2018-19 News Archive

FHSD school bus
FHSD Bus Transportation Update
Posted on 08/01/2019
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
Cottleville Firefighters Outreach, St. Charles County Ambulance District, and FHN teacher Stephen Moorman
Neighborhood Heroes Donate Emergency Backpacks to FHN
Posted on 07/22/2019
When it comes to safety, FHN is willing to get creative to prepare students and staff for different emergency situations. The Safety Committee at FHN has brainstormed some additional opportunities to ensure safety in the school, including an idea to provide emergency backpacks in each classroom. With the generous support of Cottleville Firefighters Outreach (CFO) and St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) Outreach, 150 backpacks were assembled for FHN to use in case of an emergency.  Read more about Neighborhood Heroes Donate Emergency Backpacks to FHN
FHN students in class with Shelly Parks
FHSD 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 Early College Program
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer
Posted on 06/12/2019
This summer FHSD has a record 3,750 students participating in 14 different summer school programs in 16 different buildings, but that’s not all! In addition to the 375 staff members running the summer programs, other District employees are preparing for the 2019-20 school year. “It’s a common misconception that our District is closed during the summer months,” said FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. “But in reality, it is a busy time for many of our staff, even those who are not at school year-round. We never stop working to ensure that our students receive a top-notch education during the school year.”  Read more about What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer
Students loading FHSD Bus
Bus Transportation Update
Posted on 06/10/2019
Over the summer, the District will be continuing its work of bringing bus transportation in-house for the 2019-20 school year. FHSD employees from several departments are collaborating with the new transportation department and working to get everything in place for the switch on July 8. This transition date will mean the last two weeks of summer school transportation will actually be provided using Francis Howell’s new buses. This will also give the District the opportunity to get the new fleet into service before the start of the regular school year on August 8.  Read more about Bus Transportation Update
College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winners
College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winners
Posted on 06/04/2019
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced that Arianna Chaves and Blake Peters from FHN and Sarah Ortbal and Michael Spencer from FHHS are winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by their respective colleges and universities.  Read more about College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winners
Perfect ACT Scores - Laurel Ammond, Arianna Chaves, and Sara Stiens
FHSD Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores
Posted on 05/23/2019
FHSD is proud to announce that during the 2018-19 school year, three FHSD students scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test. Laurel Ammond from FHC, Arianna Chaves from FHN, and Sara Stiens from FHHS join a very select group. Only one-tenth of one percent of the almost two million students who take the ACT every year are able to achieve a perfect score.   Read more about FHSD Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores
Stephanie Monson and Riley Lawson earn National Merit Scholarships
Two FHSD Seniors Earn National Merit Scholarships
Posted on 05/20/2019
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced that seniors Stephanie Monson of Francis Howell Central and Riley Lawson of Francis Howell North have both been awarded NMSC scholarships in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Read more about Two FHSD Seniors Earn National Merit Scholarships
Michael Parker
Michael Parker Selected as New Dean of Students at FHN
Posted on 05/17/2019
The Francis Howell School District has announced the hiring of Michael Parker as the new dean of students at Francis Howell North High School, effective July 1, 2019. “While I am sad to be leaving the classroom and the students I have had the pleasure to interact with on a daily basis, I am truly excited for what lies ahead in my new role serving the FHN community as dean of students,” said Parker. “Working at Howell North for the last 18 years has afforded me the opportunity to build and foster many positive relationships and I am thrilled that I will get the opportunity to continue to serve the FHN community, students, and staff in a different capacity!”  Read more about Michael Parker Selected as New Dean of Students at FHN
UMSL Bridge Program
FHSD High School Students Complete UMSL Bridge Program
Posted on 05/17/2019
Thirteen FHSD high school students recently completed the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) Bridge Program Saturday Academy. The program provides high school students with stimulating experiences, college planning, and social and professional competencies.   Read more about FHSD High School Students Complete UMSL Bridge Program
Students attend Deaf Storyteller Event
FHSD’s Annual Deaf Storyteller Day Brings Smiles to Students
