JANUARY 29, 2018
- Congratulations to FHN HOSA. 260 students registered for the blood drive and 188 viable units were collected. That’s a roughly 564 potential lives saved, a record blood drive for Francis Howell North, & the largest high school drive in the St. Louis area.
- Congratulations to FHN DECA on a great DECA Week and on a successful 1st Annual DECA Volleyball Tournament.
Every school district in St. Charles County has passed a school bond issue or operating levy in the past four years - except for Francis Howell. The last time voters in FHSD approved an increase in the levy was 14 years ago, in 2004. In neighboring St. Louis County, voters have approved more than 60 different operating levies or bond issues for school districts during that same 14-year period.
In 2004, George W. Bush was re-elected, and Facebook was launched. This year’s high school graduates, the class of 2018, had not yet started kindergarten in 2004. The iPhone, YouTube, and Twitter did not yet exist.
The costs of goods and services associated with operating the school district continue to increase, including utilities, transportation, insurance, and special education. Funds generated by the passage of Proposition Learn would be used to increase technology devices and access for students, and provide new programming and innovative courses in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to better prepare students for college or career. The funds would be used to hire staff to address student academic and social-emotional needs, provide updated classroom materials, restore funding for extracurricular activities, improve and maintain District facilities, and increase staff compensation after two years of frozen salaries.
The PD Committee met this past week and reflected on 1st semester PD, discussed sharing ideas for 2nd semester PD, and began conversations on what Faculty Meeting PD would look like for the 2018-2019 school year. The feedback from the PD Committee was that 1st semester PD was very successful and valuable to a variety of staff members.
Sharing out for the end of 2nd semester is going to be shortened due to the shorter amount of time that we have. The structure will be similar to 1st semester, but we will only have 2 sessions. As we look at planning for 2018-2019, if you have any input, I encourage you to stop and talk with Katie Greer or committee members. Your feedback is valuable and appreciated.
Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year
This week guidance is working through the English Department to have individual advisement for all students. The registration window has closed and now guidance is working with all students to make sure they have a full schedule for next year and they have the courses they need. If you have any questions about registration, please let Katie Greer know.
Climate Committee Meeting:
The Committee reviewed the Action Plan shared at the January 3rd Faculty Meeting to provide feedback on progress and suggest steps to move forward with.
They suggested ways to continue to revisit expectations with both students and staff throughout the semester.
On February 1st, FHN will be holding a Student Summit on the Auditorium Stage. 25 students have been invited to participate in this Summit to address student safety concerns at North. The Summit will be a 4 hour event and include students that are representative of our entire student body. The goal is to come away with action steps to better address students' perception of their safety in our building. The Summit will be facilitated by Dr. John Shaunassey, retired principal from Lafayette High School to provide students with an opportunity to speak candidly about their feelings and experiences. Mr. Downs and Ms. Steep will be present to listen and hear what the students have to say.
The next meeting of the Climate Committee is February 27th. Mark your calendars now!
FHN currently has 83.8% of students attending 90% of the time. As reported by the survey last week, around 47% of teachers are checking in with students after each absence. Please remember that this is a great way to show students that we care and that we notice when they are away.
Attendance Committee: The Attendance Committee met last week and one of their action items was to improve the Attendance Ally program in 3 ways:
1) Develop a systematic follow-up procedure.
2) Show current Allies our appreciation for their time and effort.
3) Create a more robust tool kit to support the Allies' work.
The committee will meet again later in February.
The Behavior Team meeting last week has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, January 31st at 2:30 in Room 5/8. This will be an information gathering meeting and we will be reviewing our 1st semester behavior data and discussing ways to share best classroom management practices.
The Homeroom Committee met on 1/25 at 2:30.
Finalizing the staff and student survey to determine the current reality of homeroom (e.g. how time is being utilized) as well as any suggestions for improvement
The surveys will be ready for administering the week of 2/5 Staff survey will be through link via email Student survey will be through 4th hour that week (we will have online and paper options--more information will be shared soon).
2017-2018 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. helping students to see the relationship between effort and success.
3. addressing any inappropriate behavior immediately to help set an expectation of appropriate hallway and classroom behavior.
4. giving clear and consistent expectations for device use and by enforcing them.
5. counting tardies consistently.