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Pre-Season Jamboree & Scrimmage Dates Released

Your favorite fall Viking and Lady Viking programs will soon take to the field or court to compete. Several of our Howell programs host preseason scrimmages prior to their first game. Below you can find all of the information you need to know about these preseason events. We hope to see all Viking fans out supporting our programs this fall.


Date: August 17th

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Howell

Teams: Lindbergh, Lafayette, Union

Admission: Free


Date: August 17th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Howell

Teams: CBC, Ladue, McCluer North

Admission: $1 or Canned Good to benefit Oasis Food Pantry

Theme: Hawaiin

Boys Soccer

Date: August 20th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Howell

Teams: Marquette, Summit

Admission: Free

Girls Volleyball

Date: August 21st

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Howell

Teams: Kirkwood, Ladue St. Dominic

Admission: $1 or Canned Good to benefit Oasis Food Pantry

FHSD Band Preview

Date: August 30th

Time:7:00 p.m.

Location: Howell

Teams: Howell Central, Howell North

Admission: Free

Fall Programs Put Emphasis On Leadership Development

As our fall activities and sports begin, so does the efforts to not only have success in those programs but to also develop better leaders and Vikings. This school year all sponsors and coaches will be putting an emphasis on leadership development and growing leadership capacity in all of our student-participants. Beginning this coming week all fall activities and sports will begin to focus on the five themes of the Viking Leadership Academy in an effort to develop better leaders within their programs. Programs will kick off this five week leadership development approach by focusing on our R.I.S.E. core values of respect, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence as well as how they must model these values in order to lead. You can follow @FHVikings on Twitter this week to see some of the many activities and conversations our coaches are having with the young men and women in our programs. Over the course of the next five weeks we hope to give you a behind the scenes look at some of the many leadership development activities that are taking place within our programs.


Week of 8/13 – Model It (R.I.S.E.)

Week of 8/20 – Inspire Other Vikings

Week of 8/27 – Challenge Other Vikings

Week of 9/3 – Involve All Vikings

Week of 9/10 – Celebrate Viking Accomplishments

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Band, Cheer & Dance Kick Off School Year At Pep Assembly

The start to the 2018-19 school year saw the band, cheer and dance programs get students excited to be back at Howell for another year of great memories at the first pep assembly of the year. The three programs have continued to grow and are seeing new levels of success. On Friday, Vikings got to see a glimpse of what the programs have been working on this summer. You can view the performances from our cheer and dance programs below. Thank you to band, cheer and dance for all they do to improve the culture and school spirit in our building. All Viking fans look forward to their performances this season.

Cheer Peformance

GG's & Company Performance

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FCCLA Has Strong Showing At Nationals

Francis Howell FCCLA students joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisors at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA June 28-July 2 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Five FHHS Juniors represented Francis Howell High School in STAR Event Competitions.

Mackenzie Rash, Meghan Donahue, Danielle Robinson competed in National Programs in Action with a focus of School Safety. These girls took a safety concern in the building and made it their project. They created and made window coverings for each classroom door for the entire school building as a safety layer for intruder drills and lock down procedures. These girls took Silver at the National level for their competition.

Sarah Reider and Lily Ramsay placed Gold for Environmental Ambassador category. This is a category where the team address environmental issues that adversely affect human health and well- being and who actively empower others to get involved. They researched and investigated areas where they could make a difference in our school. Sarah and Lily researched methods of creating environmentally friendly, sustainable energy. Their solution was a combination of geothermal, solar, and hydroelectric power, focusing on solar power in homes and geothermal and hydroelectric power from water pipes on a larger scale.

The conference provided FHHS students opportunities to come together for energizing learning while listening to inspiring speakers, expanding leadership skills, sharpening talents, and exploring career pathways. The theme of this year’s conference was “inspired by FCCLA”, which inspired attendees to make the right choices and commit themselves to making a positive impact within their families, schools, FCCLA and communities.

