Knight Notes

March 13, 2017


Good morning--

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to recoup from that fun-filled American Education Week. It was truly an awesome five days. Great outfits, great food, and a great opportunity to celebrate education and the people who make it happen here at FHN.

Thank you to KOE for all that they did to make this a special week for our staff.

I truly work in a special place with special people. Thanks again for all you do and enjoy your well-deserved spring is just four days away.



  • Congratulations to the 120 NHS inductees. The NHS ceremony was great. Thank you Mrs. Malkmus and Mrs. Mason.
  • The FHN/Confluence Prep Gateway 2 Change team presented their ideas about how a STEM school could help address issues of equity and access in St. Louis on Friday. They did a great job articulating their ideas in front of a big group.
  • Thank you to KOE for an awesome American Education Week celebration.


Knights @ 90: Currently FHN has 88.2% of students attending 90% of the time. It is critical that we continue to show students why being at school every day is part of their overall success. As we move into the Spring months, our attendance numbers do not usually go up. We need some extra attention to this issue in order to pull ourselves closer to 90%. Thank you.


Climate Committee met on February 27th to review the results of the 3rd quarter climate survey. They decided it would be best to share that information in a small group setting during the next faculty meeting. During that meeting we will look at the data and trends in the comments. If you'd like to view the full print out of all comments, please let me know and we can schedule a time to look at it together.

Don't forget to stop in the LC Wednesday morning for doughnuts and coffee!


Tips for Re-energizing Students (this is a challenging time of year…everyone is anticipating spring break):

  • Deliver your presentations with enthusiasm and energy.
  • Use humor where appropriate.
  • Help students realize that they can transfer skills they have learned in other courses into yours and vice versa.
  • Use a variety of student-active teaching formats and methods, such as discussion, debates, simulations, academic games, problem-based learning, and so on.
  • Use cooperative learning formats.


Technology Committee met this week:

Discussion Items:

We heard from some participants who were at METC

Finalized the Lunch and Learn

Action Steps:

We will share out more information from METC sessions later this week

Don’t forget to sign up for this Thursday’s Lunch and Learn. Chris Witthaus will be presenting on Google Team Drives. Click below for the sign up:

Lunch and Learn Sign Up


2016-2017 Staff Commitments to the Learning Environment

In order to improve the climate/environment at FHN, the staff commits to:

  1. building positive relationships with students and staff members.
  2. listening to the concerns of others and by helping to problem solve those issues.
  3. helping students to see the relationship between effort and success.
  4. being open-minded to new ideas.
  5. addressing any inappropriate behavior immediately to help set an expectation of appropriate hallway and classroom behavior.
  6. giving clear and consistent expectations for device use and by enforcing them.
  7. counting tardies consistently.

Parent Teacher Conference

Tuesday, March 14th, 4-7:30pm

Large Gym

We look forward to seeing you there!

Coffee and Donuts

Wednesday, March 15th, 6:45-7:15am

Learning Commons