December 2017 News

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FHSD Earns Top Marks on Financial Audit
Posted on 12/22/2017
Kerber, Eck, & Braeckel, certified public accountants, presented the Francis Howell School District's audit report on financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2017, to the Board of Education at the Dec. 21 meeting. The Board voted 7-0 to approve the report.   Read more about FHSD Earns Top Marks on Financial Audit
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Board Action Report 12/21/17
Posted on 12/21/2017
Stay informed about the recent Board of Education actions.   Read more about Board Action Report 12/21/17
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Francis Howell School District Voted Best of St. Charles County
Posted on 12/19/2017
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 Voted Best of St. Charles County
FHSD Students Make All-State Concert and Jazz Bands
FHSD Students Make All-State Concert and Jazz Bands
Posted on 12/18/2017
Band can be a metaphor for life. It takes practice to get good at it; and when things get you down, when you skip a beat or hit the wrong note, you have to keep pushing forward to succeed. Failure is not an option when you truly give it your all. That is the attitude of the outstanding band students in the Francis Howell School District, as well as why we have some of the best bands in the state. If you’re looking for further proof, FHSD had six students make the All-State Concert and Jazz Bands. Francis Howell North had three students named to the All-State Concert Band (Ashley Raster, Clarinet 9th chair; Arianna Chaves, Clarinet 12th chair; Dominic Schneider, Tuba 2nd chair), and one earned an honorable mention in the All-State Jazz Band (Grant Argent, jazz guitar). Francis Howell Central, meanwhile, had two students earn spots, one in each band. Laurel Ammond will play French Horn for the Concert Band, and Sam Eckhoff was named an alternate in the Jazz Band (Jazz Bass).  Read more about FHSD Students Make All-State Concert and Jazz Bands
FHSD Named to AP District Honor Roll
FHSD Named to AP District Honor Roll
Posted on 12/12/2017
The Francis Howell School District has been honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll. FHSD is one of only three school districts in Missouri and one of only 447 in North America to achieve this distinction. To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, the District had to increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals indicates that FHSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement. This is the fourth time that FHSD has been named to the prestigious list.  Read more about FHSD Named to AP District Honor Roll
FHN Nurse Connie Robertson Assists in Correctly Diagnosing Student
FHN Nurse Connie Robertson Assists in Correctly Diagnosing Student
Posted on 12/06/2017
It’s not every day that a school nurse can help assist in correctly diagnosing a student with a serious medical condition. An average day consists of administering medications, updating immunization records, providing first aid services, and evaluating health needs. But as FHN school nurse Connie Robertson began assessing Elizabeth Stallings during a suspected asthma attack on the first day of the 2016-17 school year, it became clear that something more was happening. “Elizabeth got to school and started feeling really sweaty and out of breath, with her heart racing,” said Hyman Stallings, her father. “We had never experienced this before, other than when she was doing activities.” Previously Elizabeth had been diagnosed with sports-related asthma after visiting multiple asthma and heart doctors.  Read more about FHN Nurse Connie Robertson Assists in Correctly Diagnosing Student
Henderson DisABILITIES Awareness Week
Henderson DisABILITIES Awareness Week
Posted on 12/06/2017
Every year, Henderson Elementary doesn’t just tell students about people with disabilities, they actually help them understand with first-hand experiences. The main lesson is simple – we all have abilities and disabilities, but we’re all people. Accordingly, that’s also how we should treat others, like people. In fact, at Henderson Elementary, the term is “DisABILITY,” putting an emphasis on the “ability” within us all. With guest speakers and a day of unique PE classes, Henderson’s DisABILITIES Awareness Week taught students an important lesson about empathy.  Read more about Henderson DisABILITIES Awareness Week
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. FHSD Creates is a gathering of third grade Spectra students. Problems are presented to groups of five or six kids, who then must work together to find a solution, emphasizing the Four Cs. The solutions created by the teams are then judged by attending parents, based on standards provided by teachers. Creativity and problem-solving skills are required to navigate through the fun activities.  Read more about Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Board of Education Candidate Filing Opens Dec. 12
Board of Education Candidate Filing Opens Dec. 12
Posted on 12/01/2017
Candidate filing for the April 3, 2018, election to the Francis Howell School District Board of Education opens at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Dec.12, 2017, and continues until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The three-year terms of Chad Lange and Sandy Ferguson will expire in April 2018.  Read more about Board of Education Candidate Filing Opens Dec. 12
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