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Policy set to remove anti-racism resolution after vote by Board of Education

Colin Nichols, Web Editor-in-Chief July 25, 2023

“We hear you, we are listening, and we are learning.” This was the stance the Francis Howell Board of Education took in August 2020 to “confront racism.” However, by a 5-2 majority, the 2023...

District Board of Education Candidates standing together in a line in the Francis Howell Central Auditorium at the Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 29.

Welcoming the Elected District Board Members

Colin Nichols, Staff Reporter April 8, 2023

Elected candidates Mrs. Jane Puskar, Mr. Mark Ponder, and Mr. Ron Harmon will become directors of the Francis Howell School District Board of Education once proper training is completed, following the...

Keeping the Ball Rolling

Keeping the Ball Rolling

Tea Perez, Editor-in-Chief March 18, 2022

FHC has been waiting in anticipation to find out who will be head principal Dr. Sonny Arnel’s successor ever since he announced his plans to retire at the end of the 21-22 school year. The interviewing...

A teachers desk sits empty. Schools will soon face the loss of faculty members due to new budget cuts.

New Budget Cuts Will Result in Faculty Reductions

Tea Perez, Web Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2021

The future for many FHSD faculty members remains uncertain as new budget cuts will result in the reduction of staffing across all schools. For the past 10 years, the district has been dealing with issues...

With the sharp increase of positive covid-19 cases more students are pulled out of school for contact tracing.

New Quarantine Procedure in Effect Throughout District

Tea Perez, Web Editor-in-Chief December 1, 2020

On Nov. 24. Superintendent Nathan Hoven announced a new quarantine protocol to be in effect at all Francis Howell schools starting Nov. 30. The initial plan announced by Gov. Mike Parson on Nov. 12 states...

This photo illustration portrays how different in person learning is from online.  The COVID-19 cases in our building have cause roughly 70 students to make a temporary transition to online learning.

Three Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Have Affected Around 70 Students

Natalie Walsh, Co Editor-in-Chief September 24, 2020

On Sunday, Sept. 20, Francis Howell Central received notification of its second COVID-19 case followed closely by a third case on Sept. 22. According to Dr. Andrew Downs, approximately 70 students have...

Update: New Last Day of School

Kierigan McEvoy, Web Assignments Editor April 16, 2020

At the virtual board of education meeting tonight, April 16, the District announced that the official last day of the Francis Howell School District’s 2019-2020 school year will be Tuesday, May 19. After...

Update: Information Regarding Senior Traditions and Events

Kierigan McEvoy, Web Assignments Editor April 16, 2020

A lot of expectations and traditions come with being a high school senior. The past few weeks teachers, counselors, and building administrators have been working hard so that these events can still take...

Mrs. Fetsch celebrates, with her FHC family, being cancer free! Even a pandemic could not stop teachers, students, and administrators from doing something a little special for a very special person.

Celebrating Our F.A.M.I.L.Y Quarantine Style

Kierigan McEvoy, Web Assignments Editor April 16, 2020

In a time of solitude and sorrow, there is still joy. There is still hope. There is still community. To honor math teacher Roxanne Fetsch, who has been battling leukemia throughout the past few years,...

Francis Howell Central High School sits empty during the COVID-19 quarantine.

School Closes For Remainder of the Year

Megan Percy, Web Editor-In-Chief April 9, 2020
Francis Howell School District will be closing it’s doors for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year as part of an order handed down from Governor Mike Parsons closing all schools for this time period in the state of Missouri. Spring sports and activities in high schools have also been ordered to cease.
Pencil and paper learning has become a thing of the past, now replaced by screens and keyboards. The concept of grading has also shifted in this abnormal time.

“Hold Harmless” Grading

Kierigan McEvoy, Web Assignments Editor April 6, 2020

For a while, the Francis Howell School District has been wrestling with the issue of how grading will work during online classes, and in an extremely unpredictable time of life. On Thursday, April 2, the...

The email sent from Dr. Hendricks-Harris concerning the coming weeks.

In The Coming Weeks

Megan Percy, Web Editor-In-Chief March 22, 2020

As the predetermined spring break comes to an end for the Francis Howell School District, so begins the two-week hiatus from in-person attendance at schools across the state. While it has been mandated...

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