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: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Fargo_North_High_School
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.
National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
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
Fargo North has several helpful links that can be found on our webpage at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/north.
You will find links for:
· 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.
Returning to a New Hybrid Level on Oct 19
Online Period Schedule (Oct 5 - Oct 16)
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
Attendance at Athletic Events
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.
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 www.doorwaytocollege.com 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 www.fargo.k12.nd.us/transportation. Schedules can also be picked up in the school office.
Senior pictures should be emailed to our yearbook adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com 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
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
COUNSELING and CAREER CENTER OFFICE
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
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER
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
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
- 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