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Peachjar Electronic Flyers Example
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
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
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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 Roofs
Storm Damage Yields New Roofs
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 Roofs
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
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.  Read 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.  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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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.   Read more about It’s Never Too Early to Code – Harvest Ridge Students Compete in the First LEGO League Junior Robotics Competition
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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.   Read 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.  Read 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.   Read 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  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.   Read 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.  Read 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.  Read 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.  Read more about Harvest Ridge Teacher Wins International Award
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