DAVIES HIGH SCHOOL
Eagles Report - January 2020
Honor - Integrity – Pursuit of Excellence
Happy New Year to our entire Davies family!
It is always an excellent point of reflection for me when I sit down to craft the cover of our January newsletter. It allows me time to reflect on the last few months. This has been a great school year for our Davies community. Our school focuses on Excellence with a dedicated staff that are building relationships one student at a time. I continue to be impressed with the commitment our students and staff are making toward that pursuit of excellence. The excellence we strive for goes beyond the four walls of our classrooms. Our students and staff are reaching excellence as they compete on the fields; in our gymnasiums; as they perform on the stage; or can be seen volunteering in our community. On many different levels, Davies High School students and staff are simply AMAZING and individuals we are certainly proud of. Their efforts are encouraging, refreshing, and provide a great hope for our future.
The month of January also indicates some semester finals are right around the corner. January 8 and 9 are those specific dates. This year our Semester Finals are scheduled over the course of just 2 days where in the past it has been over 3 days. On Wednesday Jan. 8, Periods 1 – 4 will be scheduled and on Thursday Periods 5-8 are scheduled. All classes will meet regardless if they are giving students a comprehensive final or not. All classes will meet for 95 minutes with a 1 hour LUNCH scheduled from 11:20-12:20 pm. Breakfast will be scheduled as normal on both days. Lunch will be available as well. Buses will depart at normal times. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday as our teachers will be wrapping up their 1st Semester Grading and preparing for the 2nd Semester.
We need to encourage our students to “Finish Strong!”
We will continue to focus our Academic practices around the concept of building 21st Century Skills within our students. The 21st Century Skills surround the concepts of “The 4 Cs.” Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity. These 4 Cs will develop a strong skill set for our students to apply in every single disciple area and reach far beyond classroom content. Teachers are beginning to incorporate these skills into their lessons as we prepare our students for an ever-changing world and what the working world is demanding. Workforce skills and demands have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Our system of education was built for an economy that no longer exists. The idea of memorization and “following instructions” were the order of the day. Today’s young people will be competing for jobs that require non-routine complex thinking and interactive communication skills. This is an exciting time in education, yet extremely challenging. I am extremely confident that our students and staff are up to that challenge. The education that you and I were prepared for was a tad bit different than what we need to prepare our current students for.
A couple different upcoming dates to place on your calendar are as follows:
- January 8-9 1st Semester Finals (see Semester Final Schedule)
- January 10 No school for students – Teacher Professional Development day
- January 20 No school – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observation
- February 12 & 20 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-7:30 pm (Main Gym)
- February 17 & 18 No School – Teacher Professional Development day
- March 19 & 20 No School – Spring Break
- March 18 End of the 3rd Quarter
Newsletters and our website (www.fargo.k12.nd.us) are always great ways to stay connected with our school’s activities and your child’s school schedule. Our office staff is always more than happy to help you with any question that you may have. Please give us that opportunity to help by calling 446-5600.
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
DAVIES MAIN OFFICE
Office Number................................................. 446-5600
Troy Cody, Principal........................................ 446-5604
Dr. Dale Miller, Asst. Principal (A-J)................446-5607
Sean Safranski, Asst. Principal (K-Z)..............446-5606
Lenny Ohlhauser, Activities Coordinator........ 446-5608
Debbie Clapp, Admin. Assistant..................... 446-5605
Cathy Pauly, Activities Secretary.................... 446-5609
Lana Steffen, Bookkeeper............................... 446-5619
Joshua Andres, Counselor (A-D)................... 446-5612
Jennifer Toso-Kenna, Counselor (E-J).......... 446-5614
Debbi Osowski, Counselor (K-Q)................... 446-5613
Anita Mahnke Counselor (R-Z)...................... 446-5615
Dona Sabby, Registrar.................................... 446-5616
Sylvia Gonzalez, Career Center...................... 446-5617
Kim Martin (A-J)............................................. 446-5611
Toni Nelson (K-Z)............................................ 446-5610
Fargo Public Schools Accepting Nominations Beginning January 6 for Teacher, Administrator, and Support Staff of the Year Awards
Parents and community members are invited to nominate a Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member they feel is serving our students with excellence for consideration of a yearly recognition award. Online instructions, forms, and application process can be found at: www.fargo.k12.nd.us/StaffRecognitionProgram.
