DLBHS Newsletter

October 2020

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About the DLBHS Monthly Newsletter!

Each month, we will bring you some of the news from the high school including classroom happenings, announcements about coming events, and extracurricular and co-curricular updates. We will also highlight staff members, students of the month, and more. From time to time, we might add information, so feel free to come back and see if there have been any additions.

Here is what you will find in this newsletter:

  • Updates from Mr. Bachmeier, Mr. Medalen
  • Information from the office about class fees, sports fees, lunch fees, and more
  • Information about testing, scholarships, and more from Mrs. Schaefer
  • A football team video
  • Information about the boys' and girls' basketball seasons from Coachs Bonn and Ystaas
  • Students of the Month
  • Classroom updates
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From Mr. Bachmeier's Desk

Wow! Has time been flying here at DL-B! It is hard to believe that we are two months into the school year and closing in on the end of the first quarter. School is in full swing and we have developed a new normal for our students to be learning efficiently and effectively.

Looking back over the past couple of months, it seems that directions and guidelines are constantly changing because of COVID-19. Having said this, our latest guidance concerns determining close contacts for quarantining. On Wednesday, October 1, Governor Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health gave the guidance on this topic. The guidance states that if both the positive case and the close contact are wearing masks consistently and properly, the close contact does not have to quarantine. We have discussed this with our students and told them that the best way to stay out of quarantine and not spread the virus is to always wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. I have seen more students wear masks than ever before.

Looking ahead in working through the regulations associated with COVID-19, a constant concern that I hear is about how many spectators can attend our extracurricular events. We must follow the regulations that have been put in place. We would love for everyone to attend the indoor events like years past, however, that is not feasible this year Ward county is currently in “yellow”, which means we are limited to a capacity of 250 people in the gym. This number includes spectators, as well as participants, coaches, and workers for the game. When post-season arrives, each school will receive 100 tickets to disperse to spectators. The School Board will decide how our district will distribute those tickets at our School Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. I love that people want to come and support our students, and the pride in our school is immense. I ask that people understand that the limitations on spectator numbers are out of our control. We are trying to do our best in this process.

Finally, I want to thank everyone again for working together this school year. I have been very impressed by the hard work and dedication our staff and students have taken to make this year such a success! My quote to end comes from the late Ruth Bader Ginsberg,” Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join in.”

The image below shows guidance set forth by Governor Burgum on October 1 regarding close contacts and face coverings. For more information, read the press released linked below.https://www.health.nd.gov/news/north-dakota-updates-quarantine-guidance-provide-exception-close-contacts-who-were-wearing

Infographic retrieved from the ND Department of Health https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjR_A7bXkAY5E_C?format=jpg&name=4096x4096

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Updates From Mr. Medalen's Desk


  • All students in grades 7—12 received Student Handbooks and Drug Free School information.

  • Seniors participated in College Application Day on October 8th, 2020.

  • An “Early Out” was scheduled on October 2nd, 2020. CPR and AED Training was offered to the coaches who needed it for certification purposes.

  • ASVAB Test was administered to the Juniors on October 1st, 2020.

  • Individual school pictures were taken at the High School on September 15th, 2020.


  • Football, Cross-Country, Junior High Volleyball, and 5th and 6th grade girls basketball will all be concluding their seasons in the next couple of weeks.

  • Volleyball Parents Night was held on September 15th, 2020.

  • Football Parents Night was held on September 4th, 2020.

  • Volleyball has about another month to go.

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From the office

All class fees and the sport fees have been put in the computer. If you wish to pay online, you will need to go to efunds: https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/55858/ and set up an account. To set up an account, you will need your student’s ID number. You can call the school if you do not have that information.

Here is some clarification between PowerSchool and efunds:

  • PowerSchool is where you will go to check grades, lunch balances and attendance for your students. You cannot make any payments here.
  • Efunds is where you can pay for lunch and school fees. You can use a credit card or check online. You may also send a check to the school or send money with your child/children to pay your fees.

Reminder: School meals are free to all students through December 31, 2020. (You do still need to pay for second helpings if your child has been getting seconds.)

Starting January 1, 2021, you will need to start paying for meals again, UNLESS you have been approved for free or reduced meals. If you have not sent in your free and reduced meal form for this school year, please send them to the school before January, so you can get approved before the free meal status changes.

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From Mrs. Schaefer's Desk

Test Preparation

RUReadyND offers practice tests for PSAT and ACT. Juniors can log in and go to college planning and click on test prep.

Username is nd.last name.first name.mmddyyyy and the student-created password. If students forgot their password, they can ask Mrs. Schaefer to reset their password. Also check back in Mrs. Schaefer's google classroom for links to other practice tests for PSAT, and ACT tests.

PSAT for Juniors

Juniors who signed up to take the PSAT will take that test on Oct. 14th from 8:30 am-11:30 am/12 pm. at the high school.


Juniors will take the full ACT test on March 2, 2021 at DLBHS. Students can take free online practice test through the ACT Academy. https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/act-academy.html

Bank of North Dakota

Bank of ND offers many resources for students (and parents) for college planning, completing the FAFSA, and virtual college/career fairs. To learn more, go to: https://bnd.nd.gov/career-compass-virtual-career-and-college-planning-resources/
Check this link for more information about scholarships

Mrs. Schaefer is always adding information about scholarships and other opportunities for students. Check the list for more details.

