Woodrow Wilson HS Newsletter
January/February 2019-20 Newsletter
Woodrow Wilson Mission Statement
Woodrow Wilson 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.
By Mr. David Burkman, Principal
"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. "
~ John Burroughs
Our early blanket (storm) of winter snow covers the Fargo land and buries summer-autumn treasures and memories. Flower gardens, lawns, insects and worms peacefully rest under winter’s snowy blanket, waiting for the time to flourish. The hope of summer’s luscious green leaves somehow hides within barren winter tree branches. Distorted landscapes of snow might reveal toys or lawn furniture. A whole world is hidden by winter. Similarly, there’s a whole lot more to each member of our Woodrow community than meets the eye. We have some amazing staff and students who are doing great things that can be easily seen while developing the capacity to do truly incredible things later in life – when seasons of winter pass to reveal a season to flourish...
Collectively, Woodrow students have completed over 210 classes with an impressive overall GPA of 2.84 and an impressive overall attendance and punctuality score of 2.85/4.0.
5 students have graduated thus far and several others are getting close.
Woodrow students and staff care. Dozens and dozens of hours of caring through community service have been done by the Woodrow team: community yard raking, Christmas cookies with the Littles, Reading with the Littles, Pumpkin carving with the ALC, Fill the Dome Food campaign, Trick or Treating with Littles, Agassiz door decorating and Front door greeting
A wonderful family meal will be shared by Woodrow staff and students on December 11. Thank you to F-M Youth for Christ for providing the family meal.
College and Career specials have included a field trip to the career fair at Scheel’s arena and college application day.
Man University Program has had some excellent speakers and a trip to an NDSU Men’s basketball practice
Hundreds of advisory meetings have happened as staff help students move forward in academic and personal areas
Thousands of greetings and welcoming words of kindness have been exchanged in the Woodrow halls… the safest, most-welcoming and accepting school on planet earth (even in Winter!)
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
Attention Parents/Guardians: Advisory Day & Conferences!!!!
Advisory Day & Conferences January 16th!
Parents are encouraged to attend! Students make a 20 minute appointment with their advisor. No pm classes are scheduled.
AM 1 Class: 8:45-10:05 am Advisory/Conferences: 11:15-6:00 pm
PM Class: 10:05-11:15 am
2019 Fargo Public Schools “Student Life Success Survey” -formerly the “Student Social Capital Survey” Grades 6-12
Our school is taking part in the 2019 “Student Life Success Survey” that is sponsored by the LevelUp Fargo Community Coalition and has been approved by the Fargo Public School District. Some general information about the LevelUp Fargo Community Coalition is provided below.
· Our Mission: To increase the connections in our community that empower all youth to thrive.
· Our Vision: Enhance community collaboration so youth will succeed. We will share research and resources that elevate opportunities for youth to develop stronger relationships. Our efforts will reduce youth substance use by developing positive, healthy and meaningful connections.
· Our Values: Effective Leadership • Community Collaboration • Results Driven Decision Making • Continuous Community Improvement
Research has shown that students who have more “social capital” (positive, mutually-beneficial connections with other youth, adults, and social networks) tend to be more successful in school and in life. This survey will ask about connections and relationships students have with their family members, people at school, people in the community, and their friends/peers; as well as other factors that contribute to student personal and academic success. This survey was first completed in 2017 (formerly the “Student Social Capital Survey”) and the results will help establish trends over time and enable organizations in the community to develop policies and programs that will enhance the future success of all students – especially those who may currently be lacking the “social capital” they need to succeed!
Fargo Public Schools students in grades 6-12 will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that takes about 20 minutes for high school students to complete. Doing this online survey will cause no risk to your child. The survey has been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Your child will not type their name into the survey. Their participation in the survey is anonymous and the answers they give will be kept completely private. In other words, nobody will know whether or not your child participated in this survey and nobody will know which survey your child completed. The questions that ask about your child or their background will be used only to describe the types of students completing this survey. The information will not be used to try to find out their name. Whether or not your child completes the survey will not affect their grades.
We would like all selected students to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. No action will be taken against the school, you, or your child, if your child does not take part. Students can skip any question they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop participating in the survey at any point without penalty.
The survey will be available in the front office for you to preview if you desire. The survey will be administered between Dec 16, 2019 and Dec 20, 2019. If you decide you do not want your child to take part in the survey, please contact the school office and we will have you sign the appropriate form.
