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.
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.
FHC Principal Dr. Sonny Arnel Named SASSP High School Principal of the Year
Posted on 04/05/2017
Among the nearly 1,900 students and 180 staff members, there’s one smile that is always brighter than the others – that of Dr. Sonny Arnel. The Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School principal is known for his magnetic smile, but he’s also known for so much more – his compassion for students and staff, his attention to the improvement of his school, and his ability to motivate teachers and students to give their best. Because of these attributes, and perhaps also because of that smile, Dr. Arnel was recently named the St. Louis Association of Secondary School Principals (SASSP) High School Principal of the Year.
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.
FHC DECA Chapter Markets Itself Well at Annual Conference
Posted on 02/21/2017
Students of the Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School chapter of Missouri DECA: An Association of Marketing Students joined more than 700 other high-school marketing students at the annual DECA District Career Development Conference on February 8, 2017, at Chesterfield Mall.
FHSD National Signing Day
Posted on 02/02/2017
Wednesday, Feb. 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 01/27/2017
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. Thirty-two 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.
FHC Honors Inducts Nine Former Basketball Players into the 1,000 Point Club
Posted on 01/18/2017
Twenty years ago, Francis Howell Central (FHC) opened its doors and welcomed students to an exciting future. This year, the school is celebrating the “The Twentieth Year of Howell Central.” FHC is having events to commemorate this milestone, and the students who have accomplished so many extraordinary things, at Howell Central.
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.
Access to the Arts for Everyone – Thanks to FHC Drama
Posted on 12/22/2016
The arts are an important part of education for so many reasons, and they enrich our lives in many ways. A program has been implemented by a theater group in St. Louis that enables area youth with physical, cognitive, and/or developmental delays to participate in musical theater arts, inspiring the Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School Drama Club to get involved. This fall, FHC Drama was able to sponsor (through a grant) a “Disney Review” for these students.
Francis Howell Central Spartan Hall of Fame Ceremony
Posted on 12/20/2016
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) prides itself on its extensive history (more than 100 years) of serving the community. And although Francis Howell Central (FHC) hasn’t been around the entire 100 years, the Spartan history and its list of sports legends continues to grow. On Friday, Dec. 16, FHC hosted its annual Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. In an evening marked by a terrible ice storm, FHC was still jam-packed with alumni, showcasing their appreciation for these Hall of Famers and their contributions to the school and District.
Final Exam Schedule
Posted on 12/19/2016
FHC's first semester exam schedule will be altered due to the snow day on Dec. 19.
FHC Gives Back to Community
Posted on 12/14/2016
It’s the season of giving, and Francis Howell Central (FHC) teams, departments, and clubs have stepped up to help those in need. Countless food drives and other donations have positively affected the lives of those less fortunate, and also instilled a desire in students to be leaders in their communities.
Cram Central (Dec. 15 and Dec. 19, 2:30-7PM)
Posted on 12/13/2016
Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School has an opportunity for students to study up for their coming tests and projects with “Cram Central,” on Thursday, Dec. 15 and Monday, Dec. 19, both days from 2:30 until 7. The FHC Learning Commons is inviting students to either study for finals alone or with friends. Teachers will be available to offer support, as well as students to help tutor their peers through the tougher aspects of each student’s prospective finals.
FHC Hosts Toy Drive Spirit Week Dec. 13-15
Posted on 12/09/2016
FHC and Children's Hospital St. Louis will host a Toy Drive Spirit week, with special theme days each day of the week, starting Dec. 13.
FHC Understands the Language of Caring
Posted on 12/06/2016
They say that charity begins at home, and the World Language Department at Francis Howell Central High School (FHC) believes that to be true. Every year during the Holidays, the teachers and students of that department work with counselors to identify a FHC family that can use some additional help. The family then puts together a wish list of presents they would like to receive in the adopt-a-family campaign.
