Knight Notes

November 7, 2016


Good morning--

I hope you had a wonderful weekend; I know I did. I had the pleasure of spending some time at school watching our kids compete on the soccer field and perform on the stage, and they certainly delivered.

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, our varsity soccer team played a thrilling match against the Eureka Wildcats. It gave me a few heart palpitations for sure! The game was decided in shootouts, and our Knights prevailed. It was great to see so many faculty members and students on hand to cheer on our team. As a result of this victory, the Knights will play on Friday at 2:00; they will face the CBC Cadets at Soccer Park (Mr. Janes will be sending out more information). Congratulations to the team and their coaches.

After, the game, I thought my heart would get some rest, but I was wrong. The FHN Masque Players' production of Wait Until Dark, was both thrilling and suspenseful. Our students did an awesome job with all aspects of the production. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors on a wonderful show!

It is fantastic to see our kids do great things. I know this does not happen by accident, but is the product of intentional efforts. I am proud of what our kids are accomplishing and I am grateful to all that all of you do to help bring that to fruition.

Have a phenomenal Monday!



Friday is Veteran's Day. Please join me in thanking all of our veterans. We have several in the building, and I know many of us have veterans in our own families. We certainly are grateful for all that they do and all that they put on the line to ensure our safety and our freedoms. We are truly blessed by their service.


  • I usually do no put athletic celebrations in Knight Notes, as they are usually included in Mr. Janes' Knightly News, but I must mention that Peter Lucido became the State Champion in diving this weekend. This is truly an awesome accomplishment and certainly is the byproduct of countless hours at the pool. Congratulations to Peter and his coaches. I know you join me in celebrating this awesome accomplishment!


  • Students for FHN, the student climate committee, met to discuss past climate data. They worked together to identify the top three survey items they would like to keep monitoring and work on to help achieve improved results. At their next meeting they will brainstorm possible solutions for the identified problems.

  • Congratulations to Dominic Schneider as he travels to play in the National Band this week.


1. I have two children, Eli is 6 and Sophie is 13 (see photo). Eli and I love to play legos together and Sophie sings at school and with the Pat Holt Singers.

2. I am an avid Denver Broncos, St. Louis Blues, and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

3. I enjoy playing the mandolin and harmonica in my spare time (when I have it).

4. I am especially excited about deer season this year because my brother purchased some property in Hermann earlier this year for hunting.

5. My graduating high school class selected me as the most likely to become a game show host.

I select Anne Freeman to go next.


There is an AP Teacher Meeting from 2:30-4:00 in the Learning Commons on November 9.


Knights @ 90: FHN currently has 89.9% of students above 90% attendance.

SIP Update:

  • The Admin team held around 200 meetings with students during 1st quarter regarding attendance.
  • On Monday Oct 31st we celebrated about 30 students who met their behavior or attendance goals for 1st Quarter.
  • We currently have about 20 students paired with an Attendance Ally for mentoring around attendance. .


Planning ahead for the Student Climate Survey:

  • The survey will be given during all 4th hour classes
  • The teacher can choose which day to give the survey, December 6th, 7th, or 8th
  • It will be given via mastery Connect, either Mobile Device or Bubblesheet
  • The survey will be between 10 and 15 items, shortened from 43 items on the previous student survey


The next Better than Carrots or Sticks book study discussion will take place on 11/16 after school in Room 5/8. FHN has seen a big improvement in our discipline infractions from our students on Free/Reduced Lunch. Compared to October of last year, the infractions our students on Free/Reduced lunch have decreased from 48.2% to 28.8%.


The technology committee will be meeting on 11/9 after school in the main office conference room. We will be discussing topics for the next Lunch and Learn. Please remember to turn off your projectors if they are not going to be used for at least 20 minutes. This will preserve the bulb and the overall life of the projector.


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.


  • "Shout-out to Marissa Cohen and Stephanie Johnson did a great job leading out the staff book study on Better Than Carrots and Sticks. Thank you for leading out and thank you to all the staff for great conversations!"--Katie Greer


Monday, Nov. 7th, 2:30-3:30pm

College and Career Room


Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 8:30am-12pm



Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2:30-4pm



Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2:30-3:30pm



Thursday, Nov. 10th, 2:30-3:30pm



Monday, Nov. 14th, 2:30-3:30pm