Dear FSH Family Members and Friends

It doesn’t seem like it is possible, however, we are making plans for our many end of the school year activities and events. We have many concerts, theater productions, and other activities planned as we finish up the school year. In spite of the weather, the end of this school year is coming and will be here before we know it.

Coming up are many opportunities to get out to support our Bruins and see and hear the great talent we have on the fields, tracks, courts, courses and in our theater, commons, and classrooms. Seniors will have their cap and gown pick – up at 8:00 AM on April 5th. Our drama students will be performing the play “Murder on the Orient Express” May 4th through May 7th. Band, choir, and orchestra groups will perform final concerts of the school year and spring sports teams will be competing as well. We will have our academic recognition program on May 24th at 8:35 AM where we will recognize students for their achievements in the classroom and will be changing our “State Champions” number in the main gym in recognition of our state champion boys and girls hockey teams. 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.

We will once again host our physical blitz on May 17th. This blitz will be right here at South High in cooperation with Sanford. All athletes will need a physical dated after April 15th, 2023 to participate in sports during the 2023-2024 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 40 kids take advantage of this opportunity which was up from the prior year. This year, we are hoping for 50 or more. It is a great opportunity that our trainers have worked hard to provide for our athletes in preparation for the 2023-2024 sports seasons. 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 for the summer and get registered for the Fargo Public Schools Summer Sports Camps. Fargo South will be offering 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!


Mike Beaton

Assistant Principal/Activities Coordinator


Due to the weather-related school cancellations on December 14 & 15, 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 10, 2023 and Friday, May 26, 2023. 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.


June 4, 2023



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Mandatory Graduation Practice is

June 1 @ 3:00

@ the Fargodome


If you are a SENIOR planning to graduate on June 4th, 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 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 5th.


Seniors can pick up their graduation cap & gown on Wednesday, April 5th 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.


The South High Class of 2023 celebrates the 55th commencement ceremony of Fargo South on June 4th at the FargoDome. Ceremonies begin at 6:00PM. Seniors should arrive at the FargoDome no later than 5:30pm.

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.
  • Students are to wear business attire under their gowns. Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be going up and down ramps.
  • 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.



It is your responsibility to send your immunization records to the college you will be attending.


New junior Honor Society members will be inducted into our chapter on Monday, April 17th at 7:00 pm in the theatre. Current senior members will also be recognized and receive their honor cords. All are welcome to attend.


Mark your calendars. Wednesday, May 24th 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 students 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.


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 30th @ 8:30AM 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 2023 Bruin graduates!


Effective April 10, all Fargo high schools will have secure entrances during school hours.

What does this mean?

After the start of the school day, all entrances at South High will be locked. Students and visitors needing entry into the building after the start of school will need to use the buzzer system at the main north and south doors to enter the building.

Visitors will need to state the purpose for their visit to the building. Once allowed into the building, students can proceed to class and visitors will need to sign in via the visitor management system at the security kiosk and receive a visitor’s badge.

Why is this occurring?

This security measure is being enacted to increase our school’s overall safety. Secure entrances are already in place at all elementary and middle schools in Fargo. This step brings all schools to the same procedures for entrance during school hours.


The North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals is excited to announce that the 2023 North Dakota Academic All-State Teams have been selected. Two hundred two high school seniors were nominated by their school principal and competed for statewide honor in both Class A and B divisions. Student selection is based on grade-point averages, ACT or SAT scores, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and leadership qualities.

Congratulations to the Bruins 2023 Class A Academic All State Team members.

Gold Team - Natalie Evensen

Honorable Mention - Mila Mathern-Jacobson, David Nelson, Nathan Rateau, Aaron Wilkinson, Jagger Wraalstad.


South High School vocal music teacher Sara Lichtblau has been named the Fargo Public Schools 2023 Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi surprised her with an announcement at South High School on Thursday.

Lichtblau has served as the vocal music teacher at South since 2009, and a staff member said her impact on the school was felt immediately upon starting and has continued to be felt ever since. Her education career began as a K-12 vocal music teacher at Enderlin Public School in Enderlin, N.D., where she worked from 1998-2000. She was an elementary music teacher at Dilworth Elementary School in Dilworth, Minn. from 2000-09.

Lichtblau holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from North Dakota State University.

As the vocal music teacher at South, Lichtblau conducts the school’s choirs and helps students to grow as musicians in both large group choral settings and small group and one-on-one vocal lessons. She prepares the students to perform at concerts and compete in Eastern Dakota Conference and state choir competitions.

Lichtblau conducts South’s audition choir, Belle Orso Vocci, and dedicates time for BOV to perform outside of school hours. BOV spreads holiday cheer with a caroling tour each December and is set to perform at Fargo’s Patriots Day celebration this year. She coordinates choir students to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” at nearly all Bruins athletic events. And she serves as the vocal music director and pit orchestra conductor for the South High Drama Club’s annual musical productions.

She was named the North Dakota American Choral Directors Association Director of the Year in 2021 and the South High School Choir was selected as the Governor’s Choir in 2011-12.

A staff member from South described Lichtblau as an irreplaceable instructor and a superstar teacher who has earned the esteem of students, parents, peers and principals. There is not a day that she does not have a smile on her face and a kind word to share. She believes and sees the best in people and helps them work towards their potential.

Her love for music is described as being infectious. That infectious love for music is on full display in a story from a South High School parent who says Lichtblau helped their child discover and develop a late-blooming love for music. The student had shown little interest in singing until their junior year, but got a role in the musical and enjoyed it so much they joined choir and it became their favorite class.