Invitation to Principal's Coffee Chat on Dec. 6
Posted on 12/03/2016
Parents and members of the FHC Community are cordially invited to attend a Principal’s Coffee Chat with Dr. Arnel and members of the administrative team. The purpose of the coffee chat is for parents, the community and administrators to meet in a casual setting to share information, collaborate and discuss ways to make FHC an even better learning community.
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.
December's Students of the Month
Posted on 12/01/2016
The World Languages department has chosen this month's Students of the Month! Congratulations to 9th Grade: Cloie Boyd 10th Grade: Rayan Barghchoun 11th Grade: Abigail Green 12th Grade: Sophie Julien
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).
Nominate Your Teacher of the Year
Posted on 11/22/2016
It's time to nominate your favorite teacher for the annual "Teacher of the Year Award!" Click "Read More" for instructions on how to nominate your favorite teacher, and for a printable version of the nomination form.
Castlio and FHC students take part in National Teacher Training Video
Posted on 11/21/2016
There has to be a better way – that’s what many teachers realize when dealing with challenging behavior from students. Trauma specialists have begun production on a nationally-distributed training video for teachers, recording potential solutions to these issues. Students at two Francis Howell School District (FHSD) schools are getting the opportunity to participate by performing roles in the video. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get some face-time in a video, and also help teachers reach better solutions.
FHSD Journalism Students Continue to Make the Cover
Posted on 11/18/2016
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.
First Semester Final Exam Schedule and Exemption Announcement
Posted on 11/18/2016
Final exams are only a few weeks away, and here is the detailed schedule. Click "Read More" for additional information and forms.
FHC Cheerleading Squad Wins State Championship
Posted on 11/11/2016
The Francis Howell Central High School (FHC) Varsity cheerleading squad made history on Saturday, Nov. 5, as they won the 2016 Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association State Championship in the “small-coed” division. This was the first championship in program history, after finishing in the “final four” in two previous seasons.
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.
FHC Spotlight Players Present "Almost, Maine"
Posted on 11/04/2016
The FHC Spotlight Players are showcasing their fall production of "Almost, Maine," on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and Nov. 18-19 at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale during lunches from Nov. 7-18. Tickets are $6.00 at lunch and $8.00 at the door.
November's Students of the Month
Posted on 11/04/2016
The Science Department chose November's Students of the Month. Congratulations to 9th Grade: Zoe Shanley, 10th Grade: Nicholas Reinhold, 11th Grade: Isabel Schwartz and 12th Grade: Cheyanne Thorpe!
Army Parents Come Home from Kuwait to Surprise Son for His Birthday
Posted on 11/02/2016
We all think our birthday presents are special, no matter how old we are. But one student at Francis Howell Central High School, Chucho Conner, had perhaps the most special birthday present of all. His father and stepmother both have been stationed in Kuwait, serving our country in the United States Army. Today they surprised him at school with an early return.
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.
Francis Howell Central Media Specialists Selected as METC Spotlight Educators
Posted on 10/31/2016
Kelly Hauquitz and Andrea Head, both media specialists at Francis Howell Central High School (FHC), have been selected as 2017 Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) Spotlight Educators. Both will be honored at the 2017 METC Conference during the Speaker Dinner on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, and during the conference keynote sessions. In addition, each Spotlight Educator will also be presenting sessions during the conference.
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.
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.
Angel Ikeda Honored by St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame as “Future Star”
Posted on 10/22/2016
Angel Ikeda may already be a star to the Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School community, but on Oct. 15 her stardom was shared with a much larger community. During The St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame annual awards banquet, Ikeda was announced as one of four students in the metro area to receive prestigious recognition as a St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame “Future Star.”
FHC will host HOSA STEM Night on Nov. 3
Posted on 10/06/2016
HOSA would like to welcome you to a night of science, medicine, and fun activities! On Nov. 3, at 6 p.m., three teams from Washington University will be providing hands-on demonstrations for attendees to participate in, pertaining to anatomy and physiology, genetics and genomics, as well as robotics demonstration from Raven's Robotics.
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.
Student Spotlight – Elisa Swanson of Francis Howell Central High School
Posted on 09/26/2016
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. This month, Elisa Swanson from Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School, was on hand to demonstrate the kind of well-rounded students who excel in FHSD. Whether it’s on the sports field, in the classroom, or being a role model to others in and out of school, Swanson embodies the kind of wide-ranging talent and leadership FHSD strives to develop.
Parent/Teacher Conference Oct. 5 - Letter to Parents
Posted on 09/26/2016
We have had a tremendous Homecoming week and I would like to thank you for all that you have done to support FHC and your son or daughter. Spartan Nation was heavily involved and seemed to truly build some special memories as a result. I would like to invite you for a chance to get involved at FHC with our son or daughters teachers by taking part in Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 5 . The conference will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and would offer you a chance to get your child's 1st quarter progress.
N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Sabaa Tahir Visits FHC and Inspires with Story of Success
Posted on 09/23/2016
Sabaa Tahir’s story is a compelling example of how growing up in the desert, facing racism, and experiencing insecurities at a young age can lead to a life of success and inspiration for others. Tahir came to Francis Howell Central High School (FHC) to talk about the struggles she faced in life, and how that helped her become a New York Times bestselling author.
FHC Class of 2016 Graduate Among National Merit Scholarship Winners
Posted on 09/21/2016
For one special class of 2016 senior, graduating high school was a reason to celebrate twice. FHC senior Rachel Nixon was one of 800 students to win a prestigious scholarship, presented by the National Merit Scholarship Coordination (NMSC).
FHC Class of 2016 Graduate One of Five in the Nation to Win National Vision Scholarship
Posted on 09/19/2016
Francis Howell Central High School (FHC) can add one more outstanding student to its list of successful 2016 graduates. Haley Clark is one of only five recipients in the country to receive the 2016 National Vision Inc. College Scholarship. The award will provide her with $2,500 to use for her education at Rockhurst University, where she is majoring in microbiology.
Two FHC Football Players Honored for Serving Our Country
Posted on 09/16/2016
Two FHC football players were recently honored for spending the summer serving our country, attending boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood. Get the full story here
Homecoming Season Begins
Posted on 09/15/2016
We will be entering homecoming season next week! This is an especially fun time of the year for our students and staff. It is our hope that all of our students who choose to participate will have a great time with their friends and classmates. These social experiences provide a different type of learning opportunity, and we are glad we are able to host such events at Francis Howell Central. Homecoming will start with a spirit week for student dress; click “Read More” for each day's exact theme and more information.
Fall 2016 Parent/ Teacher Conferences
Posted on 09/14/2016
We have had a tremendous start of the school year and I would like to thank you for all that you have done to support FHC and your son or daughter. I would like to invite you to meet with your son or daughter’s teachers to strengthen our partnership. To facilitate that partnership on Thursday, September 15th, and Wednesday, October 5th, we will host Parent/Teacher Conferences. The conferences will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Click "Read More" for important documents!
Sign Up Now to Volunteer
Posted on 09/08/2016
We are looking for volunteers to help serve the sophomore class lunch after they take a practice ACT. If you're interested, sign up here.
FHSD Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars Announced by The College Board
Posted on 08/24/2016
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.
Posted on 07/14/2016
We are so excited for the start of the 2016-17 school year! If you did not receive your schedule pick up newsletter in the mail, you can click here and on the links below which will take you to the 2016-17 school supply list and all of the mailings, news, and forms that will help you and your student get ready for an awesome year!
New Immunization Requirement for Incoming Eighth Graders and Seniors
Posted on 07/07/2016
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.
Schedule pick-up dates
Posted on 06/29/2016
FHC 2017-17 Schedule Pick-Up Dates