Knight Notes

September 26, 2016



I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Homecoming weekend is coming at you fast and furiously. This is an awesome week to celebrate the high school experience and to enjoy our students and our school. I look forward to seeing all of the interesting outfits that students and staff will wear and to spending some time at the many great events that will take place throughout the week.

I hope to see you around! Have a wonderful week! Go, Knights!



  • Congratulations to James Dohrman and Blake Coonrod on being National Merit Semifinalists.
  • Congratulations to Congrats to Alyssa Barber and Autumn Todd for being named @NSPA national Broadcast Story of the Year Finalists.…


We are very excited to add Stacey Enders to the Francis Howell North team. Stacey will be our new attendance secretary. She will be working with Marlene. We are very excited to have Stacey here, as she has seventeen years of experience in the district, working as a Human Resource Associate and as an administrative assistant. Stacey will start on Monday afternoon. I know you will make her feel very welcomed.


I want to say thank you! Thank you for the time you have put in to help our students. Thank you for supporting, guiding and working with students on a daily basis preparing them for their futures. I know that the work we do here is hard and our plates our full, but great things are happening and will continue to happen at North because of your work!

The end of 1st quarter is just around the corner. More information will come from Sandy Kuhl on submitting grades, but the window for submitting grades will close on October 18th. Please make sure you are communicating with parents if you have students who are not doing well in your class.


A big thanks to the Attendance Committee and to the Activities Office for their efforts in making our 2nd Fun Friday a success. The students at FHN seemed to really enjoy it.


Knights @ 90: FHN currently has 90.12% of students attending 90% of the time.

As we draw close to the end of 1st Quarter, please remind students of our “No More Than 4” theme for the year. If they are close, remind them we have 2 weeks to go. If they already missed it for 1st Qtr, encourage them to do better during 2nd Qtr. Thanks to all you for your efforts in improving our attendance.


Thank you to those who have already taken your survey. To those of you who have not, you should be receiving a reminder email this morning. Please take it at your earliest convenience. The survey window will close on Tuesday around noon. We are currently at 74% participation, and need to be at 80%. Remember, it's only 11 questions and takes just five minutes of your time. Thank you so much!

Climate Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, September 27th at 2:30 PM. We are meeting in the main office conference room and all are invited. Our goal is to have preliminary climate data at that time. At this meeting, we will look at the data and decide how to share it with staff.


Behavior Leadership Team

Discussion: The Behavior Leadership Team met this past week. Marissa Cohen and Stephanie Johnson are going to be leading out a book study 2nd quarter on Better than Carrots or Sticks. This short text covers how to use some restorative practices in the classroom. Copies of the book will be provided and the study will meet three times during 2nd quarter. Dates and more information will be coming soon.


Did you attend an awesome session at the 21C Fest? Were there more topics you wanted to learn about? The Tech committee would like your help in developing topics for upcoming Lunch and Learns. Please click on the link below to share what topics you experienced at 21C fest and any topic that you want to hear more about.



A Cosmic Knight



Spirit Week: (Sept 26-30)

Monday, Sept. 26: Black Hole Day (all black clothing)

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Cowboys vs Aliens

Wednesday, Sept. 28: Black and Gold Day/Toga Day for Seniors

Thursday, Sept. 29: Sports Day or Powder Puff Day

Friday, Sept. 30: Class Colors Day (Teachers typically wear jeans and black and gold again). Some awesome teachers (Frau McPartland!) wear all the class colors.

Assembly Schedule for Friday, Sept. 30:

1st hour: 7:20-7:50

2nd hour: 7:55-8:25

Assembly: 8:30-9:30

3rd hour: 9:35-10:07

4th-7th: Regular Schedule

Things go way more smoothly if teachers sit in the stands with the students, so we appreciate your help with that.

Powderpuff Football Game:

The game starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:30.


The tailgate starts at 5 before the Homecoming football game. Student Council plans for it to last until 6:30. It is totally free, including food and drinks. There will be inflatables and games for adults and kids to play. We will also have music playing. Feel free to come and bring your families.

Homecoming Game:

The game starts at 7:00. We hope to see you there!

Homecoming Dance:

The dance will start at 7:00 and end at 10:00.


2016-2017 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. listening to the concerns of others and by helping to problem solve those issues.

3. helping students to see the relationship between effort and success.

4. being open-minded to new ideas.

5. addressing any inappropriate behavior immediately to help set an expectation of appropriate hallway and classroom behavior.

6. giving clear and consistent expectations for device use and by enforcing them.

7. counting tardies consistently.

Climate Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 2:30-3:30pm

Main Office Conference Room

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 4-7:30pm


1/2 District PD Day

Monday, Oct. 17th, 10am-12pm


PLC Leader Training

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 2:30-3:30pm

Learning Commons

PD Committee Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2:30-3:30pm

Learning Commons


"Shout out to all the teachers who helped with Fun Friday!"

--Chris Birch

"Shout out to STUCO for all the work for homecoming this week."

--Chris Birch