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.
It’s Never Too Early to Code – Harvest Ridge Students Compete in the First LEGO League Junior Robotics Competition
Posted on 04/05/2017
Students at Harvest Ridge Elementary brought back the gold recently, after representing the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) at the First Lego League Junior Robotics Competition on March 11 at St. Joseph Hospital and March 26 at Wren Hollow Elementary. FHSD middle and high schools participate in coding activities and competitions, but this is the first time in FHSD history that an elementary school competed in the coding competition. The First Lego League Junior program was created to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts to students from kindergarten through fourth grade with a brand they already know and love – LEGO. Students had the chance to take the driver’s seat and build functional robots with LEGOs, and program them to carry out assigned tasks.
Officer Susan Shields Visits Students at Harvest Ridge
Posted on 02/16/2017
Kindergarten students at Harvest Ridge were excited to end their unit on “community helpers” with a visit from Officer Susan Shields of the St. Charles County Police Department. On Friday, Feb. 10, Officer Shields talked to students about her role as a police officer. Students were thrilled to learn, first-hand, how officers carry out their jobs in protecting the very communities in which they live.
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.
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.
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
Harvest Ridge starts off new year with very first Back to School Bash
Posted on 08/01/2016
Harvest Ridge Elementary started off the 2016-17 school year with a big celebration when students, families and staff came together for the school’s very first Back to School Bash on Wednesday, July 27.
One School, One Book, One Community at Harvest Ridge
Posted on 03/05/2016
Harvest Ridge Elementary loves its community. They always come together for a great cause, whether it be raising money for charity or just getting together for one big family gathering – as they did on Feb. 25. Seemingly the entire Harvest Ridge family came to the school for their One School, One Book, One Community night, where every family received a copy of The World According to Humphrey.
Stuck on Charity – Harvest Ridge students raise money for Special Olympics
Posted on 02/22/2016
It happens – we get stuck from time to time. We can be stuck in traffic, stuck at home in a snowstorm, or stuck in a line at the cafeteria. But if you make a promise to some students at Harvest Ridge Elementary, you might just get stuck to the wall. The school’s principal, Dr. Natalie DeWeese, challenged her students that if they could reach a goal of $500 in donations to Special Olympics, she would allow them to duct tape her to the wall of the school gym. The Harvest Ridge community rallied as a result, raising more than $2,000.
Extending the Nest – Harvest Ridge Elementary students team up to help students in Ghana
Posted on 10/01/2015
Harvest Ridge Elementary, like many schools in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD), prides itself on community involvement. If there is a community member in need, the Hawks of Harvest Ridge are there to help. But just how far does the Hawks’ nest extend? As it happens, their nest reaches all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to a country in Africa, called Ghana.
Harvest Ridge assembles to Play 60 with the St. Louis Rams
Posted on 03/01/2015
Get out and play. The St. Louis Rams have a program called Play 60, a National Football League-wide initiative to get kids to do just that. Their Play 60 Game Show Assembly program and their interactive Play 60 Bus – the first of its kind in the NFL – visited Harvest Ridge Elementary in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) to tackle the health problems associated with inactivity.
Harvest Ridge Teacher Wins International Award
Posted on 02/19/2015
Across the Francis Howell School District (FHSD), teachers are making it happen in the classroom, constantly seeking new ways to integrate technology into the classroom. One FHSD teacher, Andrew Wall from Harvest Ridge, is so far out on the cutting edge of technology integration that he was recently recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as this year’s Making IT Happen award winner.