Spartan Spotlight

October 2020

Hello Spartan Families,

There is no doubt that this Fall has been different with most as COVID-19 has impacted school and school activities. While it can be frustrating to look at this Fall and compare it to past Fall seasons I would encourage everyone to compare where we are currently to where we were at in the Spring when students did not have any opportunity to participate or compete. While things have looked different this year it is extremely exciting to see them able to participate in their activities.

One of the changes in place this year is the fact that schools have limited attendance for spectators at events. This site is a good resource to stay up do date on where all schools in the EDC are with regards to spectator limits and mask policies. With the limited attendance we are making a strong effort to livestream as many events as we can that occur on our Stadium Field, in our Pool or in our Main Gym. All of these events can be viewed via our North High School Activities YouTube Channel.

This past week Fargo North High School celebrated Homecoming week. Students participated in dress up days (over two weeks to ensure that each student had an opportunity for each of the 5 dress up days), we held coronation outdoors on the turf field and we served a free hotdog and chip lunch to all students and staff courtesy of the FNH Booster Club. There was no doubt that school spirit was abundant throughout the building and that energy was awesome to see.

Please note that Parent-Teacher Conferences are set to occur on Monday October 12th and Thursday October 15th. They will be held via Zoom this year rather than in person and parents can sign up for timeslots through this link:

The academic success of our students is our #1 goal and we hope to have all parents take advantage of this opportunity to communicate and collaborate with your student’s teachers.


Travis Christensen


Girls Golf Team Photo
Congratulations to the Fargo North Girls’ Golf Team on their 3rd place finish at the EDC Golf Tournament at Grand Forks Country Club on Monday! Good luck at State in Minot!

National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

Congratulations to Jordan Engebretson and Sylvia Schwantes for being named Named Semifinalists in 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were chosen out of more than 1.5 million juniors across the country who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarships Qualifying Test. They are now among 16,000 other semifinalists who have an opportunity to compete for more than $30 million in scholarships next spring. In order to become a finalist, students must submit an application providing information on their academic record, participation in activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors, and awards. Winners will be announced between April and July 2021.

Congratulations to the fishing league on their first place finish!

This summer, 56 students from Fargo Public Schools enjoyed their time fishing with the Lake Agassiz High School Fishing League. The league is made up of students from high schools in both the Fargo Public School District and the West Fargo Public School District. It gives students the opportunity to learn about the sport of fishing in a competitive environment. If students would like to learn more about the program or sign up, they can contact their school office or visit the Lake Agassiz High School Fishing League Facebook page.

1970 Spartan Boys Cross Country Team was Honored

Fargo North High School honored the 1970 Boys Cross Country team for their accomplishments 50 years ago. The Spartans captured the North Dakota State Cross Country Championship by placing five of the eight varsity runners in the top 14 places. The team was honored at halftime during the Friday, September 11 varsity football game. Visit North High School Activities YouTube channel to view this event.

Safe Sports School

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has named Fargo North High a Safe Sports School, First Team. The honor lasts for a three-year period, and this is the third time Fargo North has been give the award. Assistant Principal and Activities Coordinator Travis Christensen credits the honor to the fantastic work done by Jon Darling and Jordan Wolf with their Sanford Heath Athletic Training Team. Visit the NATA website to learn more about what it takes to receive this honor.

Stay Connected!

Fargo North has several helpful links that can be found on our webpage at

You will find links for:

· Newsletters

· School Calendars

· Daily Announcements

· PowerSchool & SchoolPay Logins

· Student Handbook

· School Menus

· Daily Planner

· District Forms

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our school office at 701-446-2400.


If you would like to receive an email notification when daily announcements, newsletters or School Board agendas are posted please go to the North High Website and sign up for E-Alerts. Content E-Alerts are sent to users who have subscribed to a homepage or website section of interest. Click here to sign up and begin the process of setting your subscriptions.

October Schedule

FPS Calendar

Returning to a New Hybrid Level on Oct 19

High schools will be returning to a new hybrid level on Monday, October 19th. More information will be provided soon.

Online Period Schedule (Oct 5 - Oct 16)

Online class Schedule

High School Level 2 Distance Learning Meals

Middle and high school students are invited to receive take-home meals during Level 2 - Distance Learning. Students will receive two to three days' worth of food at each pickup. No meal order form is required for secondary students during Level 2 - Distance Learning.

Either students or guardians may pick up meals.

Middle and High School Meal Pickup Times:

Tuesdays & Fridays

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Middle and High School Meal Pickup Locations:

Davies High School

  • Football field concession stand, east parking lot Gate #2

Discovery Middle School

  • Football field concession stand, accessible on 18th St S, west side parking lot

North High School

  • Football field concession stand, accessible on 19th Ave N, west of building

South High School

  • Week of October 5: South side student parking lot
  • Week of October 12: Football field concession stand

Middle and high school student meals may be picked up at any location, and anyone wishing to pick up meals for multiple students must provide names or other enrollment verification. Students requiring modified menus due to medical needs should call Kyla Zach at 701.446.1153.

Virtual Academy and elementary students who wish to receive meals on distance learning days are still required to fill out forms for Grab and Go Meals.

Visitors to North High

Fargo Public Schools has restricted non-essential visitation. Visitors will only be allowed into the building via appointment.

Attendance at Athletic Events

New this year when attending athletic events you are able to pay with credit card and mobile pay.

Please note at this time attendance to athletic events is limited and a voucher is needed to attend.


Students are expected to be in their classes every day, except in the case of illness, school related activities, family emergency, or religious observance. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children are in school unless a valid reason for absence exists. The Attendance Office asks that a student’s absence be reported by 9:00 a.m. If a student is not accounted for they will be recorded as truant. Please review the attendance policies found in our on-line student handbook. The Attendance Office may be reached by calling 446-2410 or 446-2411.


The Fargo Public Schools will require all students and all staff to wear masks that adequately cover both their nose and mouth. Exceptions will be made for students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings.

· The Fargo Public Schools will supply one cloth mask for each student.

· Students/parents are asked to supply one additional cloth mask.

ACT/SAT Exam Schedule

Students interested in taking an ACT/SAT should reach out to their school counselor about testing options.

College Application Day

College application day will tentatively be held at North High in room 102, on October 27, 28 and 29. More information will be in the announcements & email for participating schools and sign-up.

ZAPS ACT Prep Seminar

Attention all students planning to take an ACT this year. Learn how to prepare for the ACT by attending the Doorway to College “ZAPS ACT Prep Seminar” being held virtually. Register for the seminar at Cost is $95.


The PSAT will be offered at North High from 8 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Semifinalist Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is an optional test which targets juniors. A limited number of tests will be available.

Students who have registered to take the PSAT need to arrive by 7:45 a.m. at the Fitness Center for check-in and proceed to your assigned seating. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will be completed by approximately 12:00 noon.

This is the only designated test date for North High. There are no provisions for late arrivals, so students must be in the testing room before timing begins.

Bring two no. 2 pencils with erasers and a scientific or graphing calculator. Social security number and e-mail address are optional. Reminder: No cell phones allowed in the testing room!

Bus Route Schedules

Fargo Public Schools 2020-2021 “Energy Saver” bus route schedules are available on the Fargo Publics schools website Schedules can also be picked up in the school office.

Senior Pictures

Senior pictures should be emailed to our yearbook adviser at Pictures are due by March 1, 2021. A $10.00 late fee will be accessed on pictures turned in after that date.

Any senior photos submitted to the Laconian yearbook committee must meet the following regulations:

· Vertical orientation.

· 300 resolution (required for digital photos).

· In accordance with the school district’s weapons policy (Policy 5355), no weapons of any kind.

· Must follow school dress code with the exception of school issued uniforms.

· Domesticated house pets are allowed.

· Only single-subject photos.

· No accessories or props condoning or promoting illegal activity.

· Deadline for senior photos must be met.

Yearbook editors have the right to refuse any pictures deemed inappropriate. Students will be asked to provide another picture if requirements are not met or if picture is inappropriate.

Email Issue for Hotmail Users

Fargo Public Schools has received reports from some families using Hotmail accounts that they may not be receiving school and district notification emails. These reports are only coming from parents with Hotmail accounts, but not every parent with a Hotmail account is having an issue. The problem appears to be related to how Hotmail “learns” to help manage incoming email for each individual. If you have a Hotmail email address and you think you might be missing school notification messages, please follow the steps in this linked document to create a contact/people entry for the email address. That process will add the email to your “safe sender” list and help make sure you see all emails from Fargo Public Schools.

Free/Low Cost Insurance

Is your child or another member of your family currently without health care coverage? If you would like information about any of the low-cost or free health coverage programs offered in your state please call toll-free: 1-877-KIDS NOW or 1-877-543-7669.

Healthy Steps insurance is for children who:

· are North Dakota residents.

· are U.S. citizens or qualified aliens.

· do not have health insurance coverage.

· are 18 years of age or younger.

· do not qualify for the North Dakota Medicaid Program.

Coats for Kids & Families Coat Drive

The Salvation Army is distributing free winter apparel, but it will look different this year.

There will not be a large “Coats for Kids and Families” distribution event due to the ongoing pandemic. Clothing will be given out by appointment only from October 1st through the 30th.

When you call to set up a time, you can also register for Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Boxes.

Call 701-356-290 to make an appointment.

Appointments will be Monday – Friday from 9 am - 11 am and 1 pm - 3:40 pm.

October 1-30th by appointment only

The Salvation Army

304 Roberts St

Fargo ND 58102

New Staff

We are excited to welcome the following new support staff to North High!

Rachael Hinton - Commons Proctor

Lisa Metzger - Career Advisor

Important Contact Numbers

North High Main Office

Main Office - 446-2400

Andy Dahlen, Principal - 446-2404

Mark Blanshan, Assistant Principal - 446-2499

Travis Christensen, Asst. Prin./Activities Dir - 446-2407

Kathy Cieslak, Assistant Principal - 446-2406

Jessica Geir, Administrative Asst. - 446-2405

Della Nystrom, Bookkeeper - 446-2409

Keri VanEnk, Activities Secretary - 446-2408


Stacey Bush - 446-2410

Wendy Peterson - 446-2411


Nikki Brandenburger, Registrar/Secretary - 446-2412

Terri Court (A - F) - 446-2415

Mandy Orth Gibney (G - K) - 446-2416

Janelle Stahl Ladbury (L - R) - 446-2414

Kate Evenson (S - Z) - 446-2417

Mary Krueger, Student Wellness & Family Facilitator - 446-2456


Officer Jason Abel, SRO - 446-2631


Lori Thomas, School Nurse - 446-2486


J.D. Darling - 446-2447

Jordan Wolf - 446-2447


Tammie Schaffer - 446-2517


  • October 12 - Virtual P/T Conferences - Open 4:00 p.m. - 5:40 p.m./Scheduled 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • October 14 - PSAT Test
  • October 15 - Virtual P/T Conferences - Open 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • October 19 - Return to Hybrid Level
  • October 22 & 23 - NDCEL Conference - No School
  • October 27, 28 & 29 - Tentative College Application Day
  • November 11 - Veteran’s Day - No School
  • November 25 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • November 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • December 24 - January 3 - Winter Holiday Break - No School
  • January 4 - Classes Resume

Fargo North High School

Andy Dahlen, Principal - 446-2404

Travis Christensen, Activities Director - 446-2407

Mark Blanshan, Asst. Principal - 446-2499

Kathy Cieslak, Asst. Principal - 446-2406