Spartan Spotlight

May 2022

Greetings Spartan Families,

It is crazy to think that we are entering the last month of the school year, especially when mother nature seems to be a couple of months behind, however we are officially entering the month of May. With that being the case, the mindsets turn to end of the year activities and chief among them is our graduation ceremony.

Graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 29th at 12:00 p.m. at the FARGODOME. The event will also be streamed on YouTube for those who may not be able to attend.

Graduation rehearsal for all seniors will be held on Friday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the FARGODOME. All seniors are required to attend the rehearsal. Please make arrangements for your student to be there.

Additional graduation information will be forthcoming to all Senior students and Senior parents & guardians.

Also, quickly approaching on the calendar is our annual Academic Breakfast which gives us a chance to celebrate and recognize our students who have achieved a high level of academic excellence. This event is scheduled for Friday, May 20th gathering at 7:15 a.m. with the program to begin at 7:30 a.m. Parents/Guardians of qualifying students will receive an invitation to the event.

As we wrap up the year, I would like to recognize the four faculty members who will be retiring at the conclusion of the year. They are Mark Blanshan, Assistant Principal, Kathy Cieslak, Assistant Principal, Rene’e Schwandt, SPED Teacher, and Helene Zelaya, Spanish Teacher. Their commitment to our students and our school has been amazing.

Finally, I want to extend a very sincere “Thank You” to the Fargo North High School community. As I wrap up my first year in this role, I continue to be humbled by the opportunity to serve our students and our families. We have an amazing school and I am so very proud to be a Spartan!


Travis Christensen, Principal

Congratulations 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 FPS/North High! We wish you all the best in retirement.


Congratulations to North's Yaoyi (Spring) Ma on being named semifinalists a U.S. Presidential Scholar! The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

State Speech Champions

The North speech team finished with three finalists at the State Speech Tournament. Abbey Rudd was selected as an All-American. Fatima Attia placed third in impromptu speaking and was selected for superior impromptu speaker. Anika Arifin was third in extemporaneous speaking. Arifin also won in the National Qualifying Tournaments to represent North on the North Dakota team at the National Speech and Debate Competition in Louisville, Ky. this summer.

Young Chef Champion

Congratulations to North sophomore Angelea Collins for winning the Kiwanis Young Chefs Breakfast Cooking Championship, which aired WDAY. Collins made tiramisu pancakes with a latte, which the judges said, "could be served on any high-end restaurant menu."

PTA Reflections National Winner

We have a national winner! Lauren Leabo, a senior at Fargo North High, won the Award of Excellence in High School Literature at the 2021-2022 "I Will Change the World By…" National PTA Reflections program! Lauren will be awarded $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence, and have her literature entry, "Brain Serendipity" featured in National PTA's virtual exhibition. Congratulations Lauren Leabo!

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 in the theater.

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: Anika Arifin, Fatima Attia, Vivian Behm, Daniel Boutain, Aubrey Clarke, Isaac Cody, Meghan Dirk, Reece Dorsey, Jaron Dufault, Ellen Erickson, Lydia Farnham, Caden Filley, Alex Flores, Nathaniel Fritel, Hannah Houim, Alexis Iverson, Gretchen Krout, Kaden Kvidera, Grace Lanners, Elaina Latunski, Paul Le, Lauren Leabo, Anna Lien, Maria Lim, Spring Ma, John Martin,Taylor Martin, Colby Miller, Ena Muzafirovic, Evelyn Olson, Aarya Panwalker, Mallory Pladson, Alena Rinas, 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 andLuke Yokom

Juniors: Catherine Bailey, Rylee Bartz, Collin Beckman, Reagan Carlson, Brooklyn Champagne, Melinda Chen, Ian Christeson, Peter Dorsher, Lourdes Espinoza, Arden Faulkner, Brody Fischer, Anna French, Emily Gorder, Logan Hanson, Eli Hunt, Derek Jackson, Sofia Janssen, Lisa Johnson, Abigail Lovelace, Finnegan Lynch, Henry Maughan, Benjamin Moen, Emma Osier, Simon Pryor, Julia Puhl, Mya Punt, Emma Rehder, Lucas Rutten, Emily Sager, Beckett Schultze, James Weninger and Taryn Winkler