Nominations for each award will be accepted January 6 – 17, 2020.
The District will award the following this Spring:
- Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member
- Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director or coordinator
- Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member
STATE of the SCHOOLS ADDRESS & PUBLIC FOCUS GROUP
District Annual Report
District Annual Report
As evidence of Fargo Public Schools’ commitment to our patrons, the FPS 2018-19 Annual Report is now available, and it showcases the qualities and services of our school district. The publication provides a wide array of information to familiarize families and the community with Fargo Public Schools. Report details include enrollment, staffing, and budget numbers, and overviews student services and student assessment data. Thank you for your continued support as we serve the citizens of Fargo by providing its students an excellent educational experience. Access the full document at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/AnnualReport.
Fargo Public Schools Kindergarten Registration [OR attached Photo Graphic]
Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2020 opens online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration on February 1, 2020. Child must be age 5 by July 31, 2020 to attend school in the fall.
Registration is a two-step process: online registration and document submission.
STEP ONE: Registration can be completed at home online anytime or at computer kiosks in the office at each Fargo Public elementary school building on the following dates with extended office hours:
- February 24, 26, and 28 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- February 25, 27, and March 2 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
STEP TWO: Once online registration has been completed, families MUST bring the following documents to the school their child will attend to finalize their child’s registration:
- Child’s certified birth certificate
- Child’s current immunization record
- Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and address to verify the correct neighborhood school
If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps.
Questions? Call the school office or Betsy Beaton at 701-446-1043.
NO SCHOOL DAY
A friendly reminder: there will be NO CLASSES for all Fargo Public Schools students on Friday, January 10. All classes will resume as regularly scheduled on Monday, January 13.
STANDARDS BASED GRADING
SENIOR FINALS EXEMPTION POLICIES - SEMESTER 1 & 2
FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY
- Period 1 - 8:00 - 9:35 am
- Period 2 - 9:45 - 11:20 am
- LUNCH 11:20 - 12:20
- Period 3 - 12:25 - 2:00 pm
- Period 4 - 2:10 - 3:45 pm
- Period 5 - 8:00 - 9:35 am
- Period 6 - 9:45 - 11:20 am
- LUNCH 11:20 - 12:20 pm
- Period 7 - 12:25 - 2:00 pm
- Period 8 - 2:10 - 3:45 pm
A printable Exam Schedule is available below.
Address changes, like registration, can now be done ON-LINE. You will see the same format you used for registration in previous years by going into PowerSchool to access the forms, just follow the tutorial.
You may change your address, telephone number, pay your student’s fees or update contact information etc. all ON-LINE.
You may now pay for your school lunches on line, through School Pay, just as you paid for them at registration. Following the same procedure by clicking here or clicking the PowerSchool icon on this icon at the Davies website or the FPS website.
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.
Breakfast will be served from 7:15 – 10:30 am.
Students will be assigned to one of three lunch runs.
- Lunch 4A - 10:52 - 11:20
- Lunch 5A: 11:47 - 12:05
- Lunch 5B: 12:42 0 1:00
WHAT'S COOK'N IN THE DAVIES KITCHEN
What’s cooking in the Davies kitchen…………
Each day we offer a Grab N Go option as a convenient quick way for students or staff to get lunch and head to the check out. Varieties vary from salads, a build your own pizza pocket, deli snack pack, peanut butter & jelly (pbj), wraps or sandwiches. Check the menu boards by the kitchen doors to see what is being served for that day. All Grab N Go meals include the salad bar, hot veggies, any of the sides served, and a milk for no additional charge. Check out the B & C lines for these Grab N Go’s.
Mark your calendars to join us for the upcoming new menu items.
- January 24th Boneless Wings
- January 31st is National Hot Choc day so we will be serving Hot Choc at breakfast.