Information about scholarships and colleges

Information about scholarships and colleges is also posted on the wall next to the HS office and on the school website under "Counselor's Corner"!
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News from Student Council

Stu Co gave out DQ gift cards in random drawings to each grade during Homecoming's Spirit Week. The students are spearheading the Food Pantry $ Drive in Nov. Each Laker Time group is challenged to bring in money for 10 days. The group with the highest amount wins a trip to the DQ. All funds go to the Burlington Food Pantry. Last year over $1,500 was raised. So find your loose change and send it with your student!

Officers for the Year:

President: MacKenzie Rist

Vice President: Brooklyn Benno

Secretary/Treasurer: Jack Schaefer

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Morning Announcements at DLBHS

Members of the Student Advisory Council have started morning announcements each day at the end of the first period. Student volunteers share information for the day, student highlights, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings at DLBHS

These meetings will take place before school at 8 a.m. (or earlier) on the following days, unless notified differently by group advisors.

  • FBLA: 4th Wednesday
  • FCCLA: 1st Friday
  • FFA: 3rd Wednesday
  • NHS: 2nd Wednesday
  • Student Advisory: 4th Thursday
  • Student Council: 1st Wednesday

Notices will be posted about each meeting in the hallways.

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Students of the Month for September

Grade 7

Jacey Hutton and Milo Anderson

Grade 8

Daniela Irwin and Gunner Rakness

Grade 9

Shaylie Holen and Kaiden Smith

Grade 10

Olivia Redding and Ben Fagerland

Grade 11

Brooklyn Hanson and Jack Schaefer

Grade 12

Brooklyn Benno and Jordan Robbins

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Student Dashboard

Students in grades 7-12 have access to a Student Dashboard that highlights their work that is assigned through Google Classroom. Students can access the dashboard by logging into mystudentdashboard.com with their Google login and password.

The video below shows how the dashboard appears and what students can find there.

Student Dashboard overview for students
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Football Season

Watch this video that highlighted the Football Team for homecoming week.
Homecoming 2020
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Upcoming Reminders for Boys Basketball

Sports fees and physicals must be taken care of before first practice. This is on Monday, November 30th. We will have a parent meeting tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th.

Practice: players are to have red shorts and a practice jersey. Both can be provided, but most just use their own shorts. All athletes should be bringing their own water bottles for games and practices.

Shoes: Dress code here is school colors and neutral colors only. Red, white, royal blue, grey, white, black can be worn. Both left and right shoes must match. I believe that if players want to draw attention to themselves, they should do it through their work ethic, team-work, and skillful play, not through wacky shoe colors and other accessories.

Please see the following practice and game schedule (shown below) during Christmas break. We do have a JV and Varsity game the Monday after Christmas day, so we ask that families try and work with us as best we can to allow players to practice and play in games during this time.

***A more detailed schedule will be coming out soon, but hopefully, this gives everyone ample time to plan ahead. If there are any family vacations that conflict with this schedule, contact me and we will get that sorted out.

More updates coming down the road. As with everything this year, rules will be updating and evolving surrounding what we are able to do, amounts of people in the stands, etc. Let’s do our best to stay as positive as we can, allowing student athletes to enjoy the privilege of competing in high school sports to the full extent that will be allowable through these unprecedented times.

Best of luck to all Lakers as we continue through fall sports! While basketball players should make an effort to keep up with their basketball skills year-round (shooting form, ball handling, etc…) it is also my opinion that multi-sport athletes should devote their first priority to the current season they are in. Represent DLB as strongly and positively as you can no matter what extra-curricular you are in at that time, giving your ALL for the “DLB Lakers” programs.

Coach Ystaas

Boys Basketball Schedule for Christmas Break

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From Coach Bonn

HS Girls basketball starts on November 16 at 3:45 pm.

Coach Bonn and Coach Krahler are very excited for this new season. We have a ton of experienced talent coming back and are looking forward to what our youngest talent can add to the mix. Our district seems to be more evenly matched, with a number of teams that could be fighting for the championship – including us!

All freshman-seniors are welcome to join! Just get in touch with Coach Bonn at the elementary or email Tracy.Bonn@k12.nd.us.

Thanksgiving dates for practices/open gyms will likely be Nov. 26th and 29th.

Christmas vacation dates for practices/open gyms will most likely be Dec. 27th, 28th, & 29th. The Christmas vacation game is on the 30th.

** dates are tentative

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Highlights from the Classrooms

Read about a sampling of things that are happening in the classrooms at DLBHS. This month, you will read about projects and topics of study in Family and Consumer Science, Social Sciences, and Science.

Click on the red box below to read details from many classrooms and check back for updates throughout the month.

Click here to read more

This link will take you to a document that highlights a sampling of learning and activities taking place in some of the classroom. We will feature different classes each month.

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Check out the school website...

The school website includes links to each of the teacher's webpages with contact information, schedule, links to classroom websites, and more. In addition to some great photos and videos of the building project, here are a few things you will find on each of the pages:
  • Welcome page: Laker Scoop, Counselor's Corner, Approved Supplemental Educational Services, Powerschool Link, Lunch account link, Booster club link, Course Catalog, and the Burlington Elementary Newsletter!
  • Information Page: PowerSchool, Booster Club, Athletics,
  • Office Page: Lunch menu, School Policies, Schedules, and School Calendar, Title One, Counselor's Corner
  • School Board Page: Policy Manual, Board Members, Board Minutes, Delegation Policy
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