Carl Ben Eielson Middle School

August 2020 - CBE News

Great Relationships Produce Great Students

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!!

We hope you had an opportunity this summer to relax and refresh. We know there are a lot of unknowns for this upcoming school year, but we want to thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.



Virtual Academy students: Wednesday, August 26th from 8 am to 4 pm. Students may come to Carl Ben Eielson any time during this time frame. Virtual Academy students must wear a mask to enter the building. Students will be directed to the library to pick up their PLD and supplemental information.

All students are required to wear a mask for orientation.

6th grade: Thursday, August 27th

Group 1 (A-K) 9-11 am

Group 2 (L-Z) 1-3 pm

7th grade: Friday, August 28th

Group 1 (A-K) 9-11 am

Group 2 (L-Z) 1-3 pm

8th grade: Monday, August 31st

Group 1 (A-K) 9-11 am

Group 2 (L-Z) 1-3 pm



Fargo Public Schools' registration forms and fee payments are available online for the 2020-21 school year. Log into your Parent PowerSchool account and click on Forms to complete the required forms from the convenience of your home computer. If you have moved, you must verify that your new address is within the Carl Ben Eielson attendance area by providing a copy of your new lease or utilities bill to our registrar, Curt Johnson. Mr. Johnson can be reached by phone at 218-585-1714, fax at 701-446-1998 or emailed at We suggest that all parents answer “YES” to the question, “Is the student going to participate in co-curricular activities?” Last year, we found that most students chose to participate, and this will save you time later.

SchoolPay will allow you to make online payments using a debit or credit card for items such as lunch money, yearbook, activity fees, high school activity passes and more–all with no transaction fees! Parents/guardians will access this online platform through PowerSchool. If you have not created a PowerSchool account or connected all of your children to an existing PowerSchool account, please contact the main office at 446-1700 for assistance. For payment questions or assistance after your account has been created, please contact SchoolPay at 1-888-886-9729.

You will be able to pay the following fees:

  • Lunch
  • Activity Fees
  • Activity Pass - South High Season Tickets Purchase your student a High School Season Ticket for $30.00 (for entrance to all FPS high school home sporting events).
  • PTA: Join our CBEMS PTA for $10.00 per adult or $20.00 per family.
  • Yearbook: Purchase a student yearbook for $17.00.
  • Friends of Eielson: Friends of Eielson is the yearly fundraising event for our school. Donations will go directly to your child’s team to fund field trips, team building activities, and a variety of “outside of the classroom” opportunities otherwise unavailable to our students. You will receive a 2020-21 CBE window cling for your donation of $10.00 or more at a later date. Please consider supporting the students at Carl Ben Eielson.


First Day of School

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 2nd, for Group 1 students, letters A-K. The doors will open at 8:00 AM.

Students who are in Group 2, letters L-Z will start school on Thursday, September 3rd. The doors will open at 8:00 AM.

Face Coverings/Masks

The Fargo Public Schools will require all students and all staff to wear masks that adequately cover both their nose and mouth. Exceptions will be made , with a doctor's note, for students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings.

Please make sure that your child’s mask does not contain any images or language that would violate dress code policy of clothing advertising or promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons, gang affiliation, or depiction of violence. They may also not include vulgar images as defined by the FPS Dress code policy of pictures, images, words, silhouettes of individuals, or sayings that depict sexually suggestive expressions or actions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or which degrade the integrity of individual groups. The Fargo Public Schools dress code policy is defined in detail under AP 6325 on the Fargo Public Schools Web Page and online student handbook.


Your bus route information can be found online at


Period 1 8:40 to 9:23

Period 2 9:26 to 10:03

Period 3 10:06 to 10:43

Period 4 10:46 to 11:23

Period 5 11:26 to 12:25 6th Grade - Lunch/Bruin Time

Period 6 12:28 to 1:05

Period 7 1:08 to 1:45

Period 8 1:48 to 2:25


Period 1 8:40 to 9:23

Period 2 9:26 to 10:03

Period 3 10:06 to 10:43

Period 4 10:46 to 11:45 7th/8th Grade - Lunch/Bruin Time

Period 5 11:48 to 12:25

Period 6 12:28 to 1:05

Period 7 1:08 to 1:45

Period 8 1:48 to 2:25


Fall starting dates for Activities at Carl Ben Eielson:

Fall starting dates for Activities @ CBE:

8th grade Football

If you did not get a helmet this week, you may pick one up at your first practice.

