Falcon Wings Weekly
It's A Great Day To Be A Falcon!!
This past week we welcomed students back to school 4 days per week. It was the most students we have had in our building in over a year. I can't begin to describe how nice it was to see classrooms full of eager learners, friends connecting after time apart, and everyone fall back into "normal routines" like we never left. We heard from many students that they are glad to be back into the building on a consistent basis for a variety of reasons. We know that many of our students are remaining in distance learning too, and while we do miss seeing them at school, we know that many are thriving with a new approach that allows for more flexibility.
Now the focus is on ensuring students learn as much as they can as fast as they can. Students and teachers now have a set of skills and abilities they did not have in the past that we are hoping will accelerate learning and narrow gaps in access and achievement. We also know that in order to learn students need to be fed, have strong mental/emotional health, and feel safe in school settings. We will continue to address all of those areas daily. Also, teachers are planning to embed high impact strategies into daily lessons to take advantage of every moment we have with our students. And finally, our district is planning a variety of enrichment opportunities for students over the summer to address gaps in learning students may have experienced. Like we have for the past year, we will rise to the occasion to deliver a high quality education for every child.
Best wishes for a great week. Always forward. We Are Faribault!
Mr. Jamie Bente
Principal - Faribault High School
Upcoming Calendar; Important Dates
Thursday, April 8 - Accuplacer test for all interested 11th grader
Friday, April 9 - Last day of 3rd quarter
Tuesday, April 13 - ACT Makeup Day for any 11th grader who missed it
3rd Quarter Ends On Friday
The School is Open on Wednesdays for Drop In Student Support
Distance Learners and In-Person Learners can come to the high school between 8:00-3:00 on Wednesdays to work in a quiet area, access the school's wifi, or work with an academic specialist on schoolwork. The RISE room is also open for any students to visit.
Virtual Homework Help Available on Wednesdays for All Students
Accuplacer Test Available For Juniors This Thursday
Leadership Classes Available For All Students Interested in Leadership
The Faribault High School Activities Office will be offering 6 sessions of Student Leadership classes again this spring. This opportunity is specifically designed for student-athletes who desire leadership roles on athletic teams including Team Captains. All students at FHS are welcome to attend.
The first class met last week. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 7 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM in the FHS Cafeteria. If interested in participating, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/LeKyFQYwrtH7EeCZ9.
Spring Sports Have Started!
Video Series To Help All of Us Address Grief, Loss, and Trauma
The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us in different ways. If you have experienced grief, loss, or trauma please watch this video from the Rice County Trauma Project. It may be helpful for you.
March Students of the Month Recognized For Their Accomplishments
Nominated by Mr. Paul Johnson
Nominated by Ms. Valerie Henry and Ms. Natalie Fashant
Nominated by Ms. Tricia Johnson
LiveMore Today Weekly Parent Tip: LISTEN, LEAD, LIMIT, LOVE
LiveMore's 4-tiered parent framework, Listen, Lead, Limit, Love, begins with listening. We encourage parents to take time to listen to your child's feelings regarding screen use. You might ask what apps your child uses the most and then follow up with how the app- Snapchat/Instagram/TikTok/etc - makes them feel. Identifying those emotions and finding ways to navigate complex feelings are important and lifelong skills. (Side note: Asking what apps you like or use is a different question from how does using the app make you feel.)
You can also lead by sharing your feelings. One of our YouthCouncil members talked about feeling relieved when her mom decided to get off Facebook. Her mom shared with her that she realized her compulsive use of Facebook was affecting her mental state. Since her mom shared her feelings about her Facebook use, her daughter felt validated to attempt to limit her social media as well.
We believe all adults, not only parents, have an important role to play in supporting the digital wellbeing of our young people. Let's all commit to listening, to asking about feelings associated with social media, and to sharing our own feelings and struggles with 24/7 digital connection. Most importantly, let's continue to show our love.