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
Classroom Treats Policy Change
Classroom Treat Policy Change
Posted on 07/22/2019
Due to the growing number of allergies and health concerns experienced by our students, FHSD is making changes to Student Wellness Regulation 2750, which addresses food brought in for early childhood and elementary classroom parties and birthday celebrations. Starting with the 2019-20 school year, outside treats will no longer be allowed to be brought to school for class sharing. This change will help maintain the safety of all students with life-threatening food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Parents will still be able to bring in non-food items, such as stickers, pencils, etc., for birthday celebrations.  Read more about Classroom Treat Policy Change
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer?
What Happens in FHSD Over the Summer
Posted on 06/11/2019
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
Students play outside on Water Day at EC Central School Road
EC Central School Road Participate in Water Day
Posted on 05/17/2019
On Friday, May 17, students at EC Central School Road participated in a "Water Day" to celebrate the end of the 2018-19 preschool year and the anticipation of summer!  Read more about EC Central School Road Participate in Water Day
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
Muffins for Mom event
Muffins for Mom 2019
Posted on 05/01/2019
Early Childhood Central School Road celebrated our preschool moms with a “Muffins for Mom” event during the week of April 22. Students invited their moms to join them at school to participate in various activities and enjoy a snack of muffins and juice. We would like to thank all of our preschool moms for joining us at this event and for all that they do for our preschool throughout the year!   Read more about Muffins for Mom 2019
Lou Paaren holds award
2019 SEAM Award Winner
Posted on 05/01/2019
Paraprofessional and ABA Specialist Lou Paaren has been chosen as the 2018-19 SEAM Award Winner at EC Central School Road. We would like to congratulate Lou on receiving this special honor. Way to go Lou!  Read more about 2019 SEAM Award Winner
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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
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
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
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
Ashlyn Reinhold with her former teacher, Julie Castello
A Former Student Returns to EC Central School Road
Posted on 02/13/2019
One of our own EC Central School Road preschool students has returned to observe in the classroom of her former preschool teacher, Julie Castello. Ashlyn Reinhold, a 2017 graduate of FHC, is currently attending St. Charles Community College and pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Welcome back Ashlyn, and best of luck in all of your future endeavors!  Read more about A Former Student Returns to EC Central School Road
EC Central School Road students pose for a picture during their indoor recess
Preschool Students at EC Central School Road Make the Most of Indoor Recess
Posted on 02/13/2019
Several full day preschool students at EC Central School Road made the most of a snowy morning inside the multi-purpose room by making castles out of magna tiles and building blocks.  Read more about Preschool Students at EC Central School Road Make the Most of Indoor Recess
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”
Trina Blackwood and Jamie Yates
Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year 2018-19 at EC Central School Road
Posted on 01/29/2019
We would like to congratulate Jamie Yates (right) on being chosen as EC Central School Road's Teacher of the Year and Trina Blackwood (left) on being chosen as our Support Staff Person of the Year for 2018-19! If you see these awesome ladies in the building, please join us in congratulating them for receiving this special honor!   Read more about Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year 2018-19 at EC Central School Road
EC Central School Road students hold up their pajama donations
EC Central School Road Collects Pajamas for St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Honor of Coltyn!
Posted on 01/29/2019
EC Central School Road held a “pajama party” in honor of Coltyn, a friend who spends a lot of his time at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and wants to give back. In honor of Coltyn, students and staff donated 165 pairs of pajamas to the hospital. We would like to thank all of our preschool families for their generous donations to this worthy cause!  Read more about EC Central School Road Collects Pajamas for St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Honor of Coltyn!
