July 2019 News

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FHSD Bus Transportation Update
Posted on 07/31/2019
With the start of school just a week away, the FHSD Transportation Department wants to take this opportunity to remind our parents about some of the changes with our new Francis Howell buses. New routing software will assign pick up/drop off locations for students that comply with the state guidelines. This includes ensuring that bus stops are at least 500 ft. apart, the minimum recommended distance to activate warning lights. This year we are creating more neighborhood bus stops instead of specific house stops. This also means FHSD buses may not be traveling up and down every street in every neighborhood, especially for secondary students. In order to make our routes as efficient as possible, we are encouraging parents to inform their school office if they do not need school bus transportation.  Read more about FHSD Bus Transportation Update
2020-21 Calendar
Volunteers and Survey Input Requested for Calendar Committee
Posted on 07/30/2019
On July 11, 2019, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law legislation barring school districts from starting the school year more than 14 calendar days before the first Monday in September. For the 2020-21 school year, school may not start before Aug. 24. Francis Howell’s previously approved 2020-21 calendar had a starting date of Aug. 10, 2020. Therefore, the calendar committee will be reconvened to make changes to the calendar to meet the new state requirements. The committee will also create the 2021-22 calendar.  Read more about Volunteers and Survey Input Requested for Calendar Committee
Pierre Desir with FHC students
NFL Player and FHC Alum Pierre Desir Donates $185,000 for Fitness Center
Posted on 07/29/2019
On March 14, 2019, FHC alum and NFL player Pierre Desir signed a three-year contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts. Within days of the signing, the former Spartan was in contact with FHC because he wanted to give back to the school that “gave him so much.” He is generously donating $185,000 and has asked that it be used to transform the FHC fitness center and benefit an entirely new generation of students.  Read more about NFL Player and FHC Alum Pierre Desir Donates $185,000 for Fitness Center
Bryce Thornton, Class of 2019
FHHS Graduate Has a Bright Future in Engineering
Posted on 07/25/2019
This summer has been an exciting time for 2019 FHSD graduates as they celebrate their impressive achievements and anticipate a new chapter in their lives. For FHHS graduate Bryce Thornton, exciting opportunities are already coming his way.  Read more about FHHS Graduate Has a Bright Future in Engineering
Student Password Reset
Student Password Reset
Posted on 07/24/2019
On July 29, all student FHSD account passwords will be reset to a default password.  Read more about Student Password Reset
FHN Grows the Next Generation of Teachers Through Educators Rising
FHN Grows the Next Generation of Teachers Through Educators Rising
Posted on 07/24/2019
Two 2019 FHN graduates competed in the National Educators Rising Competition in Dallas, Texas over the summer. Austin Shariff placed first in Lesson Planning and Delivery - Arts, and Abbey Seemes placed fifth in Lesson Planning and Delivery - Humanities. The pair competed together in a chapter event and won fourth place for an entry titled Inside Our Schools.  Read more about FHN Grows the Next Generation of Teachers Through Educators Rising
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Annual Census Verification
Posted on 07/23/2019
Francis Howell School District is pleased to announce the availability of the Annual Census Verification online via the Parent Campus Portal for the 2019-20 school year. The online Annual Verification gives parents and guardians the ability to review, confirm, and update their household and student demographic information via the Campus Portal.  Read more about Annual Census Verification
Make Payments in the FHSD Web Store
Make Payments in the FHSD Web Store
Posted on 07/22/2019
The Francis Howell School District offers a secure online payment method for parents/guardians to make payments for student meals and all school-related fees, including the activity fees. Payments can be made online at any time through the FHSD Web Store.  Read more about Make Payments in the FHSD Web Store
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Classroom Treat Policy Change
Posted on 07/22/2019
Due to the growing number of allergies and health concerns experienced by our students, FHSD is making changes to Student Wellness Regulation 2750, which addresses food brought in for early childhood and elementary classroom parties and birthday celebrations. Starting with the 2019-20 school year, outside treats will no longer be allowed to be brought to school for class sharing. This change will help maintain the safety of all students with life-threatening food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Parents will still be able to bring in non-food items, such as stickers, pencils, etc., for birthday celebrations.  Read more about Classroom Treat Policy Change
