Dakota H.S. ~ Meadowlark News
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Dakota High School Update of Events
by Jim Keal, Assistant Principal
Spring is taking its time to arrive in Fargo. While we wait the community has made 200,000 sandbags to be prepared for the inevitable flooding in some areas. Spring also brings a number of events to Dakota – Last week we had our semi-annual variety show, which featured several acts and the Fargo Public School Support Person of the Year Awarded to our own Arati Heath. In the coming weeks there will be several Dakota Eats opportunities for students, Mucho Nacho Friday, Accolades (Honors) luncheon, opportunities to provide community service, visits to colleges and other post-secondary training opportunities, and the big event of the year – Graduation. The next coming weeks will be a whirlwind for all of us!
The Dakota High School 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.
Dakota High School Accolades Luncheon
Congratulations to our students who have achieved Accolades status for the 2022-23 school year!
Our awards luncheon for parents & students for our Accolades year-end celebration luncheon will be held on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 11:20 a.m. in Room #115. Letters will be sent home with this information to Accolade parents Friday, April 21st.
Criterion for a student to achieve Dakota High School Accolades:
- Must attend a minimum of 2 DKHS sessions
- Average a minimum of 2 course completions per session
- Average a minimum or 3 P/R points for the year = Good Attendance
- GPA for the year at Dakota High School must be at least 2.8
- No unresolved ICUs or Dakota High School community issues
Dakota H.S. 2023 Graduation Ceremony Information
The 2023 Senior Class of
Dakota High School
Invites you to attend an outdoor commencement exercise:
Agassiz Building Northside Parking Lot
1305 9th Avenue South
Fargo, North Dakota 58103
June 2nd, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
June 2nd~ Seniors Schedule
Senior Lunch: Noon
Rehearsal: 12:30 pm
Line up for Ceremony: 6:30 pm
** If the weather prevents us from being outdoors, Gym #2, on 2nd floor, will be where we hold the ceremony.
Advisory Day for Seniors & Parents ~ April 20th
Emergency Food Pantry Event
Dakota High School students received broccoli and chicken from the Emergency Food Pantry on Wednesday. The Rising Bread company donated the rest of the ingredients. The students made 20 gallons of chicken, broccoli, and cheese soup. Several students & staff enjoyed a few bowls while it was hot. All but 5 containers went home with the students.
Agassiz Building Variety Show
On Tuesday, April 11th, we hosted a building variety show with staff and students from our various programs to come together in an effort to promote a positive environment for all at Agassiz.
Some acts included several generations and represented countries from around the world. For example, acts like street drumming; traditional cultural dances and songs from Bhutan, Nepal, and Latin America; Even Start music; Early Childhood Special Education Center Dancers; staff musicians; and humorous skits. The show has truly lived up to its billing as a “variety” show. 😊
The event is staged to continue to promote interactions between the participants of the educational programs housed at Agassiz and to continue building a positive culture throughout the building.
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 701-446-1074
Email/call your teacher or the main office @ 446-2805 to report an absence
Good attendance and being on time are very important life skills.
# Students can earn P-R units (punctuality and reliability) towards advisory credit by having good attendance.
- 1-4 PR points (advisory units) are awarded at the completion of every class. If a student completes 12 courses in a year with great attendance, they could earn 48 advisory units (12 classes @ 4 PR points).
## Regardless of student absence/presence, each school day in session counts in the day count of course completion (25-29 day target).
### Parents (for students under 18) or students age 18/older are expected to call in a morning or full day absence by 9 a.m. and to call in an afternoon only absence by 12:30 p.m. for the absence to be excusable.
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. Absences called in late will not be excused. Extenuating circumstances will be considered.
c. Appropriate absences will be excused when called in on time (but still will be included in day count completion):
a. Illness, funeral, medical or legal appointments, parent request, family vacation or emergency
#### A student may be dropped from a course after 3 unexcused absences.
Attendance Notification System
Dakota sends a daily, automated attendance call to report unexcused absences @ 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Tardiness ~~ Learn to be on-time (Punctual)
Be punctual and reliable. Earn Punctuality and Reliability Points for Advisory Credit!
Tardy (I’m late.) The student is reducing their P/R points for their class.
Tardy 10-15 Minutes: Recorded as Tardy (Tdy).
Ø The student loses access to Meadowlarks Meeting room, Library, or other out-of-class space for the rest of the class period.
Tardy Extended 16 – 70 Minutes: Recorded as tardy absence unexcused (Tdy AU)
Ø Tdy AU = half-period unexcused absence count (2 Tdy AU = 1 AU)
Ø The student loses opportunity to grab and go breakfast and access to work in Meadowlarks Meeting room, Library or other out-of-class space for the rest of the class period.
Arati Heath Awarded FPS Support Staff of the Year
Arati Heath, administrative assistant for the English Learner and Summer School programs at the Agassiz Building, has been named the Fargo Public Schools Support Staff of the Year. FPS Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi and Dakota High School Principal David Burkman made the surprise announcement today at the Agassiz Building during the building’s annual talent show.
She is described as an individual who, “takes pride in doing excellent work excellently,” and “believes that life is about helping others in a way that shows they matter and are valued.”
In her role with the English Learner program, Heath collaborates with the administrative assistants and EL teachers at all of Fargo Public Schools’ buildings. The EL team serves more than 900 students across 23 sites. She is the primary communicator with District interpreter services and the English Learner Family Liaison Program, which aims to improve school-family communication and understanding for EL students. She also works closely with the EL K-5 summer school program at Agassiz, which serves 180 students each summer. Heath is originally from Nepal and steps in as a Nepali interpreter when necessary.
Heath, along with three others, is a key organizer of English Learner Family Nights at Agassiz. The bimonthly meetings, which began in 2021, feature a meal, arts and crafts, games, and breakout learning by age group. The events are attended by an average of about 70 individuals, ranging in age from newborn to 65 years or older. One of her nominators says that Heath “goes above and beyond expectations to make sure every family night is an engaging, worthwhile event.”
As an administrative assistant for the FPS Summer School program, Heath collaborates on the leadership team that oversees summer programs for middle school, high school, ELD, and music and sports camps. FPS Summer School serves more than 1,200 students each summer. Heath provides input and leadership with all summer school details, including pre-registration, registration, staff communication, budgets, payroll, state reporting, general inquiries, and more.
Heath began with Fargo Public Schools as a special education paraeducator at Roosevelt Elementary School in 2018. She moved into her role as an administrative assistant at Agassiz in 2020. Prior to beginning with Fargo Public Schools, Heath worked at Noridian Healthcare Solutions as a customer service representative and a redeterminations examiner, and at Bethany Homes as a certified nursing assistant.
Co-Curricular Activities for DKHS Students
All Dakota 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.