2019-20 FHHS News

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.  Read more about Thoughtexchange 2.0: Facilities and Bond Issue Communications
FHHS 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
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
Students participate in school bus evacuation drills
FHSD Bus Evacuation Drills Ensure Student Safety
Posted on 10/28/2019
Francis Howell School District’s Transportation Department conducted annual school bus evacuation drills on October 22 - 24. The drills are an important component of bus safety and help ensure that every student knows what to do in the event of an emergency that requires immediate evacuation from the vehicle.  Read more about FHSD Bus Evacuation Drills Ensure Student Safety
National Physical Therapy Week
FHSD Celebrates National Physical Therapy Week
Posted on 10/28/2019
School-based physical therapy involves dynamic collaboration with students, staff, and parents to ensure that every student can successfully navigate the school environment and effectively learn, socialize, and play. At FHSD, this includes assessing all areas where a student might interact during the school day to ensure that the student can be as independent as possible in their functional mobility. “In the school system, physical therapists use creative and functional interventions to help students access their educational environment,” said District PT Anne Miller. “For example, being able to use the playground, getting on and off the bus, participating in PE and navigating their school.”  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National Physical Therapy Week
Students attend breakout session during the seminar
FHC Hosts the 2019 Gateway Athletic Conference Sports Education Seminar
Posted on 10/24/2019
FHC hosted this year’s Gateway Athletic Conference Sports Education Seminar, which gathered student-athletes from seventeen different schools including FHC, FHHS, and FHN, for a day of learning and discussions. In total, 170 students, 34 coaches, and 17 activity directors attended the event where they had the opportunity to learn about teamwork, college recruitment, and more.  Read more about FHC Hosts the 2019 Gateway Athletic Conference Sports Education Seminar
Please provide your input on FHSD facilities and future bond issue
Thoughtexchange: Facilities and Future Bond Issue
Posted on 10/21/2019
FHSD is requesting your input on District facilities and a no tax rate increase bond issue to address the items identified in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP). The District is using a new tool called Thoughtexchange to gather feedback from our community. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued.  Read more about Thoughtexchange: Facilities and Future Bond Issue
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 FHHS 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
FHSD students participate in an activity during the Manufacturing Day expo
FHSD Students Attend Manufacturing Day
Posted on 10/10/2019
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
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
Students pass by caution tape and out of order signs in the FHN hallway
FHSD Facilities/Bond Issue
Posted on 10/01/2019
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
Blue Ribbon logo
Three FHSD Schools Honored as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools
Posted on 09/30/2019
The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Becky-David Elementary, Daniel Boone Elementary, and Warren Elementary as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The three Francis Howell elementary schools received the prestigious award based on their exemplary high academic performance. Only five other elementary schools in Missouri received the award this year.  Read more about Three FHSD Schools Honored as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools
FHSD Superintendent Announces Retirement
FHSD Superintendent Announces Retirement
Posted on 09/20/2019
During last night’s the closed session portion of the Board meeting, FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris asked the Board of Education to accept her retirement effective June 30, 2020.   Read more about FHSD Superintendent Announces Retirement
Student converses with a representative from Bradley Unviersity
FHSD Hosts First Districtwide College Fair
Posted on 09/19/2019
In collaboration with the Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC), FHSD held its first districtwide College Fair on Sept. 18. High school juniors from across the District were transported to Francis Howell Central and given the opportunity to speak with representatives from over 100 universities, community colleges, trade schools, and military recruiters from across the nation.  Read more about FHSD Hosts First Districtwide College Fair
Bofua Kume with the Board of Education
Student Spotlight – FHHS’s Bofua Kume Represents Students at the September Board Meeting
Posted on 09/19/2019
The Board of Education was honored to welcome FHHS senior Bofua Kume as the student representative at the September Board Meeting. For those who don’t know Kume, he is known for his leadership, curiosity, and gregarious personality.  Read more about Student Spotlight – FHHS’s Bofua Kume Represents Students at the September Board Meeting
First Responders and veterans line the football field with American flags
Fifth Annual First Responders’ Night
Posted on 09/13/2019
by FHHS Senior Riley Weber - The fifth annual First Responders’ Night football game was held on Friday, Sept. 6. The event was organized by Activity Director Sean Erwin with the help of the 12th Man Football Boosters.  Read more about Fifth Annual First Responders’ Night
National Merit Semifinalists 2020
Five FHSD Seniors Selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Posted on 09/12/2019
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that five FHSD students have been named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors are among 16,000 Semifinalists chosen as part of the annual academic competition. The Semifinalists, who were selected based on scores on a PSAT qualifying test, will compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million, to be awarded in the spring. The FHSD Semifinalists are:  Read more about Five FHSD Seniors Selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
FHSD Celebrates 333 AP Scholars
AP Scholars 2019
Posted on 08/27/2019
FHSD is proud to announce that 333 students, the most in District history, have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars for 2018-19. The AP program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the prestigious AP Scholar Awards.   Read more about AP Scholars 2019
Hannah Scharfenberg and her daughter hold bus safety competition awards
FHSD Bus Driver Hannah Scharfenberg - A Champion of Bus Safety
Posted on 08/08/2019
While the FHSD transportation Department is new this year, what’s not new is the dedication and skill of many of the bus drivers. For Hannah Scharfenberg, driving a bus is more than just a job. It’s a mission to keep students safe during the commute to school. Each year, she participates in safety bus competitions to continue her growth as a driver. In June she won the 2019 State School Bus Safety Competition hosted by the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation. As state champion, she earned the right to compete in the Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition hosted by the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) where she placed fifth in the nation.  Read more about FHSD Bus Driver Hannah Scharfenberg - A Champion of Bus Safety
FHSD school bus
FHSD Bus Transportation Update
Posted on 08/01/2019
The FHSD Transportation Department wants to take this opportunity to remind our parents about some of the changes with our new Francis Howell buses. New routing software will assign pick up/drop off locations for students that comply with the state guidelines. This includes ensuring that bus stops are at least 500 ft. apart, the minimum recommended distance to activate warning lights. This year we are creating more neighborhood bus stops instead of specific house stops. This also means FHSD buses may not be traveling up and down every street in every neighborhood, especially for secondary students. In order to make our routes as efficient as possible, we are encouraging parents to inform their school office if they do not need school bus transportation.  Read more about FHSD Bus Transportation Update
Bryce Thornton, Class of 2019
FHHS Graduate Has a Bright Future in Engineering
Posted on 07/24/2019
This summer has been an exciting time for 2019 FHSD graduates as they celebrate their impressive achievements and anticipate a new chapter in their lives. For FHHS graduate Bryce Thornton, exciting opportunities are already coming his way.  Read more about FHHS Graduate Has a Bright Future in Engineering
FHN students in class with Shelly Parks
FHSD Early College Program
Posted on 07/19/2019
The Francis Howell School District has partnered with St. Charles Community College (SCC) to offer the Early College Program (ECP) to all FHSD high school students. ECP offers high school students the opportunity to earn transferable college credits at SCC while still enrolled in high school. When enrolled in ECP, students will take college coursework on the campus of SCC with textbooks and curriculum taught by SCC professors. Students can earn enough credits to complete part or all of an Associate’s Degree while concurrently earning a high school diploma. Students and their families will be required to pay for all tuition, books, and fees.   Read more about FHSD Early College Program
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