Boys Soccer & Tommy Naumann Featured In STL Today Article

The boys soccer program is coming off of an impressive 22-5-1 season which saw the Vikings win conference and district championships while advancing to the State Quarterfinals. Recently, STL Today came out to speak with several members of the team and Coach Enright about the upcoming season. You can view the article by clicking the link below.

Naumann's Lighthearted Approach, Skill Help Francis Howell Excel

Howell Coaches & Sponsors Work To Ensure Student Safety

At Howell the safety of our students is our number one priority. In order to ensure the safety of Howell student-participants during this warm time of year all Howell fall coaches will be following both a “16 Day Acclimatization Period” as well as “Heat Index Procedures” for all students involved in activities during the fall. Information regarding the 16 Day Acclimatization Period and the Heat Index Procedures can be found below. Please have conversations with your student-participant regarding this information as well as proper hydration so that they are prepared for the weather. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Francis Howell Activities Director Sean Erwin at

Heat Index Procedures

1.)When the heat index reaches 95-104 all Howell coaches who are conducting practice outside will alter their practices. The altering of practice will include more water breaks, shortening of drills, larger breaks between drills, and allowing athletes to get a drink at any time. It may also include the shortening of practice. (These measures outlined meet all guidelines set forth by MSHSAA)

2.)When the heat index reaches 105 or above practices will not take place outdoors until the heat index drops below the 105 mark. Practices may be moved indoor in the event that the heat index is above 105. (This is in compliance with MSHSAA guidelines)

3.)Howell Student-Athletes are encouraged to hydrate prior to coming to practice and bring water with them. Water will be available for student-athletes at all practices.


(Days 1-5)

1. Days 1 through 5 of the acclimatization period consist of the first 5 days of formal practice. During this time, athletes are not allowed to participate in more than 1 practice per day.

2. If a practice is interrupted by inclement weather or heat restrictions, the practice may recommence once conditions are deemed safe. Total practice time should not exceed 3 hours in any 1 day.

3. A 1-hour maximum walk-through is permitted during days 1–5 of the acclimatization period. A 1-hour recovery period is required between the practice and walk-through (or vice versa).

4. During days 1–2 of the acclimatization period, in sports requiring helmets or shoulder pads, a helmet is the only protective equipment permitted (goalies, as in the case of field hockey and related sports, may not wear full protective gear or perform activities that would require protective equipment).

A. Football only: On days 3–5, contact with blocking sleds and tackling dummies may be initiated.

B. Full-contact sports: 100% live contact drills may begin no earlier than day 6.

Beginning on day 6, all protective equipment may be worn and full contact may begin.

(Days 6-16)

1. Beginning no earlier than day 6 and continuing through day 14, double-practice days must be followed by a single-practice day. On single-practice days, 1 walk-through is permitted, separated from the practice by at least 1 hour of continuous rest. When a double practice day is followed by a rest day, another double practice day is permitted after the rest day.

2. On a double-practice day neither practice may exceed 3 hours in duration nor may student-athletes participate in more than 5 total hours of practice. Warm-up, stretching, cool-down, walk-through, conditioning, and weight-room activities must be included as part of the total practice time. The 2 practices must be separated by at least 3 continuous hours in a cool environment.

3. Because the risk of exertional heat illnesses during the preseason heat-acclimatization period is high, it is recommended that an athletic trainer be on site before, during, and after all practices, but it is not required.

Glon & Naumann Commit To UMSL To Play Soccer

Congratulations to Brady Glon and Tommy Naumann for committing to further their education and soccer careers at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. The two Viking seniors are looking to build on the 2017 post-season run that saw Howell advance to the State Quarterfinals. Congratulations to Brady and Tommy on their decisions and good luck this season!