September 2 Group 1 practice 4:00 PM

September 3 Group 2 practice 4:00 PM

7th/8th grade girls' Volleyball

September 2 Group 1 practice 4:00 PM

September 3 Group 2 practice 4:00 PM

7th/8th grade One Act Play

September 2 Group 1 meet in the Hangar at 4:00

September 3 Group 2 meet in the Hangar at 4:00

If you have further questions regarding the Carl Ben Eielson activity start dates, you may call the Activities Office at 446-1706.


All athletes in grade 7-12 will need a physical dated on or after April 15, 2019. If dated April 15, 2019 to April 14, 2020, you will need to fill out a Form B, which is found on the FPS website. Physicals dated April 15, 2020 to present do not need to fill out Form B.

The NDHSAA recently approved a new physical form for use beginning April 15, 2020. The new physical forms are available for download from the NDHSAA website or through the following direct links:

NDHSAA Physical Form


Participation Fees

Middle School activity fees are $30 (7th & 8th graders) unless the athlete is participating at the varsity level at South (high school is $50). These fees must be collected before the student can participate. Carl Ben Eielson Activity fees can be paid online through SchoolPay.


The front doors open daily at 8:00 am. Parents are encouraged to drop off your student(s) around 8:30 am on or as close to the start of school, as possible, which is 8:40 am.

On arrival, students may stay outside or go to their first period classroom after 8 am. The Hangar will not be available in the morning. There will be no morning activities.

8:40 a.m.

All students must be in their Period 1 class.

2:25 p.m.

End of last Class/Period 8


Absences: Parents/guardians are reminded to call the attendance office at 446-1710 to inform us of your child’s absence before 9:00 a.m. the morning of the absence. Feel free to call the attendance office at any time, 24 hrs a day to leave a message. This message should include the student’s name, ID number, grade, date(s), and reason for absence. If no phone contact has been made, the student must present a written excuse signed by his/her parent to the attendance office when returning to school. Any absence not verified by phone or note will be considered unexcused.

Tardiness/ Returning to School: Students returning to school after classes have begun or returning to school after an appointment must press the buzzer, tell staff your name and ID number, and reason for tardiness/returning to school. The student will need a signed note unless we have already received a phone call.

Homework Requests: We encourage students and parents to view the Daily Planner via PowerSchool for homework. Homework may also be requested through your student's teacher.

Signed Notes: Signed notes or doctor notes should be emailed to (Attendance Secretary).


Although we would always hope that our parents feel welcomed in our building, the safety of our students is our top priority. For that reason, Fargo Public Schools has put in place security measures in elementary and middle schools. It is important to make an appointment with the main office if you wish to see a principal or counselor. We are taking great measures to limit the amount of people in our building as part of the FPS SmartRestart Plan. At Levels 1, 2, and 3, Fargo Public Schools is restricting non-essential visitation. Please see the FPS SmartRestart Plan on the Fargo Public Schools Website for additional details.

To make an appointment with an administrator, please call the Carl Ben Eielson Main Office at 701-446-1700. To make an appointment with your student's counselor, please call 701-446-1711.


Communicating with parents is always our goal at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.

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Health Information needs to be completed online. Since little of the information on this card may change from year to year, the data is stored and you will simply be doing an update of this information as needed. Please remember that our school nurse needs permission to administer Ibuprofen, Tums, or Tylenol (Acetaminophen). If you wish this to be an option, please indicate this online.

Emergency Care Plan: If your student has a health issue that will require more than standard first aid care, a special form called the “Emergency Care Plan” will need to be completed by a parent/guardian and signed by the student’s Health Care Provider. These forms are available at:

Medication at School: Daily medication, short-term antibiotics, and OTC medications: A “Medication Administration” form must be completed by a parent/guardian and signed by the student’s Health Care Provider. Medications brought to school must be in their original containers.

Self-Administration Medications: If a student needs to carry a medication on them while at school a “Medication Self-Administration” form must be completed by a parent/guardian and signed by the student’s Health Care Provider. If a student needs an Asthma inhaler, make sure they have their inhaler with them. The “Medication Self-Administration” form should be brought to school as soon as possible.

Medication forms also need to be renewed each school year. The school nurse will be available by appointment, and all appropriate paperwork can be obtained at the link: You can reach our school nurse, Cheri Koch, at 701-446-1721 or by email at:

This is a reminder that every child entering grade 7 is REQUIRED to receive a Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and Meningococcal vaccine. To receive optimum disease coverage and ensure school requirements are met prior to entering grade 7, it is recommended your child receive these two vaccinations once they turn 11 years of age. All students in 7th and 8th grade should have one dose of Tdap and Meningococcal recorded on their immunization record before the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Please bring a copy of the updated immunization record to the school or email it to our nurse at: For questions pertaining to your child's immunization record, please call your child’s healthcare provider or Fargo Cass Public Health at 701-241-1360.


The hot lunch program will be in full operation the first day of school. School meal costs are listed below. If students bring a sack lunch, they may purchase milk for $.35 a carton. No a la carte items are available at this time.

The lunchroom will have assigned seating and tables will be marked for social distancing. Students will need to wear their masks until they are seated and eating at the table. When they are done eating, their mask needs to be put back on.

Breakfast will be cold "grab and go" options only to start the year, and there will be hot lunch options during lunchtime. There will not be a la carte during this time due to social distancing and limiting what students touch. There will be two one-way traffic flow lunch lines, and staff will be serving students so that students have limited opportunities to touch food. Self-selection items will be packaged and spread out to encourage social distancing and cleanliness. There will be no shared tables to put leftovers. All food items will need to be discarded from student tray after student is done eating.

Please have your student practice memorizing their student ID number. This is the same number they have had since elementary unless they are new our district. Students will be encouraged to verbally tell their student ID number to eliminate touching the keypad for food payment.

2020-2021 Nutrition Services

Secondary Meal Prices

Breakfast $1.55

Lunch $2.70

Reduced Price Breakfast $0.00

Reduced Price Lunch $0.40

Adult Breakfast $2.15

Adult Lunch $3.50

*You may apply online for assistance at:

Nutrition services wants to discourage cash exchanges so if a student/staff member pays in cash, if there is change, rather than giving the person the change, the money will be credited toward that person's account.

Please know that Carl Ben Eielson will be additionally vigilant about cleaning and sanitizing in between our lunch runs. Please encourage your child to do their part by practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a mask, and social distancing when they are in the lunchroom.



Each 6th grade student will be issued an assignment book in BRUIN TIME on opening day. They should record daily class assignments in this book. Replacement assignment books will be available in the Main Office at a cost of $5.00 until supplies run out.


Students will be allowed to use backpacks to carry books and supplies for each class. Students will not be using their lockers.

PE students will not be using the locker room, and students will need to bring appropriate shoes in their backpack.


Students may bring cell phones to school for use before and after school. During the school day, cell phones must remain off, and students who do not follow this procedure will have their phones confiscated and turned in to the office for a parent to pick up. Phones will NOT be released to students for pick up – a parent must retrieve the phone from office personnel or administration.


Students will receive their ID card within two weeks after student picture days. The card is coded with an identification number for each student. Displaying your ID at all times is not required. Replacement cost for an ID is $5 in the main office.

If you purchased an FPS activities card online, the student's ID will display an "A" on the card. This is a $30.00 fee.


The student handbook is viewable online from the Carl Ben Eielson webpage, under Quick Links. You will find information regarding the policies and procedures of our school. We encourage parents and students to read and become acquainted with the rules and guidelines of Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.


Fargo Public Schools AP6325

The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of Fargo Public Schools' K-12 students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals.


The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any protected group.

The following is expected at all times:

Clothing with opaque fabric that covers the student’s entire chest, sides of body, and midriff, and undergarments must be worn.

Pants/Jeans or the equivalent (i.e., skirt, sweatpants, leggings, dress, or shorts) long enough to cover the student’s private areas must be worn.Pants/Jeans or the equivalent should be secured not to reveal undergarments.

Footwear must be worn.

Clothing advertising or promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons, gang affiliation or depiction of violence may not be worn.

Vulgar clothing of any kind may not be worn.

Vulgar is defined as pictures, images, words, silhouettes of individuals, or sayings that depict sexually suggestive expressions or actions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or which degrade the integrity of individual groups.

Hats, hoods, or head coverings may not be worn in the building with the exception of a religious purpose, documented medical need, or with special approval by the administrator for special school events/celebrations/circumstance.