Posted on 05/10/2019
Smiles are universal. No matter what language you speak, be it English, Spanish, Chinese, or sign language, smiles are an unspoken form of communication that symbolize joy, laughter, appreciation, and so much more. Smiles bring people together and they certainly filled the room at this year’s Deaf Storyteller event hosted by FHSD. The day provided students who are deaf or hard of hearing an opportunity to share their experiences, socialize with friends, and participate in a variety of activities.  Read more about FHSD’s Annual Deaf Storyteller Day Brings Smiles to Students
Corey Valleroy attends Missouri STEM Signing Day; Valleroy is second from the left
FHN Senior Corey Valleroy Recognized at Inaugural STEM Signing Day
Posted on 05/10/2019
During the inaugural Missouri STEM Signing Day in Jefferson City, FHN senior Corey Valleroy was recognized for his passion and STEM accomplishments. Valleroy was one of 10 students from around the state who was honored for his academic achievement and presented with a $1,000 scholarship. “I would like to thank everyone for putting this event on,” said Valleroy, who plans on studying mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri. “it’s been awesome!”  Read more about FHN Senior Corey Valleroy Recognized at Inaugural STEM Signing Day
FHNtoday staff members
FHNtoday Wins 2018 Pacemaker
Posted on 05/09/2019
By FHN senior Madison Abanathie - On Saturday, April 27, FHN’s student-run website FHNtoday.com was recognized as one of the top high school websites in the country with the National Scholastic Press Association’s Online Pacemaker award. Forty-two high school websites from around the country were named Pacemaker Finalists, but only 22 received the coveted award. FHN Journalism Adviser Aaron Manfull has compared the award to the Pulitzer Prize for high school journalists.  Read more about FHNtoday Wins 2018 Pacemaker
Clip from the promotional video shows students working on a building construction site
Lewis & Clark Promotional Video
Posted on 05/07/2019
As part of the CAPS internship program, FHHS seniors Devon Bowles and Courtney Templeton recently created a promotional video for the Lewis & Clark Career Center. The Lewis & Clark Career Center serves juniors and seniors from all St. Charles County high schools and provides a rigorous, supportive, and meaningful technical education program. Check out the video to see how L&C can help students explore their career interests while earning industry certifications, high school (and possibly) college credit as well as skills that will last a lifetime!  Read more about Lewis & Clark Promotional Video
FHSD Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
FHSD Celebrates Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week
Posted on 05/06/2019
Teachers deliver so much to students—inspiration, knowledge, and motivation. They play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success. Join us in showing our thanks and appreciation to our dedicated educators during Teacher Appreciation week, May 6-10, 2019.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week
FHSD students receive the Missouri "Seal of Biliteracy" award
FHSD Seal of Biliteracy
Posted on 05/06/2019
During a recent awards ceremony at FHC, more than 70 FHSD students were presented with the Missouri “Seal of Biliteracy” that recognizes proficiency in two languages. The Seal promotes active participation in a global society and economy by recognizing and celebrating the acquisition of biliteracy skills and sociocultural awareness.  Read more about FHSD Seal of Biliteracy
From left to right: Sarah Reider, Arianna Chaves, Michael Yu, Stephanie Monson, David Yang
Five FHSD Students Named to Missouri Scholars 100
Posted on 05/01/2019
Five high school seniors from the Francis Howell School District have been selected for recognition as part of the 2019 Missouri Scholars 100, a program that honors 100 of Missouri’s highest achieving students. Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools are invited to nominate two candidates for recognition. Each student nominated has to first meet the criteria of an Academic Decathlon, which includes 10 events designed to test the academic strength of each student.  Read more about Five FHSD Students Named to Missouri Scholars 100
FHSD Sends 30 Students to International HOSA Competition
FHSD Sends 30 Students to International HOSA Competition
Posted on 04/25/2019
Students from FHHS, FHC, and FHN recently competed in the HOSA - Future Health Professionals State Competition. According to HOSA’s website, their mission is two-fold; “promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.”  Read more about FHSD Sends 30 Students to International HOSA Competition
FHN students in the lunch line
Global Flavors Make Their Way to the FHN Lunch Line
Posted on 04/23/2019
Students at Francis Howell North can now experience the flavors of Taste4. Introduced to FHN on April 23, Sodexo is bringing new meal options that feature global flavors, shakeable seasonings, specialty sauces, and a variety of healthier options.  Read more about Global Flavors Make Their Way to the FHN Lunch Line
FHSD Sends 20 Students to International DECA Competition
FHSD Sends 20 Students to International DECA Competition
Posted on 04/23/2019
