2017-18 News Archive

FHSD Community Service
FHSD Community Service
Posted on 06/26/2018
The FHSD curriculum is intended to teach students many different subjects, and standardized testing is designed to quantify what students have learned. One of the most important lessons that students learn doesn’t have a score that will show up on any test – caring for others in the community.  Read more about FHSD Community Service
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Sixth Consecutive Year
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Sixth Consecutive Year
Posted on 06/25/2018
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the sixth consecutive year. FHSD ranked in the Top Workplace large business category, which is comprised of similarly-sized organizations and featured three other school districts.  Read more about FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Sixth Consecutive Year
Castlio STREAM Night
Posted on 04/13/2018
Students and staff at Castlio Elementary celebrated Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math at a funtastic event on Wednesday, April 11. STREAM night combined two successful family engagement activities that Castlio did last year, Seuss and STEM and Fine Arts Night.  Read more about Castlio STREAM Night
2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
Posted on 04/09/2018
The Francis Howell School District is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Howell of Fame Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers and staff. This year’s 12 recipients will be honored at the annual Howell of Fame Awards ceremony on Monday, May 8, along with 2018 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 2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
Posted on 03/29/2018
The future of Francis Howell School District students depends on the quality of the education they receive, and paraprofessionals and interpreters are instrumental in helping to provide the best possible education for our students. On Monday, April 2, 2018, FHSD will celebrate Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day to recognize their contributions to our students’ educational success.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
Proposition Learn Ballot Language
Proposition Learn Ballot Language
Posted on 03/22/2018
For most residents of the Francis Howell School District, there will only be three items on the April 3, 2018, ballot. Two are directly related to the District, Proposition Learn and the Board of Education election; the third will be for St. Charles Community College Trustees.  Read more about Proposition Learn Ballot Language
The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
Posted on 03/20/2018
As spring comes back around, the colors of our world return. It reminds us of the beauty that surrounds us every day, sometimes forgotten in the cold doldrums of winter. And it may remind us of the beautiful art being created by students in our schools. March is Youth Art Month, and FHSD students and teachers are brightening the canvas of our lives. From an elaborate black light art exhibit at Daniel Boone Elementary to Little Becky’s finger painting at one of FHSD’s Early Childhood Centers, the arts are on full display this month at our schools.  Read more about The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Posted on 03/16/2018
The Francis Howell School District has selected Dr. Nathan Hoven as the District’s new Chief Academic Officer, effective July 1, 2018. The Board of Education approved the selection at the March 15, 2018, Board meeting. Dr. Hoven will replace Nicole Whitesell, who has been hired as the Director of the St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.  Read more about Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Francis Howell School District Named Best of St. Charles County
Francis Howell School District Named Best of St. Charles County
Posted on 12/21/2017
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has announced the Francis Howell School District as the best public school district in St. Charles County. Winners were selected by readers’ choice for the “Best of St. Charles County” publication.  Read more about Francis Howell School District Named Best of St. Charles County
Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Posted on 12/04/2017
The Francis Howell School District strives to develop skills including the “Four Cs” (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking) in students. Two perfect examples of this were recent events held at St. Charles Community College by Spectra, the gifted program in FHSD. “Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” are annual events that teach these marketable skills and also introduce these bright students to each other and the teachers who will be helping them create a brighter future.  Read more about Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
Posted on 11/17/2017
The student population of FHSD continues to become more diverse, and the percentage of minority students in the District has doubled over the past decade to almost 20 percent. As the demographics of the student population continue to change, so does the professional learning for FHSD employees.  Read more about FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
Raising Funds, Raising Spirits – FHSD Schools Support Special Olympics
Raising Funds, Raising Spirits – FHSD Schools Support Special Olympics
Posted on 11/16/2017
Every fundraiser that students and staff in the Francis Howell School District participate in is special, but some tug at our heartstrings more than others. FHSD has its own Special Olympics program, which gives kids with different abilities the opportunity to experience the thrill of victory. It’s not just about victory, though. It’s about being a part of a team and gaining a better understanding of one’s self – an understanding that with a little help, we all can achieve in ways we never knew possible.  Read more about Raising Funds, Raising Spirits – FHSD Schools Support Special Olympics
