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Running for Good – Becky-David Spring Sprint will Award Scholarship to FHN Senior
Running for Good – Becky-David Spring Sprint will Award Scholarship to FHN Senior
Posted on 04/11/2018
Schools in FHSD work to create a better sense of fellowship, recognizing that the students and staff there are part of something bigger – a community of family and friends. A great example at Becky-David Elementary is their upcoming community-wide Spring Sprint, a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. And it’s not just about getting fit together; proceeds from the Spring Sprint will help support the Becky-David PTO and the new “Reach for the Stars” Alumni Scholarship.  Read more about Running for Good – Becky-David Spring Sprint will Award Scholarship to FHN Senior
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
2018-19 Preschool Enrollment Postponed
2018-19 Preschool Enrollment Postponed
Posted on 02/05/2018
All after-school activities are canceled for today in the Francis Howell School District. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4:00 PM until midnight. The NWS is calling for freezing drizzle and snow that could cause slippery road conditions.   Read more about 2018-19 Preschool Enrollment Postponed
Preschool Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year Opens
Preschool Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year Opens
Posted on 01/19/2018
The Francis Howell School District is set to begin preschool registration for the 2018-19 school year. Francis Howell has a quality preschool program that provides excellent social and pre-academic experiences for your children. This programming is located in each of three Early Childhood Family Education Centers and two of our elementary sites.  Read more about Preschool Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year Opens
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
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
Abilities Awareness Week Proves Different Abilities are not Disabilities
Abilities Awareness Week Proves Different Abilities are not Disabilities
Posted on 10/06/2017
Becky-David Elementary hosted their 11th annual “Abilities Awareness Week” in September. With guest speakers, reading sessions with principals, and hands-on activities, students were able to further their sensitivity towards fellow classmates that have different abilities than their own.  Read more about Abilities Awareness Week Proves Different Abilities are not Disabilities
Ms. Morrow's fifth grade class poses with their donation for Hurricane Harvey
When Learning and Caring Meet – Becky-David Students Raise Over $5,000 for Hurricane Victims
Posted on 09/12/2017
Many things divide us these days, but nothing unites Americans more than the chance to help our neighbors. With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastating parts of Texas and Florida, Becky-David Elementary staff and students stepped up to make a difference in the lives of others, raising more than $5,000 dollars for the disaster relief efforts.  Read more about When Learning and Caring Meet – Becky-David Students Raise Over $5,000 for Hurricane Victims
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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 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?
Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Posted on 06/12/2017
On May 11, 2016, a severe thunderstorm with large hail caused significant damage throughout the Francis Howell School District. The roofs of 15 different District buildings suffered damage, and in many cases the entire roof structure is in need of repair.  Read more about Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Students have fun learning at FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
Posted on 06/12/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is committed to providing engaging and enriching camp opportunities to students over the summer months. Two of the most popular are the elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and middle school STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) camps. Summer school and all camps are fully funded by the state of Missouri, which makes it possible for the District to offer these programs for students at no cost.  Read more about FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
FHSD Holds Tenth Annual Deaf Storyteller Day
FHSD Holds Tenth Annual Deaf Storyteller Day
Posted on 05/25/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) believes that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and play in a safe environment, including those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Some students were born without the gift of hearing, and some have lost it over time. But all of these students get to live and learn like every other kid, thanks to the support of many great special educators in FHSD. There are days intended specifically for these students, and Deaf Storyteller Day is one such day, one that solicits a vivid reminder of why we’re here.  Read more about FHSD Holds Tenth Annual Deaf Storyteller Day
Students practicing for the "Heart & Sole" 5K Run"
"Girls on the Run" at FHSD
Posted on 05/17/2017
Girls on the Run has empowered strong, motivated, and healthy girls across the country and in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD). Girls on the Run is a 10-week program recognized by the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) as one of the nation’s “Most Influential in Health and Wellness” programs available to young girls in third through eighth grade. Girls on the Run is the only program in St. Louis with this recognition. Not only does it focus on training for a 5K run at the end of the program, it also helps girls develop their strength of character, confidence, compassion toward others, encourages creating positive connections with peers, and many other life skills necessary for growth and maturity. This year, six FHSD schools participated in the 10-week program, and will participate in the 5K run in downtown St. Louis, on Saturday, May 13. The FHSD is thrilled to have 144 girls participating with 44 coaches this season.  Read more about "Girls on the Run" at FHSD
Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
Posted on 05/12/2017
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that for the second time in the past decade, Francis Howell Middle School (FHMS) has been selected as a National School of Character. Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities.  Read more about Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
MAP Testing Begins
MAP Testing Begins
Posted on 04/13/2017
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing for students in the Francis Howell School District will take place during the month of April. MAP tests are mandated by the state, and are intended to help determine what a child knows and is able to do according to the expectations for his or her grade level. Scores on the MAP tests are also used to determine how schools are performing according to state and federal guidelines.  Read more about MAP Testing Begins
A group of students wearing their goofiest hats.
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
Posted on 03/13/2017
Every year, the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) celebrates the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Week, in honor of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s birthday on March 2. Every day during the week, students had a chance to celebrate in a different and creative way! One of the student favorites during the week was “Hats Off to Reading Day,” when students and staff wore their goofiest hats. From bedazzled, bright baseball caps to vibrant, animal-shaped hats, students and staff had a great time showing off their goofiest headwear, in honor of Dr. Seuss!  Read more about Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
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Becky-David Students Celebrate 100 Days of School
Posted on 02/01/2017
Elementary students around Francis Howell School District are 100 days smarter as they celebrated reaching the 100th day of the 2016-17 school year this week. They marked the special day with a variety of activities that emphasized the number 100.  Read more about Becky-David Students Celebrate 100 Days of School
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FHSD Schools Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week
Posted on 10/24/2016
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will be dipped in red the week of Oct. 24-28, as schools across the District and the nation celebrate Red Ribbon Week, an event dedicated to raising awareness for alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence prevention. Many FHSD schools will educate students on drug prevention with special events, activities and fun-themed spirit days.  Read more about FHSD Schools Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week
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Becky-David Elementary Abilities Awareness Week
Posted on 10/18/2016
For a decade, Becky-David Elementary has been participating in and celebrating the “rainbow of abilities” present within its school community, as well as the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) Community, during their Abilities Awareness Week. Staff and students put on several events and celebrations, and invited guests to speak about the abilities they had to overcome. It’s a celebration of life as most of us don’t know it. And with a little bit of added awareness, the week of activities gives attendees a better understanding of disabilities, and how we can help.   Read more about Becky-David Elementary Abilities Awareness Week
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New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills
Posted on 10/05/2016
Student safety is always a top priority of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD). The District annually conducts a variety of safety drills including fire, tornado, earthquake and intruder drills. Participation in these safety drills is where most students get directly involved in their own safety. New this year, FHSD will conduct one unannounced intruder drill at each of our schools.   Read more about New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills
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FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
Posted on 08/19/2016
The buses that safely transport students of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) every day will display a special new sticker starting in August, after earning the “Total Fleet Excellence” distinction for 2016. The stickers indicate excellence in the overall maintenance and reliability of the District’s bus fleet. The distinction is determined by the Missouri State Highway Patrol based on the results of the annual school bus inspection, a program conducted by the Patrol’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Division.   Read more about FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
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