Laker Link February 2021 - UPDATE

The Detroit Lakes High Newsletter for Parents and Guardians

Schedule Updates for February - February 9 Update

Happy February!

I would like to first thank all of you for your continued patience and flexibility. I continue to hear and see so many wonderful things that are taking place inside our classrooms both physically and virtually.

I have some good news to share with all of you. Our district COVID team met earlier Monday, February 8 to discuss the return to learning plan for the high school. The superintendent met with our Regional Support team this morning which consisted of several medical professionals both from the state and county as well as MDE. They have given us permission, based on current community active cases, to bring our 10-12 students back starting on Tuesday, February 16. This is a week earlier than we had initially planned. This will mean that all students 9-12 will be in-person learning starting on that day. We will continue with our block schedule next week and then move to our regular modified block schedule the week of February 22. Here is what the schedule for the rest of the month will look like:

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Schedule for Feb. 1 to Feb. 19

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Semester 1 Grades

The most current grades for your student can be found on Skyward. If you are having trouble getting into Skyward please call (218) 847-9271.

If you would like to have your students report cards mailed to your home, please use the link below to request a paper copy.

Notes: The reports cards mailed in Feb 2021 will include Semester 1 grades.

Picture Retake Days


  • Wednesday, February 10th
  • Thursday, February 11th

Picture forms are located outside of the High School office

Distance Students - IMPORTANT INFO

Attention current distance students:

Now that we are planning to move to in person instruction at the end of the month we want to let you know that if you plan to move to in-person learning we would ask you to contact the counseling office at 218-847-4491 x2217 or by email at Please contact us by the end of February to change to in-person learning. The next time to switch learning models would be the week of March 22 to change at mid-semester. If students need to quarantine that is not considered a learning model switch, since it is likely temporary.

We will be adjusting how teachers deliver distance learning once we are back in person. Students will still be able to access the classroom remotely but the interaction with the teacher may be somewhat limited with more students in the classroom. Our goal continues to be able to provide great learning opportunity to all students.

Planning for next year...REGISTRATION

February is registration month! Since we are sill in hybrid, this process will look a little different this year. The Counselors have been working hard to create Loom Videos that teachers will share during class. They will also be posted on the high school webpage.

Our timeline will be as follows:

February 8th-12: Class of 2022. Registration of students in Math classes

February 16th-19th: Class of 2023. Registration of students in Pathway classes

February 22nd -26th: Class of 2024. Registration of students in Seminar

March 1st-5th: Class of 2025. Registration of students in 8th grade classes

All Loom videos will be shared one week before the counselors are in the classroom with students in those same classes.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's counselor:

Students Last Name (A-G) - Doreen Richter 847-4491 x2178

Students Last Name (H-N) - Sara Pender 847-4491 x2175

Students Last Name (O-Z) - Nathan Ochsner 847-4491 x2233

Here is the most up-to-date version of our Registration Guide for next year 2021-22

Guide - click here

SnoBall 2021 - Feb. 22 through March 5

Each winter sport/ school organization has been given the opportunity to nominate one senior from its sport/organization, to be a SnoBall candidate. Each SnoBall candidate will compete for points during SnoBall week through contests/activities. Candidates will earn points by competing in the following events: A Lip Sync competition, Dress-up day participation, TikTok Contest, How well you know your advisor and musical chairs. The student body will be able to watch the events virtually and score competitors when possible. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 place finishers along with the winners of each of the competitions.

Here is the schedule of events. These will all be live streamed so families and friends can watch the competitions. These events will be on our activities page,

Wednesday, Feb. 24 -- Lip Sync Competition

Thursday, Feb. 25 -- How well do you know your advisor/coach?

Wednesday, Mar. 3 -- Paired Musical Chairs

Thursday, Mar. 4 -- Spirit Flag Competition and awards

Please join us online!

ACT Testing - March 30, 2021

The ACT will be taking place for the Junior class on March 30th. Considering many colleges and some scholarships are going test optional, Taking the exam will be optional for students this year. For your references, has been creating a list of colleges that are either test optional or have specific rules on how colleges are handling ACT scores. If you have additional questions about a specific college, it is encouraged that you contact that college's admissions offices.

It is encouraged that students planning on attending a two or four year college to take the exam. Taking the ACT has benefits, even if it is not required for admissions. Some of the benefits are:

- Provide an idea of your college readiness and subjects to improve upon.

- Provide the experience of a standardized test

- A free option to take the Exam.

- Keeps options open for the future as colleges may not remain ACT optional.

Your student will be getting test preparation materials and a survey to fill out if they intend to take the ACT from Mr. Ochsner in the near future. The exam will take place off-site of the high school and information will be sent home as the testing date gets closer.

Dollars For Scholars -- IMPORTANT INFO

Attention, Seniors! Information will be coming out on Dollars for Scholars on or before Friday, February 12th and applications will be due on Friday, March 12th. The Awards Ceremony will tentatively be Monday, April 26th. More information to come!

Communications Flow Chart - Parents and Students PLEASE NOTE

The district has recently updated their communication flow chart. If you are having issues at school please check this chart to help you know where to start communicating.
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Check out our Monday Morning Announcements


Please click this link to connect to the Return to Learning page. There are links to the High School and Parent Resources that you will find helpful.

If you need additional information

If you have any questions or need additional information from us, please contact the school office at 218-847-4491.

Other important contact information

Student Attendance: 218-847-4491 * 2152

Activities Office: 218-847-4491 * 2196

Student Services Office: 218-847-4491 * 2217

Principal's Office: 218-847-4491 * 2191

Media Center: 218-847-4491 *2113