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Fall Activities & Sports See Continued Growth In Participation

With the beginning of fall activities and sports there is one thing that is for certain, our Vikings are passionate about being involved and representing Howell. The fall season has already seen girls tennis, girls golf and cheerleading have record numbers and many other programs are at full capacity. After having the largest participation rate in FHSD history during the 2018-19 school year it is evident that the excitement and desire to be involved continues to grow. This fall alone over 700 students at Howell are participating in an activity or sport. Congratulations to these young men and women and also to our coaches and sponsors for their continued efforts to represent Howell and our community in a positive way.

Short Videos From Around The H - Week 1

Swim Increases Intensity of Workouts

Cheer Works On Perfecting Baskets

JV Golden Girls Put In Work

Choir "Leads" Way In Leadership Development

The Howell Choir program has been a leader in developing its students outside of the classroom and their concerts for several years. Led by Mrs. Fitzpatrick, the Howell Choir recently attended a student leadership workshop for area music students at Parkway. A heavy focus of the event was to learn how to serve their peers. The Howell Choir has developed its own leadership program and regularly attends the Viking Leadership Academy during Howell Time. Thank you to Mrs. Fitzpatrick and the choir for bringing more than just their talented voices to our Howell community!
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Howell Named #2 Public School Sports Program In Missouri For Second Straight Year

For the second straight year Howell has been named the #2 public high school sports program in Missouri by national school ranking group Niche. This is the fifth straight year that Howell has been represented inside the Top 10. Congratulations to all of our student-athletes, coaches, sponsors, parents and community for their continued support of Howell and our programs. The Howell Activities Department looks forward to continued growth during the 2019-20 school year.

Softball & Football Jamboree's Kick Off Howell Home Events

The highly anticipated fall sports season will kick off at Howell with two scrimmages on August 23rd as our softball and football programs host top programs from across the area. The football jamboree will feature two defending State Champions in CBC and Ladue. Make plans now to get out and support your Howell Family as they begin their 2019 seasons. Below you will find the times and matchups for the softball and football jamboree's. Good luck to our softball and football programs.

Howell Softball Jamboree - 8/23 @ 4:30pm @ Howell

(1st Rotation): Field 1 Howell v. Lafayette & Field 2- Union v. Lindbergh

(2nd Rotation): Field 1- Howell v. Union & Field 2 – Lindbergh v. Lafayette

(3rd Rotation): Field 1- Howell v. Lindbergh & Field 2 – Union v. Lafayette

Howell Football Jamboree 8/23 @ 7:00 PM @ Howell

Admission is $1 or 1 Canned Good To Benefit Oasis Food Pantry

(1st Rotation): Howell v. McCluer North & CBC v. Ladue

(2nd Rotation): Howell v. CBC & Ladue v. McCluer North

(3rd Rotation): Howell v. Ladue & McCluer North v. CBC

Volleyball To Host Jamboree On August 27th

Viking fans will get their first opportunity to see first year head coach Danielle Rygelski and her Lady Vikings on August 27th at 5:00 p.m. as they host a four team jamboree at Howell in preperation for the 2019 season. We hope Viking fans take this opportunity to come out and support the volleyball program which is coming off of a strong State Quarterfinal run last season. Below you can find the matchups for the jamboree. Good luck to Coach Rygelski and the Girls Volleyball program this season!

Howell VB Jamboree - August 27th - 5pm

(1st Rotation): COURT 1- Howell v. Ladue and COURT 2 St. Dominic v. Kirkwood

(2nd Rotation): COURT 1- Howell v. St. Dominic and COURT 2 – Ladue v. Kirkwood

(3rd Rotation): COURT 1- Howell v. Kirkwood and COURT 2 – St. Dominic v. Ladue

Viking Leadership Academy Begins Fifth Year

Being involved in an activity, club or sport at Howell is about so much more than just skill development. Student's in Howell programs are actively involved in the community and are involved in leadership development through their programs and the nationally recognized Viking Leadership Academy. The Viking Leadership Academy will kick off it's fifth year of offering students the opportunity to grow and develop leadership capacity as well as opportunities to work collaboratively to make Howell a great place to be for all Vikings. The unique program was recently 1 of only 13 programs in the country awarded a Promising Practice for its efforts to develop young leaders.