When a student’s attire does not adhere to the expectations above, the student will be provided one of the following options:

Alternative clothing, if available at school in the student’s possession, to be dressed according to policy for the remainder of the day.

Parent or guardian may be contacted to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.

Be provided with temporary school clothing, if available in an appropriate size for the student, to be dressed according to policy for the remainder of the day.

Failure to comply with this policy will result in a violation defined in AP 6310 Student Behavior, Discipline, and Reporting.

The policy and enforcement is not based on a race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, or status with respect to marriage or public assistance, or status in any group protected by federal or state law.

Adopted 8/11/92

Reviewed 1/15/2003

Revised 1/2013

Revised 7/2019


Carl Ben Eielson PTA

Stay informed by joining the CBE PTA Facebook page, Carl Ben Eielson PTA. We will keep this page updated with information regarding future PTA meetings, volunteer opportunities and other important event dates.

Thanks for your interest in helping to make Carl Ben Eielson Middle School a place where every child and every family feels like they belong. Feel free to send us a note if you have ideas you want to share:


Click the link(s) below to view the school supply list(s) for the 2020-21 school year. The school supply lists are also posted on the Carl Ben Eielson website under, "Quick Links".


Wednesday, September 9th

Thursday, September 10th

Every student will have their picture taken on the above dates during their Physical Education/ Fine Arts class. Picture order forms will be distributed during PLD handout. If you wish to order student pictures, please complete the order form and send it with your student on their scheduled picture day. Students will give the order form to the photographer. Checks should be made payable to Carl Ben Eielson PTA. You may also pay by credit card through Scherling’s - please see their order form for details.

Virtual Academy students may come to Carl Ben Eielson for student pictures on either September 9th or 10th, from 2:45 to 3:45 pm.

Fargo Public Schools Dispute Resolution Policy

Federal regulations require that each district adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes pertaining to Title programs.

If a parent, school personnel or any interested person wishes to file a complaint, the following process must be followed:

The written complaint must be sent via mail or e-mail to:

(Manager of Specific Title program)
Fargo Public Schools
415 North 4th Street
Fargo, ND 58102

Fargo Public Schools Title Managers
Title I Part A (Disadvantaged Students) Jan Anderson
Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment) Robert Grosz
Missy Eidsness
Title III (English Language Acquisition) David Burkman
Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Brad Franklin
Patty Cummings
Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkman

Any complaint must include:

  • The date;
  • The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;
  • A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and
  • The signature of the person making the complaint.

When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.

Once a response is received from Fargo Public Schools staff, the person making the complaint has the right to have their complaint reconsidered. The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Superintendent
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440

The Secretary of Education

U.S. Department of Education

555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20208


Revised 7/2017, 7/2018


Privacy Rights:

The Fargo Public School District extends official notification of their commitment to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which afford parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible student”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible student should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff, persons who sit on the Emergency Threat Response Team, and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks including serving on the Emergency Threat Response Team. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. (The District may also disclose “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth, honors and awards. If the parent does not want directory information released, they must contact the school where the student attends within two weeks.)

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education,

400 Maryland Avenue S.W.,

Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

The Fargo Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, marital status, public assistance status, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity, or participation in lawful activity off the employer’s premises during non-working hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of the employer in its education/activities and employment practices. The Fargo Public Schools seeks to provide access to all its programs for those interested persons who might have differing levels of ability. This includes those with impaired vision and hearing loss. Furthermore, Fargo Schools’ district policy 5060 assures that the district and its employees will not retaliate against any persons who file a complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination regarding these or any other OCR enforced statutes. Additionally, the School District will discipline any individual who retaliates or takes adverse action against any person who reports alleged discrimination and/or harassment or who testifies, assists, or participates in any investigation relating to a discrimination and/or harassment complaint. If you have concerns or need information regarding the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible, please contact the 504 Coordinator, David Burkman, Principal, Woodrow Wilson High School at 701.446.1000. For more information regarding Title IX compliance, call Brad Franklin, Principal, Jefferson Elementary School or Patricia Cummings, Director of Special Education, District Office at 701.446.1000. You may also write to the coordinators at Fargo Public Schools, 415 N 4th Street, Fargo, ND 58102. Fargo Public Schools also acknowledges your right to file a discrimination complaint at any time with: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544.