Two FHSD High Schools Ranked Among the Best in Missouri
Posted on 04/28/2017
The annual U.S. News & World Report Best High School Rankings have been released, and two high schools in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) made the prestigious list of the best high schools in Missouri.
Author of “Just Fly Away” Andrew McCarthy Visits FHHS
Posted on 04/25/2017
The experience of reading a book connects a reader with the author, but nothing compares to connecting with the author in person. Students at Francis Howell High School (FHHS) recently had the opportunity to meet Andrew McCarthy, the author of the book “Just Fly Away” that they read in Michele Dunaway’s The Novel class. During his visit, students had a chance to pick his brain and learn what makes him tick, to help understand the man behind the book. Not only did he let the students in on a few details on what motivates him to write, he also provided a few life lessons.
Aly Raden Awarded 2017 Trevor Joerling Memorial Scholarship
Posted on 04/24/2017
The Trevor Joerling Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 to honor Francis Howell High School (FHHS) Limelight Theatre Drama Club member Trevor Joerling, who lost a brave fight with cancer in 2014. It is with love and fond remembrance that this scholarship is awarded in his name. This year’s recipient is senior Aly Raden, the daughter of Beth and Kent Raden of O’Fallon, Missouri.
Assembling for the Good of the Greater Community – FHHS Students Raise $10,600 for Make-A-Wish
Posted on 04/20/2017
On Thursday, April 20, Francis Howell High School (FHHS) celebrated their spring assembly with students and staff. In addition to highlighting the accomplishments of winter and spring sports and activities, it was also an opportunity to focus on the charitable efforts of FHHS.
FHSD Receives Recertification for Project Lead The Way Engineering Program
Posted on 04/17/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) high schools have received national recertification for the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering program, which has been offered in the District since 2010. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for students and teachers.
Forty Students to Represent FHSD at the DECA International Competition
Posted on 04/11/2017
Forty students from the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) high schools will represent the District in the International DECA Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, from April 26-29, 2017. This includes 23 students from Francis Howell High School (FHHS), 10 students from Francis Howell North (FHN), and 7 students from Francis Howell Central (FHC). DECA’s programs and activities develop skills for careers in marketing, hospitality, finance, and management for students in high schools and colleges worldwide.
Message from Assistant Principal Jon Schultz - End of Course Exam Schedule
Posted on 04/11/2017
As I am sure you are aware, FHHS will be administering end of course exams beginning Monday, April 10. Please see the letter from David Brothers below my signature, if you have specific questions about the state's assessment program. This year, we will have a week of regular scheduling between the EOCs to give the ACT to all Juniors on April 19. The second week of block scheduling will begin April 24. We will give more than 2500 exams in three weeks. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we try to meet the statewide assessment expectations. Below you will find the tests given each week, the scheduled Howell Time Activities, and notes regarding the lunch schedule for the testing weeks.
FHHS Senior Mikayla Hardy Named First Team Academic All-American
Posted on 04/10/2017
Senior Mikayla Hardy has achieved both academic and athletic success at Francis Howell High School (FHHS), the true definition of a “scholar-athlete.” As confirmation, she was just named a First Team Academic All-American by PrepVolleyball.com, and Honorable Mention All-American by Under Armour.
FHSD Honors Seniors with a 4.0 and above Grade Point Average at Annual Luncheon
Posted on 04/10/2017
The Francis Howell School District honored 231 graduating seniors from Francis Howell High (FHHS), Francis Howell Central (FHC), and Francis Howell North (FHN) high schools at a special luncheon held in their honor at Old Hickory Golf Club on Friday, April 7. This group of FHSD seniors achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or above.
FHHS Limelight Theatre Presents “Crimes of the Heart”
Posted on 04/05/2017
The Francis Howell High School’s (FHHS’s) award-winning Limelight Theatre proudly presents their spring production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley. Performances will take place April 6, 7, and 8, 2017, beginning at 7 PM nightly, with an additional 1 PM matinee on Saturday, April 8, all in the FHHS auditorium.
