Harvest Ridge News

Students practicing for the "Heart & Sole" 5K Run"
"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.  more about "Girls on the Run" at FHSD
Harvest Ridge Students Step Up for Their D.A.R.E. Officer
Harvest Ridge Students Step Up for Their D.A.R.E. Officer
Posted on 05/15/2017
Saying “thank you” just wasn’t enough for the fourth and fifth grade students at Harvest Ridge to show their appreciation for D.A.R.E. Officer Susan Shields. So on Friday, April 28, Harvest Ridge hosted the “Stepping Up, Stepping Out Dance” to raise money for Responder Rescue, in honor of Officer Shields’ efforts to help prevent the use of controlled substances in the District and the community. The fundraising goal of the event was $150, but the efforts of Harvest Ridge students and staff helped raise four times that amount, a total of $600 for the organization.  more about Harvest Ridge Students Step Up for Their D.A.R.E. Officer
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.  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.  more about MAP Testing Begins
A group of students speaking about their project for the LEGO League.
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.   more about It’s Never Too Early to Code – Harvest Ridge Students Compete in the First LEGO League Junior Robotics Competition
Officer Susan Shields with a small group of students
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.   more about Officer Susan Shields Visits Students at Harvest Ridge
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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.  more about FHSD Schools Celebrate National Red Ribbon Week
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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.   more about New FHSD Safety Measures Include Unannounced Intruder Drills
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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  more about FHSD Recognized for Bus Safety
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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.  more about Harvest Ridge starts off new year with very first Back to School Bash
One School, One Book, One Community at Harvest Ridge
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.  more about One School, One Book, One Community at Harvest Ridge
Stuck on Charity – Harvest Ridge students raise money for Special Olympics
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.   more about Stuck on Charity – Harvest Ridge students raise money for Special Olympics
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.  more about Extending the Nest – Harvest Ridge Elementary students team up to help students in Ghana
Harvest Ridge assembles to Play 60 with the St. Louis Rams
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.  more about Harvest Ridge assembles to Play 60 with the St. Louis Rams
Harvest Ridge Teacher Wins International Award
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.  more about Harvest Ridge Teacher Wins International Award
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