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Feb. 16, 2012


Daily announcements will now be available on at the following link:

In addition, these announcements will be available via text message. To get them via text those interested can do the following:

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Send the message to the following number: 40404


Detention is now open and available for students to serve their detentions.

Detentions are every morning at 6:30-7:15.

You may also serve detentions everyday at 2:30 – you must report to the cafeteria on time. Or, you may serve detentions on Saturday from 9:00 – noon.


The library will be closed on Thursday, February 16th from 7:20 – 12:30 for a meeting. (2/16)


ATTENTION: SPRING PARKING PERMIT ALERT! SPRING PERMITS ON SALE – MONDAY 2/20 The winter seasonal parking permits are soon to expire! For those of you eligible – applications can be turned in now & are available just outside the parking office, so make sure you get your Sponsors to sign-off in a timely manner so that you avoid those costly fines!

For students without school sponsors – a parent letter is needed along with your application.

These will be sold to:Seniors – Monday. Juniors – Monday 3/26. Sophomores – Monday 4/2.


Sophomores – Jostens will be on campus one last time for Ring order turn in, February 17th during all lunches. This will be the last day to turn in your ring orders.

Any questions, contact Jostens @ 636.207.8780. (2/17)


Attention all Track and Field athletes, all paper work must be turned into one of the following rooms: 19, 143, 237 or the guidance office before February 24th. You can also pick up paper work in those rooms as well. (2/24)


February 14, eleven FHC students competed against 23 high schools at the District 8 FBLA Conference at Chesterfield Mall. First place winners advance to state competition. We are proud to announce these winners:

Kamrie Reed

Mary Bindbeutel 1st Place Business Ethics

They will be representing District 8 at state competition April 22-24 in Columbia, MO

Neel Kothari

Nikki Kartmann

Katelyn Janis 3rd Place Web Page Development (2/21)


Step team will have practice Friday, February 17th after school. Please talk to Ms. Moore if you can’t attend. (2/17)


Our Jazz Ensemble and our Jazz Combo participated in the Fort Zumwalt North Jazz Festival yesterday with several area schools. The students represented us very well at the contest and had a great performance. Several of our students were recognized with outstanding performances on the day. Those students include Tyler Jones, who was recognized twice, Elliot Russo who was also recognized twice, Kurt Carlson, and Drew Anderson. Congratulations to all our Jazz Ensemble members for outstanding day representing Howell Central. (2/21)


Art Club members and anyone else interested in ordering Leap Year T-shirts stop by room 243 to place your order. I will be ordering the t-shirts Friday of this week. (2/10)


Reminder that pre-season Track and Field conditioning practices are taking place after school. Meet in the activities hallway at 2:50 pm to get in shape for the up coming season. (2/10)


Junior Boys interested in government and politics are welcome to apply to Missouri Boys’ State, a free one week program run by the American Legion that is a leadership training program run as a simulation of government in action. The program will take place from June 16-23, 2012 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Participants are eligible for additional scholarships to certain four year universities. Additional information is available at Students may complete the application online but all applications must be printed out and handed into Dr. Gang in the guidance office. Our school is permitted a certain number of applicants to the program who will be chosen from the applications received in guidance. See Dr. Gang in guidance if you have additional questions. (2/3)


Please help support our WWII veterans by buying a “Cupcake for a Cause.”

Spartaneers & Student Ambassadors along with Student Council will be selling cupcakes for $1.00 after school on early release Wednesday’s in the Cafeteria.

Your money will help WWII veterans go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to see their WWII memorial. (1/31)


Join us for Science club this spring semester! Meetings are in room 222 after school every other Tuesday. All are welcome, even if you didn’t participate in the fall. (2/28)

Next meetings:

Thursday, Feb. 16 (so we are not meeting on Valentine’s Day!)

Tuesday, Feb. 28


FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Meetings are held on Thursday mornings at 7:00AM in room 106. Join us for community service, social activities, leadership activities and business news. Ms. Neal, Advisor


The Weight Room (room 008) is open for student use after school – Hours: MWF 2:35 – 4:30 T TH 2:35 – 4:00.



Mini medical school – Mizzou is running a one week mini medical school for students interested in anatomy, microbiology and other medical clinical skills. Students will be introduced to MU’s problem based learning curriculum. Entrance criteria include GPA, ACT scores, student response to an essay question and a recommendation from a science teacher. For more information and application go to http://medicine.missouri.ed/admissions/minimed.html. Application deadline is March 1.


Interested in Art? The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has summer classes as part of their early college program summer institute for high school students. Go to for more information.


The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance is offering a variety of pre college classes in their summer performing arts institutes. Go to for more information.


Washington University is offering several different types of summer experiences including a five week Summer Scholars program as well as a writing institute, a pre-medical institute, and a photojournalism institute which last three weeks. Students who meet the requirements are also eligible to enroll in summer or fall classes. For more information go to


Lindenwood University is offering a three day Summer Youth Leadership Project to help students learn leadership skills and understand their role in social change and provide an opportunity to act in service to others. Go to, click on academics and then Youth Programs and scroll to Lion’s Pride.


College Visits


Lindenwood University 2/21/3

SIU-Carbondale 2/22/1

Harris Stowe State 2/28/2

MIZZOU 2/28/6

MO University of Science and Technology 2/29/2

UMKC 3/5/6

Truman State 3/8/2

SEMO 3/8/3

Maryville University 3/5/7

Fontbonne University 3/6/6

Ball State University 3/7/3

University of Central Missouri 3/7/6

Truman State 3/8/2

Regency Beauty Institute 3/9/3

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