Milestone: FZ100Day
Posted on 02/12/2021
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Fortitude Podcast celebrates #FZ100Day

Tune in for a two-part FORTiTUDE podcast celebrating The Concept of Our.
Our Students. Our Teachers. Our Community. Feb. 16 will be #FZ100Day!

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Tune in to Part 1, featuring: Technology (Executive Director JB Mette, Canvas specialists Scott Wolz and Hannah Dyksen), Curriculum (Assistant Superintendent Jen Waters, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Dan Boatman, Elementary Math Curriculum Coordinator Heather Kreger, Secondary English Language Arts Coordinator Candy Holloway, West High Assistant Principal Ed Dreyer), Administrators (Superintendent Dr. DuBray, West High Principal Neil Berry, DuBray Middle Principal Earl Draper and Westhoff Princpal Sandy Connors)

Tune in to Part 2, featuring: Nurses (Assistant Superintendent - Special Services Laura Smith, Nursing Coordinator Peggy Barkley, RN, North High School RN Meagan Schulte and Emge Elementary School RN Sheila Hofmann), Transportation & Custodial (Deputy Superintendent Paul Myers, Director of Custodial Services DeWayne Adams and Transportation Director Jeff Schwepker), Activities Coordinators (North High's Ted Hickey and West High's Neil Nowack), and Feeding our Kids (Student Nutrition Director Paul Becker and West High Crisis Counselor Melissa Tichy)

Fort Zumwalt and #FZCommunity celebrate 100 Days of school, in person and online
Feb. 16 marks the 100th Day of the 2020-2021 school year in the Fort Zumwalt School District. Typically, this is a celebration for elementary students in the youngest grades that combines exercises in essential math skills with a celebration of completing the majority of the school year. This year, however, all of Fort Zumwalt is celebrating the teaching and learning that have continued despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together Fort Zumwalt students, staff, parents and community members have been resilient, providing options for learning in-person or online since Aug. 31, 2020. More than 80 percent of the district’s 17,500 students have been learning in person with teachers and peers five days a week. For those who chose the virtual option,  Fort Zumwalt teachers Pre-K - 8 have provided Board approved curriculum five days a week since August. Virtual high school students, who took part in the Springfield Launch program first semester, now are also learning Fort Zumwalt curriculum from Fort Zumwalt teachers.

A few factors have been integral to the district’s reaching this milestone in-person and online. First, innovation. As district administrators set to work  creating an in-person environment that met COVID safety protocols, teachers and curriculum writers constructed an effective online option for families who wanted it. Second, commitment. Students and staff in all areas have been committed to getting back to the work of teaching and learning. They have been flexible in adjusting to new in-person protocols and collaborative in meeting the demands of those protocols. Community partners have been committed to supporting district efforts and to supporting families in need. Finally, gratitude. Parents, guardians, students and staff have been patient, flexible and appreciative of  the opportunity to choose an educational platform that worked best for their family.

Therefore, the district has asked the community to join the celebration. Business and non-profit organizations have helped the district serve neighbors in need. Collaboration with other school districts and local agencies has been critical to the success of the school year so far. Partners joining the celebration include the St. Charles County Council, the O’Fallon City Council and the St. Peters Board of Aldermen as well as the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Community partners can share their support using #FZ100Day. They can also print and post this sign at their place of business.