DECA students from FHSD competed at the state level on March 24-26 in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 1,800 high school students from across the state came together this year for the state competition. These events help prepare students for a future in marketing, management, and merchandising. DECA teaches students to assume responsibility for self-improvement and discipline and set a realistic self-concept through a variety of activities. DECA competitions help students become more knowledgeable about today’s economy and acquiring skills that advance their studies.  Read more about FHSD Sends 20 Students to International DECA Competition
Austin Winkle and team place third in HVAC Sheet Metal competition
Three FHSD Students to Compete at SkillsUSA National Competition
Posted on 04/18/2019
Ten FHSD students representing the Lewis & Clark Career Center medaled in their respective competitions at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference. Jimmy Johnson (FHHS), Mason Aguilar (FHC), and Amanda Hasenbeck (FHN) earned the right to represent Missouri at the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June after earning first-place gold medals in the HVAC Sheet Metal, Power Equipment Technology, and Medical Terminology competitions. This will be Aguilar’s second trip to Nationals, he won the state competition last year as a junior. Dalton Schmidt (FHHS) won first place in HVAC Tech Info and Logan Bowers (FHN) captured gold in the Brick/Masonry Tech written exam, but the written test is not offered at Nationals.  Read more about Three FHSD Students to Compete at SkillsUSA National Competition
Dominic Griffero works on a machine during his Precision Machining Manufacturing class
FHN Senior Dominic Griffero Contributes to the Manufacturing World
Posted on 04/16/2019
FHN senior Dominic Griffero may seem like your typical student. He spends his mornings at FHN and his afternoons taking a manufacturing class at Lewis and Clark Career Center. Last fall, he played varsity football. Now, instead of going to football practice after school, when classes are over Griffero heads straight to his job at John J. Steuby Co., a manufacturing company located in Hazelwood, Missouri.  Read more about FHN Senior Dominic Griffero Contributes to the Manufacturing World
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2019 Community Relations Survey
Posted on 04/16/2019
The Francis Howell School District is seeking feedback from our stakeholders on the annual Community Relations Survey. This is an opportunity for community members to provide input on the efforts of the District to involve citizens in decision-making, report plans and progress, and respond to the concerns of citizens. The survey only has seven questions, and can be completed in just a few minutes.  Read more about 2019 Community Relations Survey
Principal Dr. Nathan Hostetler and FHN students at luncheon
FHSD Honors Seniors with a 4.0 and above Grade Point Average at Annual Luncheon
Posted on 04/08/2019
The Francis Howell School District honored 275 graduating seniors from Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, and Francis Howell North high schools at a special luncheon held in their honor at Old Hickory Golf Club on Friday, April 5, 2019. This group of FHSD seniors achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.  Read more about FHSD Honors Seniors with a 4.0 and above Grade Point Average at Annual Luncheon
Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
2019 Howell of Fame
Posted on 04/04/2019
The Francis Howell School District is excited to announce the recipients of the 2019 Howell of Fame Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers and staff. This year’s 14 recipients will be honored at the annual Howell of Fame Awards ceremony on Monday, May 6, along with 2019 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 2019 Howell of Fame
Occupational Therapists Making the Impossible, Possible
FHSD Recognizes Occupational Therapists for Making the Impossible, Possible
Posted on 04/01/2019
April is Occupational Therapy month, and the Francis Howell School District is taking this opportunity to say thank you to all of the occupational therapists (OT) employed by the District. Not only do they support students, but parents, teachers, and administrators in making the impossible, possible.  Read more about FHSD Recognizes Occupational Therapists for Making the Impossible, Possible
Students work in the science lab
FHSD High Schools Recognized as “PLTW Distinguished Schools” for 2018-19
Posted on 03/19/2019
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Francis Howell High School, Francis Howell Central High School, and Francis Howell North High School have all been named Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for 2018-2019. The three FHSD high schools are among only 12 high schools in Missouri to receive this Distinction for 2018-2019, and among only 50 high schools in the nation to be recognized for two consecutive years.  Read more about FHSD High Schools Recognized as “PLTW Distinguished Schools” for 2018-19
FHN PLTW team stands with their design
FHN Hosts 2019 Greater St. Louis PLTW Engineering Design Competition
Posted on 03/18/2019
FHN hosted the 2019 Greater St. Louis PLTW Engineering Design Competition. The event brought together 16 schools to participate and compete in the challenge. The contest was an opportunity for students to demonstrate the engineering knowledge and skills that they have been learning in the classroom. Great job, Knights!  Read more about FHN Hosts 2019 Greater St. Louis PLTW Engineering Design Competition