FHN students in class with Shelly Parks
FHSD to Offer Early College Program
Posted on 07/19/2019
The Francis Howell School District has partnered with St. Charles Community College (SCC) to offer the Early College Program (ECP) to all FHSD high school students. ECP offers high school students the opportunity to earn transferable college credits at SCC while still enrolled in high school. When enrolled in ECP, students will take college coursework on the campus of SCC with textbooks and curriculum taught by SCC professors. Students can earn enough credits to complete part or all of an Associate’s Degree while concurrently earning a high school diploma. Students and their families will be required to pay for all tuition, books, and fees.   Read more about FHSD to Offer Early College Program
FHSD middle school student uses a color spectrum to make music during App Camp
FHSD Middle School Students Create Mobile Apps
Posted on 07/16/2019
To close out a successful 2019 Summer School camp schedule, the middle school App Camp students adventured through the world of coding and app development. The students completed a variety of tasks throughout the camp to learn how to code. By the end of the week, they had the opportunity to create an application of their own that could be published on the Google Play Store.  Read more about FHSD Middle School Students Create Mobile Apps
Barnwell Transition Day
2019-20 Transition Day for Incoming Sixth Grade and Freshmen Students
Posted on 07/15/2019
The Transition Day in the Francis Howell School District is an opportunity for incoming sixth grade and freshmen students to familiarize themselves with their new school.  Read more about 2019-20 Transition Day for Incoming Sixth Grade and Freshmen Students
FHSD student competes in SkillsUSA competition
Three FHSD Students Compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference
Posted on 07/12/2019
FHSD students Jimmy Johnson (FHHS), Mason Aguilar (FHC), and Amanda Hasenbeck (FHN) traveled to Louisville in June for the SkillsUSA’s 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Johnson finished eighth in the nation in HVAC Sheet Metal, Aguilar finished eleventh in Power Equipment Technology, and Hasenbeck finished twenty-second in the nation in Medical Terminology. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations and labor unions participated in the event, the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades and skill competitions.  Read more about Three FHSD Students Compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference
Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist
Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist
Posted on 07/08/2019
The start of the 2019-20 school year is just around the corner! Parents and guardians planning for the new school year need to make sure children are up-to-date on their immunizations.  Read more about Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist
Save on School Supplies during the Sales Tax Holiday
Save on School Supplies during the Sales Tax Holiday
Posted on 07/05/2019
Before you know it summer will be over and everyone will be heading back to school, which means back-to-school shopping is just around the corner. Missouri residents can take advantage of the sales tax holiday, August 2 - 4, 2019. This holiday has been created by the Missouri Department of Revenue specifically for back-to-school purchases such as clothing, backpacks, and school supplies.  Read more about Save on School Supplies during the Sales Tax Holiday
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Independence Teacher Rachael Wilcox Selected as Regional Teacher of the Year
Posted on 07/02/2019
Rachael Wilcox, a first-grade teacher at Independence Elementary School, has been named a Regional Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). She was selected as one of ten recipients in the St. Louis Region and one of 34 from across the state who are now eligible for consideration as the Missouri Teacher of the Year. Wilcox was honored as the 2019 Francis Howell School District Teacher of the Year.  Read more about Independence Teacher Rachael Wilcox Selected as Regional Teacher of the Year
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FHSD Elementary Students Travel to the Moon
Posted on 07/01/2019
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this year’s elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) summer camp took a trip to space. Students participated in activities and challenges that allowed them to explore the different areas of STEAM through a new lens.  Read more about FHSD Elementary Students Travel to the Moon
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FHSD Welcomes New Administrators for 2019-20
Posted on 07/01/2019
FHSD has a few new faces this school year. Beginning July 1, several new administrators joined the FHSD family and several others have assumed new roles.  Read more about FHSD Welcomes New Administrators for 2019-20
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