Spartan Spotlight

May 2021


The countdown begins to the end of the school year and it is hard to believe that graduation is around the corner. A few items need to be taken care of before we finish. They include:

  • Complete all necessary course work to earn passing grades. Be sure to check with teachers about missed work.
  • Return all equipment and/or apparel that was used in any co-curricular programs.
  • Return textbooks, personal learning devices, chargers, modems etc that were checked out.

Virtual students will be turning in their PLD (Personal Learning Device) on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Please refer to a letter that was sent to all virtual students for the details and time to drop off.

Graduation will be held in the Fargodome on June 6th, 2021 at 6:00 pm. There will be no limit on the number of guests, and we look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our students. It is an amazing and talented class. A post-graduation party is being organized and information will be shared at a later date.

The year of COVID has presented some challenges and adjustments to our yearly activities. We were not able to host a normal homecoming events, but we were able to have a prom. Maybe we are getting back to a more normal life. The annual Academic Breakfast is cancelled because of our concern about bringing in 600 people into the Spartandome, but we will be hosting a Senior Awards and Scholarship event in the theater. The celebration will be Friday, May 21st at 7:30 am. More information will be forth coming.

For the last 27 1/2 years, I have had the privilege of being the Fargo North High School Principal and I will be retiring at the end of the year. It has been an amazing career and I have been fortunate to be associated with awesome students and parents. I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement, without outstanding students and parents we would not have been able to be considered an exceptional school. It is my belief that we are one of the best schools in the tri-state area.

Travis Christensen has been selected as the sixth principal in the history of North High. He is well prepared and I'm confident that he will do a great job.


Andy Dahlen


Art Students

Art pictures and awards

North High art students recently competed in the All Dakota High School Art show. Participants included Ava Kalbrener, Emma Rehder, Sophie Pederson, Brett Skeldum, and Lara Deakin. Emma Rehder won the Judges Choice Award for Best Photography and the team took home the Best Team Award for North Dakota. Congrats Art Students! Way to Go!

Fargo North Jazz Band

Jazz Band playing outside

The Fargo North Jazz Band performed April 28th at the first outdoor and post-covid StartupBREW Fargo Event at Island Park. StartupBREW Fargo is a weekly event on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 am - 9:30 am to learn, support, and inspire. This morning meetup is for entrepreneurs, innovators, creatives, and community members alike to come together and explore the entrepreneurial journey. This week featured guest speakers on Tech Careers and Tech education. The jazz band was the guest artists for the event and knocked it out of the park, literally. Not only did they get the chance to perform but they were able to hear some wonderful speakers from around the nation on careers in Tech and the importance of its accessibility to all.

National Honor Society Inductees

North High recognizes and honors students for outstanding achievement. The highest recognition is bestowed through members in the North High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. Students achieve this recognition based upon exemplary scholarship, service, leadership, and character, the four guiding principles of the National Honor Society.

We recognized our members at an induction ceremony on Monday, March 29, 2021.

The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society. Senior students will be wearing gold cords on graduation day in recognition of this honor. National Honor Society Advisors are Joan Clark and Emily Schneider.

Seniors: Reece Anderson, Maggie Benson, Tonya Berg, Aiden Carlson, Grace Dejong, Kennedy Folden, Trissa Grande, Beau Hager, Addison Hammes, Chase Hansen, Samuel Harr, Isabelle Haugen, Samantha Jackson, Hannah Johnson, Leah Johnson, Maycoll Johnson, Kimberly Kadrmas, Ryan Kennelly, Mickey Kenney, Kyleigh Kliner, Bergen Lindahl, Anachelle Luz, Ryan Manly, Allison Melby, Megan Middaugh, Georgia Paul, Isabelle Puhl, Jordyn Punt, Vanessa Reineke, Julia Ross, Samantha Sanford, Abby Simenson, Brooke Swanson, Alexander Ugrinov,

Rebecca Van Vleet, Ryann Vetsch, Addison Watson, Elizabeth Weist, Joshua Worral and Caleb Yokom

Juniors: Anika Arifin, Fatima Attia, Vivian Behm, Daniel Boutain, Aubrey Clarke, Isaac Cody, Jaron Dufault, Ellen Erickson, Nathaniel Fritel, Alexis Iverson, Gretchen Krout, Lauren Leabo, Anna Lien, Maria Lim, Yaoyi Ma, John Martin, Taylor Martin, Aarya Panwalker, Mallory Pladson, Nicolette Rogne, Madelyn Rohrich, Alex Rud, Colette Smith, Isaiah Soori, Erika Spanjer, Julia Steiner, Jocelyn Sveet, Carlissa Swanson, Natalie Syverson, Jack Thiel, Carolynn Walker, Alexander Wegner and Luke Yokom

Congratulation to our Retiring Staff

As we come to the end of the school year we would like to take a moment to recognize and thank these staff for their years of working at North High! We wish you all the best in retirement.

Tuck Everlasting Play Poster

Senior Awards/Scholarships

Senior Parents,

Seniors academic letter winners and scholarship recognition recipients will be honored on Friday, May 21st at 7:30 am in the Theater. We look forard to seeing you there!

Underclassmen Academic Letter Recipients


Underclassmen (9-11th grade) academic letters recipients will receive their letters/certificiates on Friday, May 21st during period 2 classes.

There will be no breakfast in the Spartandome due to COVID.

Senior Congratulation Ads

Dear 2021 senior parents and guardians,

The North High student newspaper, The Scroll, will be publishing senior “congratulation” ads in the Senior Edition of The Scroll (published in May). Due to the planning and time it takes to put out the Senior Edition, we would like to get orders in for these ads as soon as possible.

Traditionally, these ads include a personal message and/or a photo of the graduate. Photos and messages will run in full color. We will distribute print and digital editions this year.

To place an ad, fill out the form below and submit it electronically to, and payment can be completed through Schoolpay. Please note all ads and payment should be sent as soon as possible and received no later than Friday, May 7th, to be included.

If you have any further questions, email adviser Stephanie Livingston at

Thank you for supporting The Scroll and your graduates,

The North High Scroll Staff

End of Year Check-In

We want to remind everyone that ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE BY THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. This includes PLDs, PLD chargers, textbooks, as well as library books and equipment checked out.

Students can see what they have checked out by going to the card catalog and signing in. From there click the “My Info” on the blue ribbon. This is also where you can see if there are any fines on your account. These charges could be from PLD repairs, lost or damaged books, lost PLD charger, etc.

This is especially important for Seniors, as all materials must be turned in or paid for in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. If in doubt, please have your student stop by the library or talk to their teacher.

2021 Graduation Notes

It’s not too early to start planning for some important graduation deadlines. Graduation for the Class of 2021 is Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the FARGODOME. Prior to graduation, a few items need to be completed. Each student must meet the following obligations before a diploma will be presented.

1. All course work and tests must be completed before noon on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021.

2. All independent study and correspondence course work must be completed by Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Grades will be transferred to North High School.

3. All bills must be paid (media center, athletic equipment, PLDs, books, etc.) by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

4. The final day of classes is Thursday, June 3rd, 2021.

5. All detention must be completed. If not, students cannot attend graduation.


7. If a student requests to receive a diploma without going through the graduation ceremony, they must notify their counselor in the Counseling Center by Friday, May 7, 2021.

8. Students are expected to dress appropriately. The cap, gown, tassel, honor cord (if applicable) and shoes are required.

9. All cap and gown orders should now be placed with Jostens.

Last Day of Classes

Thursday, June 3, 2021 is the last day of classes for students. All school and physical education lockers must be emptied before the student leaves completes their school year. Any items left in the lockers will be thrown or donated. North High will not be responsible for items left.

2021-2022 Registration Dates

Fall registration dates have been set so mark your calendar. It’s important your student attend to have their school picture taken, pick up their class schedule and receive their Personal Learning Device (PLD).

Parents/guardians are reminded to login to your Parent PowerSchool account and complete the 2021-2022 registration packet for your student(s) . Look for more information in our August newsletter.

  • August 12 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • August 16 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • August 17 - Upperclassmen Orientation - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Senior All Night Party

Graduation is just around the corner and we are still looking for senior parents/guardians to step up and be in charge of planning an All Night Party for our 2021 graduates. Each high school plans their own event.

So, North High Spartans, please think about helping plan a celebration party for your senior! If you are interested in planning a safe evening for the seniors, please email Keith Berg, PTA President, at or call 701-235-6930.

