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Veterans day

Students share their Veterans Day presentations during Town Hall.

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This week during Character Connection, students at Independence discussed the importance of honoring our veterans and being thankful for the sacrifice and duty to our nation that they have demonstrated. The 4th and 5th grade students at Independence had the privilege of having a guess speaker come and talk about his life in the Army Reserves. SGT Brian Vorce of the 139th MPAD (Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) based in Springfield, IL, shared with students the variety of jobs he performs. As part of the MPAD, SGT. Vorce talked about how he does broadcast journalism, public speaking, public affairs, and PR for the ARMY National Guard. SGT Brian Vorce is husband of 1st grade teacher Mallory Vorce. Students were given the opportunity to ask SGT Vorce a variety of questions in regards to his service while in Iraq. SGT Vorce also showed a video of some of the broadcast work he did, while serving in Iraq. Students and staff at Independence applauded SGT Brian Vorce for his sacrifice, service, and dedication to our nation.


Protecting Your Family Against the Flu

Cold and flu season is here. Please consult with your child’s physician to find out when flu shots will be available for your family. Students with chronic health conditions, including asthma, and those who are immunocompromised are highly encouraged to obtain a flu shot early.



 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

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