October/November 2020

Greetings Family Members and Friends

The first month of the 2020-2021 school year has encompassed a lot of new routines and changes for students, staff and families. Parents and guardians, we thank you for your support as we navigated the start of the year under the new safety guidelines. It is also important to recognize and thank our staff for their efforts in changing their curriculum delivery model to be ready for all Smart Restart Instructional Levels. A huge thank you also goes out to our students for following the safety guidelines while in the building. Although the hallways at FSH look a little different this year, students and staff continue to bring the Bruin Spirit!

As you receive this letter, students and staff will be preparing for the transition to the Level 2 Distance Learning Instructional Model (October 5th – October 16th). We are thankful for the time in September that we had to establish student/staff relationships, which will have a positive impact on the transition. Whether in person or remote we will continue to work toward our collective goal that “All Students will Graduate”. Teachers will focus on the Essential Learning Outcomes in their classes and FSH will continue to focus on our commitment to literacy. An important component of student success includes communication between home and school. A great opportunity to touch base with your child’s teacher and discuss their performance and learning style is at remote Parent/Teacher conferences on October 15th and 19th. You can also support your daughter or son by checking PowerSchool and EDUcal regularly. We appreciate your support in encouraging students to stay engaged in school and to complete their assignments on remote learning days. This effort helps make the most of our time together. Attendance in classes is required even as we move to Zoom while in Level 2 Distance Learning and can be monitored through PowerSchool. Please contact the counseling office at 701.446.2016 for information regarding PowerSchool sign up, username, and passwords. Please contact your student’s teachers for assistance connecting to EDUcal.

During these times of uncertainty South High School will continue to provide opportunities to foster relationships, build school culture, and work together to make sure our students have positive high school experiences. This fall we celebrated Homecoming with dress up days, coronation and a Bruin victory by the football team. Go Bruins! Our students and staff will continue to provide creative ways to engage safely in Bruin traditions during the 2020-2021 school year.

South High School has 50+ student activities that continue to build essential life skills outside of the classroom. Please encourage your son or daughter to get involved by visiting the Activities tab on the Sough High School Website. Thank you for partnering with South High School in helping your child Strive for Excellence.

Please encourage your students to continue to wear masks (over the nose and below the chin), wash their hands regularly, and social distance inside and outside of school. We appreciate the Bruin effort to keep our community healthy and safe!

Kind Regards,

Shannon Mortrud

Assistant Principal


Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 15th and Monday, October 19th from 4:00 – 7:30 PM each day. Because of COVID, all conferences will be virtual (no in-person conferences) for the fall semester. Parents/guardians will receive an email which will provide instructions on how to register for conferences. All conferences are scheduled for 10-minute intervals and will connect with teachers via Zoom or by phone. We appreciate your understanding and adjusting to the new format.

Traveling teachers and their conference times are listed below.

Conference Schedule


South High students will transition to distance learning from Monday, October 5th – Friday, October 16th. Please see below for the daily schedule and updated school calendar. The district Instruction COVID Committee will meet on October 5th to determine the level of instruction beginning Monday, October 19th per the FPS Smart Restart Plan.
Big picture


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.


Main Office - 446-2000

Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal - (701) 446-2004

Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal (A-K) - (701) 446-2005

Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal (L-Z) - (701) 446-2008

Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator - (701) 446-2006

Dode Bentson, Administrative Assistant - (701) 446-2010

Donna Lee, Activities Secretary - (701) 446-2011

Karri Segal, Bookkeeper - (701) 446-2022

Student Services

Laurie Schlenker (A-E) - (701) 446-2017

Heidi Fiechtner (F-K) - (701) 446-2020

Vanessa Boehm (L-Q) - (701) 446-2021

Adrienne Eider (R-Z) - (701) 446-2019

Keelie Goodman, Registrar - (701) 446-2016

Beth Phillips, Secretary - (701) 446-2015

Troy Nielsen, SRO - (701) 446-2025

Megan Olson, Career Center - (701) 446-2028

Amber Fish, School Nurse - (701) 446-2034


Congratulations to the following South High students (current and recently graduated) who have been named to College Board’s Advanced Placement Scholars Rosters to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through advanced placement courses and exams. This achievement is acknowledged on a score report that is sent to colleges the following fall.

AP Scholars are students who received scores of 3.00 or higher on three or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The following students have received the designation of AP Scholar:

Michael Brunner, Michaela Dockter, Hannah Everett, Saela Fredricks, Lillian Haasser, Amy Hoang, Carson Liedahl, Anne Lougheed, Gabrielle McGarvey, Raechel Osborn, Victoria Powell, Charles Schulz, Abrar Sharfi, Victoria Sharp, Brooklyn Ullrich, and Dayna Wiley.

AP Scholars with Honor are students who earned an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3.00 or higher on four or more of these exams. The following students have received the designation of AP Scholar With Honor:

Nicholas Antonoplos, Anish Bhujel, Madison Hokstad, Ethan Jablon, Maisy Jablon, Laila Kantarevic, Leah Lalonde, Antonio Lyons, Alyssa McAllister, and Weston Mitchell.

AP Scholars with Distinction are students who received an average score of at least 3.50 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3.00 or higher on five or more of these exams. The following students have received the designation of AP Scholar with Distinction:

Julia Bauroth, Emily Bruer, Miriam Duncan, Vincent Holmlund, Preston Howard, Anchee Nitschke Durben, Claire Olson, Anna Robinette, and Kristi Torgersos.

National AP Scholars are students who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The following students have received the designation of National AP Scholar:

Miriam Duncan and Vincent Holmlund

ATTENDANCE OFFICE (701) 446-2023

Good attendance, whether at school or on the job, is very important. If a student must be absent from school, please call Tyann Schlenker @ (701) 446-2023.

Class attendance will be reported daily by period. It is the intent of the attendance secretary to contact parents at home or work the same day by phone to directly report any class(es) that have been reported as absent.


South High is hosting the PSAT or Preliminary SAT on Tuesday, October 14. This test can be used by juniors as a national merit qualifying scholarship test, which means that students scoring in the top percentile on this test are named national merit semi-finalists which qualify them for numerous scholarships to many universities across the nation. The cost of the test is $18 and fee waivers are available to those who need them. The test is limited to the first 45 students to register. Students can register in the counseling office.

This year South High is proud to have THREE national merit semi-finalists: Jake Fox, Madison Hokstad, and Anna Robinette.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ZAPS workshop is not being held in person this fall. There are numerous opportunities however to take this online. ZAPS is a five-hour focused ACT Prep Course. Juniors who will be taking the test this spring or seniors wanting to re-take the ACT and improve their scores should consider this course. The cost of the course is $95 but there are 2 scholarships available to those in need. To register, go to:


The North Dakota Legislature created this scholarship to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending a college or university in North Dakota.

The total value of the scholarship is $6,000, disbursed $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Recipients have up to six years following high school graduation to use the scholarship. To qualify for a disbursement, recipients must be enrolled full-time, as defined by the financial aid office at the institution, maintain the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75, and maintain progress towards degree completion requirements of the scholarship.

The scholarship can be used at any of the approved public, private or tribal colleges within the state of North Dakota. Eligible institutions must be regionally accredited and offer programs of study of at least 2 years in length.

The application for the ND Scholarship is already open. Students can apply for this scholarship online at the ND Education Portal which can be accessed through their PowerSchool account. Once approved, students have up to six years to access these scholarship dollars. Therefore, any student who qualifies should apply for this scholarship, even if not planning to attend a ND school in case plans change. This scholarship can also be applied to students who may return to ND for graduate school within 6 years of graduation.

ND Scholarship Info


March 2, 2021 is the state mandated and paid ACT test for all juniors. This ACT is a Standard ACT with writing and can be used for college admissions, the same as an ACT administered on a regular test Saturday. This testing is not optional and is free. This is a great opportunity for juniors to qualify for $6000 scholarships offered through the state (see above for more information). Please call the Counseling Office at 446-2015 if you have any questions about this program.

Sophomores will take the NDSA Science Exam in April.


The WorkKeys assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate work readiness in the areas of Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Students who score well may be eligible for a National Career Readiness Certificate. Students who score five (5) of higher on all three WorkKeys tests will have fulfilled one of the requirements for the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship worth up to $6,000. Talk to your counselor to see if you qualify! Dates for the WorkKeys are to be determined. The cost for all three tests is $36. Additional information about WorkKeys is available at:


The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests required by most 4 year colleges. Students should check with the specific schools they plan to apply to for the test needed. These tests are generally taken during the latter part of a student’s junior year and during senior year.

Due to COVID-19, available testing sites are limited. Please check (ACT) or (SAT) for test site availability.

ACT Exam Schedule for 2020/21

South High School Code: 350-565

ACT Basic Fee: $55.00

ACT & Writing Test: $70.00

Late Registration—add $30.00

SAT Exam Schedule for 2020/21

South High School Code: 350-565

SAT Basic Fee: $52.00

SAT w/Essay: $68.00

Late Registration: Add $30.00


If a student qualifies for the free lunch program, there are opportunities available for them to receive fee waivers or cost reductions for some events. These may include fee waivers for ACT/SAT/PSAT exams; reduced price for AP exams; scholarships for ZAPS workshops. Please check with your counselor to make sure students access these opportunities.


Although the school year is just starting, it’s already time to be registering for the AP exams. If your students is taking an AP class, they have the opportunity to sign up to take the AP exam. Students that earn a qualifying score (which are determined individually by each college) can earn college credit. All AP tests are taken during the first two weeks of May on national testing dates.

By now, your student should have been given a “join code” by their AP teacher and joined the class through their CollegeBoard account. The next step is to go online to: to register and pay for the exam. The cost of exams this year is $100. Students who are on free or reduced lunch are eligible for testing at a reduced price of $50 per test. Exams for all first semester only and year long AP courses must be paid for by November 6, 2020 by 4:00 pm. If a student chooses to register after this date, a late order fee of $40 per exam will apply. If a student is unsure of whether they would like to test or not, it is suggested that they register and pay for the exam as CollegeBoard will NOT charge a cancellation fee this year for cancelled exams.

It is anticipated that the ND Department of Public Instruction will again be offering fee reductions for exams in STEM areas. If your student qualifies for one of these fee reductions, a refund will be issued after the testing is complete in May. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Boehm in the counseling department.


Seniors and their parent(s) have appointments scheduled to meet with their counselor to “apply for graduation.” The application is a formal method by which the student and the counselor will do the following:

  • Verify legal name on the diploma; check for correct spelling.
  • Count credits (required and elective) to make sure everything is in place for graduation.
  • Discuss post high school plans (school, work, military, job).
  • Determine needs (what hasn’t the student done yet that he/she needs to do in order to realize the post-high school plan).

Students will receive a personal copy of their transcript at this meeting. They should keep this copy as a reference when completing college applications and scholarship forms.

Seniors must complete all graduation requirements in order to participate in the ceremonies on Sunday, June 6th @ 12:00 noon. Graduation requirements are listed below:

4 credits of English

  • English 1 or Honors English 1
  • English 2 or Honors English 2
  • English 3 or AP English 3
  • English 4 or AP English 4

3 credits of Math

  • Algebra 1 or Algebra 1-Intro/Conclusion
  • Geometry or Informal Geometry
  • Additional Math beyond Geometry

3 credits of Sciences

  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • Additional Science

3 credits of Social Studies

  • Western Civilization or AP European History
  • US History or AP US History
  • Economics or AP Economics
  • Government or AP Government

1.5 credit Physical Education

.5 credits Health

3 Credits of World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Tech Ed.

6 credits of Elective classes

Pass a Civics Test

24 total credits to graduate


Hello Seniors and Parents!

Many of you have already had your senior meeting with your counselor in which you discussed your next steps to life after graduation. If you are planning on furthering your education, there are many options to assist in the cost. The FAFSA, or Free Application For Student Aid, is the application that can determine if you qualify for federal grants, federal work-study, federal student loans, and more.

For those new to the FAFSA, or need some reminders on the application process, there are opportunities for students and parents to attend a virtual informational meeting and a virtual completion event hosted by Minnesota State University - Moorhead.

Financial aid representatives will be on call to provide information and assistance through the

process. If interested, please contact either Tom Reburn or Melissa Dingmann to notify them of your interest. This will ensure there are enough connections. Their contact information is below:

Tom Reburn
Director of Undergraduate Admissions



Melissa Dingmann

Director of Scholarship & Financial Aid


The following is the schedule of events:

Virtual Financial Aid Information Session: Monday, October 12 7:00pm
Passcode: 593241

Virtual FAFSA Completion Event Tuesday, October 13 7:00pm
Passcode: 595853

Virtual Financial Aid Information Session: Wednesday, October 21 7:00pm
Passcode: 627325

Virtual FAFSA Completion Event: Thursday, October 22 7:00pm
Passcode: 122797


Each year the Fargo South Counseling Center provides support groups on potential areas or need or interest. We are currently in the process of taking referrals for groups. If you have a student you would like to refer, please contact your student’s counselor. Potential specific groups will be available for:

  • New Students: Students new to South High to help manage transition stress, making friends, and enjoying life.
  • Social Issues: Students who have difficulty making new friends to make new acquaintances and learn skills for strengthening current relationships.
  • Study Skills
  • Making and Keeping Friends


High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors can now process transcript requests electronically through eTranscripts. Students request their transcript securely and at their convenience through their PowerSchool account.

