Woodrow Wilson HS Newsletter

October/November 2019-20

Woodrow Wilson High School

David Burkman, Principal & EL Director

Jim Keal, Assistant Principal

Ila Hegg, Adm. Asst.

Nicole Weiss, Summer School & EL Adm. Asst.

Woodrow Wilson Mission Statement


Woodrow Wilson High School will provide a student-centered alternative instructional program to allow students to obtain a high school diploma and to learn skills necessary to be productive, responsible citizens.

Advisory Day Meeting ~ Top 10 Reasons to Attend


by Jim Keal, Assistant Principal


As I write this in the middle of October there are inches of snow on the ground. Has winter arrived already? Halloween is just around the corner and staff have planned a bunch of fun events for the entire week. I encourage students to participate and enjoy them all. They should talk with their Advisor for more information.

We have our second advisory day coming up on November 7th. I am often asked why we do this and if parents should attend. Here’s my crack at answering this very good question.


Mr. Keal’s Top Ten Reasons to Attend Advisory:

10. The best opportunity for uninterrupted conversation with your Advisor

9. Students earn advisory units for attending – These turn into ½ credit when you accumulate 80

8. This is our version of conferences

7. Discuss the student’s graduation plan and progress

6. It’s never too early to start planning what comes after high school

5. Plan Accolades progress

4. Discover community service opportunities (and how to get more advisory units)

3. Be informed about coming events

2. Celebrate progress or problem solve and set goals

1. It’s fun!


I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Advisory. Please remind your student to make an appointment with their Advisor.

The Woodrow Wilson staff are always open to helping students solve problems. If something is getting in the way of your student’s success, please let us know. We also have a pantry of food/clothing available to students in need – just ask. WE are here to help.

Attention Parents/Guardians: Advisory Day & Conferences!!!!

Advisory Day & Conferences November 7th!

Parents are encouraged to attend! Students make a 20 minute appointment with their advisor. No pm classes are scheduled.

AM 1 Class: 8:45-10:05 am Advisory/Conferences: 11:15-6:00 pm

PM Class: 10:05-11:15 am

Please see our attached calendar for the 2019-20 school year ~ See below

Woodrow Wilson Daily Class Schedule ~ See below

Parents/Guardians ~ Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Dear Parent/Guardian,

North Dakota has launched a new dashboard designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:

· Test Scores

· Graduation Rates

· English Learner Progress

· Student Engagement

· State Accountability

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful.

State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

How is our School Doing?

To find out more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at Insights.nd.gov, select “Find My School”, and search alphabetically for our school. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading.

Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is not available to less than 10 students, it will say “no data available”.

Family Engagement

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia (formerly AdvancED).

As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is available on the Insights Dashboard.

Woodrow Wilson High School is not a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 121. If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact the school at 1305 S 9th Avenue or 701-446-2800.

Sincerely,

David Burkman
Building Principal

ACT National Testing Dates ~ See below

Attendance Information ~ 701-446-2800

Thanks for being responsible and calling in!

Good attendance and being on time (punctuality and reliability) are very important life skills. As part of the advisory program, students can make progress towards advisory credit by having good school attendance.

Please call by 9 a.m. to report a morning absence and by 12:30 p.m. to report an afternoon absence.

Parents (for students under 18) or students over age 18 are expected to call both of their am/pm teachers OR the office prior to an absence.

a. If a parent can’t call an absence on time, the student must call (by 9:00 and/or 12:30) and the parent must call later in the day to verify the absence.

b. On the day of an absence, a morning absence called in after 9:00 a.m. or a p.m. absence called in after 12:30 pm will not be excused (extenuating circumstances will be considered.)

c. Appropriate absences will be excused when called in on time:

a. Illness, funeral, medical or legal appointments, parent request, family vacation or emergency

b. Excessive absences may result in consequences.

Attendance Notification System Woodrow Wilson uses the BlackBoard automated phone call system to report all unexcused absences @ 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Fargo Public Schools Lunch Meal Prices


Grade Level 2019–20 Breakfast & Lunch Meal Price


Secondary Breakfast $1.55

Reduced $0.00 (State pays)

Secondary Lunch $2.70

Reduced Lunch $0.40


At Woodrow Wilson lunches are ordered 1 day in advance from Central Kitchen. If your student would like a hot/cold meal, please have them see the main office to order one for the next school day.

Student Lunch Accounts


You may now pay for your school lunches on line, through School Pay. Following the same procedure by accessing your PowerSchool account & clicking on this icon at the Woodrow website or the FPS website.

Using this program, you can see the dollar amounts you have put into your student’s lunch account as well as how much is used each day, and there are NO transaction fees.

Lunch Assistance Application

The main office has the 2019-20 Lunch Assistance Applications”. Please feel free to stop by and get one.

Immunization Update: 11th & 12th Graders for 2019-20

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, a second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is required for students entering eleventh or twelfth grade. This means your 11th and 12th grade student will need proof of two doses of MCV4 before returning to school in the fall.


Ideally, children should receive one dose of MCV4 when they are eleven to twelve years old and a booster dose on or after their sixteenth birthday. Please schedule with your child’s health care provider or your local public health. Please have your child receive this booster prior to the start of the school year. Also, remember to bring in the documentation of the immunization date to the school.


****The student has 30 days from enrollment to update their immunizations or their classes will be on PLACED hold.

Medications at School Policy ~ See below

Fargo Public School Evening Session Calendar ~ See below

Woodrow Way Accolades

Woodrow students who have distinguished achievement are recognized in the WW Accolades program.


Criterion for a student to achieve Woodrow Way Accolades:


  1. Must attend a minimum of 2 WWHS sessions (starting by mid to late February)
  2. Average a minimum of 2 course completions per session
  3. Average a minimum or 3 P/R points for the year
  4. GPA for the year at Woodrow must be at least 2.8
  5. No unresolved ICUs or Woodrow community issues
  6. Complete 24 credit diploma to graduate with Accolades


Graduate must have attended more than 4 sessions at WWHS.


  1. Advisor’s written statement(s) of recommendation


Benefits of Achieving Woodrow Way Accolades:


  1. Accolades Recognition Breakfast for student and family guests in May.
  2. Certificate/Award that represents:


- Quality Attendance

- Commendable Scholarship

- Respectful Character


C. Potential to graduate with Accolades

D. Success and a personal sense of accomplishment

E. Quality material for Job-Scholarship-College Applications

Co-Curricular Activities for WWHS Students

All Woodrow Wilson High School students are welcome to join and participate in their home schools co-curricular programs (sports, music, dances etc…) which exist for the development of skills, attitudes, and self-esteem of students, and are intended to enhance the physical, social, emotional, artistic and intellectual growth of our young people. Parents are encouraged to be positive and supportive in their relationships with advisors and coaches. It is the prerogative of the advisor/coach to manage the activity in such a manner that sound human relationships are encouraged and the regulations of the North Dakota High School Activities Association are met. A team effort by parents, school officials, and the participants is needed.

McKinney-Vento Act

1. Is your current address a temporary living arrangement?

2. Is this temporary living arrangement due to loss of housing or economic hardship?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your child(ren) may be eligible for McKinney-Vento services.

Please call Jan at 701-446-1013

FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISPUTE RESOLUTION POLICY 2019-2020

Please see the attached download.

Woodrow Wilson Staff Directory ~ See below