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Greetings Students and Families of Schroeder Middle School,

I hope that you’ve been enjoying your summer! With the start of the new school year less

than one month away, the Schroeder staff and I want to share important information to make your child’s transition from his or her summer activities to the classrooms of Schroeder Middle School as smooth as possible. Let’s get started!

In this newsletter, you will discover a wealth of information and resources regarding the start of the school year. We’ve included details about our registration days on Tuesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 10, including fees you can pay online to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Our open house will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Monday, August 28, and will provide a

perfect opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and view their classrooms. At our open house, you will have a chance to visit with leaders from our Schroeder PTO and find out how you can get involved. At the conclusion of our open house, parents are invited to attend a “Meet the Coaches” meeting to get important information from our coaches about Block I athletic programs (August to October) at Schroeder.

Also in this newsletter, we’ve included a handful of our school rules and polices, including

those involving backpacks, cell phones, personal appearance, outside food, and medication. Please do not hesitate to call or email our office with any questions you may have regarding the rules and policies in this newsletter or in the digital student handbook your child will receive on the first day of school, August 30.

In this newsletter, please note Schroeder Middle School’s mission statement, vision statement, and set of values. This year’s 8th grade class picked the 2023-2024 school motto:

“Think Greater. Think Schroeder.”

During your visits to our building this August, I encourage you to note the new school branding components at our entryways, in our large gym and in our commons area.

These sharp graphics use our new Schroeder logo and our values to further emphasize the

mission and vision at Schroeder. You will also note that we are painting the hallways of our

building – a project that will take place throughout this school year. It's a perfect example of how we value ‘high expectations’ in our building and are constantly striving to improve the school’s environment for our students!

We have hired a number of new teachers and staff for the 2023-2024 school year. I’m excited to welcome this wonderful group of new staff to the Schroeder team!

Anne Arneson – 7th grade English/Language Arts – Hawks team

Danielle Bollman – Family and Consumer Science

Megan Folkert –8th grade Mathematics – Phoenix team

Christina Ibrahim – School Social Worker

Gretchen Kihle – Speech-Language Pathologist

Sydney Rosenau – 8th grade English/Language Arts – Phoenix team

Michele Ruse – School Counselor

Logan Steen – Physical Education

Tom Twedell – 8 th grade Earth Science – Blue Angels team

We are also excited to have the following staff members step into new roles at Schroeder.

These individuals are accepting new challenges by filling these important roles at our school. We look forward to what they will accomplish with our students this year!

Lee Baker – 7 th grade Mathematics – Eagles team

Jennifer Becker – Instructional Coach

Jeremy Cebula – Project Lead The Way CTE courses/8 th grade ND Studies

Dylan Dachtler – 8th grade Earth Science – Phoenix team

Amy Shirek – 7th grade English/Language Arts – Eagles team

Thank you again for taking the time to review the information in this issue of the Schroeder

Snapshots newsletter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 701-746-2330 or email me at

I hope that your family enjoys these last weeks of summer, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

All the best,

David Nowatzki


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Schroeder Mission, Vision, and Values

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8 Aug = 7th & 8th Grade Registration and Pictures, 9:00am - 3:00pm

10 Aug = 6th Grade Registration and Pictures, 9:00am - 3:00pm

28 Aug = Open House 4:00pm - 6:00pm


19 Sept = Picture retakes (done right away when school starts)

5 Oct, 6 Oct, 10 Oct = Fall parent teacher conferences

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Registration To Do List:

  • Make sure to go to myschoolbucks to purchase any chromebook insurance, chromebook case, and activity passes (for High School games). Athletics fees can be paid through myschoolbucks as well. This should be done prior to showing up at registration.
  • Go to Schroeder website and print out the appropriate papers to hand in at the school during registration. Papers would be: concussion, physical.
  • The first stop will be in the large gym. This is where your student will pick up their schedule, take their picture, and purchase a gym uniform if needed.
  • Drop off filled out papers in the appropriate box outside the office.
  • If you purchased athletic passes or chromebook case, please stop by the office to pick them up.
  • Enjoy walking around the school with your student and help them find their classes, and locker. We always recommend practicing the locker combination.
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School Picture Information

School pictures will be taken during Registration, Aug 8 and Aug 10.

Below you will see the Caulfield Studios picture packet (they will have these at registration as well). If your student is not able to attend the date of their grade's registration, they may come to the other registration date. If neither one of these dates work, your student will have to take pictures on the picture retake day.

Picture retake day is Tuesday, Sept. 19th. Retakes will start at the beginning of the school day.

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School Payments/Fees

Everything is available to pay online through MYSCHOOLBUCKS: sports, chromebook insurance, chromebook cases, athletic passes, etc. The picture below shows you how to get started if you do not already have an account set up. Just click on the picture below to be directed to the site to start.

*Please pay for what you need prior to coming to registration to help the process go smoothly*

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There will be a brief Meet the Coaches meeting immediately following Open House for our Block 1 Athletics including 7th and 8th Grade Girl's Softball, Boy's Soccer and Football

Meet in the Large Gym at the conclusion of Open House at 6:00pm.

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Cell Phone, Backpack, Food, Personal Appearance, and Medications.

Cell Phone Policy

In an effort to decrease distraction and increase student learning and personal connectivity, all Grand Forks Public secondary schools will restrict student cell phone use. This includes add-on devices such as ear buds, smartwatches (notifications must be turned off), and other related devices.

