One District United e-Newsletter
A publication of Ferguson-Florissant School District
October 15, 2021
Staying Safe and Healthy Starts at Home
As we move into the fall season, we need to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Please remember to keep your child at home if they experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19, if they have had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
Families, please help us keep our schools safe and open in these ways:
Complete a morning health screener on your student every morning before sending them to school.
Please send your child to school every day with a well-fitted mask.
COVID-19 symptoms resemble other respiratory illnesses. Symptoms can include cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, nasal congestion, and fever. If they are sick, please stay home, notify your child's school, and contact your primary doctor to consider getting tested.
If the student has any of the above symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home from school and notify the school nurse immediately so that contact tracing can begin.
COVID-19 is undistinguishable without testing -- please do not assume symptoms are just something else. If we all work together, we can safely and effectively keep our schools open for in-person learning.
Ferguson-Florissant Implements Standards-Based Grading for Grades 1-5
Report cards will look different in Grades 1-5 this school year. To help you understand how student progress will be reported, we have created a Q & A sheet to answer many of the questions you may have. Beginning with this reporting period, we will be using the same format to report progress as you would see on your child’s report card at the end of each quarter. This enables teachers to report specifically on standards and give you a better idea of how your child is performing in Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies and/ or Science. Learn more.
James Young Named Missouri 2022 Missouri Teacher of the Year
Shared Images of Success in Ferguson-Florissant
Jennifer Lane Named 2021-22 Advocate of the Year
Congratulations! Jennifer Lane, school counselor coordinator for the Ferguson-Florissant School District, has been named the 2021-22 Advocate of the Year by the Missouri School Counselor Association. Learn more here.
Nominate Your Favorite Teacher!
Elly Walsh-Rock Earns Outstanding Teacher Award from Project Lead The Way
Elly Walsh-Rock, STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley science and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical teacher, is one of only 74 teachers in the U.S. to earn the 2021-22 PLTW Outstanding Teacher award. The national award recognizes educators who demonstrate a strong record of delivering an inspiring and empowering student experience, expanding access to PLTW programs, and transforming teaching.
The honor also recognizes Walsh-Rock for her commitment to providing students with meaningful learning experiences through our PLTW Biomedical Sciences program. Read more here.
The 2022-2023 FAFSA is Now Available!
The 2022-23 FAFSA application is now open! Make sure to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Federal/state aid is disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The earlier you submit the FAFSA and other required documentation from the schools that you apply to, the better chance you will have at receiving more financial aid. So, why bother filling out Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
- The FAFSA is free and costs nothing to complete.
- The FAFSA is necessary for most forms of student aid.
- If your family's financial circumstances suddenly change, you'll already have a FAFSA on file.
- Nearly everyone who applies receives student aid of some sort, regardless of their credit history.
High school seniors should make a plan to apply for FAFSA today, visit www.studentaid.gov/fafsa
Little Creek Fall Festival
Griffith Receives Grant from Burlington
Burlington and AdoptAClassroom presented a $5,000 grant to Griffith Intermediate in celebration of the new Burlington location in Ferguson. The grant will be used in creative ways to support student learning. Photo gallery: https://bit.ly/39kgSLO
STEAM Academy @MSB Win the Superintendent Cup
The STEAM Academy @MSB Bulldogs varsity swim team won the Superintendent’s Cup, an FFSD All-District Tri-Meet between McCluer, McCluer North, and STEAM Academy. This year’s meet was hosted by McCluer North and held at the Eagan Center pool. Congratulations to the STEAM Academy varsity swim team. The team is coached by Ryan Spurgeon and Kelli Wise.