The Falcon's Nest

#TogetherWeFly Update for Armstrong High School 12/11

Mr. Norby's Update

Hello Falcon Family,


I hope this finds all of our falcon’s safe and well! It is amazing how fast our 2nd quarter is upon us and mid-quarter is today!


There is a lot of student success to celebrate at Armstrong High School and we couldn’t be more proud of our students and their effort to excel towards excellence. We are celebrating over 20 students of the month, our debate team and individuals have qualified for the state tournament coming up in January, and we had 3 volleyball players named to the All CCX Team. Even in a difficult time of being away from each other at Armstrong High School our staff could not be more amazed by our students and the “heart” they show in making the best of what our world is right now rising to the top of academics, activities, and athletics. Congratulations all!


Armstrong High School has established the ”Life Saver Award” for staff. This award is a representation of a person or department that has gone above and beyond their daily work to help staff, students, and/or families. We are proud to announce our media staff as the first recipients of this award. Mark, Kristin, Lisa, and Drew have been working at a furious pace, since August assisting the Armstrong Community from book checkout, to chromebook repairs, and outstanding customer service. Many of our community members have personally commented to me their friendly and positive attitude when assisting them. Thank you media staff for your commitment to excellence to the Armstrong Community!!


One week to go before winter break, stay focused, stay positive, and GO FALCONS!


Together We Fly!


Armstrong Activities/ Athletics Update

Robbinsdale Debate Qualifies for the 2021 MSHSL State Tournament


Senior, Shane Hockett and Junior, Audrey Pearson will represent Robbinsdale Armstrong High School as they both qualified to the MSHSL State Tournament as at-large bids. This is the second trip to the MSHSL Tournament for both Shane and Audrey. Last year, Audrey finished as a Finalist in Congressional Debate. This is the 10th consecutive trip to the MSHSL State Tournament for Robbinsdale Armstrong.

Robbinsdale Armstrong and Cooper High School will attempt to add more students to it’s state tournament line up this January when the Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum teams compete to qualify to state.


“To get to work with amazing students every week is such a blessing. Our goal at the start of each year is to qualify to the state tournament. Now the hard work of getting ready for state needs to start. So excited for what January will bring.”, said Head Debate Coach DJ Brynteson.


The state tournament will be held virtually on January 15th and 16th. The MSHSL State Debate Tournament is the oldest state tournament in Minnesota, first held in 1902. The Robbinsdale Debate team is coached by DJ Brynteson, Nautica Flowers, Grant Davis, Celisia Stanton and Andrew Urevig.

Congratulations November Students of the Month

Armstrong's Life Saver Award

Armstrong High Schools First Life Saver award was given to the Media Center staff who have been working tirelessly fixing Chromebooks and getting the materials students need to make Distance Learning work. Thank You!
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Today is mid quarter!

It is mid quarter for second semester! Take some time to go into each schoology class and check for any missing assignments that may still need to be submitted. If you aren't happy with your grades, check in with your teachers during office hours or on Wednesday to see what you can do to turn things around for second quarter!

"A" School is Still accepting Spring Applications

Attention all 11th - 12th graders: Struggled with distance learning? Behind a few credits? Need a smaller learning environment for a variety of reasons? "A" School might be for you! It's not too late to apply for Spring Semester 20-21

"A" School, our alternative program within the walls of Armstrong, is now accepting applications for Spring Semester 20-21. Please fill out this google form to start the application process. We have 12-15 spots open for second semester Typically, by the middle of December we will have over 30 applicants, so please apply now or as soon as possible to start the process. Students are selected based on a variety of factors - a change in attitude, effort despite struggles, and more, so do your best quarter 2!

For more information, check out this brochure and/or watch this short video or feel free to reach out to the "A" School Director, Brent Olson, at brent_olson@rdale.org or through schoology.

If the thought of graduation seems difficult, if you've lost hope or are considering dropping out or are dealing with some mental health issues that interfere with school, the "A" School family may be able to help. Here is a picture of the 2019 "A" School graduates, many who felt the same way you do and then made the life-changing decision to apply. Don't hesitate - apply today. Remember, "The Tassel is Worth the Hassle!".

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Bird Bash goes Virtual!

Seven Dreams Education Foundation invites you to the 8th Annual Bird Bash Virtual Event on Saturday, February 6, 2021 6:30 – 7:45 pm. The fun, interactive program begins at 7 pm. Online silent and premier auctions will open a week in advance, on January 30th. Seven Dreams is excited to announce that the program will be emceed by RAS alum Sally Wingert, who is a Hollywood and Guthrie Theater actor (she acted in Fargo and North Country). The Bird Bash is the foundation's primary fundraiser of the year and raises money to benefit the students of Robbinsdale Area Schools.


The goal is to raise $50,000 to fund this year's project: Telling Everyone’s Story With Multicultural Books


This project will inspire our students to read by adding 2,500 electronic & print books to our middle and high school media centers that are culturally relevant and inclusive of everyone's story. Electronic books make it possible to check out books remotely, any time of day. This project will nurture our students’ self-esteem, empathy and understanding of multiple perspectives—and provide them with opportunities to explore current social issues and strengthen ties to each other and the community.


The live streamed event is free but please register at: http://bidpal.net/birdbash2021. The link will also be on the website at www.sevendreams.org. Or you can "text to register": send a message to Seven Dreams at 243725 and text “BirdBash2021”. If you would like to donate to the silent auction, see the "wish list" at: https://signup.com/go/zBRzdwN. For more information contact Emily Wallace-Jackson, Executive Director, SDEF at Emily@sevendreams.org.

AHS Virtual Spirit Fridays!

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Finals

Students will be notified what their instructor has decided to give for a final assessment, if any is given. We will not have a special finals schedule since our classes are already in a block format. Please direct questions about finals to your instructor.

A/B Rotation December/January

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COVID-Testing Resources for Families

~Test at Home Resources: All Minnesotans can now order a free test to take at home.


~Community Saliva Testing Resources


~Covid-19 Testing Resources MDH

COVID-19 Reminders and Updates:


  • All families must use the self-screening tool before sending their students to school or school activities each day.

  • The threshold for sending students home due to illness this school year is lower than usual. Make a plan with family or friends regarding how your student will get home from school if they develop symptoms of illness during the school day. Students without vehicles at school will need to be picked up promptly and will remain in an illness isolation room until picked up.

  • Please check your contact information in Infinite Campus and make sure it is up to date. For any changes, contact 763-504-8808.

  • If a student or staff is identified by the Minnesota Department of Health as a close contact of someone with lab-confirmed COVID-19 while at an AHS activity, they will receive notification from the school and explanation of next steps.

  • If a student or staff is NOT identified as a close contact, but is in an AHS activity group or a classroom with someone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19, they will receive general notification that there was a case of COVID-19 reported in their activity group or classroom.

Attendance line: 763-504-8810

Assistant Principal/AHS COVID-19 Coordinator: Robert Ware, 763-504-8802

School Nurse/AHS COVID-19 Coordinator: Anna Hjerpe, 763-504-8809


More information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/attendance.pdf

Upcoming Events

December 21-Jan 1 No School

January 18th No School-MLK Day

January 22nd End of Quarter 2

January 25th No School

February 15 &16 No School


Conference Dates for the rest of the school year

February 18th

March 4th

April 22nd

Learn more about the Armstrong Parent Association!

Check out the APA Website to learn more about what events the APA has coming up and how you can help!

Armstrong High School

School Hours 7:20 a.m.-2:10 p.m.

Attendance Line 763.504.8810