Red River Newsletter

May 2019

Greetings Rider Families:

It looks as though we may finally be moving into warmer weather as we enter the month of May. As we prepare for the last weeks of school we would like to thank Mr. Young, Mrs. Ball, Mrs. Holbrook, and Mrs. Deb Hildebrand for all they have done for the students and families of Red River High School in their years here. We wish them all the best in their retirements. We would also like to thank Mrs. Chidester, Ms. Lind, Mrs. Ripplinger, Mr. Gaukler, Mrs. Uetz, Mrs. Naastad,and Mrs. Mehs, who will be leaving Red River at the end of the school year.

Graduation Reminders

Graduation Practice – Friday, May 31 – 10:00 am at Alerus Center – Seniors must attend this practice

Graduation Ceremony – Sunday, June 2 – 1:00 pm at Alerus Center

Final Week of School

Seniors Last Day – Tuesday, May 28

Semester Testing – Grades 9-11 – Wednesday, May 29 & Thursday, May 30

Last day of School – Freshman/Sophomores/Juniors – Thursday, May 30

Detention- Detention needs to be completed prior to the end of the school year. Students whose detention is not completed will be unable to participate in activities during the 2019-2020 school year until the hours are completed. Seniors must have all detention completed by Tuesday, May 28, or they will not participate in the graduation ceremony.

Summer School Registration - Registration is taking place through May 17. If your son/daughter is in danger of failing a class, they should sign up for the summer school course if the class is available. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions.

Each year there is talk of a Senior Skip Day. There is NOT a school approved skip day. The consequence for truancy is detention, and in some cases could lead to loss of credit. In addition, students who do not attend school will be unable to participate in any extra-curricular activities that day.

Please take note of the enclosed letter from Catherine Gillach, the Associate Superintendent of GFPS. To assure we have a safe and calm end of the year, we would appreciate your reinforcing and supporting this message with your child(ren).

As we prepare to conclude a successful 2018-2019 school year, we thank you for your support of Red River High School.


Mr. Darin J. Walters

Associate Principal

Save the Dates!!!

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Additional Information

Attention Seniors!!!

Please see the attachments below regarding important end of the year information!

FBLA at State!

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter at Grand Forks Red River High School achieved top finishes at the State Leadership Conference, held March 31 – April 2 in Bismarck.

FBLA is the largest student business organization in the world. These events prepare students for their future while providing an opportunity for members to network with each other and business professionals.

Congrats to the following five students who competed at the State FBLA convention at Bismarck in Accounting 2 event: Kaitlyn Snyder, who placed 5th; Matthew Wehe, who placed 7th; Kaden Johnson, who placed 8th; and Michael Nottestad and Karsen Johnson placed in the top 15. They competed against 110 other students across the state in the Accounting II event. Kaitlyn Snyder was awarded the Who’s Who in FBLA. Payton Vatnsdal and Alexis Belgarde competed in the Job Interview event. Thank you to our RRHS students for a job well done.

Laurie Ball, Advisor

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RRHS Annual Juried Art Show

The Visual Arts Department announces the opening of the RRHS Annual Juried Art Show to be held in the Red River High School Performance Hall lobby on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 in conjunction with the choral concert. The opening will run from 5:00p.m. – 6:30p.m. with awards being announced at 6:15p.m. This year’s juror is Wesley Rabey, former instructor and current facilities technician within the Art and Design Department, Hughes Fine Arts Center at the University of North Dakota.


Taube Museum of Art announced award winners at the North Dakota State Juried Art Show in Minot. Red River High School Visual Arts Students earned the following awards:

  • Traveling Awards

Ms. Arnold’s class – Alex Hrabchek and Zoie Krump

Dr. Thaden’s class – Yassmine El-Rewini, Morgan Haga, Victoria Scheierl, and Hala Aboufakher.

The Traveling Award art works will travel the state of North Dakota for the upcoming year.

  • Congressional Art Award for Representative Kelly Armstrong.

Dr. Thaden’s class – Samantha Martens

Samantha will be awarded two airline tickets, compliments of Southwest Airlines, to fly to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception at the Capitol Building in June. Her art work will hang in the Nation’s Capitol corridors for the year representing the state of North Dakota.

H.O.S.A Recent Activites and Efforts

Donating blood is one of the most convienent ways a person can assist their community and hospital. Red River High School H.O.S.A. students recognized this and paired with Dak Minn Blood Bank to put on the annual blood drive at their high school. Many students donated and volunteered making the blood drive a huge success! In addition to this activity, the members will also soon be participating in “mock interviews” at Altru Hospital to help them prepare for career experiences. These students are having an amazing and productive year by helping their community and preparing for their futures! Dani Rowekamp is the HOSA Advisor. Respectfully submitted by Charisse Vetsch.
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Congratulations to the students who were nominated by staff members this month.
This program is designed to recognize students for their excellence in classroom
attitude, involvement in school activities, and citizenship. Outstanding academic
achievement is not a requirement, but academic effort is a strong consideration.
Students may be honored only one time during their high school career.