Academic Breakfast

The Annual Academic Breakfast will be on Friday, May 20th gathering at 7:15 a.m. with the program to begin at 7:30 a.m. Parents/Guardians of qualifying students will receive an invitation to the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

2022 Graduation Notes

It’s not too early to start planning for some important graduation deadlines. Graduation for the Class of 2022 is Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 12:00 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. 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 13, 2022

2. All independent study, Virtual Academy, online and correspondence course work must be completed by Friday, May 20, 2022. Grades will be transferred to North High School.

3. All bills must be paid (ex: library media center, athletic equipment, PLDs, books, etc.) by Wednesday, May 25, 2022. You may call Della Nystrom, North Bookkeeper at 701-446-2409 to make payment.

4. The final day of classes is Thursday, May 26, 2022.

5. All course work and tests must be completed before the end of the school day on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

6. All detention must be completed by Thursday, May 26, 2022. If not, students cannot attend graduation.

7. Only students who have completed their graduation requirements as per Fargo Public Schools AP 4310 will participate in the graduation ceremony. The list of students who will be participating in the ceremony will be finalized on Friday, May 27, 2022.


9. Students are expected to dress appropriately. The cap, gown, tassel, honor cord (if applicable) and shoes are required. No other personal additions will be allowed to be added without Admin permission.

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

Senior Congratulation Ads

Dear 2022 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 Tuesday, May 10th, 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.

Last Day of Classes

Thursday, May 26, 2022 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 in lockers.

2022-2023 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 2022-2023 registration packet for your student(s) prior to these dates. Look for more information in our August newsletter.

  • August 10 - Upperclassmen Orientation - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • August 15 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • August 16 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • August 17 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Summer School

Fargo Public Schools’ Summer school registration is now open. Visit to view the program book and to access the registration link. Classes tend to fill up quickly, so sign up as soon as possible. As a reminder, students/families complete summer school registration. If you have questions, please contact the summer school office at 701-446-3210.


Students planning to participate in athletics in the 2022-2023 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, 2022 is good for the 2022-2023 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!

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. Shultis to make sure all eligibility requirements have been fulfilled.

NCAA Eligibility Information

Summer Weight Program

2022 Fargo North and Sanford POWER Summer Weights registration. There are still opportunities for summer weights. The 10:30 am timeslot has been changed to both males/females. There are also spots open at 3:00 and 4:00 pm for middle school students. Access the registration page to get registered.

Activitities at North

This booklet is a compilation of clubs & activities available to students of North High School. In addition to the information found within this booklet, special announcements will be made throughout the school year giving students updates and other opportunities as they become

available. Please check out all the opportunities available to North students.

North Online School Store

If you would like to order North apparel/items please check out the online school store. You have the ability to design/personalize these items. Items ordered will be shipped to the address you provide.

Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Registration

Get ready to Live Your Passion! Trollwood Performing Arts School summer registration is open. 2021 was a successful return to summer activities, but on a limited basis. 2022 will re-open with a full array of classes and performance opportunities for students from kindergarten through graduated seniors. Take a look at Trollwood's summer programming brochure!

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. Register before April 1 and save up to $50 on registration fees!


E- Transcripts

All seniors must send a final transcript to their college of choice before graduation. 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.

Instructions for final transcripts:

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

6. Send after graduation button

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

AP Testing Schedule for Spring 2022

AP Testing Schedule

*Students should arrive at least 20 minutes before the exam start time.

AP testing schedule

ACT Score Report Information for Juniors

ACT score report updates:

  • Paper score reports are NO longer available and will NOT be mailed to your home address.
  • Students must contact ACT to get help accessing their accounts.
  • Score reports are only available online.

If your student is having difficulty with the account they created or they did not create an account from the information sheet handed out on February 28 in English class, your student will need to contact ACT to gain access to their account and score report.

Below is ACT’s contact information and the items needed to be available at the time of contact.

ACT Contact Information:

Ph: 319-337-1270 or Email:

Hours available for contact Monday-Friday 8:00am – 8:00 pm CST

Students must have their name, date of birth and mailing address available.

Students choosing to email, need to identify the problem (unable to access online account).

Please know students may need to wait on hold or for an email response with further instructions.


The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests recommended by most 4-year colleges. Students should check with the specific school they plan to apply to for test information. 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: &

Below are the following test dates and registration deadlines:


North High School Code: 350-568

ACT Basic Fee: $60.00 ACT Plus Writing Fee: $85.00

Late Registration Additional Fee: $36.00


North High School Code: 350-568

SAT Fee $55.00

Late Registration Additional Fee: $30.00


Course registration for the 2022-2023 academic year has been completed. Please talk to your student to discuss their choices.

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 3 and June 3, 2022 to

Students and parents/guardians who would like more information should contact your student’s counselor or Career Advisor, Lisa Metzger, 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:

Junior students need to ensure their ACT scores are submitted to the state by June 1, 2022.


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.

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.


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 Mary at 701-446-2456.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Flyer


Virtual Academy

Recently, Fargo Public Schools made the decision to continue its Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. For planning purposes, we need to gather information regarding interest for next year.

Elementary (grades K-5): The elementary model will stay the same through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE).

Secondary (grades 6-12): Secondary students will utilize a program called Edgenuity for core classes. This program, currently used at the high schools for credit recovery coursework, provides greater flexibility to meet students’ academic needs. In addition, secondary students will have the opportunity to meet via Zoom with an FPS instructor at scheduled times throughout the day. Elective courses will be offered through NDCDE at the secondary level.

Please complete the survey linked below to indicate your interest in attending the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year:

More information on the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy can be found on our webpage:

If you have questions, please contact the Virtual Academy administrators listed below:

Lori Nappe (Grades K-5)

(701) 446-1601

Holly Fiechtner (Grades 6-12)

(701) 446-1602


A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K – 12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021 – 2022 school year.

What does this mean for families? In the fall of 2022, meals will return to paid-for status. Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families.

Community Resources

School counselors and staff are available during the school day to assist students. After hours and during weekends and holiday breaks, families need to utilize community supports. If you are in need of assistance for yourself or someone else, please contact the following resources:

FirstLink: Dial 2-1-1

(24/7 hour help line for community resources and emotional support)

Suicide Lifeline (answered locally): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Red River Regional Dispatch: 701-451-7660

If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1

Volleyball Fundraiser

Join us May10th at Blaze Pizza!!

-Blaze Pizza will host a Fundraising Night to benefit Fargo North Volleyball on Tuesday, May 10th.

-Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of proceeds from 5 pm-8 pm back to our program. Dine-in, pickup, curbside, or carryout!

-Show the flyer on your phone before paying (in-store) or enter the promo code: 1243A (online)

-Thank you for helping Blaze Pizza support Fargo North Volleyball!

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. Spending 45 seconds online registering at can save a man 45 years of headaches and heartaches.



Students are allowed to use cell phones and electronic devices in the commons, hallways and locker bays. Upon entering classrooms all electronic devices need to be put away. If a cell phone or electronic device is taken from a student, the student may pick up the device from the main office at the end of the day. A second incident will result in the parent being required to pick up the phone from the main office.


Parents are encouraged to get involved by joining PTSA. When parents get involved, the child that benefits the most is yours. The next meeting is Monday, May 23rd at 4:30 pm in room 102.


