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Friday, April 08, 2016
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Central Office announces new hires for 2016-2017

Chief Human Resources Officer

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Simpkins as Chief Human Resources Officer. Lisa joined the Francis Howell School District in 2013, as Director of Human Resources, and has served in that role since that time. Prior to coming to Francis Howell, Lisa was Director of Support Personnel in the Ft. Zumwalt School District for twelve years. Before working in an education setting, Lisa worked in an HR role in a business setting. Please join me in welcoming Lisa to her new role.

Mrs. Simpkins is replacing Dr. Griggs who will be retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Chief Academic Officer

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Nicole Whitesell as Chief Academic Officer. Nicole has served for the past five years as Executive Director of Secondary Education in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Prior to that, Nicole’s roles included building administrator and teacher. Please join me in welcoming Nicole to the Francis Howell School District.

Mrs. Whitesell will be replacing Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris who will assume the role of District Superintendent beginning July 1st.

Important Information

St. Louis Cardinals Day

For the St.Louis Cardinals home opener on Monday, April 11th, it will be an official "Cardinals Day" here at Francis Howell Middle School. Wear jeans and Cardinal attire (hats included) to help kick off the home opener game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

3rd Quarter Climate Survey Results

Here are the results from our 3rd Quarter District Climate Survey:

Question1. I take pride in working at my school

Qtr1: 98.15% Qtr2: 100% Qtr3: 100%

Question 2. Our staff holds high expectations for student learning

Qtr1: 100% Qtr2:100% Qtr3: 100%

Question 3. There are open channels of communication at our school

Qtr1: 88.46% Qtr2: 100% Qtr3: 95.83%

Question 4. There are opportunities for shared decision making

Qtr1: 78.85% Qtr2: 94.55% Qtr3: 93.75%

Question 5. Our school has clear direction on how to improve student learning

Qtr1: 88.46% Qtr2: 89.09% Qtr3: 91.67%

For Your Information...

2016-2017 Calendar

Here is the District Calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

In need of 21C Fest Proposals

We are still in need of proposals for next year's 21C Fest. If you are interested, please complete the information (see link below) as soon as possible.


See information above regarding 21C Fest.


Math is wrapping up the EnVision Math Pilot

Content Leaders are setting PD dates for Success PD and Training.



EOC Algebra I testing will be April 25-26

MAP testing will be the week of May 2-6.


April Birthdays

1 Angie Canul

1 Jason Hughes

2 Christy Bear

3 Jenn Nenninger

7 Sheri Brinkmann

20 Bryan Richards

24 Ginny Lester

25 Julie Ptak

26 Penney Nieder

29 Cheryl Sellers

29 Brian Fisher

Upcoming Dates

April 11: B.I.G. Meeting Room 171 7:30 a.m.

April 12: 5th Grade Parent Preview 7:00 p.m. Gym

April 19: Student Digital Showcase 6:00 p.m. Learning Commons

April 18: Coffee Talk 7:45 a.m. Learning Commons

April 20: MAP Training - All certified staff 2:45p.m. Learning Commons

April 21: Tech Cafe (4A/4C/5B) in the Cabana

APril 21: Board of Education meeting 7:00 p.m. BOE Room

April 23: 5th Annual Family Fun Run