Dear FSH Family Members and Friends
We are making plans for our many end of school year activities and events we have had in the past. Most will look the same as they did a few years ago, but we have made adjustments to a few of the events. We will have many concerts, theater productions, and other activities as we finish up the school year. With all we have going on, the end of this school year will be here before we know it.
Seniors will have their cap and gown pick – up at 8:00 AM on April 6th. Our drama students will be performing “Bloodlines” April 7th through the 10th. Band, choir, and orchestra groups will perform final concerts of the school year and sports teams have full schedules planned for the spring. I would encourage everyone to get out to support our Bruins to see and hear the great talent we have on the fields, tracks, courts, courses and in our theater, commons, and classrooms. To see our full school calendar with the most up to date information about our events and activities, including changes, postponements, and cancellations, please check here: South School Calendar. You can also find information on events on Twitter at @fshactivities.
In preparation for sports for next year, we will once again host our physical blitz on May 4th. This blitz will be right here at South High in cooperation with Sanford. All athletes will need a physical dated after April 15th, 2022 to be able to participate in sports during the 2022-2023 school year so this will be a great opportunity to get this task completed. Levi Tande, one of our certified trainers, will be working with the students to schedule their physical during an off period during the school day at South High. Last year, we had about 30 kids take advantage of this opportunity. This year, we are hoping for 50 or more. Students and parents need to complete paperwork ahead of time and turn it into Mr. Tande to schedule an appointment. There is more information later in the newsletter.
With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, it is also time to make plans the summer and get registered for the Fargo Public Schools Summer Sports Camps. Fargo South will once again offer camps for girls and boys basketball, volleyball, football, and strength and conditioning. Our coaches run these programs in hopes of helping the students improve their individual and team skills as well as get stronger in preparation for upcoming seasons. All of the camps include programs for seventh and eighth graders with some programs offering opportunities for younger students as well. Fee waivers are available for those in need of assistance with the registration fees. Registering as soon as possible will help us plan for the number of coaches needed to give the students the best experience we can. You can find more information, including registration information, HERE.
You will find more information on the happenings at South High School in this edition of the Bruin Briefing.
Thanks for a great year!
Assistant Principal/Activities Coordinator
SCHOOL MAKE-UP DAY
Due to the weather-related school cancellations on January 7 and January 14, Fargo Public Schools will use the storm make up days built in to the school calendar. Fargo Public Schools will hold classes on Monday, April 18, 2022 and Monday, May 16, 2022. These days are now days that students and staff are expected to be at school. All other storm days do not need to be made up.
If you are a SENIOR planning to graduate on May 29th, the following obligations must be met by each student before a diploma will be presented:
- Graduation requirements must be met in order to be eligible to participate in the ceremony.
- Independent study classes and Virtual Academy classes must be completed and grades received by May 26th in order to participate in the ceremony.
- All fees/fines must be paid by May 20th and detentions must be taken care of before graduation.
- All students participating in ceremonies are expected to dress in business attire. The cap, gown, tassel, medallion and appropriate shoes are required. No other personal additions will be allowed.
If a student desires to receive a diploma without going through the graduation ceremony, please see your counselor by May 6th.
CAP & GOWN DISTRIBUTION
Seniors can pick up their graduation cap & gown on Wednesday, April 6th at 8:00am in the main gym. During that time, you will receive information on graduation and the selection process for your graduation speakers. Please plan on attending.
GRADUATION DAY REMINDERS
The South High Class of 2022 celebrates the 54th commencement ceremony of Fargo South on June 6th at the FargoDome. Ceremonies begin at Noon. Seniors should arrive at the FargoDome no later than 2:30pm.
Graduation will run smoothly for everyone if the following points are considered:
- Gowns should be hung up or even possibly pressed before the big day. Remember your medallion.
- Practice walking around wearing your graduation cap; you may need to prop the cap on your head with bobby pins. Come prepared because we will not have any bobby pins or safety pins for your gowns.
- Students are to wear business attire under their gowns. Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be going up and down ramps. No flip flops please!
- There is no secure dressing area so do not bring items (purses, cameras, etc.) that will remain in the lining-up area while the ceremony takes place.
- No "decorations" of any kind will be permitted on graduation gowns, caps or shoes. Please do not make us ask you to remove any such items.
SOUTH HIGH HONOR SOCIETY
Mark your calendars. Friday, May 20th is the date for South High’s annual Bruin Bash! The Bruin Bash is an annual event to celebrate the achievements of our students and showcase many of our programs. The morning will kick off with a celebration of academic achievements at 8:45am in the gym, recognizing all students receiving a letter based on their cumulative GPA. Many upperclassmen will also be recognized with other awards for academic excellence. Parents and students being recognized will receive an invitation in the mail to attend but the entire student body will be in attendance to share in the excitement.
SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT
In April, seniors will be asked to share information about any scholarships that have been awarded and accepted in order to be recognized at the scholarship ceremony on May 16th @ 7:00 PM in the South High Theatre. Not only will we acknowledge those known scholarships but there will be some surprise announcements regarding other scholarships! Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the many achievements of our soon-to-be 2022 Bruin graduates!
POST PROM 2022
NDSU Memorial Union
11:00PM - 2:30AM
All entering must have an ID. Post Prom tickets are included in Prom packets when purchased. If students aren't going to Prom they can purchase a Post Prom ticket at the business office for $10. We will have a list at the doors to verify students and their guests. We encourage all parents to encourage their group of prom attendees to show up at post prom.
Cash prizes as well as other prizes will be used for winners at all games. Blackjack, roulette, Pulltabs, beat the dealer, and connect four have been reserved from Games Galore. The hypnotist will be 1 a.m. - 2 a.m. NDSU has bowling, pool, air hockey, and other games as well. Mitchell Humann is your contact for games.
Only South students are eligible to win prizes. A ticket system will be utilized to select winners throughout the night.
SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY
10 PM - 1 AM
More information will be sent to senior families in May.
DONATIONS are very much appreciated as this party is strictly paid for by donations. If you would like to donate or volunteer, contact Rachel Warren @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Nikki Johnson @ email@example.com.
High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors can now process transcript requests electronically through eTranscripts. Students request their transcript securely and at their convenience through their PowerSchool account.
1. Students log into their PowerSchool account and click on the icon with the arrow/box
2. Click ND Education Portal
3. Click tab with student’s name
4. Send Transcript
5. Choose college transcript needs to go to
Please allow 2 days for approval.
If you have any questions, please stop by the Counseling Office or call Keelie Goodman @ 446-2016.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2022
June 6 - June 28
July 6 - July 28
PE classes are June 6 - July 28
Vacation from June 29 - July 5
For the summer school booklet and registration go to www.fargosummerschool.com
Contact your school Counselor for more information.
ND SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA
The North Dakota Legislature created this scholarship to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending a college or university in North Dakota. There are three different paths students can use to qualify for this scholarship.
The total value of the scholarship is $6,000, disbursed $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Recipients have up to six years following high school graduation to use the scholarship. To qualify for a disbursement, recipients must be enrolled full-time, as defined by the financial aid office at the institution, maintain the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75, and maintain progress towards degree completion requirements of the scholarship.
The scholarship can be used at any of the approved public, private or tribal colleges within the state of North Dakota. Eligible institutions must be regionally accredited and offer programs of study of at least 2 years in length.
The online application for the ND Scholarship are submitted between January 3 - June 3, 2022. Students can apply for this scholarship online at the ND Education Portal which can be accessed through their PowerSchool account or at https://www.nd.gov/dpi/parentscommunity/students/academic-and-cte-scholarship. Once approved, students have up to six years to access these scholarship dollars. Therefore, any student who qualifies should apply for this scholarship, even if not planning to attend a ND school in case plans change. This scholarship can also be applied to students who may return to ND for graduate school within 6 years of graduation.
CHOICE READY SCHOLARSHIP
ACT/SAT COLLEGE EXAM SCHEDULE FOR 2021/22
The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests required by most 4 year colleges. Students should check with the specific schools they plan to apply to for the test needed. These tests are generally taken during the latter part of a student’s junior year and during senior year. To sign up or see the locations where testing is offered, see websites listed below.
If students qualify for the free lunch program (apply online @ EZMealApp.com), there are opportunities available for him/her to receive fee waivers or cost reductions for some events. These may include fee waivers for ACT/SAT/PSAT exams; reduced price for AP exams; scholarships for ZAPS workshops; and college applications. Please check with your counselor to make sure students access these opportunities.
AP EXAM SCHEDULE UPDATE
By now, any student taking an AP (Advanced Placement) Class should have registered and paid for their AP exam if they are seeking to receive college credit through testing this spring. The Advanced Placement Program, a part of College Board, encourages high schools to offer challenging college-level work to able students. The Advanced Placement exam scores provide an opportunity for high school students to earn college credit at participating colleges.
Tests are scored by College Board and results are sent to the college(s) designated by the student. Colleges determine how much credit or advanced standing will be awarded to each student. Students are advised to research the AP policies of the colleges/universities they are interested in attending.
The cost of exams for the 2021-22 school year will be $100. If a student qualifies for Free or Reduced Meals, assistance is available.
The ND Department of Public Instruction has provided some additional incentives/fee reductions for exams in STEM areas in the past years. If your student qualifies for any of these reductions, you will be reimbursed for this part of the exam fees after the exam is taken. Exam results will be available to students in July through their CollegeBoard account.
Exams are given on designated days set by the CollegeBoard. Exam dates for those offered at South High this year are listed below.
Art Portfolios are due May 6th.
Sanford Health and Fargo South High School are teaming up to get you ready for the 2022-2023 athletics season! Don’t wait until August to get your Sports Physical. All athletes will be required to have a physical dated after April 15th, 2022 to participate in sports next fall. See our providers and staff of athletic trainers AT Fargo South High School! Sports Physicals will be done Wednesday, May 4th during the school day.
Cost of the physical is $50.
Cash, credit card, HSA, or checks accepted
Please make checks payable to Sanford Health
Student-athletes will be scheduled during school hours on their free period, study hall, etc. Every effort will be made to keep them in their scheduled classes.
Athletes at Carl Ben Eielson are welcome after school on a “walk-in” basis.
Along with Sports Physicals, Sanford is prepared to administer vaccines if needed. Further information is available in the packet.
*Vaccines include: HPV, Covid-19, Meningococcal B, Meningococcal ACWY, and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
Physical packets will be available in the main office at South & CBE.
Contact Levi Tande with questions: 701-446-2049 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Near perfect attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when school is attended consistently. If a student is recorded as being truant (unexcused absence) or is late to class, a detention will be assigned for each period of truancy and every third tardy.
An entry will be made in PowerSchool that will identify the date and period that the detention was earned. To access detention information, login to your PowerSchool account. There you will see the current detentions and how many have carried over from previous years.
At South High School, detention can be served Monday – Thursday from 3:45pm – 4:30pm or Saturday mornings from 9:00—Noon. Detentions will be expected to be served within one week of the unexcused absence(s). Failure to complete assigned detentions, will limit a student’s ability to participate in extracurricular activities (athletic and nonathletic) and participate in graduation ceremonies.
FALL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Freshmen registration is scheduled for August 9, 10 and 15 - 17. Freshman parents will receive a letter in late July with appointment information.
Grades 10 – 12 registration is scheduled for August 15th - 16th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and August 17th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
VIRTUAL ACADEMY 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
Recently, Fargo Public Schools made the decision to continue its Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. For planning purposes, we need to gather information regarding interest for next year.
Elementary (grades K-5): The elementary model will stay the same through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE).
Secondary (grades 6-12): Secondary students will utilize a program called Edgenuity for core classes. This program, currently used at the high schools for credit recovery coursework, provides greater flexibility to meet students’ academic needs. In addition, secondary students will have the opportunity to meet via Zoom with an FPS instructor at scheduled times throughout the day. Elective courses will be offered through NDCDE at the secondary level.
Please complete the survey linked below to indicate your interest in attending the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFZEu1-qzxbzL7xn_Pq_txT2LnKXhJfURO9Kkx76Y7OtGGyg/viewform?usp=sf_link
More information on the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy can be found on our webpage:
If you have questions, please contact the Virtual Academy administrators listed below:
Lori Nappe (Grades K-5)
Holly Fiechtner (Grades 6-12)
FREE SCHOOL MEALS EXPIRING JUNE 2022
A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K – 12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021 – 2022 school year.
What does this mean for families? In the fall of 2022, meals will return to paid-for status. Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families.
2022 SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEAR
South High School Lead Custodian Joel Cross has been named Fargo Public Schools Support Staff of the Year. FPS Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi and South High School Principal Dr. Todd Bertsch made the announcement today during a staff meeting.
Cross has served on the maintenance team at South High School for 15 years. First hired in a part-time capacity in 2007, Cross proved reliable and was hired full time in March of 2008. Cross has performed in multiple roles at South throughout the years, including custodian, assistant engineer, head assistant engineer, evening assistant engineer and now lead custodian. In 2018 his standout work, professionalism, and dependability were recognized as he was promoted into his current role.
As lead custodian, Cross manages the maintenance staff in a professional and effective manner and oversees the maintenance and operation of a large school building. He sets and communicates schedules for South’s custodial staff, meets regularly with the staff to set duties and expectations, trains custodial staff in cleaning and use of equipment, communicates with South administration and staff to fulfill their needs, conducts inspections of cleaning areas, and keeps cleaning supplies in stock. Cross ensures that South remains a clean and pleasant learning environment for the school’s students and staff.
Cross’ selection as Support Staff of the Year is a reflection of his integral role at South High School. Cross is described as a hard worker with a “can do” attitude, willing to go far above and beyond the call of duty. He is known by his colleagues as the “Most Valuable Custodian,” South’s hardest worker, and a staple at South High School. Despite being stretched thin with a limited staff, he is fully willing to do what it takes to make sure students, staff and guests have access to a clean and functional building. His nominators say he never complains and always shows up promptly and is willing to help them accomplish the tasks that need to be done. He is described as a very conscientious, organized, humble and passionate individual. His willingness to go above and beyond over the years is not limited to his maintenance duties. He has enthusiastically agreed to grill at senior picnics and DJ school events.
Cross is described as a problem solver, always searching for ways to improve the condition of the school. He puts in the time and effort to explore new processes, products and technologies to help his team adapt and improve within an ever-changing environment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been open to any changes necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of South’s students and staff. When confronted with new protocols or activities necessitated by the evolution of the pandemic, he has been ready to attack the challenges with ferocity to serve those within the school.
NDASSP Academic All State
GIRLS STATE HOCKEY CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to the North – South girl’s hockey team on winning the North Dakota Girls State Hockey Tournament championship! The North - South Spruins finished the regular season in 3rd place with a record of 14 wins and 5 losses. In the state tournament, the Spruins beat Minot 5-0 in the quarterfinals, Bismarck 5 - 1 in the semifinals and beat Fargo Davies 2-1 in double overtime in the state championship. Fargo South’s Molly Hanson had a goal in the win over Bismarck and Savannah Wuitschick had 77 saves in goal for the Spruins in the three games. Congratulations Spruins!
AFJROTC Drill Competition
AFJROTC Drill Team results from the 17th Annual Sioux Falls Invitational Drill Meet held at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD. South High competed against 5 other JROTC teams from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota in Physical Fitness and Drill. Overall the team finished in 2nd Place. Individual event were as follows:
Inspection – 3rd
Armed Platoon – 2nd
Unarmed Exhibition - 2nd
Armed Exhibition – 2nd
Varsity Color Guard – 3rd
First Year Color Guard – tied 2nd
First Year Unarmed – 3rd
First Year Armed – 1st
Male Physical Fitness – 3rd
Female Physical Fitness – tied 2nd
Jasmine Schaeffer finished third in female physical fitness and we had 3 cadets finish in the top 10 for Knock Out (Nicholas Borowski and Declan Black 1st and 5th respectively in Armed Knock Out and Carson Moilanen 8th in Unarmed Knock Out).
Members of the team are:
SOUTH: Michelle Bent, Faith Hanson-Buethner, Kaeley Hopp, Justyce Johnson, Parker Liedahl, Carson Moilanen, Annalise Oak, Andrew Prak, Jasmine Schaeffer, Marisol Wentling
DAVIES: Declan Black, Nicholas Borowski, Mason Denault, Ashton Joffrion, Justin Smith
NORTH: Adelaid Bakken, Pluto Draper, Thomas Lemen, Kaden Liedberg, Jordan Mills, Teriana Richards, Anthony Thompson
FARGO SOUTH FISHING CLUB
Anyone interested in participating in the Fargo South Fishing Club can pick up an information packet in the main office at South High or can contact John Dockter via email at email@example.com. No experience is necessary and boats and transportation to events will be arranged. All events take place during the summer at local lakes. To make sure you get the team jersey, you need to sign-up by April 9th.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
FPS is forming the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and is currently accepting applications from parents of students who receive special education services. The role of SEPAC members is to provide insight and support to the SEPAC in the understanding of parent/ family issues and perspectives, and to attend all regular meetings and special meetings as requested. Read more about the Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
ATTENDANCE OFFICE (701) 446-2023
Good attendance, whether at school or on the job, is very important. If a student must be absent from school, please call Tyann Schlenker @ (701) 446-2023.
Class attendance will be reported daily by period. It is the intent of the attendance secretary to contact parents at home or work the same day by phone to directly report any class(es) that have been reported as absent.
Parents would you remind your students that are leaving school early for ANY reason that they need to pick up their exit pass from the Attendance Secretary. We are not always able to deliver passes in a timely manner. If students are leaving early for an appointment or other reason, they need to pick up their pass prior to their appointment. Also – If your student is going to an appointment dentist, doctor, etc. they need to bring an appointment slip back from the doctor/dentist to attendance when they return to school to have the absence excused for an activity.
SOUTH HIGH OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS
Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal - (701) 446-2004
Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal (A-K) - (701) 446-2005
Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal (L-Z) - (701) 446-2008
Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator - (701) 446-2006
Dode Bentson, Administrative Assistant - (701) 446-2010
Karri Segal, Bookkeeper - (701) 446-2022
Donna Lee, Activities Secretary - (701) 446-2011
Laurie Schlenker - (701) 446-2017
Vanessa Boehm - (701) 446-2021
Adrienne Eider - (701) 446-2019
Keelie Goodman, Registrar - (701) 446-2016
Beth Phillips, Secretary - (701) 446-2015
Troy Nielsen, SRO - (701) 446-2025
Corin Strapp, Career Center - (701) 446-2028
Amber Fish, School Nurse - (701) 446-2034
Fargo South High School
Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal
Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal
Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator