Knight News

Grand Forks Central High School Weekly Communication

Keeping you updated and informed for the week of May 11, 2020

This mini-version of our monthly newsletter - The Knight News - will serve as a weekly communication to GFC families as students work remotely during the 2019-20 school year.

Congratulations to Mr. Lennon - GFPS Teacher of the Year!

Mr. Trevor Lennon has been named Grand Forks Public Schools Teacher of the Year! His name will be forwarded for consideration to be the North Dakota Teacher of the Year. Mr. Lennon is a business education teacher and serves as the department head, is co-advisor of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and coaches football at Central. Congratulations to Mr. Lennon!

GFC Graduation Update

Grand Forks Central High School graduation will be held on May 31 at 12 noon. As many of you may have heard, students and families will arrive by car at staggered times to drive up to the front of Central where students will exit the car and cross a stage in their cap and gown to receive their diplomas. Family members are welcomed to take pictures and video as their graduate crosses the stage. The event will be livestreamed and recorded, too. There is a great deal of planning involved in this event, so we will share those details as they become available. Our ceremony will follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and the North Dakota Department of Health and Grand Forks Public Health.

Seniors! Get in your senior Picture

Attention Class of 2020 GFC seniors: The deadline for senior portrait submission for the yearbook was extended to May 15th. Senior photos can be submitted to ( Photos must be wallet-size or larger. Digital images must be 300 DPI. Photos should be vertical, not horizontal. Note: Full body shots may be cropped. Baby/Childhood photos can also be submitted.

Send in your Clip for the Senior Video

Gabe Randall has generously agreed to create the senior video for the Class of 2020. Seniors are asked to send a 3-5 second video clip that shows them doing something they like at home. Videos must be school appropriate. Please send videos to Gabe at:


All student learning materials that are the property of Central High School or the GFPS will be returned the week of May 26. Please be watching for more details on the days and times students can return items to GFC. These items can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Chromebooks & Chargers
  • Hotspots
  • Textbooks
  • Library books or other books checked out from classroom libraries
  • Musical instruments
  • Uniforms of all kinds (concert, sports, etc)
  • Any other borrowed item that is the property of Central or the GFPS

We Have Raised Over $5000 for GFC Families in Need !

Way to go GFC staff members and Central families! Together, through the help of the Grand Forks Foundation for Education, we have already assisted many families of Central students in need. We will continue to reach out to support families with gift cards to local businesses as we know there are still people in need and we will work to connect with them as we move forward. If you are able and wiling to help, there is still time to contribute to the GFC COVID 19 Family Assistance Fund.

Central families interested in contributing to this fund can do so by going to the GF Foundation for Education donation page:

Under the Designation drop down menu, please choose OTHER and type in GFC COVID 19 in the cell below. This is the way to ensure the funds go to Central families. Please do not confuse this with an existing COVID 19 relief fund which is part of the drop down menu.

Central National Honor Society Chapter Welcomes New Members

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GFC Students Win the Opportunity to Present Project to NASA Board

Spring Semester InSPIRESS Division Winners

Lillian Brunelle

Rachel Craig

Molly Sibley

Mikayla Weiss

Bryant Woodbury

Teacher: Mr. Sean Allan

Congratulations to the GFC InSPIRESS team for winning their division in the InSPIRESS spring semester competition! InSPIRESS teams compete for selection by the undergraduate engineering teams at the University of Alabama Huntsville. Five division winners were selected from schools across the nation. Our team will now have the opportunity to present their winning project to the NASA/DoD board virtually followed by a Q&A session.

InSPIRESS (Innovative System Project for the Increased Recruitment of Emerging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Students) provides the opportunity for high school students to develop and design a scientific payload to be accommodated on a spacecraft which is designed by undergraduate students in the UAH IPT project. High school students collaborate with the undergraduate engineering students to understand the engineering requirements, the design process, and the role a customer plays in design.

