The Weekly Wave

Detroit Lakes High School Newsletter

Principal's Corner 1.21.2022

Today marks the end of semester 1 here at DLHS. We are halfway through the school year! As we wind down 1st semester and enter into the second half of the year there are several important things for you to be aware of that will help get you off to a great start. These are all detailed in the paragraphs below!

Stay warm!

J. Omang

DLHS- A Place Where Amazing Things Happen!

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DLHS Knowledge Bowl Teams had a great showing at Fergus Falls on January 11th!

COVID Information

The district has launched a COVID dashboard that is updated weekly. This is where you can find the most accurate and up to date information about COVID in our school community.

At this time we have 23 positive cases of Covid 19!

Please continue doing your part in helping to keep us in school, especially with the developments of new variants of the virus and rise in cases recently. This includes communicating with us when you are ill or exposed to Covid, staying home when you are sick and following the updated guidelines, which can be found below.

Please look at the mitigation matrix as well to understand what the recommendations are at each level of transmission.

There are also some new and updated guidelines you need to be aware of that are below:

New Covid protocol: Following the guidance from the CDC and MDH, our district will now be allowing students who test positive for Covid to return after 5 full days if they have no fever, improved symptoms and if can wear a mask. If still not feeling well after the 5 days or can't wear a mask, they will need to stay home for the full 10 days. It doesn't matter if the student is vaccinated or not, they all will follow the same guidance if they test positive. Continue to report positive test results to the school office. Household close contacts that are vaccinated or have had Covid in the past 90 days can attend school if feeling well. Household members that don't meet this criteria are encouraged to stay in separate spaces of the home (if possible). The quarantine for household members has been shortened as well. Contact the school health office for details. Testing is highly recommended before returning to school for close contacts.

Student athletes:

From the MSHSL, Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 cannot participate in interscholastic in-person competition until all three of these things are true: They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fever, and, it has been at least 10 days since they first experienced symptoms or tested positive, and, the symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.

  • Know and understand the difference in the MSHSL COVID Procedure!

Additionally please remember that if you are not feeling well, you should stay home. One of the most important things we can do to ensure that our students can continue in person learning is to work together on monitoring symptoms and responding appropriately. Please do your part by monitoring your student's health and keeping them home when illnesses do arise!

Remember that Masks are Required on School Busses! Please remind your student about this and help us enforce this requirement.

Remember to call the HS and report any student illness or absence on the attendance line. 847-4491

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Recovering Credits From First Semester-DLHS Phoenix Program

For those students who have failed a course 1st semester there are several ways to recover credits here at DLHS. A new option that starts next Monday is called the Phoenix Program. This is for students that are within 11% of passing (49% and above) and runs for the 2 weeks after the semester ends (January 24-Feb. 3rd) from 330-5pm after school on Monday-Thursday. During this time students will be working to get their grade from the 49% and above to a passing level by completing the necessary learning to accomplish this. Students will be notified if they qualify by their instructors and a follow up conversation will be had on Monday as well with office staff!

Other options for recovering credits for those students who do not qualify for the Phoenix Program are listed below.

  • After school program through the ALC
  • Summer school at the ALC
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Registration For Next Year

In the coming weeks our counselors will be starting the registration process for the 2022-2023 school year. We are adding a "registration night" this year to aid in communication with families about the registration process and the options we have available here at DLHS. Please read about registration night in the next section.

Registration Night February 28th 5-8pm

On February 28th from 5-8pm we are having our first ever registration night. During this event there will be mini sessions for each grade level conducted by the counseling department and administration detailing important pieces of the registration process. When the mini sessions are completed, parents and students will have the opportunity to visit with all of our instructors about course offerings and curriculum. We will also have tours available and our clubs and activities will have booths as well.

The purpose of this night is to communicate at a high level about courses and registration, before students actually make these selections. We hope you join us on February 28th! More details will be sent out as we get closer to the 28th!


Consistent, daily attendance is one of the most important factors for student success. We have experienced an unprecedented amount of student absences this year. Some of these are due to illness, and we appreciate your help in keeping us healthy and in person by keeping students home who are sick. Many of these absences though, are not due to illness. These make it very difficult for students to stay on track. Our staff is often problem solving attendance issues that are causing academic trouble during our weekly BARR meetings.

As we start fresh 2nd semester, please check your student's attendance on Skyward regularly. Anything marked "unverified" means that school staff do not know the reason for the absence. These would be good places to start when talking to your student about attendance.

Please review the handout below for more information about what you can do to help with student attendance!

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Social Media and Cellphones

Misuse of social media and technology has been a huge problem at our school so far this year! This includes things like: creating inappropriate pages using the DLHS name on Instagram, treating others poorly on social media platforms, taking and posting pictures or videos of others without their permission, posting inappropriate pictures or videos, harassing fellow students using social media platforms, participating in completely inappropriate TikTok challenges that promote destruction of property or other socially unacceptable behaviors, to name a few!

We need your help in monitoring your child's social media use and promoting socially acceptable use of cellphones at school. For example, teachers or school staff can and will direct students to put phones away or even confiscate cellphones if they are causing behavior problems or interfering with the learning process. Please support us in this! Acceptable technology use is a highly important employability skill for students to learn since many jobs do not allow unregulated cellphone use! Know that we are also integrating more lessons into our BARR I-Times that help to re-educate students about acceptable use of social media and technology!

The 2 biggest social media platforms that we experience the most issues with are TikTok and Snapchat. Below are some current statistics on both TikTok and Snapchat that parents should know when talking to their student about social media!

  • 69% of U.S. teens say they use Snapchat.
  • Active Snapchatters open the app 30 times per day
  • On average, people spend over 30 minutes on Snapchat and send 34.1 messages a day.
  • More than half ‒ 53% of all internet users aged between 15 and 25 years use Snapchat.
  • 63% of Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 used TikTok on a weekly basis
  • TikTok users spend an average of 52 minutes per day on the app.
  • TikTok users open their apps 38 to 55 times a day.
  • The TikTok algorithm is mainly to blame for this addiction. The system is able to detect the type of content that you prefer watching most of the time and then it customizes the upcoming content to your liking. This makes the user keep staying in the app for longer periods.

The constant notifications from Snapchat and TikTok are interrupting our students! Once their phone buzzes/vibrates students feel the immediate need to check their phone. This constant interruption is causing attention issues, anxiety and an inability to attune to the basic school day.

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The New Lakeshirts Field House opened last night! What an amazing space for our students!

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Snoball Week Rescheduled

SnoBall Week at DLHS

Monday, Feb. 7th, 9pm

1301 Roosevelt Avenue

Detroit Lakes, MN

Snoball week has been moved from next week January 24-28th to February 7-12th.
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Freshmen Career Expo-Rescheduled Due To Weather

Freshman Career Expo-Rescheduled

Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, 1:30pm

Lakeshirts Field House 1301 Roosevelt Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Freshman Career Expo was rescheduled due to weather this week. More information will be provided as we get closer to the event!

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