DAVIES HIGH SCHOOL
Eagles Report - November 2021
Honor - Integrity – Pursuit of Excellence
With the first quarter in the books and fall activities coming to an end, we are excited for our students with all the efforts and accomplishments we have had already. I would like to call your attention to information, as we gear up for the winter and winter activities.
- November 8 Start Date: Wrestling and Hockey
- November 11 Veterans Day (No school)
- November 15 Start Date: Gymnastics
- November 22 Start Date: Basketball and Cheerleading
- November 23, 24, 25 No School
- November 29 Start Date: Boys Swim and Dive
Also on the winter schedule is the musical (December 9 thru December 12). Our music department has many concerts scheduled. Debate is starting competitions this month, as well as club and other organization events. Please check out Rschool: https://www.easterndakotaconference.org/public/genie/187/school/300/ for updated Davies’ activities.
With cold and unpredictable weather upon us, we encourage appropriate clothing for these conditions, as well as a safe driving reminder.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Assistant Principal/Activities Coordinator
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
DAVIES MAIN OFFICE
Office Number..................... ............................ 446-5600
Troy Cody, Principal.................. ...................... 446-5604
Dr. Dale Miller, Asst. Principal (A-J)................446-5607
Sean Safranski, Asst. Principal (K-Z)..............446-5606
Lenny Ohlhauser, Activities Coordinator........ 446-5608
Debbie Clapp, Admin. Assistant..................... 446-5605
Angela Bartsh, Activities Secretary................ 446-5609
Lana Steffen, Bookkeeper............................... 446-5619
Joshua Andres, Counselor (A-C).................... 446-5612
Jennifer Toso-Kenna, Counselor (D-Ha)......... 446-5614
Beth Weiler, Counselor (He-L)…...................... 446-5626
Sarah Nereson (M -Sa)....................................446-5613
Anita Mahnke, Counselor (Sc-Z)..................... 446-5615
Janessa Berndt, Registrar............................... 446-5616
Kathryn Query, Registrar...................................446-5617
Jody Jahner, Career Center............................. 446-5625
Kim Martin (A-J)............................................. 446-5611
Tabitha Janke(K-Z).......................................... 446-5610
Beth Kobbervig, School Nurse.........................446-5621
FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE
DISTRICT OFFICE HAS MOVED
The Fargo Public Schools District Office has now relocated from 415 4th Street North to 700 7th Street South (former RDO corporate office building) in Fargo. While the address has changed, phone numbers for District Office personnel remain the same.
The Fargo Board of Education authorized administration to purchase the former RDO building as a future site for the District Office in June 2020. The Board’s decision to relocate the current District Office was made after considering several factors, including but not limited to, accommodating the growth of Fargo Public Schools and an increase in employees, assisting Hawthorne Elementary School with parking needs, and reviewing the maintenance needs for the current District Office and the Agassiz building. Moving to the new building will also allow Fargo Public Schools to centralize many employees in one location.
We look forward to new opportunities to better serve all the patrons of Fargo Public Schools at this new District Office location.
FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2020-21 ANNUAL REPORT
As evidence of Fargo Public Schools’ commitment to our patrons, the FPS 2020-21 Annual Report is now available. It showcases the qualities and services of our school district and provides a wide array of information to familiarize families and the community with Fargo Public Schools. Report details include enrollment, staffing, and budget numbers. It also gives overviews of student services and student assessment data. Thank you for your continued support as we serve the citizens of Fargo by providing students an excellent educational experience. You can access the full document at this link.
FPS Launches COVID-19 Testing Program
Fargo Public Schools is pleased to offer a COVID-19 testing site to its families as part of it’s testing program. FPS will test students and staff members who are deemed a close contact in the school setting in order for the individuals to remain in school. To remain in school, individuals who have been deemed an unmasked or unvaccinated close contact must submit to COVID-19 testing at least every other day, test negative, and remain symptom free.
The COVID testing program is launching on Monday, October 4 with one testing location. More locations will be added in the future. Please see below for more information. Testing registration with the ND Department of Health must be completed prior to tests being administered. Use the link posted below or snap a photo of the QR code above to register. An individual needs to register using the provided link or QR code upon their first time at the FPS testing site, regardless of the number of tests issued. Additionally, parent/guardian consent is required at the time of the test administration. Parents/guardians can provide consent using the FPS testing consent form in PowerSchool.