State Art Show Winners Announced

Northern Visions-Senator John Hoeven’s Office

Irene Zeng-O’Really’s

State of the Art’s-Senator Kevin Cramer’s Office

Olivia Dorsher-Good Boring Days

Spotlight Award Winner-Digital Media

Jessica Gilbertson-Doctor Not In

People’s Choice Award Winner

Camlyn Bakke-Scandalous Confidence

Traveling Awards

Keely Davidson-Itsy Bitsy Lake Memory

Erika Tinjum-Fond Memory

Danielle Boushee-Vintage Cruiser

McKenzie Carriere-Pink Outside the Box

Renee’ Hubbs-Caged

Lowell Miller-Garden Trophies

Marriannah Perez-Seating Reality

Lowell Miller-Touched

Colin Borgen-Hope

Katie Hysjulien-Dad’s Old Truck

2020 Summer School Information

GFPS Families,

We are pleased to announce that high school summer school classes will be offered this school year from June 1st through July 7th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will be delivered online through remote learning. If your high school student has already registered for summer school, they will be receiving teacher and course information the week of May 25th -29th. If you would like to register your student for summer school, you will find both the course offerings and registration link here

The deadline to register is May 15th, and only courses with a sufficient number of students registered will be offered. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have questions regarding course selection.

From the Counseling Office

The days are getting warmer, and it is staying light longer in the evenings! These are both sure signs that summer is close. Spring is an easy time to get off task and even more of a possibility now that we are distance learning. Remember, we still have just over 2 weeks of school left and need to push through. Keep connected with your teachers to stay caught up through the end of this year. If you need help, please reach out to your teachers or class counselor to help you finish this school year strong. Every ½ credit and 1 credit count in a big way to get you to 24 total credits to graduate on time, with your class! Keep working hard and reach out if you need help--remember, together, we’ve got this!

This week’s Sources of Strength spokes that our school counseling practicum student, Mrs. Johnson, will provide insight about are Trusted Adults and Healthy Activities .


There are many things to keep track of and do as high school is quickly coming to a close.

In this, , you will find much helpful information. This information includes: 1. A checklist of things to be completing as you move from high school student to high school graduate; 2. Reminder information about applying for the ND Academic or CTE Scholarship if you qualify for it (you will not be awarded this if you do not complete the online application for it); 3. Reminder information to complete the FAFSA if you have not yet done so and plan to attend college/university in the fall; and 4. The ND/MN reciprocity application.

Please go to this link then scroll down to the Current Scholarship Listings to find this scholarship and others that are still available. Altru Health System has a new this year scholarship that they are awarding 5 $1000 scholarships in June. Check out the application at the above link.

The end of the school year is getting closer every week! Keep on keeping on….I am excited for each one of you as we continue to travel along this journey together. Chin up--together, we’ve got this!



Library/Media Center - E-Reading


GFC library’s website of the week for ebooks is the National Emergency Library. The National Emergency Library is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, and independent reading while universities, schools, and libraries are closed.

Keep reading, Knights!

GFC Student-Created Video: Mental Health

Students in Dr. Ryberg's Dual Credit Speech class and Mr. Lennon's video production classes collaborated this year to create many informational videos about policies and procedures at Central. Please follow the link to the video related to mental health information.

Support Numbers

The following support options are available via phone for students who need help/support or would like to communicate the name of someone they are worried about to an adult.


GFPS Counselor Crisis Team

Available: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday



Hotline for someone who needs someone to talk to, not limited to suicidal ideation

24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Text-A-Tip to Grand Forks Police Department

Available: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday

Verbs of the 4th Quarter

Increasing the vocabulary of our students is a goal of the staff at GFC. A larger vocabulary leads to greater success in school and beyond. Verbs give us the tools needed to unlock knowledge and communicate that knowledge effectively. We appreciate families supporting this effort!
  • Explain - to make known or understandable; The video explains the proper way to wash your hands.

  • Justify - to prove to be just, right, or reasonable; During the trial, it was hard for Joe to justify his behavior.
  • Claim - to state that something is true; He claims that his treatment of tigers was ethical.

GFC Online Learning Manual

Please use the GFC Online Learning Manual as a reference tool for students and families the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Lunch....for free!

Lunches continue to be available at many schools, including Central, from 11:00am to 1:00pm weekdays. Anyone 18 years old and younger can get a free lunch to take with them.