Season Of Giving 2022
A Message From The Superintendent
I’m so excited to share all of the remarkable ways our students and staff have given back heading into the Holidays. Several of their service projects are in the newsletter below.
I also wanted to share some data on how our district has performed over the past few years. We know the last few years have been stressful, and these numbers certainly don’t tell the whole story, but it shows that hard work, dedication and teamwork can lead to amazing outcomes.
The data below was compiled from 14 similar size districts in our region, from Washington and Rolla to the Northwest and Jackson and Poplar Bluff to our South.
Farmington Data Rankings
Math - 1st
ELA - 3rd
Science - 1st
Social Studies - 3rd
ACT - 9th
Math - 1st
ELA - 1st
Science - 4th
Social Studies - 3rd
ACT - 4th
The Farmington School District wishes each of you a blessed Holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas, followed by a safe and relaxing New Year.
Matt Ruble, Superintendent of Schools
FSD Service Projects and Celebrations
TLC Trunk or Dunk
Instead of doing a Trunk or Treat this year for the TLC October family night, Truman participated in a Trunk or Dunk, in lieu of receiving candy, families were asked to bring in a canned good to "dunk" a basket with the principals. TLC collected canned goods to donate to the local food pantry. Over 100 families participated and 735 lbs of food were collected for the Ministerial Alliance.
Washington-Franklin Gives Back!
On Giving Tuesday, Washington-Franklin participated in random acts of kindness throughout the community. Washington-Franklin also had in a food drive to support Knight Time Snacks. Each classroom had a focus on a certain number of food items to be collected. This was a fun challenge with a reward for the winner. In addition, Washington-Franklin held their annual door decorating contest with local community members coming in to vote on doors and collect donations. This was done in collaboration with our character council students. Staff also have participated in a Christmas spirit dress up week where students drop change to vote for a favorite staff outfit. Proceeds from the door decorating and the spirit week will go towards purchasing Christmas gifts for our Washington Franklin families in need.
Dayse Baker Learning Center Partners With Cedarhurst and CTA
Dayse Baker students and staff have participated in several community service projects this year. Most recently they created and donated ornaments to Cedarhurst Senior Living Community and visited with residents.
Students and staff have worked all semester with CTA Cares as well. They collect, organize and pack food items to send home with students in need in our district.
FHS Student Groups Get In The Spirit
Farmington High School FFA and FCCLA members helped prepare 100 lbs of mashed potatoes, 60 lbs of sweet potatoes, 50 pumpkin pies, 60 corn casseroles, 40 green bean casseroles and 20 cakes for the Shared Blessings Organization. Shared Blessings Creates a Thanksgiving feast for anyone is St. Francois County who needs a hot Thanksgiving meal.
FSD Choirs 7-12 Sing United
FSD Choirs 7-12 participated in joint concert with North County that was a fundraiser for the local charity Superheroes for Hope. $2000 was raised to help local families battling childhood cancers.
Junior Air Force ROTC Program - A Tradition Of Service
The FHS Junior AFROTC program is known in their service to the community. This year has been no different. Here are a few of the projects they have participated in this year:
AFJROTC MO-961 Color Guard Cadets Hannah Sertl, Kadyn Cole, Ella Swyres, Hayden Melton and Farmington High School Band Director Elliot Naes, combined with members of the Farmington VFW Post 5896 and American Legion Post 416, posted Colors and played Taps at 18 cemeteries, 2 courthouses, and 1 VFW Post on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022, rendering honors to military members who lost their lives in service to our country.
Walk to End Alzheimer's
AFJROTC MO-961 Cadets provided their time setting up/tearing down, seeking pledges and assisting participants during the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Oct. 15, 2022.
Trunk or Treat
AFJROTC MO-961 Cadets set up games and passed out candy to children during Trunk or Treat at the High School on Oct. 20, 2022.
Awareness Presentation Team
AFJROTC MO-961 Cadets engaged with middle schoolers on the effects of drugs and alcohol and how to say no during a visit to Farmington Middle School on Nov. 3, 2022.
Veterans Day Breakfast
AFJROTC MO-961 Cadet Matthew Coomer and other FHS cadets and students volunteer their time honoring service members during a Veteran's Day breakfast hosted by FSD on Nov. 11, 2022.
AFJROTC MO-961 Cadets folded 424 unserviceable American Flags, collected by the Farmington VFW Post 5896 and American Legion Post 416, at the Farmington VFW on Nov. 12, 2022. The flags will be officially retired in Spring 2023.
Lincoln Intermediate Students And Staff Provide To Those In Need
Lincoln had a very successful canned food drive and donated to local food pantries. Additionally, with the help of Lincoln students and Farmington Wal-Mart, Lincoln Intermediate provided five Thanksgiving meals to families in our school community. Last but not least, students and staff were able to clear all student lunch debt a Lincoln by hosting a jeans week and hat day to help raise funds. Great job Lincoln!
Super Knights at FHS Provide Meal For Staff
The FHS Super Knights provided a Thanksgiving feast for the entire staff of Farmington High School! Great job Super Knights!
FSD Honors Veterans
The Farmington School District in collaboration with the City of Farmington provided breakfast to Veterans and their families. Over 550 people were served breakfast on November 11th. Students from several Farmington High School organizations volunteered at the event.
Community Service At Jefferson Elementary
Jefferson students and staff have participated in several community service projects this year. They have been collecting funds for Season of Hope through a variety of fundraisers included Candy Cane sales. Season of Hope provides Christmas to families in need. Students and staff from Jefferson held a successful canned food drive to provide food for area families in need. Jefferson students and staff recently braved the cold and rang the bell for the United Way.
FMS Brings Awareness and Helps Local Families
This winter the Girls Group organized a service project, and sold FMS lanyards and tree cakes during lunch. They followed this with a big event, a few girls staying after school to bake for a bake sale the following day. Girls Group made about 500 items, which resulted in over $300 raised for families in need this winter. They connected with Seasons of Hope to adopt several families for Christmas to provide and shop for items on Christmas wish lists for kids in need. The girls wrapped the presents and look forward to knowing that they're providing for others this season of giving.
During their fall pep assembly FMS had a "GRAY OUT" for Brain Cancer Awareness. Cheerleaders and Football players supported a fellow classmate, and he was captain of the last home football game, participating in the coin toss. During the assembly, everyone wore gray, and advisories did a service learning project to learn about brain cancer, posting facts and support for families affected by cancer. Football players' families organized a "Bald for Bucks" head shaving to show support for their fellow player, who lost his hair as a side effect of his chemotherapy treatments, raising money for the family as they continued treatments. Even Coach Bob got in on the action, as well as Coach Barron and Winick for a shave! Wonderful job by all the families who organized this event. The boys supporting each other was a heartwarming thing to see, as kids show compassion and empathy for others.
Finally, the FMS Girls Basketball team recently braved the cold to ring the bell for the United Way. Great job ladies!