2019-20 John Weldon News

Students with CFO firefighters
Firefighters Protect FHSD Students from the Cold
Posted on 12/09/2019
Our local firefighters dedicate their lives to protecting our community, our homes, and our students in FHSD. As part of the nonprofit program, Operation Warm, the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach (CFO) and Central County Fire and Rescue Outreach delivered brand new coats to over 350 students to ensure that they are staying warm this winter.  Read more about Firefighters Protect FHSD Students from the Cold
John Weldon students greet guests at the check-in table
Gobbling Good Time at John Weldon’s “Thankful for Families”
Posted on 12/03/2019
John Weldon Elementary school hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon called “Thankful for Families,” that brought the school community together. Families were invited to join their students in the lunchroom and share in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Sodexo provided a turkey lunch, complete with pumpkin pie and whipped cream.  Read more about Gobbling Good Time at John Weldon’s “Thankful for Families”
Now and then pictures of former John Weldon student Katie Pourcho
Former John Weldon Student Named Indiana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year
Posted on 11/21/2019
A former John Weldon Elementary student was named Indiana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. Katie Pourcho attended JWE from 1995-2000. “The days I had art class were the best days of the week, and I absolutely adored my art teachers: Ms. Demarcantonio, Mrs. Ballenger, and Mr. Marino!” said Pourcho. “They inspired me to grow up to be an art teacher. Now I get to teach in the most magical classroom at North Elementary in Danville, Indiana.”  Read more about Former John Weldon Student Named Indiana’s 2020 Teacher of the Year
Please provide your input on Bond Issue Communications
Thoughtexchange 2.0: Facilities and Bond Issue Communications
Posted on 11/18/2019
Thanks so much to the 850+ Francis Howell stakeholders who provided feedback on the first Thoughtexchange about FHSD facilities and a bond issue; the results are now available on the District website. Now, we invite you to provide input on a follow-up question on bond issue communications through the Thoughtexchange survey.  Read more about Thoughtexchange 2.0: Facilities and Bond Issue Communications
Liv speaks with the Make A Wish representatives
Cancer Patient’s Wish Comes True at John Weldon
Posted on 11/05/2019
Childhood illnesses are still too common in the modern world. Not only do parents have to worry about the flu, stomach bugs, or chickenpox, there is always a fear that something more severe could affect one of your children. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, approximately 1 in every 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their twentieth birthday.  Read more about Cancer Patient’s Wish Comes True at John Weldon
FHSD Veterans Day Events
FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day
Posted on 11/05/2019
In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, FHSD schools are participating in a variety of assemblies, activities, and celebrations to recognize veterans and all of our loved ones who have served our country. Here is a list of events happening throughout the District:  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Veterans Day
Students participate in school bus evacuation drills
FHSD Bus Evacuation Drills Ensure Student Safety
Posted on 10/28/2019
Francis Howell School District’s Transportation Department conducted annual school bus evacuation drills on October 22 - 24. The drills are an important component of bus safety and help ensure that every student knows what to do in the event of an emergency that requires immediate evacuation from the vehicle.  Read more about FHSD Bus Evacuation Drills Ensure Student Safety
National Physical Therapy Week
FHSD Celebrates National Physical Therapy Week
Posted on 10/28/2019
School-based physical therapy involves dynamic collaboration with students, staff, and parents to ensure that every student can successfully navigate the school environment and effectively learn, socialize, and play. At FHSD, this includes assessing all areas where a student might interact during the school day to ensure that the student can be as independent as possible in their functional mobility. “In the school system, physical therapists use creative and functional interventions to help students access their educational environment,” said District PT Anne Miller. “For example, being able to use the playground, getting on and off the bus, participating in PE and navigating their school.”  Read more about FHSD Celebrates National Physical Therapy Week
Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 23-31
FHSD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Posted on 10/25/2019
It’s Red Ribbon Week in FHSD! Students across the District are participating in lessons centered on drug prevention and awareness. Here is a list of activities that FHSD schools have planned for this year:  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Please provide your input on FHSD facilities and future bond issue
Thoughtexchange: Facilities and Future Bond Issue
Posted on 10/21/2019
FHSD is requesting your input on District facilities and a no tax rate increase bond issue to address the items identified in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP). The District is using a new tool called Thoughtexchange to gather feedback from our community. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued.  Read more about Thoughtexchange: Facilities and Future Bond Issue
APR Summary Report
DESE Releases 2019 Annual Performance Report Scores
Posted on 10/17/2019
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released the 2019 Annual Performance Report (APR) data for school districts around the state. Last year FHSD received a score of 100 percent on the “school district report card,” but this year DESE has moved away from a single score for school districts. All APR data will continue to be published for all content and standards, but will now feature bar charts that show if a school district is at Floor, Approaching Target, On Track, or On Target.  Read more about DESE Releases 2019 Annual Performance Report Scores
Students pass by caution tape and out of service signs in the FHN hallway.
FHSD Facilities/Bond Issue
Posted on 10/01/2019
During 2018, FHSD worked proactively with the architectural firm Hoener Associates, Inc. to develop a Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP). This plan identified both the current state of the District’s facilities as well as its future needs. The FHSD Board of Education is considering placing a no tax rate increase bond issue on the ballot in April to pay for the construction, repair, and renovation costs outlined in the CFMP.  Read more about FHSD Facilities/Bond Issue
Blue Ribbon logo
Three FHSD Schools Honored as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools
Posted on 09/30/2019
The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Becky-David Elementary, Daniel Boone Elementary, and Warren Elementary as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The three Francis Howell elementary schools received the prestigious award based on their exemplary high academic performance. Only five other elementary schools in Missouri received the award this year.  Read more about Three FHSD Schools Honored as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools
FHSD Superintendent Announces Retirement
FHSD Superintendent Announces Retirement
Posted on 09/20/2019
During last night’s the closed session portion of the Board meeting, FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris asked the Board of Education to accept her retirement effective June 30, 2020.   Read more about FHSD Superintendent Announces Retirement
Hannah Scharfenberg and her daughter hold bus safety competition awards
FHSD Bus Driver Hannah Scharfenberg - A Champion of Bus Safety
Posted on 08/07/2019
While the FHSD transportation Department is new this year, what’s not new is the dedication and skill of many of the bus drivers. For Hannah Scharfenberg, driving a bus is more than just a job. It’s a mission to keep students safe during the commute to school. Each year, she participates in safety bus competitions to continue her growth as a driver. In June she won the 2019 State School Bus Safety Competition hosted by the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation. As state champion, she earned the right to compete in the Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition hosted by the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) where she placed fifth in the nation.  Read more about FHSD Bus Driver Hannah Scharfenberg - A Champion of Bus Safety
FHSD school bus
FHSD Bus Transportation Update
Posted on 07/31/2019
The FHSD Transportation Department wants to take this opportunity to remind our parents about some of the changes with our new Francis Howell buses. New routing software will assign pick up/drop off locations for students that comply with the state guidelines. This includes ensuring that bus stops are at least 500 ft. apart, the minimum recommended distance to activate warning lights. This year we are creating more neighborhood bus stops instead of specific house stops. This also means FHSD buses may not be traveling up and down every street in every neighborhood, especially for secondary students. In order to make our routes as efficient as possible, we are encouraging parents to inform their school office if they do not need school bus transportation.  Read more about FHSD Bus Transportation Update
Classroom Treats Policy Change
Classroom Treat Policy Change
Posted on 07/22/2019
Due to the growing number of allergies and health concerns experienced by our students, FHSD is making changes to Student Wellness Regulation 2750, which addresses food brought in for early childhood and elementary classroom parties and birthday celebrations. Starting with the 2019-20 school year, outside treats will no longer be allowed to be brought to school for class sharing. This change will help maintain the safety of all students with life-threatening food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Parents will still be able to bring in non-food items, such as stickers, pencils, etc., for birthday celebrations.  Read more about Classroom Treat Policy Change
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