Lichtblau’s immense level of caring for students was on full display as she helped guide students through a time of upheaval and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. One student said that they were struggling to reorient themselves to attending school in person after an extended period of distance learning, and choir became that student’s foundation for regaining a sense of normalcy. They said they made it through that first semester back in-person because they could always look forward to choir and knew how much Lichtblau cared about them.

Lichtblau follows Amy Anderson, an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teacher at Longfellow Elementary School and Early Childhood Literacy Partner at Agassiz, as the District’s recipient of the Teacher of the Year honor. Her name will now be considered for the Cass County Teacher of the Year Award. The Cass County Teacher of the Year is then forwarded to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction as a candidate for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.

The Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year award has been presented within the District since 1957. The honor is an award regularly bestowed as part of the District’s annual Staff Recognition Program. The District also annually recognizes a Support Staff of the Year and an Administrator of the Year as part of this recognition program.


Congratulations to South High School Counselor Vanessa Boehm on being named the North Dakota School Counselor of the Year!

Mrs. Boehm is so well-deserving of this award and recognition for her outstanding work that she does for the students and community of South High. Mrs. Boehm is instrumental in her work as a counselor but also in her efforts to support Bruin Brains and Brawn, Celebrate your Future, Counselor in the Commons, Bruin Bash, Freshman Orientation, Freshman retreats and the grant writing that often funds these events. On top of creating opportunities for all students, Vanessa also is an advisor for the South High Honor Society Chapter, and Philanthropy and Youth. She works relentlessly to brainstorm new ideas and is committed to helping students succeed. Mrs. Boehm loves being a school counselor and supports all students to Strive for Excellence.

2023 PROM


April 1

$ 40.00/couple

Grand March - 7:00 pm

$5.00 entrance fee

Dance to follow in Gym

Spectators of Grand March

  • Park on North Side
  • North doors will open at 6:00.
  • Tickets are $5.00


NDSU Memorial Union

11:00PM - 2:00AM

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 or can pay at the door. If students are paying at the door, they will need their student ID. 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, Money Wheel, Pulltabs, have been reserved from Games Galore along with a social media photobooth. The hypnotist will be 12:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. NDSU has bowling, pool, air hockey, and other games as well.


Carnival themed food options.


Only South students are eligible to win prizes. A ticket system will be utilized to select winners throughout the night.


June 4

10 PM - 2 AM

Thunder Road

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 Lisa Jordahl @


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.

Seniors should remember to request their final transcript when they know what college they will be attending by clicking the "send after graduation" button.

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 Beth Phillips @ 446-2015.


1st Semester

June 8 - June 29

2nd Semester

July 6 - July 27

PE classes are June 8 - July 27

Vacation from June 30 - July 5

For the summer school booklet and registration go to

Registration began February 1

Contact your school Counselor for more information.


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.

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 2 - June 2, 2023. Students can apply for this scholarship online at the ND Education Portal which can be accessed through their PowerSchool account or at 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.

ND Scholarship picture
ND scholarship


The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests required by some 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.

ACT Exam Schedule for 2022/23

South High School Code: 350-565

ACT Fee: $63.00

ACT with Writing: $88.00

Late Registration—add $36.00

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SAT Exam Schedule for 2022/23

South High School Code: 350-565

SAT Fee: $60.00

Late Registration: Add $30.00

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If students qualify for the free lunch program (apply online @, 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.


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 2022-23 school year was $102. 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 5th.

AP test schedule


Sanford Health and Fargo South High School are teaming up to get you ready for the 2023-2024 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, 2023 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 17th during the school day.

Cost of the physical is $50.
Cash, credit card, HSA, or checks accepted
Please make checks payable to Sanford Health

Assistance may be available (contact Levi Tande)

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


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 – Friday from 7:50am - 8:25am or Saturday mornings from 9:00—Noon. Failure to complete assigned detentions, will limit a student’s ability to participate in extracurricular activities (athletic and nonathletic) and participate in graduation ceremonies.


Freshmen registration is scheduled for August 8 - 14. Freshman parents will receive a letter in late July with appointment information.

Grades 10 – 12 registration
is scheduled for August 15th & 16th.


Congratulations to the Acalympics Team who placed 1st in EDC and 2nd in State.

Members of the team are Elizabeth Artac, Tyler Christianson, Catherine Fehr, Inga Fraser, Caitlin Haaser, Devyn Iglesias-Fuller, Nathan Rateau, Jacob Schwengler.



Girls State Hockey Picture


Boys hockey picture


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 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.

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.


  • April 1 - Prom
  • April 7 - Good Friday Holiday - No School
  • April 10 - Storm Makeup Day - Classes in session
  • April 17 - South High Honor Society Induction Ceremony
  • May 1 - 12 - AP Testing
  • May 26 - Storm Makeup Day - Classes in session
  • May 29 - Memorial Day - No School
  • June 1 - Last Day of Classes
  • June 4 - Graduation - 6:00 pm @ FARGODOME


Main Office - 446-2000

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

Kris Haphey, Bookkeeper - (701) 446-2022

Donna Lee, Activities Secretary - (701) 446-2011

Troy Nielsen, SRO - (701) 446-2025

Student Services

Laurie Schlenker - (701) 446-2017

Dennis Miller - (701) 446-2019

Vanessa Boehm - (701) 446-2021

Adrienne Eider - (701) 446-2020

Beth Phillips, Registrar - (701) 446-2015

Brenda Koppy, Career Center - (701) 446-2028

Amber Fish, School Nurse - (701) 446-2034

Fargo South High School

Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal

Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal

Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal

Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator