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Principal's Corner

As we return from spring break, I am filled with optimism about the future of our school. The weather is warming, students are returning to school, spring sports are starting, and Faribault High School is poised to deliver a high-quality education to every student moving forward. I feel confident about this for many reasons, first and foremost because of our teachers and support staff. Our team is simply second to none in terms of how much they care about our students, how hard they work, how creative they have been in challenging circumstances, and how dedicated to excellence they are each day.

My optimism also comes from the systems we have recently put in place including the 7-period day, career pathways, 9th grade academy, RISE program, technology investment, Falcons online, and vast array of AP and college-credit-bearing courses. These programs will ensure that each student is able to personalize their educational experience and maximize their success. We have added to our toolbox to help us weather the COVID storm, and the systems we have implemented will definitely help our students reach their full potential in the future.

This is an exciting time to be a Falcon. If you or any of your friends would like a tour of FHS or meet with an administrator to discuss how we can best serve your child, please reach out to us at 507-333-6100.

Best wishes for a great week. Always forward. We Are Faribault!

Mr. Jamie Bente

Principal - Faribault High School

Upcoming Calendar; Important Dates

Monday, March 22 - In person learning for Mon/Tues cohort students

Tuesday, March 23 - In person learning for Thurs/Fri cohort students

Wednesday, March 24 - Distance learning day for all students (not a day off from school)

Thursday, March 25 - Pivot day for teachers (No School)

Friday, March 26 - Pivot day for teachers (No School)

Monday, March 29 - First day of 4 day per week learning model; Spring sports start

Tuesday, March 30 - ACT test for all interested 11th graders

Wednesday, March 31 - Distance learning day for all students - School is open for student support

Students to Return 4 Days Per Week Beginning March 29

Students will return to in-person learning four days per week beginning on March 29. Wednesdays will continue to serve as a distance learning day for all students. In-person learning is available for all students - even ones who have been distance learners throughout the school year. Staying in a 2 day in-person model will not be an option for any students. Full distance learning is still an option for students. Please call the high school main office at 507-333-6100 if you have any questions or would like to change your child's learning model.

We will continue to require masks for students and staff, practice at least 3-foot social distancing, institute our enhanced cleaning measures, and operate on adjusted schedules that limit interactions between groups of students.

LiveMore Today Holds Conversations with Parents, Students, and Academic Specialists; Share Key Takeaways (View Infographic Below)

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Abdul & Ahmed Named Dell Scholars; Two of Only 500 Across Entire Country

Congratulations to Gudon Ahmed and Hanaan Abdul who have both been named Dell Scholars. This is a very prestigious and well-deserved honor for these outstanding students. There are only 500 Dell Scholars named throughout the entire country each year and it comes with a $20,000 annual scholarship, a Dell laptop, and personalized/multifaceted support for academic, financial, and emotional life challenges that may emerge. Both students received considerable support from their AVID teacher, Ms. Tricia Johnson as they completed the roughly 20-page scholarship application.

“We are so proud of Gudon and Hanaan”, said FHS Assistant Principal Shawn Peck. “They are both standout students - among the top students in their class - and are tremendous people of character. Their work ethic, perseverance, and dedication to achieving their goals and dreams is such an inspiration. I’m very excited to see what the future holds for them.”

These awards are part of a longer run of success for FHS Students. We have had 3 students earn Dell Scholar recognition in recent years: Katra Abdullahi (2018 graduate), Nimo Ali (2018 graduate), and Zahara Ali (2019 graduate). Tufah Abdullahi was a semi-finalist in 2018.

Faribault Emeralds Dance Team Places 3rd at State

Congratulations to the Emeralds Dance Team and their coaches for placing 3rd in the state in high kick. They worked extremely hard and we are all so proud of them. They represented Faribault well! The Emeralds are coached by Lisa Dahl.

Junior Lauren McDonough Take Homes 1st Place in Floor & Beam at Big 9 Gymnastics Championships

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Freshman JT Hausen Qualifies for State Wrestling Meet

JT Hausen earned a trip to the state wrestling meet by defeating Aiven Wasmoen from Albert Lea in the state prelims on Saturday. JT pinned his opponent 30 seconds into the match to stamp his ticket. Good luck at state, JT! Falcon Nation will be cheering you on.