Preschool Enrollment
Preschool Enrollment for the 2019-20 School Year Opens
Posted on 01/07/2019
The Francis Howell School District is set to begin preschool registration for the 2019-20 school year. Francis Howell has a quality preschool program that provides excellent social and pre-academic experiences for your children. This programming is located in each of three Early Childhood Family Education Centers and two of our elementary sites.  Read more about Preschool Enrollment for the 2019-20 School Year Opens
Super-Preschooler Celebrates End of Chemo with a Superhero Guest
Super-Preschooler Celebrates End of Chemo with a Superhero Guest
Posted on 12/18/2018
No one enjoys being sick. But imagine having to explain a major illness to a small child who is just starting to learn how to spell their name. Eddie, a preschool student at Early Childhood Central School Road, has lived this reality for most of his young life.  Read more about Super-Preschooler Celebrates End of Chemo with a Superhero Guest
EC - Central School Road Food Drive Surpasses Goal
EC - Central School Road Food Drive Surpasses Goal
Posted on 12/14/2018
Our Grinch's heart has grown to it's fullest size, because we surpassed our food donation goal of 300 to over 550 food items collected! This was our biggest donation year ever! Your kindness and generosity is overwhelming and much appreciated! Thank you so much for all of the donations and helping make our Grinch's heart grow! Our Grinch is so happy just in time for the Christmas holidays! Your donations will soon be on the way to area families in need, making others happy too this holiday season!   Read more about EC - Central School Road Food Drive Surpasses Goal
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
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
Members of the Parents as Teachers program
FHSD Celebrates National Parents as Teacher Day Nov. 8
Posted on 11/07/2018
FHSD joins Missouri school districts and programs across the country to celebrate National Parents as Teachers (PAT) Day on Nov. 8, 2018. The date is observed annually on founder Mildred Winter’s birthday. This year, she is 98 years young!  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National Parents as Teacher Day Nov. 8
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
FHSD Veterans Day Events
FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day
Posted on 11/05/2018
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
Halloween at EC Central School Road
Halloween at EC Central School Road
Posted on 10/30/2018
The students and staff at Early Childhood Central School Road celebrated Halloween with a trick-or-treat parade around the building and themed activities on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Happy Halloween!   Read more about Halloween at EC Central School Road
Cottleville Fire Department Visits Central School Road
Cottleville Fire Department Visits Central School Road
Posted on 10/05/2018
On Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, the Cottleville Fire Department visited Early Childhood Central School Road to give a fire safety presentation. Students were able to board a firetruck. October is Fire Prevention Month. Please review your fire escape plan at home with all family members!  Read more about Cottleville Fire Department Visits Central School Road
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
Congratulations to Cindy Long and her grandson who were the winners of the Scholastic Book Fair Enchanted Forest Raffle Basket!  We would like to thank all of our preschool parents and grandparents for their purchases at our Book Fair!
Enchanted Forest Raffle Winner Announced
Posted on 09/10/2018
Congratulations to Cindy Long and her grandson who were the winners of the Scholastic Book Fair Enchanted Forest Raffle Basket! We would like to thank all of our preschool parents and grandparents for their purchases at our Book Fair!  Read more about Enchanted Forest Raffle Winner Announced
Delta Dental Theatre Visits EC Central School Road
Delta Dental Theatre Visits EC Central School Road
Posted on 09/10/2018
On Sep. 10, students at EC - Central School Road enjoyed a presentation from the Delta Dental Theatre Group entitled “Teeth on the Go." The fun, interactive program helps preschoolers learn the good habits of oral health.  Read more about Delta Dental Theatre Visits EC Central School Road
Zones of Regulation - Session I
Zones of Regulation - Session I
Posted on 08/24/2018
On Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Thursday, Aug. 23, the students at Early Childhood Center - Central School Road participated in the first of three sessions of “The Zones of Regulation” curriculum to help gain skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management and impulse control.   Read more about Zones of Regulation - Session I
FHSD Transportation Audit
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 and to determine if there are any opportunities for improvement.  Read more about FHSD Transportation Audit
What's New for 2018-19
What's New for the 2018-19 School Year?
Posted on 08/01/2018
The 2018-19 school year will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. 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 2018-19 School 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
Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Peachjar Electronic Flyers
Posted on 07/19/2018
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
Sign-up for SchoolMessenger Text Messages
Sign-up for SchoolMessenger Text Messages
Posted on 07/19/2018
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
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