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
Posted on 11/01/2017
As temperatures drop outside and we prepare for winter, many of us take for granted that we have the appropriate winter weather gear to keep warm. There are countless families, including many in the Francis Howell School District, who are not able to provide their little ones with a warm coat. But thanks to a partnership with the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach, nearly 500 FHSD students in need are receiving brand-new winter coats.  Read more about FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
Group photo of the Inspire team members
Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
Posted on 09/11/2017
Francis Howell School District prides itself on being innovative when it comes to advancements in education, as well as advancements in caring for the social emotional health of students. The Inspire Program is a FHSD-led initiative that hopes to help schools develop the capacity to meet the needs of all students, staff, and families, focusing on those experiencing significant challenges with emotional regulation and other mental health needs. This team of internal consultants has begun serving FHSD’s early childhood and elementary schools, adhering to the Missouri Model of Trauma-Informed Care and putting an emphasis on safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, choice, and empowerment.  Read more about Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
FHSD and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards
FHSD and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards
Posted on 09/06/2017
The Francis Howell School District has earned a 2017 Partnership District Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. FHSD was recognized for making excellent progress in developing community partnerships, and for guiding schools to develop goal-linked programs of family and community engagement. This is the fourth NNPS Partnership Award for FHSD and indicates that the District is establishing a sustainable structure to enable schools to continually improve their partnership programs.  Read more about FHSD and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
Posted on 08/28/2017
Jumping rope, playing dodge ball, and shooting hoops may seem like playtime to some, but for students in FHSD, it’s a matter of heart. During the 2016-17 school year, FHSD elementary and middle schools collected a record total $109,011.48 for the American Heart Association (AHA) through Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and Dodge for Heart. Only four other school districts in Missouri raised more money for AHA during the 2016-17 school year.  Read more about FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
Peachjar Electronic Flyers Example
Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Posted on 08/18/2017
Francis Howell School District is always looking for ways to save taxpayer dollars and still improve convenience for parents and students. Both goals are achieved with the Peachjar flyer distribution system. FHSD delivers school information and approved flyers from community organizations electronically through Peachjar. These eflyers are emailed directly to you, and can also be viewed by clicking the Peachjar button on the home page of your school’s website.  Read more about Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
Posted on 08/09/2017
Niche has just released its 2018 list of best Schools in America, and has ranked the Francis Howell School District No. 16 in Missouri. That is the highest ranking of any district in St. Charles County, and with more than 500 public school districts in the state, this ranking puts FHSD in the top 3 percent in Missouri.  Read more about Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
Posted on 07/21/2017
The 2017-18 school year will kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. As students stream back into classrooms, they will encounter some new programs and initiatives. Here’s what’s new in FHSD.  Read more about What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
Posted on 07/20/2017
The FHSD Board of Education has approved the recommendation of the Extracurricular Task Force to establish an activity fee structure for the 2017-18 school year. Students participating in a sport, activity, or club - in which a sponsor or coach is paid a stipend - will be required to pay a yearly activity fee. Students will be assessed one fee regardless of how many sports/activities/clubs they participate in during the school year. An application for financial assistance/waiver will be available for students, as needed.  Read more about New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
Posted on 06/25/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the fifth consecutive year. FHSD ranked in the Top Workplace large business category, which is comprised of similarly-sized organizations and featured four school districts.  Read more about FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
Posted on 06/14/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is a busy place year-round, and not just during the school year. There are more than 2,000 employees in the District, and almost 20 percent of them work a 12-month schedule. “The District does not shut down over the summer,” said FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, “quite the contrary. Educating 18,000 students is a year-round, full-time job. In addition to preparing the high quality education our students deserve for 2017-18, we have also started working on our next five-year strategic plan, and our community will have the opportunity to be part of that process this fall.”   Read more about What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
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