- January 31st Hawaiian Meatballs & Rice
Davies Kitchen Manager
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
- January 6 - 8th Grade Course & Activity Fair
- January 8 & 9 - Semester 1 FINALS
- January 9 - END OF FIRST SEMESTER
- February 12 - P/T Conferences 4:30 - 7:30 pm
- February 17 - NO SCHOOL, VACATION DAY
- February 18 - NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development
- February 20 - P/T Conferences 4:30 7:30 pm
- March 19-20 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
An energy drink is a beverage containing stimulant drugs, mainly caffeine, which is marketed as providing mental or physical stimulation and alertness. Energy drinks were first introduced twenty years ago. They are the fastest growing U.S. beverage market. Today’s energy drinks contain substances that act as nonnutritive stimulants, such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginsing, L-carnitine, and creatine. These drinks are marketed to children and adolescents. Marketing strategies propose a boost in energy, decrease in fatigue, and enhanced concentration and mental alertness. Research suggests that one-third of teens and young adults regularly consume energy drinks. Some drinks have four to five more times the caffeine than soda. Energy drinks are under-studied, overused, and can be dangerous when consumed by children and teens. Doctors are recommending that children not use these popular products. Some symptoms of energy drink use include: seizures, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, chest pain, high blood pressure, and irritability. The Journal of Pediatrics reports that the potential harm of consuming too much caffeine or similar ingredients include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes, and even sudden death. Health complications such as epilepsy can increase the risk as well as consuming energy drinks with alcohol. Limited research has been done to determine the long-term effects of their use and the effects on children. These drinks have no benefit in the diet of kids.
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
The school nurse will be available daily from 8:45 am -2:30 pm to provide essential health related services such as assessing health problems, interventions with health concerns, assisting in emergency care plans for identified students, reviewing students’ immunizations, dispensing medications, assisting in health-related programs in schools, and providing advice on health-related issues.
Any medication the student may require during school hours needs to have a consent form signed by the student’s parent/legal guardian on file with the school nurse. The forms allowing the school nurse to give you student OTC (over the counter) medications are on-line. Simply identity any or all the OTC choices (Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Tums) and initial the box indicating consent. The school will provide a limited supply of these 3 OTC medications. If your student requires more than 5 doses of the OTC medications during that school year, we ask the student to bring their own supply to keep in the nurse’s office (FORM AF6720A). Any other type of OTC medication such as cough medicine, allergy or cold/flu medicine also can be administered in school as long as the parent/guardian has sent a statement of use with signed consent, a supply of the medication in the original package, and understanding that the medication will only be administered as directed on the label.
If your student needs medication prescribed by a doctor, then the school nurse must have a copy of Form AF6720C completed. This form must be completed by both the physician and the parent prior to administration of the medication at school. In order to dispense ANY prescription medications by the school nurse or associated staff the following must be in place prior to administering said medication:
- Student’s name on the bottle
- Specific time of administration
- Physician’s name
- Medication container and label must match the physician’s order. Ask your pharmacist to give you a secondary school bottle so a supply can be kept both at home and at school in the proper container.
- No more than a month’s supply should be brought to the school
- Parent/Guardians are responsible to replenish medicine as needed
- Unused portions of medications must be picked up at the end of the school year or when the medication is no longer needed. If medication supply is left at school, then the school nurse will destroy said supply according to policy.
- ANY changes in medication will require a new form (AF6720C) completed with the current changes identified. A new prescription bottle will be required within 30 days of said change.
- Please have your pharmacist split the medication if the dosage is required to have the medication split in half or quartered.
The medication policy as well as any needed forms can be found on the Fargo Public School website under the tab for Parents. Parents may substitute the AF6720 form with a copy of the prescription written by the physician along with written permission to administer said medication by the parent/guardian. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school nurse at 446-5621.
Lockers will be equipped with a combination padlock loaned by the school. Lockers should be kept locked and combinations not shared with other students. Lost or stolen locks will be paid for by the student. The charge for a lost lock is $5.00. Students are responsible for books and personal possessions at all times. STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO LEAVE VALUABLES AT HOME. Any graffiti appearing on the outside or inside of the locker is considered vandalism and will be the responsibility of the student. School administrators reserve the right to search lockers, but only when it is reasonable to suspect that the locker contains items or articles which may constitute a hazard or contains property that does not belong to the student.
Gym lockers and locks are available to students enrolled in physical education classes. All items placed in the locker room during class must be placed in a locked locker to ensure items are not stolen. Students must refrain from placing personal items of value in gym lockers. The school will NOT be responsible for the loss of unsecured items. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all personal items are properly secured when left in the locker room areas. Lost locks are again the responsibility of the student and a $5 fee will be assessed for a lost lock.