Fargo Public Schools Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2020 opens online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration on February 1, 2020. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2020 to attend school in the fall.
Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.
STEP ONE: Registration can be completed at home online anytime or at computer kiosks in the office at each Fargo Public elementary school building on the following dates with extended office hours:
- February 24, 26, and 28 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- February 25, 27, and March 2 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
STEP TWO: Once online registration has been completed, families MUST bring the following documents to the school their child will attend to finalize their child’s registration:
- Child’s certified birth certificate
- Child’s current immunization record
- Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and address to verify the correct neighborhood school
If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.ns.us/boundarymaps.
Questions? Call the school office or Betsy Beaton at 701-446-1043.
State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group
State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group
The Fargo Public Schools will hold the 2019-20 State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. at South High School, 1840 South 15th Avenue, Fargo. Parents, staff and community members are invited to participate and are encouraged to pre-register by 4:00 p.m. on December 18, 2020 by calling 701.446.1005 or signing up online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/focusgroup. Attendees will receive reading materials electronically in advance of the event. For more information, visit www.fargo.k12.nd.us/focusgroup.
Parents/Guardians ~ Written Notification of School Accountability Report
North Dakota has launched a new dashboard 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:
· Test Scores
· Graduation Rates
· English Learner Progress
· Student Engagement
· State Accountability
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. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.
How is our School Doing?
To find out more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at Insights.nd.gov, select “Find My School”, and search alphabetically for our school. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading.
Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is not available to less than 10 students, it will say “no data available”.
We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants 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.
All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia (formerly AdvancED).
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 available on the Insights Dashboard.
Woodrow Wilson High School is not a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 121. If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact the school at 1305 S 9th Avenue or 701-446-2800.
Attendance Information ~ 701-446-2800
Thanks for being responsible and calling in!
Good attendance and being on time (punctuality and reliability) are very important life skills. As part of the advisory program, students can make progress towards advisory credit by having good school attendance.
Please call by 9 a.m. to report a morning absence and by 12:30 p.m. to report an afternoon absence.
Parents (for students under 18) or students over age 18 are expected to call both of their am/pm teachers OR the office prior to an absence.
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. On the day of an absence, a morning absence called in after 9:00 a.m. or a p.m. absence called in after 12:30 pm will not be excused (extenuating circumstances will be considered.)
c. Appropriate absences will be excused when called in on time:
a. Illness, funeral, medical or legal appointments, parent request, family vacation or emergency
b. Excessive absences may result in consequences.
Attendance Notification System Woodrow Wilson uses the BlackBoard automated phone call system to report all unexcused absences @ 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Fargo Public Schools Lunch Meal Prices
Grade Level 2019–20 Breakfast & Lunch Meal Price
Secondary Breakfast $1.55
Reduced $0.00 (State pays)
Secondary Lunch $2.70
Reduced Lunch $0.40
At Woodrow Wilson lunches are ordered 1 day in advance from Central Kitchen. If your student would like a hot/cold meal, please have them see the main office to order one for the next school day.
Student Lunch Accounts
You may now pay for your school lunches on line, through School Pay. Following the same procedure by accessing your PowerSchool account & clicking on this icon at the Woodrow website or the FPS website.
Using this program, you can see the dollar amounts you have put into your student’s lunch account as well as how much is used each day, and there are NO transaction fees.
Lunch Assistance Application
The main office has the 2019-20 “Lunch Assistance Applications”. Please feel free to stop by and get one.
Immunization Update: 11th & 12th Graders for 2019-20
Beginning with the 2019-2020 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
Woodrow Way Accolades
Woodrow students who have distinguished achievement are recognized in the WW Accolades program.
Criterion for a student to achieve Woodrow Way Accolades:
- Must attend a minimum of 2 WWHS sessions (starting by mid to late February)
- Average a minimum of 2 course completions per session
- Average a minimum or 3 P/R points for the year
- GPA for the year at Woodrow must be at least 2.8
- No unresolved ICUs or Woodrow community issues
- Complete 24 credit diploma to graduate with Accolades
Graduate must have attended more than 4 sessions at WWHS.
- Advisor’s written statement(s) of recommendation
Benefits of Achieving Woodrow Way Accolades:
- Accolades Recognition Breakfast for student and family guests in May.
- 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
Co-Curricular Activities for WWHS Students
All Woodrow Wilson 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.
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 701-446-1013