The Falcon's Nest

#TogetherWeFly Update for Armstrong High School 11/6

Armstrong Community,


I hope this finds you well and hopefully you are enjoying most likely, our last shot of Fall this weekend. Quarter 1 has come to an end and we are hopeful you and your student found academic success. As we approach quarter 2, we look for even more academic success by our students. Our attendance and academics are improving from last year during the start of the pandemic and we expect even greater effort by our students. If your student has had difficulty, now is the time to contact teachers, counselors and principals. We have an excellent support system for students and now is a great time to reach out. Our grade levels teams at Armstrong will also be reaching out to families in the coming week. We want all students to reach their academic potential and social emotional needs. We are here for all our families and students!!


Stay Safe, Together We Fly!


Go Falcons!

Armstrong Activities/ Athletics Update

Free Tutoring!


  • Tree House Also has tutoring sessions available! "Students! In need of some homework help or wanting someone to help you study for that test coming up? We've got lots of tutoring sessions available! One hour each on Zoom! Some subjects include: Math, Chemistry, Biology, Spanish, English, Reading, Writing." Here is the link to our tutoring sessions: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4fa5a922a3fd0-thnext

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Conferences are coming! November 23rd!

Make sure to sign up for our next night of conferences. Use the google doc to find the teacher you want to conference with. Once you click on the teachers name it will take you to their sign up genius page. More instructions will follow as we are hoping to use Zoom for this round of conferences. Sign up for conferences ends on November 19th.
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Start Planning for PSEO (Post Secondary Option)!

10th Grade

10th grade students are limited to 1 PSEO class in the spring semester. It must be in the area of career and technical education (CTE). Classes students have taken in the past include: Introduction to Business, Introduction to Engineering and Design, Intro to Early Childhood Education, and Personal and Community Health. These usually replace an elective in a student's Armstrong schedule.


11th & 12th Grade

If you did not participate in the PSEO program Fall semester students are able to apply for PSEO Spring semester at most institutions except for the University of Minnesota. Final deadline is Dec. 1st.


If you did participate in the PSEO program Fall semester and wish to continue into Spring semester double check with your college to see if you need to submit a new 3-part state form (Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program Notice of Student Registration form). Students must also submit their Spring semester classes to your grade level counselor so we can make sure you are taking the appropriate classes and credits.


For new and continuing PSEO students please reach out to your grade level counselor for questions.


10th grade, Melinda Vogel - Melinda_Vogel@rdale.org

11th grade, Arianna Crosby - Arianna_Crosby@rdale.org

12th grade, Marilou Exner - Marilou_Exner@rdale.org

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Congratulations to October's Students of the Month!

Armstrong High School Student of the Month Program celebrates and recognizes students achievements by sustaining a culture of learning that not only values academics success but elevates awareness of student contribution to the AHS community. Students who achieve superior performance or demonstrate significant progress in academics, citizenship, leadership, or behavioral success. Students are selected by teachers and staff members and based on the identified criteria.

Food Drive!

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly refered to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.


To learn more about Native American Heritage Month, and Native Peoples watch the videos below.

Origin(s) of Native American Heritage Month
She Fears Her Tribe's Story Will Be Forgotten | Short Film Showcase

AP EXAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 11TH

This year the AP Exam registration deadline for all full year AP classes is November 11th, 2020. Yes, that is really early for AP Exams that will take place in May 2021! Students who register and pay for their AP exam fees before the November 11th deadline will pay $60 for each exam. After the November 11th deadline, all exams will cost students $90 per exam. This is due to a late registration fee, which was instituted by the College Board last year. Learn more about registration.

COVID-Testing Resources for Families

~Test at Home Resources: Some residents of certain MN counties can now get free tests at home.


~Community Saliva Testing Resources


~Covid-19 Testing Resources MDH

COVID-19 Reminders and Updates:



  • All families must use the self-screening tool before sending their students to school or school activities each day.

  • The threshold for sending students home due to illness this school year is lower than usual. Make a plan with family or friends regarding how your student will get home from school if they develop symptoms of illness during the school day. Students without vehicles at school will need to be picked up promptly and will remain in an illness isolation room until picked up.

  • Please check your contact information in Infinite Campus and make sure it is up to date. For any changes, contact 763-504-8808.

  • If a student or staff is identified by the Minnesota Department of Health as a close contact of someone with lab-confirmed COVID-19 while at an AHS activity, they will receive notification from the school and explanation of next steps.

  • If a student or staff is NOT identified as a close contact, but is in an AHS activity group or a classroom with someone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19, they will receive general notification that there was a case of COVID-19 reported in their activity group or classroom.

Attendance line: 763-504-8810

Assistant Principal/AHS COVID-19 Coordinator: Robert Ware, 763-504-8802

School Nurse/AHS COVID-19 Coordinator: Anna Hjerpe, 763-504-8809


More information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/attendance.pdf
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Upcoming Events

November 25-27 No School

December 11 Mid Quarter (Quarter 2)

December 21-Jan 1 No School


Conference Dates for the rest of the school year

November 23rd

February 18th

March 4th

April 22nd

Learn more about the Armstrong Parent Association!

Check out the APA Website to learn more about what events the APA has coming up and how you can help!

Armstrong High School

School Hours 7:20 a.m.-2:10 p.m.

Attendance Line 763.504.8810