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Principal's Corner

The district plan for high school students to resume hybrid learning on Tuesday, January 19th is still in place. If your child was in the Monday/Tuesday cohort earlier in the year, they should resume coming to school on those days again starting on January 19th. If your child was in the Thursday/Friday cohort before, they should start coming to school each Thursday and Friday beginning on Thursday, January 21st. On the days your child does not come to school, they should be learning from home - just like in the fall. If your child was a full time distance learner before, they will continue to learn from home each day after the switch back to hybrid.

If you have questions or wish to change from distance learning to hybrid or from hybrid to distance learning, please contact the FHS main office at 507-333-6100.

After the pivot back to hybrid on the 19th, FHS teachers will continue to communicate lessons and assignments through Schoology and students will be required to participate in all of their classes and complete all assigned work from teachers. We are pivoting back to hybrid with only two weeks left in the semester so it is important that your child is learning each day and working to earn good grades.

We are so excited to see students back in our building! But we also know that this plan is subject to change based on positive COVID cases in our community. The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be a major priority. We will communicate with you immediately if changes are made.

Mr. Jamie Bente

Principal - Faribault High School

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, January 15 - NO SCHOOL (Pivot Planning Day For Teachers)

Monday, January 18 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Tuesday, January 19 - FIrst Day of Hybrid Learning for Mon/Tues Cohort Students

Wednesday, January 20 - Distance Learning Day for all Students

Thursday, January 21 - First Day of Hybrid Learning for Thurs/Fri Cohort Students

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Ahmed & Abdul Named Dell Scholar Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Gudon Ahmed and Hanaan Abdul who have both been named Dell Scholar semifinalists. This is a very prestigious and well-deserved honor for these outstanding students. By being named semifinalists, Gudon and Hanaan are in the running to be named Dell Scholars. There are 500 Dell Scholars named throughout the entire country each year and it comes with a $20,000 scholarship, a Dell laptop, and personalized/multifaceted support for academic, financial, and emotional life challenges that may emerge. Both students received considerable support from their AVID teacher, Ms. Tricia Johnson as they completed the roughly 20-page scholarship application. This year’s Dell Scholars will be announced on March 9th.

“We are so proud of Gudon and Hanaan”, said FHS Assistant Principal Shawn Peck. “They are both standout students - among the top students in their class - and are tremendous people of character. Their work ethic, perseverance, and dedication to achieving their goals and dreams is such an inspiration. I’m very excited to see what the future holds for them.”

In recent years FHS has had 3 students earn Dell Scholar recognition: Katra Abdullahi (2018 graduate), Nimo Ali (2018 graduate), and Zahara Ali (2019 graduate). Tufah Abdullahi was a semi-finalist in 2018. This has been a tremendous run of success that we hope to continue with this year’s semi-finalists!

Connections Time Participation Required Each Day During Distance Learning

See the picture below to view the Connections Time schedule for FHS students during Distance Learning. 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th period classes are held over Google Meet every Monday and Thursday. 2nd, 4th, and 6th period classes are held every Tuesday and Friday. These classes start at 9:00 AM on those days. The more students that attend, the richer the learning environment for everyone. We need all students to learn and to help other students learn. Please create expectations at your home for students to attend all classes. Links for these Google Meets can easily be found on each teacher's Schoology page. Call the FHS main office at 507-333-6100 if you have any trouble getting access or if you have questions.

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Winter Athletic Contests Begin This Week

Winter In-person activities will begin on January 14. Spectators will be limited to two per participant. Events will be live-streamed for you to watch. For spectator information, please see the Winter Spectator Information article.

For sport and venue-specific COVID-19 information, please visit the Activities Website's COVID-19 Tab. This includes roster information as well as live-stream links.

Here is the upcoming week's activities schedule!

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Petricka & Longshore Earn AAA Nominations

Faribault High School is proud to announce Tanner Longshore and Kylie Petricka as our nominees for the Minnesota State High School League’s "Triple A” Award. The award recognizes high school seniors for their excellence in academics, arts and athletics. Recipients must have a 3.0 or higher grade-point average and participate in MSHSL sponsored athletics, fine arts, and activities.

Kylie Petricka is the daughter of David and Shalinie Petricka. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking three AP courses and College in School Concurrent Enrollment classes in physics and anatomy. As a contrabass player in the FHS orchestra, she has served as a section leader the last four years, received superior ratings twice and earned all-state honors as a senior. She has also participated on the speech team the last two years. Petricka has competed on the varsity tennis team the last five years and the varsity basketball team the last four years. She has also played softball the last three years.

“Participating in different activities has broadened my experiences outside of the classroom. I have formed many new relationships, learned how to advocate for myself, and have come to appreciate diversity more by being involved in various activities,” Petricka said. “Through both my academic classes and sports teams, I have gained collaboration skills that I know will be essential to me in the future. Being constantly involved in activities, academics, and athletics has significantly impacted who I am today.”