FHHS Golden Girls Win Class 6 State Championship
Posted on 03/16/2017
Most teams dance together after winning a state championship – but for the Golden Girls of Francis Howell High School, dancing together as a team is what clinched the title for them. A season that started last April finally culminated in February, when the Golden Girls Dance Team won the Class 6 State Championship for the second time in the past three years.
Gateway2Change Student Summit on Race
Posted on 03/13/2017
On March 10, student leaders from FHSD’s high schools took part in the final Gateway2Change Student Summit on Race of the school year at St. Louis University. When Gateway2Change met last November, prominent local businesses and organizations outlined the challenges they face in the areas of social and cultural diversity and equity. During the summit, student leaders presented their ideas and solutions to these real-world problems.
There’s an App for That at FHHS
Posted on 02/28/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) works to prepare students for the jobs of the 21st century. At Francis Howell High School (FHHS), volunteer mentors from MasterCard recently assisted in that learning. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Computer Science teacher Michele Heskin invite three developers from MasterCard, Sean Dailey, Ru Li, and Jared Boucher, to work with her PLTW class. The students are developing their own applications for mobile devices, better known simply as “apps.” Currently, there are more than two million apps available for download, and technology experts predict the demand for new apps will continue to increase.
Solving The World’s Problems - One Video at a Time
Posted on 02/23/2017
If a solution is going to be found for climate change, it will likely stem from conversations like those occurring in Sam Berendzen’s Environmental Science class at Francis Howell High School (FHHS). For their latest unit, students are making one-minute videos with proposed solutions on how to combat our changing climate and how to accommodate our growing population. It’s project-based learning at its finest, and may just include the answer to one of the world’s biggest problems.
2017 Quill and Scroll Winners
Posted on 02/06/2017
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) and its supportive community is proud to have such outstanding publication departments at all three high schools. Receiving recognition on a national level helps give us an idea of what great work these students are producing.
FHSD National Signing Day
Posted on 02/01/2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 is National Signing Day, the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play NCAA football. In the Francis Howell School District (FHSD), it is a day to honor the student-athletes in all sports as they prepare for the next step in their academic and athletic careers.
FHSD’s Inaugural Job Fair for Students is Well-Attended
Posted on 01/26/2017
On Jan. 11, 2017, Francis Howell School District (FHSD) hosted its inaugural Job Fair for high school students, and the evening was a tremendous success. 32 businesses and 357 students participated in an event that was the ideal introduction for students to the workforce. From practicing their interview and resume-writing skills to just learning how to dress to impress a potential employer, both students and area businesses got a return on their investment. Better-prepared students mean better employees, which means better business and better communities. It was more than practice; it was a practice in success.
The Future Has Arrived at Francis Howell High School – 800 Attend FHHS Open House
Posted on 01/23/2017
There is no better time to get involved than now. That’s what more than 800 students and parents decided when they turned out for Francis Howell High School’s Open House for eighth graders.
FHHS Student to Attend the Presidential Inauguration
Posted on 01/18/2017
It has been estimated up to 900,000 people will be in the nation’s capital on Friday, January 20, for the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump; and one Francis Howell High School student will be among the crowd.
An Open Door – FHSD’s Inaugural Job Fair for Students
Posted on 01/05/2017
On Jan. 11, FHSD high school business departments will be hosting the first annual Job Fair for students at Francis Howell North High School, from 6-8 PM. Employers - and potential employees – are welcome.
FHHS Final Exam Schedule
Posted on 12/19/2016
FHHS's first semester exam schedule will be altered due to the snow day on Dec. 19.
Character on the R.I.S.E. – FHHS Gives Back
Posted on 12/12/2016
The motto at Francis Howell High School (FHHS) is “R.I.S.E.,” or Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship, and Excellence. But maybe it should be changed to “G.I.V.E.” FHHS students and staff want to promote high achievement in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. The latter is where FHHS has been really achieving this year, giving back to their community in so many ways, and no matter the season. They didn’t wait for the season of giving; they just give.
FHSD Journalism Students Continue to Make the Cover
Posted on 12/05/2016
Several Francis Howell School District (FHSD) students were among the many attendees from around the country at the Journalism Educators Association (JEA)/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Nov. 10-13. Awards were taken home by students, further validating the outstanding publication departments at all three high schools in FHSD.
