Monthly Update from Dr Keltner

Parents and students:


It’s May, and the end of the school year is in sight!  On top of outstanding athletic, music, and extra-curricular accomplishments, along with two individuals being named among the top 100 senior scholars in Missouri, US News & World Report just released its annual Best High Schools in America rankings… once again, the Bulldogs are in there!  It’s the 8th consecutive year FZS has been named in these rankings, the most of any Fort Zumwalt high school, and it’s a testament to the amazing work done by our students, faculty, and staff members.  There are nearly 1,000 high schools in our state; you can view the complete listing of Missouri high schools honored at


Achievements such as the US News and World Report recognition happen on a regular basis at FZS due to students, teachers, administrators, and support staff members who work to keep us at the top of our game.  In particular, three teachers and four support staff members have dedicated a large part of their lives to the success of our students and mark this year as their final one as they step into retirement.  I thank Dave Brown, Jan Byrne, Anne Klemme, Debbie Breden, Kristi Gannon, Tommy Pfuhl, and Christine Smith for the wonderful work they’ve done here and wish them well in their future endeavors.


The ultimate celebration of our students’ success is witnessed at our commencement exercises, held at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, May 28th, at The Family Arena in St. Charles.  Commencement marks a milestone in FZS history and is a finishing salute to our graduates for their four years with us.  I’m excited that we will once again graduate an outstanding class of seniors who are ready to step beyond high school.  It’s a fantastic time as we recognize our students for reaching the final milestone in their secondary educational experience.


From deciding on post-secondary plans, showcasing spring performances and contests, entering post-season athletic competition, and completing End-of-Course and Advanced Placement exams, to preparing for finals and ultimately receiving a diploma, this month is filled with enthusiasm!  The experience our students enjoy at South High School leaves a permanent imprint on their lives, and the role each of us play in their education is immeasurably important.  I appreciate the continued support you give as we strive to provide our students and community with nothing short of the very best as we look forward to a wonderful end to this school year!






Kevin Keltner, Ed.D.