Trollwood Performing Arts School 2021 Summer Registration Open

Get ready to Color Your Summer! Trollwood Performing Arts School is excited to welcome students back to the stage with a full array of 2021 summer performing arts educational opportunities. 2020 was a difficult year for those who are passionate about performing arts. Many classes and performances were canceled due to COVID-19. Upcoming summer arts programming will help students rekindle their affection for the arts, boost their creativity, and pave the way for their future, whether they aspire to pursue a career in the arts or any other professional opportunities. Click this link to register and Click this link to view the full programming brochure.

Summer Weight Program

2021 Fargo North and Sanford POWER Summer Weights registration is now open. Access the registration page linked below to get registered.

Summer School

Summer School registration for high school classes and all sports camps is currently available. The Summer School Booklet is available on the summer school website. Families are able to pay fees for Middle School Music Camps, Highway Safety, Summer Leadership School, and some sports camps as part of the on-line registration:

    • Semester 1: June 8 – 30
    • Semester 2: July 6 – 28
  • Face to Face Hybrid on-campus M-Th or 100% Virtual M-F with a required daily Zoom class meeting
  • See schedule below
Summer school schedule


Students planning to participate in athletics in the 2021-2022 school year can get their physical done and turned into their school office before the end of the school year. Any physical dated after April 15, 2021 is good for the 2021-2022 school year. All athletes will need a new physical on file before they can participate in their athletic activity.
Don't wait - get it done today!

The "Form B" option that was available this year will not be an option for 2021-2022.

Click here to download the NDHSAA Approved Physical Form

Physical Information from NDHSAA:
Prior to participation (including practice) a student participating in NDHSAA sanctioned athletic activities and representing his/her school must have on file with their school, an annual NDHSAA-approved Athletic Pre-Participation Health History Screening and Physical Examination clearance form completed by a qualified health care professional (i.e. Doctor of Medicine of Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant under the supervision of a physician); the Athletic Pre-Participation Health History Screening and Physical Examination is valid for one school year; a physical examination completed before April 15 is not valid for participation the following school year.

NCAA Eligibility

Seniors planning to participate in a Division I or Division II college sport after graduation should visit with their counselor or Mr. Christensen to make sure all eligibility requirements have been fulfilled.

Phase 2 Priority Group COVID-19 Vaccinations

Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) is now gathering information for people in Phase 2 priority group who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Any North Dakota resident age 16 or older is eligible. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for individuals 16 years and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both approved for individuals 18 years and older.

Individuals who would like to receive COVID-19 vaccine clinic information from FCPH are invited to place their name on a vaccine clinic waitlist using one of the below methods. After contact information has been submitted, FCPH will send an email with options to make an appointment for a future vaccine clinic. Individuals are encouraged to check their email frequently, including spam and junk folders, for this important communication.

For more information about the safety of these vaccines, visit the North Dakota Department of Health website and Centers for Disease Control website.


The Fargo Public Schools continues to 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.

Visitors to North High

Fargo Public Schools continues to restrict non-essential visitation. Visitors will only be allowed into the building via appointment. Parents who want to attend IEP, 504 or counselor meetings may be in person.

High School Meals

Meals will continue to be provided to students at no cost until the end of the school year.

Virtual Academy students who wish to receive meals are still required to fill out forms for Meals. These meals will be picked up at door #8 (North side on 19th Ave) on Fridays from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm.

Information from the Counseling Center

E- Transcripts

All high school students can now process (official), print (unofficial) and view transcripts electronically through eTranscripts. Students request their transcript securely and at their convenience through their PowerSchool account. Please see the instructions on the North High Counseling website.

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 for official transcripts.

If you have any questions, please stop by the Counseling Office or call Nikki at 446-2412.

ACT Score Report Voucher

ACT has recognized the challenges with registering for the junior state mandated ACT test through MyACT. As a result, some students were not able to select their four schools to send their test scores for free. Therefore, ACT is providing an additional opportunity for students to send their four free score reports through a voucher code that can be used in MyACT. Please see eligibility requirements and voucher information below from ACT. Students are also able to stop in the Counseling and Career Center for support from their school counselor or Lisa Metzger, Career Advisor.

Voucher Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines

A voucher code is being provided to students participating in State-sponsored testing who have not selected at least one college for automated score reporting. Students who entered at least one college for score reporting are not eligible for a voucher. The code will be printed on page 1 of the student’s paper score report and is redeemable for the one-time purchase of up to four additional score reports at no cost. Additional college choices may be included for a fee. All voucher codes will expire, so students should be encouraged to use the code within two weeks of receiving their paper score report.

Student Use of Voucher in MyACT

Students meeting the voucher eligibility requirements above must wait until they receive their paper score report to obtain their voucher code and use it in MyACT. For the March 2 test window, students will begin receiving their printed score reports as early as three weeks after the receipt of test responses. Score reports are shipped up to two weeks later for students who took the writing test.

Students who created a MyACT account prior to their test being scored will receive an email from when their scores are posted to their account. They should wait for their paper score report and then follow the instructions outlined on it to redeem their voucher within MyACT.

Students who have not yet created a MyACT account will need their paper score report containing their ACT ID to create their account. Once they receive their paper score report by mail, these students should go to and follow the prompts.

Students in need of assistance related to their paper score reports, finding their scores online, or creating or accessing their MyACT account, should visit the Contact Us link on

Free ACT Test Prep for Juniors

The ACT was electronic this year—using the platform TestNav. TestNav has free practice tests available and is accessible on the student’s PLD desktop or

The practice tests include tutorials to become familiar with the platform.

To access the practice test, go to: TestNav (icon on students desktop) OR, Click on “The ACT” and then click “Practice Tests.” Students do not need to log in to take the practice tests.

If you have any questions about ACT practice tests, please reach out to Lisa Metzger at or 701.446.2413.


The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests required by most 4-year colleges. Students should check with the specific school 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 their senior year. Register on the websites for the tests at: &

Students who want to take the ACT at North High this summer should stop in the counseling office for a special registration code prior to summer break.

ACT Exam Schedule

North High School Code: 350-568

ACT Basic Fee: $55.00

ACT Plus Writing Fee: $70.00

Test Option Change Fee: $15.00

Late Registration Additional Fee: $35.00


North High School Code: 350-568

SAT Fee $52.00 SAT with Essay $68.00

Change Fee: $30.00

Late Registration Fee: $30.00

Poster ND Scholars Program

ND Academic & CTE Scholarships

North Dakota high school seniors who meet all requirements for either the ND Academic or ND Career & Technical Education Scholarships must submit an online application between January 4 and June 4, 2021 to

Students and parents/guardians who would like more information should contact your student’s counselor or Career Advisor, Lisa Metzger, 701-446-2413.


Check out this link for scholarships including eligibility/criteria, potential award, the application procedure and where to get an application. If you have any questions please call Lisa Metzger in the Counseling Office at 701-446-2413.

ND Scholars Program

The North Dakota Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship that provides scholarships to North Dakota’s best and brightest high school graduates. The scholarship is a full tuition scholarship for students attending North Dakota’s public and tribal colleges, and a tuition scholarship equal to public tuition for students attending North Dakota’s private institutions. For more information on the scholarship programs go to:

Rape & Abuse Crisis Center

In partnership with Fargo Public Schools, the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center (RACC) is offering counseling services to North High students. A counselor from RACC, will be available to meet virtually with students to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to healthy relationships, friendships, bullying, coping skills, technology safety, healthy sexuality, and trauma. Students that are interested in participating in this support should contact their school counselor or the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center at 701-293-7273.

Open Door

Just a reminder, if you or your family are in need of personal hygiene supplies, household products, food or clothing, the North High School Open Door has a small variety of items. Students and families can access these items by contacting their school counselor. FNH encourages families to consider any needs they might have over school breaks and long weekends and contact the counseling office at 701-446-2412 prior to the break. If you need additional community supports, the counselors are available to help connect you with additional supports to meet your needs.


A message from Fargo Cass Public Health: The Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes

The use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, among middle and high school students nearly doubled from 2011-2012, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Electronic cigarettes are devices designed to look similar to cigarettes in shape, size and general appearance. They vaporize a solution containing nicotine, creating a mist that is inhaled. The tips of these devices often have an indicator light, designed to emulate the burning ash of a traditional cigarette.

The concerns around e-cigs are many and varied. Here are just a few:

1. Some e-cigs use juice or cartridges that contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and in its concentrated form can be dangerous.

2. There are currently no regulations of these products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means in many places, there are not state or local regulations around the sale of these products to minors. The North Dakota smoke-free law does prohibit use of electronic cigarettes in the same spaces as smoking is prohibited. There is no statewide law against selling these products to minors.

3. Because e-cigs are not regulated by the FDA, they do not have the same marketing/advertising restrictions as traditional tobacco.

4. E-cig ‘juice’ comes in many different flavors, like bubble gum, chocolate, fruit punch and vanilla.

Because they have a similar appearance to a traditional cigarette, there is concern that use of these products will re-normalize smoking and create more young people addicted to nicotine.

For more information on e-cigarettes and tobacco prevention, go to

PTSA Monthly Meeting

The next monthly PTSA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18th in person from 4:30-5:30 pm in room 101. An election will be held for the 2021-2022 officers including President and Vice Presidents Questions contact Keith Berg: or 701-235-6930.

Selective Service Registration

All male students are required by law to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. To register go to You can preregister at 17 years and 3 months of age. Why is this so important? If you fail to register you are unable to receive federally funded college loans and grants; are unable to get into federally funded training and certification programs; are barred from all federal employment; ineligible for many state and local government jobs. Can’t stress enough - 45 seconds online registering at can save a man 45 years of headaches and heartaches.

Seniors - Cap & Gown Orders

Please check with your senior to make sure they turned in their cap and gown order. If not, the order must be submitted directly to Jostens at the address on the packet. If you need to contact them directly, a message can be left at 701-235-1828.


Students can purchase a copy of the 2020-2021 yearbook for $60. The “Laconian” is a full-color book with memorable stories, eye-catching photos, and cutting-edge graphics and layouts. You can pay through School Pay.


Does your student have detention? We have several opportunities for student’s to make up their detention.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

3:50 - 4:35 p.m.

Room 311

All detention needs to be served during times described above.

Students with outstanding detentions may not be able to participate in extra curricular activities until all detention has been completed. These activities include, but are not limited to: athletics, prom, plays, and school sponsored trips.


Students are expected to be in their classes every day, except in the case of illness, school related activities, family emergency, or religious observance. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children are in school unless a valid reason for absence exists. The Attendance Office asks that a student’s absence be reported by 9:00 a.m. If a student is not accounted for they will be recorded as truant. Please review the attendance policies found in our on-line student handbook. The Attendance Office may be reached by calling 446-2410 or 446-2411.


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Stay Connected!

Fargo North has several helpful links that can be found on our webpage at

You will find links for:

· Newsletters

· School Calendars

· Daily Announcements

· PowerSchool & SchoolPay Logins

· Student Handbook

· School Menus

· Daily Planner

· District Forms

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our school office at 701-446-2400.

Important Contact Numbers

North High Main Office

Main Office - 446-2400

Andy Dahlen, Principal - 446-2404

Mark Blanshan, Assistant Principal - 446-2499

Travis Christensen, Asst. Prin./Activities Dir - 446-2407

Kathy Cieslak, Assistant Principal - 446-2406

Jessica Geir, Administrative Asst. - 446-2405

Della Nystrom, Bookkeeper - 446-2409

Keri VanEnk, Activities Secretary - 446-2408


Stacey Bush - 446-2410

Wendy Peterson - 446-2411


Nikki Brandenburger, Registrar/Secretary - 446-2412

Terri Court (A - F) - 446-2415

Mandy Orth Gibney (G - K) - 446-2416

Janelle Stahl Ladbury (L - R) - 446-2414

Kate Evenson (S - Z) - 446-2417

Lisa Metzger - Career Advisor - 446-2413

Mary Krueger, Student Wellness & Family Facilitator - 446-2456


Officer Samantha LaShomb, SRO - 446-2631/212-5650


Katelyn Novacek, School Nurse - 446-2486


J.D. Darling - 446-2447

Jordan Wolf - 446-2447


Tammie Schaffer - 446-2517


  • May 17 - No School - Storm Makeup Day
  • May 18 - PTSA Meeting - 4:30 pm - Room 101
  • May 21 - Scholarship Recognition - 7:45 am - Theater
  • May 31 - No School - Memorial Day
  • June 3 - Graduation Rehearsal - 3:00 pm - Fargodome
  • June 6 - Graduation - 6:00 pm - Fargodome
  • August 12 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • August 16 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • August 17 - Upperclassmen Orientation - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fargo North High School

Andy Dahlen, Principal - 446-2404

Travis Christensen, Activities Director - 446-2407

Mark Blanshan, Asst. Principal - 446-2499

Kathy Cieslak, Asst. Principal - 446-2406