John Weldon News 2017-18

Student Leadership group presenting check to Make-A-Wish Foundation
John Weldon Students Synergize to “Make-A-Wish” Come True
Posted on 04/16/2018
John Weldon Elementary (JWE) students and staff have made the wish of a 7-year-old boy come true. Students, staff, and the community raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to fulfill a wish for a child named JW. What was his wish? The same as many other children; to go to Disney World/Legoland!  Read more about John Weldon Students Synergize to “Make-A-Wish” Come True
Dukkipati and Jain compete in State Spelling Bee
Dukkipati and Jain compete in State Spelling Bee
Posted on 04/11/2018
Spelling bees are a rite of passage for elementary and middle school students, an opportunity to put the vocabulary and English language skills of students to the test. Spellers spend countless hours preparing and practicing before walking up to the microphone to receive their word.  Read more about Dukkipati and Jain compete in State Spelling Bee
2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
Posted on 04/09/2018
The Francis Howell School District is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Howell of Fame Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of volunteers and staff. This year’s 12 recipients will be honored at the annual Howell of Fame Awards ceremony on Monday, May 8, along with 2018 District Retirees, District Teacher of the Year, Teachers of the Year from each building, District Support Staff Employee of the Year, and Support Staff Employee of the Year from each building.  Read more about 2018 Howell of Fame Recipients Announced
FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
Posted on 03/29/2018
The future of Francis Howell School District students depends on the quality of the education they receive, and paraprofessionals and interpreters are instrumental in helping to provide the best possible education for our students. On Monday, April 2, 2018, FHSD will celebrate Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day to recognize their contributions to our students’ educational success.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates Paraprofessional and Interpreter Appreciation Day
Proposition Learn Ballot Language
Proposition Learn Ballot Language
Posted on 03/22/2018
For most residents of the Francis Howell School District, there will only be three items on the April 3, 2018, ballot. Two are directly related to the District, Proposition Learn and the Board of Education election; the third will be for St. Charles Community College Trustees.  Read more about Proposition Learn Ballot Language
The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
Posted on 03/20/2018
As spring comes back around, the colors of our world return. It reminds us of the beauty that surrounds us every day, sometimes forgotten in the cold doldrums of winter. And it may remind us of the beautiful art being created by students in our schools. March is Youth Art Month, and FHSD students and teachers are brightening the canvas of our lives. From an elaborate black light art exhibit at Daniel Boone Elementary to Little Becky’s finger painting at one of FHSD’s Early Childhood Centers, the arts are on full display this month at our schools.  Read more about The Arts are on Display in FHSD – Youth in Arts Month Highlighted by DBE’s Black Light Art Exhibit
Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
Posted on 03/16/2018
The Francis Howell School District has selected Dr. Nathan Hoven as the District’s new Chief Academic Officer, effective July 1, 2018. The Board of Education approved the selection at the March 15, 2018, Board meeting. Dr. Hoven will replace Nicole Whitesell, who has been hired as the Director of the St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.  Read more about Dr. Nathan Hoven Selected as New Chief Academic Officer
2018-19 Preschool Enrollment Postponed
2018-19 Preschool Enrollment Postponed
Posted on 02/05/2018
All after-school activities are canceled for today in the Francis Howell School District. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4:00 PM until midnight. The NWS is calling for freezing drizzle and snow that could cause slippery road conditions.   Read more about 2018-19 Preschool Enrollment Postponed
Abilities Awareness Week
Abilities Awareness Week
Posted on 02/02/2018
John Weldon Elementary's Abilities Awareness Week will be held February 5-9, 2018. Dress up to promote Abilities Awareness!  Read more about Abilities Awareness Week
Preschool Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year Opens
Preschool Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year Opens
Posted on 01/19/2018
The Francis Howell School District is set to begin preschool registration for the 2018-19 school year. Francis Howell has a quality preschool program that provides excellent social and pre-academic experiences for your children. This programming is located in each of three Early Childhood Family Education Centers and two of our elementary sites.  Read more about Preschool Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year Opens
Francis Howell School District Named Best in St. Charles County
Francis Howell School District Named Best in St. Charles County
Posted on 12/21/2017
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has announced the Francis Howell School District as the best public school district in St. Charles County. Winners were selected by readers’ choice for the “Best of St. Charles County” publication.  Read more about Francis Howell School District Named Best in St. Charles County
John Weldon Make-a-Wish Fundraiser
John Weldon Make-a-Wish Fundraiser
Posted on 12/04/2017
John Weldon Elementary is excited to partner with Make-A-Wish Missouri and participates in their Kids For Wish Kids program. As part of the program, we will be rallying around wish kid JW. JW's wish is to go to Legoland!   Read more about John Weldon Make-a-Wish Fundraiser
Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Posted on 12/04/2017
The Francis Howell School District strives to develop skills including the “Four Cs” (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking) in students. Two perfect examples of this were recent events held at St. Charles Community College by Spectra, the gifted program in FHSD. “Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” are annual events that teach these marketable skills and also introduce these bright students to each other and the teachers who will be helping them create a brighter future.  Read more about Creating the Future – “FHSD Spectrapalooza” and “FHSD Creates” Teach the Four Cs
Food and Toy Drive graphic with truck and presents
John Weldon Toy and Food Drive Starts Dec. 11
Posted on 11/17/2017
It’s time for our annual John Weldon Elementary Food and Toy Drive! All food collected will go to our local Operation Food Search organization as well as to our John Weldon Bear Necessities program. Toys collected will go to any John Weldon family that is in need of extra assistance this year. The remaining toys will be donated to our local Our Ladies Inn. Here are the details of the upcoming event:  Read more about John Weldon Toy and Food Drive Starts Dec. 11
FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
Posted on 11/17/2017
The student population of FHSD continues to become more diverse, and the percentage of minority students in the District has doubled over the past decade to almost 20 percent. As the demographics of the student population continue to change, so does the professional learning for FHSD employees.  Read more about FHSD Seeks to Increase Equity and Cultural Proficiency
John Weldon Elementary Honors Veterans at Annual Assembly
John Weldon Elementary Honors Veterans at Annual Assembly
Posted on 11/13/2017
Students at John Weldon Elementary School (JWE) were given an opportunity to meet some local heroes on Nov. 10, in celebration of Veterans Day. Over 100 veterans, with 640 years of combined service, were in attendance at John Weldon’s annual Veterans Day Assembly.  Read more about John Weldon Elementary Honors Veterans at Annual Assembly
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
Posted on 11/01/2017
As temperatures drop outside and we prepare for winter, many of us take for granted that we have the appropriate winter weather gear to keep warm. There are countless families, including many in the Francis Howell School District, who are not able to provide their little ones with a warm coat. But thanks to a partnership with the Cottleville Firefighters Outreach, nearly 500 FHSD students in need are receiving brand-new winter coats.   Read more about FHSD Receives Nearly 500 Coats for Students in Need
2017 John Weldon Trunk or Treat - Charlie Brown Trunk
2017 John Weldon Trunk or Treat
Posted on 10/31/2017
On Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, John Weldon Elementary held its second annual Trunk or Treat event. More than 250 students, along with their parents, enjoyed an evening of trick or treating, photos, games, and music.  Read more about 2017 John Weldon Trunk or Treat
Group Photo of the Inspire team members
Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
Posted on 09/11/2017
Francis Howell School District prides itself on being innovative when it comes to advancements in education, as well as advancements in caring for the social emotional health of students. The Inspire Program is a FHSD-led initiative that hopes to help schools develop the capacity to meet the needs of all students, staff, and families, focusing on those experiencing significant challenges with emotional regulation and other mental health needs. This team of internal consultants has begun serving FHSD’s early childhood and elementary schools, adhering to the Missouri Model of Trauma-Informed Care and putting an emphasis on safety, trustworthiness, collaboration, choice, and empowerment.  Read more about Inspire Program Debuts in FHSD – and Inspires Success for All
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
Posted on 08/28/2017
Jumping rope, playing dodge ball, and shooting hoops may seem like playtime to some, but for students in FHSD, it’s a matter of heart. During the 2016-17 school year, FHSD elementary and middle schools collected a record total $109,011.48 for the American Heart Association (AHA) through Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, and Dodge for Heart. Only four other school districts in Missouri raised more money for AHA during the 2016-17 school year.   Read more about FHSD Students Raise Record Amount for American Heart Association
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
Leader in Me Survey
Leader in Me Survey
Posted on 08/04/2017
Our school is entering our third year of implementing The Leader in Me, which teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. In the month of August, our school will be conducting surveys of all staff members, parents/guardians, and students in grades 4 and 5.  Read more about Leader in Me Survey
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
FHSD Named a Top Workplace for Fifth Consecutive Year
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
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