FHSD students participate in District level SkillsUSA competition
Francis Howell Students Excel in SkillsUSA District Competition
Posted on 03/12/2019
Twenty-five FHSD students from the Lewis & Clark Career Center have earned the right to compete at the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference in April. Competing recently at the District level, students from FHHS, FHC, and FHN earned a total of nine gold medals. The students were competing in a variety of technical, hands-on, written, and oral categories that relate directly to their program of study at Lewis & Clark.  Read more about Francis Howell Students Excel in SkillsUSA District Competition
FHN E-Sports Team
E-Sports Team Debuts at FHN
Posted on 03/01/2019
By FHN Senior Ethan Winchester - E-sports (competitive video gaming) has exploded in popularity worldwide. Today, the sport brings in millions annually from merchandise and ticket sales. Colleges and universities have taken notice of the massive popularity and revenue the sport has generated, and have started offering scholarships for E-sports players.  Read more about E-Sports Team Debuts at FHN
Rachael Wilcox stands with Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris and Principal Emily Pavia
Independence Teacher Rachael Wilcox Named 2019 FHSD Teacher of the Year
Posted on 02/27/2019
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Rachael Wilcox, a first grade teacher at Independence Elementary School, has been selected as the 2019 FHSD Teacher of the Year. Her goal, simply stated, is to inspire students both personally and academically. Wilcox feels her most important contribution is building relationships with her students.  Read more about Independence Teacher Rachael Wilcox Named 2019 FHSD Teacher of the Year
Mentors4College Guides Students Through College Application Process
Mentors4College Guides Students Through College Application Process
Posted on 02/27/2019
FHSD will be partnering with Mentors4College, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to high school students during their college search. This new partnership aligns with Goal One: Life College, Career, and Success of the District’s new strategic plan. Mentors4College is a no-cost program that will be offered to any high school student in the District.  Read more about Mentors4College Guides Students Through College Application Process
Lisha Ewing stands with Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, Mark Delaney, and FHU community members
Francis Howell Union ESC Lisha Ewing Selected as 2019 FHSD Support Staff Employee of the Year
Posted on 02/26/2019
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Lisha Ewing, Educational Support Counselor at Francis Howell Union, has been selected as the 2019 FHSD Support Staff Employee of the Year. Ewing has distinguished herself as a dedicated employee by continually going above and beyond to support her school community.  Read more about Francis Howell Union ESC Lisha Ewing Selected as 2019 FHSD Support Staff Employee of the Year
Arianna Chaves from FHN, Stephanie Monson from FHC, and David Yang from FHHS
Three FHSD Seniors Named Candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars
Posted on 02/22/2019
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that FHSD seniors Arianna Chaves from FHN, Stephanie Monson from FHC, and David Yang from FHHS have been named candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The 4,500 candidates from across the country were selected out of nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.  Read more about Three FHSD Seniors Named Candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars
FHN student performs at North Street Coffeehouse
FHN North Street Coffeehouse 2019
Posted on 02/20/2019
Francis Howell North High School hosted their annual North Street Coffeehouse, which provides students and faculty with an opportunity to share their artistic talents. FHN students attended the two-day event full of musical performances, poetry, colorful artwork, and of course hot beverages.  Read more about FHN North Street Coffeehouse 2019
FHN DECA students attend the annual District career development conference
FHN DECA State Qualifiers
Posted on 02/14/2019
Students from the FHHS, FHC, and FHN Chapters of Missouri DECA: An Association of Marketing Students joined over 750 other high school marketing students at the annual District career development conference held February 6, 2019 at South County Center.  Read more about FHN DECA State Qualifiers
FHN student-athletes on National Signing Day
National Signing Day in FHSD
Posted on 02/07/2019
National Signing Day is a proud moment each year for many student-athletes in FHSD. It is a day to celebrate their successes and hard work throughout high school. It is a day to thank their parents, coaches, and all those who have supported them along the way. Most importantly, it is a day where these students are able to sign a commitment to continue their academic and athletic careers in college. FHN senior Kamryn Bell was one of 23 students that signed a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 6. “I’m really excited. This is a big step forward,” said Bell. “I’m very thankful that I had the opportunity to play a sport at FHN. It got me to where I am now and it really gave me the full experience.” Like Bell, each of these students has an exciting future ahead of them. FHSD is looking forward to what they will all accomplish.  Read more about National Signing Day in FHSD
Student works with a robot
FHSD Celebrates Coding During “We Love to Code Month”
Posted on 02/04/2019
During the month of February, students across the District will be provided opportunities to participate in various coding activities as part of “We Love to Code” month. This is the fourth year FHSD has hosted a District-wide event focused on coding, but the first time the event has spanned an entire month.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Coding During “We Love to Code Month”
FHNtoday.com
FHNtoday.com Named SNO Distinguished Site
Posted on 02/01/2019
The Francis Howell North student news website FHNtoday.com has been designated a “Distinguished Site” by Student Newspapers Online (SNO). SNO awards honor excellence in all aspects of online journalism, from relevant and timely coverage to high-quality website design. FHNtoday.com was the only website in Missouri to receive this honor.  Read more about FHNtoday.com Named SNO Distinguished Site
Online Registration Open Jan. 15 - 24
Online Registration for Secondary Students to be held Jan. 15-24
Posted on 01/10/2019
The Francis Howell School District will hold online registration for the 2019-20 school year for secondary students beginning Jan. 15, at 8:00 AM. Registration will close on Jan. 24, at 5:00 PM.  Read more about Online Registration for Secondary Students to be held Jan. 15-24
Essence Green with the Board of Education
Student Spotlight – FHN’s Essence Green Represents Students at the December Board Meeting
Posted on 12/21/2018
The Board of Education welcomed FHN senior Essence Green as the student representative for the December Board Meeting. The District was honored to shine the spotlight on this well-loved and well-traveled student.  Read more about Student Spotlight – FHN’s Essence Green Represents Students at the December Board Meeting
NCNAA students visit FHN
FHN and the Nahed Chapman New American Academy: Bringing a World Apart Closer Together
Posted on 12/17/2018
Two years ago, FHN senior Sarah Zimmerman and five other journalism students visited the Nahed Chapman New American Academy to write a story about the school. They didn’t know it at the time, but that day would spark a relationship between the schools that will last for years. In December, more than 50 NCNAA students visited FHN to spend another day creating memorable friendships.  Read more about FHN and the Nahed Chapman New American Academy: Bringing a World Apart Closer Together
FHHS students working in science lab
FHSD Named to Ninth Annual AP District Honor Roll
Posted on 12/14/2018
FHSD has been honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. FHSD is one of only five school districts in Missouri, and one of only 363 in North America, to achieve this distinction. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, the District had to increase the number of students participating in AP while also maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. Reaching these goals indicates that FHSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement. This is the fifth time that FHSD has been named to the prestigious list.  Read more about FHSD Named to Ninth Annual AP District Honor Roll
FHSD Implements New Website Accessibility Monitoring System
FHSD Implements New Website Accessibility Monitoring System
Posted on 12/03/2018
FHSD strives to communicate effectively with all members of the community. To ensure that the District and all school and program websites are accessible to everyone, FHSD has implemented a new accessibility monitoring system. Monsido is an online scanner that tracks website accessibility compliance as outlined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The tool highlights occurrences in the website that are non-compliant with these industry standards and provides guidelines on how to rectify them.  Read more about FHSD Implements New Website Accessibility Monitoring System
FHSD high school students on Raven Robotics Team 1288
FHSD Raven Robotics Team Receives $5,000 Grant from Monsanto Fund
Posted on 12/03/2018
FHSD high school students on Raven Robotics Team 1288 work together to build robots to compete in an annual challenge, but one of the biggest challenges every year is securing the necessary funding. Enter the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, which recently awarded a one-time $5,000 grant to Raven Robotics to support their FIRST Robotics activities. FIRST enables teams of students to compete with others in building, designing and programming their own robots to perform preassigned tasks, giving young students a chance to get involved with real-world engineering.  Read more about FHSD Raven Robotics Team Receives $5,000 Grant from Monsanto Fund
First Impact: Preparing Drivers for the Road Ahead
FHSD to Host First Impact Safe Driving Presentation
Posted on 12/03/2018
If you have a teenager starting to drive soon, you have a chance to learn about how to help overcome the risks teen drivers face. FHSD’s Parent Speaker Series will host First Impact: Preparing Drivers for the Road Ahead on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the FHSD Administration Building located at 4545 Central School Road in St. Charles.  Read more about FHSD to Host First Impact Safe Driving Presentation
FHN students selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands
FHN Students Selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands
Posted on 11/27/2018
The Missouri Music Educators Association has selected 13 FHN students for the prestigious Metro 8 Honor Bands. It takes a lot of talent to participate in band, but it also takes a lot of courage to endure a blind audition in competition with the best in the Metro 8. “The band students at North are some of the most focused and determined I have ever seen,” said Band Director Rob Stegeman. “Their successes through marching band and with our other activities come from their ability to accept change and work with their whole hearts.” The Honor Band members had the privilege of performing together the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Please join FHSD in congratulating these students on their success!  Read more about FHN Students Selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands
FHN students win first place at Iron Chef Competition
Eleventh Annual FHSD Iron Chef
Posted on 11/27/2018
Every year, culinary teams from the FHSD high schools come together to compete in the annual Iron Chef Culinary Throw Down. Sodexo, the District’s food service provider, generously donates all of the food for the event. Student teams of five must do all of the cooking, and they are expected to practice industry standards for safety and sanitation during the competition. Teams only have two hours to prepare a meal for 60 people, and the pressure really builds. North won for the fourth year in a row, and FHN photojournalist Reide Pearson was there to capture the excitement. View the video on FHNtoday.com.  Read more about Eleventh Annual FHSD Iron Chef
FHN students on Early Signing Day
FHSD Early Signing Day
Posted on 11/20/2018
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, more than two dozen high school student-athletes from across the District signed their National Letters of Intent (NLI) as part of the NCAA early signing period. Each of these students signed a commitment to continue their educational and athletic careers in college. However, it was also an opportunity for the students to be recognized for their success and hard work in high school. Families, fellow teammates, and coaches were present for the signings to celebrate and support these talented and deserving students.  Read more about FHSD Early Signing Day
Students load a school bus
FHSD to Bring School Bus Transportation In-House for 2019-20
Posted on 11/16/2018
School bus transportation is typically the second biggest expenditure for school districts after salary and benefits. FHSD has used First Student (and its predecessor Laidlaw) to provide student transportation services for the District since 1999. The 2018-19 school year is the final year of the most recent two-year contract extension.  Read more about FHSD to Bring School Bus Transportation In-House for 2019-20
Logan Schelfaut dives off board
FHN Freshman Logan Schelfaut Wins State Diving Championship
Posted on 11/16/2018
By FHN junior Joel Boenitz, photo by FHN senior Paige Westermann - On Thursday, Nov. 8, FHN freshman Logan Schelfaut joined an elite group of athletes when he won the state championship for diving at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. He becomes the second FHN diver in the past three years to win the state championship, with alumnus Peter Lucido earning that honor back in 2016. Schelfaut becomes the youngest state champion in FHN history.  Read more about FHN Freshman Logan Schelfaut Wins State Diving Championship
FHN Knightpride Marching Band stand in The Dome for the "Bands of America Super Regional Championships"
FHN Knightpride
Posted on 11/13/2018
The FHN Knightpride Marching Band recently wrapped up a very successful fall season. The band participated in prestigious competitions across the region, and proudly returned to The Dome for the “Bands of America Super Regional Championships.”   Read more about FHN Knightpride
FHN students hold awards at the National High School Journalism Convention
FHSD Student Journalists Bring Home the Hardware
Posted on 11/09/2018
Student journalists in FHSD do some amazing work, and not surprisingly, earn plenty of well-deserved awards and recognition. Most recently representatives from all three Francis Howell high schools traveled to Chicago in November for the National High School Journalism Convention. This gathering of high school journalists and their advisers is sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. With more than 4,000 delegates, the JEA/NSPA convention is the largest gathering of student journalists in the country.  Read more about FHSD Student Journalists Bring Home the Hardware
CAPS Program Information Meetings
CAPS Program Information Meetings
Posted on 11/09/2018
Attention juniors and seniors! Are you interested in learning real-world skills in the business, healthcare, or technology fields? Then check out the CAPS Program, a real-world business immersion program that provides invaluable hands-on experience and insights to guide your future studies and careers!  Read more about CAPS Program Information Meetings
