Driver Appreciation Week and National School Bus Safety Week
Posted on 10/20/2019
From winding country roads to busy suburban streets, Francis Howell school bus drivers carry the most precious cargo: our children. To help bring awareness to bus transportation safety, FHSD is observing Bus Driver Appreciation Week and National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, 2019.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Bus Driver Appreciation Week and National School Bus Safety Week
National School Lunch Week
FHSD Celebrates National School Lunch Week
Posted on 10/20/2019
More than 30 million children eat lunch at public schools every day. Join the Francis Howell School District in celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 21-25, 2019. The theme this year, School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist,” spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up healthy menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National School Lunch Week
Central Elementary student places note in the Acts of Kindness box
FHMS and Central Elementary Combat Bullying with Positivity
Posted on 10/18/2019
In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, students at FHMS and Central Elementary are learning how to combat bullying and replace negativity with positivity at school, in the community, and even online.  Read more about FHMS and Central Elementary Combat Bullying with Positivity
APR Summary Report
DESE Releases 2019 Annual Performance Report Scores
Posted on 10/17/2019
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the 2019 Annual Performance Report (APR) data for school districts around the state. Last year FHSD received a score of 100 percent on the “school district report card,” but this year DESE has moved away from a single score for school districts. All APR data will continue to be published for all content and standards, but will now feature bar charts that show if a school district is at Floor, Approaching Target, On Track, or On Target.  Read more about DESE Releases 2019 Annual Performance Report Scores
Greg Mertz with Len's Auto Repair speaks with students
FHHS Students Prepare for the Open Road
Posted on 10/17/2019
It is FHSD’s goal to prepare students for the future – their future careers, their future life, and their future in the real world. A group of FHHS students recently participated in a Real World Wednesday event that taught them basic vehicle maintenance. Representatives from Len’s Auto Repair were invited to teach the students a variety of skills, including how to check tire pressure, how to change a spare tire, how to jumpstart a car and more.  Read more about FHHS Students Prepare for the Open Road
Pierre stands with FHC student-athletes in the new fitness center
Pierre Desir Cuts the Ribbon to a New Fitness Future at FHC
Posted on 10/16/2019
“Thank you, Pierre! Thank you, Pierre!” chanted the group of student-athletes as FHC alum and NFL player Pierre Desir entered the school’s shiny new fitness center for the first time. Desir generously donated $185,000 to FHC earlier this year as a thank you for all their support in his education and football career. The money allowed the high school to build a state-of-the-art fitness center and weight room that the entire FHC school community can use. The old equipment will be put to good use at Saeger Middle School.  Read more about Pierre Desir Cuts the Ribbon to a New Fitness Future at FHC
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Board Action Report 10/10/19
Posted on 10/10/2019
Stay informed about recent Board of Education actions.   Read more about Board Action Report 10/10/19
Teagan O'Donnell with the Board of Education and Principal Dr. Kirsteen James
Student Spotlight – FHMS’s Teagan O’Donnell Represents Students at the October Board Meeting
Posted on 10/10/2019
When FHMS teachers and counselors were asked to recommend a student representative for the October Board of Education Meeting, Teagan O’Donnell was the first name that came to mind. FHMS Principal Dr. Kirsteen James described the well regarded eighth grader as “a hardworking, compassionate student leader who always perseveres.”  Read more about Student Spotlight – FHMS’s Teagan O’Donnell Represents Students at the October Board Meeting
Calendar Survey Committee Recommendation for 2020-21
Calendar Survey Committee Recommendation for 2020-21
Posted on 10/09/2019
Due to new legislation that mandates a later start date for Missouri schools, a calendar committee was convened to re-create the 2020-2021 school calendar. The committee included parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators. After several meetings and multiple opportunities to gather stakeholder input, the committee is recommending a draft calendar. You will find a draft of the proposed 2020-2021 calendar by clicking here. Click on the link below and take a minute to provide feedback by filling out the calendar survey. The survey will close October 25, 2019.   Read more about Calendar Survey Committee Recommendation for 2020-21
Henderson alumni and current students
Blast from the Past: Henderson Elementary Opens 1989 Time Capsule
Posted on 10/09/2019
In 1989, Henderson Elementary was a much different place. The school was home to a sixth grade class, the library was located in the middle of the building instead of the back, and assignments were completed in neat and tidy cursive. When sixth grade Spectra students thought of their future with high hopes, they pictured high flying cars and high paying careers. With these dreams in mind and with the guidance of their teacher Jan Pohl (now Walkonis), the students put together a time capsule that would be opened by students 30 years later.  Read more about Blast from the Past: Henderson Elementary Opens 1989 Time Capsule
FHSD students participate in an activity at an expo table
FHSD Students Attend Manufacturing Day
Posted on 10/09/2019
Over 350 students from FHHS, FHN, FHU, Barnwell, Bryan, FHMS, and Hollenbeck attended the annual Manufacturing Day hosted by St. Charles Community College on Oct. 1. Students had the opportunity to meet with professionals and learn about a variety of job opportunities in manufacturing.  Read more about FHSD Students Attend Manufacturing Day
Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
Two FHSD Teachers Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
Posted on 10/02/2019
FHSD teachers Kim Linneman and Teresa Swaringim join an elite group of St. Louis area educators selected to receive the 2019 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes teachers for their passion for teaching, their impact on student learning, and their knowledge and creativity in the classroom. The recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions to the teaching profession and to the students they teach.   Read more about Two FHSD Teachers Receive Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
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FHSD to Host Community Appliance & Electronics Recycling Event on Oct. 5
Posted on 10/01/2019
The Francis Howell School District, in partnership with Nilo-Tech E-Cycling, will be hosting a community-wide appliance and electronics recycling event on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the FHSD Burbes Service Center located at 4606 Central School Road, St. Charles, MO 63304.  Read more about FHSD to Host Community Appliance & Electronics Recycling Event on Oct. 5
Students pass by caution tape and out of order signs in the FHN hallway
FHSD Facilities/Bond Issue
Posted on 09/30/2019
During 2018, FHSD worked proactively with the architectural firm Hoener Associates, Inc. to develop a Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP). This plan identified both the current state of the District’s facilities as well as its future needs. The FHSD Board of Education is considering placing a no tax rate increase bond issue on the ballot in April to pay for the construction, repair, and renovation costs outlined in the CFMP.  Read more about FHSD Facilities/Bond Issue
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