DAVIES HIGH SCHOOL
Eagles Report - December 2020
Honor - Integrity – Pursuit of Excellence
As we are moving right along in a very unusual year, we are encouraged by the efforts of our students following guidelines in place, for school and school activities. It was a good feeling; the fall sports were able to complete the season, as well as a few other modified activities. As winter sports/activities have started, we will need to continue to be mindful of guidelines and as always, the weather.
I call your attention to:
- Winter vacation will start on Thursday, December 24 and students will return to school on Monday, January 4.
- With possible weather / COVID related issues, please stay informed of happenings in our school by using the Davies and Fargo Public School websites. For sporting/school events, Rschool (check Davies Website for link to this site) has team schedules/activities with updates on rescheduled, cancellations, and postponements of events.
- Attendance for activities will be restricted, please make sure you know what restrictions are in place for spectators at all EDC / state events.
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
INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION
The season of winter storms is upon us, and we want to reaffirm our mutual commitment to the safety of our students. FPS maintains close communication with the U.S. Weather Service. When storm conditions develop, we must make the decision as to whether school will be held or not. This decision is based on the general conditions which exist for the majority of Fargo students. Weather conditions and distance to school will vary however, and parents should use their own judgment in determining if the weather is suitable for their children to make the journey to school on any particular day. If school is in session and it is your decision that your child should remain at home, that decision will be respected by the school.
If school is called off, the local radio and television stations will be notified as early as possible. School closing notices will also be posted on the internet via FPS and the weather section of In-Forum. In addition, you should receive a connect ed phone call from the district office with the information. If storm conditions develop during the day and it is determined that an early dismissal is in the best interest of the students, the media will be notified and principals will proceed with an orderly dismissal. Elementary principals will dismiss students consistent with the instructions provided by parents on the emergency/weather school closing form.
Fargo Public Schools will do the following if our weather prevents us from having school:
- School will be cancelled for the first one to two snow days that fall Monday through Thursday. If there is a snow day on a preplanned Friday distance learning day, distance learning will occur. If one to two snow days occur, we will make up the days on either April 30 and or May 17.
- Any additional snow days after two days will either be a distance learning day at home or will be cancelled and the makeup requirement waived.
This school year has been anything but normal. Fargo Public Schools values in-person instruction. If the weather prevents us from having school in-person, we want our students and staff to be able to make up that time in-person in the spring on the scheduled days in our calendar.
If it is announced that school will be starting late, we will begin the school day with period 2 at 9:30.
We appreciate your continued cooperation and understanding in this important matter. Be assured that the well-being of your children is of utmost importance to us.
NEW RULES FOR MASK WEARING
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
Cathy Pauly, 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
Sylvia Gonzalez, Career Center...................... 446-5625
Kim Martin (A-J)............................................. 446-5611
Tabitha Janke(K-Z).......................................... 446-5610
Beth Kobbervig, School Nurse.........................446-5621
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.
CURRENT SCHOOL SCHEDULE SEMESTER ONE
WHAT'S COOK'N IN THE DAVIES KITCHEN
Davies Nutrition Service is currently offering 3 different styles of meal services.
First, We have our traditional breakfast and lunch for students that are attending school that day to eat here. Breakfast is a grab n go style with hot and cold options. Lunch we offer 2 hot choice and 1 cold along with a mini salad bar that we serve from the line.
Second, Monday - Thursday at the end of 7th and 8th period we offer a snack meal for students to take with them as they are leaving for the day. This snack meal is available to all students that are in school for that day.
Third, Every Friday we distribute breakfast and lunch meals for our virtual students that are distance learning from home. This meal service provides breakfast and lunch for the following week. All meal services are free of charge to our students.