Students can use cell phones and electronic devices BUT ONLY in the commons, hallways, and locker bays. Upon entering the library or a classroom, all cell phones and all non-school issued electronic devices will be put away unless they are deemed to be educationally appropriate by the classroom teacher. If a student is asked to turn their cell phone over after being found to be in violation they must comply. Consequences/protocol will include the following:
First violation – The device will be confiscated by the teacher and returned at the end of the class period, communication with the parent regarding the incident, communicate with student to reset expectations, and submit a log entry.
Second violation – The device will be confiscated by the teacher and given to the office and submit a log entry. Administration will visit with the student and communicate with parents about future violations. Device will be returned at the end of the school day.
Third violation – Device will be confiscated by the teacher and given to the office and submit a lot entry. At this point a parent will be required to pick up the phone in the office and student will face possible suspension from school.
Messages and photos on a cell phone are subject to viewing by administration given reasonable suspicion of a crime and/or school infraction. In the event a student must use an electronic paging device for health reasons, the student and his/her parents must petition the administration for such use.
STUDENT DRESS – AP6325
The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of Fargo Public School K-12 students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals.
The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any protected group.
The following is expected at all times:
- Clothing with opaque fabric that covers the student’s chest, sides of body, midriff, and their entire undergarments must be worn.
- Pants/Jeans or the equivalent (i.e., skirt, sweatpants, leggings, dress, or shorts) long enough to cover the student’s private areas must be worn.
- Pants/Jeans or the equivalent should be secured not to reveal undergarments.
- Shoes must be worn.
- Clothing advertising or promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons or depiction of violence may not be worn.
- Vulgar clothing of any kind may not be worn.
- Vulgar is defined as pictures, images, words, silhouettes of individuals, or sayings that depict sexually suggestive expressions or actions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or which degrade the integrity of individual groups.
- Hats, hoods, or head coverings may not be worn in the building with the exception of a religious purpose, documented medical need, or with special approval by the administrator for special school events/celebrations/circumstance.
Students must have an FPS parking permit ($40) to park in the lot for the entire year. Permits may be purchased on line (School Pay) and picked up during orientation. During the school year the permits are available to pick up in the main office. STUDENT PERMITS TO BE DISPLAYED IN THE REAR WINDOW, LOWER LEFT CORNER.
DAVIES PARKING LOT & PERMIT GUIDELINES:
- All parking lots on the Davies campus require a permit for access. A Student Permit will allow the holder to park in the designated STUDENT parking areas on campus only. Students are not allowed to park in visitor, staff, handicap or other designated areas.
- Permits must be clearly displayed in the rear LEFT window.
- ALL motorized vehicles require a parking permit, including motorcycles, mopeds etc.
- Vehicles advertising violence, insensitive material or ridicules a person or group of people will be asked to remove the material or remove the vehicle from the property.
- All vehicles parked on campus without a parking permit will be issued a parking ticket payable to the City of Fargo. Parking tickets are $20 for each offense.
- All parking ticket appeals must be made within two days of the ticket date.
- Parking permits are pro-rated throughout the year and can be purchased online through SchoolPay or in the Main Office. If you purchase online, your student will need to pick up the permit in the Main Office. You will need to have your license plate information when purchasing.
- $20 3rd Quarter
- $10 4th Quarter
- If you have a vehicle that is in for repair and you are temporarily using another vehicle, you will need to sign in at the Security Desk. You will be allowed to sign in for 3 days, if it will be longer than that, your student will need to receive approval from a Principal.
- Vehicles parked in areas designated for faculty, staff, administrators, handicapped, and/or visitors will be ticketed.
- Loitering in parked cars or the parking lot will not be allowed.
- If your student receives a new vehicle throughout the year, they will need to transfer the parking permit sticker to the new vehicle. They will also need to let the Main Office know the new license plate information so that records can be updated. If the parking permit sticker rips or is not sticking, bring it into the Main Office (even if in pieces) for a replacement.
- If your student has two (2) vehicles that they use to drive to school, they will either need to transfer their parking permit between the 2 vehicles OR if more convenient, purchase another parking permit for the second vehicle. If the parking permit rips or is not sticking well, bring it to the Main Office for a replacement.
- Drivers should not exceed ten (10) miles per hour on school property.
- The Fargo Police K-9 units, under the direction of the Davies High School Administration, will randomly check the parking lots and vehicles parked within it.
GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
Davies High School now has a Tutoring Club that will offer tutoring services for all students in need of academic support. The goal of the club is to help students succeed, whether it is bringing their grade from an F to a C or a B to an A. The services are offered and organized by Davies students and are completely free.
The club has two options available for tutoring.
- The first is “open house tutoring,” where students can come to scheduled sessions with multiple tutors that have expertise on a specific subject. These sessions will have a designated subject (such as science, math, social studies, etc.) and will be held on a regular basis, which will be posted on the Tutoring Club website.
- The second option is one-on-one tutoring where a student will be matched with a tutor based on subject and availability. It will be guaranteed that the tutor will have an appropriate level of understanding of a subject before they are assigned to a student. This individual tutoring method will allow for a personal connection between tutor and student, which can dramatically increase the quality of help a tutor can provide. Teachers can’t always establish this connection with each student because they don’t have enough time.
Since English courses are difficult to tutor, the Tutoring Club will also be offering a peer-review process. Students are able to submit their essays through a Google form on the Tutoring Club website which will then be peer-reviewed by a tutor with an appropriate level of English expertise. The tutors will only be allowed to comment on the students’ essays, not directly edit. This process does not guarantee a perfect score, but the goal is to help the students better their English writing skills through peer-reviewing and self-reflection.
The Davies’ Math Club will be hosting some ACT Math Review Sessions in the coming weeks. They are open to anyone to attend, but we encourage Juniors since they will be taking the ACT soon. Each session will be led by club members and they will go through old ACT questions, solve them, and give review tips for the students. Each session is held before school and will cover different topics/questions each week. Students can come to as many as they want. The dates will be: Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, and Feb 25. Each session will be held in Room A221 from 7:15-7:45 am. Please ask your student’s math teacher if you have questions.
“Eagles Sing” Discovery and Davies Choir Concert
The 8th grade choir joins Davies choirs on Thursday, January 16th at 7:30pm for a combined concert. This concert will feature the 8th grade choir and several choirs from Davies. The concert will take place in the Davies Theater and admission is free.
UND Honor Choirs
Congratulations to the following Davies choir students who auditioned and were selected to participate in the UND Mixed and Treble Honor Choirs. These students will spend three days in Grand Forks rehearsing with other students from about the region to perform in a concert on Sunday, January 26th in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
- Abigail Becher
- Ashley Dullea
- Mollie Gilman
- Olivia Jahner
- Lilli Mann
- Cole Meyer
- Kate Osowski
- Keaton Walters
- Pearl Whitehurst
- Isabella Zimprich
NDACDA Mid-Level Honor Choirs
Congratulations to Amelia Lech and Colton Younggren who auditioned and were selected to perform in the North Dakota American Choral Directors Association mid-level honor choirs. This honor choir festival concludes with a concert on February 8th at 3:00pm at Red River High School in Grand Forks.
DECA will be participating in the Emerging Leaders Competition at Valley City on January 29th. Students will get a chance to compete against local schools in Business Role-Play situations. This will be a required competition for DECA students if they would like to attend the State DECA Competition in Bismarck on March 15-17th.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Students need to be enrolled in a Marketing/Management/School Store class to be able to participate in DECA.
EAGLE LANDING - School Store
NEW TO THE STORE – Before the Christmas break we received in a shipment of “Big Cotton Hoodies and Crews” ($35-$39). These are nice warm options for our frigid January weather! 701-446-5753 is our phone number. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Search for ‘The Eagle Landing.’ We are open from 8:00-3:30 p.m. M-Tue-Thurs-Fri. We open at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
PaY - PHILANTHROPY AND YOUTH
PaY has received confirmation of the organizations we will be conducting site visits for. They are the following: F5 Project, Center, Inc., Cullen Foundation, Diamond in the Ruff, Homeward Bound, Hope, Inc., Jail Chaplains, Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society, PATH North Dakota, Inc., Perry Center, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, Red River Children’s Advocacy Center, River Keepers, Ronald McDonald House, and Youthworks. Groups will begin meeting to start the communication process with these organizations, conduct research on these organizations, and plan site visits to these organizations.
2020 HIGH SCHOOL GOLF NATIONAL INVITATIONAL
Congratulations to Davies High School sophomore Ava Olson on qualifying to play in the 2020 High School National Invite. Olson qualified based on her position in the NHSGA National Rankings and scoring average. The invitational will be held at the Pinehurst Resorts in Pinehurst, North Carolina June 24-26.
