Information for you, your class, your students, your parents


Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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A Reception to announce new Superintendent

As we move forward You are cordially invited to a reception on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at 6:00 PM for the announcement of the next Francis Howell School District Superintendent. The cake and punch reception will be held in the Board Room of the FHSD Administration Building.

Family Trivia Night

Our Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team is planning a trivia night for Friday, February 26, 2016. There is detailed information on the flyer (above). Let’s show them how much we appreciate all their support this year by attending this FACE event!

Please get together with your grade level, department, PLC, hallway, or family and put together a basket for the Basket Raffle. Some suggestions are a candy basket, sports basket, gift card, snack food basket, or any other type of basket you want to put together. We will display them at lunch so the students can buy raffle tickets. If you are interested in donating a basket, please contact Cheryl Sellers. Please have the items or baskets in school by Monday, Feb 22, 2016.

Other items that are needed to finalize the winning baskets are; board games, family DVDs, snacks, gift cards for fast food, throw blankets, snacks, popcorn, candy, soda, brownies, cake mixes, icing, empty basket’s, aluminum pans etc. If you would like to donate one of these items to finalize a basket, please bring these items to the office by February 22, 2016.

We are also looking for teachers and students to participate and reserve a table. The question is are you SMARTER than a Fifth Grader? Please see the flyer for information on registration. Please push your students to organize student tables.

If you would rather Judge, score keep, or help out that evening please e-mail Mrs. Carolyn Tichenor at

Thank you for your support! Our goal is to use the funds raised from the Family Trivia Night to provide an increased amount of technology for our students.

Drug Awareness Week

"Have a Heart...Don't Start" is Character Council's theme for next week. They are also sponsoring Spirit Week:

Monday: "Kick Drugs out of Your Life" (wear boots)

Tuesday: "You're Too Bright for Drugs" (wear neon)

Wednesday: "Lei off Drugs" (wear Hawaiian attire)

Thursday: Show Your Team Spirit Against Drugs (wear Blue & Gold Howell attire)

Friday: Follow Your Dreams- Don't Do Drugs (Pajama Day).

Important Information

The Awaken Project

On Friday, February 5th we will host The Awaken Project during an all-school assembly.

Jeff Mozingo and Joe Richardson will lead out this captivating Heroin Education and Awareness presentation. A reminder for CCC teachers to sit with your CCC classes.

Safety & Security

As we move forward to create a safer and more secure school environment we have a couple of security updates. The Maintenance Department has re-keyed our exterior doors. They came over yesterday to made the changes so we apologize for this short notice. In addition we will have a limited number of exterior keys to distribute. As of yesterday afternoon all of the outside door locks have been changed.

For staff parking in the back of the school, you will need to access the building via the two fobbed doors (at each end of the rear parking lot). Make sure to use the Fob to get into the building. Again, no doors should be left open or propped open. Also,the door at the end of the 400s classroom hallway (past Band and Industrial Tech) will be locked throughout the day.

For the front of the building, the three entrances to the school will remain unlocked from 7:00 a.m. until the start of the school day (8:15 a.m.). After that time key fobs or using the buzzer system will be required for entrance. We apologize again for this short notice regarding the changing of the exterior locks. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Lee.

For Your Information...

Parent Letter explaining New Spring Conference Format

Here is the letter that we will send out to parents. It will explain the new format for our Spring Parent-Teacher-Student Conference format.

American Heart Association and Jeans Day!

We will celebrate American Heart Association days on Monday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 9. Plan on wearing your shirts on Tuesday, February 9th. Monday the 8th is the "additional" jeans day if you purchased the American Heart Association t-shirt from Mrs. Finnerty.



The Math Department is piloting the GoMath series during 3rd quarter.



Benchmark assessments will be administered this month for ELA.


February Birthdays

10 John Locke

11 Karen Peters

16 Tammy Coveney

18 Patty Sheets

21 Melinda Brock

Upcoming Dates

February 3: 2:30 p.m. Early Release Wednesday. (PLC Collaboration 2:30-3:30

February 4: Awaken Project Assembly 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

February 5: The Awaken Project Assembly 8:30 - 10:00

February 8: BIG Meeting - Room 171 (7:30 a.m.)

February 8-9: 7th Grade ELA Benchmark Testing

February 11: Parent Teacher Student Conferences 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

February 12: District PD Day 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FHMS PLCs meet here.

February 15: No School- Presidents Day

February 16: Parent Teacher Student Conferences 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.