Two FHSD Students Shine with Perfect ACT Scores
Posted on 12/02/2016
According to recent data, there are only about a thousand students in the United States every year who achieve perfection when taking the ACT test. David Yang from Francis Howell High School (FHHS), and Kayleigh Ammond from Francis Howell Central (FHC), are part of that 0.6% of almost two million students who did what many think is impossible: they received a perfect 36 on the ACT.
FHSD Youth in Government Students Take Office
Posted on 11/30/2016
The Youth in Government conference is an opportunity for more than 650 students from around the state of Missouri to learn about civic responsibility, all while participating in the democratic process at the state level. It’s a meeting of the state’s future leaders and decision-makers, and a large number of those students were from the Francis Howell School District (FHSD).
During “Pink Out,“ FHHS and FHC Raise Money in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness
Posted on 11/09/2016
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and both Francis Howell High (FHHS) and Francis Howell Central (FHC), dedicated their October sporting events to the cause with their annual “Pink Out” games. Together, both schools raised almost $4,000.
CJ Vogt Measures Up for Howell – 40-year Volunteer Seen at Every Home Game
Posted on 11/07/2016
Volunteers make a tremendous impact on the Francis Howell School District, serving in numerous capacities. These selfless community members enhance the overall educational experience for students, as well as supporting teachers and staff. They help volunteer in the classroom and help with the “Great by 8” program. But they also help on the field, as one volunteer, CJ Vogt, has done for the last 40 years.
FHHS Choir - Singer's Choice Dinner Theater
Posted on 11/07/2016
FHHS Choir will be presenting a Singer's Choice Dinner Theater "Back to Broadway" performance on Friday, Nov. 18 & Nov. 19 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM.
FHSD Hosts Activities Leadership Summit
Posted on 11/01/2016
During fall break in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD), most students took a breather from their hectic schedules of homework, testing, and other school activities to recharge their proverbial batteries for the rest of the semester. But one group took special advantage of their days off, with 20 members from each high school getting together at Francis Howell North (FHN) High School to become better leaders in their communities. They listened to guest speakers and took part in activities to learn more about what it takes to improve their teams or clubs, schools, and community.
Nineteen FHSD Students Named National Merit Commended Scholars and Semifinalists
Posted on 10/27/2016
A total of 19 Francis Howell School District (FHSD) students have been recognized for their academic achievement by being named National Merit Commended Scholars and National Merit Semi-Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists during their annual event in September, and these high achievers now have the opportunity to move on in the competition for a chance to receive one of 7,500 scholarships, totaling more than $33 million, which will be offered to the winners next spring.
Two FHSD Students Named to Missouri DECA Leadership Team
Posted on 10/24/2016
Fifteen public high school students were recently named state officers for the Missouri Association of DECA, the international association of students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management. And two of those, Shaneerah Woodruff and Kevin Welch, are from the Francis Howell School District (FHSD).
Student Spotlight for October – FHHS Senior Leah Amos
Posted on 10/21/2016
Every month during the school year, the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) Board of Education welcomes the best and brightest students the community has to offer to their meetings. At the October meeting, Francis Howell High School (FHHS) senior Leah Amos represented the student body. FHHS Principal Dr. Dave Wedlock had the pleasure of announcing her as the student representative to the Board, and the only problem he had was choosing an adjective to describe her… so he chose many.
Two FHSD Teachers Named Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Winners
Posted on 10/20/2016
Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is proud to announce that teachers Brittany Hoelscher and Shelly Parks have both received the 2016 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The FHSD community now has further proof that our teachers are the best in their field, because they promote both professional excellence, and also excellence in their students and the staff around them. These two great teachers embody the culture of learning in FHSD as they work to educate and inspire the next generation of our community.
FHHS Student Honored By City of O’Fallon for Volunteerism
Posted on 10/18/2016
The City of O’Fallon hosts an annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet, where they honor those who unselfishly give up their free time to help improve the community. But there was one awardee who was conspicuously missing – Harsha Bollepalli of Francis Howell High School (FHHS). His name was announced as the winner of the 2016 Youth Leadership Award, but Bollepalli wasn’t there. You may be able to guess what he was doing – volunteering his time somewhere else.
