One District United e-Newsletter
A publication of Ferguson-Florissant School District
Black History Month
At FFSD, we celebrate our history makers — past, present and future — this month and every day! FFSD is excited to celebrate Black History Month with our students, families, staff, and community partners. Please take a moment to visit the links below for ways to celebrate in your home.
https://www.educationworld.com/a_special/black_history.shtml (Education World)
Ferguson Middle Student Entrepreneur Works Hard During the Winter Storm
Lawrence Hoye, an 8th-grade student at Ferguson Middle, is a successful entrepreneur with his own lawn and landscape business. When severe winter weather was in the forecast, he was prepped and ready to do what he does best. Listen to his story on KMOV below.
North County 14-year-old with lawncare business cashing in on winter storm
NORTH COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- A North County teen is making the best of the winter storm, shoveling driveways as part of his lawncare business. Lawrence Hoye, 14, started Hoye Creek Lawn & Landscaping last summer using old lawnmowers and landscaping equipment he pulled together.
Happy National School Counseling Week - Feb. 7-11, 2022
Happy National School Counseling Week! Our school counselors are an integral part of student success in FFSD. So let’s celebrate our amazing counselors – thank you for everything you do each day to support our school community. We appreciate you!
STEAM @MSB Senior Graduates Early and Takes Modeling World By Storm
We love seeing our students do big things! STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley senior Aaliyah Buford is taking the modeling world by storm before graduating early from high school. She has already modeled for Kim Kardashian’s Skims x Fendi collaboration, Lacoste, and guest starred on “The Tamron Hall Show.” Watch her interview on KSDK about her amazing journey below.
FFSD Advanced Course Opportunities
Did you know? The Ferguson Florissant School District offers several programs that are designed for students who are looking to challenge themselves academically. These courses offer advanced, college-level intellectual challenges through various forms of curriculum, which are designed to improve competitive advantage for college admission or other advanced study, and increase scholarship opportunities. By taking an AP, IB, Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, or other advanced courses, students may also be able to earn college credit. Find more information on our website here.
Ronnie Perkins, Defensive End for the New England Patriots and St. Louis Native Visits Cross Keys
To kick off Black History Month -- Big thanks to Ronnie Perkins of the New England Patriots for stopping by Cross Keys Middle School to motivate students and share about doing the right thing and focusing on the future. Learn more.
STEAM Academy @MSB Student Named to All-Suburban Honors Orchestra
Congratulations to Isaac Roades (viola), a sophomore at STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, on being selected to the All-Suburban Honors Orchestra. Isaac went through a very rigorous blind audition process playing music that contained repertoire beyond the ability of the average high school student. He earned the All-Suburban honor and was selected to participate in the festival ensemble. Learn more.
FFSD Sees Increased Graduation Rate
Data released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) show Ferguson-Florissant School District’s graduation rate has hit a new high, with 94.03% of the Class of 2021 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school. The District’s graduation rate is above the Missouri average of 89.2%.
This continues the District's upward trend of increased graduation rates over the last five years. Our graduating seniors were determined to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and school closures last year, and this increased graduation rate is a solid example of that. There is still more work to be done, but today we acknowledge the remarkable achievements of our students and the dedication of so many in FFSD who are focused on supporting our students. Learn more here.
Three File for Two School Board Seats
Three candidates filed to be placed on the April 5 election ballot to fill two open seats on the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education. Those who filed to serve a three-year term on the board are, in order of filing and as their names will appear on the ballot, incumbent Dr. Sheila Powell-Walker, Terry M. Turner and Jillian Dunn.
The election is Tuesday, April 5, 2022. The terms of Leslie Hogshead and Dr. Sheila Powell-Waker expire in April 2022.
Learn Facts About the VAXX - Dr. Davis, Dr. Purnell & Dr. Newland
Hey FFSD! It’s up to all of us to stop the spread of the virus. Listen in with Superintendent Dr. Davis as he talks with St. Louis area health experts Dr. Jason Purnell from BJC and Dr. Jason Newland from Washington University – on facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Did you know that scientists have been studying human coronaviruses since the 1960s?
Listen to the talk to learn more – Facts about the Vaxx –
Don’t forget to take the following steps to keep our families healthy and safe:
1. Get vaccinated or booster when eligible.
2. Wear a face mask.
3. Wash your hands often.
4. Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Clinic | Saturday, Feb. 19 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Please join Ferguson-Florissant School District and Visionary Vaccination Health Services on Saturday, Feb. 19, at STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley High School from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the FFSD Vaccine and Booster Clinic. All vaccine brands will be on site. Boosters are available for ages 12+.
*Anyone who receives their first dose on Feb. 19 will have to receive a second dose with a different provider. There is not another scheduled vaccine clinic that is appropriately timed for those receiving their first dose on Feb. 19. We can help find a vaccination location near you.
For those who received the first dose at the Jan. 22 clinic and now require the second dose, the second dose of the vaccine will be available on Saturday, Feb. 19 at STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley High School. Please note: Children under 18 years of age MUST have a parent or guardian present at the clinic as parental consent is needed to administer a vaccination.
No sign-ups are required. Come at the time that works best for you. If you have any questions or need more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shared Images of Success -- Bright spots seen around FFSD
We have so many bright spots about the great things happening in our District. Check out the Ferguson-Florissant School District Shared Images of Success video series that highlights success stories from around the District. You can see a new SIS video each month at monthly Board of Education meetings or on the District YouTube channel.
Current 9th Grade Students -- Enroll in College Bound Today!
Thursday, Feb. 17
Half-Day Students/Staff PD
Friday, Feb. 18
No School/District Offices Open
Saturday, Feb. 19 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FFSD COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Clinic
STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley
Monday, Feb. 21
No School/District Offices Closed
Wednesday, Mar. 9 @ 6 p.m. (Watch Live)
Board of Education Meeting
Saturday, Mar. 12 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Summer Camp & Job Fair
STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley
The Ferguson-Florissant School District, located in suburban St. Louis, serves more than 10,000 students from preschool through 12th grade with an excellent comprehensive educational program. Fully accredited by the state of Missouri, the Ferguson-Florissant School District operates seven Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd-grade schools, six intermediate schools (3rd through 5th grade), two 6th grade centers, two middle schools, two A+ and NCA-CASI - accredited high schools, a cutting-edge STEAM middle school, and a STEAM high school, a student-centered learning Innovation School and a Restoration and Wellness Center. In addition, the District includes a nationally recognized early education program, the award-winning Challenger Learning Center space education facility, and the Little Creek Nature Area, a 97-acre nature preserve that offers experiential learning opportunities for students in science, biology, ecology, and related areas of study.