Band program gets back in the swing of things

Lizzi Holland

January 26, 2011

The snow fall not only canceled school last week, it canceled after school activities. Among the activities canceled was the A-Band’s performance at the girls home basketball game against Holt High School on Jan. 20. Various teachers were scheduled to play alongside the A-Band. A few band students ...

Book club to conference with local author

Patrick Hurley

January 25, 2011

On Jan. 27, the school book club will be participating in the organization’s first conference with a published author; however, this chat with a novelist isn’t like many others. Librarian Andrea Head has scheduled a video conference with the writer Brian Katcher on a program called Skype to dis...

Bigger and better shoes

Alli Keisker

January 25, 2011

A new year brings bigger and better shoes for the underclassmen to fill in Men’s Chamber Choir, according to junior Spencer Millfelt. Millfelt has been in Chamber Choir the last three years and has become very close with his fellow choir members. According to Millfelt, the choir did well at both...

Spotlight Players warm up for spring production

Claire Henderson

January 21, 2011

The Spotlight Players are busier then ever in the first weeks of this semester. Thirty students traveled to Missouri State University for the State Thespian Conference Jan. 6-8, and according to Theater Director Michelle Moll, the trip was a success. “There were various workshops and shows that t...

Opportunity to study abroad

Alli Keisker

January 19, 2011

For some, summer vacation is time for sleeping in and hanging by the pool, but for any current seniors and alumni it means an opportunity to travel beyond our boarders and to the Central American country of Guatemala. Spanish teacher, Mrs. Ashley Wager, and Science teacher, Mrs. Jessica Rowe, and cur...

NHS plans for the semester

Sean Carroll

January 19, 2011

The National Honor Society has a lot of activities lined up this semester for members to take part in. “Right now we are planning our upcoming spring service project with different events happening around the community and the school,” NHS Sponsor Dena Rulo said. Members who are juniors can participate i...

DECA prepares for competions

Kamrie Reed

January 18, 2011

Currently, DECA is preparing for the district competition that takes place on Feb. 9. DECA usually brings approximately 90 students to the all-day competition. The students that place, which is usually 20 to 25, go on to state. Then somewhere around seven or ten students compete at nationals. This year’s ...

Choir’s preparation is the key to success

Alli Keisker

January 11, 2011

With both their spring concert and competitions approaching, Women’s Chamber Choir has already started working on their newest songs for this semester, according to junior Melissa Mossinghoff, a member of Women's Chamber Choir. “At the moment we’re briefly beginning to work on music for the s...

Band invites teachers to participate

Lizzi Holland

January 10, 2011

This year, playing with the school band at Francis Howell Central is no longer a privilege solely reserved for students. On Jan. 20 at the girls’ home basketball game, teachers are being asked to join the band in its performance. Mr. Nathan Griffin, the band director, sent out a newsletter in Decemb...

Junior makes state honor choir

Sean Carroll

December 14, 2010

Junior Kyle Chumbley has made state honor choir this year, qualifying his first time. “I was ecstatic, being in the top four out 354,” Chumbley said. “I get to perform with the top four [singers] from every school district in Missouri.” To audition, a student either has to be a junior or s...

Spartan bands donate to St. Louis Crisis Nursery

Destiny Pipkin

December 13, 2010

This week, the Spartan bands conducted a fundraiser for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery Center. The Crisis Nursery Center is a center where parents can bring their children when they are overwhelmingly stressed. Children are also placed in the care of the Crisis Nursery Center when they are in a situati...

District issues warning regarding ‘suspicious individual’

Ted Noelker

December 10, 2010

Early Thursday evening, Superintendent Pam Sloan sent out an e-mail warning to all district faculty and staff, as well as an eNEWS alert to parents. "The District has recently learned of a situation concerning student safety," the e-mail said. "It has been reported that a suspicious white male, app...

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