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Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
Posted on 09/11/2017
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 and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards
FHSD and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards
Posted on 09/06/2017
The Francis Howell School District has earned a 2017 Partnership District Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. FHSD was recognized for making excellent progress in developing community partnerships, and for guiding schools to develop goal-linked programs of family and community engagement. This is the fourth NNPS Partnership Award for FHSD and indicates that the District is establishing a sustainable structure to enable schools to continually improve their partnership programs.  Read more about FHSD and Castlio Elementary Receive NNPS Partnership Awards
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
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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
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
Welcome back, Independence families!
Welcome back, Independence families!
Posted on 07/24/2017
Welcome back, Independence families! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer break, spending time with family and friends. The entire staff is super excited to have everyone back and are looking forward to getting to know our new students and families! New families continue to enroll each day. This summer has been busy with planning and strategizing for the new school year!  Read more about Welcome back, Independence families!
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
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 Roof
Storm Damage Yields New Roof
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 Roof
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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"Girls on the Run" at FHSD
Posted on 05/17/2017
Girls on the Run has empowered strong, motivated, and healthy girls across the country and in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD). Girls on the Run is a 10-week program recognized by the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) as one of the nation’s “Most Influential in Health and Wellness” programs available to young girls in third through eighth grade. Girls on the Run is the only program in St. Louis with this recognition. Not only does it focus on training for a 5K run at the end of the program, it also helps girls develop their strength of character, confidence, compassion toward others, encourages creating positive connections with peers, and many other life skills necessary for growth and maturity. This year, six FHSD schools participated in the 10-week program, and will participate in the 5K run in downtown St. Louis, on Saturday, May 13. The FHSD is thrilled to have 144 girls participating with 44 coaches this season.  Read more about "Girls on the Run" at FHSD
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!
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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Independence “Lead with Your Heart” Family Night
Posted on 02/28/2017
What do you get when you combine rock climbing, percussion instruments, and kids who are in charge of their parents for an evening? Well, you get one very fun-filled evening at Independence Elementary. On Monday, Feb. 13, students and families came together for the “Lead with Your Heart” Family Night. This event jump-started the Valentine’s week with exciting activities that included rock climbing, PE, art and music creation, as well as coding. The activities were divided into stations, and students led their parents through and showed them the proper way of doing them!  Read more about Independence “Lead with Your Heart” Family Night
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Independence Launches the Eagle's Closet Program
Posted on 02/21/2017
The students and staff at Independence Elementary are always working to uphold their values, and offering different programs that assist families who need additional support. For the past year, the school has been working to launch the Eagle’s Closet program, which officially opened in January. The Eagle’s Closet was created to help provide families with clothing, shoes, and accessories.  Read more about Independence Launches the Eagle's Closet Program
Independence Students Celebrate 100 Days of School
FHSD Students Celebrate 100 Days of School
Posted on 02/01/2017
Elementary students around Francis Howell School District are 100 days smarter as they celebrated reaching the 100th day of the 2016-17 school year this week. They marked the special day with a variety of activities that emphasized the number 100.  Read more about FHSD Students Celebrate 100 Days of School
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Putting a Face to a Song – Independence Elementary Opens New Facebook Page
Posted on 01/23/2017
When musicians began making videos, it really helped put a face on the songs we listened to, stimulating more than just our ears. Independence Elementary is seeking to do the same with their newly launched Independence Choir Facebook Page. The hope is to showcase the accomplishments of the Independence Choir, and to better-facilitate communication between parents and the music program.  Read more about Putting a Face to a Song – Independence Elementary Opens New Facebook Page
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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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Independence Elementary Celebrates Third Annual Eagle Trot
Posted on 10/10/2016
Independence Elementary invited its school community to join them for their 3rd annual Eagle Trot/1-mile Fun Run in September, the event is a great opportunity to support the school as well as a chance to promote health and happiness.   Read more about Independence Elementary Celebrates Third Annual Eagle Trot
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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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Independence Hosts Music Teachers for World Music Drumming Curriculum
Posted on 09/14/2016
This past summer from July 18 – 22, Independence Elementary hosted 22 music teachers from around the Midwest for training in the World Music Drumming curriculum. World Music Drumming is a curriculum written and developed by Dr. Will Schmidt, Prof. of Music Education at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. World Music Drumming is now in use in over 20,000 schools worldwide.  Read more about Independence Hosts Music Teachers for World Music Drumming Curriculum
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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
Independence Elementary Among Top 10 Fundraising Schools for American Heart Association
Independence Elementary Among Top 10 Fundraising Schools for American Heart Association
Posted on 08/18/2016
Independence Elementary, part of the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) and a National School of Character, is never shy to show its philanthropic nature. The school’s staff, students, and parents have partnered many times to raise money for various charities, and have performed other service activities that have brightened the lives of so many around them. But if proof is what you need in order to congratulate these youngsters and their parents, and the teachers and staff who inspire them to build ever greater character, then being named a Top 10 School in Missouri for donations raised for the American Heart Association might be testimony.  Read more about Independence Elementary Among Top 10 Fundraising Schools for American Heart Association
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One Way Traffic on Independence Road
Posted on 04/11/2016
Eastbound Independence Road will be closed beginning Monday, April 11, 2016. The one lane closure will begin at Wolfrum Road and stretch just beyond Nancy Lane/Rodelle Woods Drive. Construction is tentatively scheduled to end in the spring of 2017.   Read more about One Way Traffic on Independence Road
Student Council Raises Funds for Ronald McDonald House
Independence Student Council Raises Funds for the Ronald McDonald House
Posted on 04/01/2016
During the month of February, Independence Student Council members sold friendship grams and raised over $450. The students decided they would like to help children and families in our area, so they agreed upon the Ronald McDonald House.   Read more about Independence Student Council Raises Funds for the Ronald McDonald House
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National Board Certified Teachers
Posted on 12/01/2015
Congratulations to Mrs. Angela Sproull and Mrs. Jill Kelly, two of our third grade teachers, for earning their National Board Certification.   Read more about National Board Certified Teachers
Character Connection Lessons Teach the Difference between a Growth Mind-Set and a Fixed Mind-Set
Growth Mind-Set vs. Fixed Mind-Set
Character Connection Lessons Teach the Difference between a Growth Mind-Set and a Fixed Mind-Set  Read more about Growth Mind-Set vs. Fixed Mind-Set
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