Girls Volleyball Puts Strong Emphasis On Teamwork & Leadership

The Howell girls volleyball program has firmly established themselves as one of the top programs in the State over the course of the past several years but the emphasis within the program goes well beyond volleyball. On Friday, every varsity volleyball player presented to their teammates what it means to get their jersey, represent Howell, what being part of the program means to them, how they will represent Howell and how they plan to impact the team in a positive way. During the first week of practice the girls program has devoted time daily to building leadership skills that will not only develop better young ladies but also a better program. Thank you to Coach Wilson for her efforts to continue to grow our Lady Vikings as people and volleyball players.

Gibbons Receives Girl Scouts Gold Award

Congratulations to Marissa Gibbons on receiving her Girl Scouts Gold Award. Marissa is in an elite group of only 5% of all Girl Scouts that receive this honor. Marissa is a talented member of the band, choir and drama program here at Howell.

Howell Baseball Golf Tournament Set For Saturday

The Howell baseball program will be hosting the 17th Annual Bill Todd Memorial Golf Tournament on August 18th. All proceeds benefit the Bill Todd Memorial Scholarship and the Howell baseball program. For more information please visit

Concession Stand Gets A New Look

Thank you to the many parents and the boys soccer program for coming out Saturday morning to help freshen up the concession stand. Volunteers put a new coat of paint on the exterior and the new 2018 banners were hung. The many great things that happen at Howell would not be possible without the support of our students, parents and community. Thank you again to all that volunteered on Saturday.

Help Us Grow The Howell Legacy

Howell activities, clubs and sports have a storied history of success and are a strong sense of pride for students, staff, parents and alumni. As we begin the 2018-19 school year we hope to continue to build on this success. Howell programs continue to set new records and garner both local, state and national attention. This school year we invite all students, staff, parents and community members to continue to support our programs and to help us represent Howell in a positive way. We encourage all fans to honor and display our R.I.S.E. core values of Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Excellence at Howell events. The goal of the Howell Activities Department is to develop successful young men and women while providing an enjoyable and beneficial experience for all involved. As you attend Howell events and support our Vikings this season we hope you help us continue to showcase Howell and provide a great environment for our Vikings and all visitors. You are our brand and we want you to be part of what makes the Howell family so great. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Howell event.
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First Responder's Night T-Shirts Go On Sale Soon

The most anticipated Howell event each year is the First Responders Night football game. Fundraising efforts from the evening go to support the Backstoppers. This annual family event is the most attended Howell event on campus. The 12th Man Boosters will soon begin to sell the official t-shirt of the very special evening. The t-shirts are just $15 with all proceeds going to the Backstoppers. Stay tuned for more information regarding t-shirt sales as we get closer to the September 7th event.
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2018-19 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods for the 2018-19 school year have been released. The MSHSAA dates can be found below. We hope that this information helps all Vikings and their families coordinate and prepare for the summer and sports seasons ahead during the 18-19 school year.

Fall Sports Begin August 6, 2018

Winter Meet the Coaches - October 10, 2018 (6pm)

Winter Sports Dead Period (Winter Sports - excluding girls swim) - October 21-28, 2018

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins October 29, 2018

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - October 28-November 4, 2018

Girls Swim Begins November 5, 2018

Spring Meet the Coaches - February 13, 2019 (6pm)

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 17-24, 2019

Spring Sports Begin February 25, 2019

Howell Activities Department Unveils New Website

You can now find all of our favorite Howell activities, clubs and sports in one location! The Howell Activities Department recently unveiled it's new website at The website contains links to programs, schedules, calendars and other important information for those wanting to learn more about the many opportunities offered at Howell. You can also download the free app by searching "rschool app" for your iPhone or Android device! The new website and app continues to add more information and features and we hope that this new resource will be helpful to all Vikings and fans.

Howell Hats For Sale In Activities Office

Are you looking for a Howell hat? You can now purchase them in three different colors in the Activities Office. The hats are just $15 while supplies last. All proceeds go to support our programs at Howell.
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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships