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Principal's Corner

It is time for one final push for the end of the school year. With just over 3 weeks left in the calendar (and even less for Seniors), it is important that your child is as focused on school as possible and working as hard as possible. No matter what their current grades are, or how well (or poorly) they have done to this point, there is still time for them to earn good grades - IF they do the work. Please encourage them to do their best in school. If your child needs support, here are some things you can take advantage of:

  • All teachers are available to help students beginning at 7:30 every morning.
  • Academic support is available after school every day in our media center.
  • The school remains open for academic support every Wednesday from 7:30-3:30.
  • On Wednesdays, there is virtual homework help at g.co/meet/fhs-homework-help.
  • Most assigned work is posted to Schoology. Students can/should be working at home nights and weekends if they are behind.
  • Retakes are available for exams. If your child did poorly on a test - they can try again.
  • The RISE room is open for all students every day. They provide ample support for kids. Email hmohamud@faribault.k12.mn.us for more information.
  • We have 5 academic specialists that are willing to "tutor" your child any time. Email nmoore@faribault.k12.mn.us for information.
  • There will be no school-wide finals. Instead, the last couple of days (June 7 & 8) will be opportunities for students to catch up and retake assessments.
  • Call 507-333-6100 any time if you would like to talk to the school about ways we can support your child's learning.

I know this school year has been hard on kids. But I also know that your child is capable of doing hard things, overcoming obstacles, and achieving their goals. We believe in them and I know you do too! Let's work together to ensure everyone has a strong finish to the school year.

Best wishes for a great week. Always Forward.

Jamie Bente


Upcoming Calendar; Important Dates

Wednesday, May 19 - Graduation Practice; Afsoon Johnston Virtual Presentation; Senior Awards

Wednesday, May 26 - Graduation Practice; GraduationTickets Distributed to Students

Friday, May 28 - Last Day of School for Seniors; IPad Return for Seniors

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day, No School

Sunday, June 6 - Graduation Day

Tuesday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Grades 9-11

Grand March and Appreciation Event Provides Fun for FHS Seniors

Faribault Grand March and Senior Appreciation Night May 15, 2021

Congratulations to The Class of 2021 Valedictorians!

FHS Wrestling Team Cleans Up Highway 21

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Leadership I class Volunteers at Community Action Center

Last week, students from the FHS Leadership 1 class volunteered their time at the Community Action Center in Faribault. They did a variety of things, including cleaning up debris and materials, pulling up old carpeting, sweeping and cleaning, organizing their shelving units, and packing some boxes of food for the community. Their goal is to get the facility ready for the contractors to begin their renovating that space in early June.

Aden Testifies Before Legislative Conference Committee About Benefits of RISE Program at FHS

10th grader, Omar Aden shared his voice with state senators and representatives last week when he testified during an education committee hearing. The Committee was seeking input on the benefits of funding programs like RISE.

Aden shared, "I want to thank the committee for the opportunity to talk about the RISE program at my school which these funds made possible. The RISE staff pushes me to be my very best. When I need academic or personal help, I get it. It's been such a safe and welcoming place. I appreciate the RISE team and how they shaped me to be the person I am today because without them I don’t think I would be as successful as I’ve been this school year."

Click Here For More Information About RISE

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NAME: Jazmin Tadeo Castillo

SPORT: Girls' Track & Field


COACH: Mark Bongers


WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR SPORT? I really like how the environment is. Everyone is so supportive and because of that, my performance is better each day.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT FARIBAULT HIGH SCHOOL? The staff is so kind and understanding. They make class so much fun!

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO DO YOUR BEST? My little sister is my motivation. She looks up to me and encourages me to do my best. Even on my bad days she still believes in me.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? WHY? My Mom would be my role model because she is a hard-working woman. She never gives up at all and she’s always teaching me about life and how to handle situations.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL? Don’t be afraid to try something new. The only person that will keep you from success is yourself. We all have bad days so try to shake those bad vibes off and understand that nobody is perfect. Have fun in school, try to stay drama free.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? I like going on car rides and enjoying the peace and quiet. Watching sunsets might be cheesy but it makes me feel complete and alive. Nature is beautiful so I also enjoy going on walks and runs.

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL? I will be a nail technician and hopefully opening my own nail salon.

Faribault softball Teacher Appreciation Week video

Olympian, Afsoon Johnston to Meet Virtually With FHS Students; All Are Welcome to Hear Her Inspiring Story

Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston is an Iranian-born girl who overcame great adversity to become a world champion wrestler for the United States. She was a young child during the Iranian Revolution and Iran Hostage Crisis and was taught to hate America and Western ways. Her story of coming to the United States and becoming a champion wearing red, white, and blue is an interesting and inspiring one. She made five U.S. world teams, won several medals, competed on the Senior level for more than a decade, and served as the U.S. Olympic Team Coach at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Afsoon will be sharing her message of leadership and overcoming adversity on Wednesday, May 19 at 10:30 AM in the FHS Performing Arts Center. CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR THIS EXCITING EVENT. All are welcome to attend.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month; Message of the Week - CONNECT WITH OTHERS

Connecting with others is one of the most important things we can do for our well-being. We are social creatures; connecting with others is essential for our survival. Social connection lowers anxiety and depression, helps us regulate our emotions, and improves our self-esteem and empathy.

Things you can do:

  • Talk about your mental health and your challenges with others, and ask others to do the same. This can help you feel connected and supported by your community.

  • Take time to recognize those in your life. A little recognition can go a long way. Make a special effort to connect with anyone in your workplace or community who may need extra help. Talking about hardships can be uncomfortable, but acknowledging that someone is struggling, or sharing your own struggles, truly does help.

  • Make an effort to maintain connections. Connecting with others can help us all feel heard, acknowledged, and loved. Friendship is an action. We are social beings and social connection is essential for our survival. COVID-19 has challenged our regular ways of connecting with friends, family, and community.

  • Find ways to connect with your community. Volunteer to call people for support, send care packages, participate in faith services remotely, or find some other creative solution to build your connections. We all need a range of connections, including close friends, social companions, and connection to a community of people who share similar values and purposes. One resource is Random Acts of Kindness Ideas, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Masks Continue to Be Required For Students When Indoors

Governor Walz recently announced an end to the statewide mask requirement. This announcement follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask.

Minnesotans who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors. Only a small percentage of our student body is vaccinated and eligibility for 12 to 15 year-olds was just announced this week. As a result, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face-covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year (last teacher contact day), masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus.

FHS Student Art on Display at Paradise Center For Arts; Gallery opens May 21

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Somali Dance Workshop in May; All Students Are Welcome To Come and Learn Somali Dances

A team of researchers from St. Olaf College will be offering a free Dance Workshop Experience for Faribault High School students in May 2021. Over the course of the four workshop sessions, students of all races and backgrounds will learn to perform two traditional Somali dances led by the Somali Museum of Minnesota Dance Troupe. The team will also lead the students in a discussion about how dance is related to our individual identities, and invite them to share their experiences with community belonging in Minnesota, including their experiences with and thoughts about immigration.

The workshop meetings will be held from 3:15-5:15 on Tues May 18, Thurs May 20, Tues May 25, and Thurs May 27. Students should plan to attend all four sessions. Transportation home will be provided after each session. All participants will be 6 feet apart and masked, as the dances do not require any physical contact.

Students can express interest in participating in the workshop by filling out the Google Form at this link: https://forms.gle/fD1ULDioiuVQvgAk9.

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Seniors Eligible for FREE College Credit; Bilingual Seal

FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS: Is your child fluent in a language other than English? Would you like them to get a year or two of college credit in just 3 hours for free? On June 2, FHS is offering the Bilingual Seal test for 12th graders to show proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Arabic, or other languages. Sign up with this Google Form by Friday, May 21. Please contact Ms. Barb Sorum at bsorum@faribault.k12.mn.us for more information.

LiveMore ScreenLess Tip of the Week: Empathy For Your Child's Need to Connect Digitally

Dear Parents,

We are LiveMore ScreenLess, an organization promoting balanced, responsible and intentional use of technology and a community partner of FPS. We recently participated in a webinar “Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health” by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI). Several times the African proverb “It takes a village” was mentioned to support the digital wellbeing of young people. We agree! It is our goal to ensure the whole school and whole community is working to support the whole child! As an FPS community partner, we continue to weave our digital wellbeing strategies into the fabric of the community.

LiveMore's parent framework consists of four pillars: Listen, Limit, Lead, and Love. The FOSI webinar, made up of psychologists, researchers, and social workers, reinforced our framework by emphasizing ongoing and age-appropriate conversations with your child are essential to healthy digital wellbeing habits.

Here are a couple sentence starters you can use to show you are empathetic to your teen's need to connect with their friends through devices while you are also looking out for their wellbeing:

"I acknowledge the use of screens can impact your wellbeing: therefore, …

· I want to help you create wellbeing as a priority.

· I want to know how you are feeling, sleeping, moving your body, and connecting with others so I can keep you healthy.

· I am here to listen to you, and I love you."

Parenting has always been the most important job, one of the hardest jobs, and certainly, one of the most rewarding. In a year of a pandemic and all you have managed, the challenges have been greater than great! We want to encourage you that you are enough. Continue to lead with love and offer yourself grace as you embark on conversations to ensure your child’s wellbeing is not compromised by their devices.


KK Myers and Maree Hampton

LiveMore ScreenLess

Godfather's Pizza Fundraiser To Support Faribault Booster Club

Please mark your calendar for a fundraiser at Godfather's Pizza next Thursday, May 20, from 4-7 p.m.!

Next Thursday night 10% of all sales (delivery, carry-out, and in the restaurant) will go back to the Booster Club. This is an easy, delicious way to support our Falcon students and programs! Thank you for all the support.

Food Service Update

The final day for 7-day meal packs will be Wednesday, May 26. Lunches will be available for pick-up daily through the end of the school year at Jefferson Elementary.

Summer Meal Information: June 14-Aug 19

STEAM programming at Jefferson Elementary and FMS will have breakfast and lunch available. Meals will be handed out at Jefferson Elementary, Monday through Thursday from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Each meal handed out will include a breakfast and a lunch. Meals handed out on Thursdays will include two breakfasts and lunches, meant to be eaten on Fridays. These meals are free for anyone 18 and under.

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