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.
FHHS Cheer Raises Money for Alzheimer’s Care, Research, and Support
Posted on 10/04/2016
Francis Howell School District (FHSD) students and teachers are always seeking ways to help their community. Lots of clubs and teams at FHSD schools are giving back, and recently the Francis Howell High School (FHHS) cheerleaders took part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising more than a thousand dollars for the cause.
A Program on the R.I.S.E. – Lady Vikings Volleyball Ranked Nationally
Posted on 09/29/2016
If you haven’t caught a Francis Howell High School girls’ volleyball game recently, you’re missing out on a lot. First, you’re missing a great team – they’re one of only two volleyball programs in the entire state of Missouri who are ranked nationally. But you’re also missing out on a team on the rise, both on and off the court. The Lady Vikings are excelling in the classroom, with the highest grade point average of all FHHS fall programs (an amazing 3.91 GPA), and they are making our community a better place by performing community outreach activities as well. They embody the Viking motto of R.I.S.E. – Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship, and Excellence.
Four Graduates from the FHHS Class of 2016 Among National Merit Scholarship Winners
Posted on 09/14/2016
Graduating high school becomes an even more exciting life event when students not only receive their diploma, but also the news of winning a prestigious scholarship. Four of Francis Howell High School’s (FHHS) graduating seniors, Grant Morey, Blake Felt, Elise Kaminski and Sean Sebacher, had the opportunity to celebrate twice, as they were among 800 students from across the country to win scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
First Responders Night Brings Community Together in Support of BackStoppers and Military Personnel
Posted on 09/08/2016
It was a night full of football, helicopters, and a very special message on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Francis Howell High School (FHHS). Almost 4,000 people came together for the second annual First Responders Night, an event hosted by the FHHS activities department to recognize and support first responders and military personnel.
FHSD Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars Announced by The College Board
Posted on 08/26/2016
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through AP courses and exams with the “AP Scholar Awards.” The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) had 233 juniors and seniors that earned this prestigious award for 2015-16.
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.
FHSD Fosters Leadership Through Sports – FHSD High School’s named MSHSAA Leadership Schools
Posted on 08/19/2016
All three Francis Howell School District (FHSD) high school athletic programs were recently named “Leadership Schools” by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), the governing body of high school sports in the state. It’s an award created to honor sportsmanship and leadership in school. And if it’s something that FHSD sports has been known to exhibit, it is sportsmanship.
FHHS Baseball Coach Tony Perkins Wins National Coach of the Year Honors
Posted on 08/01/2016
Francis Howell High School’s Viking baseball team is still reveling over their fourth state championship in the program’s history, but the awards keep coming in. Specifically, head coach Tony Perkins, who’s been the team’s manager for more than twenty years, has been receiving recognition from not just area coaches, but those from around the entire nation. Last week, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Coaches of the Year, winning the High School Division I Coach of the Year for Region 5 (MO).
Vikings' Schedule Pick-Up Information
Posted on 07/08/2016
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Francis Howell High School wins Post-Dispatch Sports Program of the Year; FHHS Credits its Community
Posted on 07/07/2016
It’s something we’re getting used to when it comes to the Francis Howell High School (FHHS) baseball team – championships. The Vikings were state champs in 2003, 2011, 2013 and now 2016. But the baseball team isn’t the only winner among the Vikings’ sports programs. The boys soccer team also won a state championship last year, its first in school history. And there were final four finishes for wrestling and girls basketball as well. This recognition is one for all.
New Immunization Requirement for Incoming Eighth Graders and Seniors
Posted on 07/01/2016
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, all eighth grade students and incoming high school seniors will be required to have the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. These immunizations are required by the State of Missouri prior to the start of school.
The Future Has Arrived at Francis Howell High School
There is no better time to get involved than now. That’s what more than 800 students and parents decided when they turned out for Francis Howell High School’s (FHHS’s) Open House for eighth graders.