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RRHS Drama Department Presents...

German American Partnership Program

Guten Tag! The German American Partnership Program (GAPP) is almost ready for students taking German to volunteer to host a 10th-grade student from Germany. GAPP is an exchange program between Red River and Central High Schools and Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium in Remseck, Germany. Each fall 21 students from Germany visit Grand Forks and stay with host families from Red River and Central. The American group of students has an opportunity to travel to Germany and stay with the same partners the following June. Any grade and German level of student is able to host, but students are only able to travel after their sophomore or junior year. This exchange occurs every year. Mrs. Feole will be receiving the profiles of the German students in April and students taking German will have the opportunity to view the profiles and volunteer to host a student from Germany. If you have any questions regarding hosting or traveling, you can visit or email Mrs. Feole at

Japan-Grand Forks Exchange, Kanuma-Grand Forks Exchange

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We are currently looking for host families. Our program is a wonderful way to experience another culture and to meet some nice families. The Japanese students will be here from October 1st through the October 9th. For more information please visit our website or contact the program coordinator, Jason Hawley, You will find us listed under the activities table on the school website or you may follow this link Applications are due April 10th. We look forward to hearing from you.

Summer Education Opportunities

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Summer School registration ends May 17th!

If you are interested in having your student attend the summer programs, please see this link for subject options and schedules, attendance policies, etc.

Roughriders Athletic Enhancement Strength & Speed Development Summer 2019

WHAT: Athletic sport preparation of strength training, speed development, and movement

conditioning. An opportunity to train with your fellow RRHS athletes in a group setting to promote self-efficacy, togetherness, and work ethic to help you develop your athletic abilites for your upcoming season.

WHO: Any Red River High School Athlete for the upcoming 2019-20 School Year

WHERE: The Red River High School weight room

WHEN: Monday-Thursday beginning Monday, June 3 & ending Wednesday, July 31

***Any athlete can attend any session as their schedule dictates***

Session I 8:00-9:15am*

Session II 9:00-10:15am (Female emphasis)

Session III 10:00 am-11:15pm

Session IV 4:30-5:45pm

*If you plan on playing football we would like all to attend Session I if possible

COST: $80 (fee covers t-shirt & participation)

*reductions or waivers available upon request (check box on registration form)

Registration form can be found at:

Summer Football Camp

Area high school coaches providing an instructional football camp for players in grades 9-12. Fundamental football skills and techniques will be taught to participants in age appropriate situations.

Camp Schedule: 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday & Wednesday

Drop off and pick up at Cushman Field


Drop off at Cushman Field

Pick up at RRHS

We hold a Camp BBQ feed at 11:30am

Fee: Single child $25; 2 or more $20/participant

Participants will need a mouth guard, cleats. and be dressed to partake in football activities.

*Helmets, Shoulder pads, & practice jersey will be handed out; check website for date of distribution & registration form:

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District Messages

End of the Year Message from Assistant Superintendent Gillach~

Have a Conversation, Not a Confrontation

Finding out your teen uses drugs definitely stirs up a parent's emotions. It can be a very

confusing time. But the best way to help your teen – and to make sure he or she hears you – is

to remain as calm as possible throughout the conversation. Also, it's as important, if not more,

that you listen to him or her. One very important note: Do not start the conversation when you

can tell your child is drunk or high. Hold off until he or she is sober.

Here are a few tips for having more productive conversations:

1. Show your concern. – Express to your child that you're worried about her (example, "You

haven't been yourself lately").

2. Keep a cool head. – Try your best not to overreact to what your child has done in the past.

Instead, focus on making it clear what you want him or her to do in the future.

3. Be direct. – Clearly state your concerns as well as any evidence you've found ("You're not

showering, your grades have dropped, and I found empty beer cans in your car").

4. Watch your tone of voice. Even though you want to scream and yell, it's important to speak

in a calm, relaxed voice so that you don't push your teen away.

5. Let your teen know you value his honesty and are willing to listen without making judgments

(but this doesn't mean there will not be consequences).

6. Try not to be defensive. When he or she makes generalizations or critical remarks, don't take

them personally. They are opportunities for discussion.

7. Talk about your own memories of being a teen and the mistakes you made. This can help

you and your child relate to each other better.

8. Show your love. Physical connection can play an important role, too. Put a hand on your

teen's shoulder or give him a hug when it feels right.

9. Set up and use family meetings to full advantage. Get input from each person on rules, etc.,

curfews, on the consequences of breaking rules.

10. Give lots of praise and positive feedback. Teens need to hear the "good stuff" just like the

rest of us. They need to know you can still see beyond the things they've done wrong. Don't be

controlled by your teen. While it's important to listen and be sympathetic to your teen,

remember you're the parent and you know best.



Contact Information

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