Longshore Competes at State Swim Meet

Congratulations to Tanner Longshore for qualifying for the state swim meet in the 50 meter freestyle. Tanner competed at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus on Saturday and placed 18th in the state with a time of 23.03. Well done, Tanner!

Five Faribault DECA Students Advance to State Finals

Congratulations to Faribault DECA on advancing 5 students to the state finals. Thomas Malecha qualified in the Financial Consulting event. Bennett Wolff and Henry Schonebaum qualified in the Community Awareness Project. McKenzie Gehrke and Paige Ross qualified in the Business Solutions Project. Also, Bennett Wolff did an outstanding job presenting in the awards show. FHS is proud of these student leaders!

McDonough & Duchene Qualify For State Gymnastics Meet

Congratulations to junior Lauren McDonough & senior Chloe Duchene for qualifying for the state gymnastics competition on beam. At the section meet in New Prague, Duchene put together an outstanding beam routine that scored an 8.550. McDonough also had a great beam performance, scoring 8.625.

The MSHSL State Gymnastics Meet will be held Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at Champlin Park High School. Good luck, Lauren & Chloe!

FHS Staff Provides Meals to Families in Need Over Break

Last weekend, FACS students and teachers as well as RISE Coordinators and Fellows, packed 25 food boxes with recipes, ingredients and kitchen supplies to give to district families in need over spring break. The Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences provided a grant for this project and Fareway and HyVee made generous donations. Thank you to everyone who was involved in this project that will make a positive impact for families in need in our community.

Resource Officer DJ Skluzacek Ends His Term; Officer Sjodin Returns to FHS

Faribault High School thanks FPD Officer DJ Skluzacek who served as school resource officer for the past five years. His knowledge, professionalism, approachability, and calm demeanor will be missed. He made our school safer and built great relationships with students and staff. FHS wishes DJ the best as he returns to life on patrol.

FHS would also like to welcome, Officer DJ's replacement: Josh Sjodin. Officer Sjodin is a former Falcon, graduating in 2008. He has been with the Faribault Police Department for 8 years. As school resource officer, Sjodin described his role as helping to keep staff and students safe and engaging and building positive relationships with students.

Faribault High School Winter Pepfest

FHS Honors Jim Phillips During School Social Worker Week

Mr. Phillips does an amazing job as our Social Worker at Faribault High School. He works tirelessly with students that require his expertise and is a huge benefit to our school, students, and families. Mr. Phillips is always willing to help out and has helped many students to help balance the needs of their school life and their personal life. We are so appreciative of Mr. Phillips and all that he does for our school. Thank you, Mr. Phillips!

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SPORT: Girls' Basketball


COACH: Patrick Garcia


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT? That it is a team sport and the friends I've made throughout the years.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT FARIBAULT HIGH SCHOOL? I like how caring my teachers are and they are willing to help you with anything.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO DO YOUR BEST? I like to work hard and be better than I was the day before. My teammates and coaches help push me to do my best.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? WHY? Bill Sietsema was my very first basketball coach. He helped me learn the game and learn to love the game.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL? Your age and grade are just numbers. If you are determined and work hard, you can reach your goals.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? Playing AAU Basketball in the off-season, raising chickens, camping with my family, playing and managing tennis.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? I would like to continue to play ball in College as well as earn a degree in sports medicine or education.

Live More Screen Less Tip of the Week: Focus on Restorative Sleep

Dear Parents,
I hope you have been able to set some goals and create intention around screen use with your high schooler. We all recognize the importance of sleep, especially when we don't get a full night's rest. For a quick reference focused on protecting sleep and a handy goal setting sheet for your fridge or bulletin board, see LiveMore's Parent Resource Page: Restorative Sleep.

For a more complete plan, see The American Association of Pediatrics Family Media Plan to help set goals and intentions for protecting sleep and so much more. LINK

Be well,

KK Myers and Maree Hampton - LiveMore ScreenLess

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Faribault High School Athletics and Activities
Get Involved! Register Your Child For a Spring Sport

Being involved in sports or activities is a great way for students to build character, make friends, and discover strengths. Encourage your child to get involved this spring!

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