During the 2019-20 school year, VLA will meet twice a month during Howell time. All Howell students are encouraged to attend these interactive sessions. A curriculum that is theme based is used to help develop leadership skills and traits that will help students to be successful at Howell as well as in their activity or sport and ultimately in life. The five themes that are the focus of the VLA program are:

  • Model It (R.I.S.E.)

  • Inspire Other Vikings

  • Challenge Other Vikings

  • Involve All Vikings

  • Celebrate Viking Accomplishments

The Howell Activities Department encourages all students to attend VLA. The dates for the first quarter can be found below. The Viking Leadership Academy looks forward to seeing a large group of Vikings in the main gym on September 4th for its first meeting of the year!

1st Quarter Viking Leadership Academy Dates

September 4th

September 11th

October 2nd

October 9th

Band Supports Community Through Backpack Drive

The Howell Band recently supported Life Point Church with their school supply backpack drive. The efforts were to assist students and family that may not be able to meet all of their back to school needs. Annually, Howell programs account for over $35,000 raised and nearly 20,000 hours served in our community. Thank you to our talented Band for kicking off the 2019-20 school year with service to our community!
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Golden Girls & Co. Have Record 200 Attend Clinic

The excitement across all Howell programs has been impressive this season and even our "future Vikings" are ready to show their Viking Pride! On Saturday, a record 200 attended the annual Golden Girls & Company Dance Clinic. The clinic allows younger students the opportunity to develop a passion for dance and learn a choreographed dance from the Howell staff and GG & Co dance members. Those in attendance at the clinic will have the opportunity to perform at an upcoming football game. Thank you to our GG's & Co for offering this great opportunity!

Make Plans Now To Attend Future Viking Night On August 30th

The Howell Family and community are anxiously awaiting the beginning of "Friday Night Lights" to kick off! Those that attend Howell Football games know that the events are about much more than just football, band, cheer and dance. The nights are about being with your Howell Family and supporting Howell and our community. On Friday, August 30th Howell will be hosting its football home opener which will also serve as "Future Viking Night." Students in all Howell feeder schools as well as students at FHHS will be able to attend the game for free with the flyer that has been supplied below. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the music of Howell's favorite DJ, Manny in front of the stadium beginning at 4:45 p.m. A special entrance to the field and recognition of our future Vikings will highlight the night. We hope to see another packed house with our Viking Family next Friday as we begin the 2019 season!
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NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements A Four Year Process

As the school year begins it is important to remember that for those wanting to compete at the collegiate level after high school that academics are more important than what happens in the activity or sport. Without meeting college student-athlete eligibility requirements the dream of competing at the college level can come to an end. Below you can use the NCAA high school timeline as a way to stay on track for meeting initial-eligibility requirements. If you have questions regarding NCAA eligibility please feel free to drop by the Activities Office or visit your guidance counselor.
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Howell Alums Graves & Orf Face Each Other In AAA Minor League Game

With four Howell alums currently playing minor league baseball, Viking fans knew at some point in time they would eventually cross paths. On Friday night former Vikings Brett Graves and Nate Orf faced each other in a AAA game in San Antonio. Congratulations to Brett and Nate as well as Nic Perkins and Jake Kostyshock who are all living their MLB dreams by working their way through the minor league ranks.
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Howell Alum Adam Long Competing In PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs

Howell alum Adam Long is having a great first season on the PGA Tour. Adam made the PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs and is currently playing in the BMW Championship this weekend. He is tied for 51st heading into the final day. Congratulations to Adam on a great start to his PGA career!

Stay Connected With The Activities Department

There are many ways for Viking fans to stay informed and aware of everything going on at Howell. Below you can find several platforms to find information specific to the Howell Activities Department. Finding information and content on our activities, clubs and sports has never been easier!

Twitter- @FHVikings

Website & App –

Instagram - FHVikings

Viking Insider (Weekly E-Magazine) Sign up at

Youtube Channel -

Camp Website –

Activities Hotline- 636-851-4700 (Option 1)

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2019-20 School Year Start Dates & Dead Periods Announced For MSHSAA Activities & Sports

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods and starting dates for MSHSAA sponsored activities has been released for the 2019-20 school year. These 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 2019-20 school year.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - June 29 - July 7, 2019

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - August 5 - August 11, 2019

Fall Sports Begin August 12, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (excluding girls swim) - October 27 - November 3, 2019

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins November 4, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - November 3 - November 10, 2019

Girls Swim Begins November 11, 2019

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 23 - March 1, 2020

Spring Sports Begin March 2, 2020


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