FHSD Veterans Day Events
FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day
Posted on 11/06/2018
In honor of Veterans Day and in appreciation for the men and women who have served our country, FHSD schools will participate in a variety of events to recognize our heroes. A list of the activities occurring throughout the District can be found below:  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day
Infinite Campus Changing to Campus Parent and Campus Student
Infinite Campus Changing to Campus Parent and Campus Student
Posted on 11/05/2018
Providing easy access to your student’s information is a top priority for FHSD. Class schedules, assignments, attendance, course registration, report cards, and transcripts are all accessed through Infinite Campus, the District’s student information system. Infinite Campus is undergoing some upgrades to improve communication and enhance the user experience for parents and students.  Read more about Infinite Campus Changing to Campus Parent and Campus Student
An Indian family displays cultural dress and items
Five FHSD Schools Recognized by Johns Hopkins for Community Engagement
Posted on 10/23/2018
The National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University recognizes schools and their communities that team up to use a research-based approach to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement. This year, five different FHSD school programs have been recognized as “Promising Practices,” earning them a prestigious place in the NNPS annual publication.  Read more about Five FHSD Schools Recognized by Johns Hopkins for Community Engagement
FHN journalism staff on paper day
FHN Journalism Students Are Recognized for Work
Posted on 10/12/2018
The journalism students at FHN are talented. They are driven. They are also some of the most decorated high school journalists in Missouri. At the end of each school year, the staff members of fhntoday.com and the North Star newspaper send their publications off to be critiqued by national organizations. This past year, the students again received a variety of awards and recognitions, including the George H. Gallup Award from Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists. In addition, they also earned All-American status from the National Scholastic Press Association, and were recently named a Gold Crown Award winner by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  Read more about FHN Journalism Students Are Recognized for Work
National Merit Semi-Finalists 2019
Eleven FHSD Seniors Selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Posted on 10/11/2018
FHSD is proud to announce that eleven students have been named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. These seniors are among 16,000 Semifinalists chosen as part of the annual academic competition. The Semifinalists, who were selected based on scores on a PSAT qualifying test, will compete for some 7,500 scholarships worth more than $30 million, to be awarded in the spring. The FHSD Semifinalists are:  Read more about Eleven FHSD Seniors Selected as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
FHN Teachers participate in 5K
The Inaugural Knights Give Bear Necessities 5K
Posted on 10/10/2018
What’s better than one FHSD school helping our community? Two FHSD schools working together to help! In August, the FHN Football Team held their first “Knights Give Bear Necessities” 5K. The event benefited the efforts of Bear Necessities, a program at Henderson Elementary that provides food to students in need. The program currently feeds more than 60 students, and partners with Harvester Church of the Nazarene to feed these students over the weekend when they can’t get school lunches. FHN Football Coach Brett Bevill, an alum of Henderson and FHN, heard about the organization and saw an opportunity for the team to help their community.   Read more about The Inaugural Knights Give Bear Necessities 5K
FHN Students Highlighted in Mentor Me Exhibit
FHN Students Highlighted in Mentor Me Exhibit
Posted on 10/08/2018
Highlighting student accomplishments is an exciting way to recognize students for their triumphs. Athletic and academic achievements come with easy ways to track goals and share statistics. But some programs can be a little tricky and don’t present as many options to show off the growth and progress that students make. With fine arts, it can be difficult to show how much a student has progressed over the course of a semester and demonstrate how students have honed their skills.  Read more about FHN Students Highlighted in Mentor Me Exhibit
National Physical Therapy Month
FHSD Celebrates National Physical Therapy Month in October
Posted on 10/03/2018
School-based physical therapy involves dynamic collaboration with students, staff, and parents to ensure that every student is able to successfully navigate the school environment and effectively learn, socialize, and play. At FHSD, this includes assessing all areas where a student might interact during the school day – bus, classroom, hallways, playgrounds, gymnasiums, and lunch rooms – to ensure that the student can be as independent as possible in their functional mobility.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National Physical Therapy Month in October
FHN students stand in front of newly painted wall
New Look, New Feel at FHN
Posted on 10/02/2018