Petricka hasn’t decided on which college to attend but plans to pursue her master’s degree in biomedical and/or computer engineering.

Tanner Longshore is the son of Joe and Julie Longshore. He has maintained a 3.691 GPA while being actively involved in arts and athletics. He earned all-state honors in choir and as a member of the FHS Theatre Troupe has participated in musical theatre, dramatic theatre, comedic theatre, children’s theatre, and voice acting. Longshore is a six-year member of the FHS cross-country team (2x captain) and also a captain, state qualifier and five-time letter-winner for the swim team. In trap shooting, he has competed for three years and twice participated in the state tournament. He has also competed in track for two years.

“I can’t begin to think of all the ways these three areas of my life have shaped me into the person I am today,” he said. “The Academics have given me my intelligence and understanding of the world. The Arts have given me my charisma, personality, and love for performing. The Athletics have given me my strength, passion, and drive to be better as a person and as a competitor. I love the arts so much that I want to pursue them as a career. I know it may be tough, but I know I have the drive for it.”

Tanner plans to major in choir and theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Join Us on Jan. 21st For "Parenting in an Unknown Frontier: Listen, Learn, Lead, Love"

No one has ever, ever done parenting like you. No parent in any other generation has parented while their son or daughter had a mini computer in their pocket, on a bed stand, and in a backpack. On top of that, now you have been managing school at home on screens. These are unique and challenging times for today’s parents. As part of the FPS Family Series, Digital Wellbeing experts KK Meyers and Maree Hampton will host a parent workshop on Thursday, January 21st which will address the behavioral design of digital media that contributes to screen misuse and overuse. We will share what Faribault young people are expressing about their screen use. We will bring awareness of Digital Wellbeing practices for balanced technology use for you and your family. You will leave with ways to begin addressing the challenges of parenting in a 24/7 connected world.

Information for the parent series: https://www.faribault.k12.mn.us/district/family-engagement

Registration for the parent series: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMud-6vrz4vE9eRbTFhg9A_uNkMrfutRSsF

ACT Test Date Approaching - Registration Deadline: Jan. 15

Faribault High School will be a testing site for the Saturday, February 6th National ACT. The registration deadline for this test is January 15th. You can register for this test at www.act.org. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, ACT fee waivers are available in the Counseling office. Our school code is 240-805.

In Person Student Support Available At FHS During Distance Learning

FHS remains open each school day from 8:00-3:00 for drop-in student support. The RISE room, media center, and counseling office are all open and help is available for students in each spot. No appointments are necessary. Masks are required at all times and social distancing rules must be followed.

Virtual Homework Help Available for ALL Students

Students needing academic support can instantly be connected with an academic specialist through a Google Meet by going to g.co/meet/fhs-homework-help at any time between 8:00-3:00 on school days. The academic specialists can help with homework assignments, studying for exams, organization, time management or other helpful skills for students. If your child needs any support, this is a great place to start.

Only Three Weeks Remain in 1st Semester

1st semester will come to an end on January 29th. Remember, semester grades are the ones that earn graduation credits, appear on an official transcript, and are calculated into a student's G.P.A. In other words, they are important! So your child has 4 weeks to work as hard as they can to earn the best grades they can. Even if they have struggled to this point, there is still time to improve and earn passing grades in all classes if they work hard. Reach out to teachers, stop by the school, or call the FHS Main Office at 507-333-6100 if your child needs any academic support.

LiveMore ScreenLess Digital Wellbeing 'Tip of the Week'

We all recognize the importance of sleep, especially when we don't get a full night's rest. Sleep regulates almost every part of our wellbeing. For young people, they need a recommended 9-1/2 hours of sleep per night. Device alerts, notifications, and endless scrolling delay can disrupt sleep. If you believe screens are intruding on your teen's sleep, consider these tips from LiveMore's YouthCouncil. Together, you and your child can make a plan to help them get a full night's rest.

Sleep Tips from our YouthCouncil

Prioritize Sleep-Charge your phone outside of your bedroom.

Say Goodnight-When it's your bedtime, tell your friends Goodnight and put away your phone

Log off- Rid the temptations to check your phone by logging off

Alarm app- Let your phone help you get to bed with an automatic "Do Not Disturb"

Give it up - Let your parents keep your phone at night.

We wish your teen and you a good night's rest!

Winter Athletics Job Opportunities

Is your child interested in video production, sports broadcasting, and/or sports marketing? If so, Mr. Badger needs their help to produce winter athletics events. This includes live-streaming games, live-broadcasting games, marketing, and communicating information. Also, jobs are available in officiating, book-keeping, clock operator, and others. These are paid jobs.

If your child is interested, encourage them to visit the activities office or email Mr. Badger (kbadger@faribault.k12.mn.us) for more information! As always, check out www.faribaultfalcons.com for more information.

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