This year during the holiday break we will be offering meal distribution. YAH! On Wednesday Dec 23rd from 7:30-8:30 am and 11:45-12:45 we will have meal distribution at door #21. Then on Wednesday Dec 30th from 11:45-12:45 we will also have another meal distribution at door #21. Signing up is encouraged but if you are not able to, we will still provide meals. Here is the link - https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/2568
We are here to help, so if you are a coach looking for snack meals for your team at the end of the day, a counselor that has a family in need, or a parent that needs to arrange a different pick up time please reach out to me.
Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Davies Kitchen Manager
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a Zoom meeting. Seesaw, Google Classroom, Zoom, and Dreambox are some of the tools she is happy to help with.
GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
STATE HONOR CHOIR
FPS is proud of the 24 students who earned positions on the North Dakota American Choral Directors Association (NDACDA) Junior High and Middle Level Honor Choirs. Due to COVID-19, the NDACDA is cancelling the honor choir performance. However, the organization is providing a virtual opportunity for these students to attend workshops with professional musicians in February. The students from Davies are:
JUNIOR ROTC PROGRAM SERVES COMMUNITY
JROTC Program Serves Community the Fargo Public Schools Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program is continuing to be active in community service through COVID-19. Recently, members performed color guards, cleaned a local non-profit radio station, and picked up trash for their Adopt-a-Highway Project. These activities help the JROTC program continue its mission of educating and training students in citizenship, community service, responsibility, character, and self-discipline. JROTC program performs color guard at North Dakota State Football Championships. JROTC members clean Old Highway 81. JROTC members install snow fence outside local non-profit radio station.
JROTC program performs color guard at North Dakota State Football Championships.
JROTC members clean Old Highway 81.
JROTC members install snow fence outside local non-profit radio station.
Due to the Hybrid Schedule catching us when we are open is a challenge since it is a student-led business. Although, we will make a promise that we will get you into the store if you come in between the hours of 8:00 and 3:30 (Mon-Fri.). Talk to our front desk crew when you walk in and they will help you get in the store and checked out. We still have lots of inventory with a huge selection to choose from. Happy Holidays!
DAVIES HIGH THEATER PRESENTS
Davies Theatre Department will now be presenting Truckline Cafe as a streamed performance. The performance will be made available with a streaming link free of charge. Posters were printed before the change to streaming, so this flyer provides all the important information for viewing the performance. Please let me know if you have any questions.
"Hello! My name is Carly Grandner, and I'm the new choir director here at Davies. During this strange year, I haven't had the chance to meet as many colleagues as I'd like, but I wanted to introduce myself, and show you a glimpse of what's going on in our world.
Recently, one of our choirs had the opportunity to collaborate with MSUM's University Choir, and they were featured on their Virtual Fall Concert. Our students made individual recordings which were then combined with the college students' tracks to make this beautiful final product you can see below. Our collaboration (Lunar Lullaby) starts at the 5-minute mark.
I am so impressed with their dedication, hard work, and positive attitudes about not only this project, but school in general during this trying time. Even after the first few months, I'm feeling very lucky to be part of the Davies community."
Davies band members Teegan Lee and Discovery band member Tanis Lee were accepted into the International Northwest Music Festival in Minot. The festival is in its 42nd year and feature outstanding musicians from ND, SD, MT, and Canada. Both were members of the inaugural jazz band. Congratulations!
PaY - PHILANTHROPY AND YOUTH
Members have completed the Interim Report and are waiting to hear back about approved site visits. Values this year are courage and equality. Our Areas of Focus are addiction, disabilities, and mental health. The Mission Statement this year is the following: Discovering the passions within our PaY committees and connecting them to the needs of the community to spark transformational change. Seniors who are interested in applying for The Barry Scholarship should begin working on their application.
Senior Pictures are due March 1, 2021. Seniors can submit either a color or black and white picture. We suggest a face shot if possible and all photos must be portrait (vertical). Senior pictures must meet the requirements to be in the Davies Yearbook. Requirements can be found on the attached page.
- Pictures should be digital. Senior pictures can be emailed to email@example.com. Make sure to follow the digital photo requirements found on the attached page.
- Hardcopy photos are accepted at a $5 charge. They can be submitted to the office.
- A late fee of $10 will be charged to any senior picture received after March 1, 2021.
- Senior pictures will not be accepted after April 1, 2021.
Thank you for your cooperation; we are working hard to make sure that all seniors are included in the 2021 Yearbook.
Grad Ads for the 2021 Yearbook will be sold only March 1-31, 2021 (no exceptions). There will be a limited number of ads available (once they are sold out, no more ads will be sold). More information will be available in January 2021.
If you have any questions about Senior Pictures or Grad Ads, please feel free to call Jenna Johnson Uphoff at 701-446-5751.
First Day of School Pictures
Did you take a 2020 First Day of School picture? If so, send your picture to the Davies Yearbook staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list names and grades of students include in the picture.
Send your Davies Homecoming pictures from the week to the Davies Yearbook staff at email@example.com. Please list names and grades of students included in pictures.
SENIOR PICTURES for the YEARBOOK
Fargo Davies High School
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.
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)
Activity Update – December 4, 2020
Thank you for your continued support of Davies High School activities and athletics! The following is an update regarding the recent funding requests the Booster Club was able to grant in November, helping Davies students and the overall Davies community.
Davies Streaming Club – Funding provided to purchase AV equipment to live-stream Davies events.
- Expected to benefit 8-20 curriculum students and all students, parents, and other potential viewers.
Eagles Helping Eagles – Funding provided for clothing and hygiene items for Davies students in need.
- Expected to benefit 55-60 students
Light Pole Banners and Brackets – Funding provided to purchase new and replacement banners and brackets to be installed on the light poles along the sidewalk to the pool entrance.
- Expected to benefit the entire Davies community
As a reminder, here are some of the ways to engage with and support the Davies Booster Club:
Want to get your business in front of the Davies audience? Please contact Tom Nelson for current advertising opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 virtually on Microsoft “Teams.” Email Misty Dietz at MistyLDietz@gmail.com for the invitation.
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
STUDENT DRESS – AP6325
The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of Fargo Public School K-12 students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals.
The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any protected group.
The following is expected at all times:
- Clothing with opaque fabric that covers the student’s chest, sides of body, midriff, and their entire undergarments must be worn.
- Pants/Jeans or the equivalent (i.e., skirt, sweatpants, leggings, dress, or shorts) long enough to cover the student’s private areas must be worn.
- Pants/Jeans or the equivalent should be secured not to reveal undergarments.
- Shoes must be worn.
- Clothing advertising or promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons or depiction of violence may not be worn.
- Vulgar clothing of any kind may not be worn.
- Vulgar is defined as pictures, images, words, silhouettes of individuals, or sayings that depict sexually suggestive expressions or actions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or which degrade the integrity of individual groups.
- Hats, hoods, or head coverings may not be worn in the building with the exception of a religious purpose, documented medical need, or with special approval by the administrator for special school events/celebrations/circumstance.
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.
The School Board (Policy #6220) recognizes that regular attendance is necessary to achieve consistent educational progress. In addition, North Dakota state law requires all children between the ages of seven and sixteen to be in attendance every day school is in session, with exceptions for illness and certain other in-capacities. Class attendance is imperative for students to achieve consistent educational progress. The Fargo Public School’s senior high attendance regulations are based on the premise that full participation in class activities is very important in the total learning process.
Students will be excused for the absences listed below if the parent/guardian calls the attendance secretary prior to the absence or sends a note or a doctor’s excuse. The attendance secretaries may be reached at 446-5611 (A-J) or 446-5610 (K-Z). Students leaving for appointments during the school day are required to check out with the attendance secretaries prior to their departure and check in when they return. Arrangements for make-up work will be made directly with the teachers of classes that have been missed.
- 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 Wednesday 8:00 – 8:45 am and 3:00 – 3:45 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-3:45, and on Saturdays from 9:00 – 12:00 am. Students who have assigned detentions to serve may NOT participate in selected school sponsored functions until detentions are completed.