Dakota H.S. ~ Meadowlark News

December/January 2022/2023

Dakota High School

David Burkman, Principal & EL Director

Jim Keal, Assistant Principal

Ila Hegg, Adm. Asst.

Arati Heath, Summer School & EL Adm. Asst.

Dakota High School Mission Statement

Dakota High School will provide a student-centered alternative instructional program to allow students to obtain a high school diploma and to learn skills necessary to be productive, responsible citizens.

Thanksgiving and a Productive Dakota Community

By Mr. David Burkman, Principal

"Kindness is like snow; it beautifies everything it covers. "
~ Kahlil Gibran

Thanksgiving day festivities, food, and gatherings have passed and we enter December – our month with least amount of daylight. It’s a good reminder to be the light within your circles of life – we all can make a positive impact on others and our community.

Life at Dakota High School has been very good. A dedicated staff is very thankful to work with a wonderful group of talented students. We love our students!!

Sharing some Dakota HS Highlights…

Collectively, Dakota students have completed 163 classes with 113 of the being A’s and B’s

Several students are getting close to the graduation finish line.

Several Dakota students are taking advantage of the work-credit (have a job and earn credit at school).

Dakota students have completed 509 seats of volunteering and community activities:

o Volunteering with the Littles (preschool programs at Agassiz) with Tyrese

o Noon-hour basketball

o Volunteering with the New Americans

o Monday Game Days with Merrily

o Volunteering – community leaf raking

o Thursday Wellness with Magee

o Volunteering – Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meals

o Mindful Fridays with Amy

o Volunteering for Dakota community meals: Egg bake day and French toast day.

o Several others…

A wonderful family Christmas meal will be shared by Dakota staff and students on December 7. Thank you to F-M Youth for Christ for providing the family meal.

College and Career (Choice Ready) activities continue with college registration and virtual college tours..

Advisors continue to meet with advisees to help students move forward in academic and personal areas.

PaY (Philanthropy and Youth) has been busy meeting and working with Breanne and Jennie.

Enjoy the winter-time, the beauty of a frozen landscape that hides great things that will emerge and flourish – when it is time.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”

~ John Steinbeck

Dakota High School Daily Class Schedule ~ Download link below

Dakota High School 2022-23 Calendar For The Year ~ Download link below

Student & Staff Egg Bake Event

In October, we received a large donation of eggs so our staff and students got together early in the morning on the 14th to make a french toast breakfast for all. Then on October 19th, before school, they got together to make several egg bakes. There was a lot of laughing and full tummies by the time school started.

Fargo Public Schools Breakfast & Lunch Meal Prices ~ "No Cost Waiver" has Expired for 2022-23

The USDA waivers which provided free school meals during the pandemic have expired. Starting in the fall, students will need to pay full price for school breakfast and lunch. Households may apply, on an annual basis, to qualify for either free or reduced-price school meals. The application is the Student Fees Assistance and Benefits Application (also know as the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application).

A. You may pay for your student’s meals by adding monies to your student’s SchoolPay account. (See instructions in the download below)


B. Families can fill out an application to qualify for Student Fees Assistance/Meals form. These forms can be obtained at the school's main office or you can submit an application is on-line at www.EZMealApp.com. This process is preferable due to:

1. Available in multiple languages

2. Ensures the family member has completed the application accurately before being submitted. Paper applications submitted incomplete result in extra work and delays in processing the application.

3. Is immediately available to the nutrition services staff to process and issue applicable benefits to the household.

Secondary Breakfast $1.60

Secondary Lunch $2.75

Adult Staff $3.60

Extra Milk $0.40

Teacher, Administrator, and Support Staff of the Year Awards

Fargo Public Schools Accepting Nominations Beginning November 28 for

Community members are invited to nominate a deserving Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member for the annual Staff Recognition Program. The program honors FPS staff members who serve our students with excellence. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/StaffRecognitionProgram.

SchoolPay for Lunch Account Instructions ~ Download link below

DKHS Foods Class

On Monday, October 17th, Culinary Academy students invited staff member to sample their entrées and sit and listen how they cooked and prepared their items.

Written Notification of School Accountability Report ~ Dakota High School

Dear Parent/Guardian,

North Dakota has launched a dashboard called “Insights,” designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:

· Student Achievement

· Choice Ready Results

· Performance Comparisons

· English Learner Progress

· Graduation Rates

· School and State Accountability Results

· School Improvement Information

· Post-Secondary Education

· School Environment

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful.

State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The school accountability reports outline how schools perform on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

How is our School Doing?

To find more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at Insights.nd.gov, select “Find My School,” and search alphabetically. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading.

Please note that the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with ten or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is unavailable to less than ten students, it will say “no data available.”

Family Engagement

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We want you and your child(ren) to continue actively participating in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia.

As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is also available on Insights.

Dakota High School is not a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 144.

If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact (Jim Keal, Assistant Principal at kealj@fargo.k12.nd.us or 701-446-2805


David Burkman

Building Principal

Gameday Mondays!

On Mondays a few of our students like to play board games or video games with a pass earned for progress from their teachers. Great way to get to know one another and relax after a big test.

ACT Testing Dates at DKHS

Dakota High School will begin ACT Testing on March 7th and make-up testing is planned for March 28th.

The students will be sent home informational reminders and a BlackBoard call will go out before each test date as a reminder on the test times and room number.

Counselor's Corner

by Jennie Rude, School Counselor

How is the 2022-2023 school year going for you?

We are so excited to have you working towards your high school diploma at Dakota High School! As we navigate through our current school year we need to think about how to set our year up for success. Here are a few tips to start the year off.

    • As a family, talk about what your day will look like. Write down a daily schedule and stick to it!
    • Set up an area in your house that can be used for studying. Think about a quiet area with fewer distractions.
    • Get enough sleep! Go to bed a decent time so you can have a productive day!
    • Reach out for help if you are struggling with school or life issues.
    • Your school counselor, principals, teachers and staff are all here to help. We will do our best to help and connect you with any needed resources.
    • The Source is our pantry at Dakota. If you need food, we can help!
    • Stay connected with friends and family.
    • Connect through video calls, letters, or face-to-face meetings (keeping in mind social distancing guidelines). Quality relationships are important for our mental health!

Dakota Students Neighborhood Leaf Raking

On Nov. 8th a group of Dakota students raked a neighbors yard as a community project. The neighbors were so pleased with the results! Over 17 bags!
Big picture

McKinney-Vento Act

1. Is your current address a temporary living arrangement?

2. Is this temporary living arrangement due to loss of housing or economic hardship?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your child(ren) may be eligible for McKinney-Vento services.

Please call Jan at 701-446-1074

Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage month, we hosted a lunch-n-learn for our Dakota students. Our special guests were Ricky White, FPS Native American Mentor, Melody Staebner, FPS Native American Educational Program Coordinator and Darlene Boyle, FPS Native American Program Adm. Asst.

Attendance Information

Email/call your teacher or the main office @ 446-2805 to report an absence

Good attendance and being on time are very important life skills.

# Students can earn P-R units (punctuality and reliability) towards advisory credit by having good attendance.

  • 1-4 PR points (advisory units) are awarded at the completion of every class. If a student completes 12 courses in a year with great attendance, they could earn 48 advisory units (12 classes @ 4 PR points).

## Regardless of student absence/presence, each school day in session counts in the day count of course completion (25-29 day target).

### Parents (for students under 18) or students age 18/older are expected to call in a morning or full day absence by 9 a.m. and to call in an afternoon only absence by 12:30 p.m. for the absence to be excusable.

a. If a parent can’t call an absence on time, the student must call (by 9:00 and/or 12:30) and the parent must call later in the day to verify the absence.

b. Absences called in late will not be excused. Extenuating circumstances will be considered.

c. Appropriate absences will be excused when called in on time (but still will be included in day count completion):

a. Illness, funeral, medical or legal appointments, parent request, family vacation or emergency

#### A student may be dropped from a course after 3 unexcused absences.

Attendance Notification System

Dakota sends a daily, automated attendance call to report unexcused absences @ 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Tardiness ~~ Learn to be on-time (Punctual)

Be punctual and reliable. Earn Punctuality and Reliability Points for Advisory Credit!

Tardy (I’m late.) The student is reducing their P/R points for their class.

Tardy 10-15 Minutes: Recorded as Tardy (Tdy).

Ø The student loses access to Meadowlarks Meeting room, Library, or other out-of-class space for the rest of the class period.

Tardy Extended 16 – 70 Minutes: Recorded as tardy absence unexcused (Tdy AU)

Ø Tdy AU = half-period unexcused absence count (2 Tdy AU = 1 AU)

Ø The student loses opportunity to grab and go breakfast and access to work in Meadowlarks Meeting room, Library or other out-of-class space for the rest of the class period.

Co-Curricular Activities for DKHS Students

All Dakota High School students are welcome to join and participate in their home schools co-curricular programs (sports, music, dances etc…) which exist for the development of skills, attitudes, and self-esteem of students, and are intended to enhance the physical, social, emotional, artistic and intellectual growth of our young people. Parents are encouraged to be positive and supportive in their relationships with advisors and coaches. It is the prerogative of the advisor/coach to manage the activity in such a manner that sound human relationships are encouraged and the regulations of the North Dakota High School Activities Association are met. A team effort by parents, school officials, and the participants is needed.

Fargo Cass Public Health ~ Vaccination Clinic

Still mandatory vaccinations ~

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, a second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is required for students entering eleventh or twelfth grade. This means your 11th and 12th grade student will need proof of two doses of MCV4 before returning to school in the fall.

Ideally, children should receive one dose of MCV4 when they are eleven to twelve years old and a booster dose on or after their sixteenth birthday. Please schedule with your child’s health care provider or your local public health. Please have your child receive this booster prior to the start of the school year. Also, remember to bring in the documentation of the immunization date to the school.

****The student has 30 days from enrollment to update their immunizations or their classes will be on PLACED hold.

Fargo Public School Evening Session Calendar ~ See below

Evening high school classes in English & Social Studies are provided to all high school students attending FPS high schools.

Night School Format & Attendance

  • FPS Night School classes are self-paced independent learning with teacher support and availability.
  • Multiple courses in social studies or English meet in the same classroom and use Edmentum as a backbone to meet district and state standards. This flexible arrangement is beneficial.

· 16 Super-block class nights @ 6:00-9:00 pm

o On-campus dates are indicated in bold dates; attendance is required.

o Asynchronous virtual dates are smaller font and not bold.

o Asynchronous attendance: Students are expected to do a virtual check-in as per teacher’s expectation

· Seat time requirement: a student can complete the course after 13 class meetings

  • Reporting. Power School is used for Nightly Attendance and Unit Grades and Final Grades
    • Edmentum progress and can be accessed by students, counselors, and administration.
    • Progress reports will be sent to your school and parents/guardian after the 4th, 8th, and 12th class.

See the download below for more information.

Dakota High School Accolades

Dakota students who have distinguished achievement are recognized in the DKHS Accolades program.

Criterion for a student to achieve Dakota High School Accolades:

  1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 DKHS sessions (starting by mid to late February)
  2. Average a minimum of 2 course completions per session
  3. Average a minimum or 3 P/R points for the year
  4. GPA for the year at DKHS must be at least 2.8
  5. No unresolved ICUs or DKHS community issues
  6. Complete 24 credit diploma to graduate with Accolades

Graduate must have attended more than 4 sessions at DKHS.

  1. Advisor’s written statement(s) of recommendation

Benefits of Achieving Dakota High School Accolades:

  1. Accolades Recognition Breakfast for student and family guests in May. (TBD)
  2. Certificate/Award that represents:

- Quality Attendance

- Commendable Scholarship

- Respectful Character

C. Potential to graduate with Accolades

D. Success and a personal sense of accomplishment

E. Quality material for Job-Scholarship-College Applications


Fargo Public Schools

Dispute Resolution Policy


Dispute Resolution Policy

Federal and state regulations require districts to adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes. A complaint may include an investigation by district staff that will result in a determination of findings of facts, conclusions, and reasons for the final decision.

Any individual who believes the Fargo School District has violated the regulations or law governing the federal Title program should submit a detailed, written statement of facts supporting the allegation to:

(Manager of Specific Title program)

Fargo Public Schools

700 7th Street South

Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo Public Schools Title Managers

Title I Part A (Disadvantaged Students) Jan Anderson anderja@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment) Robert Grosz groszr@fargo.k12.nd.us

Missy Eidsness eidsnem@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title III (English Language Acquisition) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Tamara Uselman uselmat@fargo.k12.nd.us

Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us

Any complaint must include:

• The date;

• The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;

• The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;

• A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and

• The signature of the person making the complaint.

When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.


The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services, and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Superintendent The Secretary of Education

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction U.S. Department of Education

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201 555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 Washington, D.C. 20208

North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services

100 Railroad Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501

Dakota High School Staff Directory ~ See below