National Board Certification
Congratulations to Mrs. Angela Sproull and Mrs. Jill Kelly, two of our third grade teachers, for earning their National Board Certification. Becoming National Board Certified Teachers is a very challenging and tedious process. We couldn't be more proud of their efforts! Way to go!
Independence Book Drive
Independence Elementary and our Character Council students sponsored a book drive this October to help support local area schools in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. We were able to collect 3,536 books to send to these local area schools to help enrich and support their libraries. We would like to give a big thank you to our Independence families for their donations and for helping support our book drive. Pictured on the right are three Character Council students who helped with the delivery of the books to St. Louis Metro Area Schools.
Click here to see more pictures from the book collection day.
Attention Independence Students and Parents!
Would you like to give a special SHOUT-OUT to someone who makes a difference at Independence? As you know, it takes lot of people to make our school such a great place to learn. We are creating a special SHOUT-OUT board to highlight some of the awesome people here at our school. This person might be a teacher, a school staff member, a bus driver, an administrator, a volunteer parent, a classroom helper, a paraprofessional, or any other adult who makes this school ROCK. If you would like to recognize a special person from Independence, please stop by the office to get an Eagle Shout-Out form (or click on the link for a copy to print). Feel free to fill it out and return it to your teacher.
Veterans Day Dinner and Slideshow
In honor of Veteran’s Day Independence Elementary honored our veterans with a Spaghetti dinner and various activities. Our Fourth Grade students interviewed a veteran and created presentations with these interviews. We had a military memorabilia museum, a F4 Phantom Cockpit, letter writing stations to support our soldiers and a craft station to create a craft to send and encourage a veteran. We were also able to collect $191 for Honor Flights and $180 for our Wounded Warrior project. All in all, it was a wonderful evening for recognizing and celebrating our veterans. Click here to see some photos. Click here to see a fun "Flipagram" (slideshow) of the event.
USO Candy Drive
Thank you to all the Independence Elementary staff, students and parents who donated to Trick or Treat for Troops, USO Candy Drive. All the goodies were delivered Sunday, November 8th. Troop 1643 was happy to be a part of this awesome drive!
MAP Score Celebration!
We were so excited when we received our MAP scores from last May! The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been releasing information and scores for the last month or so, and we wanted to share the news with our community! Please take a moment and view the links provided. Our students and staff worked so hard to prepare for the MAP test which covered new, and more rigorous, standards. In addition to the changes with the more challenging standards, the students had to take the MAP test on the computer, which was also an adjustment. Fortunately, at Independence, our entire community helps to prepare our students at all grade levels and subject areas. We believe that it takes a village, and that our students need all of our support to help them learn and grow to reach their full potential. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful and supportive parent community as well! Thank you for your ongoing support for our students and school community. Please take a few minutes and enjoy!
Click here to read an article about the importance of student attendance. Independence Elementary was ranked #4 in attendance in the St. Louis Metro Area! Click here to see the full individual school rankings.
Learning Commons Book Collection Guidelines
FHSD Learning Commons have a broad selection of books, in print and online, available for checkout. You may see what we have to offer by clicking on the ‘Learning Commons’ tab on your school’s web page and then select ‘Find a Book’. Destiny, our library management system, will allow you to search the collection by entering specific book titles, authors, or subjects. You may see the E-book collection by clicking the ‘Follett Shelf’ tab, log in with your student’s login credentials:
(Login: firstinitiallastnamelast3digitsofID# and password: student ID)
You may then search the E-book collection by searching in the same manner. We hope you will find that Independence’s collection offers engaging choices that will foster a love of reading in your child. If you have questions or concerns regarding specific items in the collection, feel free to contact Maggie Henke at Maggie.Henke@fhsdschools.org