February 2018 News

Making Waves – FHHS Girls Swim Earns First Final Four Finish at State Meet
Making Waves – FHHS Girls Swim Earns First Final Four Finish at State Meet
Posted on 02/26/2018
What a season it was for the Lady Viking swimmers from Francis Howell High School, a wave of success that peaked with a top four finish at the MSHSAA State Swim Meet. No FHHS team has ever made such a splash. However, their success in the pool pales in comparison to the success they have had in the classroom and the time given back to their community. These Lady Vikings are pulling together for the betterment of their school, community, and themselves.  Read more about Making Waves – FHHS Girls Swim Earns First Final Four Finish at State Meet
Tyler Haynes Shot Reminds us of the Value of True Teammates
Tyler Haynes Shot Reminds us of the Value of True Teammates
Posted on 02/26/2018
Some of us watch sports to escape the negativity in life. In part, because sports also offer the opportunity to embrace how great life is, and how wonderful and supportive our friends and family can be. Recently, just one basketball shot was the perfect example of how sports can remind us of this. Tyler Haynes made that shot, a culmination of his story of perseverance, and one team’s quest to give a student a well-deserved sense of belonging.  Read more about Tyler Haynes Shot Reminds us of the Value of True Teammates
FHSD Seal of Biliteracy
FHSD Seal of Biliteracy
Posted on 02/26/2018
Students in the Francis Howell School District can now attain a “Seal of Biliteracy” that recognizes proficiency in two languages. The FHSD Board of Education has formally adopted the resolution that aligns with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) goal of preparing Missouri students for a lifetime of success.  Read more about FHSD Seal of Biliteracy
FHC Inducts First Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees
FHC Inducts First Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees
Posted on 02/23/2018
As graduation grows near, seniors are studying hard, finishing projects, and preparing their goodbyes. Heading off to the next big stage in life, whether higher education or career, they will be impacted by their high school experience. In an effort to honor Spartans after they leave the hallways and classrooms, FHC has instituted a Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. New this year, the program recognizes the accomplishments of graduates who brought pride to their alma mater, their community, and society as a whole. A panel of ten current and former FHC teachers and administrators selected the inductees from a group of ten nominated finalists.   Read more about FHC Inducts First Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees
Two FHHS Wrestlers Win Individual State Championships
Two FHHS Wrestlers Win Individual State Championships
Posted on 02/23/2018
The Francis Howell High School wrestling program has continued its tradition of success this year, finishing eighth at the MSHSAA State Wrestling Meet in February, and medaling three wrestlers, including two state champions. Peter Enos and Jack Flynn became the 30th and 31st State Champions in the FHHS wrestling program’s storied history.  Read more about Two FHHS Wrestlers Win Individual State Championships
FHN’s North Street Coffeehouse Gives Students Outlet for Expression and Creativity
FHN’s North Street Coffeehouse Gives Students Outlet for Expression and Creativity
Posted on 02/21/2018
High School is different than it used to be. There is a greater emphasis on making the proverbial grade, excelling in AP classes, SAT scores, ACT scores, and other fear-provoking abbreviations. Each student must become the best student they can be in their four short years at the high school level. But what about just being the best you? Where are the opportunities for students to express themselves? Francis Howell North High School hosts an annual open mic show for just that purpose, the North Street Coffeehouse.  Read more about FHN’s North Street Coffeehouse Gives Students Outlet for Expression and Creativity
Student Spotlight – Saeger’s Jesus Casillas-Sanchez Lights the Way
Student Spotlight – Saeger’s Jesus Casillas-Sanchez Lights the Way
Posted on 02/20/2018
Every month, the Francis Howell School District Board of Education hosts a representative from the student body to be an honorary Board member at their meeting. The student representative for February, from Saeger Middle School, is the kind of student every teacher loves to have in class. Jesus Casillas-Sanchez is the kind of student who lights the way with his smile and dedication.  Read more about Student Spotlight – Saeger’s Jesus Casillas-Sanchez Lights the Way
FHSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
FHSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Posted on 02/16/2018
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that four teachers have earned or renewed their National Board Certification, the highest credential in the teaching profession. The District now has 60 teachers who have achieved this distinction.  Read more about FHSD Teachers Achieve National Board Certification
Board Action Report 02/15/18
Board Action Report 02/15/18
Posted on 02/15/2018
Stay informed about the recent Board of Education actions.  Read more about Board Action Report 02/15/18
Barnwell Custodian Discovers Passion for Reading at School
Barnwell Custodian Discovers Passion for Reading at School
Posted on 02/13/2018
Teaching can be one of the most rewarding professions. As students develop and grow, so does the teacher. While many days are sunshine, daisies, and rainbows, not all school days are good days. Some are rough and filled with rain clouds, sick kids, and forgotten homework. It just so happened to be one of those days when a coworker stopped Barnwell teacher Jessica Ferri. “I have a confession to make,” said custodian Alisa Hot. “I’ve been reading your books.”  Read more about Barnwell Custodian Discovers Passion for Reading at School
National Signing Day in FHSD
National Signing Day in FHSD
Posted on 02/09/2018
National Signing Day is one of the most exciting days in the lives of many student-athletes, when they commit to continuing their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Not only does it validate all the hard work put in by students and their families, but it’s also a chance to continue to play a sport they love, and earn a degree.  Read more about National Signing Day in FHSD
FHSD Students Create Website for USA Women’s Sled Hockey
FHSD Students Create Website for USA Women’s Sled Hockey
Posted on 02/08/2018
As the Winter Olympics open in PyeongChang, TV screens will be flooded with images of world-class athletes from around the globe competing on the ice and snow. While Olympians like Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White grab most of the headlines, other Olympic athletes have the same dreams of gold, if not the same media coverage. In March, the 2018 Paralympics will also be held in PyeongChang, showcasing the talents of athletes who train just as hard and overcome even more adversity than their able-bodied counterparts. A great example are the Paralympians who make up the USA Women’s Sled Hockey team.  Read more about FHSD Students Create Website for USA Women’s Sled Hockey
FHHS Make-A-Wish Club Grants Child’s Wish
FHHS Make-A-Wish Club Grants Child’s Wish
Posted on 02/06/2018
Every Friday night at Francis Howell High School is a special one. The energetic and positive atmosphere at Viking games is no secret; everyone knows how much fun they can be. But not everyone knows how fulfilling these games can be. In January, FHHS hosted its first annual Swishes for Wishes Night to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and one special guest had his wish granted thanks to the charitable efforts of some local future leaders and the community who supports them.  Read more about FHHS Make-A-Wish Club Grants Child’s Wish
Playing Your Cards Right - Tech Company Qadre Founder Speaks to FHHS students
Playing Your Cards Right - Tech Company Qadre Founder Speaks to FHHS students
Posted on 02/05/2018
It happens all the time – kids are sitting around their living room playing video games, looking for ways to improve their score. Then they start one of the fastest growing startup tech companies in the world. OK, maybe that doesn’t happen all the time, but Nick Williamson did just that. The co-founder of Qadre, Williamson recently stopped by Francis Howell High School to inspire more than a hundred eager listeners that they can build the next great technology or tech company – if they play their cards right.   Read more about Playing Your Cards Right - Tech Company Qadre Founder Speaks to FHHS students
Lunch Heroes Logo
FHSD Establishes Lunch Heroes Program
Posted on 02/02/2018
The Francis Howell School District recently established a Lunch Heroes program to help support students and families who are struggling to provide the funds for purchasing a nutritious school lunch. The Lunch Heroes program is a way for individuals to make donations to support students when they no longer have sufficient funds in their accounts to pay for meals. Thanks to generous donations from our community, more than $6,000 has been raised since the program started in December.  Read more about FHSD Establishes Lunch Heroes Program
Coltyn’s Pajama Party Donates Over 100 Pajamas to Children’s Hospital
Coltyn’s Pajama Party Donates Over 100 Pajamas to Children’s Hospital
Posted on 02/02/2018
Central School Road Early Childhood Center spent the month of January collecting more than 100 sets of pajamas to donate to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser was dubbed Coltyn’s Pajama Party, and students and staff were encouraged to wear pajamas to school on Jan. 25 and 26.  Read more about Coltyn’s Pajama Party Donates Over 100 Pajamas to Children’s Hospital
 In Francis Howell We Love to Code
In Francis Howell We Love to Code
Posted on 02/01/2018
During the week of Feb. 5-9, 2018, the Francis Howell School District is hosting its third annual “We Love to Code” event. Knowing that the future workforce will include an increasing number of jobs in the areas of programming and computer science, the District has established this week as an opportunity for students of all ages to learn to code. Buildings will have organized activities to provide students opportunities to learn about computer science, as well as to learn to write lines of code.   Read more about In Francis Howell We Love to Code
FHN Counselor Mary Kerr-Grant with student
FHSD Celebrates School Counselors During National School Counseling Week
Posted on 02/01/2018
The Francis Howell School District will join schools nationwide to celebrate school counselors during National School Counseling Week, Feb. 5-9, 2018. The week highlights the unique contribution to the academic success and personal well-being of our students that district counselors make each and every day.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates School Counselors During National School Counseling Week
FHSD Celebrates Black History Month
FHSD Celebrates Black History Month
Posted on 02/01/2018
During the month of February, students and staff at FHSD will be honoring Black History Month. Throughout the month, students will explore a variety of topics, research various leaders and influencers, and explore cultural and demographic changes.   Read more about FHSD Celebrates Black History Month
FHSD Celebrates the 2018 Teachers of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2018 Teachers of the Year
Posted on 02/01/2018
Francis Howell School District proudly announces the recipients of the distinguished honor of Teacher of the Year. This year’s winners will be recognized at the annual Howell of Fame awards ceremony on May 7, 2018.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates the 2018 Teachers of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2018 Support Staff Employees of the Year
FHSD Celebrates the 2018 Support Staff Employees of the Year
Posted on 02/01/2018
Francis Howell School District proudly announces the recipients of the distinguished honor of Support Staff Employees of the Year. The winners will be recognized at the annual Howell of Fame awards ceremony on May 7, 2018  Read more about FHSD Celebrates the 2018 Support Staff Employees of the Year
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