Fairmount News

What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
Posted on 06/14/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is a busy place year-round, and not just during the school year. There are more than 2,000 employees in the District, and almost 20 percent of them work a 12-month schedule. “The District does not shut down over the summer,” said FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, “quite the contrary. Educating 18,000 students is a year-round, full-time job. In addition to preparing the high quality education our students deserve for 2017-18, we have also started working on our next five-year strategic plan, and our community will have the opportunity to be part of that process this fall.”   more about What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Posted on 06/12/2017
On May 11, 2016, a severe thunderstorm with large hail caused significant damage throughout the Francis Howell School District. The roofs of 15 different District buildings suffered damage, and in many cases the entire roof structure is in need of repair.  more about Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
Students have fun learning at FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
Posted on 06/12/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is committed to providing engaging and enriching camp opportunities to students over the summer months. Two of the most popular are the elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and middle school STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) camps. Summer school and all camps are fully funded by the state of Missouri, which makes it possible for the District to offer these programs for students at no cost.  more about FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
A group photo of students in Kristen Van Giesen's first grade class.
Fairmount Students Help Sick Kids and Their Families through Ronald McDonald House Charities
Posted on 05/19/2017
Service to your community and others is a lesson that transcends the classroom, and it’s a lesson the kids in Kristen Van Giesen’s first grade class are learning at Fairmount Elementary. Students in the class, as well as their families at home, were offered the opportunity to collect the aluminum tabs off the tops of cans to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The effort exceeded everyone’s expectations, and the tabs collected filled the back of an SUV. Regardless of how much they collected, the students at Fairmount were just happy to lend a helping hand to sick kids and their families.  more about Fairmount Students Help Sick Kids and Their Families through Ronald McDonald House Charities
Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
Posted on 05/12/2017
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that for the second time in the past decade, Francis Howell Middle School (FHMS) has been selected as a National School of Character. Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities.  more about Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!
Dr. Julie Tiemeyer Named New Fairmount Elementary Assistant Principal
Dr. Julie Tiemeyer Named New Fairmount Elementary Assistant Principal
Posted on 05/10/2017
The career of Dr. Julie Tiemeyer is one illustrated by innovation. A member of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) since starting her career in education, Dr. Tiemeyer has brought new ideas to every building she has worked in, and continues to be a leading innovator in the District. After accomplishing so much as administrative intern at Fairmount Elementary, Dr. Tiemeyer was an easy choice as the school’s new assistant principal.  more about Dr. Julie Tiemeyer Named New Fairmount Elementary Assistant Principal
MAP Testing Begins
MAP Testing Begins
Posted on 04/13/2017
The Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing for students in the Francis Howell School District will take place during the month of April. MAP tests are mandated by the state, and are intended to help determine what a child knows and is able to do according to the expectations for his or her grade level. Scores on the MAP tests are also used to determine how schools are performing according to state and federal guidelines.  more about MAP Testing Begins
The principal, Dr. Sharp getting slimmed surrounded by the students and the community.
Fairmount’s Falcon Fun Run Raises over $25,000
Posted on 03/17/2017
On Friday, March 10, students, staff, families, and community members gathered on the fields of Fairmount Elementary, to celebrate what would soon become known as “the Greatest Fundraising Event Ever!” The Fairmount PTO teamed up with Boosterthon, a company that specializes in fun run events, to create the “Falcon Fun Run” and raise money for technology, new playground equipment, and other expenses for the school.  more about Fairmount’s Falcon Fun Run Raises over $25,000
Dr. Cheri Oliver Named New Fairmount Principal for 2017-18 School Year
Dr. Cheri Oliver Named New Fairmount Principal for 2017-18 School Year
Posted on 03/14/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) has announced the hiring of Dr. Cheri Oliver as the principal of Fairmount Elementary School, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Oliver will contribute to student learning, as well as staff and school improvement, using her knowledge and experience as a successful instructional leader.  more about Dr. Cheri Oliver Named New Fairmount Principal for 2017-18 School Year
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Fairmount Students Jump High for the American Heart Association
Posted on 03/07/2017
At Francis Howell School District (FHSD), jumping is serious business, especially when it’s for a great cause! During the month of February, students at Fairmount Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). With the combined efforts of students, families, and staff, the school not only met their $8,000 goal, they more than doubled it and raised over $16,000 for the AHA. The program was not just about raising money – it also helped students learn about how important exercise is, and what they can do to stay healthy.  more about Fairmount Students Jump High for the American Heart Association
The Force is Strong With Fairmount – School Hosted “Star Wars” Themed Tech Night
The Force is Strong With Fairmount – School Hosted “Star Wars” Themed Tech Night
Posted on 02/21/2017
During Francis Howell School District’s (FHSD’s) We Love to Code! Week, administrators, teachers, and learning commons specialists encouraged students of all ages to participate in coding activities. Particularly for younger students, the trick is to find a way to get them to relate to this quickly emerging skill. At Fairmount Elementary, they found a way to make coding understandable for kids and parents alike – with a “Star Wars” theme.  more about The Force is Strong With Fairmount – School Hosted “Star Wars” Themed Tech Night
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Fairmount PTO Creates Memorial for Students Lost in Fire Last Summer
Posted on 02/08/2017
The loss of students in a school district can have a devastating effect on a community. However, it can also strengthen a community when people come together in times of distress. The Fairmount Elementary community is finding strength in sorrow, and is choosing to celebrate and remember the lives of those they have lost, lives lost in our own backyard.  more about Fairmount PTO Creates Memorial for Students Lost in Fire Last Summer
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FHSD Schools Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week
Posted on 10/24/2016
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will be dipped in red the week of Oct. 24-28, as schools across the District and the nation celebrate Red Ribbon Week, an event dedicated to raising awareness for alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence prevention. Many FHSD schools will educate students on drug prevention with special events, activities and fun-themed spirit days.  more about FHSD Schools Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week
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New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills
Posted on 10/05/2016
Student safety is always a top priority of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD). The District annually conducts a variety of safety drills including fire, tornado, earthquake and intruder drills. Participation in these safety drills is where most students get directly involved in their own safety. New this year, FHSD will conduct one unannounced intruder drill at each of our schools.  more about New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills
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Fairmount Celebrates Back to School Bash and Honors Special Cause
Posted on 08/25/2016
Starting the new school year at Fairmount Elementary just doesn’t seem possible without the annual Back to School Bash. This year the event was held on Aug. 19, and drew a crowd of about 400 people from the Fairmount community, including former families and students.  more about Fairmount Celebrates Back to School Bash and Honors Special Cause
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FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
Posted on 08/19/2016
The buses that safely transport students of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) every day will display a special new sticker starting in August, after earning the “Total Fleet Excellence” distinction for 2016. The stickers indicate excellence in the overall maintenance and reliability of the District’s bus fleet. The distinction is determined by the Missouri State Highway Patrol based on the results of the annual school bus inspection, a program conducted by the Patrol’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Division  more about FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
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