SOUTHSIDE SKI AND SNOWBOARD CLUB
Any Davies student who would like to go to Spirit Mountain on Saturday January 18th with the Fargo Ski and Snowboard Club still can come along. Talk to Mr Langlie or email Mr Taragos for more info!
Davies students who are interested in the Fargo Ski and Snowboard Club for the 2019-20 school year, there are still spots open on all of the trips. Please check out the website for more info https://sites.google.com/a/fargoschools.org/south-side-ski-snowboard-club/
Senior Pictures are due March 1, 2020. Seniors can submit either a color or black and white picture. We suggest a face shot if possible and all photos must be portrait (vertical). Senior pictures must meet the requirements to be in the Davies Yearbook. Requirements can be found on the attached page.
- Pictures should be digital. Senior pictures can be emailed to email@example.com. Make sure to follow the digital photo requirements found on the attached page.
- Hardcopy photos are accepted at a $5 charge. They can be submitted to the office.
- A late fee of $10 will be charged to any senior picture received after March 1, 2020.
- Senior pictures will not be accepted after April 1, 2020.
Thank you for your cooperation; we are working hard to make sure that all seniors are included in the 2020 Yearbook.
Grad Ads for the 2020 Yearbook will be sold only March 1-31, 2020 (no exceptions). There will be a limited number of ads available (once they are sold out, no more ads will be sold). More information will be available in January 2020.
If you have any questions about Senior Pictures or Grad Ads, please feel free to call Jenna Johnson Uphoff at 701-446-5751.
First Day of School Pictures
Did you take a 2019 First Day of School picture? If so, send your picture to the Davies Yearbook staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please list names and grades of students include in the picture.
Send your Davies Homecoming pictures from the week to the Davies Yearbook staff at email@example.com. Please list names and grades of students included in pictures.
SENIOR PICTURES for the YEARBOOK
Fargo Davies High School
Yearbook Senior Portrait Requirements
Every graduating senior is allowed to submit a portrait photo to be used as their picture in the Davies Yearbook. This photo must follow the guidelines and rules from school policy, dress code, and law. Not following these guidelines will result in the photo not being allowed in the yearbook and the student will be asked to submit a different photo.
- Subjects including promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons, or depiction of violence may not be worn or shown in the photo.
- Photos with accessories (i.e. hats, scarves, jewelry), props (i.e. sports equipment, musical instruments, cars), and domesticated pets are allowed as long as they do not promote or condone illegal activity.
- The subject of the photo should be the student, not the props or background. (Yearbook staff prefers head and shoulder photos.)
Photos may be edited or not published if they represent or include any of the following:
- Violating school policies and behavior codes
- Displays of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, or weapons of any kind
- Inappropriate gestures, facial expressions, postures, or hand gestures
- Revealing, suggestive, or obscene clothing
All photos submitted must conform to school standards and policies and if needed, may be subject to review or approval by, but not limited to the yearbook staff, the yearbook advisor, and the school administration.
The yearbook staff reserves the right to edit or deny any submitted photo for publication and printing in the book.
The yearbook is a school publication, supervised by a student media advisor, and shall be reviewed by an administrator if the publication goes against school policy. (NDCC Ch. 15.1-19-25)
Digital Photo Requirements:
All photos must be at 300 dpi in resolution and at least 1.5 by 2 inches in size. Pictures need to be saved as a JPG file. Photos files must be named with the senior’s legal last name and then the legal first name (ex: Smith_William.jpg)
NDHSAA ACTIVITIES - PHYSICALS REQUIRED
Student athletes participating in NDHSAA sanctioned sports programs are required to file a pre-participation health history screening and physical examination clearance form with the school office prior to their practice & participation in any athletic program. Student athletes who plan on participating in fall sports programs need to ensure they have their physical form on file prior to the first practice. Forms can be found on the Davies website under the Activities/Student forms or click here.
The School Board (Policy #6220) recognizes that regular attendance is necessary to achieve consistent educational progress. In addition, North Dakota state law requires all children between the ages of seven and sixteen to be in attendance every day school is in session, with exceptions for illness and certain other in-capacities. Class attendance is imperative for students to achieve consistent educational progress. The Fargo Public School’s senior high attendance regulations are based on the premise that full participation in class activities is very important in the total learning process.
Students will be excused for the absences listed below if the parent/guardian calls the attendance secretary prior to the absence or sends a note or a doctor’s excuse. The attendance secretaries may be reached at 446-5611 (A-J) or 446-5610 (K-Z). Students leaving for appointments during the school day are required to check out with the attendance secretaries prior to their departure and check in when they return. Arrangements for make-up work will be made directly with the teachers of classes that have been missed.
Spring Cleaning? – Are you cleaning out your closets? Will you be doing any Spring Cleaning? Perhaps getting ready for a graduation party? Set aside your unwanted items that can be donated. The Senior All Night Party committee will be coordinating a donation fund drive for Savers. It will benefit the Senior All Night Party, and the planet! More information to come. Just start setting aside your items for now. Thank you!
Enjoy Blaze Pizza on Saturday, January 25th from 4pm-8pm. If you show the special flyer, 20% of the proceeds will go towards the Senior All-Night Party! Our seniors will be sharing the flyer on Social Media a few days beforehand, or you can download the flyer from https://sites.google.com/site/fpsptadavies/ . Bring the flyer to Blaze Pizza or show it on your phone before paying. Blaze Pizza is located at 1443 42nd St S (across from West Acres). Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the Panda Express day in December in support of the Senior All Night Party. Thank you to the students and parents who’ve volunteered to start planning the Senior All Night Party. It’s not too late to join us. Our next meeting date is Thursday, January 16th at 3:15pm in H101. Please RSVP to DaviesSPP@gmail.com if you’ll be joining us.
Our next PTSA meeting is on Tuesday, January 14th at 7pm at Davies in room H101. Hope you can join us. Thank you to all who helped with concessions on December 10th.
Congratulations to the following students who received Pursuit of Excellence Awards during the first semester:
Kearra Heller, Marifte Cummings, Taylor Dickson, & Eunice Nyakoe
The Pursuit of Excellence award is a student-nominated award. Students are asked to fill out a Pursuit of Excellence Nomination Card when they observe a fellow student displaying an act of kindness or a demonstration of character. Nomination Cards and the drop boxes are located in Student Services and in the Library. The PTSA collects the cards monthly and chooses one of the nominees, who will receive a $10 Gift Card to the Landing School Store along with a letter of congratulations. This program encourages and recognizes positive behaviors that contribute to the overall excellence and positive atmosphere of our school.
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in school and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate. This year’s theme is “Look Within”. Students may write about the theme or choose an art form to interpret the theme, in any of the following categories: Photography, Literature, Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Film Production, or Music Composition. To participate, talk with a teacher or send an email to Davies PTSA@gmail.com. Winners at the State level advance to the National level. It looks great on a resume too! The Entry Submission Deadline is January 13th, 2020.
- Personal Illness
- Illness or death in the family
- Weddings of relatives and participation in
- Family emergencies
- School sponsored activities
- Religious activities approved by an administrator
- Trips requested by parents and approved by an administrator
- Funerals of family, relatives, or friends
- Required court appearances
- Medical & dental appointments
- Truancy is defined as being absent from one or more classes without the consent of parent/guardians and/or school officials. Truancy is also defined by behaviors such as failure to report to the office after being sent, leaving class without a teacher’s permission, abuse of pass usage, failure to leave school after checking out with the attendance office, and failure to go to class upon returning to school.
- Transportation problems
- Removal from class for disciplinary reasons (administration ordered suspension will not count as an unexcused absence)
- Unverified appointments
- Failure to check out with the attendance office when leaving school for an appointment.
Students are expected to be in class on time. The following procedures will be followed.
- Any three (3) tardy/late marks in a single class will equal an unexcused absence.
- Any student arriving more than 10 minutes late for class will have their tardy marked as LATE.
- At two truancies or the accumulation of six (6) tardy/late marks in a semester for a student may result in a formal attendance review. The attendance review document will outline attendance expectations going forward and disciplinary action if attendance issues continue.
A detention will be assigned for each period of truancy and for every third tardy. Detention times will be held on Wednesday 8:00 – 8:45 am and 3:00 – 3:45 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-3:45, and on Saturdays from 9:00 – 12:00 am. Students who have assigned detentions to serve may NOT participate in selected school sponsored functions until detentions are completed.