By Michael Willmann, FHN sophomore - Walking into FHN, students and staff may have noticed some new changes that have gone on around the building. From new paint to patch jobs, FHN underwent a great deal of work over the summer.  Read more about New Look, New Feel at FHN
Madeline DeGraw with Squad Mates
Summer Service – Madeline DeGraw Spends Summer at Naval Academy
Posted on 09/25/2018
Summer break is a time all students look forward to. But while many students are sleeping in, jumping into the swimming pool, or heading out on vacation, Francis Howell North junior Madeline DeGraw did something a little more challenging. She spent a week testing her physical and mental boundaries at the Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS).  Read more about Summer Service – Madeline DeGraw Spends Summer at Naval Academy
FHN’s Shelly Parks Selected as Missouri Teacher of the Year
FHN’s Shelly Parks Selected as Missouri Teacher of the Year
Posted on 08/28/2018
Shelly Parks, an English teacher at Francis Howell North High School (FHN), has been named the 2019 Missouri Teacher of the Year by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). She becomes the 50th Missouri Teacher of the Year since the program’s inception, and the second to come from Francis Howell. Parks was previously honored as the 2018 Francis Howell School District Teacher of the Year.  Read more about FHN’s Shelly Parks Selected as Missouri Teacher of the Year
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FHSD Transportation Audit
Posted on 08/16/2018
School bus transportation for students in the Francis Howell School District has been provided by First Student since 1985. While this partnership has served the transportation needs of FHSD well for more than 30 years, the District recently commissioned an analysis to proactively examine the efficiency of the operation and to verify current service levels to determine if there are any opportunities for improvement.  Read more about FHSD Transportation Audit
Student STARS Shine at FHHS
Student STARS Shine at FHSD
Posted on 08/06/2018
FHSD is proud to announce that three young scientists, Rishith Mishra and David Yang, from Francis Howell Central, and Shikha Annem from Francis Howell North, have successfully completed the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program (STARS) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  Read more about Student STARS Shine at FHSD
Francis Howell School District Welcomes New Administrators
FHSD Welcomes New Administrators for 2018-19
Posted on 08/01/2018
FHSD has a few new faces this school year. Beginning July 1, several new administrators joined the FHSD family or assumed a new role as an administrator.  Read more about FHSD Welcomes New Administrators for 2018-19
What's New in 2018-19?
What's New for the 2018-19 School Year
Posted on 08/01/2018
The start of the 2018-19 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 What's New for the 2018-19 School Year
Shelly Parks
FHN Teacher Shelly Parks Selected as Regional Teacher of the Year
Posted on 07/24/2018
Shelly Parks, an English Language Arts teacher at Francis Howell North High School (FHN), 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 32 from across the state who are now eligible for consideration as the Missouri Teacher of the Year. Parks was previously honored as the 2018 Francis Howell School District Teacher of the Year.  Read more about FHN Teacher Shelly Parks Selected as Regional Teacher of the Year
Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist
Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist
Posted on 07/19/2018
The start of the 2018-19 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
FHN’s Alayia Autoomp places First at National SkillsUSA Competition
FHN’s Alayia Autoomp places First at National SkillsUSA Competition
Posted on 07/17/2018
Francis Howell North senior Alayia Autoomp really wants to work with her hands after high school, but it was her speech about SkillsUSA that made her a National Champion. Autoomp was one of six Lewis & Clark Career Center students to travel to Louisville, Kentucky from June 25-30, for the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The event is the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades and skill competitions, and after several grueling days of competition, Autoomp placed first in the Prepared Speech competition. Mason Aguliar from Francis Howell Central finished 11th in Power Equipment Technology, and Luke Davis from Francis Howell North finished 16th in the nation in Medical Terminology.  Read more about FHN’s Alayia Autoomp places First at National SkillsUSA Competition
Sign-up for SchoolMessenger Text Messages
Sign-up for SchoolMessenger Text Messages
Posted on 07/16/2018
FHSD and all schools in the District use a variety of communication channels to share important school information with parents/guardians. FHSD uses the SchoolMessenger Notification System to provide timely communication to parents about emergencies, weather related closures, attendance, and other messages that are closely related to the mission of our schools.  Read more about Sign-up for SchoolMessenger Text Messages
Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Posted on 07/16/2018
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
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