November 2017 News

The 10th Annual Iron Chef Culinary Throw Down
The 10th Annual Iron Chef Culinary Throw Down
Posted on 11/20/2017
Every year, culinary teams from the FHSD high schools come together to compete in the annual Sodexo Culinary Celebrations Iron Chef Competition. Sodexo, the District’s food service provider, generously donates all of the food for the event. The only competition more fierce than the culinary throw down is the competition to see who gets to be one of the judges!  Read more about The 10th Annual Iron Chef Culinary Throw Down
Student Spotlight – Grant Argent of FHN
Student Spotlight – Grant Argent of FHN
Posted on 11/20/2017
Grant Argent is a Renaissance Man. If you were asked what makes a student stand out among their peers, you might mention these: an academic achiever, National Honor Society member, a successful athlete, a band virtuoso, or maybe a published writer. Grant Argent is all of these. That’s why he’s the perfect choice to represent FHN students at the monthly Francis Howell School District Board of Education Meeting.  Read more about Student Spotlight – Grant Argent of FHN
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
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Board Action Report 11/16/17
Posted on 11/16/2017
Stay informed about the recent Board of Education actions.   Read more about Board Action Report 11/16/17
DESE Releases 2017 Annual Performance Report Scores
DESE Releases 2017 Annual Performance Report Scores
Posted on 11/15/2017
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the 2017 Annual Performance Report (APR) data for school districts around the state. The Francis Howell School District received a score of 99.3 percent on the “school district report card” for the second consecutive year. The Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP 5) is the state’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri, and is used to calculate APR scores.   Read more about DESE Releases 2017 Annual Performance Report Scores
FHSD Celebrates American Education Week Nov. 13-17
FHSD Celebrates American Education Week Nov. 13-17
Posted on 11/13/2017
Public schools are the cornerstone of our communities. To raise awareness about the need to provide every child with a quality public education, the Francis Howell School District will be observing the National Education Association’s (NEA) “American Education Week,” Nov. 13-17, 2017. The celebration highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates American Education Week Nov. 13-17
FHSD Early Signing Day
FHSD Early Signing Day
Posted on 11/09/2017
Wednesday, Nov. 1, was the start of the NCAA early signing period, the first day high school seniors are able to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI). In FHSD, it is a day to honor student-athletes in many sports as they prepare for the next step in their academic and athletic careers. Signing an NLI is all about commitment – the future commitment to play a sport at the collegiate level, as well as the past commitment that has provided this opportunity for high school students.  Read more about FHSD Early Signing Day
FHSD Band Students Selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands
FHSD Band Students Selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands
Posted on 11/08/2017
The Missouri Music Educators Association wants us all to help trumpet the importance of music education in our schools. One of the ways it does so is by honoring the best musicians in each area of the state. Several FHSD students have earned coveted spots on the Metro 8 Honor Band and Metro 8 Honor Jazz Band, proving that FHSD bands are among the best in the state.  Read more about FHSD Band Students Selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands
FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day, Nov. 11
FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day, Nov. 11
Posted on 11/03/2017
The Francis Howell School District joins the rest of the nation to honor those who have served on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In the week leading up to Veterans Day, FHSD schools will celebrate these heroes with tributes, activities, and various community events. A list of activities across the district can be found below.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day, Nov. 11
Saeger Community Warms Hearts and Bodies with Chili Fundraiser for Recovering Teacher Todd Bizzell
Saeger Community Warms Hearts and Bodies with Chili Fundraiser for Recovering Teacher Todd Bizzell
Posted on 11/02/2017
Todd Bizzell teaches industrial technology classes at Saeger Middle School, serves as an advisor for the school’s robotics teams, and is also an assistant football coach at Francis Howell Central, and all can be a challenge. But Bizzell is facing a far more daunting task now, as he fights through Stage 4 kidney cancer. However, just as he doesn’t flinch at teaching difficult subjects and concepts, Bizzell is taking his latest battle in stride. The man just knows how to fight adversity, and he doesn’t stand alone. Last week, the Saeger Middle School community rallied behind one of its favorite teachers, collecting donations to help him pay his medical fees.  Read more about Saeger Community Warms Hearts and Bodies with Chili Fundraiser for Recovering Teacher Todd Bizzell
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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
Dominic Schneider (center) with members of FHN Band
A Necessary Honor – Dominic Schneider of FHN named to U.S. Army All-American Band
Posted on 11/01/2017
Dominic Schneider, a senior at Francis Howell North, is exactly what his team needs. There is no bigger high school football game than the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (Jan. 6, 2018), where the best football players in the nation square off against each other. It’s a great honor to be selected to play … in the band. Schneider, a member of the FHN band, has a new team – the U.S. Army All-American Band, comprised of 150 of the best marching band members in the U.S.  Read more about A Necessary Honor – Dominic Schneider of FHN named to U.S. Army All-American Band
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