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FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
Posted on 11/17/2017
The student population of FHSD continues to become more diverse, and the percentage of minority students in the District has doubled over the past decade to almost 20 percent. As the demographics of the student population continue to change, so does the professional learning for FHSD employees.  Read more about FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
Posted on 11/01/2017
As temperatures drop outside and we prepare for winter, many of us take for granted that we have the appropriate winter weather gear to keep warm. There are countless families, including many in the Francis Howell School District, who are not able to provide their little ones with a warm coat. But thanks to a partnership with the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach, nearly 500 FHSD students in need are receiving brand-new winter coats.  Read more about FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
Fairmount Pancake Breakfast Encourages Grandparent Involvement
Fairmount Pancake Breakfast Encourages Grandparent Involvement
Posted on 09/14/2017
Parents and grandparents play an important role in all facets of a student’s education. While parents tend to be on the front line for events, homework help, and day-to-day support, grandparents can play an integral role in their development as well.  Read more about Fairmount Pancake Breakfast Encourages Grandparent Involvement
Fairmount Teacher Receives Missouri Lottery “Stars of the Classroom”
Fairmount Teacher Receives Missouri Lottery “Stars of the Classroom”
Posted on 09/11/2017
Fairmount teacher Stephanie Spellazza is the recipient of the Missouri Lottery’s monthly “Stars of the Classroom” Award for demonstrating excellence in the classroom. Spellazza was also honored to throw out the first pitch at the Cardinal’s game on Sept. 8.  Read more about Fairmount Teacher Receives Missouri Lottery “Stars of the Classroom”
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Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
Posted on 09/10/2017
Francis Howell School District prides itself on being innovative when it comes to advancements in education, as well as advancements in caring for the social emotional health of students. The Inspire Program is a FHSD-led initiative that hopes to help schools develop the capacity to meet the needs of all students, staff, and families, focusing on those experiencing significant challenges with emotional regulation and other mental health needs. This team of internal consultants has begun serving FHSD’s early childhood and elementary schools, adhering to the Missouri Model of Trauma-Informed Care and putting an emphasis on safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, choice, and empowerment.  Read more about Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
Posted on 08/28/2017
Jumping rope, playing dodge ball, and shooting hoops may seem like playtime to some, but for students in FHSD, it’s a matter of heart. During the 2016-17 school year, FHSD elementary and middle schools collected a record total $109,011.48 for the American Heart Association (AHA) through Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and Dodge for Heart. Only four other school districts in Missouri raised more money for AHA during the 2016-17 school year.   Read more about FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
Peachjar Electronic Flyers Example
Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Posted on 08/18/2017
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
Fairmount’s Back to School Bash honors two students and staff member
Fairmount’s Back to School Bash honors two students and staff member
Posted on 08/15/2017
To usher in the start of a new school year, Fairmount Elementary held a Back to School Bash on Friday, Aug. 10. Students and families were invited to enjoy food, games, face painting, and a wide variety of activities. It was a fun evening, and one that touched everyone’s hearts, as well.  Read more about Fairmount’s Back to School Bash honors two students and staff member
Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
Posted on 08/09/2017
Niche has just released its 2018 list of best Schools in America, and has ranked the Francis Howell School District No. 16 in Missouri. That is the highest ranking of any district in St. Charles County, and with more than 500 public school districts in the state, this ranking puts FHSD in the top 3 percent in Missouri.  Read more about Niche Ranks FHSD as One of the Top School Districts in Missouri
What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
Posted on 07/21/2017
The 2017-18 school year will kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. As students stream back into classrooms, they will encounter some new programs and initiatives. Here’s what’s new in FHSD.  Read more about What’s New for the 2017-18 School Year
New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
Posted on 07/20/2017
The FHSD Board of Education has approved the recommendation of the Extracurricular Task Force to establish an activity fee structure for the 2017-18 school year. Students participating in a sport, activity, or club - in which a sponsor or coach is paid a stipend - will be required to pay a yearly activity fee. Students will be assessed one fee regardless of how many sports/activities/clubs they participate in during the school year. An application for financial assistance/waiver will be available for students, as needed.  Read more about New Activity Fees and Changes to High School Activity Transportation
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2017-18 Fairmount Spirit Wear Now Available
Posted on 07/14/2017
A new school year is on its way, which means new spirit wear! We are excited to offer an online store with a variety of styles to choose from. Click here to see this year's offerings. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see a variety of backpacks offered, as well. For an additional $5, backpacks can be personalized. Backpacks will only be available at this time. These designs and styles of spirit wear may or may not be offered at later dates. Place your order by July 23 and your spirit wear and backpacks will be ready to pick up at Meet the Teacher Night on Monday, Aug 7.   Read more about 2017-18 Fairmount Spirit Wear Now Available
Fairmount Adds New Administrative Intern
Fairmount Adds New Administrative Intern
Posted on 07/03/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) recently announced the addition of Dr. Callista Kostine as the new administrative intern at Fairmount Elementary School. Dr. Kostine will assist the administrative team at Fairmount to ensure school safety and student success, and help deliver professional leadership to organize, administer, and provide support for a creative school program.  Read more about Fairmount Adds New Administrative Intern
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
Posted on 06/25/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the fifth consecutive year. FHSD ranked in the Top Workplace large business category, which is comprised of similarly-sized organizations and featured four school districts.  Read more about FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
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.”   Read 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.  Read 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.  Read more about FHSD Summer STEM and STEAM Camps
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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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read more about MAP Testing Begins
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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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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  Read more about FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
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