Woodrow Wilson HS Newsletter

August/September 2020/2021

Woodrow Wilson High School

David Burkman, Principal & EL Director

Jim Keal, Assistant Principal

Ila Hegg, Adm. Asst.

Arati Heath, Summer School & EL Adm. Asst.

Woodrow Wilson Mission Statement

Woodrow Wilson High School will provide a student-centered alternative instructional program to allow students to obtain a high school diploma and to learn skills necessary to be productive, responsible citizens.

Woodrow Wilson is a Choice School

by David Burkman, Principal

Thank you for choosing Woodrow in your pathway to a bright future. Woodrow continues to offer an excellent education during a COVID influenced school year. We had quality learning and solid course completion results during the recent March-May virtual schooling season. We expect even stronger results in our ¼ capacity hybrid schedule this year. Students will have the opportunity and support to excel.

Woodrow Wilson wishes former graduates and staff the best and a healthy, bright future: Curry Mund (Woodrow Works Retiree) and David Woods (English Teacher transferred Districts). We thank them for their contribution to the quality Woodrow tradition. We welcome the following new Woodrow staff and appreciate their new contributions to enhancing our quality Woodrow tradition: Stacy Warzecha (English Teacher) and Ebony Sampson (PBT – Joining Ski)

Enjoy a beautiful North Dakota Autumn season!

Woodrow Wilson Daily Class Schedule ~ See below

Unique and Great School Year!

By Jim Keal, WWHS Assistant Principal

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year; what will surely be a memorable time for a bunch of reasons. Unique school schedules, distance learning, new health procedures and class settings are on the horizon for all of us. Many things in our personal lives have likely changed as well. Through it all the staff at Woodrow Wilson remain committed to remain “The safest, most welcoming and accepting school on planet earth…a great place to grow and belong”. Students still have access to all our usual course options, student supports are still available, teachers are also available every school day, and graduation is still on the schedule for June 4th. Through all these challenges and changes we encourage patience – things will be different, but we can get through this together if we remain patient. When things get stressful, take a few deep breaths. As always, if you have questions please give us a call or email and will do our best to help.

We are looking forward to a unique and great school year for everyone!

COVID-19~Face Masks Required

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 for students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings.

  • The Fargo Public Schools will supply one cloth mask for each student.
  • Students/parents are asked to supply one additional cloth mask.

Please see our attached calendar for the 2020-2021 school year ~ See below

Counselor's Corner

by Jennie Rude

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are so excited to have you working towards your high school diploma at Woodrow! As we navigate through our new hybrid learning environment we need to think about how to set our year up for success. Here are a few tips to start the year off.

  • Create a routine.
    • As a family, talk about what your day will look like. Write down a daily schedule and stick to it!
    • Set up an area in your house that can be used for school time. Think about a quiet area with fewer distractions.
    • Get enough sleep! Go to bed a decent time so you can have a productive day!
  • Reach out for help if you are struggling with school or life issues.
    • Your school counselor, principals, teachers and staff are all here to help. We will do our best to help and connect you with any needed resources.
    • The Source is our pantry at Woodrow. If you need food, we can help!
  • Stay connected with friends and family.
    • Connect through video calls, letters, or face-to-face meetings (keeping in mind social distancing guidelines). Quality relationships are important for our mental health!

Attendance Information

Woodrow Wilson's attendance taking for 2020-2021 will be based on student engagement, communication, expectations and progress with their teachers.

Students need to be in regular communication, via email, with their teachers.

Below you will find our Woodrow Wilson directory for teacher contact information.

Woodrow Wilson Staff Directory ~ See below

Fargo Public Schools Lunch Meal Prices

Woodrow Wilson will be providing bagged/boxed meals upon request by the student. If the student knows which day they will be in attendance they can order a meal in advance by informing the main office.

Secondary Breakfast $1.55

Reduced $0.00 (State pays)

Secondary Lunch $2.70

Adult 3.50

Reduced Lunch $0.40

Extra Milk $0.35

Student Lunch Accounts

You may now pay for your school lunches online, through SchoolPay. Following the same procedure by accessing your parent PowerSchool account.

How to make School Lunch Fee Payments:

1. Log into the PowerSchool account for the primary parent at https://fargo.ps.state.nd.us/public/home.html using your username and password from the previous year.

2. Click the SchoolPay button on the left side of the page

3. The first time you use SchoolPay, click the I am New option and Accept the Terms of Agreement School Payments

1. Available items for each child will appear under School Payments

2. You can filter items by child in the top right corner under All items by name

1. Select the items you would like to purchase and add them to your shopping cart Food Services You can monitor the balance of your child’s food account as well as set Low Balance Action options

2. Click the Make a one-time payment button in the top right corner to add funds to each account

Using this program, you can see the dollar amounts you have put into your student’s lunch account as well as how much is used each day, and there are NO transaction fees.

Lunch Assistance Application

The main office has the 2020-21 Lunch Assistance Applications”. Please feel free to stop by and get one.

ACT National Testing Dates ~ See below

Immunization Update: 11th & 12th Graders for 2020-21

Still mandatory during COVID-19 ~

Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, a second dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is required for students entering eleventh or twelfth grade. This means your 11th and 12th grade student will need proof of two doses of MCV4 before returning to school in the fall.

Ideally, children should receive one dose of MCV4 when they are eleven to twelve years old and a booster dose on or after their sixteenth birthday. Please schedule with your child’s health care provider or your local public health. Please have your child receive this booster prior to the start of the school year. Also, remember to bring in the documentation of the immunization date to the school.

****The student has 30 days from enrollment to update their immunizations or their classes will be on PLACED hold.

Fargo Public School Evening Session Calendar ~ See below

Medications at School Policy ~ See below

Woodrow Way Accolades

Woodrow students who have distinguished achievement are recognized in the WW Accolades program.

Criterion for a student to achieve Woodrow Way Accolades:

  1. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 2 WWHS sessions (starting by mid to late February)
  2. Average a minimum of 2 course completions per session
  3. Average a minimum or 3 P/R points for the year
  4. GPA for the year at Woodrow must be at least 2.8
  5. No unresolved ICUs or Woodrow community issues
  6. Complete 24 credit diploma to graduate with Accolades

Graduate must have attended more than 4 sessions at WWHS.

  1. Advisor’s written statement(s) of recommendation

Benefits of Achieving Woodrow Way Accolades:

  1. Accolades Recognition Breakfast for student and family guests in May. (TBD)
  2. Certificate/Award that represents:

- Quality Attendance

- Commendable Scholarship

- Respectful Character

C. Potential to graduate with Accolades

D. Success and a personal sense of accomplishment

E. Quality material for Job-Scholarship-College Applications

Co-Curricular Activities for WWHS Students

All Woodrow Wilson 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.

McKinney-Vento Act

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 701-446-1013


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