Middle School students who choose to bring their cell phones to school will:

  • Leave their cell phones with their advisory teacher at the beginning of each school day.
  • Advisory teachers will secure student phones in locked storage containers until the end of the school day when students will be dismissed in time to retrieve their devices.
  • No cell phones will be allowed in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, or locker rooms.
  • Each school office will communicate a procedure for students who leave school early for appointments, competitions, family related events, etc.

Each 6-12 student will be issued a Chromebook which will provide educational access to the district’s online resources deeming cell phone access unnecessary. Each school’s office staff will happily get a message to your student during the day if necessary. Students will also be allowed to use the office phone to make important calls during the day.

Middle School Consequences

  • First Offense: the phone is taken to the office and released to the student at the end of the day; parent / guardian notification. Expectations reinforced with the student.
  • Second Offense: the phone is taken to the office; parent / guardian picks it up in the office. Student serves detention.
  • Third Offense: the phone is taken to the office, parent/guardian picks it up. Student serves detention and their phone must be turned in to the office daily at the beginning of the day for the remainder of the semester.

Middle and high school students who do not comply or refuse to turn over their phone may be subject to additional consequences which may include but are not limited to detention, in-school suspension, and/or suspension.

Backpack Policy

In an effort to promote organization skills and increase safety in the building, students will be required to keep their backpacks in their lockers during the school day. Students will be allowed to access their locker throughout the school day to pick up and put away materials for their classes. Teachers on each team will support students’ efforts to come to each class prepared. After arriving in the morning, students should report to the commons area, library, or small gym and not access their locker until 8:30 AM.

After 8:30 AM, they will need to leave their backpacks in their lockers until the end of the school day.

Food Policy

- NO outside foods/drinks (Starbucks, pop, breakfast foods from restaurants etc…) will be allowed into the building. A water bottle is fine.

- IF your child comes to school with a beverage, snack or food item they will need to eat it prior to coming inside of the building.

- Breakfast is available in the cafeteria from 7:40 – 8:30 a.m. No food can be taken out of the cafeteria during breakfast.

- Once your child arrives at the school they will not be allowed to leave. You are entrusting us with their safety so they are not to get dropped off at school and then walk to the local Simonson's gas station (or elsewhere).

- If you bring your child back from an appointment and you have purchased lunch for them, they will need to have eaten the food prior to coming back into the building. They can not bring their outside purchased food or drink into the cafeteria to eat lunch. Please plan accordingly so that they have time to eat the food you buy them prior to returning to school.

Personal Appearance Policy

Dress and grooming are important to the school climate at any school. Students are asked to use common sense in their personal appearance and not to wear clothing that can be hazardous in learning situations, such as labs and shops.

  • Students must wear shoes at all times.

  • Hats, caps, hoods, non-religious head coverings, and heavy jackets are not to be worn in school.

  • Clothing containing derogatory sayings; depicting hate speech or targeting specific
groups; containing double meanings involving sexual, illegal, or violent connotations; or advertising alcohol, tobacco products, or other substances not allowed on school property are not permissible.

  • Shirts/tops should be long enough and non-transparent so no skin nor undergarments are showing. Students should be covered at the neckline and midriff. Bottoms should be as long as mid-thigh with no undergarments showing.

  • Students wearing inappropriate attire will be instructed to change, and parent(s)/ guardian(s) will be contacted.

Medications Policy

Please remember that ALL medication that is to be taken at school MUST have a signed doctor's medication form before it can be administered at school.

Please fill out the form and bring it , along with your student's medication to the school office. The form and policy are linked off our website. We must also have over the counter meds such as ibuprofen or aspirin provided from home, along with a signed medication form.

The medication MUST be in the ORIGINAL container and meds must be transported by parent/gaurdians, NOT the student

Students should never keep any kind of medication in their locker.

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Please be sure your child has proper immunizations prior to the first day of school. Also, please be sure to contact our school nurse if you student has any health and medical needs including allergies, seizures, medications taken at school, asthma, etc. to insure we have proper information & response plans on file.

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Student Handbook

Students and their families should become familiar with the information in this student handbook.

Some important sections for you to look over include:

- The full attendance policy and list of excused absences
- Use of school lockers
- Our behavioral expectations
- Athletic eligibility
- Our daily schedule, intramural and athletics info, our character education/Every1Matters school-wide positive behaviors information and MORE!

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Please read the FERPA Form very carefully as we have had parents/guardians check something they did not actually want to.

Option A is the big one to read because if you mark this then your student will not be able to be in the yearbook.



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Schroeder Athletics

**REMINDER** 7th & 8th graders MUST have current concussion and physical forms before a student can participate.

7th & 8th Grade Offerings:

Boys Soccer Aug 21-Oct 6- 7th and 8th combined teams

Football Aug 21-Oct 13- Grade level teams

Girls Softball Aug 21-Oct 13- 7th and 8th mixed teams

Sign up and pay through MySchoolBucks

Game schedules are created after the season starts.

6th Grade Intramural Offerings

All Schroeder intramural sports are co-ed.

Each session has approximately 12 sessions.

When the calendar of sessions is published, registration will open on MySchoolBucks.

No physical is needed, just a signed concussion form.

Fall Soccer and Flag Football

Starts after Labor Day.

Sign up for one or both. Outdoor.

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*Athletics Activity Scheduler*

Get the rSchool (activity scheduler) app. Information below. Choose Schroeder as your team. All game schedules will be posted & updated there.

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Schroeder on Social Media

See real time happenings at Schroeder!

Follow Schroeder on Twitter


Watch our daily announcements and special events on the Schroeder YouTube channel!

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Think Greater Think Schroeder

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