Knight News

Grand Forks Central High School Weekly Communication

Keeping you updated and informed for the week of May 4, 2020

This mini-version of our monthly newsletter - The Knight News - will serve as a weekly communication to GFC families as students work remotely during the 2019-20 school year.

GFC Graduation Update

Grand Forks Central High School graduation will be held on May 31. Although we continue to work through the details, including the time of the event, we do know that our ceremony will follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and the North Dakota Department of Health and Grand Forks Public Health. As graduation details become set, we will share them with families as soon as we are able.

Senior Graduation Speaker Tryout Information

If you are a GFC Graduating Senior, for this 2020 school year, you are welcome to try-out to be a graduation speaker. Although we may not know exactly how or when, we do know that there will be a graduation, and we do know that we need speakers like you! So, we will be holding try-outs, virtually, for anyone who will be graduating and is interested in being one of our speakers.

These are the guidelines:

1. You will write an original speech of 2-5 minutes in length. Please consider the following when constructing your speech:

  • This graduation is for all graduates; you don’t want to have content which will exclude a part of your class. No “inside jokes”
  • This is a classy event, and we are a classy school, so keep it classy. If you can’t say it to your principal or grand-parent (not that those two are connected in anyway) you probably shouldn’t be saying it at all.
  • Content: It’s good to have a theme, use a famous quote or saying, and think outside the box. What, in your opinion, makes GFC, its students, and its staff special?
  • What’s happening right now has greatly affected your class. Although you may certainly mention what’s going on with COVID-19, social distancing, and online learning, it doesn’t have to be a focus of your speech. It’s your speech!
  • Feel free to deliver off of your manuscript or note-cards. This shouldn’t be memorized.

2. You will need to record yourself speaking and send that recording (video) to Mrs. Kalka’s email address:

3. The video is due, by 4:00 PM on Friday, May 8th.

4. From there, the videos will be judged by a panel of GFC staff members.

5. The judges will rank the speeches, and the top three will be chosen as speakers.

6. We will let you know who is chosen.

7. Those speakers will work over Zoom with Mrs. Kalka on the speeches before they deliver.

Please contact Mrs. Kalka if you have any questions.

Send in your Clip for the Senior Video

Gabe Randall has generously agreed to create the senior video for the Class of 2020. Seniors are asked to send a 3-5 second video clip that shows them doing something they like at home. Videos must be school appropriate. Please send videos to Gabe at:

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

We are very grateful for the efforts of our amazing Grand Forks Central teachers - especially considering all that has been asked of them this year! As you know, they are an extremely caring and dedicated group of people who are constantly looking for ways to improve student learning and well-being. During online learning, it has become apparent they their ability to connect with and care for students in spite of all kinds of barriers is second-to-none. We invite all students and parents/guardians to let them know how much they are appreciated, too. They make Central...well, Central!!

It's also School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 6. Thank you to Mrs. Slaathaug for all of her work this year at Central!!

Central Staff Raises over $3000 for GFC Families in Need - You can help, too!

Central staff members recently learned of some of the struggles our students and families are working through and decided they wanted to do something to help. So, through the help of the Grand Forks Foundation for Education, started a GFC COVID 19 Family Assistance Fund and in one week we have raised over $3000.

Families interested in contributing to this fund can also do so by going to the GF Foundation for Education donation page:

Under the Designation drop down menu, please choose OTHER and type in GFC COVID 19 in the cell below. This is the way to ensure the funds go to Central families. Please do not confuse this with an existing COVID 19 relief fund which is part of the drop down menu.

2020 Summer School Information

GFPS Families,

We are pleased to announce that high school summer school classes will be offered this school year from June 1st through July 7th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will be delivered online through remote learning. If your high school student has already registered for summer school, they will be receiving teacher and course information the week of May 25th -29th. If you would like to register your student for summer school, you will find both the course offerings and registration link here

The deadline to register is May 15th, and only courses with a sufficient number of students registered will be offered. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have questions regarding course selection.

From the Counseling Office

It’s the first week of May and we have one month of distance learning under our belts. In this time of distance learning, we have made many contacts with our GFC students and families. If you are needing social/emotional support, have academic concerns or questions, or are thinking about and needing help with college or career planning, please reach out to your class counselor. We can connect you with our Career Center as well if information from them is what you need.

As we are all continuing in keeping safe distancing with others, knowing and identifying your Sources of Strength is important. This week, our school counseling practicum student, Mrs. Johnson, brings you information about positive friends in this following clip:


There is a brand new scholarship that has been made available to GFC Seniors from Altru. Please go to this link then scroll down to the Current Scholarship Listings to find this scholarship and others that are still available.

In other exciting news, notification that the call for Senior Class Speakers has been sent out! If you are interested in trying-out, please see that communication and email Mrs. Yvonne Kalka if you have any questions.

Awards Night plans are coming together so please stay tuned for information in the coming days/weeks about the how and when for this. While this night will not be in person, there is a plan coming together to celebrate scholarship and award recipients.

Graduation plans are beginning to be discussed. There will be communication as soon as we as a district know the how and when for this as well. We are all working hard to provide you and your families with a meaningful culmination of your education through the experience of a graduation while working within the guidelines of social distancing and keeping everyone safe.

Keep working diligently in your classes and reach out to teachers or me if you are in need of support. We are almost there, Seniors!! I am so proud of each one of you!


R U Ready!!!

Juniors are encouraged to utilize their RU Ready accounts to accomplish post high planning. Use your login from middle school and click around the site to plan for your senior year, search for college majors, find scholarship information, and much more. I urge juniors to get started on this now; don't wait until your senior year begins. If you have trouble signing in, please send an email to me.

Account name: nd.lastname.firstname.mmddyyyy

Password: lunch account number

Scholarship Searches

Please send some time on for scholarship information. Although juniors may not be able to apply yet, it is a great idea to review some applications so they know what to expect, especially what kind of essays may be required for some scholarships.



Library/Media Center - E-Reading


GFC library’s website of the week for audiobooks is Audible. These stories were hand-picked by Audible editors and offer a mix of education, entertainment, and general interest titles. Listeners can access the site from any device and enjoy selections in six different languages.

Keep reading, Knights!

GFC Student-Created Video: Mental Health

Students in Dr. Ryberg's Dual Credit Speech class and Mr. Lennon's video production classes collaborated this year to create many informational videos about policies and procedures at Central. Please follow the link to the video related to mental health information.

Support Numbers

The following support options are available via phone for students who need help/support or would like to communicate the name of someone they are worried about to an adult.


GFPS Counselor Crisis Team

Available: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday



Hotline for someone who needs someone to talk to, not limited to suicidal ideation

24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Text-A-Tip to Grand Forks Police Department

Available: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday

Verbs of the 4th Quarter

Increasing the vocabulary of our students is a goal of the staff at GFC. A larger vocabulary leads to greater success in school and beyond. Verbs give us the tools needed to unlock knowledge and communicate that knowledge effectively. We appreciate families supporting this effort!
  • Explain - to make known or understandable; The video explains the proper way to wash your hands.

  • Justify - to prove to be just, right, or reasonable; During the trial, it was hard for Joe to justify his behavior.
  • Claim - to state that something is true; He claims that his treatment of tigers was ethical.

GFC Teacher Office Hours and Contact Information

While students are learning online during Quarter 4, teacher office hours are held from 8:45am-9:45am and from 2:00pm - 3:00pm Monday - Thursday. They are also available via email and can respond to voicemails during this time. Responses can be expected within 24 hours (business days). NOTE: Teachers who return or initiate calls will be using personal phones and have been asked to dial *67 prior to calling so they will come up as "blocked" on your cell phones.

Below is a link to email addresses and voicemail extensions for GFC staff.
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All GFPS office staff, including secretaries and administrators at Central, have been asked to work from home moving forward. Please feel free to call and leave messages at 746-2375 and we will work to answer questions or concerns as soon as we are able. We will also be checking emails and will respond within 24 business hours.

GFC Online Learning Manual

Please use the GFC Online Learning Manual as a reference tool for students and families the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Lunch....for free!

Lunches continue to be available at many schools, including Central, from 11:00am to 1:00pm weekdays. Anyone 18 years old and younger can get a free lunch to take with them.