1. Students log into their PowerSchool account and click on the icon with the arrow/box

2. Click ND Education Portal

3. Click tab with student’s name

4. Send Transcript

5. Choose college transcript needs to go to

Please allow 2 days for approval. If you have any questions, please stop by the Counseling Office or call Keelie Goodman @ 446-2016.


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


Students are allowed to use cell phones and electronic devices in the commons, hallways and locker bays. Upon entering classrooms and the library, all electronic devices need to be put away. If a cell phone or electronic device is taken from a student, the student may pick up the device from the main office at the end of the day. A second incident will result in the parent being required to pick up the phone from the main office.


Deadline for turning in your Senior Picture for the yearbook is January 29th. There is a $5.00 late charge for any senior picture received after 1/29. NO Senior pictures will be accepted after March 1st.

Photos should be portrait orientation (vertical) and a face shot preferably. Photos may be either in color or black and white. Submit a hard copy of your photo to the main office or email a soft copy to Kelsey Thielges at

Please direct questions to Mrs. Thielges at the previously listed email or at 701.446.2070.


First Practice Schedules

  • Nov 9 Boys Hockey – 6:00 Varsity & JV; South High Arena Coach: Dean French 701-330-4071

  • Nov 23 GBB - 4:00 FSH Gym- 30 minutes after school is out. Coach: Jason Smedshammer - 701-446-2133

Sports physicals are required each year, dated April 15th or later, and are required to be on file with South High trainers before practice is allowed (***See exception below). Physical forms can be found on the FPS website (; click on the Activities link. Concussion Verification and HIPPA forms as well as the co-curricular meeting are to be completed online via the parent PowerSchool account (Registration link).

***NEW THIS YEAR: Due to Covid-19, Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted during the 2020-21 school year upon submission of a parent and athlete signed waiver (Form B; found on FPS website). Students who did not have a Preparticipation Physical Examinations completed for the 2019-20 school year must complete a Preparticipation Physical Examination for the 2020-21 school year.


Purpose: To elevate standards of Good Sportsmanship and to encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among the students, member schools and their personnel.

  • Respect the American flag and the National Anthem.

  • Contesting schools shall each have an authorized faculty representative present who shall be responsible for his/her school’s participants, students, and fans throughout the contest.

  • Spectators must wear clothing that covers the entire torso. Those who do not comply or who wear clothing that is vulgar, obscene or that in some other way inappropriate, as determined by school/tournament personnel, will be removed from the facility if they do not cooperate with this behavior expectation.

  • The use of appropriate language is expected at all times. Profanity, negative chants, trash talk, name-calling, personal attacks or other acts of disrespect are unacceptable and must be immediately addressed by school/tournament administrators.

  • Any attendee ejected from a NDHSAA tournament venue will be banned from the venue(s) for the remainder of the event.

  • Respect the game/contest. Under no condition shall anyone other than the members of the official squad enter the playing surface. No one may interfere with the contest in any way.

  • Hand held signs and flags, which do not obstruct the view of others, are permitted provided they are in good taste. Signs or other similar items contest/tournament officials deem to be in poor taste will be removed. Message or “white” boards are prohibited. The carrying of flags around the playing surface is NOT allowed.

  • Artificial noisemakers of any kind (i.e. megaphones, cowbells, sirens, whistles, thunder sticks, and other similar items) are not allowed at any indoor events, including outdoor sports played at indoor venues. Exception – Megaphones appropriately used by cheerleaders are permitted if allowed by contest officials.

  • Laser lights or any other lights deemed distracting to participants are strictly prohibited.

  • Confetti is banned at all NDHSAA tournament venues. Tournament staff is instructed to confiscate such articles at the door.

  • Objects shall not be thrown into the stands at any NDHSAA tournament venue.

  • The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, is prohibited for any persons at NDHSAA tournament venues.


When you are attending activities in our main gym, you will notice the banner hanging on the east side of the gym near our Eastern Dakota Conference school posters. The banner was provided by the Eastern Dakota Conference to promote good sportsmanship by spectators. We take great pride in positively supporting all athletes, coaches, and officials at all of our events and refer to this as doing it the Bruin Way. This new banner further supports the Bruin Way expectations. Look for the banner at South High and at all other EDC schools as well.

Fargo South High School

Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal

Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal

Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal

Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator