The Advocate

Francis Howell Education Association


Thank you for reading The Advocate. The Francis Howell Education Association has been working hard on behalf of the students and staff of the FHSD community. The goal of The Advocate is to connect with our members and help them to be informed. If you have an idea for a topic that you would like to read about, please share! We hope second semester is off to a great start!

MNEA Legislative Platform

The new session of the Missouri legislature is in full swing. MNEA continues to work on behalf of the students of the state of Missouri. Please read on to better understand MNEA's focus for this session.

Students are at the center of Missouri NEA’s legislative platform and advocacy. MNEA believes that every child has a basic right to attend a great public school. The Association strives to ensure that all students have the time and resources to learn, caring and qualified teachers and an education that inspires their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

MNEA members played a key role in the recent enactment of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This new law puts an end to the rigid "test, blame and punish" approach of the old No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. MNEA will work will legislators and other state leaders to provide more opportunity for all students and more time to learn.

MNEA also continues to lead the fight to defeat the proposals that would harm public education. The Association’s legislative advocacy must ensure that legislators fulfill their commitments to stand up for children and public education during the legislative session.

The Association urges the legislature to invest in the classroom priorities that build the foundation for student learning. These priorities include full funding for the foundation formula and investing in the extra services at-risk students need, such as early childhood education and extended learning time. Please sign up for the legislative update.

FHEA Scholarships

The children of members are invited to apply for a scholarship from FHEA! Applications are for high school seniors and are due April 8th. Please click here to access the application.

Teacher to the Rescue!

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Chris Campbell (pictured above) is a third grade teacher at Central Elementary School. Mr. Campbell went above and beyond the call of duty over the holiday break to help the community and people affected by flooding. Thank you to Mr. Campbell for your service!

Becky David Elementary 5th Grade Art Project

5th graders collaborated with students at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, Il on an art project. The students used Google Drive to share information about themselves and as the basis for a portrait project. 6th graders at Simmons used chalk and markers to create a portrait and students at Becky David used magazines to make a collage. Each picture represents the students from the other school.

What an inspiring project!

Francis Howell School Board Update

The Francis Howell School Board has selected Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris as the incoming superintendent of schools. Congratulations, Dr. Hendricks-Harris!

The school board has two seats that are up for election in April. For more information please visit FHEA's website.

Member Spotlight- Ryan Daugherty

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Ryan Daugherty, shown above, is a teacher from Barnwell Middle School. This is Ryan's tenth year teaching and ninth year with FHSD. While Ryan is not one to boast, he is proud of the work he has done with students in the district. He is especially proud of the work he did implementing a successful student learning classroom at Saeger Middle School. Ryan's favorite part of teaching is helping students to grow emotionally and socially. Ryan would encourage teachers to be as empathetic to students and co-workers as possible. You never know what other people are going through and how much help you can provide with kindness. When Ryan is not busy in the classroom he enjoys playing the guitar, fishing, camping, and general tomfoolery. We will leave with one of Ryan's favorite quotes by the Grateful Dead, "Once in a while you can get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right."

Thanks for all of your hard work, Ryan!
Exciting things have been happening at Castlio this year! The school has held many activities to encourage parent involvement, including Cardinals game night, Trunk or Treat, Veteran's Day pancake dinner, and skate night. The Castlio community held a Turkey Feather Fundraiser during which time students raised over $1800 for the Toys for Tots program. An exciting project going on at Castlio is their participation in the Seven Habits. Faculty have been painting ceiling tiles with ideas from the Seven Habits. Students are being recognized for showing one of the habits and being leaders in the community. The Castlio family has also been expanding by leaps and bounds! Congratulations to all newly expecting staff from Castlio!

Thank you to Castlio for all you do to make the Francis Howell School District a great community!

In Memoriam

Long time FHEA member and FHN administrator Nancy Wade passed away on January 5, 2016. Nancy worked tirelessly on behalf of students, teachers, and the community during her tenure in the Francis Howell School District. FHEA made a contribution on her behalf to Friends of Children. Nancy will be dearly missed.

Celebrations and Shout Outs

- Shout out to FHEA President Anita Kuehner for making an effort to have lunch with every member this school year! #FHEAcares
-Two Barnwell MS robotics teams participated in the first Lego League State Robotics Competition in December. Way to go!
-Barnwell MS raised $1700 for the St. Louis Honor Flight Program during their Veteran's Day program!
-Shout out to Libbie Kaplan! As team EDC, she keeps the group focused and always thinking ahead! Thank you!
-Shout out to FHHS Choir! They will be performing at Carnegie Hall at the Festival at Carnegie. The FHHS Women's Chamber Choir will be performing as a featured choir at the festival!
-FHN National Honor Society students made over 106 shoe boxes filled with gifts for needy children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child! What a generous spirit!
-Shout out to Tonya Bratsch! She is a wonderful building rep for Henderson Elementary! She does a great job of keeping the lines of communication open between staff and the principal.
-Shout out to Dr. Barker for being so receptive to the needs of students and staff and for doing whatever she can for the Henderson community!
-Way to go, Saeger MS! Students and staff went to Jefferson City and participated in the legislative process!
-Thank you Barnwell for putting on a great Veteran's Day program!

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