2019-20 Heritage Landing News

All FHSD Schools Closed Through April 3
All FHSD Schools Closed Through April 3
Posted on 03/15/2020
We have been working in collaboration with the St. Charles County Health Department and St. Charles County Government regarding the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). After a meeting this evening, we have decided to close all FHSD schools, preschool, and Vacation Station through April 3, 2020, with classes set to resume April 6. The closure is effective starting March 16. All extracurricular activities and outside organization events are also canceled until further notice.   Read more about All FHSD Schools Closed Through April 3
Chrissy Pagnotti
Saeger Administrative Assistant Chrissy Pagnotti Selected as District Support Staff Employee of the Year
Posted on 03/13/2020
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Chrissy Pagnotti, an administrative assistant at Saeger Middle School, has been selected as the 2020 FHSD Support Staff Employee of the Year. Pagnotti has distinguished herself as a caring individual who has an excellent rapport with students, parents, and coworkers. She is a dedicated employee who welcomes a challenge and hard work.  Read more about Saeger Administrative Assistant Chrissy Pagnotti Selected as District Support Staff Employee of the Year
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School District Bond Issues
Posted on 03/09/2020
When school districts in Missouri and around the country need to make large capital expenditures like building new facilities or making major repairs, they have to borrow money. Bonds are the way that school districts, fire districts, ambulance districts, etc. borrow that money. When voters approve a bond issue, the district obtains bids and sells bonds to the purchaser who offers the lowest interest rate (and current rates are very low). The funds are then used to complete capital projects, and the debt is paid back over time.  Read more about School District Bond Issues
Dione Anderson receives award
Harvest Ridge Teacher Dione Anderson Selected as District Teacher of the Year
Posted on 03/05/2020
The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that Dione Anderson, a reading teacher at Harvest Ridge Elementary School, has been selected as the 2020 FHSD Teacher of the Year. She is a product of the District and says her desire to become a teacher dates back to her days in Mrs. Miller’s second grade class at Becky-David Elementary. “I felt loved and accepted in her class, and my love of reading flourished,” says Anderson. “I remember thinking that I wanted to be in school for the rest of my life. Many inspiring teachers followed her, strengthening my resolve to teach.”  Read more about Harvest Ridge Teacher Dione Anderson Selected as District Teacher of the Year
School Volunteer Background Checks
New Missouri School Volunteer Background Checks
Posted on 02/04/2020
A new Missouri law requires all school volunteers to have criminal background checks that now include fingerprints before volunteering and interacting with students. The fingerprint records are submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a search of criminal history files.  Read more about New Missouri School Volunteer Background Checks
STEAM event at Warren Elementary
FHSD Celebrates “We Love to Code Month”
Posted on 02/04/2020
In the spirit of February and Valentine’s Day, students across the District will have the chance to find a new love for computer science during “We Love to Code” month. Schools across the District have planned opportunities for students that explore the world of coding, programming, and more.  Read more about FHSD Celebrates “We Love to Code Month”
STEAM event at Warren Elementary
Partnership Opportunities with the Francis Howell School District
Posted on 01/07/2020
FHSD is always looking for community and business partnerships that provide learning opportunities for our students – and our staff! One of the goals of the District’s strategic plan is to “Extend student learning opportunities through partnerships between school, home, and the community.” As the District works to educate the workforce of the 21st Century, the assistance of our local partners is critical to this mutually beneficial effort. The investment in time and resources for our community partners can be as little as one hour of the school day or as much as a year-long internship.  Read more about Partnership Opportunities with the Francis Howell School District
Proposition S - No tax rate increase bond issue on the April 7 ballot
Francis Howell Board Votes to Place Bond Issue on April Ballot
Posted on 12/20/2019
The Francis Howell School District Board of Education has voted unanimously to place Proposition S on the April 7, 2020, ballot. Proposition S is a $244 million bond issue that will not increase the current tax rate. Voter approval of Proposition S would allow the District to borrow money now and in the future to address pressing facility needs at all Francis Howell schools.  Read more about Francis Howell Board Votes to Place Bond Issue on April Ballot
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
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
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 10/18/2019
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 order 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
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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 08/06/2019
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
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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
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