Testing Location: South High School
Room C11, 1840 South 15th Avenue, Fargo
Park on the north side of the school and enter through Door 4
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ND Dept. of Health COVID Testing Registration: https://testreg.nd.gov/?eventid=c7725ef9-2711-ec11-b6e6-001dd8308015
CONNECT & SUPPORT COUNSELING
Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is committed to our mission: Educating and Empowering All Students to Succeed. While school counseling services are always available in the buildings, additional clinical counseling is available to support the mental wellbeing of students and staff through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. In partnership with Together Counseling, the Connect and Support Program provides counseling services for coping skills, wellness strategies, time management, family conflict, and stress reduction.
The Connect and Support Program is available to any K - 12 student or district employee and offers 30-minute tele-health sessions with a professional counselor before or after school or during an off-period. Sessions are customized to the needs of each client and are intended to be short-term, not exceeding ten sessions annually. The sessions are completely confidential and free of charge to Fargo Public Schools students and employees.
To set up an appointment, contact Tina, the Together Counseling Provider Relations Coordinator, at 701.404.0997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educating and empowering all students to succeed includes supporting and enhancing the social and emotional wellbeing of Fargo Public Schools students and staff. We are grateful to partner with Together Counseling to provide these services to our school family.
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
- November 3 - Senior Class Retreat - Fargodome
- November 4 - Jazz Band Concert - 7:30, Theater
- November 8 - Fall Orchestra Concert - 7:30, Theater
- November 11 - NO SCHOOL Veteran's Day
- November 24 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Development
- November 25-26 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
- November 30 - ASVAB for all Seniors
- December 23-January 2 - Winter Holiday Break
DAVIES STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
DAVIES BOYS SOCCER - STATE CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to Davies Soccer and Coach Ian Costello
After a relatively even first half. Davies controlled the first 12 minutes of the second, with Shanley rarely getting the ball past midline. A scoreless game continued through the second half of the game and two overtimes. After 20 penalty kicks Davies had a 1-0 win for the State Championship. The winning penalty kick was scored by Sam Saye.
This was the fourth championship game for Davies (2017. 2018, 2019) and the first time taking home the trophy.
DAVIES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
"Dig for the Cure"
The Davies volleyball team held it “Dig for the Cure” fundraiser match on Saturday, October 16. The Eagles raised $3,264 through t-shirt sales, miracle minute bucket donations and 50/50 raffle. The funds raised were donated to the American Cancer Society.
Thirty-three Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets representing all three FPS high schools competed in the Great Norther All Team Sports Blowout at Harding High School in St. Paul, MN on Saturday, October 9. The Fargo cadets placed third in the competition which featured five teams. They competed in seven sports including flag football, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, soccer, kickball and tug-of-war.
PLOYHAR HONOR BAND
Seema Tian - Flute
Evie Geiger - Flute
Jorryn Stevens - Flute
Ethan Blesie - Bassoon
Zoe Bundy - Clarinet
Zac Hemmer - Clarinet
Tanis Lee - Alto Saxophone
Annika Van Peursem - Alto Saxophone
Gira Akara - Baritone Saxophone
Jack Rohleder - Trumpet/Coronet
Anna Selvig - Trumpet/Coronet
Connor Huffman - French Horn
Lucas Menke - Trombone
Kyren Brahos - Trombone
Tyler Oestrich - Tuba
Lucas Selzler - Tuba
Franny Gilbertson - Tuba
Adam Brachman - Batter Percussion
Aidon Huck - Batter Percussion
How can I protect my child against flu?
Get a seasonal flu vaccine for yourself and your child to protect against seasonal flu viruses.
Take everyday steps to prevent the spread of all flu viruses. This includes:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to keep your child from having close contact (at least 6 feet) with sick people, including anyone in the household who is sick.
- Keep surfaces like bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and kitchen counters clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.
What Can I do if my child gets sick?
If your child is healthy and gets flu-like symptoms, including a fever and /or cough, consult your doctor as needed to rule out any other illness and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and enough fluids
- Call or take your child to a doctor if your child of any age has:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish or gray skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Not waking up or not interacting (different than the normal teenager behavior)
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Has other conditions like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma and develops flu-like symptoms including a fever and/or cough
When can my child go back to school after having the flu?
Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Their fever should be gone without them having taken a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C. If your child is tested for Covid, they must remain home until they receive their test results. If negative, the school will need a copy of the results upon return. If their test is positive, please call the school and inform them of the positive result and keep your child quarantined at home for the required time.
*Seasonal allergies do not usually cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unless a person has a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by exposure to pollen.
This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms of COVID-19 or seasonal allergies. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. You can have symptoms of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies at the same time.
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
The school nurse will be available daily from 8:45 am -2:30 pm to provide essential health related services such as assessing health problems, interventions with health concerns, assisting in emergency care plans for identified students, reviewing students’ immunizations, dispensing medications, assisting in health-related programs in schools, and providing advice on health-related issues.
Any medication the student may require during school hours needs to have a consent form signed by the student’s parent/legal guardian on file with the school nurse. The forms allowing the school nurse to give you student OTC (over the counter) medications are on-line. Simply identity any or all the OTC choices (Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Tums) and initial the box indicating consent. The school will provide a limited supply of these 3 OTC medications. If your student requires more than 5 doses of the OTC medications during that school year, we ask the student to bring their own supply to keep in the nurse’s office (FORM AF6720A). Any other type of OTC medication such as cough medicine, allergy or cold/flu medicine also can be administered in school as long as the parent/guardian has sent a statement of use with signed consent, a supply of the medication in the original package, and understanding that the medication will only be administered as directed on the label.
If your student needs medication prescribed by a doctor, then the school nurse must have a copy of Form AF6720C completed. This form must be completed by both the physician and the parent prior to administration of the medication at school. In order to dispense ANY prescription medications by the school nurse or associated staff the following must be in place prior to administering said medication:
- Student’s name on the bottle
- Specific time of administration
- Physician’s name
- Medication container and label must match the physician’s order. Ask your pharmacist to give you a secondary school bottle so a supply can be kept both at home and at school in the proper container.
- No more than a month’s supply should be brought to the school
- Parent/Guardians are responsible to replenish medicine as needed
- Unused portions of medications must be picked up at the end of the school year or when the medication is no longer needed. If medication supply is left at school, then the school nurse will destroy said supply according to policy.
- ANY changes in medication will require a new form (AF6720C) completed with the current changes identified. A new prescription bottle will be required within 30 days of said change.
- Please have your pharmacist split the medication if the dosage is required to have the medication split in half or quartered.
The medication policy as well as any needed forms can be found on the Fargo Public School website under the tab for Parents. Parents may substitute the AF6720 form with a copy of the prescription written by the physician along with written permission to administer said medication by the parent/guardian. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school nurse at 446-5621.
GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
The Davies Orchestras will present their Fall Orchestra Concert on Monday, November 8th at 7:30pm in the Davies auditorium. Featuring Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra. Admission is free, masks are required.
Join the Davies Orchestras for some Holiday Cheer at their performance at West Acres! All orchestra students will be featured playing seasonal tunes on Wednesday December 1st from 5:30-6:00pm in front of the J.C. Penny’s fountain.
The Davies Chamber Orchestra will be going on tour December 2nd to local schools and retirement homes.
FARGO SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLUB
Any students who may be interested in the reboot of the Fargo Ski and Snowboard Club are invited to a meeting on Monday November 8th at 6pm in room HL101 at Davies. Trip dates, prices, policies and covid issues will all be discussed. Please have a parent or guardian come along as there will be some information that they need to hear. Email Mr. Taragos (email@example.com) at South if you have any questions. Remember to THINK SNOW!
A Sunday, December 12th performance will be held at 2:00 pm. Admission is $8.00 per ticket for adults; students and Seniors $6.00.
Some Davies DECA members participated in the Fall Leadership Conference on October 31st – November 1st at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Members were able to network with our DECA members throughout the state and participate in a DECA Role-Play. State Vice President Linnea Axtman helped plan and lead the conference!
Fargo Davies High School
If you ordered a 2020-2021 Davies Yearbook and did not pick it up during registration, you can pick it up in the main office during the school day. A limited number of yearbooks are available for purchase. The cost is $60 per book and can be paid by cash or check only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Yearbook Senior Portrait Requirements
Every graduating senior is allowed to submit a portrait photo to be used as their picture in the Davies Yearbook. This photo must follow the guidelines and rules from school policy, dress code, and law. Not following these guidelines will result in the photo not being allowed in the yearbook and the student will be asked to submit a different photo.
- Subjects including promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons, or depiction of violence may not be worn or shown in the photo.
- Photos with accessories (i.e. hats, scarves, jewelry), props (i.e. sports equipment, musical instruments, cars), and domesticated pets are allowed as long as they do not promote or condone illegal activity.
- The subject of the photo should be the student, not the props or background. (Yearbook staff prefers head and shoulder photos.)
Photos may be edited or not published if they represent or include any of the following:
- Violating school policies and behavior codes
- Displays of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, or weapons of any kind
- Inappropriate gestures, facial expressions, postures, or hand gestures
- Revealing, suggestive, or obscene clothing
All photos submitted must conform to school standards and policies and if needed, may be subject to review or approval by, but not limited to the yearbook staff, the yearbook advisor, and the school administration. Senior photos due are March 1, 2022.
The yearbook staff reserves the right to edit or deny any submitted photo for publication and printing in the book.
The yearbook is a school publication, supervised by a student media advisor, and shall be reviewed by an administrator if the publication goes against school policy. (NDCC Ch. 15.1-19-25)
Digital Photo Requirements:
All photos must be at 300 dpi in resolution and at least 1.5 by 2 inches in size. Pictures need to be saved as a JPG file. Photos files must be named with the senior’s legal last name and then the legal first name (ex: Smith_William.jpg)
Leave a Legacy
As a part of the Davies High School turf project, we are improving our concession area as well.
We are looking for those that would like to leave a legacy and pruchase a brick paver that will be
installed in the concessions area leading up to the donor wall. For additional information or to
purchase a paver, click on the QR code below or send an email to FargoDaviesTurf@gmail.com.
Activity Update –November 2021
As the Fall Season draws to an end, we want to congratulate all of the students who participated in a Fall sport or activity. Thank you for representing the Davies community so well in the pool and on the field, court, course, and stage! Go Eagles!
The Davies Booster website is the place to go for all your booster-related needs. Have you checked it out yet?
Join the Club! It is never too late to become a member of the Davies Booster Club or to donate to support the Davies community. Visit www.DaviesBooster.com for more information.
Leave a legacy! Buy a paver for the Davies outdoor concession area and save $50 on your Booster Club Membership. Only a limited number are available so act now. Visit https://daviesbooster.com/become-a-member for more information.
As a reminder, here are some of the ways to engage with and support the Davies Booster Club:
Here’s an easy—and FREE—way to raise money for Davies
Did you know that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our club when you specify Fargo Davies High School Booster Club as the Amazon Smile organization? All you have to do is click the link below and then place your order as usual:
Our unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-2716982
Please feel free to post scores, pictures, and positive articles you want to share with the Davies Booster community on our Facebook page.
Booster meetings – Join us!
You don’t have to be a member of the board to attend our monthly meetings! We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in person and virtually using Microsoft Teams.
Our next meeting is October 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Davies H101
Want to get your business in front of the Davies community? Please contact Tom Nelson for current advertising opportunities at email@example.com.
EVIDENCE BASED REPORTING
Some of the Davies Teachers are grading using Evidence Based Reporting. You can read about Evidence Based Reporting at the website: https://bit.ly/FPSgrading If offers videos and documents about how grades and scores are calculated as well as videos on how to better see your student’s grades. Fargo Public Schools has created this Family Guide that will better help you navigate Evidence Based Grading.
Fargo Public Schools understands that distance learning and additional technology can sometimes be difficult to navigate. If students and parents need help, they can call the support line at 701.446.1450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Technology support is available Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Instructional Platform Help
For extra support, email Brenda Cain at email@example.com to set up a Zoom meeting. Seesaw, Google Classroom, Zoom, and Dreambox are some of the tools she is happy to help with.
Address changes, like registration, can now be done ON-LINE. You will see the same format you used for registration in previous years by going into PowerSchool to access the forms, just follow the tutorial.
You may change your address, telephone number, pay your student’s fees or update contact information etc. all ON-LINE.
Students can use cell phones and electronic devices BUT ONLY in the commons, hallways, and locker bays. Upon entering the library or a classroom, all cell phones and all non-school issued electronic devices will be put away unless they are deemed to be educationally appropriate by the classroom teacher. If a student is asked to turn their cell phone over after being found to be in violation they must comply. Consequences/protocol will include the following:
First violation – The device will be confiscated by the teacher and returned at the end of the class period, communication with the parent regarding the incident, communicate with student to reset expectations, and submit a log entry.
Second violation – The device will be confiscated by the teacher and given to the office and submit a log entry. Administration will visit with the student and communicate with parents about future violations. Device will be returned at the end of the school day.
Third violation – Device will be confiscated by the teacher and given to the office and submit a lot entry. At this point a parent will be required to pick up the phone in the office and student will face possible suspension from school.
Messages and photos on a cell phone are subject to viewing by administration given reasonable suspicion of a crime and/or school infraction. In the event a student must use an electronic paging device for health reasons, the student and his/her parents must petition the administration for such use.
Lockers will be equipped with a combination padlock loaned by the school. Lockers should be kept locked and combinations not shared with other students. Lost or stolen locks will be paid for by the student. The charge for a lost lock is $5.00. Students are responsible for books and personal possessions at all times. STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME. Any graffiti appearing on the outside or inside of the locker is considered vandalism and will be the responsibility of the student. School administrators reserve the right to search lockers, but only when it is reasonable to suspect that the locker contains items or articles which may constitute a hazard or contains property that does not belong to the student.
Gym lockers and locks are available to students enrolled in physical education classes. All items placed in the locker room during class must be placed in a locked locker to ensure items are not stolen. Students must refrain from placing personal items of value in gym lockers. The school will NOT be responsible for the loss of unsecured items. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all personal items are properly secured when left in the locker room areas. Lost locks are again the responsibility of the student and a $5 fee will be assessed for a lost lock.
NDHSAA ACTIVITIES - PHYSICALS REQUIRED
Student athletes participating in NDHSAA sanctioned sports programs are required to file a pre-participation health history screening and physical examination clearance form with the school office prior to their practice & participation in any athletic program. Student athletes who plan on participating in fall sports programs need to ensure they have their physical form on file prior to the first practice. Forms can be found on the Davies website under the Activities/Student forms or click here.
NDHSAA - PHYSICALS 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Students planning to participate in athletics in the 2021-2022 school year can get their physical done and turned into their school office before the end of the school year. Any physical dated after April 15, 2021 is good for the 2021-2022 school year. All athletes will need a new physical on file before they can participate in their athletic activity.
Don't wait - get it done today!
The "Form B" option that was available this year will not be an option for 2021-2022.
Physical Information from NDHSAA:
Prior to participation (including practice) a student participating in NDHSAA sanctioned athletic activities and representing his/her school must have on file with their school, an annual NDHSAA-approved Athletic Pre-Participation Health History Screening and Physical Examination clearance form completed by a qualified health care professional (i.e. Doctor of Medicine of Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant under the supervision of a physician); the Athletic Pre-Participation Health History Screening and Physical Examination is valid for one school year; a physical examination completed before April 15 is not valid for participation the following school year.
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 446-5610 (A - J) or 446-5611 (K-Z).
- Personal Illness
- Illness or death in the family
- Weddings of relatives and participation in
- Family emergencies
- School sponsored activities
- Religious activities approved by an administrator
- Trips requested by parents and approved by an administrator
- Funerals of family, relatives, or friends
- Required court appearances
- Medical & dental appointments
- Truancy is defined as being absent from one or more classes without the consent of parent/guardians and/or school officials. Truancy is also defined by behaviors such as failure to report to the office after being sent, leaving class without a teacher’s permission, abuse of pass usage, failure to leave school after checking out with the attendance office, and failure to go to class upon returning to school.
- Transportation problems
- Removal from class for disciplinary reasons (administration ordered suspension will not count as an unexcused absence)
- Unverified appointments
- Failure to check out with the attendance office when leaving school for an appointment.
Students are expected to be in class on time. The following procedures will be followed.
- Any three (3) tardy/late marks in a single class will equal an unexcused absence.
- Any student arriving more than 10 minutes late for class will have their tardy marked as LATE.
- At two truancies or the accumulation of six (6) tardy/late marks in a semester for a student may result in a formal attendance review. The attendance review document will outline attendance expectations going forward and disciplinary action if attendance issues continue.
A detention will be assigned for each period of truancy and for every third tardy. Detention times will be held on Monday - Friday 8:00-8:40 and 3:00-3:40 in H101.