MECA Sales Representative, Tom Glynn,

For questions or to place an order call 651-341-2840 or email

Jackets will be delivered in 4-6 weeks. The jacket cost is $200 and includes your jacket, students name on the front, graduation year, your award letter sewn on the jacket (please bring with on day of order), return shipping to the high school and tax. A minimum deposit of $100 is required. The remaining balance will be due when the jacket is delivered. Make checks payable to: MECA Sportswear. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are also accepted. Additional charges/options: Sew on sport/activity patch to your letter ($1/each and bring when ordering), tall Jacket - additional $20 and 3XL - additional $20.00.



Students can purchase a copy of the 2021-2022 yearbook for $60. The “Laconian” is a full-color book with memorable stories, eye-catching photos, and cutting-edge graphics

Yearbooks can be ordered online through SchoolPay or stopping into the main office to purchase.


Student parking is available in our south and northwest lots. The cost for a parking permit is $10 for the rest of the school year and is required to park in these lots. The replacement cost for a lost parking sticker is $5. Students are allowed to park without a permit if they park in the Coliseum lot closest to 17th Avenue. Parking permits purchased online can be picked up in the main office.

Our Security Guards will issue tickets to those who park illegally or park in staff reserved parking areas and our visitor parking lot. Signage is clearly posted in all lots. Permits are to be placed on the vehicles back window, driver’s side only.

Disputed tickets should be brought to Administration.


Does your student have detention? Below are the opportunities for student’s to make up their detention.

Tuesday and Thursday

3:05 - 3:50 p.m.

3:55 - 4:40 p.m.

Room 634

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, graduation ceremony, prom, plays, and school sponsored trips.


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.


If you would like to receive an email notification when daily announcements, newsletters or School Board agendas are posted please, go to the North High Website and sign up for E-Alerts. Content E-Alerts are sent to users who have subscribed to a homepage or website section of interest. Click here to sign up and begin the process of setting your subscriptions.


We ask that parents make transportation arrangements for students who don’t ride the bus or have their own transportation to be picked up as close to 3:50 p.m. as possible. We lock all doors to the locker bays and academic wings at 4:00 p.m. every day. After 4:00 p.m. students will not be allowed to enter these areas.

Students are asked to wait in the foyer doors to be picked up and not be hanging around in the building after 4:00 p.m. unless they are involved in an after school activity.


During the school day we will call your student to the office for a message only in an emergency situation.

We ask that you please communicate with your student any information they may need for the day, prior to coming to school. (Ex: transportation, appointments, lunch money, etc.) Thank you.


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.


Is your child or another member of your family currently without health care coverage? If you would like information about any of the low-cost or free health coverage programs offered in your state please call toll-free: 1-877-KIDS NOW or 1-877-543-7669.


North High Main Office

Main Office - 446-2400

Travis Christensen, Principal - 446-2404

Mark Blanshan, Assistant Principal - 446-2499

Kathy Cieslak, Assistant Principal - 446-2406

Daniel Shultis, Asst. Prin./Activities Dir - 446-2407

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


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

Lisa Metzger, Career Resource Center - 446-2413


Officer Nick Powell-Calhoun, SRO - 446-2631


Kayla Hiedeman, School Nurse - 446-2486


J.D. Darling - 446-2447

Jordan Wolf - 446-2447


Tammie Schaffer - 446-2517


  • May 16 - Storm Makeup Day - School will be in session on this date
  • May 20 - Academic Breakfast - Spartandome - Gathering at 7:15 am - Program begins 7:30 am
  • May 26 - Last Day of Classes
  • May 27 - Graduation Rehearsal - 10:00 am - Fargodome
  • May 29 - North High Graduation - 12:00 pm - Fargodome
  • August 10 - Upperclassmen Orientation - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • August 15 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • August 16 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • August 17 - Freshman Orientation - 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fargo North High School

Travis Christensen, Principal - 446-2404

Daniel Shultis, Activities Director - 446-2407

Mark Blanshan, Asst. Principal - 446-2499

Kathy Cieslak, Asst. Principal - 446-2406