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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
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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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