MICDS’ Wellford makes commitment to play lacrosse at Virginia

MICDS midfielder Harry Wellford has made a verbal commitment to play Division I Lacrosse at the University of Virginia. The program is widely-known for its recruiting successes mainly from the East Coast; Wellford is the first St. Louis lacrosse player to commit to an Atlantic Coast Conference school. After considering Duke, Princeton, Georgetown, Notre Dame and a few others, Wellford decided on the Cavaliers. In addition to having the opportunity to play for the all-time winningest coach, Don Starsia, Wellford is excited to attend one of the best academic schools in the nation where he plans to study business or ...

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Desir gets first action in Cleveland preseason opener

  Lindenwood University product Pierre Desir has been working diligently in training camp the past two weeks with the Cleveland Browns. The fourth round pick from Francis Howell Central had his first action just over a week ago in the Browns intersquad scrimmage in Akron, Ohio. On Saturday (Aug. 9), Desir got to see his first preseason action as an NFL player in the Browns preseason opener at Ford Field in Detroit against Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and the Detroit Lions. Desir got into the game at left cornerback in the first half and missed a few tackles. He was ...

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Fort Zumwalt School District to continue ImPACT testing

The Fort Zumwalt School District will continue to test its athletes – both on and off the field – for the effects of concussions. The district will utilize the ImPACT testing program again next year for its high school athletes involved with football, soccer and cheerleading. Brandon Larkin, M.D., with Advanced Bone and Joint in St. Peters, presented the results from the latest ImPACT testing at the Board of Education meeting on July 21. ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive test used to evaluate athletes who have sustained a concussion. The test looks at eight key neurocognitive domains, including: impulse control, ...

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District adds entrance safety feature

For the 2014-15 school year, the Francis Howell School District has installed buzz-in systems at the main and student entrances at each high school. The buzz-in system includes an intercom and a camera. After the start of school each day, all doors to the school will be locked and the only points of entry to the building will be through the main and student entrances. All parents and visitors will be required to push an intercom button, state their name and the purpose of their visit in order to gain entry into the school. School staff will make a visual ...

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St. Charles’ Turner gets picked up by Cubs

Westminster Christian Academy graduate Jacob Turner has a new team to pitch for. The Chicago Cubs acquired Miami Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner, whom they also claimed on waivers. The Marlins received Class-A pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer in return. Turner will be the latest reclamation project for pitching coach Chris Bosio, joining recently acquired Felix Doubront. Turner, a St. Charles native whom the Tigers selected with the ninth pick of the 2009 draft, never lived up to his potential, going 9-21 with a 4.77 earned-run average for the Tigers and Marlins. He made 20 starts for the Marlins last ...

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New math program for elementary students

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) will implement a new elementary math program called enVision Math this fall. The new math program will provide increased rigor and will meet the needs of  high-achieving students as well as those who need additional time and support. As with any academic programming, the new math program will be aligned to FHSD and state standards. It has been 12 years since FHSD’s last elementary mathematics program adoption. In anticipation of a change to the math program, over 40 FHSD elementary teachers spent two years researching programs and best practices for teaching mathematics to elementary ...

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River City splits twin-bill with Florence, stays in first place in division

The River City Rascals kept hold of their slim lead over the rival Gateway Grizzlies in Frontier League West Division race for another day. On Friday night (Aug. 8) at TR Hughes Ballpark, the host Rascals won the first game of a twi-night doubleheader against the Florence (Ky.) Freedom and then lost the second game for a split. That coupled with winning over the Freedom on Wednesday night  (8-3) gave them a 2-1 series win. Bryce Shafer took the hill for River City in the opening game. Shafer, making his first start in nearly two weeks was sharp as he ...

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Schools receive positive attention

Six schools in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) have been recognized  for successfully adopting and implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS), a comprehensive approach for improving student behavior and academic performance. Becky-David Elementary, Central Elementary, Henderson Elementary, Warren Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Saeger Middle School were honored on June 11 at the Missouri SW-PBS Recognition Ceremony in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Missouri SW-PBS Summer Training Institute at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Each school had to meet specific criteria to earn these honors, including use of data to direct instruction, problem solving and intervention efforts, creative ...

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